A Fistletoe Full of Dollars

Hello Your Self!

Oh its been a buggerous few months – no credits, ISP bothers, no credits again, no credits again. When there’s barely heat and light you can’t fault me for not sending Christmas cards. I’ve tried to make up by writing a pantomime in prose for the Belfast Writers Group. It’s a contemporary re-telling of Robin Hood, as Jetfire, Thomas Carnacki and Captain Heller lead a revolt against Daniel Cameron’s Brutally Britannia. Maybe you’ll get to read ‘Christmas, Live!’, here, later.

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Bottomley – Brand of Britian by myself, Ruairi Coleman and John Robbins is ready and complete for To End All Wars, published by Soaring Penguin Press next year. Start saving.

My new chum Daryl Shaw reviewed ‘Skin of the Teeth’,

Wow great work! I was immediately pulled in with the detail in your writing, It had me visualising early every line which was great! Loved the references.. it was fast paced which I enjoyed, kept thinking of Peter Davidson/Tennent Doctor doing all the running about while reading this… the amount of detail & description put into this.

You can still buy ‘Twelve‘ from Lulu priced £3.00 digital and £10.00 in paperback.

It looks like Daryl and I are working on ‘The Watch Thief’ together in the New Year. If looks could be gold fortunes.

I’m moving house this winter as of now and a delighted postman giggly brought my first piece there. This notification of address by our most beloved Mr. Sean Duffield, UPDATED TO REFLECT MY NEW NEW ADDRESS (20/03/2014)

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It’s okay Tracey Emin, I got your card.

Tracey Emin

Last, but most importantly is TARDIS, the results of the Midwinter Comics Retreat.

Jennys Bike

We tried to make it as confusing and non-linear as previous MCR comics but I think we failed. It’s a coherent tribute to our late great darling Debra Boyask, Fun Princess of Comics, that she would have been okay with.

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Tea and Relative Diffusions‘ is a comic by myself, Jay Eales, Selina Lock, Jenny Linn Cole, Lee Kennedy, Terry Wiley,  Sophie Mobbs and Alan Rowell. You can download it for free from http://www.factorfictionpress.co.uk/TeaRelativeweb.pdf

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Merry Christmas Your Arse xo

“Is that in Ireland?” Gothic Time Travel to celebrate the 50th Anniversary

This last week I’ve mostly spent in bed. I’ve been beset by a vicious abcess causing the right side of my face to swell. My eye flames. I’ve only begun to regain the strength to  write and I’m doing that now because I’ve a really brilliant product to promote.

Twelve by Horrified Press (140 pages)

Prepare to get lost, as the time-traveler and his assistant venture into dark space.
It’s time for authors from around the world to unofficially pay homage to the longest-running science-fiction show in the world, and unleash their own tales of futuristic terror.

My offering ‘Skin of the Teeth’,  (gulp!) gives us the first glimpse at the time traveler’s relationship with Ireland as he pursues a mystery in the formed deep in Belfast’s sewers, and an enemy floating  in the skies, which leads him to a conspiracy at the birthplace of The Titanic. 

Digital £3.00 http://www.lulu.com/shop/horrified-press/twelve/ebook/product-21278364.html

Print £9.99 http://www.lulu.com/shop/horrified-press/twelve/paperback/product-21242606.html

DRIFTING THROUGH ETERNITYPart of a clockwork with a dial
Mark Slade

THE ROTS
Wol-vriey Jesuito

THE ROGUE PLANET
Gavin Chappell

MIRRORS IN FOG
E.S. Wynn

FLIGHT OF THE DEMETER
Martin Feekins

IN LIGHT OF DARKNESS
Nathan J.D.L. Rowark

TIME TELEVISION
Paul Melhuish

SKIN OF THE TEETH
Andrew Luke

NEANDERTHAL
Todd Nelsen

THE LAST EPOCH
Jason Barney

WIGAN GOTHIC
Matthew R. Davis

MUTUAL ASSURED DESTRUCTION
Jay Wilburn

TRAVELER
Gary Murphy

THE CREATURE FROM THE BOG
Angela Pritchett

Thanks to Nerdgeist and Time Warriors for offering publicity but I could really use your help sharing this. Let me or editor nathan.rowark @ live dotco dot uk know if you do. There may be free samples or interviews on offer for those bloggers and journalists who do. 

