I’ve done a couple of pieces of very rough concept art for the comic I’m planning. This is version two, done yesterday. Version one is below. Obviously, I’ve got a lot of work to do. The monster isn’t going to be the clunky lupine thing in the second drawing, nor the flat black one in […]

Posted on: 15 January 2018 | 7:13 am

I’m being censored! Censored, I say!

Anyone who isn’t buying and reading all my books is complicit in the ongoing censorship of my awesome ideas, and should be ashamed of themselves. It’s my absolute right to sell millions of books, and you’re infringing my rights by not doing your part. I exaggerate, of course, but I’m only a little leap of […]

Posted on: 10 January 2018 | 11:58 am

Lever Street

Amongst this year’s plans is a comic, so I’m going to get more sketching done, to boost my confidence with pencil, pen and brush. I fully intend to improve, and this is here as much to provide a reference to check against at the end of the year as anything else. The drawing was done […]

Posted on: 7 January 2018 | 5:46 am

Paramount Books

Paramount Books is the shop I wish I bought more stuff from. If I had more money, and a lot more bookshelf space, I could happily go wild in this shop. As it is, I’ll pop in every so often to pick up a few old copies of Starblazer or similar sized cowboy adventures or […]

Posted on: 5 January 2018 | 12:37 pm

Put a lid on it (if you want)

I put off writing about it at the time, but The Helmet Debate resurfaced just before Christmas, along with rumours that the Government may consider making cycle helmets compulsory*. So a few quick thoughts on the subject. The argument for making helmets compulsory is that they’ll make cyclists safer. This is toss. My helmet doesn’t […]

Posted on: 2 January 2018 | 4:46 pm

Meet the New Year, just like the Old Year?

Well, we made it out of 2017. Which is nice. I’m trying to imagine that we’ve now entered the third act of a bizarre tragi-comedy. 2016 was the first act, where a bunch of really bad decisions were made. 2017 showed the first effects of those decisions, and signposted potential future horrors, but it also […]

Posted on: 1 January 2018 | 5:39 pm

Take Out The Trash

I’ve been expanding my range of 3D printed products again. These bins will be useful in adding detail to dioramas, or for parking 1:32nd scale cars beside.

Posted on: 10 November 2017 | 6:17 am

Who’d have thought that Police cuts would lead to an increase in crime?

I’ve heard of people being told that the crime against them won’t be investigated because the sum stolen was too low. Even though the criminal had cleared out their bank account. If they were wealthier, perhaps the Police would have investigated, but poor folks aren’t covered because the return is too low. Something to remember […]

Posted on: 7 November 2017 | 3:56 am

White Supremacists Share Bomb-Making Materials Online

US white supremacists, but we have our share of home-grown equivalents. In May, federal agents searching the Tampa home of 21-year-old Brandon Russell discovered an array of explosives and bomb ingredients: fuses made from rifle shells, a white cake-like explosive substance called HMTD, more than one pound of ammonium nitrate and other explosive precursors, and […]

Posted on: 4 November 2017 | 7:20 am

Were-sharks and Nazi leprechauns: the rise and fall of the horror paperback | Books | The Guardian

The Lost Picture Show series I write as Garth Owen, is inspired by genre film. But horror paperbacks of the seventies and eighties are sneaking a bit of influence in there as well. I don’t have anywhere near as many to read as the guy interviewed here (the book he’s just published is on my […]

Posted on: 1 November 2017 | 6:55 am