Spilled Blood - video trailer

Wednesday, 21 December 2016

'Euromericarnage' - 2016 in a Nutshell?

Exercise in collage and assemblage produced by Chaz for a class project a month or so ago - while utilising materials culled mainly from newspapers and journals at the time, it ended up being something of a political and social snapshot of 2016 up to that time. Plenty to look at and think about, anyway.

Wednesday, 7 December 2016

Christopher Robin (Almost) Grew Up

Sharing a piece of class work Chaz did as part of a creative drawing project a couple of months ago - where randomly chosen sketches of different objects, and live models, were to be incorporated into a final piece of imaginative drawing. This is one of the rough compositions that didn't make it.

Saturday, 3 December 2016

A Bit of Festive Illustration: 'The Snow Queen'

Just sharing a little drawing Chaz did a few weeks ago for a class project on ice - as it's now the time of year for fairy tales, and icy landscapes, we thought it appropriate. The 19th Century Art Nouveau style was a big influence on this one, especially the artist Alphonse Mucha.

Tuesday, 29 November 2016

New Graphic Art: Ice Cubed...

With Chaz full-time at art school since September (and - we hope - for the foreseeable future), new FWB content will understandably be a bit thin on the ground. That doesn't mean he's not still working on cool things in the background, but obviously at a much slower rate than before*. However, in order to keep this old blog going, he's decided to hijack it a little in the meantime to share a few select pieces of art work which may be of interest.

Here's one, fresh off the press, and rendered in his ever-evolving graphic ink style: 'Ice Cube triptych: "Ice Cubed"'...

These are 3x 25cm square ink drawings, to be displayed inside a custom-built glass cube.

*And we're still aiming to get to Deecon with a wee stall in 2017...

Saturday, 29 October 2016

Halloween Horror & Supernatural Freebies!

Just a quick note to say that, over this Halloween weekend (starting from the 30th) - and ending on the 1st November - FWB will be listing for free a number of our dark, horror and supernatural Amazon eBooks for free on Kindle, including the cyberpunk splatter adventure Malaria 9 and the dark psychological prequel to Maranatha, namely Venus in Saturn.

It's been a long time since we ran a free promo for Kindle books so get in quick and grab some creepy weekend reading.


Friday, 23 September 2016

What's Just around the Corner...?

'Don't quit the day job' is unkind advice usually given to people who don't look too promising in their current mode of self-expression - however that's exactly what Chaz did last month, and as such he's now firmly ensconced in the first year of an art & design degree course at Dundee.

As a result, work on all FWB-related things has been sporadic, but we still have works (mostly at reduced prices!) for sale in the Black Hole on Victoria Road, 'Mister Frisk' manga t-shirts in Otaku Studio, and potentially more openings and opportunities on the way as Chaz begins the process of networking and establishing local contacts in the comics, art, media and writing fields.

We don't know what could be just around the corner, but we'll definitely be sharing it to these very pages as soon as we find out.

Friday, 12 August 2016

'Mister Frisk' Keeps His Tail Up!

The 'Mister Frisk' range of manga character design t-shirts continue to sell slowly, but steadily, at Otaku Station in Dundee, with half the original stock now gone.

Here's a couple of shots of the shirts in store - alongside the legendary Naruto! - which we actually thought we'd published on this very blog previously, but were only shared on our Facebook page. Anyway, here they are in all their 'high street glory'...

...and if you look very closely, you can see one of our 'Mr Frisk' T-shirts on display in the window...

Tuesday, 2 August 2016

Of T-Shirts, and Merchandising...

Purveyors of manga collectibles, Otaku Station in Dundee, continue to be happy hosts for our 'Mister Frisk' range of Shōjo manga-themed merchandise - this photo of their window display shows off one of the designs:

Otaku Station's photo on Facebook

This very design, in fact...
And yes, we've sold a few as well. So it's so far, so good, but we're also experimenting with some other designs - such as this one, based on an illustration of the Valkyrie sisters from the 'Sword and the Ring' Kindle eBook:

Chaz has already worn this one around and gotten some good feedback on it. Local set-up costs for printing on black t-shirts are prohibitively expensive at the moment*, so we compromised by blacking in the background and getting the above design printed on white. It looks pretty good, actually, and we'll get some photos of the actual shirt online soon. A further couple of designs are to follow once we get them optimised for print, and we're currently looking for potential stockists of these fantasy/sci-fi themed shirt designs.

*However, with Chaz starting a full-time art & design degree course in a matter of weeks, this situation may change...

