Monday, December 24, 2012

Taking (comic book) stock

After months of dealing with conventions, moving house, Christmas, publishing several books, writing, editing, holding down a full time job and keeping up with other bits and pieces, I’m finally getting chance to sit down and breathe.

Like any other year, 2012 came with ups and downs (given how awful it's been for some friends I really can't complain by comparison). And in my comic book work, which is going to be the focus of this particular entry, it’s been mostly positives outweighing the negatives. Yes, there were long, horrible moments of destructive self-doubt, people who broke their promises to me, industry in-fighting and other disappointing things, but through that I became involved in several books, started new, exciting projects, worked with incredibly talented people, garnered some critical acclaim, overcome a couple of specific fears and managed to set up a massive 2013.

There were many creative-related moments which stood out for me this year, but one in particular became important to highlight, for my own sake.  

Back in November 2012, at the Thought Bubble convention, I was going through something of an internal struggle. I’d spent the previous months toiling over Magic of Myths: 2013 preview, which had become a labour due to time constraints, rival work commitments and eventual fatigue. I was writing prose again for the first time in years, and after a good start, my confidence was ebbing away. Worse, trying to get people to take an interest in the project was a full time job in itself, and a thankless one at that. Feedback was non-existent and people, on a whole, didn’t really seem to care.

So, at Thought Bubble, this feeling was amplified. Tempered somewhat that Clockwork Watch was flying off the table at a ridiculous rate, but at the same time it polarized my thoughts. Magic of Myths - probably my most personal project to date - attracted minor attention but little commitment, selling substantially less than any other previous convention it attended. Even the card game Sergio and I created failed to draw the public-shy crowds to interact with the series. I felt pretty tired and downtrodden by it all. The convention had physically exhausted me and all I was getting from most people were inadvertent confirmation of fears which had been growing in my skull for a year.

Then something strange and amazing happened.

A young boy and his father ambled over to our table, noticing the Magic of Myths cards. A big smile erupted on the boy's face. He picked up the cards, grinning, before leafing through the books. I introduced the general concept of the series to him and asked him if he liked playing card games, to which he nodded eagerly. Then he turned, said something to his dad (who then replied “ask your mum”) and he gleefully bounced over to his mother, dragging her back to Magic of Myths. While he wanted to buy a copy of Season one, I discouraged this, thinking he may be a bit too young for it compared to the much friendlier 2013 preview book, so explained to his mother that he could win a copy of the preview just by playing and winning the card game. I didn’t have the heart to ask him to pay the ‘admission fee’ so we played for free and he won, earning himself a free copy of the 2013 preview book and one of the giveaway cards I had for such an occasion.  His face lit up.  He flicked through the book once more and was off again, beaming. 

Afterwards, I spoke to his dad as I was worried that his son was a bit too young (turns out he was nine-years-old) even for the 2013 preview book, but he reassured me that the word “bimbo” used in the comic wasn’t something any of them would be too bothered by, and his reading age was advanced. Relief.

Now, they may have gone home and hated the book. The boy may not have even got to read it all the way through.

But, regardless, the thought that someone could react like that to anything I’ve had a part in, is something I’ll always hold close.

Each creator undoubtedly knows the problem with creating: namely, it’s long, often draining and terribly lonely work. Regardless of how many people you know or are surrounded by, you are in a crowd all alone. By choice, naturally, but that doesn’t make it any less isolating at times. All the more so in the comic book industry, and doubly that for the relatively small (if growing) UK scene. Your voice can ring around an echo chamber, and through the long nights after hours at the day-job, lack of interest, crippling self-doubt and general complaints that no one gets to see you anymore or reply to their messages, it can all seem a bit much. Hell, I could be the only one actually reading this.

But then you see the smile on someone’s face when they pick up your book.

And if there’s any chance they went away entertained, happy, emotionally moved or even (whisper this one) inspired, then somehow, that possibility cuts through the blinkers of fog that any creator can, and often will be, blinded by.

A shining smile.

Sometimes, that’s all it takes.

Thanks for all your support. Here's hoping 2013 is good to you, especially if 2012 wasn't. Stay safe everyone, and have a wonderful Christmas.

Friday, November 16, 2012

Gone to Thought Bubble 2012 for the weekend...

