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Slamming it : 1 – The birth of a comic book.

 Our first book has been spawned into the world, kicking and screaming as it goes. As with any birth, it’s creation was not without complications. Deadlines where missed and lots of swearing and screaming ensued…Mainly on my part as I paced endlessly around my cluttered bedroom which has become the makeshift base of operations for Slam. Cursing myself for being such a lackadaisical prat, I ranted and screamed at anybody that would listen. Normally, I would cry on the usually comical shoulder of our main writer, Ben Cook. But at this point in time I was left alone in the creative wilderness as Ben was swanking around Reading festival, dressed as a pilot swigging from a large bottle of value Gin. A happy bun-bun I was not.

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“Slamming it!” Issue: 0 prologue

So, here’s a thing.
I love comics, ever since I was knee high to a grasshopper my love of comics has propelled me forwards, it has consumed and shaped every essence of my persona.
When the tiny little me learned that joining the ranks of the Ghostbusters was not a viable career choice (Well, one that got you paid anyway), I instantly locked my sights on creating comics, and while I’m not entirely rambunctious about the various connotations of fate, I firmly believe that my purpose on this planet is to create comic book media for the consumption of other like minded individuals.

This blog post you see before you, fair Internet traveler, is the documentation of my progress along this path. But as you’re a few episodes behind on this particular saga, let me very quickly get you up to speed:

I’ve always drawn comics, ever since I could pick up a pencil. A majority of the creative storytelling school assignments I was given as a child where handed back to my educator in the classic four colour format, often to the chagrin of my tutors.
My first foray into the world of independent comics was published when I was 16, with the help of two good friends, and guided by a mysterious industry artist I know only as Jone-Zee.

I dabbled in web-comics for a few years, my most notable and longest lasting stint was on a fan piece called Ghostbusters: Apocalypse, A completely unscripted venture that would twist and turn depending on my moods. It is here that I cut my sequential teeth proper and met the fantastic colourist Ben King.

After that I focused mainly commission work, and a few strips that have never to my knowledge seen the light of day.

For the past couple of years, I’ve been working with Ben Cook, an ambitious young writer with great aspirations and even greater stories locked within his bulbous noggin. With him I’ve helped shape and form our little indie imprint, Slam-Comics. Recently, I have switched places with Ben as the driver behind the project, allowing him to focus more on writing while I keep my eyes on the business end of things and occasionally churn out a couple of pages. This is where you join me, true believer. This is just the start of this story, and I intend for it to continue for quite some time. Join me as I detail the trails and tribulations of getting my work, and the work of other local artists out of the languishing depths of our sketch-pads and hard-drives, printed, and into the sweaty hands of comic fans everywhere. This is just the beginning, and there is hopefully oh so much more to come!

You can catch up with us at slam comics at our facebook page HERE!

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