Monday, 13 June 2016

'Spilled Blood' Flows On...Issue 2 Progress

Chaz offered a taster of issue 2 of the new Russian crime series 'Prolitoy Krovi (Spilled Blood)' at the end of issue 1 in both the Kindle digital, and limited edition run print edition. Several stories have already been fully scripted, in which we learn more about the Uzbek's origins, and catch up again with Sonya following her release from Mikhael's grasp.

In the meantime, however, here's a sneak preview of the currently in-progress story, 'The 7 Churches of Asia', the most ambitious yet...and which promises the biggest 'body count', too...

Page 1

Page 5

Friday, 6 May 2016

The Uzbek Comes to Kindle

The first issue of Chaz's new Russian crime/thriller comic series has just made it on to Amazon's Kindle platform - with a few tweaks and a little less censorship than was put in place (voluntarily) for the recent glossy print edition.

Here's the link for UK readers.

And US readers can get it here.

While the experience of using the Kindle Comic Creator software was tiring and frustrating to say the least (it crashed pretty much after every second page was added to the document), the finished result seems to look OK on the previews. With a bit more more effort (and investment), the Comics creator software could actually be a really powerful tool - but as it stands, it's barely a beta, which is disappointing given that it's now been around a few years.

Tuesday, 26 April 2016

Mr Frisk, the Manga Cat and Brand New Merchandise!

Following on from this recent post where we first revealed our forthcoming anime/manga tee-shirt design range, we're very happy to announce that the first tentative run of shirts has hit the high street - debuting exclusively at the Otaku Station manga merchandise store in Castle Street, Dundee. (Show them, and us, some support by checking them out on Facebook, right here!)

The two girl/cat designs posted previously are now available in sizes S - XL. More designs to follow soon if the current ones sell at all, or if further interest is shown.

The shirts also all have cute hand-made labels featuring the Mr Frisk brand name and logo (see left) - as it was he who started the whole concept in the first place, Chaz felt he ought to be honoured by becoming the figurehead of the 'company'. He'll also have a solo guest spot on the next t-shirt design, if there ever is one...only time will tell, and if there is then we'll be sure to shout about it.

In the meantime, Chaz is also looking into other merchandising options, such as cards, prints and posters featuring either his own range of manga individuals (and their pets), or even sci-fi/fantasy designs aimed at a different audience.

Even more cool news will follow soon...

Saturday, 23 April 2016

Full-time score: Google 1, Authors 0

There'll be some pretty cool FWB news to be reported very soon, but in the meantime, here is a much bigger story - with  possible future repercussions for authors and creators everywhere:

Google wins copyright battle over books

We wonder how more elastic the term 'fair use' will become if it happens to be used by a monolithic corporation worth billions, which believes that it stands above the laws of ordinary business in almost every regard.

Monday, 11 April 2016

Chaz and Frang go to DeeCon...

So DeeCon 2016 happened - and the chaps from FWB were there, taking in the busy atmosphere, checking out small-press comics, listening to a couple of interesting talks and generally enjoying the feel-good nature of the anime/manga gathering.

Surprisingly, we didn't see any DVDs for sale, and almost no manga books - or tee-shirts for that matter - but despite all that, the next DeeCon event may well include an FWB stall, if the boys can get plenty of product out there over the next year. Chaz's Russian crime series 'Spilled Blood' is looking set for an initial print run, and Frang's Pictish mythological epic 'Gruoch' may not be too far behind. Plenty of possibilities were discussed, so we'll see what unfolds over the coming months...

In the meantime, here's some snaps from the event to entertain you.

Art and comics stalls on Level 4

 Missy B and Mr Frisk must have felt right at home...

Mr Frang takes a breather

Furry fun

Cosplay characters in the carpark

The Cat in the Hat, and pals

Wednesday, 6 April 2016

Fenriswulf Fashion update: manga t-shirt range now available!

In between working like a maniac to get his art portfolio sorted for this weekend's hand-in, Chaz somehow managed to find time to get these little numbers printed up in time for DeeCon on the 9th, where both Chaz & Frang are scheduled to make an appearance...

Missy B and Mr Frisk...coming to a quality garment near you
Our gorgeous model demonstrates the latest in our anime-themed merchandise series
Pretty neat huh? They look much better in reality, in fact, as the camera flashgun has pretty much bleached out the colour. Quality garments too, as you'll note by the label in the top pic: Fruit of the Loom, beloved of rock band merchandisers the world over. These sample products will be accompanying Chaz to Deecon to see what kind of reaction they get from the anime/manga fan crowd.

And that's not all. Some interest and encouragement has already been shown by a local specialist retailer, and a design for a third shirt is now in the pipeline. The next week or two will determine if this is going to become a viable merchandising sideline, but for an idea which felt like a passing whim at the time, Chaz is now taking the whole thing very seriously indeed. Starting off in small business is never easy, but, like comedy, sometimes it is all really just all about timing...

