Michael Stock

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Comic Books / Design

P M Buchan’s Hangover

I had the pleasure of helping Bucky put a collection of his works together in time for last weekend’s Thoughtbubble festival/convention. I’ve worked with him on a few comics before (Life of the Dead, Doomed Romantics, La Belle Dame Sans Merci, Embrace the Dark, Sleeping with the Fishes) and hopefully on a few more projects to come.

I put together the whole book but the highlight was getting to get to design the front cover. The design, based on Bucky’s usual face paint,

Design / Lettering

Happy Halloween

A few of us UK Indie Small Press comics people got together and made a free Halloween comic. The comic was available to download and we all shared the link amongst our individual fan bases in hope of advertising our creator-owned projects to a few more people. After a week the link was removed and the individuals were free to do what they want with their respective properties.


  • Chop Chop Chop! by Peter Mason
  • Afterlife Inc. – The Black Room by Jon Lock and R.H. Stewart
  • Peg Powler by Samantha Holmlund
  • Descending Outlands – Halloween Special by Shaun Dobie and Paulo Oliveria
  • A Date with Death by David Hailwood, Tom Suleri, and Ken Reynolds
  • One More Family Secret by Luke Cooper
  • Bertie Bear – Prelude to Terror by Andy W. Clift
  • Think Yourself Dead by Stu Smith, David Hailwood, and Brett Burbridge
  • The Gee Bees – The October House by Steven D Quirke, Kel Winser, and myself
  • The Kill Screen – Out of Sync by Mike Garley, Josh Sherwell, and myself
  • The Witch of the West Wood by Giuseppa Barresi
  • Little Terrors – A Halloween Tale by Jon Scrivens and Patrick Cline
  • The Red Mask from Mars Vs the Halloweener by Vince Hunt and Shaun Dobie

Cover Design

I also had the honour of designing the cover for this little anthology, Mike Garley (who compiled the book did all the layouts, and co-ordinated all the creators and their stories) had suggested we wanted to feature as much of the artwork as possible so I used big chunky letters (adapted from a BlamBot font) and chose some artwork to fit inside them, I was given free reign to pick the art so that was fun. I went my instincts for the most part, tried not to dwell n what was being included and what wasn’t and I had fun cropping them together as the letters overlapped. I was really happy with the result.

Halloween Cover


The following is for showcasing my lettering and may include SPOILERS (many of these stories will appear as bonus material in collected editions I imagine).

Halloween Black

Created an un-cropped logotype version of the cover text for Mike Garley to use throughout the book.

The Gee Bees - The October House 1

I had a lot of fun doing the story title for The Gee Bees story and it also required thought bubbles which are uncommon nowadays so I tried something different with them.

The Gee Bees - The October House 2

The Gee Bees - The October House

The Kill Screen 1

The Kill Screen story required ‘syncing’ symbols throughout so I had fun slotting them in where required.


The Kill Screen 2

The Kill Screen 3

Comic Books / Design

The Gee Bees Collected Edition Cover

Steve asked me if I’d like to do the cover for the hardback collected edition and I duly accepted. My first impulses were to go for something very clean and possibly typographic but we talked about and I ended up doing some drawing, that’s right … DRAWING. I drew out some old cases we have at home and inked them before scanning the in and manipulating them slightly. Then I coloured them in Photoshop and added textures and stuff before heading into InDesign. There I laid out the front cover text, the titles and credits etc., and knocked together a back cover based on an old piece of college work which I was reminded of when lettering the penultimate issue (Gideon dons a Union Jack scarf to cover his face). I’m quite happy with the final thing, the text on the front is not my usual style as its tied into the design stuff Steve did on the rest of the book, I had more of licence to play on the back cover text though and I think it shows.

GBs Cover


Vintage/Retro Wedding Stationary

Designed wedding invitations and an order of service with a retro 50’s style.


The invitations were made up of two 10 x 10cm cards, the first had 2 variations: (1) for all day guests; (2) for ceremony & evening guests; the second card had contact information and addresses for the venues (hence not showing it here). It also contained a smaller card with a short poem on it. The Order of service (cover shown below) was an 4-page a5 booklet designed to be printed on a home printer.


Comic Books / Design

Logo – Life of the Dead Pitch

Designed the title logo for another pitch by P M Buchan, this time art from Leonie O’Moore, with whom we both worked with for the Starburst Magazine short ‘Sleeping With The Fishes‘. The logo used a sun and a moon to signify the two sides to the main plot and I asked Leonie to produce the artwork for these two elements so it tied the whole design together and fitted with the rest of the art. I also did the lettering for pages included in the pitch.



Traditional Wedding Stationary

Designed wedding invitations and an order of service with a more traditional style with purple and silver on off-white (ivory) card.

The invitations were made up several pieces and glued to a larger strip of card which folded up quite elegantly. The Order of service was an 8-page a5 booklet designed to be printed on a home printer (3 pages are below).