Sunday, 5 June 2016

Shifting Deadlines, Shifting Porcupines


Spiky git.

Greetings Cosmonauts,

It's been a busy spring in Psychedelic heights and our time-travel-free WILD WEST ISSUE is shaping up nicely. However - we've decided to push it's debut back til November's Thought Bubble event to give us a bit of indulgent extra time to sand off its splintery edges and ... another wood-based metaphor.

We've also decided to keep accepting scripts for our WIZARDS issue until then as well - so KEEP THEM COMING we've had an amazing haul so far! Submission guidelines here.

Our time-travelly issues are still available through Comicsy though - and being time travel they are ALWAYS RELEVANT. Take a gander thisaway.

We've been so inactive recently that we've managed only this single teaser since March but it's a good'un - for Issue 5's Making the Deal:

By top comedy writer Arron Ferguson and design legend Dunk Nimmo. You can see the other issue teasers here and purchase no. 5 here.

...and finally it was last week I was honoured to be asked by Mr John Freeman of Down the Tubes to write a tribute to one of contributors Stephen Prestwood who suddenly and shockingly died last month. You can read the piece here - it was an amazing task tracking down his collaborators who were unanimous in their praise for a small press stalwart and a truly inspiring man. For us he drew Michael Norwitz's Mackerelman Meets the Lady of the Lake in Issue 4 and solely created The Journey for the digital edition of Issue 1. Such a keen iPad convert he had become in recent years that he drew his strips directly onto it, I seem to remember it took him moments! As a consequence the dpi wasn't suitable for print, an issue that arose with Mackerelman which he then re-drew physically and mailed to me! Again - in barely any time at all. The speed of it wasn't necessarily what was awe-inspiring but the patience, the confidence, the energy of him.

Here then, The Journey:

As I reflected on Facebook only an hour or so after I heard the terrible news - he did everything the knight in the story did not. Through his art and the enthusiastic testimony of his friends we know that he embraced every moment, and therein lies the meaning of life.

Small press comics won't be the same without him - keep an eye on our self published allies Paragon and El Bigote who are both planning something remarkable in his honour.

Monday, 28 March 2016

The Psychedelic Journal of the Wild West

Proud to reveal the logo for The Psychedelic Journal of the Wild West debuting this August at the Bristol Comics Expo. Over the past few months Geoffery and I have been hacking through the submissions pile and lassoing artists for this special one-off cowboytastic issue of one-off western tales and I can promise you this: IT'S GOING TO BE BONKERS.

We'll still be selling the few issues of Time Travel we have left up til then - next month at the Birmingham Comics Festival for example. Not only that but we've just had our table at this year's Thought Bubble confirmed - we'll be sharing with small press legends FUTUREQUAKE PRESS.

Here's a little contributors spotlight on Andrew Scaife - above a new teaser for his story with Chris Cosentino in Issue 5 (limited issues still available here) and below an image from his Issue 6 story with Alistair McLean which the talented Mr Scaife shared on his Tumblr.

Preview for a comic I drew in the 6th and last Psychedelic Journal of Time Travel. Script by Alistair McLeanYou can buy it here and like it on Facebook here.

If pixel art, glorious pop culture references and 90s Lucasarts point & clicks are your bag then you'll possibly have already seen Andrew's amazing Buffy scenes which went viral the other year. Well these (and other) incredible pixel pieces will soon be available in a handsome hardback - watch his Point + Click Facebook Page for progress!

Finally back in the realms of the journal WE ARE CURRENTLY ACCEPTING SCRIPTS for our future 'Wizards & Sorcery' issue. All details as well as a pretty comprehensive guideline from co-editor Geoffery are available here!

Monday, 21 December 2015

'Tis the Season

...for a grand holiday Quantum Capybara! What is a QC? BEHOLD... our latest issue will lay all your doubts to rest!

It's available right now to buy on our Comicsy shop and it'd make a great early January present for any fan of ants, pipes, or time travel. January is also the month that Father Christmas relegates present-delivery to colossal robot spheres that destroy everything they roll over so you'll get to witness that devastating spectacle. Bear witness also to our astonishing new cover by former 2000 AD design droid Pye Parr.

