Friday, 23 November 2018

Black Friday book and comic deals!

It's Black Friday, and you know what that means don't you?

Yes...Endless fistfights in electrical stores, and verbal abuse of hapless retail staff. Oh, what merry larks!

For those who don't much fancy getting involved in good old English fisticuffs, at least there's plenty of digital sales on at the moment.

If you haven't already read my 'Last Of The Navel Navigators' children's novel, it's currently available to download for FREE worldwide on Amazon Kindle. The most recent 5 star review stated that it was 'like Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy for kids', so if that sounds like your sort of thing you can grab yourself a copy here: mybook.to/navelnav1kindle


My other children's novel, Grynbad And The Seven Soups, is available at a reduced price in a Kindle Countdown Deal that's active in both UK and US. The paperback version of the book has proved immensely popular, and recently hit the Amazon number 1 bestseller list in three categories simultaneously. Get the Kindle version here for just 99p/$0.99 whilst it's on offer: mybook.to/Grynbad 

Meanwhile, in the world of comic-related carnage, all 100% Biodegradable digital issues have been reduced by 33% to just $0.66 (that's about 50p in the UK) on Drivethru Comics until Monday.

Check out the deal here: https://www.drivethrucomics.com/blackfriday.php?manufacturers_id=6130



Monday, 15 October 2018

The final 100% Biodegradable is out!

Well, here it is...the final issue of 100% Biodegradable, complete with a face-munchingly fantastic cover by Edward Whatley. 


And what can you expect to find inside this 40 page full colour finale?  Here's the synopsis:

A haunted roller coaster ride spells trouble for a police detective suffering from motion sickness in Death Coaster by David Hailwood and Edward Whatley.

To achieve endless peace, a scientist must make the ultimate sacrifice in Suicide Paradiso by David Hailwood and Stu Smith.


Wisecracking ape bounty hunter Pubba Gintaro goes up against samurai gangsters and android geishas in Monkey’s Tea Party by David Hailwood and Tony Suleri.


Can the crew of Skow 709 escape an ancient alien citadel before the whole place comes crashing down on top of them? Find out in the thrilling conclusion to Skowdogs by John Freeman, David Hailwood, Dave Thomson and Ken Reynolds.


A rogue A.I. threatens the crew of a space exploration vessel in Going Rogue by John Osborn, Filipe Goncalves, Liam O’ Connor and Ken Reynolds.



The ugliest man on the planet looks to trendy cosmetic geneticists for help in The Gene Scrub by Edward R. Norden. 


100% Biodegradable 22 is just 69p/$0.99 and available from the following places:

Comicsy:


Drivethru:


Although the fat lady might be doing her vocal warm-ups, she's not singing yet, because we have one more comic to give to you...the 100% Biodegradable Apocalypse Special. Yes, what better way to end our five year comics massacre than by destroying the human race...again and again and again! 


Inside the 100% Biodegradable Apocalypse Special:

In a world populated by Elvis impersonators, being anything other than ‘The King’ is met with swift retribution in Apocalypse Now Or Never by Jimmy Furlong, Andrew Hartmann, Val Ramon and Ken Reynolds


A cockroach and a cuppa bring about the end of the world in Rusty The Cockroach by Stu Smith, David Hailwood and Simon Mackie


Everyone’s favourite party crashing mushrooms celebrate Earth’s 5 billionth birthday in true Funguys style…drink, drugs and gunfire in ‘The party of the party of the first part’ by Alan Grant, Alan Burrows and Matt Yeo.
At the edge of existence, a lone survivor waits out the apocalypse in his local tavern in Last Orders by David Hailwood and Stuart Giddings


The last human wages war on a deadly alien menace in a truly unique fashion in Love and War by David Hailwood and Dave Thomson

A newly elected alien leader builds a wall around the city to protect his people from parasitic outsiders in Insular by Mark Bertolini, Jerome Eyquem and Micah Myers


The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse form a boy band with the intention of using reality TV to bring about the downfall of mankind in Apocalypse Boys Ride Out by David Hailwood, Brett Burbridge and Ken Reynolds


That's 42 pages of world ending comic carnage for one low price!  Just 99p/$1.49 from the following places:

Comicsy:

Well, there you have it then...the end of 100% Biodegradable.  In our five-year rampage, over a hundred mentally unhinged creators have cut a bloody swath through Biodegradable’s hallowed halls, leaving 750 pages of comic strip carnage in their wake.  Just look at this glorious collection of covers!


