we go Again! 8 Homes in 12 Years -
last few months have been pretty crazy. We were planning on
moving back to Shropshire, to be closer to family, we thought
that everyone would be a little happier closer together. My
mum and Dad need us right now, and Paisley needs to be around
as many people as possible. But my home town just wasn't right
for my 'other' business. -(the one that actually makes money.)
So, just when we decided to stay, our Landlord goes and makes
the decision for us, and tells us that he's selling the property
we're in. So whattaya know? We're moving again!
my wife and I have shared 8 homes in 5 different towns, and
we've been married for 12 years, and if you asked me why, I
really couldn't say. All I ever needed was one comfortable place
to sit and work on my comics. Is that too much to ask? (Screwy
the short story is, -this has already stopped me working on
Colour of Ivy for a few weeks, and it may get in the way of
Annyseed updates. So you have been warned, I'm sorry.
long story goes like this...
1, May 2005, A student flat in Liverpool. Essentially our first
home together for 1 month
2, 2005-2006 We then stayed at my folks house for 10 months
while we found our feet.
3, 2006-2008 We moved from Shropshire to Kent. This may look
like the cheapest place we ever lived in. But this 1 bedroom
flat, was actually the same price per month as the 3 bedroom
house that I'm sitting in right now. We moved out because it
was being sold.
4, 2008-2010 So many horrible memories here. This place was
right above a cemetery, which was cool. But it was so damp and
mouldy. We moved out because it was horrible and cramped.
5, 2010-2013 After the really horrible experience of living
in home 4 we decided to go all out and pay an extra £200
per month. It was still a 1 bedroom flat. However, felt luxurious
in contrast. We moved out because we were expecting Paisley
and wanted to move back to the Midlands.
6, 2013-2015 Back to the Shire, we were moving up in the world.
Hey, a house! And it was actually cheaper than the first shoddy
flat. We moved out because our Landlord became bankrupt and
wanted to move back in. (Not my cars btw, I can't drive.)
7, 2015-2017 So this is where we are living at this very moment.
It's in the West Midlands and it's where we've had the most
bang for our buck. This large 3 bedroom house costs the same
to rent as our first shoddy 1 bedroom flat! (Shock!) We are
moving because... Well, read the top!
8 ...And here's where we'll be living from December onwards.
Right back to Oakengates, Paisley's original home. Please, please,
please, let us stay for longer than a couple of years! We must
have wasted £4,000 in home removal vans already.
again. I hate the way this gets in the way of comic work, but
I'm afraid I'll have to unplug the computer at some point. Wish
Art Gallery Section + Is my work sexist! - Oct 27/2017
friend of mine took a look at my warrior woman on a llama picture
the other day and asked me,
why don't you draw us large ladies as warriors.'
did answer her straight away, as I used to be her personal trainer,
and reminded her of how she started getting stronger and losing
weight each week.
have to be strong to be a warrior, after all. Same goes for
males, Conan the Barbarian is never out of shape, he wouldn't
last long in the brutal Hyborian age if he had a low lean mass,
and was 40% body fat. No matter what your body type, we all
have the power to be fit, and that's a
all in all this question of hers stopped me in my tracks, it
actually made me question who I was as a person, as a husband
and father of a little girl. As a sensitive guy who gets teary
eyed at certain songs, and does his best to help inspire others
to do their best.
question bothering me was not, 'Why do I not draw overweight
warriors.' That was a given. But, 'Why do I draw women with
their abdomens showing, and cleavage, and huge hips?' In fact
why is the entire comic industry riddled with examples of women
posing in very sexual poses? I remembered taking another female
friend of mine into a comic shop in Liverpool, and she was so
embarrassed by the way the women were drawn on the covers. Even
after I pointed out that the men were all drawn as if they were
on high doses of steroids and growth hormone, carb starved and
on their last day of a cut before going into a bodybuilding
show. - She said fair enough, but I could tell that she still
thought it was wrong.
looked through some of my comic pages. Do I draw women in suggestive
poses? Sometimes, I guess yes, I do.
asked my wife, do you think that some of my artwork is sexist?
Se said you draw what you like, and remember that people have
been making money off drawing naked butts though out history.
