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  • #3093
    Seb Patrick
    Keymaster

    HELLO EVERYONE.

    Apologies if you already have me “friended” on Twitter or LiveJournal or Facebook or anywhere else I might have blathered on about this, but I have something exciting to try and persuade you all to buy, so I’m going to do it here as well.

    Issue #183 of Spectacular Spider-Man, a UK-based kids’ comic published by Panini (under license from Marvel, they run original rather than reprinted stories) features as its main strip an 11-page story called “The Amazing Spider-Boy”. This story was plotted by none other than… yours truly. I won a competition to pitch a story idea to the comic, and subsequently fleshed it out into a full-on synopsis which the comic’s devastatingly talented scripter/artist team turned into a rather lovely strip.

    It comes out tomorrow, Thursday 19th March, and is out for three weeks. As well as in some comic shops (although not all, as it’s not a “direct market” title), you can find it in most good newsagents and supermarkets. WH Smiths, Tesco and Waitrose are three places that I know definitely tend to stock it. It costs the princely sum of £2, which shouldn’t stretch the pocket too much even in these harsh economic times. I can understand if you’re not interested in comics in the slightest, but it is a completely standalone and very accessible story – it’s aimed at roughly seven-to-eleven-year olds, but without being particularly dumbed down or anything like that. Basically, it’s kind of great.

    The cover image looks like this :

    … although with associated indicia and so on it’s probably easier to find out if you look out for the below logo (but not MY FACE, that won’t be on the shelves of your local Smiths) :

    … and as you can see, you get a free webshooter toy with it. So, yes. If anyone would like to buy it and tell me what they think, I’d be most grateful. It’s hopefully not going to be the last thing I do for them, but a good reception for it would probably increase my chances on that front!

    #94110
    p2p_productions
    Participant

    Congratulation, Seb. I also have a comic story in the works – been working on it for about two years now. I’ll be sure to pick up a copy of yours when I see it.

    #94112
    Ian Symes
    Keymaster

    I’m going to get it, but only for the free webshooter.

    #94114
    Phil
    Participant

    Wow man, congrats on this. I’ll keep an eye out for it, in my mainly comic-free small town.

    #94116
    Seb Patrick
    Keymaster

    >I?m going to get it, but only for the free webshooter.

    Make sure you buy two, so you get one for each wrist!

    #94117
    si
    Participant

    I started doing a strip for Better Than Life in about 2003, which featured the Doctor – way before the new series had been announced. Still haven’t finished it. Could do, I suppose, for the new Fan Club mag.

    #94119
    TheLeen
    Participant

    Massively looking forward to reading it.

    #94122
    hummingbird
    Participant

    Huge congrats, Seb.

    #94123
    ChrisM
    Participant

    Interesting. I might just have a look for that too.

    I’ve written scripts I hope to publish with 2000 AD (at least a couple of the better ones.) Basically to prove yourself as a writer you have to write a synopsis and five page story with a twist, science fiction or horror. They call them Future Shocks, Terror Tales or Time Twisters depending on what they’re about.

    I’ve written about 3 and a bit now. Four if you include one which grew into a 10 page monstrosity. (I’ll obviously have to prune that if I’m going to send it in, but it’s a bit rubbish so I might just leave it. Confining complete stories to 5 pages is rather difficult for me.)

    I’ve yet to send anything in though. I’m a big chicken at heart.

    #94126
    Seb Patrick
    Keymaster

    Yeah, I’ve been working on some Future Shock ideas, but they’re not easy to come up with without seeming hackneyed or “done before”. I’m working on some spec scripts for the Spidey people now, so that potential avenue’s gone on the backburner a little, particularly since it’s so competitive (basically every aspiring writer or artist in the country knows it’s the best “way in”, so everyone tries it!) I’ve been getting to know a few people in and around the London scene, so I’m basically trying to use that as a bit of a springboard as well.

    Have you read the list of “things not to do with your future shock submission” or whatever it’s called that’s floating around the net? Well worth a look, if only to ensure you don’t accidentally send something in that’s going to make them never want to use you again ;-) I’ll see if I can dig out the link, if you’ve not.

    You’ve reminded me, though, actually – I need to get round to doing that G&T piece about Alan Moore’s Time Twister that was basically “Backwards” only done… like… better

    #94129
    ChrisM
    Participant

    >Have you read the list of ?things not to do with your future shock submission?

    I think I’ve seen something like that. I’m a member of a writer-droids mailing list on yahoo (actually I haven’t visited that in a while) and I think one of them posted something on that.

    The idea that earlier ideas might prevent them reading later submissions is part of what worries me. From a couple of the feedback letters I’ve read (kindly posted by other ‘droids’) they do give each submission consideration, which is hopeful… if true. Of course if they dislike the synopsis they won’t read the main strip.