Looking back on the past 22 issues, I am immensely proud of what we all achieved. And I say ‘all’ because it’s been a team effort all the way.  The original Assistant Editor John Kirkham set a particularly high standard with his tight design skills and impeccable eye for detail, and then along came Ken Reynolds who, as well as doing a sterling job as John‘s replacement, lettered the bulk of 100% Biodegradable’s strips.

And where would I have been without Tony Suleri’s consistently brilliant artwork which graced the pages of every single issue of 100% Biodegradable? Or without everyone’s favourite artist in a crisis, Brett Burbridge, who has come to my artistic aid on a ridiculous number of occasions (I’m sure he’ll be relieved that the Brett Signal is being retired, and he can finally hang up his spandex Dave Savin’ suit). Thanks also to the many other comic contributors, of whom there's far too many to name here (they're listed and thanked inside the final Biodegradable issue).

We’ve also had a lot of support from many great comic review sites. Special thanks to John Freeman’s Down The Tubes, A Place To Hang Your Cape and Pipedream Comics for all their excellent coverage and insightful feedback over the past five years.

As for the readers...Thanks for supporting this mutant oddity of an anthology. It’s been a wild and crazy ride, and I’m glad you were along for the journey.

Alas…all good things must come to an end, and it’s time to bid farewell...for now, at least.  If the special is well received, we might put out a few more 100% Biodegradable specials at a later date. The beast that wouldn’t die might rear its ugly head once again!

We also have the final 100% Biodegradable and Skowdogs print collection to put together.  I expect myself and John Freeman will get stuck into more Death Duty and Skowdogs at some point down the line, as we had a lot of fun writing those series together and seeing the crazy designs Brett Burbridge and Dave Thomson came up with.

I’m also working with Tony Suleri on a number of projects, such as Technofear starring everyone’s favourite ape bounty hunter Pubba Gintaro, and a Marren Kane one shot. My main focus for the next few years (and hopefully beyond) will be writing/publishing children's novels and sci-fi/fantasy novels, and I'm pleased to say that both The Last Of The Navel Navigators and Grynbad and The Seven Soups are selling nicely, and have already made it onto Amazon's best sellers lists and even the Myths and Legends wish list.



As soon as I get the chance I'll do a write up of my learnings from 5 years editing 100% Biodegradable, and will also try and write regular articles about the indie book self publishing process. As I'm writing full time now, there's plenty more books, comics and random insanity on the cards.

Thanks for all your support so far, folks!  You've been fabulous. 

Friday, 24 August 2018

Grynbad Kindle Countdown Deal

Hi, folks!

Grynbad And The Seven Soups is currently available for just 99p/$0.99 (UK and US only) until the 30th August, as part of a Kindle Countdown Deal.  Or, if you happen to have Kindle Unlimited or Amazon Prime, you can read it for free.


If you've yet to read the story of one boy's quest to retrieve his Grandpa's false teeth, which have been stolen by a dastardly beast that lives in minestrone, now's a great time to do so!

Here's the store links:

UK https://www.amazon.co.uk/Grynbad-Seven-Soups-Illustrated-Children-ebook/dp/B07FF83CMB/

US https://www.amazon.com/Grynbad-Seven-Soups-Illustrated-Children-ebook/dp/B07FF83CMB/

Grynbad has been entered into the Kindle Storyteller Competition, which finishes at the end of the month. Thanks to those who've bought the book so far, it currently resides on page 2 of the 'children's ebooks' category. Since there's over 50 pages of children's ebooks, that's not bad going I reckon!

I've also begun work on the sequel, titled 'Grynbad And The Eye Of Griselda', which sees young Timmy Grynbad teaming up with his mischievous Grandpa to embark on another madcap quest, with the assistance of their newly acquired Tragic Carpet, Alan.

Tuesday, 14 August 2018

The Mega Meaty Monster Comics Giveaway!

