Friday, 3 June 2022

HotchPotch Issue 8


Hotchpotch Issue 8 is out now on Amazon!

Cheese Toastie eating zombies, mushy maggots with ketchup, scrappy goblin assassins, death by nuclear penguin apocalypse, and more in this full colour comic anthology for children age 8+

Zombies stop by for tea, after another of Mag’s experiments goes dreadfully wrong in Mag, Scientist by Malcolm Kirk.

Double O Ducky and Agent Stamper attempt to save the world from the villainous Blubbermonger’s latest evil scheme, which involves…exploding penguins!

Young goblin assassin Dank Grapple and his companions face endless perils on their quest to steal a powerful relic from an elf city in part 5 of Sneaky Goblins by Rene Pfitzner.

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

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


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

Monday, 2 May 2022

Hallowscream! Phantasmagorical Fourteenth 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, HALLOWSCREAM, so 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.

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 29th July 2022

Artwork : Saturday 15th October 2022

Completed strips : Saturday 22nd October 2022.

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

Tuesday, 21 December 2021

HotchPotch Issue 7



Hotchpotch Issue 7 is out now on Amazon!
When Mag is given a chemistry set for her eighth birthday she immediately sets about creating chaos in Mag, Scientist by Malcolm Kirk.
Double O Ducky and his elephant headed partner race to wrestle control of the Queen’s new zeppelin, Floaty McFloatface, from the hands of evil mecha-monkeys.
In the seventh part of The Last Of The Navel Navigators by David Hailwood and Brett Burbridge, Jellybean and his friends explore a hazardous carnival inside a demon’s stomach.
Rampaging orc bards, deadly dodgems of death, flying monkeys in biplanes...All this and more await you inside the seventh thrill-packed issue of Hotchpotch behind a Magnificent cover by Neil Alexander!




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



 

Sunday, 31 October 2021

Back From The Depths Presents : Hallowscream! Hallowe'en Special 2021

Be kind, please rewind.



Unlucky for some! It lives again! Hallowscream has returned once more with a thrilling thirteenth issue filled with the usual frights, scares and horrible wriggly things.

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

Lo-res (rubbish) Version (file size = 19.2mb) :  MEDIAFIRE   DROPBOX

Hi-res (get this one) Version (file size = 61.2mb) :  MEDIAFIRE   DROPBOX

You can also read the issue online at : ISSUU

These are the full contents behind the viciously videoish cover by Malcolm Kirk...

Page 3 : Magic Worms  Story by John Crowther, Art by Dell Barras, Colours by Geri Lou Smith, Letters by Hector Negrete
    
Page 7 : No Pain, No Gain  Story by Chris Redfern, Art by Ciaran Duke
    
Page 8 : Terrorvision Guide  by Malcolm Kirk
          
Page 9 : Made For Each Other  Story by Tim West, Art by Stephany Lein
     
Page 11 : Deadvertisements by Malcolm Kirk  

Page 12 : A Grim Tale : Video Nasties  Story & Art by Malcolm Kirk
              
Page 15 : Motel Monster  Story by Danial O' Brien, Art by Pyrink
    
Page 23 : Grim Gallery : Peter Lorre  by Carol Kewley
      
Page 24 : High Seas : Undead People  Story by Paul Bradford, Art by Matt Olson
    
Page 27 : The Knife of Death  Story by Troy Vevasis, Art by Denis Pacher
           
Page 29 : Deadvertisements  by Malcolm Kirk
     
Page 30 : Tunnel Vision  Story by Jason D. Brawn, Art by Ken Best
       
Page 37 : A Terror of The Sheep 2 : Chapters 6-8  Story & Art by Malcolm Kirk
       
Page 47 : Deadvertisements  by Malcolm Kirk
  
Page 48 : Back Cover Skull  by Malcolm Kirk

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