What’s in store for 2018?

2017 is practically over. Sure, there’s a week and a half left, but in the UK we’re all winding down for Christmas and New Year. 2017 saw the release of Unfamiliar Skies issue 2 and I got to attend some fantastic conventions. I might write a proper “looking back” post about the year at some point, but this entry is all about looking forward to 2018. Comics Straight off the bat, we’ll get to the single most important thing, the comics themselves! Going one title at a time, you can look forward to: Unfamiliar Skies Claris’ story will continue with issue 3. An assassin has been sent to kill Claris and her father. Meanwhile, the colony ship Claris ran away from is also under attack, threatening the lives of everyone aboard – including her mother! There are going to be some serious consequences for Claris’ actions in issue 1 that will lead us into issues 4 and 5. The original plan was for the first arc to be five issues, however I think the story will benefit from slowing the pacing down a little and that could extend the arc beyond five issues. In terms of release, I’m torn between two options. The first is to release issue 3 as a digital first comic, bringing it to Comichaus and Comixology as soon as it’s finished, then setting some money aside each month (supplemented by any income from the digital releases) to print it. This may take some time as historic data on Comixology sales tell me that won’t bring in enough to fund a print run, while Comichaus is...
Putting the Con in Comic Con

Putting the Con in Comic Con

How much comic content does an event need to have before it can call itself a “Comic Con” and what should count as “comic content”?  It’s a very heated discussion within the UK indie comic scene at the moment as we see more shows crop up than ever before. Some of these events have heavily advertised TV and movie guests, as well as replica Batmobiles, DeLoreans and Game of Thrones… thrones, while having very few, if any, comic creators, back issue sellers and actual comic books and graphic novels.  This has left a sour taste in the mouths of many creators who feel that the title “Comic Con” has become an umbrella term for nerd and geek culture events. I can’t help but wonder why that seems to be the current state of play and I’ve certainly seen frustrations from both convention organisers and artists.  Naturally, I am somewhat biased as a creator but I’m going to try and be as objective as possible. What’s Gotten People Angry? As previously mentioned, several events which have labelled themselves as Comic Cons have had very little to do with comics.  I’m going to show some specific examples, though I have obscured usernames, avatars, etc. as I have no intention of starting a witch hunt.  I must also stress that I am not commenting on the quality of these shows. Here’s a convention organiser admitting, on their Twitter account, that they don’t read comics apart from the Beano.  Their event has “Comic Con” in the title.  As you can imagine, this caused quite a stir, with the main question simply being “How can you run...
Joe Cape #3 & New Etsy Store!

Joe Cape #3 & New Etsy Store!

Joe Cape 3 launched at Melksham Comic Con and people are loving the new issue, which completes the first arc of the series! For those of you who can’t make any of the conventions I’m attending, there’s good news!  I’ve set up an online store through Etsy!  You can order all 3 issues of Joe Cape there and I’ll be adding my art prints in the near future!  I’ve also added a Store link to this very website that’ll take you straight to the Etsy...

Superheroes Ltd #2 5 Page Preview!

I’m making a lot of progress on Superheroes Ltd #2 and hope to release it by August of this year!  In the meantime, please enjoy this exclusive 5 page preview! Please do not redistribute Page 01 Pages 02 and 03 Page...

Time For A Big Update

I’ve been extremely busy lately with a lot of very exciting things, some of which I can share with you now. Superheroes Ltd #2 The comic is looking absolutely beautiful and I’m really impressed with how it’s coming out so far.  I think this issue is really going to be a showcase for exactly what I am capable of and I think you’re all going to love it.  There’s tension, there’s mystery, there’s intrigue and, of course, a little humour. Here is a preview image while you’re waiting for the finished product: Comic Conventions! So, a few convention bits to announce, first of all, GemuCon has officially been cancelled by it’s organizers, making it kind of impossible for me to attend.  Good news is that I am confirmed for Independent’s Day on June 21st, a day where several indie creators will be gathering outside Komix, Melksham as a sort of miniature convention.  It’ll be great fun, come along!  Also, the big one, I will be at Thought Bubble later this year!  It’ll be my first time attending Thought Bubble so excited is an understatement. Don’t forget, May 10th and 11th I will be at Bristol Comic Expo in, well, Bristol.  Come on down and say hi! One more thing while we’re talking about conventions… I’m going to help organize one.  MetaCon is due to run June 2015 (exact dates to be confirmed).  I am in charge of the artist alley, dealer’s room, and also the art direction.  Expect me to make it a very pretty convention! Bromham Carnival A fun family day out in the heart of a local village...

Return From Kitacon, Art Challenge, A Traitor’s Reasons

First of all, Kitacon!  I literally just got back in the door from this year’s Kitacon and wow, it’s easily still the most insanely fun convention the UK has to offer!  While I wasn’t selling at Kitacon, I did get the chance to catch up with some fellow creators and held a panel called “How to Draw Your Own Comic Or Manga”, which people found to be very helpful.  Unfortunately, the panel was not filmed but I do intend on releasing a video of the presentation slides with myself talking over them.  I can’t reproduce the talk verbatim because there were some deviations and tangential subjects that I simply cannot recall accurately enough to include.  That said, I still think the information in there is going to be invaluable to anyone who is thinking about creating their own book. Speaking of panels, Ubisoft’s Reflections studio held a panel on getting into the video game industry which was very informative and I even won a copy of Assassin’s Creed IV Black Flag during their talk.  Now I just need to pick up where I left off in Assassin’s Creed Revelations and then beat III before I can play it.  The ones I’ve played so far have taught me I cannot afford to skip entries where the plot is concerned. Fellow comic creator Tab Kimpton of Khaos Komix also gave a panel on “Kickstarting Your Comic” which had plenty of useful advice for comic creators, direct from a veteran of the webcomic community. Kitacon held it’s reputation as being the party convention, and this is proven by the fact that I...