Wednesday, 14 October 2015

Where has the year gone??

Thought it about time I gave my unloved blog a little attention!

This year seems to have gone so quick, and although it's not been the best year creatively for me, the attention to Midnight Man has grown and grown. I've gotten the best reviews I've ever got, and getting positive comments from industry legends like John McCrea (Hitman, Dicks, Mythic) only make things better! You can see from my shameless 'pull quote' sheet above that I really am incredibly lucky to have so many positive comments.

I recently did a con in Birmingham at the start of September. ICE was run by Shane Chebsey (founder of the Smallzone network and organised the BICS cons years back) and was a good, fun day. Helped by meeting up with old and new friends such as Red Mask from Mars creator, Vince Hunt, Descending Outlands creator Shaun Dobie, West good guys Andrew Cheverton and Tim Keable and also Kill Screen/Samurai Slasher genius Mike Garley.

Biggest moment of the day was talking to someone who expressed an interest in my work (to be fair I have had lots of nice things said about my stuff since doing cons solo). He threw me by asking me how much for *ALL* my Midnight Man pages! Completely taken aback I didn't know what to say. He ended up buying the book and a page which was great. I've since been in touch with him and completed a deal that resulted in him buying all my pages (something that has never happened to me before) and thanks to his generosity will help fund further books, so I can't thank him enough.

All in ICE was a fantastic con, good sales and feedback on the book and of course, meeting someone who bought all my pages, so not a bad day :-)

My table is confirmed for the Thought Bubble convention in Leeds on the 14/15 November. I had a great time last year and can't wait to go back and meet up with friends. Hopefully with no last minute printing nightmares this time!

Due to Midnight Man being a year old (again how time flies!) I decided it would be good to have something new to sell for the weekend. So I'm producing an anthology compilation of the best short stories I drew for the Accent UK anthologies. The ones where I was lucky to draw scripts from writers of the calibre of Kieron Gillen and John Repppion & Leah Moore.

I have re-lettered all the strips but resisted temptation to redraw stuff as although the work is old (and could easily be improved), it's best to let them stand as they are. To add some new material I have added a new strip written by John and Leah and also Mo has provided a fun little 2 page Midnight Man strip that I'm rushing to get done in time!

To complete the book I've included some of my favourtite pinup/cover art I've done over the years and the book will have a nice colour section in it, so (hopefully) it will look like a nice book to have.

More on that soon, but in the meantime, Vince Hunt (mentioned above ) does a very cool podcast about small press comics, called the 'Awesome Comics Podcast', it's well worth your time as they have some fab guests on and they recommend some really good books (and it's guaranteed to make you smile).

You can find it here!