Melksham Comic Con

Melksham Comic Con Well, this weekend saw us at Melksham Comic Con, the first convention I’ve been able to get to since my son Greyson was born and boy, was I glad to get back in the saddle!  Joe Cape #2 was released and well received.  I caught up with a lot of friends I have not seen in far too long including Jon Lock (who was launching Heavenly Chord #2), Vince Hunt (Red Mask from Mars), Owen Watts (Psychedelic Journal of Time Travel) and Dani Abram (who was launching Worry Wart – a fantastic read that we’ll come back to in a moment), among many others.  Put it this way, at the pub afterwards we needed to put four tables side by side and people were still standing! I also presented a panel on making indie comic and common pitfalls and mistakes you can avoid through planning and preparation.  Once the video is live on YouTube (currently been uploading for 3 and a half hours and it’s quoting me 3 more before it’s done), I’ll post a link here along with the Powerpoint slides. Quick Edit: Video is now live!  Link to slides coming...

Joe Cape Issue 2 Is Complete!

Joe Cape (previously Superheroes Ltd) issue 2 is finished!  I have sent it off to the printers ready for it’s launch at Melksham Comic Con on 30th August 2014, I’ve also submitted it to Comixology!  As soon as it’s available to order online, I’ll put the relevant links on this site too. Digital copies will also be going out to all of my Kickstarter backers today.  I’m really excited and can’t wait to hear what everyone thinks of the...

Name Changes & Trademarks

Superheroes Ltd is undergoing a change of name.  From issue 2 onwards, the series will be titled Joe Cape. Wait, What?  Why? I previously posted about Arcadia getting accepted for digital distribution via Comixology.  I also submitted issue 1 of Superheroes Ltd whilst working on issue 2.  Comixology rejected the submission recently, stating they were concerned about a potential trademark issue. Upon further investigation, it turns out that Marvel and DC jointly own a trademark for the word “superhero”, including all of it’s permutations.  “Superhero”, “super-hero”, “super hero”, it doesn’t matter how you spell it, if you use in it the title, advertising, or promotion of your product without Marvel & DC’s permission you’re infringing upon their trademark. Oddly enough, the rules seem to allow for the use of the word on internal comic pages, so the actual content of the book remains unchanged. So Marvel & DC Came After You? No, they haven’t.  I’m making this decision to avoid any potential problems in the future.  I know I’m a small indie comic artist and I’m probably not even on their radar, but I would rather be safe than sorry, especially as they’ve previously gone after other indie comics such as A World Without Superheroes. What Happens Now? It seems I can use the word superhero on internal pages, so I do not need to make any alterations to the content of the books or the story I have planned out.  As I am implementing changes immediately upon learning of the trademark issue, I should reasonably be allowed to continue selling the original print run of issue 1, which was only...

Good News Everyone!

I apologise for having been quiet the past couple of weeks, however I think you’ll understand when you discover the reason.  My son, Greyson, was born 12 July 2014 at 1:24 am.  Please join me in welcoming him to the world!   Comic News Another piece of good news is that I contacted my printer today to get a quote for Superheroes Ltd #2 to ensure the comic is ready for it’s planned launch at Melksham Comic Con! Meanwhile, Arcadia, my first comic, has been accepted onto Comixology!  This means you can now buy digital copies of the comic from their website and/or app for the low price of just £0.69 GBP ($0.99 USD)!  I have also updated the Buy My Comics page to show all of your purchasing options for each of my comics.  Go take a...

Superheroes Ltd #2, Who’s Who, What’s What! (Plus Bonus Announcements!)

Good morning one and all!  We’ve got updates and news galore today, so sit back, relax, and take in some awesome new news! Who’s Who In Superheroes Ltd #2 As Superheroes Ltd #2 progresses nicely, I figured it would be a good idea to let you in on who’s who and what’s happened between issues 1 and 2. Joe Cape: Still unemployed after the events of issue 1, Joe has decided he’s going to use his powers to help the people of the city, whether he’s licensed or not!  Hiding his face, and with law enforcement in pursuit of his new alter ego, Joe is trying to find out where the mech that attacked in issue 1 came from, who built it, and if there could be more of them out there! Maria Sides: Her actions at the end of issue 1 have earned her a stretch in prison for unauthorised use of her powers (even though it was in defence of the city)!  She knows Joe has been playing vigilante and is deeply concerned he’s going to wind up behind bars with her. Derek Black: Now a government employee, Derek has been tasked with finding and bringing in the new rogue superhero that’s been appearing across town.  Unbeknownst to Derek, he is hunting his friend and former colleague, Joe! Derek has tried to investigate the origins of the mech from issue 1, however his bosses keep blocking his attempts to gain answers.  This has only made him more suspicious. Bryan Bodington: Bryan is also now working as an agent for the government.  He was hired alongside Derek and the...

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...