Thursday, 30 December 2010

PARAGON sale!!!

Ring out the old year and ring in the new by treating yourself to a copy of PARAGON in the year end sale!!!

Yes, any copy of PARAGONcomic for only a pound!

More fun than a certain burger-chain's cheeseburger for the same price (and without that horrible greasy guilty aftertaste).

Click the Santa link to the right to order - just make sure you send me a note on the paypal order telling me which issue you want. Go on - grab a bargain - all the cool nerds are reading it!

Friday, 24 December 2010


Here's something you may not have seen before. I did a teaser poster for the Witchfires story which can be seen in the Jikan Chronicles.
Haven't got yours yet? Buy a copy by clicking the link
Merry Christmas everybody! Come back in the New Year for a new Jikan webcomic and news on issue 7!

Sunday, 19 December 2010


Yes folks - it's available now! Click the link to and order yours!

That's nearly 100 pages of time-travelling demon-hunting Japanese warrior action, including the only chance you'll get to have The Kappa King story in print! Go on -treat yourself!

Support independent publishing: Buy this book on Lulu.

Thursday, 16 December 2010

Ganesh fan art!

Just to show that not all comic readers are 40 year old men, here's a lovely picture of Ganesh sent in by Mathew McLaughlin by his 7 year old daughter Audrey.

I think Mr Prestwood has competition!

Tuesday, 14 December 2010

Jikan - the full contents

As I am about to load it all on, I thought you might like a full list of the contents;

Jikan, Demon Hunter by Dave Candlish

Second Sun Part 1 by Mark Howard and Dave Candlish

Second Sun Part 2 by Mark Howard, Dave Candlish and Matt Brown

Mistress of Time Part 1 & 2 by Mark Howard, Elchivo Peligroso and Matt Brown

Demon of Steel and Smoke Part 1 by Mark Howard, Dave Candlish and Matt Brown

Demon of Steel and Smoke Part 2 by Mark Howard, Dave Candlish and Nikki Foxrobot

Witchfires by Matthew McLaughlin, Filip Roncone and Nikki Foxrobot

The Kappa King by Matthew McLaughlin, Dave Candlish and Jim Campbell

Cave of Death by Matthew McLaughlin, James Corcoran and Jim Campbell

World at War Part 1 by Chris Cronin, pencils by elchivo, inks by Dave Candlish and lettering by Nikki Foxrobot

World at War Part 2 by Chris Cronin, Dave Candlish and Matt Brown

That's nearly one hundred pages of time-travelling demon-hunting Samurai action. Now, who wants one?

Friday, 10 December 2010

Jikan Collection - out next week!

Yes it can finally be revealed! Here's the cover as coloured by Steve Denton.

Over 100 pages of time-travelling, demon-hunting Samurai action!

Just in time for Christmas!

Saturday, 4 December 2010

Kappa King, Part Twenty Six

The finale!
Thanks to Matthew and Jim for helping make this great fun.
But don't you go away - we'll have a preview of next years story next weekend, and a sneaky look at the cover for the Jikan collection before that!
Be sure to ask Santa for a copy!

Saturday, 27 November 2010

Coming Soon - Jikan; Witchfires

Script by Matthew McLaughlin, art by Filip Roncone
FANS OF THE KAPPAS don't despair!
The finale will be loaded this week (and wait til you see what we have in store for next year!)

Saturday, 20 November 2010

Coming Soon - Jikan; Cave of Death

By Matthew McLaughlin and James Corcoran
Be sure to ask Santa for the Jikan collection this Christmas!

Tuesday, 9 November 2010

Coming Soon - Jikan; Demon of Steel and Smoke

Script by Mark Howard, art by Davey Candlish and lettering by Matt Brown Read it first in the Jikan Collection - coming this Christmas!

Saturday, 6 November 2010

Kappa King, Part Twenty Two and Twenty Three

As this is a little late and Dave is away I, your benevolent Emperor, will give you two episodes of Jikan (plus Matthew told me to):

Saturday, 9 October 2010

The Return of Trubshaw!

Those of you who have been reading PARAGON since the beginning may remember Trubshaw, the (usually) one panel gag. I have loads of these drawn up. The question is, do you want to see more? Here? Or in the comic?

