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Zarjaz Presents… A Dreddful Xmas

December 24, 2014 at 11:00 am

From us and the lads at Zarjaz, is a very special Christmas story…

Thanks to Bolt-01 and Richmond Clements for letting us do this under the Zarjaz banner, and watch out in 2015 for a brand new daily Dredd strip from us and Bolt!

In the meantime, be sure and check out our previous Dredd freebie, The Right To Arm Bears, which sees the good Judge take on the only bear on the CIA Justice Department Kill List!

It would be remiss of me to not point out that you can still buy Babble by me and Bryan in print from Amazon UK and Amazon US, or digitally from Comixology, ComicsPlus or the Madefire app (iOS or Android) – or, y’know, check the links over on the right.

And I think that’s it from us here until after the festivities, so here’s wishing you all a very Merry Christmas!

A lick of paint…

December 15, 2014 at 10:56 am

It’s been long overdue, but this here blog’s had a bit of a makeover, as you can see…

Not only has it been moved over to a responsive template, but it’s been stripped back and streamlined to make it a – hopefully – much more pleasurable browsing experience. Most of the pages have been re-built and updated, and dead links have either been updated or removed. The Facebook page has gone, unfortunately, and the Google+ page will follow shortly, but we’re still on Twitter, if that’s your bag, and we’re still contactable by e-mail.

Anyway, hope you enjoy the new look, and hopefully we’ll have some news in the new year…

In the meantime, it would be remiss of me to not tell you that Babble is still available in print and digital from these fine retailers:

Babbling On To Madefire

November 27, 2014 at 1:20 pm

Just in time for Thanksgiving over in the US, Babble – along with the rest of the Com.X back catalogue – is now available via the digital comics platform Madefire!

This is a pretty exciting and unexpected development, and one we really couldn’t be happier with. With Babble already available via Comixology and ComicsPlus, this feels like we’ve scored a hat trick with this news.

You can download the Madefire app for both iOS and Android via the links below, and purchase Babble – and other Com.X books – through it.

Remember, though, Babble is still available in print editions from Amazon UK and Amazon US, if that’s more your bag.

But, why should you buy Babble via Madefire, you ask?

Well, take a look at the video and see if it whets your appetite…

Something Wicked #10 – AVAILABLE NOW!

November 17, 2014 at 10:59 am

The FutureQuake Press horror anthology, Something Wicked, reaches its 10th issue, and features a wee tale of love and horror from me and Bryan Coyle (with Bolt-01), called Victoria


A young girl, Caroline, finds herself escaping the crushing reality of her life by lapsing into daydreams of someone called Victoria. But who is this mysterious woman and what is her connection to Caroline and her flatmate, Paul?

Slightly tricky to write a synopsis of this one, given the short nature of the strip…

Victoria is a story I’ve had kicking around the backwoods of my mind for quite a while, but it wasn’t until recently that I’ve felt confident enough to try and write it. Without wanting to give too much away, some of the subject matter needed a delicate touch, one I wasn’t sure I could have managed before now. Even then, it took a healthy dose of confidence (or arrogance, I’m not sure which) and a pro picking the original script draft apart to make me go for it.

With all that in mind, I knew it had to have the right artist to make it work, and – to my delight and eternal gratitude – Bryan agreed to do it. It’s a story that features – spoilers! – a fair bit of nudity, but, I knew it couldn’t be a “T’n’A” strip, otherwise the tone and atmosphere I tried to build into the script would never work. I’ve worked enough with Bryan down the years to know that he would get it immediately and treat those aspects of it with the right level of respect, and avoid any atypical comic book poses that would usually come with female nudity. Along with his trademark storytelling clarity, he brings a level of grounded realism to this, too, which works in the story’s favour to a simply amazing degree, but at the same time, he pushes himself to a higher step in terms of his own work, and produces what I think might be some of his best art yet. Seriously, I could actually fill the entire post praising Bryan’s work on Victoria, but he’s not paying me enough to stroke his ego, so I won’t.

