Thursday, November 11, 2021

Cancellations and Sales

Unfortunately, due to circumstances outside of my control, I will no longer be able to attend the Thought Bubble comic festival in Harrogate, England this weekend.

However! All is not lost, Hugh Madden who was sharing the table with me will still be there and will have limited copies of SWIFT and the SHIP WRECKED trade paperback on hand to sell. He's launching a couple comics himself that weekend so he's definitely worth checking in on. Also, it would be a shame to let this lovely graphic by Gareth Luby go to waste...


If you're not at Thought Bubble yourself, the ONLY place you can currently buy a copy of the SHIP WRECKED trade collection is through Little Deer littledeercomics.ie. You can either order online or visit their pop-up shop in Smithfield. They have a limited supply so don't dawdle!

Sunday, September 26, 2021

Wednesday, September 15, 2021

New Comic Book Day 15/09/21

Check out SHIP WRECKED Vol 5 Page 3 either at ShipWreckedComic.com or tapas.io/series/Ship-Wrecked.

Words by me & Frank Cvetkovic and art by Katie Fleming & Rebecca Nalty


MR & MRS VAN HELSING Page 11 is now online to read at IrishComics.ie and it's also being uploaded a few weeks later to tapas.io/series/MrMrsVanHelsing.

Words by me & everything else by Hugh Madden

Wednesday, September 8, 2021

New Comic Book Day 08/09/21

Latest pages of my two webcomics are now online. 

Check out SHIP WRECKED Vol 5 Page 2 either at ShipWreckedComic.com or tapas.io/series/Ship-Wrecked

Words by me & Frank Cvetkovic and art by Katie Fleming & Rebecca Nalty



MR & MRS VAN HELSING Page 10 is now online to read at IrishComics.ie and it's also being uploaded a few weeks later to tapas.io/series/MrMrsVanHelsing

Words by me & everything else by Hugh Madden

Tuesday, September 7, 2021

Octocon

 


It's just been confirmed that I'll be taking part in Octocon over the first weekend in October! I don't think the panels are finalised yet so I'll wait a little bit to share but it's a pretty awesome one by the looks of it. 

It's a fully virtual convention with lots of cool events on Twitch, you can find out all the details @ https://2021.octocon.com. But the best part? It's absolutely FREE to attend!

Wednesday, September 1, 2021

New Comic Book Day 01/09/21

Folks, for the next few months Wednesdays are going to be a very busy day for me as new pages of both MR & MRS VAN HELSING and SHIP WRECKED Vol. 5 will go live online.

I'll talk a little bit more in-depth about both in the future but for now just check out SW Vol 5 Page 1 either  at ShipWreckedComic.com or tapas.io/series/Ship-Wrecked

Words by me & Frank Cvetkovic and art by Katie Fleming & Rebecca Nalty

M&MVH Page 9 is now online to read at IrishComics.ie and it's also being uploaded a few weeks later to tapas.io/series/MrMrsVanHelsing

Words by me & everything else by Hugh Madden

Friday, July 9, 2021

"Busy, Ben. I Said I'm Busy"

When the pandemic started I was finishing up a couple scripts and gearing up for a Kickstarter. While the world stopped my day job at the hospital geared up and it's all been a bit of a blur since. But now, the summer of 2021 is looking like the culmination of all that hard work. Folks, I have a lot of comics coming out. It's time I told you more about them.

Launching tomorrow, IrishComics.ie is a website myself, Paul Carroll, Hugh Madden, and Clare Foley have been putting together in order to showcase Irish comic creators and their work. Every day, Monday to Friday, we'll be posting a new page from a series of comics we'll be hosting at the site. You can read more about it from our interview over at ComixIreland.com.

My contribution is the new comic MR & MRS VAN HELSING, a story about newlywed monster hunters tracking down a beast terrorising a mountain town. Hugh Madden is the artist and co-creator, he's been doing incredible work. Just check out our preview below!

We'll be posting a new page every Wednesday and the story will be about a year's worth of content so strap in for what is definitely going to be a wild ride.

SHIP WRECKED is finished and is currently being put together for the printers. Our new letterer Frank Cvetkovic did a great job, especially with our Trey short story that features music by Caleb Lee. Just look!

I don't have an exact date yet for when we can start posting VOLUME 5 pages online but it will be some point next month. This is a preview of the first page (you may note a little reference to a frequent collaborator of mine). 

The very successful anthology TURNING ROADS is being released next month and it's another project involving Paul, me, Hugh, and Clare. In fairness, this was all Paul's but we contributed. The story I wrote is an adaptation of the Children of Lír myth (which is pretty fucked up if you want to wikipedia it). Alice Leclert did the art with David B Cooper colouring. It's only 4 pages but I am immensely smug with how well it has turned out. Just look at this gorgeous page:

And for a peak into how insane this anthology is, take a gander at all the credits on the cover!