...where I'll be doing the following:

Magic of Myths

- Launching and selling Magic of Myths: 2013 preview
- Selling Magicof Myths: season one
- Playing the Magic of Myths card game with showgoers 

Clockwork Watch:


- Launching and selling the Clockwork Watch 2013 preview book
- Selling Clockwork Watch: The Arrival
- Talking at the Clockwork Watch panel on Sunday at Alea Cinema Room, 1.10pm – 2pm

Unseen Shadows:


- Supporting the launch of Tales of the Forgotten and Unseen Shadows: Year One
- Talking at the Unseen Shadows panel on Sunday at Alea Cinema Room, 12.10pm – 1pm


I'll be in the Royal Armouries Hall (tables 81 -82) with Jennie Gyllblad andYomi Ayeni: http://thoughtbubblefestival.com/royal-armouries-hall-floor-plan/. Hope to see you there!

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

More Unseen Shadows news - Unseen Shadows: Year One

We're not done with Unseen Shadows yet...

First up, here's the final teaser for Tales of the Forgotten:


And now there's this:

Unseen Shadows: Year One

Unseen Shadows: Year One launches at this weekend's Thought Bubble Festival in Leeds - it's a DVD containing not only digital copies of the first anthology Tales of the Fallen but also the brand new anthology Tales of the Forgotten. There will also be the Fallen Heroes novel in e-book and audio formats as well as the first three episodes of the audio drama Empire of Blood. It's the perfect way to leap into Unseen Shadows' world of spies, adventurers, vigilantes, thieves, global conspiracies and supernatural terror.

The DVD will go on sale at the Thought Bubble Festival for £10. You can reserve a copy by emailing Barry Nugent at barry@unseenshadows.com.

Friday, November 09, 2012

It's now or never - last chance to pre-order Magic of Myths: 2013 preview

Email magicofmyths@gmail.com to place your order and for payment details.

£5 pre-order:

Magic of Myths 2013 preview (+ free Magic of Myths bookmark and draw entry to win paperback editions of Magic of Myths: season two and Magic of Myths: Devil’s Trade) – save £1

Remember, you can also order a discounted copy of Magic of Myths: season one as well.

£10 pre-order:
    Magic of Myths: season one cover
Magic of Myths 2013 preview + Magic of Myths: season one (+ free Magic of Myths bookmark and draw entry to win paperback copies of Magic of Myths: season two and Magic of Myths: Devil’s Trade) – save £3.99
Postage: £1.50 UK, £4.00 Rest of World.

Thursday, November 08, 2012

Tales of the Forgotten


Tales of the Forgotten is nearly here - launching at next weeks' Thought Bubble, several promos have been released already: 



When truth must be stolen from the mouths of the wicked, it falls beyond the reach of mere heroes.
Liars, loners, losers – trapped on the outskirts of a war fought in silence and shadow. Drawn into darkness, they flee it, they study it, they make it their home.

They are the Forgotten – a flickering circle of torchlight in an expanding world of Unseen Shadows.
  • Scripts: Cy Dethan, Richmond Clements, Corey Brotherson
  • Pencils: Alex Moore, Cormac Hughes, Jorge Oliveira, Valia Kapadai
  • Colours: Alex Moore, Vicky Stonebridge, Jorge Oliveira
  • Letters: Paul Mclaren, Nic Wilkinson
  • Covers: Peter Mason, Antony Mcgary-Thickitt
  • 92 pages
Read the preview here: http://unseenshadows.com/tales-of-the-forgotten/

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Unseen Shadows - Tales of the Forgotten

Barry Nugent's Unseen Shadows - Tales of the Forgotten is nearly upon us....


Following last year's successful Unseen Shadows - Tales of the Fallen, this collection of stories features the talented works of creators including Richmond Clements, Alex Moore, Cy Dethan, Valia Kapadai and Nic Wilkinson. I've two stories in this: Stolen (with Cormac Hughes on art, Paul Mclaren doing the lettering and Vicky Stonebridge providing the colours) and Fight or Flight (with Jorge Oliveira delivering the art and Paul Mclaren again on the lettering).

Working on these stories has been great fun and I'm lucky (as always) to have worked with such talent. A release date for the book will be revealed soon, but you can check out previews of Stolen here: unseenshadows.com/2012/09/10/read-the-four-page-full-colour-preview-of-stolen and Fight or Flight here: unseenshadows.com/2012/10/04/fight-or-flight-is-finished.

Monday, October 15, 2012

Magic of Myths 2013 preview - pre-orders now open!

