Wounded issue #2: A Burning Rage

Posted on November 12th, 2012

Gosh, this actually went up a while ago, but I’m not sure that I actually featured it on the front page. Issue 2 of 4 of my digital series Wounded is available to to download from this website.

Issue #2 continues the story of Jed, the Blueshirt left for dead by a group of enemy Redbands, and his quest for vengeance. Jed finds the effort a bit much, and in the process of taking an enforced rest receives a visit from from some unexpected guests. Meanwhile, the Redbands, oblivious to their pursuer, begin to show friction amongst each other in the aftermath of their successful ambush. Issue #2 marks the halfway point of the series, and things begin to accelerate in intensity.

Like I say, I’ve actually had this up for a little while now, but the pathetic procrastination I let overtake myself when doing Into The Cave I Go somehow pushed the thought of posting about it on the main blog out of my mind. It also set everything I’d been doing back a good while but it’s back on track now. I’m actually in the process of doing the artwork for Issue #3 right now. My optimistic date for Issue #3 dropping is around Christmas time, which may turn out to be unrealistic but it should be not too long into the New Year at least.

Here are the individual download links for Issue 2 in PDF and CBR formats. The Wounded page can be found here, which is also where you can download Issue #1 from, also in PDF and CBR format (ePub possibly coming soon).

Feel free to download Issues #1and #2, and I hope you enjoy them.

Into The Cave I Go

Posted on November 8th, 2012

cave image

So I’ve added a new sub-section to the Comics area of this site called ‘Shorts’. It’s where I plan to keep all the various unrelated shorter works that I occasionally feel the need to work on. The first piece is now in there, and it’s called Into The Cave I Go, the tale of one knight’s journey down into the dark depths…

“Short”. Ha!

It took me quite a while to do Into The Cave. I started it before the Olympics. I took a large sabbatical from doing it during the Olympics (also: from life) which is a large part of the reason why it’s ended up taking so long. I also through I’d planned it to be a lot shorter than it ended up being. It’s done a little different to my usual full-script working in that I’ve realised that I’ve ended up doing it in the Marvel Method, which also complicates matters somewhat through simply being different to what I’m used to.

Anyway, you can check it out here, and I’m pretty sure that most other pieces that get filed in the Shorts section will actually be relatively short from now on.

Wakey Wakey

Posted on November 6th, 2012

Waaaaaaake Uuuup.

-Rage Against The Machine, ‘Wake Up’

I used to think that I had a sleeping problem. To a certain extent I probably still do – I tend to take hours to drift off to sleep no matter how tired I am and no matter how hard I’ve worked during the day. It can be pretty shitty suddenly feeling like the walking undead around mid-afternoon. But recently, I’ve started looking at this problem differently , from the other side, so to speak – I don’t have a problem getting to sleep, I’ve got a problem waking up.

As autmn secedes into winter, it’s a problem that becomes more and more apparent. The sound of rain and wind blowing outside, the way the slightly lower room temperature contrasts unfavourably with the warm pocket that the duvet snuggles around you, causing an almost natal desire to stay in its embrace – it makes it that much more difficult to get up.It makes you force yourself to get up, and that’s where the problems start.

I’ve developed a theory with no basis in scientific fact that there are certain windows that a person can wake up in which allows someone to glide through the rest of the day. Try and get up outside of these windows, however, and you end up with the fog of tiredness clouding over you for the rest of the day. It’s like you’re a spaceship, trying to break orbit, trying to escape the gravitational pull of the bed – at certain times, you can do it naturally with your own momentum, but other times it requires more effort to force the issue, and that can be troublesome in the long run.

It’s incredible how much of a difference waking up properly makes to your day – it can be the difference between bouncing through the day with a spring in your step or trudging though a thick sludge of lethargic indifference. Of course there are ways of tricking yourself into waking up, such as cold water to the face or multiple cups of coffee, but these are distractions. They don’t solve the real underlying problem, the problem of reluctance towards embracing consciousness. It’s possible to have minimal sleep yet bound through the day, just as it’s possible to have a thorough rest and sulk through the day, all because of how you wake up.

Look, I really want to get on with my day in an energetic, useful way. But it’s all about the start. I need that launch in the right direction. Waking up properly is an art form, one that most people rarely seem to master properly until it’s too late. It’s one of the most important things every one of us has to do, yet we never think about it.

Start right, people – it makes continuing right just that little bit easier.