    I know what you mean concerning repetition though. I’m not sure it’s possible to come up with something truly original any more. Sometimes Futurequake will publish those that aren’t accepted. Being a fanzine, I don’t think you get paid, but it’s one way to get your work out there.

    #94132
    Pete Part Three
    Participant

    That’s really quite impressive, Seb. I’m not a comics fan, but I’ll certainly look out for it.

    #94136
    Ridley
    Participant

    Did Gomez do the interiors, who scripted, and will this be collected?

    Hobgoblin is faberoo.

    #94168
    Ben Paddon
    Participant

    Are any of you going to the UK Web & Mini Comix Thing on Saturday 28th? I’m in the US so I obviously can’t pick up a copy now, but if someone were to pick it up for me and give it to me at the con I’d be very grateful. And I’d give you the two quid, obviously.

    #94177
    Seb Patrick
    Keymaster

    Ben : Yup, I’ll be at the Web & Mini Comix thing, although the issue’s out for 3 weeks so you should have no trouble finding it when you are in the UK! But yeah, I can probably pick one up and sling it your way while stopping by to pick up Jump Leads…

    Ridley : Yup, Carlos Gomez is the penciller, with Gary Erskine (Gary Erskine! Famous! Has worked on Grant Morrison, Warren Ellis and Mark Millar comics!) on inks. It was scripted by Ferg Handley, who is FUCKING BRILLIANT.

    #94178
    Seb Patrick
    Keymaster

    (and no, it’s unlikely to be collected – it’s just Panini’s own title, so it’s not a Marvel US thing – although it did have to get approved by them, which was EXCITING in itself – and I don’t think they do compilations of their own stuff. So it’s basically the next three weeks or never! ;-) )

    #94184
    si
    Participant

    Been out (yes! Me! On my own! For only the second time since January!) and bought your comic this morning – very impressed – well done!

    #94197
    Phil
    Participant

    >it?s not a Marvel US thing

    Am I out of luck finding it then?

    #94198
    Seb Patrick
    Keymaster

    Mos’ probably. I can’t imagine US comic shops importing it (although bigger ones *might*, though even then it probably wouldn’t be for a while). Drop me an email and I might be able to sort something out, though.

    #94210
    Ian Symes
    Keymaster

    I thought the artwork was fantastic, and the script itself was amazing. Unfortunately, the storyline really let it down.

    #94239
    Ben Paddon
    Participant

    I may snag a few copies, actually. I have a friend who works for Marvel animation over here, I could give her a copy.

    Edit: Oh, and I’m blogging about it on both BenPaddon.com and Jump-Leads.com

    #94240
    Phil
    Participant

    >Drop me an email and I might be able to sort something out, though.

    I probably would have had to do this anyway; no good comic shops for miles and miles. I’d definitely like a copy, though. I’ll shoot you a message on Facebook.

    #94273
    Mr Flibble
    Participant

    Sorry – just to clarify – if I wish to purchase said comic, I *am* looking in the comic section at the newsagents and not at Forbidden Planet, aren’t I?

    #94278
    Seb Patrick
    Keymaster

    Yup!

    FP might also have it (I know the London one does), but you’re more likely to find it in newsagents than in specialist comic shops, which are usually too busy trying to sell US direct market stuff to be concerned with such trifling matters as British kids’ comics.

    #94292
    Mr Flibble
    Participant

    Cool. I’ll have a look over the weekend then.

    #94444
    Mr Flibble
    Participant

    Dear Mr Patrick,

    Today I bought your comic from my local ASDA store which does not have any special cover SFX’s. Firstly, nice story, although I do wonder where the word “doofus” on page 5 came from. But aside from the chasing super heroes about, I think we’ve all been there. The art was also brilliant (especially the colouring in the classroom bit), although I realise that’s nothing to do with you.

    I am, however, disappointed to see that your magazine will be going up to ?2.50 as of the next issue. This is a somewhat inflation busting price rise, only mildly tempered by the free multi-blaster and target.

    Further more, I am disappointed that the “Web Shooter” you advertised on the front of your magazine does not, in fact, shoot webs but rather little plastic darts. Although this will no doubt keep our cats amused for some while, I do feel somewhat cheated that I will not be able to recreate my favourite scenes from the “Spider-man” Movie, such as stopping runaway trains.

    #94447
    Seb Patrick
    Keymaster

    >although I do wonder where the word ?doofus? on page 5 came from.

    That’ll be the scripter Mr Ferg Handley, there ;-) I’d have loved to have scripted it, and I think I threw a couple of vague line suggestions into the synopsis, but yeah… the detail’s mostly his. Next time, though…

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