Tuesday, 20 March 2018

The Last Of The Navel Navigators is out now!

Once upon a time, there was a mad-eyed tea drinking Englishman who wrote down some crazy, feverish scribblings involving a young hillbilly with a magic bellybutton, who travels the universe with his goat, Brian.
Those very same scribblings were awarded a distinction at the university of Chichester, as part of a creative writing MA, which goes to show that even distinguished lecturers love a stinky old goat (and wizards. Let's not forget the overweight wizard whose beard is infested with pixies!)

Anyway, that same aforementioned mad-eyed tea drinking Englishman (with a rather dashing beard - no pixies in this one!) has finally managed to wrangle all the scribblings together into the form of a children's book, which goes by the title: 'The Last Of The Navel Navigators'. It is now available to buy (in print, and digital) on Amazon, Kindle, Kobo, iBooks, Nook and a few other places. You can even read a short sample taken from the first two chapters on some of those sites.

Here's the blurb...

"Discovered in a swamp and raised by hillbillies, Jellybean 'Gator Bait' Skratcher soon learns he has the astounding ability to open portals to other worlds, using his bellybutton.

He sets out on an epic adventure across a hostile universe, led by a scatterbrained stork who's made it his mission in life to deliver Jellybean to the right parents, or die trying.

But when your best friend's a goat, and your greatest hope for survival relies solely upon a talentless magician who can only do card tricks, nothing is likely to go as planned!" So, dust off your pyjamas, grab yourself a goat, and get poking that bellybutton! It's time to embark upon the ultimate hillbilly bellybutton odyssey!

Sunday, 18 February 2018

Hold on to your Time Hat, folks!

Coming to issue 20 of 100% Biodegradable (due out in March) - Time Waits by David Hailwood (Toxic, Sliced Quarterly) and Gary O' Donnell (The Thing art book, Something Wicked) with colours by Anne-Marie Webb and letters by Ken Reynolds.
Time Waits...for all your robo-donkey/rampaging dino needs!

Can't wait for March?  Then check out the back issues on Drivethru here: http://www.drivethrucomics.com/browse/pub/6130/Biomekazoik

Tuesday, 13 February 2018

Navel Navigators Covered by Brett

Here's a peek at the three stages of artwork that went into the front cover design for the upcoming 'The Last Of The Navel Navigators' children's novel (in which a young boy with a magic bellybutton sets off on a madcap journey across the universe, without having a clue what he's doing, where he's going or how to get back).

Artwork by the ever brilliant Brett Burbridge.

Sunday, 11 February 2018

Death Duty is out now!

Death Duty: Renegade from 100% Biodegradable - On Sale Now!

Death Duty: Renegade is available now in digital or print from DriveThru Comics http://www.drivethrucomics.com/product/226483/Death-Duty-Renegade.

In a war-torn future, crime and disloyalty to the Terran Empire are punished with conscription into mercenary law enforcement squads: soldiers consigned to do or die in order to prove their commitment to the common good. 

Those who serve out a full year are entitled to a bonus and financial rewards for their work – and even the opportunity of early amnesty.

Of course, very few survive what is known as DEATH DUTY: the average life expectancy for a recruit is four months…in some cases, much less!

Dissidents in the Terran Empire are put on the infamous List – tracked down by Death Duty squads and terminated for their rebellion with extreme prejudice. 

Described by some as ruthless assassins working with the worst of intentions, Dutymen - and women - see themselves as simply being paid to kill to keep the Empire safe. For most of them, exactly who they kill doesn’t matter – until one of their number, Travis Wilson, begins to question the missions they’re assigned and goes AWOL...a wanted man.

Death Duty: Renegade, the first in a trilogy of stories starring Travis Wilson and Rourke (Rourke created by John Freeman and Liam Sharp) is written by John Freeman (Doctor Who, Judge Dredd Megazine, Black Ops Extreme) with David Hailwood (100% Biodegradable, TOXIC), drawn by Brett Burbridge (Octal, 100% Biodegradable) and lettered by Ken Reynolds (Cognition, Sliced Quarterly)

DEATH DUTY: RENEGADE collects the first full length Death Duty strip first published in 100% Biodegradable, and includes the “lost” first episode planned for an unpublished WarWorldz anthology comic, drawn by Alan Burrows (Dan Dare, Commando).

