I’ve been thinking a lot about where to go with my online store recently and after fiddling about with code and PayPal buttons for literally hours putting the new books up, I decided it was time to move on.
So I have set up a brand new store through Comicsy!
All of the usual comics are up there still: Scene City, Orful Comics and all the minis and bundles. It just has a swanky new look and is hella easier to manage from my end. No more fiddling about with awkward code and spending ten minutes on the PayPal site just FINDING where the buttons are. I just log in, make some changes and it’s done. Simple.
Moving to Comicsy has an added bonus too.
I can now offer you all DIGITAL DOWNLOADS of Scene City for the super low price of £1.
A single pound.
How good is that?!
If ever you’ve been tempted to read Scene City but didn’t want to pay full price or prefer reading digitally, now is the perfect time to check it out.
It also means I may well be tempted with doing some extra, small, download only content in the future so keep eyes peeled for that.
The store is still accessible through the same link on the website so there’s no need to worry about forgetting where it is. It’s just as easy as it’s always been.
So why not head on over to my brand new store and see what it’s all about?
Awww yeeeeeah the new books are out!
I suppose you’ve been wondering what they look like haven’t you. Well here’s some shiny colourful covers for you to feast your eyes on!
After a successful launch at Thought Bubble last weekend (thank you BTW) Orful Comics 4 and Scene City 4 are now available through the store for the low low price of £3 each. I’ve also updated bundle prices accordingly to contain all the appropriate books. And they’d make perfect Christmas presents for your friends and families, so what have you got to lose?
Nothing, that’s what!
I’m also adding and bonus online shopping incentive!!
The first person to order Orful Comics 4 online, be it as a single issue or as part of a bundle, will also receive this one of a kind, genuine original thumbnail sketch of the cover which has been taped to my lightbox this whole time to remind me to do this. Only one person will get this so if you’re keen, GET ON IT!
So now you’ve REALLY got nothing to lose!
Happy shopping folks!
Happy Movember everybody!
I hope you’re all growing that mo to help kick male cancer where it hurts. Want to help by donating? I’ve got a few options for you…
I’M GROWING A MO
As usual, I will be growing a fairly awful moustache for a month. But I’m not doing this for fun! Oh no! I’m doing this to raise money for the wonderful folk at Movember. We’re raising money for charities dealing with male cancers and mental health. If you fancy helping the fight, feel free to donate as much or as little as you can on my Mo Space page.
GALLERY OF MO
Gallery Of Mo is live! Again, raising money for male cancer and mental health charities, Gallery Of Mo has a nice twist. In return for your donation, you receive a wonderful portrait of yourself with a mo. Last year, almost 200 artists raised £11,000 through art. This year, we are hoping to smash that target! If you feel like getting involved, head on over the Gallery Of Mo to find out how it works and to pick your artist.
For whatever reason, I’ve started running. It’s been a long and painful journey but it’s now one with a purpose! On 30th November, I’ll be donning my running shoes and running a 5k in Brockwell Park with Mousdashe. I’ve never run 5k before so this is going to be… interesting to say the least. To make it worth my while, I would love it if you could head over to my Virgin Money Giving page and give whatever you can spare to a great cause.
That is all for now I think
Mo is King baby!
Oooooooooh!! Some activity on here! How rare!
The summer break is over and Autumn convention season is just around the corner. How bloomin’ exciting! It all kicks off this weekend with…
London Film and Comic Con Winter
We’re back over to Kensington Olympia on the 5th and 6th October for the first Winter LFCC. A lovely venue for what should turn out to be a pretty good show. I will be there selling Orful Comics, Scene City, mini comics, original art, sketches and for the first time in the UK, As You Were #2, an punk-rock anthology comic featuring many amazing punk rock comic artists and of course, yours truly. It is curated by Mitch Clem of Nothing Nice To Say fame and looks fab!
Very excited to be a part of this and to get it into your grubby little mitts. I’m going to tell you it’s completely amazing in every way regardless of the fact that I’ve not had a chance to sit down and read it yet myself. Buy it. It’s great! I am fully confident of that!
What’s that?! You’re not in London this weekend so you can’t buy it? Oh how wrong you are!
Whilst I’ll not be putting it up on the webstore (too much effort for only having 20 copies) if you are desperate for a copy, get in touch via email, Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, carrier pigeon, yelling at me in the street and I shall sort you out.
ALternatively, fellow contributor and all round good egg Sarah Graley will also be debuting As You Were this Saturday at Bristol Comic and Zine Fair. If you happen to be knocking about down Brizzle way, go buy it off her!
Ramble ramble ramble this blog post is over!
Morning all! How’s it going? Good, glad to hear it!
