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Wednesday, 28 August 2019

Tales from the Udderverse

What's this? An exciting new anthology has been launched from the teats of Mother Udder Comics. This 48 page collection of short stories features 3 that have been lettered by yours truly. Been a pleasure to be a part of this awesome comic collective.



You can reserve your copy of Tales from the Udderverse by simply emaling motheruddercomics@yahoo.com

Saturday, 13 July 2019

Image Comics Rejection

I feel a bit dirty with this news. Not because of the result but because I failed to inform you, dear reader, that I had submitted Get Woke to Image Comics. I meant to post something about that experience and how it felt, but now you're only just learning that the submission has been rejected. At least I don't have the shame of looking back on such a positive pre-submission post and all the naive words of optimism is would have written about how the comic would definitely have been picked up.

The rejection letter:


Hello Tim, 

Thanks for submitting to Image Comics.

Unfortunately, while we're thrilled that you chose to share your proposal with us, we don't believe your work is an ideal fit for our catalog at this time.

Due to the high volume of submissions we receive, I can't offer more detailed commentary, but I appreciate you giving us the opportunity to consider your work.

We wish you the best of luck with this and future projects.

Sincerely,

Eric Stephenson
Publisher

Even though it's probably just a standard auto-response, it still feels good to get a reply from someone like Eric Stephenson, and at least they did reply. Imagine the torture of NO response and they resulting nightmare of wondering if they even received the submission package!

So, we pick ourselves up, brush ourselves down, and submit to some more publishers.

Wednesday, 3 July 2019

Process Porn

Nothing gets a comic creator more excited than feasting their eyes on some page process porn. I've included a fine example below from my new comic Get Woke. You can really see the page move through its development stages, from the final script (which would have several interations itself), through to the completed and lettered page.



















Saturday, 22 June 2019

Get Woke Logo

Without further ado, here's the logo for Get Woke...



I think it captures the zaniness and gravity of the series quite well. I wanted to keep it text only for maximum impact of the words as I think the phrase itself is pretty damn hilarious. It's not just a name, it's an instruction as well.

If you're looking for quality logo for your comic book series then please check out my comic book logo and lettering service ComicBookLogo.com

Latest Update #10

At last! It is done. After a year and a half of production I'm pleased to announce that Issue 1 of Get Woke is now complete. It's been a long process which has pretty much consumed most of my spare time (which ain't much) and really hampered any other comic creating tasks. But it's done. 36 pages are draw, coloured and lettered, and the cover is complete. No inners have been done yet but it really all depends what we are doing with the comic. I have an amazing product, now I've got to figure out the best way to sell it!

Get Woke's awesome artist, Kevin McCullough, is keen to explore the professional publishing route so our first step will be to compile some pitch material (comic samples, synopses, etc) and send it to a few serious comic companies. I'm currently in the process of doing this but making sure I get it right is slowing me down. I've been waiting ages for the finished article and now it's arrived I'm all WTF do I do now. It's a new and exciting chapter.

If pro-publishing fails we'll take the Kickstarter route. This has become a thoroughly acceptable way to release a comic and there are plenty of examples of success stories that give hope that we can achieve our goal of getting the comic out in to the big wide world.

Whatever happens next is going to be thrilling. You're welcome to come along for the ride.

Saturday, 20 April 2019

Hallowscream 11 Submissions Now Open



It’s the time of the year when we at Back From The Depths are once again looking for contributors for our freaky free annual pdf horror comic, HALLOWSCREAM, so here are the submission guidelines…

Submissions should be horror orientated and must be weird or spooky to make the final cut.
We are mainly looking for completed comic strips between 1-7 pages in length. Anything already completed is far more likely to make it into the comic.

Script submissions should also preferably be around 1-7 pages in length.

Eerie illustrations and artwork along with interesting horror/comic articles, scary short stories, petrifying poems or anything just plain creepy will also be considered.

To get an idea of the sort of stuff we’re after, you can download previous issues of Hallowscream here.

If you’re looking to illustrate something, get in contact and we’ll give you details of available scripts to see if anything suits your fancy.

We’ll also consider material previously published elsewhere, as long as the contributors own the copyright.

Completed artwork can be either colour or black and white, and should preferably be A4 (21cm x 29.7cm) 300 dpi jpeg or png.

Submissions can be sent to merjeagles@yahoo.co.uk or ghastlymcnasty@backfromthedepths.co.uk
As this is a non-profit, small press publication, contributors will not be paid but they will retain copyright on any material submitted.

DEADLINES :
Scripts, articles and text submissions : Monday 29th July 2019
Artwork : Tuesday 15th October 2019
Completed strips : Tuesday 22nd October 2019.

The finished issue will be available online as a free pdf by October 31st, with a physical copy becoming available via Lulu.com, soon afterwards. You can also keep up to date with Hallowscream news via the Facebook Page.

Saturday, 2 March 2019

FutureQuake 2019

It's been several months since the last decent post. I am still here and I am still working on comics. My lack of visibility is down to a new job, which is taking up all my time, fatherhood, which takes up all my other time, and a new diet, which makes me go to bed early through sheer lack of energy. I'm trying to be a better man, but how can not making comics make me so? It's a serious contradiction.

I received an email this week containing the contributors edition of the new FutureQuake2019. Opening it up I was delighted to see that the story I wrote for the issue has been given the front cover. Superbtastic!

Mika and the God Heart (check out some preliminary sketches here) is a nine page story nestled among 97 pages of pure sci-fi comic awesome. The story was written and drawn by Rafael Romeo Magat who is destined to become a professional comic book artist. Here's his cover below...



You can purchase this comic from the FutureQuake website for a mere £6.50. Go on, it's the only thing that makes sense in this crazy world we live in.

In other news, issue one of Get Woke, my conspiracy based comic, is almost complete. Hopefully, it should be done this month as the artist has a gap in his work that allows him to focus on finishing the colouring. Then, get to see a legend-bound comic book rise to cult status and I intend to blog about the journey as I go.

Keep making comics.

Sunday, 6 January 2019

Latest Update #9

Oh, sad, neglected blog. It's been 2 months since my last post! What went wrong?

Once again it has been the most evil of comic villains, the heinous 'Dr Real Life' who has taken up all my time and stopped me from doing comic things. Hopefully 2019 will be the year that I can get some decent exposure on my comic making exploits.

Stay tuned.

EDIT: This turned out to be one of the most viewed posts ever. Don't click the title, there's no more info behind the fold. Just a short and boring post.