And We’re Off

Attempting to post with an image from the iPad. The iPad WordPress app seems oddly less smart about this than the iPhone one.

Anyway. I broke ground on my end of WASTELANDERS last night. Which was mostly about getting used to Final Draft again, a screenwriting program that I haven’t spent time with in a while. Also, there’s still some comfort to be found on writing on my new laptop, which is one of those widescreen jobs with a chiclet keyboard. I still feel like I’m missing some screen real estate, and the keyboard is a bit odd (and a bit weird in its layout — the Return key is relatively tiny.) It’s the Lenovo IdeaPad Y580 with the i7 chipset, the FHD screen and the SSD memory cache on top of the 2TB HDD, for those who like to know such things. It seems reliable thus far aside from an occasional issue with the pointer — for some reason, new Lenovos and Flash (and perhaps Chrome) don’t play well together. But it’s better than the complete crash I was getting every time I played YouTube videos on the old machine.

I did leer at Joss’ MacBook Air last week, just because it’s so thin and tiny. But that screen would wreck my eyes in the end. I’d previously considered a Zenbook, for the same reasons, but discarded it, for the same reasons. Also, the demonstration machine crashed when I touched it.

And I’ve just realised that this app isn’t going to let me post the goddamn picture. Maybe when I get past this screen? We’ll see.

So, for the next few weeks, I’m in WASTELANDERS and a couple of other projects that won’t get announced until next year. And pacing around the opening of Next Novel, which is still giving me some trouble. And still peering at comics a bit, in the distance, because I can see one or two things I’d like to do in the future, should I ever find amenable artists. But thinking about that is mostly just mental play, the thing you toss around early in the morning or late in the evening to sharpen the edges of your brain on.

Also keeping half an eye on Thrillbent (which, as a title, still sounds to me like an obscure British gay porn magazine from 1980, sorry guys) and Monkeybrain, which both look to become major webcomics portals over the next year. I find it particularly interesting — and honestly a little odd — that Thrillbent’s teamed with Top Cow to present new work from that publisher, but if it injects new money into Thrillbent so that they can do new and more peculiar work in their free-to-air model, that’ll work out fine for me as a reader. Very curious to see what my old mate John Rogers, of LEVERAGE, eventually does in that comics model. I’m still not sold on The Thrillbent Way, but if they can make it a success, I will happily shut up and read comics.

Okay. Back to work.



Thank you, Marie.


A couple of times over the last year, I did a thing for people who make comics called Three Panels Open.  Literally, a three-panel comic.  The only rules were that it had to be legible at a width of 640 pixels, which is the width of the content bar on this site, and that it had to be three panels long.

Perhaps you’d like to do a three-panel comic to be posted here.  If so, email the image to, and please include your name and the website and/or twitter account you’d like it to be associated with.  Same rules apply: three panels, and it can’t turn to mud when I run it at 640px.  Ideally, it’s a piece of new work, and not just a clip from your current comic. (Though obviously I’m happy to plug said current comic as thanks.)  I’m only going to run the ones I like best, I’m afraid.  However, there’s no time limit on submissions.  Three Panels Open will be a semi-permanent element of the site.