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July 1, 2016 :: When I started researching folkloric European creatures, I was a little confused by the wild man. Sometimes he's a faun in the Mr Tumnus mode, other times (say, in the work of Albrecht Dürer) he's just a hairy fella groffling through the underbrush. In Italian folklore there are a lot of wild men, wild women (as essayed (possibly) by Natalie Cole in her 1990 hit "Wild Women Do") and wild children. My budget only runs to one hairy imbecile.
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Wed, 22 Jun 2016 15:57:29
Bad Machinery 6 now available for pre-order!

If you want to pre-order Bad Machinery 6: The Case Of The Unwelcome Visitor (featuring, as ever, a heap of new material) from your local comic shop, the Diamond Previews code is JUL161781 - otherwise, it’ll be available though all the normal channels in September.

Sun, 29 May 2016 15:32:41
Ad-free June // UK store sale

To celebrate Giant Days being nominated for two Eisner Awards this year (best continuing series and best writer), I’m taking all the Google ads off the site for a month. I hate running ads; they keep a roof over my head in slow months, but it is my pleasure to shut them all down for a little while. As soon as I can, I’d like to turn them off forever.

And there are plenty of other ways to support Scary Go Round  - until Saturday June 4th, use code “DES” to get 20% off my books and comics in my UK store. I’ve added some Bad Machinery 3 and 5 softcovers (hard to get in the UK) that I found in the shed too. Or if you prefer, you can sign up as a subscriber from $3 a year.

Other news: Giant Days 15 is out this Wednesday (June 1st). It’s a good one!
(Cover by Lissa Treiman)

Thu, 19 May 2016 19:08:54
Bad Machinery: not back soon

Last week I was on holiday, and during a quiet afternoon, I started scribbling ideas down for a tenth Bad Machinery story. “Plenty here”, I thought to myself, rubbing my hands together, “plenty here”.

It seems cruel to write that and then to say that I’ve decided to put Bad Machinery on an indefinite hiatus. We’ve been here before, of course, but the difference now is that I’m writing a monthly ongoing book (amongst other things) – plotting, writing and drawing six-month arcs is a bridge too far. I was speaking to someone earlier this week and describing my workload, and realised that I was describing something ridiculous when I looked into their eyes. They were spinning like slot machine reels.

I’ve written before about how much I love the Bad Machinery characters – and I really do. I know what the tenth case looks like, but I want to make it the best one, and that feels out of reach at the moment. Obviously the door is not closed on Lottie et al. They will be back. will continue, Monday-Saturday in the meantime. I know it’s a weird comic, but I think I can do daily webcomics a hundred times better than I could ten, fifteen years ago, and I can make six a week without a lot of difficulty.

Thanks for sticking with this old fool.

Mon, 09 May 2016 11:07:32
Scary Go Round UK shop update!

Hello hello! I have secured some new stock for my UK shop. Here is what is IN!

I have books 2, 3, 4 and the new book 5 in stock. £20 each! I only have a handful of the lower numbers left and won’t be getting more.

Three quid + P&P gets you Mordawwa’s recent story in a glossy format. 

All three original Giant Days minis, Expecting To Fly 1&2 and Mordawwa for £18.

I have ten copies of Shelley Winters’ moth-centric American adventure left. After that it’s out of print, my fine friend.

If you’re in the USA, you’ll be able to get Mordawwa and the new combo pack from next week at Topatoco without the “benefit” of international shipping. I’ll post when they go up there.

Wed, 04 May 2016 12:07:09
Giant Days 14 is out!

Giant Days 14 hits comic shop shelves today, written by me, pencilled by Max Sarin, inked by Liz Fleming, coloured by Whitney Cogar and lettered by Jim Campbell! In the latest, and if I may be so bold, greatest issue, the ladies must find a home for their second year. How this leads to what I believe to be the greatest street fight since Dan took on The Captain in Deadwood is for you to find out within. It should be up at Comixology very shortly too.

[Giant Days volume 1 is heavy reduced at Comixology right now, so if you’ve not read it yet, that would be the way to get in on the ground floor.]

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April 23rd 2016 - Giant Days Vol 2 signing and director's commentary, Orbital Comics, London (5.30pm onward)
May 7th 2016 - Free Comic Book Day Kids' Workshop, Gosh! Comics, London (TIME TBC)
November 5th-6th 2016 - Thought Bubble Festival, Royal Armouries, Leeds, UK


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