I'm a freelance writer of comics and fiction and this is my online portfolio. It’s aimed not only at readers who want to find out more about the stories they've enjoyed, but also at any editors out there who may be interested in working with a happening fella such as myself.
What sort of thing do I write? I'm probably best known for writing comics for legendary British sci-fi anthology 2000 AD, for whom I've contributed to classic strips Judge Dredd and Robo-Hunter, as well as conceived and written two original series, Age Of The Wolf and Dandridge.
I also write prose fiction - recent credits include Judge Dredd short stories and a Judge Anderson novella. Have a look around the Comics and Fiction sections for full details. But if you’d rather cut to the chase, see the Bibliography section for a comprehensive no-frills list of everything I’ve ever had published (everything I’d ever want to admit had published, anyway).
By the way, I'm a member of the Society of Authors and their associated Children's Writers & Illustrators Group. And any credibility that gives me will be instantly dispelled the minute you look at the sort of nonsense I post on Twitter.
I'm an experienced subeditor and copywriter, but you won't find much about that here. Try my LinkedIn profile instead. I'm also a seasoned film journalist and critic with a well-received academic book about fantasy cinema under my belt.
If you're an editor or project manager interested in working with me or just want to make a query, then hop over to the Contact me section and fire away.
Now go take a look around. I’ll be here if you want tea or anything…
POPULAR BLOG POSTS...
She's funny, human and kicks all kinds of butt, here's why Cassandra Anderson is way more than just Judge Dredd's sidekick; she's the heart and soul of 2000 AD...
Back in May, when I did a talk at the Bristol Comic Expo - namely My Future Shock Hell: Breaking Into 2000 AD (And What I Learned While Doing It) - I concluded with a promise that I'd post some thoughts on twist endings. Not only those that occur in 2000 AD's Future Shocks, but in pretty much every form of storytelling there is, from short stories to screenplays. So here's a quick bit of study on what twists are, how they work, and how you can identify the five different types...
I recently gave a talk at the Bristol Comic Expo 2014 about how I started writing for 2000 AD by pitching Future Shocks scripts. I've written up my notes as a blog, covering everything from submission tactics to coping with rejection and why there's really no such thing as 'breaking in'...
Listen to a podcast recording of a convention panel featuring Marvel writer Al Ewing and my good self...
Some thoughts on why bad fantasy stories are the easiest thing to write...
MORE COMING SOON...
Judge Dredd: The End Of The Road
Supercool jewel thief Danni Pond boards a bus full of trouble as he flees the scene of his latest crime with Judge Dredd on his tail.
A hard-boiled tale of high speed, hot pursuit, and senior citizens, Judge Dredd: The End Of The Road is a one-shot appearing in 2000 AD late 2014 with art by Leigh Gallagher.
Judge Dredd: The Mask of Anarchy
A masked revolutionary is terrorising the rich and powerful of Mega-City One, exposing their darkest secrets to the public. Dredd is assigned to protect the lunatic’s latest target: controversial comic book artist Kurt Vymarr. Can Dredd put a stop to the rebel’s rampage or are some secrets simply too big to keep?
Judge Dredd: The Mask of Anarchy is a one-shot appearing in 2000 AD (very) late 2014 with art by Ben Willsher.
Judge Anderson: Heartbreaker
“Finding love in the city is hard. Soaring crime rates keep everyone indoors. Living life on the right side of the law keeps everyone busy. These days, who has time to make that special connection? Is romance dead?
MEET MARKET don’t think so. We’re Mega-City One’s most popular in-house dating agency. Our auctions can get you a great deal, whether you’re bidding on the date of your dreams or listing yourself as part of a romantic evening that goes to the highest – and hopefully hottest – bidder!
Sign-up before Valentine’s Day and we’ll upgrade your first listing for free.*
Whoever you’re looking for, you can find them on MEET MARKET.
*subject to 36-month contract; offer excludes robots, mutants and aliens.”
‘Meet Market’ Tri-D commercial, first aired 01.02.2100
Psi Judge Cassandra Anderson is on the trail of a telepathic killer who has been picking off victims via ‘Meet Market’, Mega-City One’s biggest – and trashiest – dating agency. Now she must go undercover and bring the murderer to justice before the citizens attending this week’s Valentine’s Parade find themselves smitten with something even deadlier than love.
Judge Anderson: Heartbreaker is available now on Amazon UK and Amazon US, the Apple iBook store, Kobo, Nook and the 2000 AD e-book store.
Age Of The Wolf signing at Thought Bubble 2014, Leeds, 9-16 November
I'm super-excited to appear as a guest at Thought Bubble 2014 in Leeds on the 9-16 November. Every year this comics art festival proves to be an unmissable event and one of the biggest and best comics conventions in the UK. I'll be signing copies of Age Of The Wolf or anything else you want signed (body parts, legal papers) over at the 2000 AD table.
Age Of The Wolf graphic novel
An urban fantasy saga in which werewolves have overrun the world, as a centuries-old prophecy creates a permanent full moon. Set amid the ruins of London, the series follows a woman named Rowan Morrigan, who fights to not only defy her destiny but also retain her humanity as a strange new world evolves around her.
Originally published in 2000 AD with art by fan-favourite Jon Davis-Hunt, the Age Of The Wolf graphic novel collects all three series in one complete volume with brand-new cover art by Davis-Hunt. You can view artwork and previews from the series by visiting the Age Of The Wolf homepage.
Age Of The Wolf is available from 23 October 2014 from all good book and comic book stores, the 2000 AD webshop, Amazon UK and Amazon US. It will also be available worldwide as a day-and-date digital graphic novel from the 2000 AD webshop, the 2000 AD iPad app, and on Kindle, Kobo and Nook.