Thursday, 26 March 2015

Wednesday, 18 March 2015

The Gang's All Here!

Stalwart artist Stephen Prestwood has drawn up this portait of the stable of PARAGON heroes.
How many do you recognise?

Sunday, 1 March 2015

R.I.P John Cooper

John Cooper was one of my favourite artists back in the 70s when I was growing up so I was saddened to read of his death last week. A great artist with a great eye for an action page.
 R.I.P John.

Saturday, 21 February 2015

Read the review! Buy the book!

With FREE p&p, now is the time to stock up on the PARAGON range, including the hardback annual and the Jikan Chronicles Book Three!

Sunday, 25 January 2015

The PARAGON Annual 2015 - free?!

Sadly, this seems to have died on its arse, which is a shame as I think it's the best book I've put out yet - and that really is saying something

Hopefully by putting the download version out as a free ebook it will now gather some readers

Download a copy. It's bloody good.

Saturday, 24 January 2015


Seemed appropriate to post this teaser poster for The Jikan Chronicles Book Four today!

Sunday, 18 January 2015

Scratting around the digital page

You know in the Ice Age cartoon movies there is that squirrel creature bounding around chasing an acorn always trying to climb a wall or God-knows-what, desperately trying to find a purchase with his tiny claws?

That's my eyeballs with digital comic pages. My eyes just slip off the page; turn the page, see a digitally illustrated colour comic strip and, wheeee - turn the page again as I have nothing to focus on.

2000AD regularly has strips illustrated in this manner; ABC warriors, Slaine, American Reaper.... not read any of them. My eyes just glaze over at it. Doesn't matter who writes it, who draws it - if it's photoshopped, digitally enhanced faces I've got no chance of focussing on it.

And I think that is why I hate American Reaper so much. I was brought up on UK comics in the seventies with ten panel, hand drawn pages by the likes of Mike Western and Joe Colquhoun.
AR has maybe 5 panels the width of the page.
Are they going for the widescreen look? I dunno.
It's not as though I don't like the idea of the story; witness the Reaper Files painted by Fay Dalton - they are great. It's just that bloody photoshoppery. For me that's sixteen pages that could be put to much better use with something else - reprint, small press contribution, interviews, anything.