Batman vs Superman vs ?????

You all know how well connected I am. Yes you do. Yes you do. I got the Hollywood connections, I got the superstar connections, the music people and the – I got the Hollywood connections yeah I do. Anyway, yeah, I’ve found out who the suprise villain is in the upcoming Batman vs Superman film.


Naughty ATM #1

Finally, after years of legal wrangling I’ve secured the rights for all works of my great uncle Luther Samjam. This does, of course, include the legendary strip ‘Naughty ATM’. It’s been so long since this comic has been in print that it’s hard to remember that back in the 80’s it was a worldwide sensation, with T-shirts, books, animations and even a major Hollywood blockbuster (with Emilio Estevez playing the part of Naughty ATM)

So to celebrate I’m proud to present the first ever Naughty ATM comic strip – first published in ATM Monthly (Britain’s Most Popular Monthly ATM Magazine) in December 1983.


Change It Up Week 13 – Music to my ears

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“Before the podcast, before computer games and back to back episodes of Breaking Bad on Netflix people used to entertain themselves with music.”

“Moo-sick? Was that watching cows vomit Grandad? Was that what you did in the weird old days before going out to drink all the world’s petrol every evening?”

“Listen, you idiot. Music is a thing of beauty, and I’ll tell you a story of someone who nearly lost sight of that beautiful truth”

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First Year of Writing – Learnings

I’ve been writing all my life. Fighting for little scraps of time here and there to get stuff produced. But in many ways I think of this year as my first true year of writing.

This year I’ve had at least one day a week to dedicate to writing and it’s wonderful. It’s also frightening and depressing. I feel like I’m still learning my way, and I get the impression that I’ll always be learning my way. That’s no bad thing.

But here’s what I’ve learnt in Year One.

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Change It Up Week 12 – Write a Song

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A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away I used to get up on various stages in London and wield one of those electronic guitar thingies and scream into the microphone about girls, love, religion, popcorn, my new shoes (no – hang on that’s Paolo Nutini) and other rock and roll things.

It was a great, exciting, drunken part of my life that stopped because –  life, innit. I wrote my last song at the age of twenty-four and played my last gig at the age of twenty-five. After that, it was drinking bottles of whisky and telling my former band members that I was retired, no matter how much they begged me to come back.

So after sobering up, wiping the dust off my rusty guitar and going through an intensive training course did I manage to produce a Bohemian Rhapsody?  Or was it a Bohemian Crapsody? (sorry)

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Happy New Ye – what?!? It’s the 20th Jan already!

I’ve been absent from for a couple of months, mainly due to working extra hours and giving myself a month off from writing. Hmm – when I write the words ‘take a month off from writing’ I get a flash image of a deep, sad, pale poet who has to take time away from his art because it is killing him and getting in the way of his serious drink problem (This same poet has only written five words of his Opus Magnus as well). Ok, ok – that is not what I mean by taking some time off. My time off was just to give me time to sort out some incredibly boring mundane jobs. You know – life stuff.

But now we’re nearly through January and I temporarily lost my writing mojo because I deliberately put it down and thought it would be easy to pick back up again. I was wrong about that.  It’s back now, but it’s a little bit sensitive and damaged. I won’t neglect it again.

So hello 2014, you look very exciting and chipper! I’ve got my pens ready and a billion sheets of blank paper I want to fill up with exciting new ideas.