You can now pre-order the Magic of Myths 2013 preview book over at magicofmyths.wordpress.com/. We've got some special offers for early buyers, a prize draw for anyone signing up to the site and a combo deal if you've still not bought a copy of Magic of Myths: season one  yet (... what do you mean 'you havent'? Shame on you!).

Take a peek over at magicofmyths.wordpress.com and please do spread the word. Thanks!

Monday, September 24, 2012

A brief interlude

Last week I went back to my hometown of Birmingham and into my favourite comic book shop, Nostalgia and Comics. And on one of the shelves, this is what I saw:


Two books I've worked on - Magic of Myths and Clockwork Watch: The Arrival - for sale. In a shop I've been going to since I was about 8 years-old.

I couldn't stop grinning. At 8 years-old I didn't even think about writing my own comics. I was still toying with wanting to be a doctor and, at that time, the idea of being a journalist was starting to creep into my mind. I was reading Transformer comics every week like my life depended on it. And stressing about junior school. By the time I would reach 11 years-old, being a writer would be the only thing I'd ever want to be, but the idea of having my own books or titles that I've worked on, sitting on the shelf of a shop, wasn't even close to being inside my little head.

Hopefully by the time you read this, Bayou Arcana will have joined these two books on Nostalgia and Comics' indie shelf. And by the end of the year, a couple more books should be accompanying them. Fingers crossed.

My inner 11 year-old is doing cartwheels. My inner 8 year-old probably just thinks this is all a bit strange.

And me, right now, at 33 years-old? I'm just bloody grateful.

Dreams, eh.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Check out a preview of Stolen

We're edging ever closer to the late 2012 launch of our (that's me writing, Cormac Hughes on art, Paul Mclaren on lettering and Vicky Stonebridge on colours) Unseen Shadows' story Stolen , so how about a four page preview to whet the appetite? Here's a sample of what awaits you:


You can check out the full preview over at unseenshadows.com.

Friday, August 31, 2012

Clockwork Watch hits Bizarre again

This one took some work to pull together, but we got there in the end.

After getting a one page article in Bizarre magazine earlier this year, we went to work on securing a larger feature in the alternative magazine. Lots of emails, late nights and worked related sweat later, this was the result - a massive six page feature in Bizarre's October issue, talking about the project's origins, how the graphic novel team was built, and more. Jen's artwork features on every page, which is fantastic.


Scans courtesy of Jenspiration!

You can read the full article in Bizarre (we're after the Bianca Beauchamp Q&A), which also has a great feature on Judge Dredd as well if you're looking for more comic book related stuff in the issue. Woot!

Thursday, August 30, 2012

The Magic of Myths 2013 preview book edges closer

I have a lot to announce in the coming weeks and months, at least to justify my silence for the past two months. But let's get things moving quickly. Here's a little taster art for the Magic of Myths 2013 preview book Sergio and I are releasing this November...


You'll see more of these characters - that's Snow and her burly entourage - in the book, as well as next year's Magic of Myths: season two. And we have a lot of things planned for the launch of both graphic novels, including the chance for you to win a copy of Magic of Myths: season two. Stay tuned...

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Mixing my words at gamescom

For the past few years, I've been going to gamescom in Germany during the summer to report on the show, as part of my day job at Sony. It's a fortunate and tiring experience, fun but hard-work. However, this was the first time I've been able to do a 'to camera' spot rounding-up the Sony Computer Entertainment stands on the show floor.



Many thanks to Pete and Katy for their great camera work, editing... and patience after I repeatedly flubbed my own script (never before has one person had so much difficulty saying "Assassin's Creed 3 and Assassin's Creed 3: Liberation" in succession). 

Friday, July 27, 2012

"The best kept secret/I guess we just leaked it"

I’ve a few secret projects up my sleeve – so I’m happy that I’m able to reveal one of them right now.

Barry Nugent, author of Amazon best selling novel Fallen Heroes and the forthcoming sequel, Forgotten Warriors, has signed myself and super-artist Jorge Oliveira to create a short comic called Fight or Flight. Set in the Unseen Shadows universe, the story will be released alongside audio drama Empire of Blood and features the origin of feisty Icarus Foundation investigator Victoria Sullivan.

Fight or Flight has been a great little project to work on, so I'm looking forward to its release, along with my other Unseen Shadows story, Stolen, which features art by the talented Cormac Hughes.

There’s more news to come in due time, but in the meantime you can read the Unseen Shadows press release on Fight or Flight over at unseenshadows.com.

