Michael Stock

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Medieval Style Comic Book Caption Boxes

I had fun creating some medieval style comic book caption boxes for a story recently so I thought I would share how they are put together.

To give you some idea of what I am talking about, before I delve into the steps you take to make it, here is the finished caption box and a blown apart version to show you the elements involved.

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Comic Books / Lettering

Samurai Slasher 3

Halloween is fun for many reasons but in recent year it has come to mean another volume of the fantastic Samurai Slasher! I think Mike Garley has started structuring his entire year around this labour of love. And it is BLOODY awesome!

As always, Mike gathers a stellar cast of artists so I have an interesting task of trying to fit the lettering to the art. Where normally I might alter the lettering style to suit, this series has its own lettering style that has remained largely consistent across the previous two previous volumes.

This volume did present the challenge of lettering some more less common elements which allowed for something a bit different.

As always the entire series has a larger dollop of SFX throughout which are characteristically on point. You can pick up your copies from  Mike’s web store, or check out his list of convention appearances and then you can pick one up in person, and get it signed at the same time.

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,


Samurai Slasher Vs Santa

Had great fun working on a Christmas short story – Samurai Slasher Vs Santa – with regular collaborator, Mike Garley, and a new art team of Jim Lavery and David Cooper. It takes all the usual humour from the previous Samurai Slasher stories and adds a massive dollop of festive madness. Spoiler, shenanigans ensue.

Samurai Slasher Vs Santa is free to read on Mike Garley's website

The generous sole that Mr Garley is you can read the 3-page short on his website and you can even download a free PDF of it so you can take it with you wherever you go. Not there, though. Sicko.

Comic Books / Lettering

Bubbles O’Seven: Baboon Taker

The second instalment of the excellent Bubble O’Seven is complete!

Another successful kickstarter from Grainne and the Bounce Comics team gives a new adventure, this time featuring the art of Lee Killeen. In the words of Bubbles himself: “MI7 have been scanning the London area for the whereabouts of Mr Fluffy. One would think it would be simple enough to locate the whereabouts of a cat endowed with opposable digits. Alas, the feline fraternity is a secretive one. We can, however, rely on the street-strolling gutter hounds to roll over on their furball nemeses when a nice piece of steak is in the offing.”

This issue features an epic cover from fellow Bounce team member, Andy Clift.