Sunday, 3 October 2010

Monday, 27 September 2010

Kappa King, Part Seventeen

Jikan and the Oni go head to head....

More preview art from #6

The penultimate episode of Undertow, as drawn by Dave Candlish and written by The Emperor.
With a sword wielding hitman from the Vatican up against the living dead and a kingdom of gnomes, it is not to be missed!

Saturday, 25 September 2010

PARAGON #6 review

For those who may have missed it at first, there's a review of the new issue up on the comics bulletin boards;
which is now available in Travelling Man Newcastle.
So if you are on Tyneside, get in there and grab a copy!
(Available elsewhere as soon as possible)
If you want a copy but can't get there or don't have a paypal account, let me know and I'll arrange a different payment method

Thursday, 23 September 2010

Kappa King, Part Sixteen

In all the excitement of getting PARAGON#6 back from the printers, I forgot to post the latest installment of Jikan and the Kappa King!
Here we go, and it's Kappas to the rescue...

Wednesday, 22 September 2010


Yes indeed folks, it's finally here!

32 A4 pages jam packed with a Japanese time-travelling demon hunter, an Indian God turned superhero, and a Vatican hitman up against the living dead and a kingdom of gnomes!

What's not to like? Click the link to the right to order your copy

Wednesday, 8 September 2010

First PARAGON#6 review

And the first preview/review of PARAGON#6 is on the Down the Tubes site, courtesy of John Freeman

The eagle-eyed amongst you will have also noticed the cover has appeared in the right hand sidebar - pre-order yours now and they will be dispatched first class as soon as I receive them back from the printers!

You can read a sneak preview of this issue's Jikan, Demon Hunter 15 page story on myebook;

#6 also includes more from Battle Ganesh by the Emperor and Stephen Prestwood, and the penultimate episode of Undertow by the Emperor and Dave Candlish. With covers by Don Franco/Steven Denton and Matt Soffe, it is not to be missed!

More reviews (along with some preview art) will be posted as I receive them....

Tuesday, 31 August 2010

Kappa King, Part Thirteen

So PARAGON#6 is off to the printers, and I've done two pieces for the Secret Project (as it's commonly known!!).

Now here we are back on track with episode thirteen, and it's unlucky for some...

Saturday, 17 July 2010

Wednesday, 14 July 2010

Another Little Teaser for Issue 6

Of course, Jikan isn't the only hero to appear in PARAGON.

Here to make you drool and slobber with anticipation in a very unsightly way is a splash page from the next episode of everyone's favourite pachyderm powerhouse - Battle Ganesh!

Art by the brilliant Stephen Prestwood from a script by regular scribe, The Emperor

Not long to wait now, I promise!

Saturday, 10 July 2010

Kappa King, Part Seven

Here we are, back on track as promised. What do you think of it so far?

Wednesday, 7 July 2010

Kappa King, part six

As promised, here's part six on a midweek posting. Part seven will be back on track this weekend! Keep those comments coming - we love to know what you think!

Friday, 2 July 2010

PARAGON 6 cover revealed!

As I'm away in London this weekend, there'll be no new episode of the the Kappa King until the middle of next week and back to normal next weekend.
In the meantime, here's the cover to issue 6 (by Don Franco with colours by Steven Denton) to drool over. Good, innit? Out very soon indeed!

Sunday, 6 June 2010

Kappa King, Part Two

Part two for delectation and appreciation!
Let us know what you think...

Sunday, 30 May 2010

Jikan and the Kappa King

An all new, three panel, newspaper style strip - exlusive to the blogspot - featuring the time travelling, demon hunting, Japanese warrior!
Let us know what you think and remember to come back next Monday for part two!

Sunday, 16 May 2010

In production for future PARAGON

Rise of the Mekko Sapiens by Matthew McLaughlin and Dave Candlish

And keep an eye out in weeks to come for a new webcomic, exclusive to the paragoncomic blogspot!!