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Magic of Myths: season two makes way for...

Right, the next bit of big news.
  
Magic of Myths: season two has, regrettably, slipped into 2013. This is explained in more detail over on our official site (http://magicofmyths.wordpress.com/2012/06/21/magic-of-myths-season-two-news-and-a-new-book/) however, we'll be releasing the Magic of Myths 2013 preview book to keep things going as well as give you a little taste of what's to come next year.

The Magic of Myths 2013 preview book will include a seven-page preview of Magic of Myths: season two and a range of surprises as well which we'll announce before its launch in November this year, at the
Thought Bubble convention in Leeds.

You can read all about the announcement over at the official Magic of Myths site

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Monday, July 09, 2012

Clockwork Watch hits Bizarre Magazine

Lots to report, but one thing at a time...

Clockwork Watch has been featured in Bizarre Magazine this month, which has left us all very happy:

We get a lovely write-up - many thanks to the Bizarre team - so head over to your local newsagent and pick up a copy!

Friday, June 22, 2012

More Clockwork Watch: The Arrival reviews

Clockwork Watch: The Arrival has had a couple more reviews in the press recently, both positive:

Geek Planet Online:

"There is a lot of ambition here and they do well in not bombarding you with all their ideas at once and keeping the story simple and engaging. The comic has all the things I admire about steampunk: creativity, innovation, enthusiasm and friendliness and I hope they get to see all the work here come to fruition."

Read the whole review here: http://www.geekplanetonline.com/index.php?option=com_k2&view=item&id=3414:clockwork-watch-the-arrival&Itemid=106


CHUD.com:


"Hard to say how, or if, Clockwork Watch, as a multimedia concept, will catch on, but the comics version is starting off with vivid characters, in an intriguing setting, and with the promise of visually interesting adventures to come: that’s a recommendation right there, no matter what else does, or does not, materialize."

Read the whole review here: http://www.chud.com/94697/thors-comic-column-526/

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

The Corey Brotherson store - now open!

Right! I've re-done the site a little so it's easier to buy the books I've worked on.

If you click at the link on the top menu bar which says 'Buy my books' (oh yes) you'll be taken to a page where you can buy directly or find sites to purchase some of the titles I've worked on. Easy! Please do spread the word and if there are any issues you encounter, give me a shout so I can sort them (...or make them worse).

Here's the link for you in-page:

Thanks! 
 

Monday, June 18, 2012

Back in black

Well, back from holidays, and it seems like a billion things have happened all at once. Half of which I can't tell you about yet, but the time is coming.

It does mean that my plans to do a write-up from Bristol and Kapow have fallen somewhat by the wayside, but needless to say they were very fruitful, productive and successful shows for Clockwork Watch, Bayou Arcana and Magic of Myths. The typically awesome comic book crowd made the events as special as they were, and I can't offer enough thanks to all those people there, new friends and old from all over, for a great time. So, it may be best to let the pics speak for me while I beaver away at a couple secret projects and announcements that have come to light in the past month.














Thursday, May 24, 2012

Gone fishin'

After three weekends of events, it's probably come as no surprise that I need a bit of a break - so I'm fortunate enough to be off on one. I'll try and do a quick write-up of the past couple cons when I get back, barring any sudden new events that steer me off course.

See you in a couple weeks! Try not to totally destroy this place while I'm gone...

Friday, May 18, 2012

Back to the future

So sorry for the lack of write-up on the Bristol Comic and Small Press Expo. It went very, very well thanks to some brilliant people in and out of the comic book industry, but there's been a total lack of time to even think too much about it...



...because I'm heading off to the star-studded Kapow convention in London this weekend. Bayou Arcana figurehead Jimmy Pearson very generously offered part of his exhibitor's table to the Clockwork Watch team; simply an offer we couldnt refused. So now I'm packing up my stock, preparing a bag and off to my second con in as many weeks.

Wish us luck!

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Bouncing all the way to Bristol

So, what's next?

Ah, yes. The Bristol Comic and Small Press Expo.

This weekend on 12th and 13th May, I'll be joining the comic book community and industry for the annual event in Bristol. Last year I was there to launch Magic of Myths: season one - this year I'll be there to help launch:

- Bayou Arcana: Volume 1. Songs of Loss and Redemption (with all the other Bayou Arcana creators)



- Clockwork Watch: The Arrival (with fellow creators Yomi Ayeni and Jennie Gyllblad)



- And selling more copies of Magic of Myths: season one.