Edited by Dave Hailwood, the Death Duty: Renegade collection is published by Crucible Press, a new comic imprint established by the team behind the comics website downthetubes.net, in partnership with Biomekazoik Press.


“ A ripping yarn that’s hitting all the right beats”
- A Place to Hang Your Cape

"Death Duty has a real throwback feel to it, like a cross between David Lloyd and vintage Alan Grant.”
- Pipedream Comics

Sunday, 28 January 2018

Biodegradable 19 out now on ComiXology!

100% Biodegradable 19 is out now on ComiXology for just 69p!

Featuring mutated Mods, devil-stalking autograph hunters, headless chocolate-addicted robotic assassins, mentally unstable government agents, steampunk traffic wardens, and an alien's close encounter with a Scotsman. Not to mention an eye-gouging crab-tastic cover by Lukasz Kowalczuk.


And in other news, Ken Reynolds currently has a Kickstarter running for the second collection of his experimental comic anthology, Sliced Quarterly.

Featuring contributions from Chris Sides, Simon Mackie, Lukasz Kowalczuk and many more.  Check it out here: 

Sunday, 31 December 2017

The Biodegradable apocalypse!

As a new year slithers purposefully towards us, the time of the Biodegradable apocalypse is at hand!

Issue 22, due out in September 2018, will be the last planned issue of 100% Biodegradable...but we'll be going out with a bang!  In fact, issues 20 to 22 have had to have their page count expanded (but not their price) just so we can fit all the carnage in.  There'll be classic strips from the likes of Alan Burrows, Alan Grant, Ian Edginton and many of our regulars, such as Brett Burbridge, Dave Thomson and Tony Suleri.

With such quality contributions on the cards, why is 100% Biodegradable ending, you might ask.  Well, it was always my intention to aim for the 5 year mark, and with issue 22 I'll have achieved just that.  Much as I'd love to keep the comic going, editing 100% Biodegradable is ridiculously time consuming and I rarely have a moment spare to get any writing done.  As well as the next Death Duty and Skowdogs series, I have several novels to finish off, more sitcoms to write, and various other comic mini-series to plan and release.

So, 2018 will be the year the comic beast died...though there's nothing to stop 100% Biodegradable crawling back out of its grave at some point in the future, once I've cleared my schedule a bit (after all, you can't keep a good undead hell-beast down).

To all the creators, readers, and reviewers who've supported 100% Biodegradable over the last 4 years, you have my deepest gratitude.  You have helped make it a comic that I'm extremely proud of, and I look forward to actually having the time to re-read past issues without the next issue's deadline looming on the horizon.

Before I sign off for the year, here's a preview of some of the strips appearing in 100% Biodegradable's last three issues.  As you'll see, there's still plenty to look forward to.

- Dave Hailwood

Funguys by Alan Grant and Alan Burrows

Time Waits by David Hailwood, Gary O' Donnell and Anne-Marie Webb

Rumblebot Rampage by Tim West and Edward R. Norden

Sunday, 10 December 2017

Biodegradable Collection 4...and more!

The 4th 100% Biodegradable print Collection, which collects selected strips from issues 15-18 of the digital anthology, is out now on Drivethru!

The 110 page collection features 15 strips from professional creators, indie regulars and promising newcomers across the UK and abroad, including Liam McCormack Sharp (Wonder Woman, X-Men), John Freeman (Judge Dredd Megazine, Dr Who), Brett Burbridge (Sliced Quarterly), Alan Burrows (2000ad, Commando), Mats Engesten (The Final Deathrace), Tony Suleri (Slumdroid, Bulletproof) and many more.

You can buy it at the following link, for just $12/£9:

And in celebration of its release, there's also a special '3 for 2' bundle available for a limited time, containing 100% Biodegradable Collections 1-3 for just $24/£18!

Over 350 pages worth of comics carnage from the likes of Dan Cornwell, Jim Alexander, Kek-W, Lukasz Kowalczuk, Dave Thomson and many more.