Another festive treat (from the end of last month, anyway) is the full first page of "Money Never Weeps" from issue five by top small press writer Derek Hamill and verifiable artgod David Frankum - shared on the glorious Mr Frankum's personal blog

Two new teasers for you as well from our Fifth Issue (still on sale in our shop) - the first from an excellent four-pager by newcomer River Apparicio and drawn by irrepressible up-and-comer Jim Lavery whose strong cartoony stylings will likely be gracing many a mainstream comic in the not-too-distant future!

The second is from the back-cover single pager written by co-editor Lady Geoffery Crescent and drawn by Journal favourite, musician and amazing artist Jake Rowlinson. It's dark - it's wordless - it's wonderful. 

From L-R: Lady Geoffery Crescent, Editor O, Nich Angell, James Stayte, Jon Lock & Lucy Brown (missing: Big Punch's Alice White)
Finally a holiday hoot for our brilliant Big Punch tablemates at this year's Thought Bubble - an utterly fantastic year for it and what fantabulous company!

Saturday, 31 October 2015

Teasers, Themes, Magazines and Capybaras


We speak to you now in an utter flux - we have been de-homed by an infestation the likes of which we've never seen. These infernal things...

The Quantum Capybaras ... are a scourge the likes of which we've never encountered. The full details of our quarrels with these beasts are to be had in the final issue of The Psychedelic Journal of Time Travel which will be out in only a few weeks at the Thought Bubble convention in Leeds and then Comicsy shortly thereafter. We'll be sharing a table with the friendly faces of Big Punch Studios and remain cautiously optimistic that our infestation doesn't become theirs...

We're still almost hilariously behind on one-panel teasers for our past issues - and above here are the 'latest' two from Issue 4 (we've still got some physical copies left but BARELY ANY on our Comicsy shop).
Firstly "The Warning" - a hilarious one pager from comics maniac Stu Perrins drawn by Bristol designer and awesome man Aidan Barnard (previously having done "The Legend of Robot Man" in Time Travel issue 1 written by Arron Ferguson). 
Secondly "What Are the Odds" a haunting four pager by Paul Bradford illustrated by Joe Palmer both of whom were completely new to the Journal at the time!

The other big news recently has been our astonishing inclusion in Future Publishing's "Comic Heroes" - many thanks to the multitalented Mike Garley (his manly hand pictured above)! Horror fans would do well to investigate his currently-running Kill Screen Kickstarter. "A strong example of self-published comics at their most slick and exciting" not MY words but... oh wait they are my words. Either way - do pick up Comic Heroes as if this glorious feature is anything to go by it's a serious mag to watch. Independent comics forever! 


So the deadline for scripts for Wild West themed issue ARE NOW CLOSED but we are willing still to accept one or two pagers until December 1st. As for four pager scripts the new theme (for 2017) is WIZARDS. Think classical fantasy but with a psychedelic twist - self contained stories only full details and guidelines here.

The final deadline for these scripts is September 1st 2016 so you've got a time! Spread the word!!

Thursday, 20 August 2015

The Great HQ Shake-Up of 2015


To those waiting on script feedback and correspondence from us HOLD ON - Geoffery and I have just moved into a swanky new HQ structure. It's a hell of a thing. More... mushroom than building... it's hard to describe. But keep an eye out for a likeness of the new digs in future publications. Speaking of:


(edit: This is NOT the final art deadline for the Wild West issue, that is in 2016)

This does NOT count any edits that are done to submissions - so if you've got a script under consideration or mid-editing it's not in jeopardy. IF YE ARE ON THE CUSP of submitting then DO IT. DO IT NOW. Details here.

After this we will be accepting scripts for our 2017 issue only - the theme will be announced on September 1st on our FB and Twitter and then here. Then into the garden for the snakes alone to hear.

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Next weekend is the wonderful Melksham Comic Con - a convention we always love doing and is this year sure to be an utter blast!

We were also treated in the last two months to some work-in-progress stuff from the last issue of the Time Travel Journal - notably from the brilliant Matt Herbert, whose art on a script from the glorious J.S. Adams is breathtaking.

Also in: two teasers from Issue 4 (still available to buy here - and there AREN'T MANY COPIES) - the first is "Time for Justice" a twisted tale about a time travel game show by Bristolian and New Scientist writer Arran Frood and painted by the superlative Bruno Stahl (whose glorious looking new book "The Hans" is on sale NOW) .
The second is "The Universal Market" - a glimpse at a shopping trip through time by whirling comics dervish Blas Bigatti and drawn by small press god David Broughton!