On top of that, I'll also be doing talks at three panels. One each for Bayou Arcana and Clockwork Watch at the rather special Markosia Showcase at the Ramada (where we'll be selling and signing the books), and another will be a Transmedia panel on Saturday at the Ramada at 11.45am, along with Barry Nugent, Stephen M Downey and Scott Grandison. There I'll be talking about my experiences on Unseen Shadows: Stolen, Clockwork Watch and plans for Magic of Myths, along with some other goodies from the above talented creators.

In short, the busiest and convention I'll have ever been at. But should be great fun.

You can find us all at the Markosia Showcase at the Ramada, so come over and say hi!

Tuesday, May 08, 2012

Tomorrow's World... Today! Clockwork Watch event - a brief write-up

The past week has been a whirlwind. But in a good way.

Our Tomorrow's World... Today! event to kick off Clockwork Watch was a (very enjoyable) success. Tiring and somewhat surreal, but utterly amazing. In the build-up we gathered press from publications/sites such as TimeOut and TOR, which no doubt helped in creating a buzz for the day. And when it all began, the London Bridge Arch tunnels were full of people in Victorian costumes, market stalls, actors playing out the characters from our graphic novel Clockwork Watch: The Arrival, announcements, unveilings, and more. It was a spectacle in the best way possible, and everyone who attended appeared to have a great time. On top of that, we sold a fair few copies of The Arrival, which was appropriate given that the event itself was the 'interactive backstory' to Clockwork Watch, while The Arrival is essentially what happens after the fictional events of the day ended.


Explaining that concept to people made me realise just how powerful Transmedia is. Trying to break down Transmedia is a tricky task - when you say you're telling a story through various mediums, it's really only scratching the surface of the concept's potential. It was only through the day when I interacted with people and took it all in, that I realised what was happening and what Yomi (the creator of Clockwork Watch) was building.

The event itself IS the story.

Everyone who attended ARE the story.



A whole section of London Bridge had been transformed to transport visitors back to the Victorian era, which was then filled with props and people all interacting, subtly creating exposition in the most memorable of ways. On entering the venue, my girlfriend and her friend were accosted by several actors who - in character - wanted to know which they thought more important: knowledge or imagination. While they all formed convincing and fun arguments, they were (without realising) laying the foundations of the main story behind Clockwork Watch. My g/f got into the swing of things and put up a great argument for her opinion on the matter, enjoying this surprising entry into the event, and she will no doubt remember it for a long time. Which is exactly the point - when she now reads The Arrival, this philosophical argument will be in the back of her mind, as will going into the 'cocktail juice bar' that was present at the event (a type of bar which is introduced later in the story), and seeing and engaging in everything this fictional universe offered. She, and all the others at the event, have *lived* in the world of Clockwork Watch. Rather than merely read some documents, watch a brief video or anything else (all of which you can still do), they have become part of the fiction they're engaging, compounded by some of these people already literally drawn into the first graphic novel. And as videogames have taught us, direct interaction within story is a very powerful tool.


Hopefully people will enjoy the next few stages - as Yomi has lots planned to keep this whole three-year long experience going...

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Steampunk Chronicle.com takes a look at Clockwork Watch

...And has some very nice things to say about it:

"Possibly the greatest thing about the steampunk genre and aesthetic is that it pulls you in and almost forces you to interact and create. Exquisite craftsmanship or an outlandish device will catch your eye and often inspire you to put your own distinct spin on an idea. The Clockwork Watch does exactly this and to such a degree that seems insulting to simply be called 'immersive'."

Read more here: http://www.steampunkchronicle.com/ArticleView/tabid/238/ArticleId/228/A-Look-At-The-World-of-the-Clockwork-Watch.aspx

Don't forget, tickets to our London event can be bought here: http://advancementofsciences.com/tickets.php.

Get yours before they sell out!

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Get onboard the Clockwork train

Clockwork Watch, one of the biggest project’s I’ve ever worked on, is now moving forward at pace – so get on board! Pre-order the first and already critically acclaimed graphic novel (complete with a bundle of extra behind the scenes material) The Arrival, here: http://clockworkwatch.com/. You can check out a preview right here: http://www.clockworkwatch.org/2012/04/02/waiting-for-the-arrival-heres-a-sneak-of-whats-coming/
And why not come to our first live Clockwork Watch event on Bank holiday May 6th in London? Buy tickets here: http://www.advancementofsciences.com/
Spread the word and thanks for your support! 

