Sunday, 3 January 2016

Welcome to 2016!

First of all, belated Festive Greetings to all. Things have been so busy lately here that Chaz hasn't had tome to even think about blogs, never mind write one. But now that recent projects and commissions are completed, he's finally found a few minutes to update this page.

No, new books are planned for release as yet (although quite a few sequels are still in the pipeline, most notably Malaria 9 and the next instalment of the Angel of Vengeance occult fantasy series, as well as the next issue of The Sword of Lochglen), but Chaz has been busy with something else lately - the production of an original, 10-page adult crime comic strip set in contemporary Russia and entitled Prolitoy Krovi ('Spilled Blood' in English). The story has already been submitted to Heavy Metal magazine for consideration and, if accepted, will probably generate further stories concerning the main character, a shadowy Uzbek assassin. Here's a couple of samples:

Page 1 / title page
Panels from page 6
Who's to say what new developments 2016 will have in store for us, and FWB. It'll be fun finding out...

Thursday, 5 November 2015

Amazon Muscle in on the High Street

So, after 20 years of squeezing traditional bricks 'n mortar bookstores, Amazon have finally gone and...opened a traditional bricks 'n mortar bookstore. Somewhat surprising really until you read on and discover that it's also being used as a high street outlet for their digital eBook reader devices, as well as stocking only safe-bet best sellers, albeit in a rather unconventional display.

Slightly less surprising, perhaps, is the openly hostile attitude shown to this new venture by one very high-profile competitor. You can find the full article over at the BBC tech page, here.

Friday, 23 October 2015

Malaria 9 Sequel: Progress!

The original cyberpunk/horror action thriller Malaria 9 introduced us to the quirky team of Angela 'Dawn' Saxon, her tech-head buddy 'Skidd' Marx, and wolfish dog, Cromwell. The book ended with the assurance that they would all return in a future sequel, which for various reasons has been languishing in oblivion since 2013. Other projects came and went in the meantime but the idea was always there on the backburner.

Even though graphic art is now Chaz's main focus, the sequel is back in production with fresh ideas and a storyline which picks up six months after the revelations at the end of the previous book. With over 50 pages of text previously in the bag and provisionally titled Londinium's Burning, here's a sneaky preview of the latest cover concept - albeit a composite of recent drawings, the elements seem to work well together. Dawn and company ought to be back out there on the streets by early 2016. Watch this space...

Dawn returns in her iconic catsuit, first seen in the cover art for Malaria 9

Tuesday, 13 October 2015

'Sword of Lochglen' Issue 4 - Still In Progress

A whole bunch of stuff (mostly uninteresting, non-arty and non-Scottish) happened since work on Issue 4 of our historical (and sometimes hysterical) Caledonian comic, The Sword of Lochglwn kicked off...but that doesn't mean that Lochglen issue 4 isn't progressing well. It's now come off the backburner again and Chaz is busily working on brand new pages right now (well, not right now, since he's writing this blog post...). And here's a few samples of recent finished pages and art just to prove it! Aiming for completion by the end of the year or early 2016, and then we'll be gearing up for the final, concluding issue - which may well prove to be a bumper-size edition. More news soon!

As ever, keep an eye on the Lochglen blog for more info and news.

Friday, 4 September 2015

Inkitt Writing Contest - Too Good to be True?

This week we received what at first glance appeared to be yet another piece of spammy junk email trying to squeeze money, promotion or precious original works out of star-struck writers the world over.

This one promoted a 'Hidden Gems' contest by one outfit named Inkitt, the details of which are visible here:

The concept seems to be based on a site we were members of a few years ago which seemed to be based around other users' votes on unpublished online works, and which we soon quit when it became obvious it was nothing more than a popularity contest that involved sycophancy, soliciting and trolling in roughly equal measure (can't remember the name of the site, though if memory serves, it had 'authors' or 'writers' in its name?).

We're not very impressed, to be honest, with the Inkitt website or the terms of the deal. Has anybody else had experience of this one? Have to say, alarm bells started to ring when a later part of the email requested re-posting and re-tweeting of the contest, so it may just come down to being part of a big fat publicity stunt.

Drop us a line if you have any opinions or past dealings anyway.

Saturday, 15 August 2015

'Surfeit of Mandrake' at Bargain Price

It's been a while since we checked our inventory on, and we just noticed that our anthology, A Surfeit of Mandrake, is now on special offer at only 1.29 for the paperback edition. Here's your chance to grab a piece of FWB print publishing history!

Here's the Amazon UK link.

Wednesday, 24 June 2015

Mitternacht Erotik...

It's been a while since we noticed anything noteworthy in the e-publishing world lately, but this news headline did catch Chaz's eye earlier this week:

Adult eBooks given curfew in Germany

Yes, you read that right...the Germans have decided that in order to protect their youth from unsuitable and corrupting adult material, that readers seeking sexy thrills can only purchase erotic material between the hours of midnight and 6 am.

All this, despite the fact that Amazon carry a huge amount of adult material that is not classified as such (which is a whole different kettle of monkeys), and the fact that in order to purchase ebooks, a credit card or bank card is usually required in the first place. Also, what about under-age users accessing such material whilst in another time zone, and therefore outwith the hours of the native German curfew? No, this one wasn't thought out too clearly, really. It seems already to have raised a few eyebrows in the publishing and tech sectors, and rightly so - it's one of the more pointless pieces of legislation we've come across anywhere lately. We don't expect it'll catch on elsewhere. Or at least, we hope it doesn't.

Typical Berliner seen between the hours of midnight and 6am

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