The new year is weeks old already and my plans for world dominati-err… publishing comics have been delayed by a horrific cold. I’m much better now, thanks for asking.

2009 sounds so much more futuristic than the rest of this decade don’t you think? A child born today would still be at junior school when the replicants come back from the offworld colonies in Blade Runner.

Anyway there are about 9 comic events on in the next 2 months, I’m definitely going to Hi-Ex and hopefully a few more besides. I’ll keep you informed, and belated Happy New Year!

Bah! Season’s Greetings, I suppose.

The “good people” at Magic Beans Comics have told me that if I write a Christmas message against my will, then the next series of Mothman About The House will be along very soon. I couldn’t be bothered to argue so here I am.

It’s been a funny old year. Apart from that business with my shed I had quite a good 2008. The mighty Espana were victorious at Euro 2008, winning me over 600 quid in the process. The Beijing Olympics passed without incident which surprised me, as Springheeled Jack assured me he was going to “wreck the bastard”.

Blu-ray beat out HD-DVD in the high definition wars, although no-one in the world cares. Except maybe George Lucas. The BBC reached season 8 in their marathon showing of Murder, She Wrote. A return to form after a few dubious years, Jessica relocates to New York and teaches criminology at a local University.

Also Obama, Terrorism, Global Financial Meltdown. Tell it to someone who gives a shit.

Of course the greatest moment of the year is yet to come. Jonathan Creek Christmas Special, BBC1 next thursday. Come between me and my TV and I will hurt you.

That is all.

Mothman

PS Chupacabra and Nessie told me to say Feliz Navidad, and Happy Hogmanay, respectively. I don’t speak foreign so I don’t know what they’re on about.

What I do know is that Christmas In Hollis by Run DMC is the greatest Christmas song ever. Word.

Merry Christmas!

Part 8 next week!

Part 7 next week!

I’m sure that like me, you’re all obsessed with watching crappy TV movies from the 70s and 80s, like the voodoo tinged Patrick Duffy vehicle Cry For The Strangers, possessed JCB on a rampage epic Killdozer, or the immortal William Shatner haunted house on a plane extravaganza Horror at 37,000 Feet.

After the seeming demise of my beloved B-Movies.com, my new favourite website is Veoh. It’s a wonderland of choice films, TV and all kinds of videos, from The Cabinet of Dr Caligari to Reefer Madness. Worth a breeze any day of the week my friends!

I was at the Thought Bubble comics event in Leeds on saturday, it was a great day and an astonishingly well organised event. The hall it was in was huge, and for once at a comic con not unbearably hot and stuffy! 

My comics didn’t do badly, I dished out about 40 or 50 copies of I Cashed A Dead Man’s Pension, and gave away all my spare Battle doubles, they went down rather well.

I got some fantastic comics and books which I’ve been reading for the last week. Some graphic novels by Jason, a signed copy of Al Ewing’s novel I, Zombie, and lots of small press.

A new issue of Banal Pig is always a joy, and number 4 might be the best one yet. I loved the apocalyptic tone towards the end, but poor old Truculent Strawberry!

The epic Can I Borrow Your Toilet? by Gareth Brookes was probably my favourite comic from Thought Bubble, it’s funny and moving and quite brilliant, you really should read it. 

I was most looking forward to seeing the new issue of Mallard because I’ve got a story in it, and I’m really pleased with how it’s turned out, it’s a top issue. Tom England’s The Escapist and Joe Baddely’s The Adventures of Racist Jim are recommended too!

Also splendid new issues of Sgt Mike Battle and Monkeys Might Puke, and a preview of Cosmic Apple’s new series, I always forget to get something though, and missed out on Ben Powis’ beautiful looking comics. Ah well, next time!

 Dirty

Today is the fourth anniversary of the death of my favourite rapper, Ol’ Dirty Bastard. There’ll never be another one like him.

Russell Jones AKA Ol’ Dirty Bastard 1969-2004 R.I.P.

Part 6 next week!

Tomorrow is 24 Hour Comics Day. That means all over the world people will be creating a comic in a day, and this year I’ll be one of them!

I’ll be updating this post through the day to report on my progress or lack of so stay tuned!

9AM: I’ve started! Well, I’m drinking coffee and shuffling bits of paper…

6PM: It’s going pretty well, I’ve got eight pages done so far. Having a Dad’s Army break and some food now.

1AM: Fourteen pages done. Starting to get weary…

8AM: It’s done! The last section was tough. Now sleep…

AFTERMATH: Was too tired to do much of anything yesterday! Overall I’m pleased with how it turned out though. I’ve put it away for a few days but I’ll be printing it for Thought Bubble in a few weeks. Then the world will witness The House On Murder Street…

Thanks to everyone for the support and interest!