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Hello and welcome to Imaginary Stories, the blog of a writer who's committed the cardinal sin of not having a Facebook account.

A ton of short comic stories can be found in various UK small press titles - many of which are still available to buy with your money - but I'm currently looking for new opportunities outside of the UK. And, yes, that's me being completely shameless.

My debut graphic novel, Babble (with Bryan Coyle) was released to critical acclaim, and is still available from Amazon UK, Amazon US, Comixology, ComicsPlus or Madefire (iOS & Android). You can still get it through bricks and mortar comic shops, too. Give them the Previews order code OCT120971 and tell them I sent you. Or, y'know, don't.

Twitter is now my main source of contact with the world outside my window, but I'm on Tumblr, too, and you can also find a couple of pieces I wrote over at Medium, should you want to.

Now, begone.

Art by Bryan Coyle

Zarjaz Presents... Judge Dredd: When I Say JIMP Ep 19


And with that, our monster strip is complete! A very big thanks to Bryan for agreeing to do the art, thanks to 2000AD's PR droid for including the first episode in the weekly Thrill Mail, and a very big thanks to YOU for reading!

Remember, you can read the entire serial here, and all the previous Zarjaz Dailies, are available here.

And if that wasn't enough Thrill Power for you, there's also The Right To Arm Bears, an exclusive Zarjaz strip from us.

Remember that Zarjaz #23 is available to buy now (along with a whole bunch of back issues) from the FutureQuake Shop, priced £3.00 (+ shipping) and features this rather scrotnig Mark Harrison cover:

http://www.futurequake.co.uk/shop.php

And, of course, Babble by me and Bryan (published by Com.X) is still available to buy in print from Amazon (UK | US), and in digital from Comixology, Comics Plus and Madefire (iOS | Android).

And, just because, here's the exclusive video teaser for it:

Zarjaz Presents... Judge Dredd: When I Say JIMP Ep 18


Continues tomorrow! Catch up on all the previous episodes here.

And remember: Zarjaz #23 is available to buy from The FutureQuake Web Shop now!

Zarjaz Presents... Judge Dredd: When I Say JIMP Ep 17


Continues tomorrow! Catch up on all the previous episodes here.

And remember: Zarjaz #23 is available to buy from The FutureQuake Web Shop now!

Defeat!

Over on his blog, Bryan Coyle is talking about the old 80's comic War Cars, which a lot of people don't seem to remember. There's not a lot about it out there on the net that I can link to, but Bryan's been doing some digging into the history of it.

The short version is that War Cars was a comic based around a toy line that didn't get released in the UK when the licence holder, Stadium UK, went bankrupt, leaving Marvel UK with a comic based on a toy no one had heard of and probably never would. Needless to say, War Cars was not a hit, but oddly, copies of the comic go for a fair chunk of change on eBay.

http://takecomfortinsilence.blogspot.co.uk/2015/03/i-just-cant-stand-it-when-good-things.html

That image is shamelessly stolen from Bryan's blog.

I loved the few issues of this I read - and, man, I read them cover to cover until the pages were coming away from the staples. I've still got a couple of old issues kicking around which have, to be honest, seen better days, but I just can't bring myself to part with them. I have to admit, though, I never really took to the Killraven or Planet Of The Apes reprints that filled the rest of the comic, but something about the main War Cars series just fired cylinders in in my tiny mind and made me fall completely head over heels with the concept of it (I actually remember sitting on the back doorstep, pretending I was driving one of the cars!).

But one thing in particular I remember was the text story, Defeat!, that was used as filler for a later issue (I could've sworn it was in an annual, but I actually have the issue with it in). It was, I think the first text story I ever read in a comic or annual - I was never a fan of them, if I'm being honest, and I tended to skip them when they came up, but Defeat! was the one that made me re-think that whole approach and actually made me pick up a pencil and write my own War Cars story (lost to the mists of time, thankfully).

So, with Bryan posting some scans from the comic, I thought I'd jump on that bandwagon and post Defeat! here while my copies of the comic are still in a decent enough condition to be fed through the scanner; I'll also see about making a PDF of these for download at some point in the future, too, even though the legality of it's a bit...dodgy.

I've never been able to find out who wrote this, but, after some digging, I did find out Italian artist Carlo Ferrigno provided the illustrations.  If anyone reading this knows who the writer is, though, please let me know.

Anyway, enjoy - and, remember, click the images to see larger, readable versions.

Zarjaz Presents... Judge Dredd: When I Say JIMP Ep 16


Continues tomorrow! Catch up on all the previous episodes here.

And remember: Zarjaz #23 is available to buy from The FutureQuake Web Shop now!

Zarjaz Presents... Judge Dredd: When I Say JIMP Ep 15


Continues tomorrow! Catch up on all the previous episodes here.

And remember: Zarjaz #23 is available to buy from The FutureQuake Web Shop now!

Zarjaz Presents... Judge Dredd: When I Say JIMP Ep 14


Continues tomorrow! Catch up on all the previous episodes here.

And remember: Zarjaz #23 is available to buy from The FutureQuake Web Shop now!

Zarjaz Presents... Judge Dredd: When I Say JIMP Ep 13


Continues tomorrow! Catch up on all the previous episodes here.

And remember: Zarjaz #23 is available to buy from The FutureQuake Web Shop now!

Zarjaz Presents... Judge Dredd: When I Say JIMP Ep 12


Continues tomorrow! Catch up on all the previous episodes here.

And remember: Zarjaz #23 is available to buy from The FutureQuake Web Shop now!