Coming Soon: Victoria

Over at the FutureQuakePress Blog, editor extraordinaire - and letterer on the strip! - Bolt-01 has revealed a deliberately provocative preview of Victoria by me and Bryan Coyle, coming soon to the pages of Something Wicked.

Remember, back issues of Something Wicked are still available from the FutureQuake Shop and 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 here:

Coming Soon: The Line Of Duty

Over at The Quaequam Blog, Bolt-01 has posted a preview of the upcoming Anderson, Psi Division strip by me and Alfie Gallagher:

The Line Of Duty is from a story by Bryan Coyle and should be appearing in an issue of Zarjaz blasting into orbit in the near future.

Remember, several back issues of Zarjaz (and its sister publication Dogbreath) are available from the FutureQuake Shop and the FQ Comicsy Shop. Oh, and be sure and check out Alfie's blog, too.

Coming Soon: Part Of The Process

Coming soon to the pages of the Eagle/True Believers Award nominated anthology FutureQuake is Part Of The Process by Jim Lavery and me.

Over on the FQP Blog, editor extraordinaire (and letterer on this very strip) Bolt-01 goes into a bit more detail about the unusual way this strip came into being, if that kind of behind the scenes shenanigans is of interest to you. I'll expand on it a bit more before the issue goes to print. You lucky people.

Station Ident

Yes, I am stealing this idea from Warren Ellis. Hello.

Welcome to Imaginary Stories, the official web presence of a writer you've never heard of.

I've mainly been kicking around the UK small press comics scene, touting my wares and writing a ton of short stories for various anthologies - many of which are still available to buy with your money - and I'm currently trying to gain a foothold outside of the scene. Because I am shameless, I will take this opportunity to say that I have a portfolio of complete strips available for any editors reading this.

I also wrote/co-created a graphic novel which I'm contractually obliged to refer to as "critically acclaimed"*. You can see the proof here. You can also by said book from Amazon UK, Amazon US and Comixology. You'd make myself and Bryan very happy if you did.

So far, I've published a couple of short prose stories on the Kindle. I may do more in the future. You have been warned.

You can find me on various social media platforms, but Twitter is my main playground. However, I am lurking around and Grooveshark, trying to infect the world with my musical tastes. I also have a Tumblr which is really just a digital scrapbook for stuff that I find interesting (you may not); it's currently set to make one post every day from now until the end of the year because why not. I am also currently exploring Medium and I'll be posting odds and ends that don't fit here or on the Tumblr.

Because you've read this far down, here's a wee present in the form of some completely free comics, some that have seen print already, some produced for on-line pleasuring of your comic reading eyes.

Thank you for reading and may your gods go with you.**

Image credits: Art by Bryan Coyle, colours by Mark Dale

* Not really, of course, but it amuses me to say that.
** Yes, I nicked that from Dave Allen. Shut up.

Zarjaz #21 - Available NOW!

Available right this very second from the FutureQuake Shop is the latest issue of Zarjaz - #21 to be exact - and it features Judge Dredd: True Believers by me and Paul Williams:

As a new series of officially sanctioned Judge Dredd comics hit the streets, the real Dredd continues his investigation into the murder of the girlfriend of the comics writer and artist Jay Lorien. However, what he uncovers may well spell the end for Mega City One...

There's not a lot I can say about this story without giving everything away (and when you read it, you'll understand), but what I can say is that True Believers was an attempt to do a more a modern Dredd tale, something more up to date and tying in with some of the current-ish story lines and narrative styles being done in the pages of 2000AD. It was also one of the toughest things I've ever written, and one of those scripts where I really had to up my game to try and make it work. Whether I succeeded in that is something I'll leave up to you, gentle reader...

As for the artwork... Well, again, I can't say much about Paul's art without giving away some huge spoilers, but I put something into the script that I wasn't sure about and Mr Williams more than rose to the challenge and pretty much blew everyone away. He also brought something modern and sleek to the pages that captures the tone of the story perfectly, but also a dynamism and kinetic energy that really makes the action sequences pop off the page. He is, for my money, a name to watch.

Paul, however, has another strip in the same issue, Tales Of Mega City One: Fear & Loathing, with a script by Santiago Mayoud. I've been lucky enough to seen some of this and I can say you're in for another visual treat. And if that wasn't enough for you, Paul's also posted a blog about his process for the two strips over on his Tumblr (along with the very first strip we ever did together back in 2008 - a strip that we'd both blotted from our memories it was so amazing. *coughs*). Me and Paul also have a Durham Red strip in the pipeline for Dogbreath, too, which should be dropping next year. More on that closer to the time.

Update: Paul has posted a couple of preview pages from his strips over on his Tumblr, with some commentary.

Letters for True Believers were by Paul and Bolt-01 - the reasons for which will become clear when you read the story. Special mention should go to Bolt-01 for, once again, putting up with me and my dialogue tweaks.

The cover for Zarjaz #21 is by art droid Patrick Goddard (with colours by Owen Watts) and looks a bit like this:

Over at The Quaequam Blog, you can find out what else is in the issue. Zarjaz #21 - along with a whole load of back issues which I may or may not have contributed to - is available from both the FutureQuake Shop and the FQ Comicsy Shop priced £3.00 (+ shipping) Earth Money. So, if you want some supplementary Thrill Power, Zarjaz is the place to be!

Remember: the editors and creators behind this issue can't be held responsible for cases of Thrill Power Overload reading it may cause.

Update: Zarjaz #21 gets a review courtesy of Owen Watts over at Down The Tubes and a review on episode 176 of Everything Comes Back To 2000AD podcast - and both have some incredibly kind words about True Believers.

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

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

Letters by Bolt-01

Concludes tomorrow! See all the previous stories here.

Zarjaz Presents... Judge Dredd: Job Market

Letters by Bolt-01

New story tomorrow! See all the previous stories here.

Zarjaz Presents... Judge Dredd: No Escape Ep 2

Letters by Bolt-01

New story tomorrow! Read all of No Escape here.

Zarjaz Presents... Judge Dredd: No Escape Ep 1

Letters by Bolt-01

So, here we go again with some more "Daily Dredd"... Only, they're a bit different this time.

Rather than one long strip, we're going to be doing some short ones across the next few days with a couple of different artists and, like The Hunting Games, they'll be running first on The Quaequam Blog, here on my blog and over at my Tumblr (I'll be posting each episode at 1pm). Zarjaz editor extraordinaire Bolt-01 will also be posting it over in the 2000AD forums, if that's your preferred method of Thrill Power delivery. I'll also be posting each strip on a page of their own here for you to catch up.

So, be sure and come back tomorrow for the next episode of No Escape...