Anway, the wrap around cover to Something Wicked #10 is by Jon Taylor and looks like this:

The comic features 10 – count ‘em! – strips from some of the finest talent the UK small press has to offer and us. You can find a full list of contributors and more previews over at The FQP Blog.

Something Wicked #10 is available from the FutureQuake Shop and the FQ Comicsy Shop, priced £4.00 (+ shipping). You can still get back issues of Something Wicked from those links, too, and the Something Wicked Digital Bundle is available exclusively from the FQ Comicsy Shop.

And, of course, it would be remiss of me not to shamelessly point out that Bryan and I have an OGN that’s currently available in print and digital editions, available from these fine retailers:

The Thing In The Window

October 30, 2014 at 1:30 pm

It’s Halloween and we all like a wee ghost story around now, don’t we? Especially when they’re free.

With that in mind, we decided to combine those things and give you this M.R. James inspired short we’re calling The Thing In The Window

You can find this story on my Tumblr, too.

It would be remiss of me not to mention the fact that, if you liked that strip, me and Bryan also have a graphic novel out there in the world, Babble, which you can buy from Amazon UK, Amazon US, Comixology and ComicsPlus.

October Update

October 9, 2014 at 11:44 am

Now that October is creeping its way around us, it’s time for a quick update on what we’re up to…

We currently have four – count ‘em! – projects in the pipeline, but, such is the way of these things, we’re not sure when they’re going to be appearing… Well, OK, we know one of them will be seeing the light of day later this month, but more on that closer to the time.

However, it’s already been announced over at the FutureQuake Press blog that we’re doing a short called Victoria for the horror anthology, Something Wicked – and because we love you so much, here’s a sneaky peek at the strip:

We’re not sure which issue the strip will be appearing in, but once we know for sure, we’ll post an update here.

Bryan will also be appearing in the next issue of the 2000AD fanzine Zarjaz, with a M.A.C.H.-1/Shako mash-up called Bearing Up, a preview of which you can see right here:

Zarjaz 22 – featuring this story – will be on sale in November.

In the meantime, though, be sure and grab a copy of Babble, if you haven’t already!


Zarjaz Presents… Judge Dredd: And All Because The Lady Loves… Ep 2

June 29, 2014 at 1:00 pm
Letters by Bolt-01

And with that, our little run of stories is wrapped! I sincerely hope that you enjoyed then, and thank you for coming back here to read them all (or going to wherever you went to read them). Remember, if you want to read all of the stories we’ve posted this week, you can find them all here.

A sincere thanks to the lads at Zarjaz for giving me the opportunity to do these and special thanks to Bryan Coyle and Jim Lavery for stepping up to provide the art, and Bolt-01 for providing the lettering and giving it that authentic Zarjaz feel. You can, of course, still read the previous Dredd Daily with Bolt-01 here.

You can see my previous collaboration with Jim Lavery in FutureQuake #24, still available from the FQ Webs Shop or the FQ Comicsy shop.

And, obviously, myself and Bryan Coyle were behind the critically acclaimed UK graphic novel Babble, which is available via Amazon UK, Amazon US, Forbidden Planet, Comixology and Comics Plus.

With a little bit of luck, the Daily Dredd’s will return later this year with a new, full length story…

Zarjaz Presents… Judge Dredd: And All Because The Lady Loves… Ep 1

June 28, 2014 at 1:00 pm
Letters by Bolt-01

Continues tomorrow! See all the previous stories here.

Zarjaz Presents… Judge Dredd: Job Market

June 27, 2014 at 1:00 pm
Letters by Bolt-01

New story tomorrow! See all the previous stories here.

Zarjaz Presents… Judge Dredd: No Escape Ep 2

June 26, 2014 at 1:00 pm
Letters by Bolt-01

New story tomorrow! See all the previous stories here.