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Just reminding you guys that I also have a science question blog!

I don’t have a structured posting schedule on it (because of my day job and my comics work, I answer questions whenever I have time), but I’m trying to post more frequently, and I always welcome new ideas even if it takes me a little while to get to them in the rotation.  I answer a lot of questions for writers (everything from fanfiction to professional comics), but anyone can always ask me anything.

Come and check it out!

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I have two stories in this free anthology (and gilesdraws was the artist on one) and I highly recommend it!  The work is always quality and there are a lot of cool things to explore.  This issue’s theme is “xenophobia,” so it’s a bit of an odd bird, as the Outré books tend to be.  Check it out!

Also, in case you haven’t yet seen it, here is the link to Outré #2, in which I also had two stories.  That issue’s theme was “hopelessness,” so it isn’t exactly a fun romp through the landscape of the human mind, but it is fascinating.  And hey, more free comics!

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Our copy of the Buzzcocks’ new album, The Way, arrived today.  Thing is, they seem to have written all over it!

(I kid.  It’s a brilliant album, as I’ve said before, and I can’t wait until it’s formally released so that all of you lot can hear it as well.  Trust me, though, when I tell you that it’s definitely worth the wait.)

We’re off to see them live in a little over a month’s time, too (with pjrogers and ratplant, no less!) and if the show even half lives up to the promise of the album, it’s going to be amazing.

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I’m sorry I haven’t been around much in the past little while.  I’m getting back to it, honestly I am; there’s been a lot going on between science, writing, editing, lettering, listening to a lot of music – you get the idea – living.  The sort of thing that gets in the way of music blogging and mixtape-making a bit.

I shall be back to it soon, but in the meantime, this song pretty much sums things up.  Also, Crispy Ambulance are brilliant.  (And they’re playing a gig with Section 25 in September at a pub in downtown London that I’ve got to say is a perfect environment, or was the last time I was in there.  Live nearby?  You’ll not want to miss it.)

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Gordon is a moron.

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gilesdraws:

I’m trying a new style of traditional inking/tones in a FUBAR short for jeff-mccomsey, written by jeyradan. It’s based on Sir Gawain and the Green Knight.

I wrote a sixteen-page story based on Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, which Giles is currently drawing for FUBAR: By the Sword.  When he’s finished, I’ll be lettering it as well.

Sir Gawain himself is based on our mate Simon, who lives in Cambridge and is awesome.

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I’ve been listening to a lot of the Buzzcocks lately.  Not only were they the architects of a scene that changed the landscape of musical subcultures, not only do they sound fantastic even forty years on (how is it forty years?), but they’re a lot cleverer than they’re given credit for, and they always have been.

I’m in love with somebody
I wish somebody loved me too
You may wonder how this concerns you
Well, perhaps the somebody is you

This song’s thirty-six years old, but their most recent release was in 2006, and they’ve got another – frankly, I think, one of their best – coming out this summer.  And they’re touring in both America and Europe, so, y’know… if you can see ‘em, do it.  It’ll be worth it, I promise.

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modernprometheusscience:

After speaking at this Wellcome Trust scientific conference recently, I was offered the chance to write a conference report for Abcam.  It’s gone live now, and I wanted to share it, as it’s quite a privilege to have gotten to do it!  Hopefully, I’ll get to do a lot more of this sort of thing in the future…

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I’ve been working hard on comics lately, and today, two of my projects have gone live on Kickstarter.  I know that, like me, most of my friends are on a tight budget, but if you love comics, love stories that go beyond just “tights and capes,” love art and fantasy and science fiction and independent creators… then maybe one or the other of these fundraisers will interest you!

Torsobear is an anthology based on a “fluffy noir” world of toys where all is not as it seems.  The author’s description says, “Ruxby Bear and Toyburg PD investigate cases of violence, corruption and murder in a city of toys.”  The book’s beautiful and has a wide range of styles, all full-colour and with cool rewards and perks for early backers.  Here it is!

Deviants is a story about superpowers, but it’s nothing like a traditional superhero comic.  The author’s description says, “A diverse young cast of genetically gifted “deviants” struggle to escape their island prison, uncovering dark mysteries in the process."  There’s gorgeous artwork, an intriguing storyline, strong female characters, ethnic diversity, and all kinds of awesome stuff.  Take a look!

Both of these projects are really cool, and I’m thrilled to have been lucky enough to work with such brilliant creative teams.  Please, if you have some spare change lying around, consider backing one of these projects, because I’d like to be able to continue working with them, and because these are some super badass comics you should read!

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A mixtape for my friend Kat, only a shameful three months late.  With thanks to Giles for advising.
Who died and made you king of rock’n’roll?
Forty-two tracks (of course).  Two and a half hours long.  Ska, punk, post-punk, classic, modern, melodic, hardcore, angry, energizing, weird, familiar, uncommon.  Tracklist here.

A mixtape for my friend Kat, only a shameful three months late.  With thanks to Giles for advising.

Who died and made you king of rock’n’roll?

Forty-two tracks (of course).  Two and a half hours long.  Ska, punk, post-punk, classic, modern, melodic, hardcore, angry, energizing, weird, familiar, uncommon.  Tracklist here.

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