First up, there’s actually a comic this week! Wow-ee! Who’da thunk it! Click here to go read it.
Enjoy it. It’s the last one for a while.
I’m taking another well-needed break from Orful Comics
I’m sure it hasn’t gone un-noticed. Updates have been… sporadic at best lately. There’s a couple of reasons for this.
First, the simple one.
I am mega behind on where I want to be on Scene City 4 right now. I really want it finished, printed and ready to go into your filthy little hands in time for Thought Bubble in November. Trying to get a comic up every week means at least two evenings each week I’m not working on Scene City. This is time I absolutely need to get the book finished on time.
Now the less simple answer.
I’ve not been enjoying Orful Comics so much lately.
Not at all.
There have been a few times over the past couple of months where I’ve sat down to plan the next comics and I’ve just stared at my notebook for ten minutes, sighed, then put it away and done something else. It simply hasn’t been giving me the same joy it used to. I’ve been growing tired of sitting down and sifting through moments in my life looking for something to draw a comic about. I’m sick of feeling like I sometimes only leave the house to experience a “comics moment”. I’m bored of not really knowing where any of this is going. I’m just all a bit “blah” about it right now.
So I’m taking a break.
Hopefully, when I have fewer projects on the go and I’ve been away from it for a while, I’ll feel like doing it again but right now, no. The only reason today’s comic was made was so I’d have enough comics to print volume 4 but after this, there’s not going to be any for the forsee-able future.
This isn’t a permanent goodbye by any means and I’d like to take this opportunity to thank all of you who stop by every week to read the comics, encourage me and let me put you in them. You are all great. I also would like to apologise for neglecting you so much this year. It has been a busy one for me and you’ve all been great about it!
So it’s goodbye from me for now and I shall hopefully see you all back here again towards the end of this year
All the best
Morning all, how’s it going?
There’s a tonne of new comics stuff comin’ atcha today.
First up, there’s a new comic up on the website. Follow the link to see it and be prepared to have a 90s classic stuck in your head for the rest of the day.
Next, I probably mentioned this once or twice on here before but I have two new comics hitting anthologies at some point later this year. One for the new London transport themed anthology T4L and one for issue 2 of punk rock comics legend Mitch Clem‘s anthology As You Were. Pretty excited about them both and can’t wait to see what everyone else has come up with. As soon as they’re out, I’ll let you all know about them.
And one last point…
I AM FINALLY READY TO START SCENE CITY 4!!!!
It’s been, what, 8 months since issue 3 came out now? Sorry for the delay. I had things getting in my way all over the place. I am in the middle of drawing page 1 right this very second though. I can’t guarantee you a release date but HOPING for a Thought Bubble release. Let’s see how that goes shall we…
Hey gang, haven’t posted a news update in a while. Thought I’d fill you in on what’s been happening.
First up, it being Friday, there is a new comic for you! Go read it here.
Apologies for being slack on updates recently. I’ve been pretty busy with various other projects and to be frank, the webcomic is somewhere near the bottom of my list of priorities. That said, things are calming down a lot now and I should be able to revert to some sort of regular update schedule again soon. I’ve had three weeks off work to catch up on everything and the end is in sight!
So what HAVE I been working on?
Anthology submissions, man! I finished one up last week that I’m quite happy with for a new anthology called T4L, which is all about transport in London. My friend and some times comics collaborator Virgil is the driving force behind this anthology and also wrote a six page story for me to draw. It has been great fun to work on and I’ve really enjoyed working outside of my usual style for this. Really looking forward to seeing what other people come up with for it.
The other big project I’ve been working on is one that I am VERY excited about. Mitch Clem, of Nothing Nice To Say fame, contacted me and asked if I’d like to contribute a short story to his punk-rock anthology, As You Were. I nearly wet myself when I saw that email since I’ve been a big fan of Mitch’s work since I was about sixteen with NN2S being the first webcomic I ever properly read.
This project has been an absolute blast to work on. I think it shows too. I’d not even written it on Tuesday morning and I’m almost done pencilling it already. Again, really looking forward to seeing the final product. It’s cram-packed full of amazing comic artists who work within the punk community and I’m thrilled to be considered amongst that group. You can pick up the first issue here.
Final thing, conventions and whatever.
It was May MCM recently and I was incredibly lucky to be there. I’d missed out on table in the first round of bookings and was facing either missing out completely or perching on the end of Jude and Alan’s table for the weekend. Thankfully, there was a last minute cancellation and I had my own full table all to myself. Thank God!
