Tuesday, 25 March 2014

Biodegradable Issue 3

Issue 3 of the bi-monthly sci-fi digital comic anthology '100% Biodegradable', which I edit and write for, is out now!

Deep sea divers, deadly supernatural hell hounds, loved up aliens, and lashings of wondrous carnage and mayhem!

The comic is 30 pages, B/W and colour, featuring strips by Tony Suleri (Scar Comics, Futurequake), Mark Bertolini (Markosia, FUBAR Press) Carl Yonder (Action Lab Comics, Comixtribe) Dave Hailwood (Toxic, Strip Magazine), Dave Thomson (Strip Magazine, Dr WTF?) Simon Mackie, Mike Parsons and Denis Vermesse (cover by Carl Yonder, with design work by Assistant Editor John Kirkham)

All three issues of 100% Biodegradable were recently reviewed on the comic website A Place To Hang Your Cape and received an overall score of 8/10.  The reviewer, Robert Wallis, said a lot of positive things about the comics, and concluded with "Hailwood is a great economical storyteller and the artwork is consistently impressive. The standout story, however, comes in Issue 3: the images conjured up by Denis Vermesse “Life & Death” bring to mind Neil Gaiman‘s Sandman. The series is close to becoming a more-than reliable brand, and with, perhaps, a few more risks, it could be magnificent"

 So if you've got 69p/99 cents to spare, then please grab yourself a copy from DriveThru Comics or Comicsy

Thursday, 6 March 2014

Bulldog Freebies

For World Book Day UK comic writer Jason Cobley has made all his ebooks free, including The Greatest Adventures Of Captain Winston Bulldog, The Extraordinary Exploits Of Captain Winson Bulldog, and Bulldog Clips.

I've always had a bit of a softspot for Captain Bulldog as the Bulldog Adventures Magazine was the first small press comic I ever brought (way back in the nineties!).  There's some mighty fine creators involved in these comics, and you'll find the likes of Garen Ewing (of Rainbow Orchid fame), PJ Holden (2000ad regular), Neill Cameron (highly popular artist for The Phoenix) and there's also a few contributions from myself and Paul Harrison Davies (my Bunk Mates and Hoodied Horror collaborations with Paul appear inside Bulldog Clips).

Anyway, enough waffle from me!  They may not be free for long, so pop along to Lulu and start downloading them now!  


Saturday, 18 January 2014

100% Biodegradable 2 Now Available!

100% Biodegradable Issue 2 is now available to buy from Drivethru comics and Comicsy, at the ridiculously affordable price of 69p/$0.99. 

Issue 2 of the digital sci-fi anthology features work by Tony Suleri, Stuart Giddings, Simon Mackie, Dave Thomson, Mike Parsons, David Hailwood, Paul Harrison-Davies and Neil Alexander.

Wise cracking one-eyed mutants…dissectable clones…vengeful photocopiers from outer space and gay aliens in love…oh my, yes, there’s a little something for everybody! 

We've got a lot of great work coming up, with contributions from regulars, newcomers and seasoned pro's alike.  So stay tuned, and keep an eye out for issue 3 which will be available mid-March. 


'Maintains the quality, with truly knockout art from Tony Suleri and wonderfully funny stuff from Dave Hailwood and Stu Giddings' - John Freeman, Down The Tubes.

Tuesday, 31 December 2013

Temple Showcase 15 Available now!

Temple APA comic showcase Issue 15 is now available to download as a free PDF and contains contributions from Simon Mackie, Malcolm Kirk, Tony Suleri, Ben Peter Johnson and myself.

The Temple is a showcase for amateur and professional creators who are active in the UK comics scene.  If you'd like to contribute or want more information, then check out the blog for more details (next deadline is likely to be early March).

Board Horde Stat Analysis

Hi folks,

I thought I'd round off the year by giving a brief analysis of the stats/views received for Board Horde since it's launch six months ago.

