Just a quick one as things are little crazy right now…

As mentioned in the last post, I’ve been working on a story for zombie anthology, Dead Roots. And now, Dead Roots‘ chief all all-round good guy Mike Garley has launched a Kickstarter campaign for the full book, which contains all the Dead Roots stories to date and a few extras as perks: www.kickstarter.com/projects/1668205146/the-dead-roots-comic-anthology

It’s doing wonderfully well so far, but you can still become a big part of the campaign and own a rather lovely looking hardback edition (as well as get an exclusive invite to the launch party) by heading over to www.kickstarter.com/projects/1668205146/the-dead-roots-comic-anthology and contributing. Every bit helps and it’s a fantastic anthology which should appeal to anyone of great stories, whether you’re a fan of undead tales or not.

And I’m not just saying that – my humble little story is rubbing shoulders with tales from big names such as Paul Alexander (Red Dwarf, My Parents are Aliens, Emmerdale), Eric Canete (Iron Man, Luke Cage, Superboy), Andrew Ellard (Red Dwarf, IT Crowd, Miranda), James Henry (Green Wing, Smack the Pony, Campus), James Moran (Doctor Who, Severance, Cockneys VS Zombies), Jason Arnopp (Doctor Who, Friday The 13th, Stormhouse) and Gordon Rennie (Judge Dredd, White Trash, Necronauts).

Be part of it and grab some goodies! www.kickstarter.com/projects/1668205146/the-dead-roots-comic-anthology

As Etta James might sing….

“At laaaaaaaaast…” 

So, in-between writing Magic of Myths: season two, Clockwork Watch: Breakaway and other bits and bobs, I’ve been secretly working on another project which I’d been signed up to. A secret project I can finally talk about in the open.

Say hi to Dead Roots.

The site describes it as:

“… a bumper-sized zombie comic anthology, published quarterly throughout 2013. Dead Roots brings together top talent from the worlds of TV, animation, film, comics and games to provide an anthology of stories based in the initial outbreak of a zombie outbreak. The anthology focuses on the emotional state and experiences of everyday people and their journeys, as they search to find their loved ones in the apocalyptic setting of a zombie outbreak!”

Dead Roots has picked up some sterling reviews, and I’m pleased to say I’m contributing a short story towards it called ‘Black, White and Red (All Over)‘.

Dead Roots‘ editor and chief, Mike Garley invited me to pitch a story to him last year, and after missing the mark with my first pitch, my second idea struck a chord. So after I put the script together earlier this year, he teamed me up with the talented Andy W Clift (artist) and Mike Stock (letterer) and after a few months of hard work, the results are ready to go. A quick panel preview for you…

You can see this page preview on the site with the other stories in Dead Roots by visiting www.deadroots.co.uk/stories/.

I’ll have news on when the next Dead Roots is available to download but you can buy the current editions here: www.deadroots.co.uk/the-app/.

I’m also working on several other secret projects… but I’ll talk about those in the coming months…

Here’s the final parts of my blog from our time at San Diego Comic-Con, via Geek Syndicate:



Here’s my blog for our first day at San Diego Comic-Con via Geek Syndicate:


The first of my San Diego Comic-Con write-ups is here at Geek Syndicate, where we encounter the military, warning signs of deadly snakes and giant ladies.


More to come! 

By the time you read this, I should (hopefully) be in San Diego, representing Clockwork Watch and Magic of Myths at Comic-Con.

Yomi will be putting together reports from the show floor for Steampunk Chronicle and I’ll be writing reports for Geek Syndicate, so keep reading here and both of those places for updates!

Next – Magic of Myths!

Sergio and I are on the verge of launching Magic of Myths: season two, which will get its debut at San Diego Comic-Con next week. We took pre-orders for the special edition all through July and the regular edition will launch fully on 26th July 2013.

Magic of Myths: season 2 (special edition)
Magic of Myths: season 2 (regular edition)

We’re also launching the Magic of Myths combo book, which is both seasons one and two rolled into one edition – perfect for newcomers to the growing series:

If you’re interested in getting a copy, just get in touch – the books are coming back from the printers right about… now.

Also, you couldn’t have failed to have noticed that glowering blue bear at the top of this post. That is a plush version of Byron, the homicidal demon bear from Magic of Myths, hand stitched from scratch by the wonderfully talented Sara Dunkerton. Take a look:

You can see the rest and Sara’s detailed process of how she created Byron, here: saradunkerton.blogspot.co.uk/2013/07/magic-of-myths-byron-plush-bear-pt-1.html.

So, what do we have to catch up on? Lots of stuff.

Let’s start with Clockwork Watch.

Since the launch of the first book (The Arrival) in 2012, we’ve managed to push the concept across the globe, launched a second event (Clockwork Underworld) and now two more books, Breakaway and Tick Tock IPA.

Oliver Facey's Photographs from Clockwork Underworld

Oliver Facey’s Photographs from Clockwork Underworld

Oliver Facey’s photographs
Farrukh Hayder’s photographs 

You can buy Breakaway  – which is our The Empire Strikes Back to the shiny, clean optimism of The Arrival‘s Star Wars: A New Hope – here: www.comicsy.co.uk/clockworkwatch/store/

Tick Tock IPA launches at San Diego Comic-Con next week, but you’ll be able to get your hands on it soon after… 

“When I’m writing, I’m trapped in-between the lines
I escape… when I finish the rhyme…”

There are absences, and there are absences.

And then there’s a six month hiatus where you didn’t even realise half a year has passed.

Sorry. Sorry sorry sorry.

Of course, the ironic thing is, I’ve been keeping the Magic of Myths site going with constant updates. In fact, in the last six months I’ve:

– Launched a graphic novel
– Finished another graphic novel and helped produce three separate editions of it
– Plotted out yet another graphic novel
– Edited a short story due for publication very soon
– Organised attendance to San Diego Comic-Con, coming this month
– Wrote a secret, short story due for publication later this year
– Organised plans for attending at least another UK based convention in October
– Attended E3 for my day job, along with a batch of other things that comes with my regular work

So I’ve not been slacking. Honest. I merely thought I would revamp the site and pick it up again…

…just not, you know, six months later than planned.

As it stands, the site will be changing. A new title, a new, more personal URL (hopefully) and more words than the last six months (badum-tish, thank ye, thank ye, tip your waitress…).

Be back shortly.


Happy New Year, everyone.

Hope you’ve had a good start to 2013 and it’s treating you well so far.

So, lots to announce in the coming weeks, with some exciting news to shape the coming year. But before all of that, The Writer’s Block will be going through a bit of a change. In fact, don’t be entirely surprised if it’s no longer ‘The Writer’s Block’.

Stay tuned…

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