And what a weekend it was! Broke all my records and targets over the three days and exceeded any expectation I had of the show. I even managed to sell out of Scene City 1… TWICE! I’ve also finally shifted the last of Paper Science and so cleared some table space for more stuff at future cons. Thank you so much to everyone who came down that weekend to make it the best con ever for Orful Comics! And thank you also to all the amazing artists around me that I bought things off. The un-read pile of shame is looking very healthy right now. Bring on October MCM!
While still on the subject of MCM, you may like to know that I was featured in a podcast! Stephen Lacey of the 20 Minute Longbox has decided to record a few special editions of the cast focussing on the small press exhibitors at MCM. Click here to hear Stephen talk to myself, Matt Dyson, Michael Georgiou, Francesca Dare and Tony Lee about comics and stuff.
I have a short break between conventions now. Next up will be LFCC at London Earl’s Court 2 from 5 – 7 July. Had a great time there last year when we were at Kensington Olympia (damn Olympics) and hoping for another strong show this year. Hope to see some familiar faces there and also plenty of new ones.
Anyways, enough rambling from me. Time to do some actual work!
Hey all, how’s it going? Y’all enjoying some sunshine? I just spent all afternoon sat in the garden drawing you lot comics!
On that note, you will no doubt be DELIGHTED to know that today is Friday and as such the bearer of a BRAND NEW COMIC! Go read it here!
Also, you may or may not know that tomorrow is not only Star Wars Day but also FREE COMIC BOOK DAY! Free Comic Book Day is the day of the year where comic book shops, publishers and creators all club together to try and encourage new people to read comics through a series of events and, as you might have guessed, FREE COMIC BOOKS! Whilst I personally will be chained to my desk drawing all day, you may want to head down to Gosh Comics in London to hang out and chat and draw with a bunch of great people. You may also want to go to Gosh to pick up FREE SCENE CITY BOOKS! Because I am a generous soul, I donated the remained of my first print runs of Scene City 1 and 2 to be distributed COMPLETELY FREE among those who want them.
I know, thank me later.
If you want to head down, all the pertinent information can be found here.
That’s all for now, enjoy your weekends!
About two years ago, after a lengthy conversation with Matt, I decided to collect all of my books currently on sale into a bundle. Every book, in one go, for a reduced price. The thinking behind this to encourage people to buy more than one book at a time and give them an incentive to do so. Why buy three books separately at full price when you can essentially buy two, get one half price?
And so the Everything Package was born. It went down well at conventions and online and seemed to be proving a success. Soon things started to get more complicated however. Each time I released a new book, I would add it to the bundle and obviously its price would go up with it.
I now find myself in a position where the Everything Package costs £20 and, despite still being significantly cheaper, it’s very hard to convince someone at a convention to part with that amount of money when I know personally how hard it is to make your cash last a full weekend.
The business model became un-sustainable. The experiment had failed.
This got me to thinking, “What if I could provide smaller bundles that still offer an incentive to customers to buy?”
And so I now introduce to you the brand new range of Orful Bundles: smaller bundles, smaller prices, great savings!
The Everything Package still exists collects all issues of Orful Comics, Scene City and the mini comics. Perfect for the hardcore Orful Comics fan who literally wants it all.
The Orful Comics Package collects each issue of Orful Comics in one handy bundle.
The Scene City Package brings together every issue of Scene City. Includes emos, zombies, robots and swears.
The Starter Package is perfect for those new to Orful Comics, collecting the first issue of Orful Comics and Scene City along with (Not Quite) An Hourly Comic to ease you in.
The Mini Package collects all three mini comics for those who prefer a light read
I’m quite excited to see how these go down as I think its a step in the right direction. There’s still an incentive to buy in bulk but with no obligation to buy literally everything.
I’m interested to hear other people’s thoughts on this and if there are any suggestions for improvement, I’m all ears…
Hey all. Should probably do a bit of an Orful Comics news round-up. It’s been a while…
Firstly, it being Friday, there is a brand new comic up. It’s about arguments and you can read it here.
Secondly, I’m booked into a couple of comic conventions in the next couple of months which you should probably attend. First is London Super Comic Convention at the Excel Centre, London on 23-24 February. It’s the second year of LSCC and after a very strong first year, I’m excited to be back.
After that we have Birmingham MCM at the NEC Centre in Birmingham on the 16-17 March. I always like exhibiting in Birmingham as I consider it my home coming show and this year I have the pleasure of making it into a road trip/sleepover with Team Footloose so that will be nice.
Finally, I’m back from Northern Ireland! If you don’t know, I was out in Derry for two weeks recently doing a spot of animation training, learning to use Cel Action. I had a great time out there and my brain is now definitely full! All I have to do now is wait around and see if I’ve got the job out of it, which would then mean me moving to Derry to work on a kid’s TV series! Exciting!
Anyways, that’s enough from me for now