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Tuesday, 18 December 2018

Etsy Store Closed

I've now closed my Etsy store. Inutially, it yielded a flurry of orders for The Signal Man and Bulldog, but, even with promotional discounts, not one copy of Amnesia Agents was purchased from the Etsy store, and The Signal Man sales had stopped. Some outlets seem right for comics: this one wasn't.

A Hundred Years To Arras: ready and raring to go!

I've finished a draft of the book, still titled 'A Hundred Years To Arras' at time of writing, and submitted to a select few agents. Two have already replied. Not for them. It's an interesting process. Received wisom is that getting an agent is a preferable way to get your book under the eyes of a publisher. However, an agent is neither necessary nor desirable with getting comics work published. I've always worked directly with a publisher where comics are concerned. Prose, however, is another kettle of fish. I've also approached publishers directly, and in my experience I've had more response and interest that way. Of course, not all publishers are open to unsolicited submissions. So, we're now in that stage of the game where I'm waiting to see what happens, and that will determine whether another draft is needed and so on. The story now exists, and it's just a matter of seeing how it'll become revealed to the world.

In the meantime, there's still time to buy my latest issue of Commando, so what are you waiting for?

I have two other ideas for novels, both of which I'm about to start work on, and then let's see which develops fully first...

Tuesday, 11 December 2018

New Commando out now!

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Out now from WH Smith!!! Written by me - art by Carlos Pino!

The marines of 3 Commando didn’t know what would kill them first: being blown apart by a landmine, shot down by an Argentinian sniper, or freezing to death in the icy southern winter.
After entering a war on the other side of the world, many did not understand why Britain was fighting so hard to keep the Falkland Islands… but they would learn.

Story: Jason Cobley
Art: Carlos Pino
Cover: Carlos Pino

Friday, 7 December 2018

For one week only - until I close my Etsy store next weekend - buy AMNESIA AGENTS AND THE SIGNAL-MAN for ONLY £8.00 plus p&p for both together. I'm only doing this with 10 copies so get in! Merry Christmas!

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Sunday, 21 October 2018

Nottingham Comic Convention 20th October 2018:

I did this one this year - the first time. This was a fun convention, although I didn't see much of tied to my table for most of the duration. A really nice venue and clearly organised by real fans - and there were lots of kids about!

There was anice write up in the local paper, even if the young lady got my home town wrong (but that's OK). Check it out here:

Heroes and villains descend on Nottingham Comic Convention

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Sunday, 7 October 2018

Amnesia Agents Reviews

"Jason Cobley dabbles in an oddly intriguing concept for Amnesia Agents... A cryptic premise is given a raucous execution by the shortness of the comic itself.
...It reads like an episode of The X-Files on speed... There’s a definite, high level charm in how keen Cobley and artist James Gray are in thrusting you into this story of mystery and action".
"We'd recommend this, especially if you enjoy the blending of fantasy with reality, such as Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman".

Saturday, 22 September 2018

Commando Incoming!

I'm hard at work on another issue of 'Commando'.
My second adventure, 'The June Winter', set during the Falklands Conflict, comes out on 28th December 2018, and I'm now working on another that will be set for some time in 2019. This will be my first WWII - set issue, and it features some of these:

Sunday, 16 September 2018

Geeky Brummie Review of Amnesia Agents

Go here to the Geeky Brummie Podacst website wherein I'm compared to Neil Gaiman! Nice review of Amnesia Agents:

"The dialogue is fast paced, with each character having a unique voice...The story is set in the present day, multiple threads intertwining across multiple locations and timelines to keep track of. It blends in the familiar of an England now, with fantastical worlds inhabited by creatures you wouldn’t expect. We’re also left with both a well written closure to the main story but open enough for the sequel, which we hope to see soon!... We’d recommend this, especially if you enjoy the blending of fantasy with reality, such as Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman" 

Monday, 27 August 2018

Upcoming Events and Comics

James Gray and I will be at ICE Birmingham on 15th September. James will have signed prints and original artwork. I will have copies of Amnesia Agents and The Signal Man with a handful of copies of my other books as well. Amnesia Agents is now available to buy or stream from ComicHaus and will be on Comixology in a few weeks. The Signal Man is still available from my Etsy store along with the recently published Bulldog volumes.


On 20th October, I'll also be selling Amnesia Agents et al at Nottingham Comic Convention.

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On 2nd February 2019, I'll be at True Believers  in Cheltenham doing the same!

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If anyone wants to book me as a guest for any other conventions in 2019, do get in touch!

Following my debut as a writer for Commando earlier this year, my next issue, out on 28th December, is entitled 'The June Winter', set during The Falklands War. Keep an eye out for it in WH Smith! You can still buy 'The Tunnels of Arras' via Comixology or Amazon for your Kindle if you missed out on a print copy. Image result for the tunnels of arras

Reviewing Agents part 1...

Some nice words about Amnesia Agents here: "crisp... artwork and some snappy dialogue... The pencils in this volume have a excellent level of detail and the structure has a great balance of action and drama. A real sense of personality. Well worth a look"

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!
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!

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 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 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!