Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Wolf Country#4






 
 
Wolf Country#4 is now available for pre-order at the Planet Jimbot shop.  https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/PlanetJimbot/
 
By Jim Alexander & Will Pickering with a Luke Cooper cover.  The vampire Settlement is under attack.  'Slow burn' becomes 'burn'.


Monday, May 18, 2015

Granite City Comic Con 2015


Not long now until the Granite City Comic Con.  Date is Sat 30th May.  Time is 9am-5pm.  Location is Transition Extreme on Aberdeen Links Road.  This is a free event (although a donation would be appreciated to charity partners: CLAN Cancer support).  I'll be there as a guest and based all day at the Planet Jimbot table signing and selling GoodCopBadCop, Wolf Country, Amazing & Fantastic Tales and Amongst the Stars.

Also, later that evening I'll be part of a separate (and ticketed and I think sold out) panel event with fellow guests including Alan Grant and Monty Nero at the wonderful entitled Satrosphere Science Centre.

People of Granite City see you there!


For those who can’t make the event, you can order our books online at the Planet Jimbot shop:




Planet Jimbot shop


The Planet Jimbot shop online is now open.  Get your copies of Wolf Country, Amongst the Stars and Amazing & Fantastic Tales right here:

Monday, May 04, 2015

Amazing & Fantastic Tales#5





Amazing & Fantastic Tales#5 is on sale now. This is the final issue, bringing to a close our regular series ‘Kroom’ and Wild West mash-up, ‘The Last Posse’. Rounding things off is the self-contained comic strip ‘Facts of Life’, which shows what happen to a young man taught the facts of life using goldfish!

The reviews have been overwhelmingly positive. “Amazing & Fantastic Tales most definitely lives up to its title with an unconventional blend of one-shots, ongoing stories, sequential art and prose writing that’s like nothing else on the shelves right now” – Big Comic Page. "I got all five issues of Amazing and Fantastic Tales at once and loved the original quality of this series” – downthetubes. “A celebration of indie talent” – Starburst Magazine.

If you're in the Glasgow area, the official launch will be held in conjunction with the Scotland Cartoonists club, which meets up at the pub called Drury Street, located on (you guessed it) Drury Street, Glasgow. Join us on Thursday 7th May from 6.30pm onwards. All five issues of Amazing & Fantastic Tales will be on sale. Vote in the general election, and then pop along for a beer and a comic. Sorted.

An events page is up on Facebook:

My Year So Far#5







Also out this year, Amongst the Stars TPB.  A 64-page trade, it collects for the first time 'Amongst the Stars', written by me and drawn by Marvel Comics artist Mike Perkins (Stephen King's The Stand, Astonishing X-Men, Deathlok).  DowntheTubes says, "We see the love of strangeness.  We see echoes of Robert Silverberg, A. E. van Vogt, Philip K. Dick and the like.  Back then, science fiction was a eerie and often scary world. Ideas were full of unfamiliar and unsettling worlds and aliens – and, in my humble opinion, Amongst the Stars has all of this going for it."

To buy your copy (and I'll happily sign it for you), go to: https://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/232202216/amongst-the-stars-tbp



My Year So Far#4


The Metal Hurlant Chronicles box set has recently come out on Blu-ray.  This is the TV show based on Metal Hurlant/Heavy Metal comic strips, which was shown on Syfy last year.  Two of the episodes are based on my stories:  'King's Crown' starring Scott Adkins and Michael Jai White and 'Whisky in the Jar' starring Michael Biehn and James Marsters.    Shlockmania says, "Whisky in the Jar is an intriguingly macabre blend of western and supernatural elements anchored by a believably world-weary performance from Michael Biehn."  As well as writing the comic strip, I helped adapt the story for TV.  The episode has an IMDb rating of 7.3.

My Year So Far#3





I took a break from writing about vampires v werewolves and good and psychotic policemen to script Penguins of Madagascar#3, with art by Egle Bartolini.  Published by Titan, it came out end of January.

