by Ghastly McNasty
Hallowscream is a global horror comic that brings artists and writers together from around the world. The project is open to both amateur and professional comic creators and you can see the mix of styles and stories for yourself in the first two issues on the Hallowscream site.
In March of this year we announced details of Hallowscream 2011 on various platforms around the internet. From that announcement we received loads of stories from eager horror writers all looking to see their work appear in an online comic. Some of these terrifying tales were already in script format while others arrived as spooky short stories or even petrifying poems. We were then able to match these stories to comic artists who had answered our call and wanted to be a part of Hallowscream. We also received a few completed horror strips from existing comic creators which had yet to be published. This year’s issue features the work of contributors from America, Australia, UK (where it all began) and the rest of Europe!
Visit the IndieGoGo site to find out more details and to pledge money to this project. Make sure you check out the promotional video and take a look at the rewards you get for pledging money to the cause.
If the full target is not reached then the campaign will be cancelled and this fang-tastic comic will not be printed. It’s all or nothing by October 31st.
by Ghastly McNasty
The 3rd issue of Hallowscream, the Scream! inspired horror anthology is set to be released this coming Halloween. This community based project brings together horror writers and artists to produce a yearly comic filled with fearsome stories and creepy comic capers. We have been busy reading horror comic scripts and stories from writers and matching them to artists looking to illustrate a complete strip. It’s a unique project ideal for those looking to break in to the industry and for those established contributors looking for a platform to promote their work.
Thanks to a huge response from horror comic creators around the world this year’s issue will be the best yet! We are now no longer accepting story submissions for this year’s edition of Hallowscream. A massive thank you to all those who have sent in a story. Not every submitted story has been selected to appear in the 2011 issue. Don’t worry though, there’s always next year.
We have a load of finished stories already with many more still being worked on. For those artists out there still furiously drawing and painting the official deadline date for final submissions is Sunday 23rd October. Please make sure you have submitted the completed work by that date. Anything later and we cannot guarantee it will make it in to the comic.
LAST CHANCE SALOON: If you’re an comic creator still looking to be part of this awesome project and believe you could illustrate a story before the the deadline (2 months away) then get in touch immediately. We have plenty of great stories that need bringing to life at the hands of a talented artist.
The finished issue will be available online on October 31st 2011. For more information and to get involved visit the dedicated Hallowscream Forum over on HorrorComics.org
by Ghastly McNasty
Greetings mortals. Learning isn’t always fun, unless we’re learning new methods of torture, however, in the U.S. the McPherson College Library has come up with an engaging way of introducing it’s students to the college facilities.
Creators C Michael Hall, Matt Upson and Dustin Evans have made a 23 page PDF horror comic story based in the College’s library. As slobbering zombies are attacking from all sides the comic book’s heroes attempt to solve the problems using the resources available to them in the library. It’s a great way of making a dull subject interesting, as well as educating it’s members on various methods of zombie disposal.
This gripping zombie adventure has been downloaded over six hundred and fifty thousand times! Wan’t to see what all the fuss is about. You can download the zombie packed action adventure by clicking right here.
by Ghastly McNasty
London Horror Comic is one of the few horror anthologies out there still rocking the indy market. Writer John-Paul Kamath knows how to craft a horror story and has been receving rave reviews on the first 3 issues of the comic. You can purchase these over on www.londonhorrorcomic.com
If you’re after a taster you can check out this free short story from London Horror Comic entitled Web of Life.
We at Back From The Depths are once again looking for contributors for our free, annual pdf horror comic, HALLOWSCREAM. Here’s this year’s guidelines (with a new email address to send stuff to)…
Ideal submissions should be horror orientated and must be weird or spooky to make the final cut. We are mainly looking for completed comic strips between 1-7 pages in length. Script submissions should also preferably be around 1-7 psges in length. Eerie illustrations and artwork along with interesting horror/comic articles, scary short stories, petrifying poems or anything just plain creepy will also be considered.
We have a substantial backlog of scripts in need of an artist, so if you’re looking to illustrate something, get in contact and we’ll give you details of what’s available.
We’ll also consider material previously published elsewhere, as long as the contributors own the copyright.
Completed artwork can be either colour or black and white, and should preferably be A4 (21cm x 29.7cm) 300 dpi jpegs.
Submissions can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
As this is a non-profit, small press publication, contributors will not be paid but they will retain copyright on any material submitted.
Scripts, articles and text submissions : Sunday 24th July
Artwork : Sunday 9th October
Completed strips : Sunday 23rd October.
