For every hour I spend writing prose fiction, I spend another hour writing comics.
My first graphic novel The Heart Which Makes Us was published in 2015 and focuses on forensic investigator Kathryn Monroe as she grapples with child abduction, a series of bombings, a new boss and a marriage hitting the rocks. The Heart Which Makes Us features stunning artwork by Aaron Moran, and was published as part of the Unseen Shadows universe. You can find out more and read an extract at https://unseenshadows.com/comics/the-heart-which-makes-us/.
2015 also saw the release of Secret Gardens. This choose-your-own-adventure / comic hybrid made a splash at conventions mainly among people saying “that looks SO complicated”. (It was.) Four stories all woven together, featuring witches, wizards, ghosts, squirrels, fearsome armies and incredibly cute mice, all set in the grounds of the majestically ruined Lowther Castle near Penrith. What’s not to like? Find out more at https://disconnectedpress.wordpress.com/secretgardens/.
At the start of 2012, I set up Disconnected Press, an independent comics publisher. We have produced three “Disconnected” anthologies so far, featuring work by some of the best emerging comics talent in the UK and telling stories of the weird and wondrous things that happen in small towns.We also published CROSS, an anthology of political satire, putting the politics back into comics in the run-up to the 2015 General Election.
Working with artist Conor Boyle (yes, relation), I produced the four-part, wild and wacky horror Sentient Zombie Space Pigs, described by Down The Tubes as “a cracking comic… with a darn fine script and fantastic art”.
Lost: Boys brings together four of my stories with different artists, exploring what happens when you find that the world is bigger and stranger than you imagined. In its review, Comics Anonymous said that Lost:Boys “raised the bar for modern anthologies”.
How To Kill Bears again combines my writing with the work of different comic artists, with four stories looking at the decisions people make and how you don’t always get what you plan for.