Whether it’s boozed-up zombies, gigantic rampaging guinea pigs, or evil murderous unicorns you’re after, the Mega Meaty Monster Comics Giveaway has got you covered!



Assembled by myself using the Instafreebie service, the giveaway features over a dozen free sci-fi, fantasy, action and horror comics from top indie creators, including Dan Cornwell (2000ad, FutureQuake), Chris Sides (Impossible, Dark Matter), Ken Reynolds (Sliced Quarterly, Cognition), Rene Pfitzner (Sneaky Goblins), Lukasz Kowalczuk (Aces Weekly), Tim West (Hallowscream) and many more.

As well as being completely free, the comics are available to read in three different formats; pdf, epub, or mobi (for Kindle).

Just follow the link, and grab yourself a healthy slice of comic-related insanity before the giveaway finishes on the 26th August.

https://claims.instafreebie.com/gg/i61RU30oAThIzRzmSoGc

Friday, 13 July 2018

The secret of the soup!

I'm pleased to announce my latest children's book, Grynbad And The Seven Soups, is out now on Amazon!

http://mybook.to/Grynbad


This one has a bit of a story behind it, as I wrote it some years back whilst suffering from writer's block. I say 'writer's block' though it was more like 'writer's repetition'; I was attempting to finish my Navel Navigators novel at the time, and instead found myself writing the same darned chapter over and over again for about a year, never able to get it quite right (I can always tell when the writing's not going so well, as my document naming convention goes out the window; instead of using something along the lines of 'NavelNavigatorsDraft28' I end up going with 'Aaaaaaaaaaaaaarggggghhhh!', 'Whhhhhhhyyyyyyyyy?????' or a terribly rude swear word).

When it comes down to it, the book is all my old line manager Peter Lancaster's fault. I was sat in the staff room, trying to figure out how to get my writing mojo back, when Pete sidled up to me and from out of the blue said: 'Did you know it's actually possible to run across the surface of custard?'

He then showed me a youtube video to prove it (it wasn't this particular video, but it's the best example I could find...).



Now, most people would've edged away at this point whilst attempting to avoid eye contact, but not me (I do like a good custard video). My brain was suddenly whirring away with ideas. Custard...a land of custard...what a great setting for a children's novel! But must it only be custard? Could get a bit samey. What other liquids are there plenty of? Soups! Seven soups...yes, just like Sinbad might have sailed, if he'd gone a bit off course! Hmm, perhaps custard could act as the portal to a whole world of soup related adventures? Now we're cooking!

I rushed down to the local supermarket and did some hefty research in the soup aisle (it's alright, it was Sainsbury's - they're used to nutters in there) trying to imagine what foul creatures might inhabit the various soups.

A terrifying Man-Eating Manotaur, which inhabits Oxtail Soup.


Once I'd got home from my little expedition and finished shaking my wife vigorously by the shoulders whilst yelling 'The soups, Jenny! The sooooouuuups!!!', I set to work.

The book was finished in less than a month (it's quite a short one, as it's aimed at 7-9 year olds), and I was so pleased with the end result that I sent it straight out to an agent (The Eve White agency, who handle the Mr Gum books). I was quite surprised when they got back to me within the week, asking if they could read the full manuscript exclusively. They said a lot of complimentary things about it; compared my dialogue to the likes of Roald Dahl, said the characters were likeable and that it was very funny. Ultimately they chose not to go with it, but at least they gave me a lot of helpful feedback to work with (and the confidence and gusto to tackle the Navel Navigators novel afresh).

And now, new and improved, and sporting over 20 illustrations drawn by my own fair fingers (with one illustration secretly sketched by the mighty Brett Burbridge. I'll let anyone who reads it try to figure out which one), it is out exclusively on Amazon's Kindle Select. This means that if you have Kindle Unlimited or Amazon Prime you can give the book a read for free. So please, get stuck in. All support is hugely appreciated (even if it's just shares with people you think might enjoy the book, or gold bullion sent to my usual Swiss bank account, every little helps) as I've entered it into Kindle's Storyteller 2018 competition, which is partially judged on the book's popularity.

A bunch of lolly-loving lily-livered pirates, who inhabit Pea soup.