Thursday, 22 April 2010


So, I went to the flix this morning to see Clash of the Titans in 3D. I was the last one in, and as I looked up at the audience I thought I'd wandered into a Joe 90 lookalike convention with all those big framed glasses staring back at me

I'm old enough to remember the last 3D revival and those horrible cardboard specs with the green and red cellophane lenses which were bloody uncomfortable to wear for any length of time. I'm actually old enough to remember having a 3D viewfinder in the 70s, and it's that that the latest technology reminds me of - at times the effect can feel a bit forced, but overall it works well.

As for the film itself, if you can forget the Harryhausen version (and this is sufficiently different for you to be able to do so) this is a pretty decent action movie with a good few faces you'll recognise but probably can't put names to. Leave your brain and expectations at home, and you may enjoy it

Wednesday, 21 April 2010

Comic chaos hits Britain!

As Huggy Bear would say, the word on the street is... there's no delivery of comics to your local store this week due to the flight chaos over Europe.
So why not get your comic fix by supporting your favourite small press?
Buy a copy of PARAGON! Back issues still available!
Now also available through
(Oh, and the picture? Another page of Jikan from a script by Christov)

Saturday, 10 April 2010

JIKAN - Second Sun

Here for your delectation and appreciation, I give you the first new episode of Jikan as a myebook. Let me know what you think!

Second Sun. Written by Mark Howard. Art by Dave Candlish

Myebook - JIKAN - Second Sun - click here to open my ebook

And don't forget to vote for PARAGON as your favourite British B&W comic book at the Eagle awards!

Monday, 22 March 2010

A bit more JIKAN... and it's about time

So here we are with a bit more of the time travelling Japanese warrior, this time drawn by me, from a script by Christov

Monday, 15 March 2010

Ganesh 2 - the alternative edit!

Here's something you may not have seen; whilst Stephen Prestwood was drawing his first episode of Ganesh, I decided to have a crack at the same script. This is my version. What you might call an alternative edit...

Myebook - Ganesh 2 (the alternative edit) - click here to open my ebook

Another PARAGON#5 review

Here's a link to review that I don't think I've posted before - from the Down The Tubes site

If John Freeman thinks Ganesh is fantastic, then it must be true!

In other PARAGON news, Jim Campbell is now on board, lettering James Corcorans art for a Jikan story scripted by Matthew McLaughlin - it's all going to look fantastic!

Monday, 1 March 2010

JIKAN - hard at work!

With three artists hard at work on chapters of the Japanese demon hunting, time-traveling warrior, I thought I'd show you a couple of frames. Above is elchivo's rendition, below is James Corcoran's version. Both rather marvellous in their own way! I'm excited - I've read the scripts! I can't wait for issue 6 and beyond!

Friday, 26 February 2010

New review

saying, amongst other things;

BATTLE GANESH is good, solid stuff in the vein of Lee and Kirby's Thor, straddling a line between ancient epic and modern superheroics with comfort. Stephen Prestwood returns on art duties, delivering chunky, thick-lined visuals which are a perfect fit for this tale of Hindu gods zipping about in spaceships, capturing the feel of Jack Kirby's storytelling

Tuesday, 23 February 2010

PARAGON #5 review

There's a new review up on the Forbidden Planet blog of the latest issue

What do you think? Do you agree? Disagree? Do tell!

Sunday, 21 February 2010

Zenith redux


Here's a little something I did with the Enigmatic Doctor X over on the 2000ad forum - the idea being to summarise the entire series in six panels- which was fun.

What do you think?

Wednesday, 17 February 2010

First, an apology

I would just like to apologise to all those (what should I call you? Ganesh groupies? PARAGON pals? Suggestions, please!) who ordered in the first week.
By now you should all have received your copy of issue 5, along with a little something extra in the envelope - do let me know what you think of the latest issue. I always appreciate feedback and comments, good or bad!
And if you haven't ordered yours yet - click the cover link to the right to get yourself a piece of the action!

Wednesday, 3 February 2010


Yes indeed boys and girls! It's here. It's Out! And on sale!
Featuring 3 (Yep! THREE! Count 'em!) Ganesh tales; the next episode of Undertow, in which the mystery men from part two explain their involvement with John Hyde; and Julian Ruby goes on the hunt for a midget and a time traveller!
From the talents of Steven Denton, Stephen Prestwood, Dave Candlish and the Emperor
32 A4 pages all for £3.50 (no extra postage)
Just click the link on the right!