Thursday, April 05, 2012

Clockwork Watch review

The first review of Clockwork Watch: The Arrival has come in...

...and it's very positive. Phew. Geek Syndicate has said some very kind things about the book, awarding it 4 out of 5 and saying:

"Clockwork Watch: The Arrival is an engaging and well crafted graphic novel that left me with numerous theories about what to expect from the remaining two volumes."

You can read the whole review here: http://geeksyndicate.wordpress.com/2012/03/22/comic-review-clockwork-watch-the-arrival/#more-41167

More reviews to come - but don't forget you can now pre-order Clockwork Watch: The Arrival here.

Sunday, April 01, 2012

Bayou Arcana in the press again

As the Bayou Arcana: Volume 1. Songs of Loss and Redemption bandwagon begins to gather pace, a bunch of us were interviewed by freelance writer Laura Sneddon about the book, sexism in comics and more.

You can check it out right here (http://www.comicbookgrrrl.com/2012/03/10/women-in-comics-interview-with-the-creators-of-bayou-arcana/).

Pre-order Bayou Arcana: Songs of Loss and Redemption here - and keep an eye out for reviews coming soon...

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

The plans for Bristol are afoot...

So, the past few weeks I’ve been having chats with the organisers of the Brisol Comic Expo. And then, after a few agreements were made, this press release entered inboxes across the globe:

 ***
PRESS RELEASE FOR BRISTOL COMIC EXPO!
We are once again teaming up with one of our favorite publishers to create on totally new promotion at the Convention!
We are dedicating Saturday afternoon at the Ramada Park Suite to present a very special multi title EXpo EXclusive launch with short presentations from the creative teams and signings plus art show…..
Full details will be announced soon on the website www.bristolexpo.co.uk
But here we give an EXpo EXclusive Sneak Peek!
1.45pm MARKOSIA and Friends SHOWCASE
Comic Expo Bristol is very excited to be presenting a brand new format to introduce attendees to the World Of Markosia!
We present FIVE new titles with their creators including 3 Convention-only Hard Back Special Editions that will NOT be available in stores for a dedicated signing session
Plus our friends CLOCKWORK WATCH will be joining us for this very special event! EXpo EXclusive Selected Original Art display featuring Valia Kapadai’s While Knuckle
1.45pm - doors open with an introduction from Publisher Harry Markos 
2pm - WHITE KNUCKLE
2.25pm - HYPERGIRL & Hero 9 to 5 sequel
2.50pm - SLEEZE CASTLE ETCETERA
THE inCOMPLETE FINAL CUT
3.15pm - SIGNINGS ALL TITLES 
4pm - CLOCKWORK WATCH
 
THE EXPO SPOTLIGHT PRESENTATION!
4.30pm pm BAYOU ARCANA
Followed by a final all title signing session
 ***

If you've been keeping up with this blog you'll have noticed that this showcase actually has two projects I've worked on - Bayou Arcana and Clockwork Watch. Which in turn means I'll be on two panel talks and two tables. Busy times! But looking forward to it.

So if you're attending Bristol, be sure to swing by the Markosia and Friends Showcase and say hi!

Thursday, March 08, 2012

Bayou Arcana news

As Bayou Arcana creeps closer to it’s May release, some news and a very short preview for you.

First up, if you’ve not pre-ordered your copy of Bayou Arcana: Songs of Loss and Redemption then you can now, either from places like Amazon or if you pre-order directly from our publisher Markosia before 1 April you’ll get a £3 discount off its £14.99 cover price.

Also, today Bayou Arcana supremo Jimmy Pearson and a few other creators from the anthology, including myself, will be on a panel at Blackwells bookshop in Charring Cross, London. We’ll be with other authors and filmmakers discussing Gothic literature and the genre of Southern Gothic, so if you’re in the area feel free to pop in – we’ll be there from 6pm until 8ish.

Oh, and I suppose you’ll want a short preview of Irons in the Fire from Bayou Arcana, illustrated by the ever-excellent Jennie Gyllblad and written by me? Ok… just a small one...

Friday, February 17, 2012

Pre-order Clockwork Watch: The Arrival!


Our massive Victorian era steampunk thriller, Clockwork Watch, is on the verge of revealing some of its secrets, starting with the first part of the story – graphic novel, The Arrival.

