Sunday, 1 August 2021

HotchPotch Issue 6


Hotchpotch Issue 6 is out now on Amazon!

In Sneaky Goblins by Rene Pfitzner young goblin assassin Dank Grapple learns there's nothing more dangerous than a ukulele strumming orc.

In The Last Of The Navel Navigators by Dave Hailwood, Brett Burbridge and Ken Reynolds, Jellybean and his companions stop off at a frozen planet to throw snowballs and take photos.

In Double O Ducky by David Hailwood and Tony Suleri, Ducky takes his new robe duck on a test drive around London, destroying a few landmarks in the process (including parliament. Hurrah!)

All this, and more is available in the full colour 40 page ongoing comic anthology for children, wrapped within a 'Beastly Summer' themed cover by Malcolm Kirk.
 



If you’re a fan of Phoenix Comics, The Beano, Adventure Time, or Hilda then this ongoing comic anthology is for you.


HotchPotch UK Link           HotchPotch US Link




Wednesday, 14 April 2021

Hallowscream! Thrilling Thirteenth Issue Submission Guidelines

 



It's the time of the year when we at Back From The Depths are once again looking for contributors for our freaky free annual pdf horror comic.

 Here are the submission guidelines...



Submissions should be horror orientated and must be weird or spooky to make the final cut.

We are mainly looking for completed comic strips between 1-7 pages in length. Anything already completed is far more likely to make it into the comic.

Script submissions should also preferably be around 1-7 pages in length.

Eerie illustrations and artwork along with interesting horror/comic articles, scary short stories, petrifying poems or anything just plain creepy will also be considered.

To get an idea of the sort of stuff we're after, you can download previous issues of Hallowscream here.

One additional stipulation, same as last year...

IMPORTANT : No stories about global pandemics, please!  Stories containing the living dead are allowed, but the E.C. comics-style vengeful revenants are preferable to the contagion-spreading George Romero types. The last thing we need right now is a comic full of nothing but tales of how difficult it is to find toilet paper during a zombie apocalypse, (don't pretend you didn't think about it). First and foremost we're producers of escapism (quite icky, gruesome horrible escapism at times, but escapism nonetheless), and we feel it's a good idea to lay off certain storylines at least until such time as current events have settled down a bit. I'm sure you'll understand where we're coming from.

If you're looking to illustrate something, get in contact and we'll give you details of available scripts to see if anything suits your fancy.

We'll also consider material previously published elsewhere, as long as the contributors own the copyright.

Completed artwork can be either colour or black and white, and should preferably be A4 (21cm x 29.7cm) 300 dpi jpeg or png.

Submissions can be sent to merjeagles@yahoo.co.uk or ghastlymcnasty@backfromthedepths.co.uk

As this is a non-profit, small press publication, contributors will not be paid but they will retain copyright on any material submitted.





DEADLINES :

Scripts, articles and text submissions :  Saturday 31st July 2021

Artwork :  Saturday 16th October 2021

Completed strips :  Saturday 23rd October 2021.

The finished issue will be available online as a free pdf by October 31st, with a physical copy becoming available via Lulu.com, soon afterwards. You can also keep up to date with Hallowscream news via the Facebook Page.

Sunday, 7 February 2021

HotchPotch Issue 5

Two more pages of my Bizarre Beasties appear among the 40 full-colour pages of HotchPotch issue 5. Blurb and links below... 



Wish granting dragons, plucky goblin assassins, elephant torpedoes and more in this full colour comic anthology for children ages 8+

Double O Ducky
infiltrates the secret underwater lair of Fat Boy Fin and his minions. But can he escape the clutches of their deadly claw snapping Crabmobile?

Ham takes on more than even his mighty appetite can handle when he visits Moose Castle and orders the raging health hazard known as The King Moose Meal, in Ham and Egg by Daniel Arruda Massa.

In the fifth part of The Last Of The Navel Navigators by David Hailwood and Brett Burbridge, Jellybean and his companions navigate to the giant inflatable planet of Bagoolah Bagoon. What’s the worst that could happen...?

All this and more await you inside the fifth thrill-packed issue of Hotchpotch.






If you’re a fan of Phoenix Comics, The Beano, Adventure Time, or Hilda then this ongoing comic anthology is for you.


HotchPotch UK Link                HotchPotch US Link

Saturday, 31 October 2020

Back From The Depths Presents : Hallowscream! Hallowe'en Special 2020

"Last night I dreamt I went to Merjeagles again..."

Vampires! Ghosts! Monsters! Pumpkins! Squiggly things! All these and more can be found within the pages of the latest edition of Hallowscream! Back from the depths once more to fiddle with your fear-centres!

Here Are The Download Links (right click and 'save as') :

Lo-res (rubbish) Version (file size = 21.6mb) :  MEDIAFIRE   DROPBOX

Hi-res (get this one) Version (file size = 69.3mb) :  MEDIAFIRE   DROPBOX

You can also read the issue online at : ISSUU

These are the full contents behind the ghoulishly gothic cover by Malcolm Kirk...

