Monday, November 7, 2011

64!

Many of you who know me may also know about my favourite number - 64. I like it so much I have it tattooed on my arm! Anyway, blog post 64 here. To celebrate, here's a picture of that main man, once a prince of power, now the regal and refined... King Bone!


Watching Newsnight, serves as a massive reminder we need a leader like the good skeleton above. Big picture fascism, turning the corner to ensure Humanity's survival where focus-groups, phone hacking and a market economy have failed massively. And damn it if I don't feel like writing a manifesto now...

Friday, September 30, 2011

Dope Meat #5

It's OK, you don't have to apologise.



Dope Meat #5 is fresh from the printers, 8 pages, B&W, all for a huge 80p. If you'd like to order a copy please leave a comment or send me an e-mail to: william_jay@hotmail.co.uk. I'll let you know the postage if required.

Same goes for any previous issues, except #2 - that's long out of print.

Soundtrack:
Hole - Live Through This
Dangerdoom - The Mouse and the Mask
Red Hot Chilli Peppers - Californication

Friday, May 13, 2011

Dope Meat #4


 OK! As promised, I got DM#4 finished last week, and took it to get printed. Normally a pretty straightforward process, but unfortunately, there's some severe quality issues (and they have to be severe for me not to shrug it off and say 'it adds to the charm'). I'm taking them back to the print shop tomorrow to try and get them re-done; it's a real shame though because I was happy to finally get it finished. I used my last disposable cash for the month on this run and need them in time for MCM Expo, and now, if tomorrow doesn't go my way, will have nothing but a bad looking comic to take with me.

Still. Make something better in the meantime, right?

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Sorry it's a day late; as some of you may have seen Blogger decided to not work last night. Pushing me closer to Wordpress, I tell thee...

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Monday, May 2, 2011

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And so, over this graciously long weekend I finished inking the cover and illustrated the contents pages (above). The vertical line is the page break; if doing this spread has taught me anything it's that it'll probably be easier to do the illustration on one page and then cut and paste the pages where they need to go. As I'm typing this I realise how obvious that sounds, but I was just trying to work with the constraints of the format, and I'm pretty proud with what I accomplished.

What next? Well, next weekend I take DM#4 to the printers, then get it out to the public (by which I mean the public who go to comic shops in the Midlands, and/or people who know me); details will follow when that's underway. This issue has been a year in the making, and even though I've done other stuff in that time it still feels like a lot of ground lost, so I'll be looking to make some of that back up and get seriously productive. And thankfully I've got tons of ideas. In the next few weeks I'll be picking up where I left off with King Bone, starting a new short story, and heading to the MCM Expo in London. I will of course continue to let y'all know how it's going.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Demo Bone: Wish Fulfilment


Apologies for the drive-by posting below. I'd planned to have posted a lot more by this point in the year and felt bad I left a gap of nearly three months(!), and didn't want to apologise until I'd made some amends by adding some more content. I have my reasons. I mean, there are reasons. Emma and I moved house, and I now have a proper studio! That took some time to sort out though (not just the studio, the whole move), coupled with a bit of incredibly unprofessional burn out after finishing Stay Loose, and now here we are. With the move I found some old strips and re-organised my folders, and found the above strip. It's from when I was getting King Bone going again, and found myself in Wales with some spare time, a Pilot pen and some printer paper. Some may say I also had a vendetta, but I would argue merely a sense of justice.

Although I do work for the f*ckers.

Anyway, believe it or not Dope Meat #4 is actually, really, almost finished, I have the cover to ink, and a contents page spread to illustrate, and then it's ready to print, hopefully in time for Bristol. I've got myself back into it after a period of X-Box and moping, and that's absolutely thanks to one article. Gail Simone wrote an essay that's pretty darn motivational; it got me to forget all the other stuff that'd going on and focus on what I love. I've got it printed out and it rests proudly on top of my 'Inspirational Tools' pile, and it really completely kick-started my current purple patch. Furthermore, I'm getting a much better idea of the direction in which to take my comics, how to promote them, and, most importantly, the kind of comics I want to be making. So, I do sincerely apologise if anyone has been waiting for my next post, and for the time it's taken. I really will try and do better going forward.