Tomorrow I'm meeting up with Paul, Hugh, and Clare to celebrate the launch of IrishComics.ie but it'll be a little more than that. We've all been struggling to keep our comics career going through pandemics and everything else. To be where we're at with all this stuff going on right now is a hell of an achievement and I plan on patting everyone on the back. 

And then we'll probably get back to work.

Saturday, April 3, 2021

Things You Need To See

It's not all about me, sometimes it's about my friends and right now they're doing some amazing stuff that you need to know about.

David B. Cooper, the Scottish sweetie pie and comics collaborator, has been making some wonderful indie comics the past few years. This past week he made a chillingly morose short comic about Lenny, the longtime Simpsons side-character, and his existential crisis of being such. I don't think even David could have foreseen the huge stir this would create online as Simpsons fans and comic fans alike have delighted in its morose macabre. His original tweet of the comic has 28,000 likes and rising, which doesn't include all the website and fan groups who have been reposting it too. Do yourself a favour and check LENNY out, then explore David's work from there. 
David and Chandra Free worked together on a short comic for my upcoming SHIP WRECKED release so it's only right to segue into Chandra's amazing Kickstarter campaign that will soon draw to a close.


THE GOD MACHINE is a gothic graphic novel that has been a huge hit for Chandra in the past but was being released by another publisher. Now that its rights have returned to her, she wants to continue the story but also release a deluxe version of the original with corrections, updates, and improvements. I've personally had the joy of seeing THE GOD MACHINE fans gush at conventions about how amazing the book is and I think you'll agree it's a lusciously beautiful comic. So don't miss out on your chance to back the project and grab yourself one of your own at thegodmachine.org! The Kickstarter ends on April 8th 3:30pm GMT. Go, go, go!

Finally, while you're over at Kickstarter...


Len Peralta and his son Maxmillian are both amazing artists. Len's original 5 GEEK-A-WEEK series was a wild success featuring the likes of the Mythbusters team, Jonathon Coulton, Neil Gaiman, Weird Al Yankovic, and many more! You could treasure them as collectible cards or even play a table-top-game. Now he's teaming up with his wildly talented son to do a 10 year anniversary special and I'll think you'll agree it looks enchanting. Learn more and get involved at https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/lenperalta/geek-a-week-masterpiece#. This is another campaign coming to its end soon so don't wait around, it's over April 9 2021 3:00am GMT.

Friday, April 2, 2021

SHIP WRECKED - March To The Finish

It's Volume 5 monthly update time! 

Folks, the pages of Volume 5 are almost finished, we're really close now, I think we're about 5 (?) pages away from being finished with art. I'm very excited and also very sad, something I didn't realise would happen until I saw this particularly gorgeous panel (that is, thankfully, spoiler free). 


Even though I have written these characters for the last 5 years, they've taken on a life of their own and they feel like close friends at this point. Saying goodbye to them is going to be hard. I just want them to be happy. I hope you'll be happy with how their stories end, too. 

We have our table of contents for the trade paperback collection, here is the run-down and order of the comic pages included. All pages written by Aaron Fever and Lettered by Zakk Saam. 
  • Volume 1 - 25 pages - Art & Colours by Triona Farrell 
  • Aloe short - 4 pages - Art by Iuli Niculescu, Colours by David B. Cooper 
  • Volume 2 - 24 pages - Art by Katie Fleming, Colours by Rebecca Nalty 
  • Bobsjvul short - 4 pages - Art & Colours by Triona Farrell 
  • Volume 3 - 24 pages - Art by Iuli Niculescu, Colours by David B. Cooper 
  • Oscar short - 4 pages - Art by George Kambadais, Colours by David B. Cooper 
  • Volume 4 - 24 pages - Art by Katie Fleming, Colours by Rebecca Nalty 
  • Trey short - 4 pages - Art by Chandra Free, Colours by David B. Cooper 
  • Volume 5 - 26 pages - Art by Katie Fleming, Colours by Rebecca Nalty 
Lots and lots here! Gonna be a chunky boi when it's all printed out. 

And the front cover of the trade by Alice Leclert and David B. Cooper? There are possibly a couple more tweaks in store so it's still a Work-In-Progress but for now... feast your eyes on its beauty: 


Pow! 

The only things left now to finalise are the Volume 5 single issue cover and our new buttons. It's the home straight and it's all looking good! Get hyped!

Saturday, March 27, 2021

It's (Hopefully) All Happening

 

I finally have a reason to update my events page! My first booked convention since 2019 and my first time back at Thought Bubble since 2018! It will be a new venue for me as my previous outings there were based in Leeds and things have moved to Harrogate but I'm told by friends who attended there last time out that it's a great convention centre. 

Something to look forward to? God, I hope so. Fingers crossed things can go ahead by then. For all the details check out https://www.thoughtbubblefestival.com and I'll update this site with more details as I get them.