- But that still wasn't enough.
looked at other examples and found that there were many people
upset about how the comic industry was so male dominant, (and
was once considered something of a boys club.) But now more
and more women read comics, although, they often like to go
to indie publishers and webcomics to read. As male or female,
they tend to draw more average proportioned women who wear more
clothes. (Shit, I thought, well I'm sorry if I offend anyone.)
I always related to Spider-man as a character, even when I was
out of shape.- It didn't bother me that he was in better shape
than me, (or contorted his body in some of the weirdest ways
know I have female readers, so I guess that they must overlook
it, or even just not see it as a big deal. What strikes me as
I dissect my own work is that most of my male characters also
look quite feminine. In fact the most masculine character in
Annyseed is a monster.
again, why do I draw women so revealingly, and often so curvy?
sells! Yes, but I'm not exactly drawing for money, I would go
back to freelance if I wanted to do that.
want your stories to be seen? Yes, but, Star Wars, Harry Potter
and Lord of the Rings are the most successful franchises in
history, and they didn't need cleavage.
being a man of science, I would put it down to millions of years
of evolution. Women with strong hips could forage for food even
when pregnant. Women naturally get fuller lips and thicker hair
when pregnant too, as to keep the male from wandering off after
the child has been conceived. The revealing stomach is there
to remind the male where his offspring will be stored and nurtured
for the next 9 months, and the breasts, well, they're for the
kid too, obviously. -It's just nature.
draw it because the primitive caveman inside of me is still
there. It's in my genes as a heterosexual male. So I draw what
I feel ashamed? No, it's who I am.
thing is, the first artwork I ever fell in love with was on
the side of a He-man toy box when I was 3 years old.
Artwork by Earl Norem
was the work of Earl Norem, and he had a way of drawing men
hyper masculine, and women hyper feminine. I don't really see
this as sexist. More of a celebration of
are women just objects? No. Intellectually, aside from certain
hormones and chemistry effecting perceptions, (similarly to
alternative neurotypes,) they are the same as men. we are all
of course women are different.
what sort of world do I want my daughter to grow up in? One
where she can be whatever she wants to be, without feeling ashamed.
And the primitive caveman in me will protect her all the way.
finally on Instagram! - Sep 18/2017
Fellow adventurers. I now have a decent
enough mobile phone to connect to Instagram, seriously, my old
one was so old it didn't even recognise how to connect to it...
:S So be sure to Follow Mirrorwood Comics on there for exclusive
behind the scenes photos!
Oh and be sure to show your support on
You Tube, I'll be posting more vids in there too!
The more support I get the more comics
I can make, my biggest appreciation goes out to everyone on
to Push It Up a Notch- Sep 04/2017
Fellow adventurers. I thought I'd do
a quick update on how things are. - Things are still up in smoke,
and life is very unorganized right now. Saying that, however,
I've doubled my efforts to make progress with the comics. So
things are running a little smoother for Mirrorwood Comics than
I imagined. Expect at least one new Annyseed every week, possibly
on a Monday or Friday.
is What Happens To You While You’re Busy Making Other
Plans- Aug 07/2017
Hey everybody! I'm just letting everyone
know how things are right now. There have been delays with page
uploads and although I'm over the moon now that I'm moving forward
with Colour of Ivy. Things are going a little slower than I
want them too. (at least they are going though.) Simply put,
my dad has developed Dementia, my daughter has Autism, and my
wife has social anxiety disorder. So work on Mirrorwood comics
has to come fourth, unfortunately.
I've decided to move the family closer
together, for everyones happiness, and terminate my current
PT business, re-set things up again back in my hometown, Shrewsbury.
So I'm going to be traveling between my parents and my house
every week until we can all move closer to the hometown. I will
take what work I can with me. But I feel this will probably
slow production down a little more. We'll see how things go
though. And I will continue to focus on making the best graphic
novel I can possibly make. Wish me luck!
Hi folks, I have an apology to make for
the lack of continuity with Annyseed uploads. I sometimes fall
behind with updating it, and it's become a little spuraddic.
This is due to the demand of my work and fatherhood. Certain
times of year I find I'm more freed up and less exhausted. But
this is definitely not one of them. As always I will do my very
best to keep pushing the pages on and working towards an awesome
website full of entertainment.
