Sunday, 6 October 2013

BAM! and Paragon - Full Circle

#16 Bulldog is back!
Captain Winston Bulldog is, in a way, my life's work. I created the character many years ago, and he made his debut in his own comic back in 1993. (See previous post below, where you can see details of where to buy collections of his adventures) He hasn't been in print for a few years now, the last time being in the Bulldog Clips collection. Attempts to interest publishers in picking up the character since his last major appearance in The Mammoth Book of Best New Manga have failed significantly, despite a few blind alleys. Rejections have ranged from 'it's too young for us', 'it's too old for us', 'we don't do funny animal books' to 'it's too notorious' (never understood that one) or 'it's creator-owned so we won't pay your artist enough'. So. A few attempts to kick-start a self-published revival have hit the skids too. Until now. Davey Candlish at Paragon Comic , a small press anthology in a similar mould to Bulldog's old home in BAM! (Bulldog Adventure Magazine), kindly offered to give Bulldog a new home. He's back in his old environment, but hopefully able to reach a new and exciting readership as well as the old. Go to Davey's blog for more details - I've been trimming down a graphic novel-sized story I had to manageable chunks (6-7 pages per episode). It's an ideal jumping on point for readers new to Bulldog and/or to Paragon (which is available in print and ebook versions) and I'm really looking forward to it. Hope you are too!

In other news: it doesn't look as if Tom Hickathrift is going to get a sequel, but I'm hoping to set aside some time in early 2014 to write one anyway, so we'll see what happens. I have an idea for a Tom-related Christmas story which may wend its way into the world for the Yuletide season, though, so watch this space. In the meantime, I'm plugging away at Amnesia Agents when I have time (of which there is little at the moment)...