The Arrival follows the journey of an influential Sikh family who have moved to England to help The Queen develop clockwork servants.




But how will this brave transplanted family deal with a world struggling with technological and social change amidst an atmosphere of prejudice and intolerance?

And what effect will this and the introduction of the new clockwork servants have on Britain – and a little boy who has been ripped away from his friends?

If you donated to the project on IndiGoGo last year, you may well see yourself in this tale of society going through a brutal, history altering change. And your involvement won't end there...

We're now taking pre-orders for this first graphic novel, which will be followed by a very special surprise on 6 May 2012…

To pre-order The Arrival or read more information on Clockwork Watch, please head over here: http://clockworkwatch.com/

Thursday, February 16, 2012

News is on its way...

Script editing, script writing and other new factors (PlayStation Vita, namely) have kept me away for a while, sorry - but I promise I'll be back with some rather nice news, very, very soon... stay tuned...

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Magic of Myths: season two artwork

And now, the Magic...

Work on Magic of Myths: season two has begun in earnest, so while I write the script, Sergio is currently creating the designs for the new characters who will star in the book, and giving the established cast a little polish. He's already redesigned Eve, who has gone through a few changes since season one... take a look, over at http://magicofmyths.wordpress.com/2012/01/13/more-magic-of-myths-season-two-artwork/.


You can buy Magic of Myths: season one, here (http://cbrotherson.blogspot.com/p/magic-of-myths.html) - and there will be a pre-order scheme and previews of season two in the coming months before its summer 2012 launch.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Tick tock goes the Clock

Ok, on to Clockwork Watch

As you may know, we broke our IndiGoGo funding target of $10,000 (thank you so much if you donated or supported us!) which meant we could go full steam ahead with our plans. We were also very grateful to be selected as the best IndiGoGo comic book project of 2011: http://www.indiegogo.com/blog/2011/12/year-in-review-indiegogos-2011-best-ggf-creative-campaigns-1.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+indiegogo_atom+%28IndieGoGo%3A+Blog%29

A nice start, indeed.

The first step is to launch The Arrival – a graphic novel and the main opening of the Clockwork Watch story. I’m currently tweaking the script (as well as adapting the follow-up, Breakaway) while Jen works hard on the artwork. You can read all about our work behind the scenes over at Anachronauts Digest: http://www.clockworkwatch.org/. Clockwork Watch creator, Yomi Ayeni, has done a few entries, as has Jen and I’ve started some entries posts on the writing side of the project.

Yomi also did an interview with Transmedia Talk over here: http://workbookproject.com/culturehacker/2012/01/21/transmedia-talk-39-clockwork-watch/, where he chats about the whole project in more depth.

Yomi is having a lot of meetings about Clockwork Watch, which is likely to be the biggest project I’ve ever worked on, so expect a ton of information and news about this soon. If things start falling into place, you’ll see Clockwork Watch in a fair few locations in the coming months...

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Bayou Arcana: Volume 1. Songs of Loss and Redemption news

Let’s kick things off with a little Bayou Arcana, shall we?

As you may already know, Jen and I have been working on Irons in the Fire for an anthology called Bayou Arcana. Bayou Arcana: Volume 1. Songs of Loss and Redemption is a gothic horror anthology set in a fantastical swamp (in the American South) – you can read more about it here, but the good news is that British newspaper The Guardian featured it in a recent news story covering UK comic books, female creators and the gender gap in the industry. Bayou Arcana has a rather unique set up of being created by all-male writers and all-female artists, so it’s getting noticed by a lot of people and organisations, such as MTV and several other newspapers and magazines across the globe.

You can read the article here: http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2011/dec/28/women-comic-book-sexism. And the good man Lee Grice (from Small Press Big Mouth) scanned in the pages from when the article was printed a few weeks back:




Bayou Arcana is available for pre-orders by our publisher, Markosia, so if you pre-order it before 1st April 2012 you can get £3 off the cover price (£14.99)! This one is going to be popular, folks, so make sure you get your pre-orders in now by heading over to

There’s more to come on Bayou Arcana soon.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Sign of the times

Well, 2012 is here and I'm trying to catch up with the several big projects on my plate. Which is why this 'Happy New Year' is a tad delayed. Sorry.

But despite being only several weeks old, 2012 has been... Well....interesting, shall we say. I'll get to that in the following posts. Stay tuned...