Monday, 13 August 2018

Amnesia Agents available now!



There are lots of places you can buy my and James Gray's new original graphic novel 'Amnesia Agents', following our successful Kickstarter.

Firstly, we'll be at the ICE Birmingham comic convention on 15th September for the official launch where you can also buy prints from James.

You can buy copies direct from me at my Etsy Store.

You can also purchase copies direct from Lulu.

The most exciting new thing for me is that you can read 'Amnesia Agents' digitally via the ComicHaus app and/or buy a physical copy via ComicHaus.

We've also submitted the book to Comixology - we'll let you know as and when it gets accepted there.


So, what is 'Amnesia Agents'? In case you didn't know...

Have you ever wondered what happens to forgotten memories? When you forget where you put your keys or the name of a person, where do those memories go? Do you ever get that feeling where you know you have forgotten something important, but can’t remember what it is? There is a place where these memories end up. It is a place for the lost, the forgotten and for stolen memories. It is a place called Echo. Amnesia Agents are tasked with tracking down missing memories. They repair anomalies created when breaches between the real world and Echo unleash dangerous nightmares. Amnesia Agents can be anyone, activated when needed but the rest of the time living mundane lives with no memory of their other existence as Agents. Theseus Brown is a new recruit, slightly in awe of Persephone Mills, the more focused senior Agent. Theseus and Persephone investigate these and other cases, unaware how they will impact on their own lives and reveal their own mysterious pasts…


Wednesday, 16 May 2018

Commando and Amnesia Agents Update

You'll notice that this blog hasn't been updated in some time. Sorry about that. Most of the action has been on Facebook and Kickstarter. Amnesia Agents has been successfully funded on Kickstarter and the artwork is just over half way done. If you missed it, you can pre-order a limited number from my Etsy store here, where you can also pick up copies of my other books.

I'm now also a published writer for DC Thompson's 'Commando'. My first story, 'The Tunnels of Arras', came out last month. You can still find copies here and there. Ping me a message if you need one. ;-) Also available for the Kindle! I'm not sure I'm at liberty to advertise the details yet, but I'm currently working on a second 'Commando' story. Watch this space for more information.

'Amnesia Agents' will get its official launch at Birmingham ICE in September when we'll have some copies available to purchase on our table.

Sunday, 4 March 2018

Amnesia Agents Activated!

My new graphic novel with artist James Gray has reached 100% of the goal we set on Kickstarter in just 7 days! This means it's funded enough to print the book and provide some extra rewards. As we pick up more backers, we will be ale to enhance what we hope is already a premium product!

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/69469794/amnesia-agents?ref=nav_search&result=project&term=amnesia
So, what's it about and why should you be interested?

'Amnesia Agents' is an original graphic novel with 48 pages of story plus supplementary material in  US comic book sized format with a full colour glossy card cover, squarebound.
Have you ever wondered what happens to the things you forget? When you forget where you put your keys or an odd sock, where a building was or when an appointment should be, where do you think your memories go? Do you ever get that feeling where you know you've forgotten something important, but can't remember what it is? Do you ever revisit the street that you grew up in but something seems to be missing?
There is a place where these memories end up, a place just beyond what we can normally see and hear - or remember. Sometimes, when enough people forget a person, or a person wishes hard enough to be forgotten, he can find himself in this place. It is a place full of forgotten things. It is a place for the lost, and for stray memories. It is a place full of cracks where dangerous things from other places can slip through, but also where lost sources of hope can be found. It is a place called Echo.
Amnesia Agents can be anyone. Any one of us at any time could have knowledge of who were are wiped from the world and replaced by a new persona until the job is done. Theseus Brown is a newly recruited Agent paired with the more experienced Persephone Mills. When a strange anomaly causes memories to go astray, they are tasked with tracking down and fixing the problem. They haven't counted on a murderous jealous brother of a rock star, or a desperate teenager searching for a man only she can remember. And what evil forces drive the Forget Foxes and the mysterious Lurids?
You can back the Kickstarter project here.

Friday, 5 January 2018

New Bulldog Books now available from Lulu!


Best Of Bulldog (£10 for 350 pages of classic Bulldog stories from over 20 years of Bulldog Adventure Magazine) and Bulldog & Panda 2018 (£3.50 for 50 pages collecting the strips from Paragon magazine) are now available from Lulu.com!

Both are perfect introductions to Captain Winston Bulldog and Samurai Commander Keiko Panda!

Until midnight on 8th January, postage is free! Use the promo code SHIPIT2018 at the checkout.


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Tuesday, 2 January 2018

Overview of 2017 and Tunnelling Ahead in 2018

2017 was a year of nothing much really being published but a fair bit going on unseen. The main writing project was 'A Hundred Years To Arras', which is closer to completion now. It was sidelined in October when the opportunity came up to pitch a comic strip story to the legendary 'Commando' comic from renowned Scottish publishers DC Thompson. I've had comics work published before of course, but this is something of a milestone. It was a very painless process of pitching and then scripting, and a really enjoyable exercise in writing to a particular style. 'Commando' comics are quite old-fashioned in the way that, for example, narrative captions are used: it isn't the same as writing a superhero comic, for example. And I loved doing it. The comic, 'The Tunnels of Arras', comes out on 19th April 2018 in all good newsagents, on subscription and for download.

Meanwhile, 'A Hundred Years To Arras' is about half completed. Finding a publisher for my prose has proved to be much more difficult than for my comics. If anyone knows the magic spells I need to cast to even get an agent to look at anything, please let me know. Either way, comics also press on...

I've self-published an updated 'Best Of Bulldog' collection, which you can buy at a bargainous £10 for over 350 pages from Lulu.com. Also about to be made available the same way is 'Bulldog and Panda 2018', a collection of the strips that originally appeared in 'Paragon' magazine over the last couple of years. Most of them are illustrated by the late Stephen Prestwood, and dedicated to him and the memory of his artwork.

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My plan is to create some more strips focused on Keiko Panda over the next few months, some of which will also appear in 'Paragon', to form the basis of 'Bulldog and Panda 2019', as we make the good Captain's comeback an annual event, hopefully.

Copies of both and my other books, such as the Classical Comics books and 'The Signalman', will be available to buy from me at Leamington Comic Con on 14th April 2018. In the meantime, don't forget that you can get signed copies either from me at my Etsy.com shop, Cobleybooks, or from artist David Hitchcock here.



I recently had a long think about different projects that I want to get going. In 2018, I celebrate 25 years of marriage and 50 years of being alive. It's also 35 years since I first had a comic strip published in a fanzine, and 25 years since Captain Winson Bulldog appeared in his first comic that I self-published. The landscape of self-publishing has changed massively over the years, and whilst I have been lucky enough to be professionally published with books such as 'Frontier', the 'Bulldog: Empire' epic in 'The Mammoth Book of Best New Manga', the Classical Comics books and, now 'Commando', to list a few examples, there is more I would like to get out there.

So... it's too early to announce properly yet, but I'm at different stages of planning with 4 or 5 different artists on different projects, at least a couple of which will probably emerge as Kickstarter-funded graphic novels. Two that I think I can mention are that I'm going to be having a new take on Tom Hickathrift and Amnesia Agents, which currently exist as novels but I'd always envisaged as much more visual projects. The early character designs are already very exciting.

Happy New Year!




Monday, 18 September 2017

Tunneling Into Comics

Progress on the novel has slowed to a trickle for the next few weeks, as I work on another project that has come up as a result of my research into Arras. Watch this space for more info!