Out Now: Zarjaz #28

A little late to this, but the newest issue of Zarjaz - issue 28 to be exact - is out now - and features something from myself and James Newell in the form of The Ballad Of Tubal Cain...


Since his resurrection by Medusa, the living spirit of Mars, Happy Shrapnel has turned his back on his life of violence and adopted the name Tubal Cain. Now, he is the armourer for The ABC Warriors, providing weapons and repairs to aid their mission to increase the peace across the red planet. But when he agrees to repair another veteran, Tubal is forced to re-adopt his old ways...
I have to admit, I loved the idea of Tubal Cain ever since I read the Return To Mars storyline. Something about the character desiring a change, away from the endless combat of being an ABC Warrior spoke to me and added something fresh to the series. It also left me a little wary about tackling Tubal and his little corner of Mars, but I decided to take a few chances with the script, and I'm kinda pleased with the way it worked out.

And I'm even more pleased that James Newell agreed to join me on this. I've worked with James once before, back in Zarjaz #25 (still available from the FutureQuake Shop!), so I had an inkling of what to expect from the art, but when I saw his finished pages for The Ballad Of Tubal Cain, I was pretty much stopped dead in my tracks. Not only does he bring some Clint Langley-esque elements to the pages, he also captures the action sequences and quieter story beats with the skills of a master in the making.

James is most definitely a name to watch for in the future - which makes me even more grateful that we have a third strip in the pipeline for Zarjaz, hopefully due later in the year. In the meantime, be sure and check out James' blog to see what else he's up to.

Zarjaz #28 features this cover from Tiernen Trevallion:


Zarjaz #28 is available from the FutureQuake Shop, priced £3.00 (+ shipping). If you think you can handle the extra Thrill Power, you can also grab back issues from the FutureQuake Shop.

Remember: it ain't called Zarjaz for nothin'!

10 Miles: A Collection Of Short Stories

Over the last few months, I've been hammering away at a wee side project that I've been promising myself I'd do since about 2015: a collection of short prose stories.

It's been pretty daunting pulling this together, as what I laughingly call my prose skills are a little rusty, but I'm fairly happy with how the pieces have turned out, and now I'm putting it out there in the world to read. And maybe laugh at. Er...

Anyway, the collection, 10 Miles, features two previously published stories in the form of 8-Ball and the aforementioned 10 Miles, alongside four original shorts, and features a rather tasty cover from my regular parter in crimes against comics Bryan Coyle, which looks like this:


The six stories included are:

8-Ball: 

When a "Magic 8-Ball" computer program begins to make increasingly accurate predictions, Paul Johnson finds his life slowly being turned inside out...

Click:

One photograph reveals so much...

House:

When Ray disappears from his home, the neighbours become increasingly worried...

Dead Drop:

When her friend, Quinn, asks her for access to her buildings servers to check out an outdated flash drive, Zoe Webb finds herself caught between the most powerful corporate entity on the planet and an independent news agency determined to expose them.

10 Miles:

Rob Jackson has turned his life over to the whims of Fate, using the flip of a coin to make decisions. But, as he heads through the Nevada desert, he's discovering just what a strange and cruel mistress Fate can be...

The Phone:

Two friends embark on an increasingly dangerous night out as they try to forget the secrets a mobile phone contains...

10 Miles is available for the paltry sum of £1.99 from these fine retailers of digital products:


Zarjaz Presents... Strontium Dog: Old Laing Zyne Episode 2


And that's another daily in the can!

Thanks to Zarjaz for letting us do this under their banner and, of course, thanks to you for reading!

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

The Zarjaz Dailies, however, will return later in 2017...

Zarjaz Presents... Strontium Dog: Old Laing Zyne Episode 1


And we're back one last time with a very special Strontium Dog story from myself, Scott Twells and Bolt-01...

As always, each episode of Old Laing Zyne will debut over at the FutureQuake Blog (and the 2000AD message boards) before popping up here, and I'll compile the strip on their own page if anyone wants to catch up.

The story concludes tomorrow. In the meantime, you can check out all the previous "Zarjaz Dailies" here.

And remember: if you want even more supplementary Thrill Power, several issues of Zarjaz are available to buy from The FutureQuake site now!

Zarjaz Presents... Judge Dredd: Frostee The Snow-bot Episode 8


And that's another case for Justice Department's finest in the can!

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

But wait! There's more... Later today, we'll be back for a very special end of year strip...


Zarjaz Presents... Judge Dredd: Frostee The Snow-bot Episode 7

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

And remember: several issues of Zarjaz are currently available to buy from The FutureQuake site!

Zarjaz Presents... Judge Dredd: Frostee The Snow-bot Episode 6

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

And remember: several issues of Zarjaz are currently available to buy from The FutureQuake site!

Zarjaz Presents... Judge Dredd: Frostee The Snow-bot Episode 5

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

And remember: several issues of Zarjaz are currently available to buy from The FutureQuake site!

Zarjaz Presents... Judge Dredd: Frostee The Snow-bot Episode 4

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

And remember: several issues of Zarjaz are currently available to buy from The FutureQuake site!

Zarjaz Presents... Judge Dredd: Frostee The Snow-bot Episode 3

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

And remember: several issues of Zarjaz are currently available to buy from The FutureQuake site!