For the first week that Grynbad's on sale I've reduced the price to just 99p/$0.99 in digital: http://mybook.to/Grynbad

and £3.99/$5.99 in print (illustrations in B/W to keep costs down): http://mybook.to/GrynbadPaperback 

So, there you have it...the secret of the soup, and the answer to how to avoid writers block. Find yourself a bald man armed with a custard video!

Sunday, 24 June 2018

The penultimate issue of 100% Biodegradable is out NOW!


Issue 21 of 100% Biodegradable has finally landed, and it's a big 'un, featuring an extra ten pages of content.

As eagle-eyed readers might be able to deduce from Mo Ali's trippy Funguys cover, we have another explosive 'Funguys' adventure this issue, written by the legendary Ian Edginton (X-Force, 2000ad, Aliens) and illustrated by Alan Burrows (Eagle, Red Dwarf). Ian wrote the strip over 26 years ago (on a typewriter, no less!), and it's a pleasure to be able to bring this self contained 16 pager back into the limelight.

Next up, a young cyborg seeks bloody vengeance for the death of his parents in Mark Bertolini and Gary O’ Donnell’sWith A Vengeance’.



A group of unwary space scavengers find themselves trapped in the midst of a battle between two superior intellects in ‘Catch’ by Mikael Lopez and N G Williams.

You’ll never be able to look at a Jellybaby in quite the same way after reading ‘Squeaky Treats’ by Stu Smith and Tony Suleri.


The return of an old adversary spells trouble for the crew of Skow 709 in 'Skowdogs' by John Freeman (Dr Who, Judge Dredd Megazine), David Hailwood, Dave Thomson and Ken Reynolds.
Synthetic eyes helplessly watch the downfall of humanity in 'Lifeboats’ by Stu Smith, Scott Twells and Ken Reynolds.

A hapless photographer puts his soul on the line to get the perfect shot in ‘Photo Op’ by Steven Fraser and Edward R. Norden. 


And finally, a gigantic 50 foot tall lizard has a bad day at the supermarket in ‘Supermarket Monster’ by the ever amusing Ben Peter Johnson (Viz, Hallowscream).

Issue 21 is available at the following digital stores for just 69p/$0.99:

Comicsy:


Drivethru:


A ComiXology release will happen at a later date. Previous issues are available here: https://www.comixology.co.uk/100-Biodegradable/comics-series/17594

If you've yet to read the earlier editions, you can get issues 1-3 completely FREE when you sign up to our comics Newsletter: https://mailchi.mp/90a01deb4768/biopressfreebie

So...that's almost 5 years and 21 issues done...But we're not finished yet! Tune in September for the final apocalyptic edition of 100% Biodegradable.


Monday, 21 May 2018

Heaps of FREE books!

More delicious Instafreebie book giveaways for avid/rabid readers to sink their teeth into!

First up, there's an absolute belter of a sci-fi, fantasy and horror giveaway containing over 120 books from the cream of the indie crop.  Some are previews, but most are the full novel.  Give 'em a download at the following link: https://claims.instafreebie.com/gg/r1Y0FxTjBmiAboAIU7yY


Next, we have a young adult book fest!  70 books for a youthful audience, which are jam-packed with magic, mystery and mayhem (and some have zombies, too.  Gotta love zombies).  Here's the link: https://claims.instafreebie.com/gg/zNwQsaMqTD64xNpHweig


Finally, mostly aimed at the Middle Grade range, there's 50 books about friendship, honesty, integrity and loyalty. Admittedly, one of the main characters in my Navel Navigators novel is the antithesis of all those qualities (good ol' Caspian Thrall - he does like a good spot of thieving!) but at it's core my book is a tale of friendship and loyalty...'twixt boy and goat.  The link doth go thusly (sorry - I woke in a Shakespearian mood): https://claims.instafreebie.com/gg/xA5avznPt4CIZFoisfFx


The 5 chapter preview of The Last Of The Navel Navigators is available in all the giveaways above.  Should you be inclined to check out the finished novel, it's currently on sale until the end of the month on Amazon for just 99p/$0.99:

UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Last-Navel-Navigators-David-Hailwood-ebook/dp/B07BJ7SBN1
US: https://www.amazon.com/Last-Navel-Navigators-David-Hailwood-ebook/dp/B07BJ7SBN1