Friday, 31 December 2010

How was your Christmas?

Mine was quite quiet too, but that was exactly what was needed :)

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Monday, 27 December 2010

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How long term are your plans for the Pride? Have you got ideas for an ongoing, or is it a self contained story?

The initial main story for The Pride is just a six issue mini seris. However, new connecting bits and pieces are being added all the time, such as the One Page Primers for each character, and another story that should see the light of day soon.

Ultimately though I could write about these characters and their world forever, and I have a ton of ideas for followup series. Maybe if we get picked up by a big publisher I could do it as an ongoing, but for now it will be one, then possibly a series of mini series'

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Thursday, 23 December 2010

Actually..... Do you like Cher?

Not especially. I like the kitsch value of some of her songs, and I can sing along with about 2, but generally no, I can't say I find her a worthwhile artist.

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Sunday, 19 December 2010

You and I wake up in jail together. Using only 4 words, what do you say to me?

What. Did you. DO?!

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do u have any pets?

Nope, not at the moment. I've grown up with a fair few though, mostly cats. I desperately miss having a pet cat, wish I had one now.

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who would you rather sleep with: jessica alba, gwen stefani or lucy liu?

Umm, you do realise I'm a gay man, yes?

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Monday, 13 December 2010

Wednesday, 8 December 2010

The Pride - FabMan

So, bit by bit, I hope to tell you all a bit more about the characters, with some images and sneak previews along the way.

I'll start with probably the most visible of The Pride's characters, FabMan! Tomorrow's Fabulous Man, Today!

FabMan was born Stephen Wainright to loving parents, and was always aware he was a little different. And for the most part, he was perfectly okay with that.

He's always had an element of pride about him, and when he matured and came out as gay, he came out with a bang.

An awful lot of FabMan's life, character and outward persona became very much about his sexuality and his community. He is, by far, the 'campest' member of The Pride, but also one of the most caring, most genuine, and definitely most flamboyant.

A self-confessed 'gym bunny', Fabs keeps in shape, though his physical state is not the source of his powers. Instead, he's been infused with a powerful force that is an extension of his own pride in himself. His abilities include speed, strength, flight and the ability to generate light and in some cases heat.

Colourful, friendly, and funny, FabMan is the founding member of The Pride, and their defacto PR guy.

Below, you can see some concept art by the incredibly talented Cymon King (website is NSFW), who will be doing a one page Origin story for FabMan as part of The Pride. Above is character design work by series artist, Gavin Mitchell.

That's all I'm willing to reveal so far, for the rest, pick up the book whn it comes out! Keep checking here for further updates and more brief intros to characters.

Monday, 6 December 2010

What's your opinion on the new layouts for Myspace and Facebook?

I have no idea about MySpace I haven't used it in years. As for Facebook...I haven't had much of a play around with it yet, but I think that it could actually be the first positive alteration they have done, EVER! This opinion could yet change

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How's it all going, man?

I am doing very well, if incredibly cold, thanks for asking

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Sunday, 5 December 2010

The Pride

Hey all,

I've decided to take some time out and write an introductory blog to my comic book project, The Pride, written by yours truly (, I meant me....ass!) and with art once again by the excellent and ever impressive Gavin Mitchell.

Basically, the idea for the comic started forming in my head all those years ago, through thedeepest mists of time, when once I, yes, dear reader, I was but a younling of around 16 years of age.

During my formative experiences as a gay man (I know, I didn't know either, it's such a surprise, isn't it?), I also rediscovered my love of all things comic books and superhero mostly in the form of Generation X and the larger X-Men series of comics. Now, these I reckon were really helpful to me, being as they are about people who are different, hated and persecuted because of those differences, and really just want to live their lives, and maybe even do some good while they're here.

But what bugged me even then was that although the characters and their struggles were certainly metaphorically akin to the experiences of the gay community, none of them were actually gay (I had yet to discover Northstar at this time, mostly becausehe wasn't really in much of anything at the time...kind like how he's handled now really). And I wondered, what if there was a superhero team where they were all gay. The X-Men are tied together by a similar experience and nature, and so what if this superhero team were the same; joined together by their mutual sexuality, and wanting to change the world (or it's perceptions at least).

It kind of stayed there, in the back of my head, building, forming, changing and bubbling, but I never really brought it out much as I worried about who would read it. Was there enough of a market for a comic about gay superheroes?

But then two things happened that made me change gears and go for it: firstly, my friend and colleague Drew Davies read the script for the first issue and liked it. He said he got it, and encouraged me to pursue it. This was hugely encouraging because Drew is straight; a straight man read it and liked it.

Secondly, I came to realise that I just wanted to tell the story. So whatever happens, it will be out there. And maybe it'll do well, maybe it won't. But maybe some young guy struggling to come to terms with his sexuality will read it and find characters like he is, and that he can on some level look up to.

So that was kind of my impetus to get cooking with the book. That I wanted it to be a story that anyone can read, regardless of sexuality, gender, whatever, and see something of their own problems in there. See characters that are heroic, funny, powerful, kick-ass and at times vulnerable, that just happen to be gay.

Sure, I will touch on 'gay issues' (this is one of the other things which occassionally bugs me about comics, they have the chance to tackle real issues and sometimes they skirt around them), but hopefully in a way that everyone can understand, relate to, and empaphise with...where they are just 'issues'.

But that's kind of it: that's the ideas that gave birth to The Pride.

Now, I'll let you in on the upcoming plans (*squee* etc etc )

The Pride will have it's first main story arc taking place in a six issue run, probably initially self-published, but I hope that a publisher will pick it up at some point, so I can reach a wider audience. If you work for a publisher and like the sound of what I'm trying to do, I'm happy to pitch.

The first arc is called 'I Need A Hero' and tells the story of Fabman as he forms the titular team, with a mission of just doing some good and hopefully changing how their seen in a world where LGBT heroes are treated ever so slightly like a joke. I promise comedy, drama and action, because that is when a comic is at it's best.

Hopefully, the first issue can be seen at some time in 2011.

As a primer for the series, there will be a six-page primer story that I'm gonna keep my hat on a little longer. I was recently inspired to tell this tale, and I think Gav's putting some great work into it, so I'm hoping you'll all like it.

Finally, again as a primer, each character will be getting a one page Origin or Primer story, to help people get a feel for the characters and touch on their origins. Each of these will be handled by a different artist, and I'll reveal each as I reveal more about the characters in the coming weeks.

Hopefully, these will make up a small Primer issue, that will be released at the Cardiff International Comic Expo on February 26th 2011.

As always, for more updates on the comic, stay tuned to and press the 'Like' button.

Well, that's it for tonight! Bye for now! x

If I was to say to you that Commander Worf's head looks like a fanny, would you join me in a laugh?

If I was to say to you that Commander Worf's head looks like a fanny, would you join me in a laugh?

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How can one tell one has become old?

I think it's when you start using the phrase 'Back in my day'...I started doing that when I was 16...I think even the old people are getting younger....back in my day, the old were just old!

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Saturday, 4 December 2010

Ask me anything, about me, my comics, or just randomness. I'll give you your answer