Tuesday, 2 June 2015

The Moon in June


Let me lay it on you - there's sand everywhere here. We think it's being dumped here from next year. We're not sure what happens exactly that creates so much bloody sand but hey, we clearly decided to funnel it back in time a few months so that we don't have to deal with it. But we do have to deal with it and it's probably our annoyance at ourselves that makes us do it in the first place. Y'dig? Either way - it's not cool daddio.

Women Write About Comics

However in news of things that ARE cool - our assistant editor Lady Geoffery "Spelling Is Important" Crescent did an interview with Women Who Write Comics about her editing process. Which you can read here.

We got a mention in David Hailwood's latest round-up of his doings which includes a teaser image of his story in Issue 5 "Everlasting Peace" with Tony Suleri - you can get issue 5 here!

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...and a glimpse forward in time to our last time travel issue from the twitter of artist Trystan Mitchell - the story "Timepoint" is written by Chris Redfern and you'll find out more about it when we d├ębut at Thought Bubble in November!

Above there is two more teasers for our fourth issue available to buy here - the first is for "The Sleep House" an unsettling tale of a bleak future written by Shaun Avery (formerly of "Timepiece" in Issue 3 and due to appear in our last issue) and drawn by small press legend Chris Askham whose dark monochrome stylings also graced zombie story "Source of Infection" in Issue 1!

The second teaser is for the back-of-the-issue single-pager "Thyme Travel" as always written by co-editor Lady Geoffery Crescent and drawn by the everglorious Gavin Mitchell of Stiffs and Santa Claus vs the Nazis fame. 

Monday, 4 May 2015



It's been a busy old time at Psychedelic HQ since the last blog - first off co-editor Geoffery and I have had a trans-dimensional plasma llama show up and well you can guess the rest #plasmallamaproblems - am I right?!

Here's Geoffery Crescent with Issue 5 which we debuted at the excellent 'n' friendly Birmingham Comics Festival last month. Lady Geoffery event went as far as to speak on her first panel about the issue and we had many chats with a multitude of grand folk. Special shout outs to our other favourite small press anthologies Futurequake & Disconnected Press as well as those bewildering types who do single story comics (IMAGINE!) Mr Vince Hunt, Mssrs Jasper Bark & Mick Trimble, Mr. Jim Alexander, Mr Sam Roads and a special hatdoff to premiere artists Matt Soffe (who did our first cover!) and the legendarily stealthy artist-of-mystery SKD. The biggest hurrahs and halloos have to be hollered for Mr Paul Birch & Mr Steve Tanner (of Time Bomb Comics) whose glorious heads  and hard work we have to thank for the events cognition and organisation. We'll definitely return in 2016!

Our first teaser for Issue 5 is above - the brilliantly silly "Lunch Time" by Chris Cosentino & Andrew Scaife - Mr Cosentino is a completely new face in the Journal whereas Mr Scaife is an old hand having drawn "Karma Traveller" in Issue 1, "Why Hasn't Anyone Killed Hitler?" in Issue 2 and "Timeholes & Teaspsoons" in Issue 3 as well as lettering a fair chunk of our output. What ELSE can this Andrew character do?! Well - he can do a good line in hugely viral pixel art and also is known to reference Taylor Swift on occasion...

If that has got you hankering a slice of Issue 5 you can get ahold of the physical issue RIGHT THIS VERY SECOND on Comicsy -->

You'll notice that Issue 4 is still in our store as well but there are very limited numbers! Here are some new teasers for that rapidly-disappearing be-pterodactyl'd issue:

"The Ghost of Montague Hall" is a stunningly ghoulish tale written by Massacre for Boys legend Chris Denton and beautifully rendered in stunning detail by Ladies & Gentlemen fellow Jordan Collver...


"Mackerelman Meets the Lady of the Lake" is a tongue-in-cheek silver-age comics romp blending fightsy superheroics with Arthurian legend - ably written by Michael Norwitz and drawn by small press veteran Stephen Prestwood!

Finally we've already had two marvellous reviews for the fifth issue - one from prestigous comic website Bleeding Cool by Olly MacNamee:

...and the second from reviewking and nice fellow Steve Hargett: