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Thursday, 25 June 2020

Latest Logos

The centralised and updated website/hero page has been helpful in getting loads of new comic related jobs. It's been a week of logos - 2 for upcoming comics and one for a comic publisher. I'll also be assisting on comic lettering duties for one of them!

The logo jobs are cool as they need doing relatively quickly but signing on as someone's letterer means a long term commitment that might not even start for several months. All good fun though.


Comic Book Logo 1


Comic Book Logo 2






Comic Publisher Logo




Thursday, 18 June 2020

Lettering Job #2

Another lettering job, another happy customer. This time a sports based comic! Check it out...




Saturday, 30 May 2020

Lettering Job

I'm going to post a few lettering samples of the jobs I've been working on. Not going to name the comic or who they're for as I don't want to clog up Google if someone searches for these comics later by name.

Check these out. From a comic lettering job I landed through a word of mouth recommendation. Sweet.



Gave me a chance to try some kick-ass sound effects. All done in Illustrator.




 

The Legend Grows

So...stage 2 of 2020 is in full swing. I've fleshed out the website a bit, adding sections for Comic Book Lettering and Logo Design and I'll be adding Editing and Kickstarter Video Production as additional services too.

I've started posting unpaids ads on Facebook and Instagram for the existing services and I've got a pretty solid response. I've got several lettering jobs, logo creation and video production which I'll post a bit more about soon.

I'm slowly working on a course comic lettering comics and have done several samples which you can see on my Youtube channel.

Overall goal is to fund and support writing projects through other comic projects. It was pretty easy getting short stories publishes for free but longer form is going to take some financial resources.

Thursday, 2 April 2020

Hallowscream 12 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, HALLOWSCREAMbut, (just in case you haven’t being paying attention), the planet’s gone a bit mental this year and we’re going to have to add an additional stipulation.
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.

Now here comes that additional stipulation…
IMPORTANT : No stories about global pandemics, please!  Stories containing the living dead are allowed, but the E.C. comics-style vengeful revenants are preferable to the contagion-spreading George Romero types. The last thing we need right now is a comic full of nothing but tales of how difficult it is to find toilet paper during a zombie apocalypse, (don’t pretend you didn’t think about it). First and foremost we’re producers of escapism (quite icky, gruesome horrible escapism at times, but escapism nonetheless), and we feel it’s a good idea to lay off certain storylines at least until such time as current events have settled down a bit. I’m sure you’ll understand where we’re coming from.

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 :  Friday 31st July 2020
Artwork : Friday 16th October 2020
Completed strips :  Friday 23rd October 2020.
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.

Sunday, 16 February 2020

New Website

Stage one is go with a new look website www.dangergeek.co.uk


From the new site you can order print versions of both Killer Bytes and Get Woke, subscribe to my mailing list, and take a look at all the crazy comic projects I've made over the last 10 years.

I'll be adding extra pages in the coming weeks promoting the comic book services I offer.

Saturday, 8 February 2020

Looking forward to 2020

I certainly am!

In January of this year I spent 5 days in Nashville, Tennessee, being yelled at by the world's leading motivational speakers, social media influencers, life-coaches and inspirational icons. It was a astonishing few days that have had a lasting and positive effect on me.

The event was called Funnel Hacking Live, a fully American conference in which I spent the time hanging out with 5000 highly motivated entrepreneurs. I leaned a lot in over those few days and came home with a vision of how I can apply my new knowledge to the industry we love so well - comics.

So in 2020 I'll be upping my game. This will begin with a brand new website and a refresh for this blog. I'm going to be attending comic conventions, as a seller and not just a buyer, and will be promoting my own brand much more vigorously. I'll be applying new tricks and techniques to my marketing my products, developing comic creation courses, branching out in to video content, pushing forward with services to the comic community, and generally kicking ass on all levels possible.

Shit's about to get real.

Thursday, 26 December 2019

Looking back on 2019

This will be the last post of the year so we might as well finish with an overview of 2019. I've not been super busy on this blog, making only 14 posts, but it has been a super busy year all round, not just in the comics department but in real life too!

Most significantly, a ran a Kickstarter for the first issue of Get Woke, which achieved target and is now about to go to print. Really pleased with this although slightly disappointed it only squeezed past the finish line by a meagre £8. Still, we made it! This means I'll now have a physical copies of both Get Woke AND Killer Bytes, my first anthology. Which means I have product that I can take to conventions and sell.

The time spend working on Get Woke and the subsequent campaign pretty much consumed all spare time set aside for writing new comics. I've been fairly busy in the lettering department, adding words to 3 comics for the Tales from the Udderverse anthology and a paid lettering job for a comic about a psychotic elephant titled 'Cello'.

I do love lettering comics but I much prefer writing them. The idea pile has continued to grow throughout 2019 but turning those ideas in to scripts has almost ground to a halt. For the first time in its 11 years of publication, I didn't manage to write a story for my own anthology Hallowscream. Fairly annoyed at myself for that.

Make more time for writing is definitely the lesson to be learned from the last 12 months. I believe I will actually need to set aside a block of time in my daily schedule, to make sure I do nothing but write in that time.

Anyway, have a great New Year and watch this space in 2020.