The finished issue will be available online on October 31st.
For more info and to find out how to get involved join the Hallowscream dedicated forum on HorrorComics.org
The (somewhat overdue) sixth issue of Temple APA is now available to download as a free pdf file. Almost 100 pages featuring artwork and strips by Adam Grose, Dave Candlish, Dave Hailwood, Paul Eldridge, Simon Mackie, Tony Suleri and there are a few pages by me in there too. There’s also a feature on FutureQuake and a Small Press Directory, all put together by John Kirkham.
This is actually John’s final issue and someone new will be taking over from issue seven. Hopefully this new bloke won’t make a total mess of things or sully the memory of what has gone before. This is of particular concern to myself because I’m the new bloke. So, I’d like to take the opportunity to wish Mr. Kirkham well in his future endeavours and I promise to try my hardest not to ruin everything.
To download Issue Six right click here and “Save Target As…” or “Save Link As…” if you’re using Firefox. File size is 50.6 MB.
If you’re a UK based comic artist/writer who’s interested in joining the Temple APA, then more details are available on the site which you can visit by clicking this link… http://templeapa.ning.com/
Temple APA issue 5 is now available to download as a pdf. Features artwork and strips by Adam Grose, Dave Evans, Dave Hailwood, Paul Eldridge, Simon Mackie, Steve Tanner, Stuart Giddings, Tony Suleri and there’s five pages of old Stick-Man strips by me in there too. There’s also a feature on Insomnia Publications and a Small Press Directory and it’s all been put together by John Kirkham as usual.
File’s quite big. About 81mb I think, but that’s ‘cos it’s packed to the gunnels with stuff. Go take a look.
To download issue five, right click on the “attachment” at the above link and “Save Target As…” or “Save Link As…” if you’re using Firefox
by Ghastly McNasty
Night Zero is a photo comic book that pretty much stands out in it’s field. Very professionally made it harkes back to a time when Doomlord used same technique in some of the older issues of Eagle. Check out the blurb below and visit the site to read for yourself
NIGHT ZERO is a photo comic book, or fumetti, produced on location in Seattle, Washington. It is a collaboratively-driven project that blends the talents of writers, actors, photographers, digital artists, and film crews, to create a graphic novel unlike any other.
Set in the months following a deadly viral outbreak, NIGHT ZERO follows the lives of the surviving population of Seattle, Washington. Holding together in the New City, a semblance of normalcy barricaded against the terrors of the world outside, those still alive have no choice but to throw their lots in with the rest and make a new future.
NIGHT ZERO is produced like a feature film, shot on-location with a full cast and crew, complete with sets, props, and costumes. Using the emerging technology of High Dynamic Range photography (HDR) and a process called tonemapping, our digital artists are able to transform the images into a unique visual style somewhere between photography and illustration. There is no tracing or hand drawing superimposed on the photographs– the “illustrated” style is purely the result of the HDR photography method.
You can find more information about this amazing project and read the comic stories in full by visiting the Night Zero website.
If you’re interested in the spectacular zombie horror game Left 4 Dead then you may want to check out Left 5 Dead also from the creators of Night Zero. The artistic after-touches applied to these photographs create an amazing effect. Top notch work!
We now join television’s Toby Robertson, with a special LIVE version of celebrity ancestry research show, “What Do You Think You Are?“. Click The Reaper to view…
by Ghastly McNasty
Well then horror comic fans I have an absolute beauty of a find for you here in the amazing horror comic website Split Lip. This site features the stories of horror writer Sam Costello whose chilling and inventive work has been brought to life by a range of extremely talented artists. For all aspiring comic artists and writers with an interest in the horror genre this website is essential reading!
At the time of writing this post I have enjoyed 4 of the 20 stories available on this site and will certainly return to get my fill of horror before bedtime tonight. The site seems to be updated with a new story every month or two and this month’s offering ‘Bad Radio’ is a good place to delve in to this terrorific site as any. I won’t give anything away but the story is pretty disturbing, exactly what you would want from a horror comic.
The artwork above is just a sample of some of the talented artists that Sam Costello has persuaded to draw his twisted stories. I urge you to visit this site and bath in the glorious horror that is Split Lip.
Visit the Slpit Lip Website
A Grim Tale by me. Click it.
More interesting than those rubbish shrimp things…
Piccy by me, and here’s a link to the original, more colourful version that I did before I “aged” it… http://malcolmkirk.deviantart.com/art/Sea-Zombies-77797631