...so we'll see if a public airing at Dundee's anime/manga get-together can produce any timely feedback to help get this little project off the ground.

In the meantime, if anybody is interested in ordering up one of the above designs, just drop us a line for PayPal details. £12 incl. postage and packing for UK addresses sound reasonable? If you're overseas, £14 ought to cover it. Or indeed, if there's a bespoke design you'd like to see...let us know!

Friday, 18 March 2016

'Blood' on the Blog...

The first two chapters of Chaz's brand new Russian comic crime series, 'Spilled Blood (Prolitoy Krovi)', is now available! Featuring two complete 10-page strips, 'The Long Long Road' and 'Sword of Tamerlane', these graphic tales introduce the dark and enigmatic figure of 'the Uzbek', an underworld anti-hero who leaves the red product of the title wherever he goes...
Wraparound cover for the new 1st edition of 'Spilled Blood'
Get hold of a print copy here, direct from Lulu.com. They even accept Paypal these days.

Yes, the cover price is higher than we would have liked for a 28-page (albeit, full-colour) comic - that's because Lulu now, in their less-than-infinite wisdom, have removed the option for creators to publish comics in full colour (only black/white is allowed). They now must be created as saddle-stitched books (or perfect bound books, at even higher expense, which means little room for creator royalties). However, this is the only place online to find this special preview issue, and any subsequent releases will have a completely redesigned front cover, and probably also a varied internal layout from this edition.

Behold! - new Fenriswulf print product!
Currently we're looking into costs with a local printer for a small-scale print run in an effort to get some real, new, printed product back out there again, in comic shops and any other likely venues.

As far as this series goes, it's only the beginning. Scripts for the next two stories have already been drafted, expanding the story arcs presented in the first chapters, and Chaz now only needs the time to draw the actual strips now. More to come on that soon...
Sample art from Chapter II, 'Sword of Tamerlane'

Friday, 11 March 2016

Fenriswulf Fashion Revisited - and Forthcoming Festivities

Here's a blast from the past that Chaz stumbled upon tonight in the depths of his clothing chest - an original FWB promo T-shirt printed for the 2010 Dundee Comics Conference - featuring the original red/grey/black livery, before it was changed to a more neutral yellow/grey/black combination.

(The background is a promo poster for the Russian movie Daywatch - an all-time fave).

The reason for showing this off again is that the tee-shirt may possibly be seen walking around a couple of forthcoming Dundee comic/sci-fi conventions in the next month or so - Deecon 2016 and/or Geekmania - current folio-building and commission responsibilities permitting.

In the meantime, Fenriswulf comics, books and Arf and Mo merchandise are still available from the Black Hole comics store on Victoria Road, Dundee - and at a special Easter sale price, too! All comics are now only £1, and all books £2. Pop in if you're passing and pick up a piece of FWB history, for once they've gone, there'll be no more! However, we can't rule out the possibility that new material, previously unseen and new to print, may be manifesting in the Black Hole before too long - a strong candidate is the Sword and the Ring graphic retelling of Wagner's opera Das Rheingold - or perhaps Chaz and Frang's macabre headtrip of a graphic novel, Leper Messiah. Or maybe something else entirely...who can tell?

And in other news, FWB are also planning a surprise St. Patrick's Day Amazon Kindle eBook release - or more strictly, a re-release, for that day only. Watch this space...

Sunday, 21 February 2016

Russian Blood Flows On!

In our first post of 2016, we introduced the new comic series Chaz has been working on since December - 'Spilled Blood', or to give its alternative title in Russian: Prolitoy Krovi - and its shady lead character, the underworld hitman known only as 'the Uzbek'.

While he's heard nothing back as yet from the couple of publishing outlets to whom he's submitted the series and its pitch, undeterred, Chaz has pushed on with a second story - currently in production, and a couple of samples from which are presented below (with some adult content) in which the nameless hitman encounters an old flame, the unfortunate call-girl Sonya:

Title panel - Page 1

Our first sight of Sonya
Page 3

Friday, 12 February 2016

Self Publishing: the BBC's view on it all

Came across this little article on the BBC Business website this week, trumpeting the opportunities of self-pubbing and predicting an enticing future for the industry:

Is self-publishing coming of age in the digital world?

The article throws around some interesting figures and statistics which would be well worth checking out in more detail. 

Sunday, 3 January 2016

Welcome to 2016! - of Russian Comics, and Sequels

First of all, belated Festive Greetings to all. Things have been so busy lately here that Chaz hasn't had time 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...

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