My Year So Far#2






January also saw the release of Wolf Country#3.  Dustin Cabeal of Comic Bastards in his review says, "The idea of Werewolves vs. Vampires isn’t a new one, so if you’re going to do it you have to make it interesting.  Wolf Country takes this concept and not only adds its own spin, but owns the genre in doing so."  We liked the review so much we put it on the cover :-)

My Year So Far#1



Following on from a True Believers/Eagles award last summer for Best UK Comic, 'GoodCopBadCop' at the turn of the year was named by The Hindu (Indian Daily Newspaper) as one of the Top 10 graphic works published in 2014 in English and Tamil.  Which is kind of terrific.  GoodCopBadCop is a modern crime take on Jekyll and Hyde where the 'good cop' and 'bad cop' is the same person.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014


I have some news.


Metal Hurlant Chronicles is going to be aired in the US in April on Syfy. I'm involved in several projects and the Whisky in the Jar trailer is now up. It's about a minute long. Based on a comic script by me and Gerald Parel. Adapted for TV by Guillaume Lubrano and myself. Starring Michael Biehn & James Marsters. To see the trailer in all its teaser glory, clink on the link below:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6mJR3C9UnB4&feature=youtube_gdata_player

'You're in sales.  You're top of the food chain.  Your whole life - every client detail - is held on your smartphone.  So what happens when someone gets hold of your phone - your contacts - your life?  Someone bad?  Something demonic?'

Out now Food Chain#1 written by me with all-colour art by outstanding newcomer Pete Woods.  If you'd like a copy drop me a line at planetjimbot@gmail.com.  £4.50 will see it delivered to your door.

Wolf Country#2


Out now Wolf Country#2 written by me with art by Will Pickering.  Vampires v Werewolves in a Wild West setting.

Comic Bastards has given Wolf Country a 5 star review.  (Previously I've never had a 5 star review for anything.)   http://comicbastards.com/review-wolf-country-1-2/

The title was also named as one of the Top 10 books at the recent London Super Comic Con.  (Again, I've never been in a Top 10 list - apart from the ones I compile myself - anywhere!)  http://geeksyndicate.co.uk/news/lscc-2014-top-10-books/

If you'd like a look drop me a line at planetjimbot@gmail.com.  Issue 2 sent to your door for £3.50.  Issues 1 & 2 likewise for £6.50.

GoodCopBadCop Casebook#1 written by me, art by Luke Cooper, Garry McLaughlin & Will Pickering with an introduction by John (I am the Man) Wagner.  GoodCopBadCop is a modern crime twist on Jekyll and Hyde were the good cop (who is very good) and the bad cop (who is very bad) is the same person. 

Wednesday, September 04, 2013

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Amazing & Fantastic Tales#2

Amazing & Fantastic Tales#2 from Planet Jimbot is out now.   
 
 
New world!  New way!  New Pulp! 
 
Pulp gets a modern twist with comic strips and text stories combined.  Featuring, ‘Last Champagne': Space, the final frontier, but it's all flat champagne.  ‘The Last Posse’: Wyatt Earp gathers up a posse of famous characters from the Wild West, including the Cisco Kid, Geronimo and Belle Starr. ‘Kroom’: where a mysterious alien falls from a portal in the sky; what does he hope to find; what is he escaping from?  ‘The Roustabout’: more horror, suspense and mistaken identity on a wind-swept oil platform.  Finally, ‘Point Blank’, which asks how does an ordinary man stop a speeding bullet?

  
 
For more details contact planetjimbot@gmail.com.  Cheers!

Who are those guys?

Hi I contributed a post to the Electric Man blog.  Electric Man is an independent super-hero film based in Edinburgh and is well worth checking out.  The guys have plans to fund and publish an Electric Man comic, which is also worth checking out.

My blog is based on the unsung heroes (the scheduler, letterer, editor, producer & printer) who help put a comic together.  It can be seen in all its glory by clicking on the following link, but I thought I'd just repeat it here, this being my blog and all.

Okay let’s discuss the bits n bobs that contribute towards producing a self-published comic.  The creative process is a given.  I’m assuming that writer and artist are already in place and raring to go.  But there are several more aspects to consider when putting together a comic.  I’m talking roles here.  They may be taken up by wholly different people, or multi-tasking may be involved.  For my sins I’m a writer and co-publisher and reliant on a team of tremendously gifted and dedicated individuals who I won’t name here (although there are all listed in the credits page of any Planet Jimbot comic), but they know who they are.

