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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.

Contents:

  • 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

Spoilers

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

Lettering

The Kill Screen #2

Issue #2 of The Kill Screen is ready for it’s launch at Leam Comic Con on the 18th October. It was another really cool issue, and amazingly Josh’s art gets better and better. For me the highlight of the issue was these cool health bars Mike had me design, they are another example of the interesting story-telling techniques he comes up with.

“Grab it now and treasure forever.”Word of the Nerd

“This is a book with real legs.” Down the Tubes

“The stellar work from issue #1 was just the start for The Kill Screen as writer, artist & letterer continue to maintain this fantastic read” – Comics Anonymous

“A fascinating look at a different type of dystopian future. I highly recommend checking it out.” What’cha Reading?

“A fantastic read, with an incredibly original concept, and it’s not coming from the Big Two or Image, but from the UK Indie Small Press scene. You have to get your hands on it however you can!”Bleeding Cool

“Kill Screen #2 is a real treat, and offers a promising premise. Go grab this thing today.” Unleash the Fanboy

” It continues to be a welcome change from zombies and will make anyone who loves video games smile.”  Fanboy Comics

“Like the internet? Like games? Like comics? Well then read The Kill Screen because it is right up your street!”Nerdly

“It could easily rely on just its unique concept to carry it, but the three creators of the comic put their hearts into it and make it a very well-written and entertaining piece of fiction.”A Place to Hang your Cape

Spoilers

The following is for showcasing my lettering and may include SPOILERS.

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Lettering

The Kill Screen #1

Issue 1 of The Kill Screen is complete! It was a lot of fun and the outcome is a REALLY strong story so I look forward to selling it at conventions with Mike and Josh. This is how Mike describes it on his site:

“Humanity has reached its Kill Screen. Now only the strongest will survive as computer errors transcend from the digital world into our own, destroying everything in their way.

Set two years after ‘The Kill Screen’ event, humanity is left on the brink of extinction leaving the remaining survivors caught in a deadly 8-Bit fight for survival.

No one knows what caused computer errors and technological faults to infect our world, but with a wide range of different dangers, threatening the lives of the survivors on a daily basis, no one cares. Surviving is all that matters.”

Some of the reviews have been fantastic already:

“10/10 – Edge of the seat moments mix with brutal but very human moments. Brilliant!” Comics Anonymous

“A fantastic read, with an incredibly original concept, and it’s not coming from the big two or Image, but from the UK indie small press scene. You have to get your hands on it however you can!” Bleeding Cool

“9.5 The Kill Screen is a must read – it offers a unique premise, and strong execution.” Unleash the Fanboy

“Startlingly original. The concept alone makes it worth checking out.” Gore Press

It also featured a limited edition variant cover by Ian Churchill!

Spoilers

The following is for showcasing my lettering and may include SPOILERS.

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Comic Books / Lettering

The Kill Screen

The Kill Screen Logos

A title change and a logo re-design later and Mike Garley announced our upcoming comic series with Josh Sherwell, The Kill Screen.

The Kill Screen - Cover New

There is more information about this awesome story over on Mike’s website, including a 10-page preview. I designed the logo and will take on lettering responsibilities for this exciting new journey in which I look forward to reuniting with a long-time collaborator in Mike and getting to know Josh (with whom me and Mike worked with in VS Comics) better!

Lettering

Horror Stories with Jack Davies

I’ve had the pleasure of working with Jack on a Dead Roots story and was very happy to oblige when he approached me to letter a one-page horror comic written and drawn by him.

Comic - Standard

I was really happy with the results and I get the impression Jack is too, you can more of his work on his website.

Lettering

The Pride Adventures #2

Wrapped lettering and production on the second of my The Pride Adventures books. The TPA series tends to feature guest artists as opposed to the main The Pride series, and this issue holds a few beauties including Dani Abram, Denis Medri, and Chris Wildgoose.

TPA2 PvP

TPA2 ADC

TPA2 MF

TPA2 LN

Spoilers

The following is for showcasing my lettering and may include SPOILERS.

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You can follow the The Pride and The Pride Adventures on Facebook and Twitter.

Lettering

Stiffs #3

Wrapped lettering on the next issue of the Welsh zombie apocalypse series ‘Stiffs’ today. It’s always a really fun series to work on, good looking, witty, bloody. It’s got the whole package!

Stiffs 3 Sneak

You can keep up with Stiffs over on Facebook and you can follow their weed-smoking, hard-drinking monkey over on Twitter, if you’re into that sort of thing. And why wouldn’t you be?

Spoilers

The following is for showcasing my lettering and may include SPOILERS.

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