Blog: Creativity and Collaboration

My hearts not really in any of the pieces I’ve started: nothing that would allow me to finish them in an hour.

Tonight, I’m producing  an audio segment for Stephen Millar and Colm Clarke‘s WAB FM project which enjoys a brief resurrection at Belfast’s Golden Thread Gallery as part of a Catalyst Arts retrospective. I’ve a special idea in mind for this. Listen for ‘The Call’ at the gallery over the next month, or on this site.

I got two or three DJ spots on Wab FM with my sometimes collaborator, Richard Barr. We’ve some flash-fic showing up here over the next month. There’s also plans for the two of us to work with our friend, Irish comix artist, letterer and playwright John Robbins. After a year of failed projects, I’m looking forward to a more organic return to work. If I could give one piece of advice to somebody wanting to make comics as a career, it’s this: don’t, and secondly, work with people you like and trust and only them.

One happy exception to that this year has been with Ruairi Coleman. I saw Ruairi’s work at 2d last year and got him on board hours before Uproar Comics spotted him and did the same. He’s been the lead artist on three issues of their Zombies Hi! comic, and is now doing some stuff for Rob Curley’s Atomic Diner imprint. Ruairi has been drawing from my script for “Brand of Britain” for the “To End All Wars” book published by Soaring Penguin Press and due out before next June. There’s been a lot of reference to follow, and a lot of editorial demands and Ruairi has been handling it all very professionally. I have set things I want to do however the process of creation is organic. Making comics or any creative work is not factory work: it’s communication and needs communication period.

To End All Wars, Soaring Penguin Press, 2014 (Image creator unknown)

Some relationships haven’t worked out this year. I’ve bowed out of Studio NI’s Skeletons in the Closet collection and Borderline Press’s Zombre over creative disagreements. I think when I’m not being paid for a job, it’s perfectly acceptable to walk away in some circumstances. Creativity is not an obligation, it’s a freedom.

The project I’m most excited about at the moment is a solo project due out in oh ho about two weeks. I’ve been very lucky to have been blessed with an editor who took my work and made changes to make it better. I know! Imagine my shock. Here’s another teaser from the project:

Part of a clockwork with a dial

 

And there’s a few bloggers I should probably be talking with this week. Get in touch with my agent if you’d like to run something.

(yeah, I’m still my own agent)

Dr Who and Miley Cyrus in Asda Shopping for Kitchen Utensils.

Thanks Judy.

Doctor Who Miley Cyrus Asda

Do you remember the lovely Belle and Sebastian song Le Pastie De La Bourgeois? le pastie de la bourgeoiseAnd some people were talking about musicy-wans, like the Future Hero All-Stars, Bodega Bamz and The Flatbush Zombies, but I’d not heard of any of them and I thought they were all part of a superhero group with a cartoon.

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Bejasus, no way I’m tagging this lot. Here’s a final wee image I drew today.

Skin of the Teeth Doodle

Spoiler-free within Spoiler-free.

I drew this on May 2nd, right between Journey to the Centre of The Tardis and The Crimson Horror. The genesis is from my own time travel adventure to the Doctor Who’s anniversary in November, and some quiet story details floating around my desk. (Oh yes, and it’s exciting!) Little did I know at the time Matt Smith was leaving the role to be replaced by an older man, nor of John Hurt, Not-Doctor- Doctor-within-The-Doctor, lurking in the mazes and avenues, the labyrinthian stone walls and forests.

Doctor Who May 2nd

Sludge Culture [Photo Comic]

religion? i’m a post-atheist agnostic advocating for christianity (small c), i appreciate your patience, especially given the weight..

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Fun coincidence: While putting this together, my nose and left ear started bleeding. Yeah. Huh?

The zombies are from the Make your own Zombie Movies produced by Paladone, the kit a christmas present from my niece Katrina.

Ayatollah Dracula and The Doctor finger puppets created for Olga’s birthday yesterday.

If you’re new to my websitey blog, I’m sharing a new creative piece here every day up until December 6th when I’ll be forty and scotched most likely. Why not stand out from the crowd by leaving a comment below? Yes. No, I don’t know why people don’t comment more.