Page 3 : New Neighbour  Story by Rick Perez, Art by Ken Best, Letters by Tim West
Page 7 : The Pumpkin King  Story by Paul Bradford, Art by Randy Valiente
Page 11 : Cartoons (Beasties/Mad Dog)  by Malcolm Kirk
Page 12 : The Paranormal Misadventures of Mr. Cringemeister : Frank Gets A Head In Life  Story & Art by Rick Perez
Page 17 : The Secret of Susan Rand's Garden  Story by Rob Stanley,  Art by Gregory Woronchak, Letters by Toben Racicot
Page 21 : Terror of The Sheep 2 : Chapter 5  Story & Art by Malcolm Kirk   
Page 29 : Bestiary of Beasties :  Dishclothman  by Malcolm Kirk
Page 30 : Bloody Hands  Story by Troy Vevasis, Art by Denis Pacher
Page 33 : Terrorvision Guide  by Malcolm Kirk
Page 34 : Ghost Story  Story by Chris Denton, Art by Ken Best
Page 37 : Empathy For The Dreamer  Story by Kyle Lawrence, Art by Armando C. Rillo Sr., Letters by  Ryan Bielak
Page 44 : A Grim Tale : Nothing To Fear  Story by Malcolm Kirk, Art by Carol Kewley
Page 47 : Deadvertisements  by Malcolm Kirk
...and...
Page 48 : Back Cover Skull  by Malcolm Kirk

Have a horrendously happy Hallowe'en!

Monday, 28 September 2020

HotchPotch Comic Collection 1

Now available to buy on Amazon is this handy new black & white collection of self-contained stuff from the first four issues of HotchPotch, which of course includes the Bizarre Beasties I drew for said issues. Blurb follows...


 
Secret Agent ducks…treasure obsessed goblins…intergalactic child journalists and more in this action packed humorous comic anthology for children.

See plucky young goblin Dank Grapple and his fearless band of adventurers attempt to plunder a dragon’s hoard in Sneaky Goblins by Disney artist Rene Pfitzner.

Watch secret agent Double O Ducky take on ninja cats, Russian bears, android gym teachers, and a planet eating Moon Monster!

Smell child journalist Korrentheus Attenbaur and his faithful photo-droid Jerry, as they attempt to cover an intergalactic baked bean eating championship…with dire consequences!

Hotchpotch Comic Collection 1 pulls together over 100 pages of self-contained comic strips from issues 1-4 of the popular children’s comic, and would make the perfect gift for fans of Phoenix Comics, The Beano, Warhammer or How To Train Your Dragon.

Purchase links below...

Amazon UK               Amazon US


...and you can read about what else is currently available from Biomekazoik Press HERE!



Saturday, 22 August 2020

HotchPotch Issue 4

A couple more pages of my Bizarre Beasties appear within the pages of HotchPotch issue 4. Blurb and links below... 



Underachieving assassins, psychotic android gym teachers, toilet dwelling bog beasts and more in this full colour comic anthology for children ages 8+

Egg must enter a sugary breakfast cereal realm to rescue his friend Ham from the clutches of a vile Leprechaun in Ham and Egg by Daniel Arruda Massa.

Child journalist Korrentheus Attenbaur and his faithful photo droid Jerry are sent on their most dangerous assignment yet: covering an intergalactic baked bean eating championship!

After getting kicked out of assassin school, underachieving goblin Dank Grapple embarks on an epic quest, which will put the fate of everyone he cares about in his tiny green hands, in the first part of Disney artist Rene Pfitzner’s Sneaky Goblins series.

All this and more await you inside the fourth thrill-packed issue of Hotchpotch.

If you’re a fan of Phoenix Comics, The Beano, Warcraft, or Hilda then this comic anthology is for you.


40 pages of glorious full colour, wrapped inside an even more glorious Ham and Egg cover by Daniel Arruda Massa!

Here are the links:


Thursday, 2 April 2020

Hallowscream! Terrifying Twelfth Issue Submission Guidelines


It's the time of the year when we at Back From The Depths are once again looking for contributors for our freaky free annual pdf horror comic, HALLOWSCREAMbut, (just in case you haven't being paying attention), the planet's gone a bit mental this year and we're going to have to add an additional stipulation.

 Here are the submission guidelines...



Submissions should be horror orientated and must be weird or spooky to make the final cut.

We are mainly looking for completed comic strips between 1-7 pages in length. Anything already completed is far more likely to make it into the comic.

Script submissions should also preferably be around 1-7 pages in length.

Eerie illustrations and artwork along with interesting horror/comic articles, scary short stories, petrifying poems or anything just plain creepy will also be considered.

To get an idea of the sort of stuff we're after, you can download previous issues of Hallowscream here.

Now here comes that additional stipulation...

IMPORTANT : No stories about global pandemics, please!  Stories containing the living dead are allowed, but the E.C. comics-style vengeful revenants are preferable to the contagion-spreading George Romero types. The last thing we need right now is a comic full of nothing but tales of how difficult it is to find toilet paper during a zombie apocalypse, (don't pretend you didn't think about it). First and foremost we're producers of escapism (quite icky, gruesome horrible escapism at times, but escapism nonetheless), and we feel it's a good idea to lay off certain storylines at least until such time as current events have settled down a bit. I'm sure you'll understand where we're coming from.

If you're looking to illustrate something, get in contact and we'll give you details of available scripts to see if anything suits your fancy.

We'll also consider material previously published elsewhere, as long as the contributors own the copyright.

Completed artwork can be either colour or black and white, and should preferably be A4 (21cm x 29.7cm) 300 dpi jpeg or png.

Submissions can be sent to merjeagles@yahoo.co.uk or ghastlymcnasty@backfromthedepths.co.uk

As this is a non-profit, small press publication, contributors will not be paid but they will retain copyright on any material submitted.



DEADLINES :

Scripts, articles and text submissions :  Friday 31st July 2020

Artwork : Friday 16th October 2020

Completed strips :  Friday 23rd October 2020.

The finished issue will be available online as a free pdf by October 31st, with a physical copy becoming available via Lulu.com, soon afterwards. You can also keep up to date with Hallowscream news via the Facebook Page.