It seems that board games prove particularly popular around the November/December holiday period, as views started to pick up massively in November (going from 5 views a day to 100), and this month alone the game has had 4,500 views (which accounts for more than half the total views over six months!). 

For anyone interested in making HTML5 games, I'd strongly recommend use of Clay.io, as it gives you access to stats like this, gets you plenty of plays, and also allows other gaming sites to link to your game which can get you plenty more plays without any effort on your behalf (such as m.clickjogos.uol.com.br - a foreign site which has given my game over a thousand views)

Also adding a Gamemix banner to your game can add a small but steady trickle of users.

Oh yes, and the grand total of advertising revenue that I've made to date? $4! Finally I can buy that speedboat that I've always wanted!

All the best for the New Year, folks!

If you haven't played my game yet, check it out here: Board Horde

Friday, 22 November 2013

100% Biodegradable Anthology Out Now!

The first issue of the bi-monthly sci-fi digital comic anthology that myself and John Kirkham have been putting together is finally available to buy online, from either DriveThruComics or Comicsy (depending on preference).

100% Biodegradable contains a wealth of strips from comic creators across the UK, including Tony Suleri, Simon Mackie, Stuart Giddings and Dave Thomson.  Gigantic rampaging rodents...paranormal ice-cream salesmen...psychotic alien cab drivers...this one has it all, and is priced at £1 (or $1.61) for 30 pages of b/w and colour strips.

Although the bulk of the comic is written by myself, I'm hoping to bring on board more creators from the UK.  So if you have a sci-fi/action/horror strip of 1-8 pages (preferably self contained) then please send it to the Biomekazoik mailing address for consideration (biomekazoik@gmail.com).

Getting Post Apocalyptic at the BBC

At the end of March, myself and writing partner Frank Burton submitted an entry to the BBC Script Room (Bunk Mates; a post apocalyptic sitcom that was loosely based on a short comic strip I worked on some years ago with Paul Harrison-Davies).  Apparently a few other writer folks followed suit, as the BBC received almost 3,000 submissions (a third of which were also comedies). 
In July we were contacted by the BBC who informed us that our script was amongst the 5% that had made it to their long list.  In traditional English fashion, I put the kettle on and had a celebratory cup of tea and a biscuit (just the one biscuit, mind.  I didn’t want to overdo it at this stage).

The 150 scripts left were once again sifted through, and in August we were informed that Bunk Mates had made it to the shortlist along with 50 other entries (more celebratory tea for me, along with two biscuits - one of which was a chocolate hobnob).  We were given some useful feedback from one of the script readers, which stated (among other things) ‘Very funny and well written take on the 'post apocalyptic sitcom' – a theme that comes up often. Great opening with the postman, the juxtaposition of mundane and terrifying, which is then echoed in the script. The plot and pacing is well thought out and there are no lulls in the script.’

In October the BBC informed us that along with 25 other people we had made it to the final stage, and were invited to attend a development session at the BBC HQ in November. 

Anyway, we attended the session on Tuesday (if you look closely at the photo swiped from the BBC Twitter feed, you might be able to make out my bald spot in the foreground), and found it to be very informative and productive.  The most useful parts of the half-day were being given the opportunity to question producers from various BBC departments (such as radio, children’s tv, etc), and building up an action plan of where we want to go with our writing careers and how we intend to get there, with the aid of Development Producer Henry Swindell.

It was also nice to learn that all the comedy scripts have been sent on for further evaluation, which may in time lead to more feedback.  The chances of Bunk Mates actually getting developed at this stage are pretty slim (though not impossible), and it was repeatedly pointed out that the scripts should be considered more of a calling card of voice and talent. 

As Paul Ashton puts it on the BBC Blog: ‘The real danger for that 1% is that they might think they’ve made it and the pressure is off – but they haven’t, and it isn’t. It’s just the first step on a long road.’   So…the contacts are there, and the BBC doors have both me and Frank’s boots firmly wedged in them.  Time to write some stuff! (but first, the kettle beckons…)