So, in no great particular order:

Scheduler:

Okay so you want to do a comic?  How many pages?  How many issues?  Is your creative team up for it?  Are they even aware of it?  What are the deadlines?  The thing is that you have to be flexible and realistic.  Communication is very important as well, but what I’m trying to get at here is that you need to have a plan; you need to have a schedule.

Editor:

An editor can concentrate on the writing and/or artwork.  The Planet Jimbot editor chiefly looks at the writing, but also supplies feedback in conjunction with the writer on the artwork.  A lot of self-published writers tend to edit themselves.  I would say that no matter how objective a writer tries to be about his or her writing, there will always be an element of subjectivity.  That’s unavoidable.  An editor needs to be someone whose opinion you the writer can trust and is prepared to both argue their case and listen to you arguing your case.  A good editor can only make you a better writer, which means a better story and comic.

Letterer:

Lettering is a specialist subject and should be treated and viewed as such.  I have worked with artists who prefer to letter their own artwork, but primarily I work with an industry standard professional letterer.  If you are looking to do your own lettering, there is plenty of help out there.  It is something that you can improve on, but please hone your craft first.  While we all can’t be Garth Ennis or Frank Quitely, we can at least aspire to be a good letterer.

Production:

You need someone who can produce a print-ready PDF that can be sent off to the printers.  The person in charge of production needs to take on board everything he or she is hit with.  Formatting, bringing the cover to life, typefaces, logos, title pages, putting the pages in the right order and equally important make them look like they belong together.  Like a letterer, these are technical skills that can be acquired and improved upon, but ask/look for help first.
Printer:

You now have a print-ready PDF, so get it to the printers.  As you’ll see by the huge amount of self-published comics out there, there are printing companies now specialising in the dear old comic format.  Equally important you can now order a manageable number of copies in two or three figures, instead of four as was previously the case back in the day.  With the quality of printers and photocopiers out there these days, you could put something half decent together yourself.  Be realistic.  How many copies do you think you can sell?  How many do you intend to give out to editors/publishers?

The above assumes of course that you’re making printed copies.  You may decide to go digital, but I think that’s for another blog for another time from another person.

So there you go, all pretty harem scarem, but hopefully plenty of scope for discussion and general musing.  If you’re starting out I’d recommend you concentrate on putting out the one issue first and learn from the experience.  It’s all about going up that learning curve.  I’m still on it.  It’s hard work but immensely awarding.  Now it’s time to get the thing out there and spread the word.  And that again is another blog in the waiting.

Saturday, July 20, 2013

GoodCopBadCop to be published as a trade by Rough Cut


I am delighted to announce that GoodCopBadCop is to be published as a graphic novel by Eddie Murphy and Rough Cut Comics.  GoodCopBadCop is a modern crime twist on Jekyll and Hyde where the good cop and the bad cop are the same person.

The trade will reprint the two GCBC issues already out there (drawn by Garry McLaughlin & Luke Cooper respectively).  There will also be an all-new strip drawn by Will Pickering where our main protagonist Detective Inspector Brian Fisher is placed under an internal police investigation.  Also, a Case Files prose story narrated both in turn by good cop and bad cop.  It's a superb package, ideal for all the family (over the age of 18 that is).

GoodCopBadCop volume 1 is out December of this year - and here's the press release:



Judge Dredd Restricted Files 4


Like a comics equivalent of the undead (though not one drawn by Charlie Adlard) a couple of my Dredd strips have risen from the grave. 'Confessions of a Mega City Vegetarian' and 'Die Painfully' both appear in Judge Dredd Restricted Files vol 4 out right about now. What can I say, their respective titles say it all. That and they feature Judge Dredd.

http://forbiddenplanet.com/86664-2000ad-judge-dredd-restricted-files-volume-4/

While it's nice to see a couple of my stories in there, it must be said if it wasn't for a couple of 2000AD completists, I would be none the wiser. There is no mention of me in any of the promotional material. While it has been a longgg time since I've been anything approaching flavour of the month with the guys at 2000 AD, surely the least I can expect, if they reprint something written by me, is a credit somewhere anywhere? Ah well gripe over. ‪#‎firstworldproblem

Wolf Country#1 review up on Forbidden Planet International

A rather stonking - if I do say so myself - review of Wolf Country#1 up on FPI:

http://forbiddenplanet.co.uk/blog/2013/reviews-wolf-country/