Also if you're wondering, have I altered
the colours in Colour of Ivy, the answer is yes. I decided that
all the night time scenes needed a more moonlight feel so they
have been altered a little. This is definitly the final versions
of Ivy has begun on Patreon- Dec 21/2016
Ladies and Gentlemen, this is the shortest
day of the year, and Colour of Ivy has now begun!
My number one project and one that has
spent the past 20 years with me in pre-production has just started.
Join the adventure by supporting Mirrorwood Comics on Patreon,
and you'll be in for a long magical ride! Read more about it
Mirrorwood Comics YouTube Channel- Dec 12/2016
A brand new Mirrorwood Comics YouTube
Channel is now up. Which will be filling up with loads of vids
on drawing and creating comics! Take a look Here!
...And don't forget to subscibe!
of Ivy is Coming - this Winter Solstice- Oct 10/2016
Colour of Ivy, a project that I first
began to put together way back in October 1996 is finally ready
for the public. I've been re-writing and re-drawing and then
re-writing again. 20 years of work has finally lead me to a
happy place where I feel I can go forward with the telling of
this giant fantasy story.
Join in reading it exclusively on Patreon,
starting December 21st 2016. Just $1 per month minimum patronage
to follow the adventure!
Read more here - Colour
Comic, Evildweeb, is back up- Aug 30/2016
An old comic I did back when I was in
my teens has been added to the Mirrorwood Archive this week.
Here to read!
It's not my greatest work. But I feel
it deserves a place on here. It ends with a- To be continued...
caption. There are actually over 100 pages of Evil Dweeb Inked.
But only the ones on this site have been finished. Whether or
not I return to them at a later date, is probably a no, but
it's not out of the question.
I still haven't printed another batch
of Annyseed Vol 1, but I will sort something out for those that
want a copy. :)
Thirdly I would like to apologise for
not always posting pages up on time. Right now I am juggling
time with my PT business and wife and daughter. I'm going through
the busy years of my life, I think.
News - April 16/2016
Well, to make up for the lack of printed
copies of Annyseed, I've decided to add a couple of Annyseed
T-shirts to my Red Bubble Shop, enjoy!
News - Febuary 20/2016
all 10 copies of the book are now sold and are either with or
shipping to their new owners. However I will sort out a little
pre-order button for a further run somewhere down the line.
Keep watching to stay posted!
News - January 09/2016
Blood of Another Volume 1 has arrived!
the other day I received 10 copies of Annyseed - Blood of Another
Volume 1, which compiles the first 105 pages of the story. It's
nice to see it printed up as a paperback. I've only ordered
10 copies though, so I'm keeping one, and giving a few out to
friends and family. But if you'd like a copy for yourself, please
do not hesitate to order yours today with the button below.
I shall send them out on a first come, first serve basis, and
everyone who orders will receive a signed copy in the post,
along with a bonus phone charm set. All for $22.99 Including
News - December 05/2015
Shape of Things to come.
everybody, I'd like to keep these news feeds semi-regular, so
perhaps every half year is fitting?
been a lot on my mind lately. I have so many stories waiting
to be turned into comics that sometimes I wonder how I'm ever
going to get them all done... Enter my anxiety and frustration.
decided that if I write a little something in here about what's
in the pipeline it should cover both jobs of releasing me from
some of my anxiety and hopefully get you excited about my plans
for the future of Mirrorwood Comics. So here goes!
Annyseed - the Blood of Another - Volume 1 Paperback.
Annyseed - the Blood of Another, is almost complete, and soon,
I'll be making a paperback version of Volume 1 available on
the website in January, which will feature pages 1 to 105, cool
inlay artwork, and a new cover.
only be a small print on demand job, so no barcode or ISBN,
just something for friends, family and fans.
Annyseed's Sequel is currently under production.
right, Annyseed - and the Hive of the Serpent King is slowly
moving forward. It'll be scripted and coloured by myself, S.J.Brown,
Penciled by fantastic artist Nivaldo
Wesley, and Inked by the pixel perfect hand of Cole
Brustad. I'm paying the guy's partially out of my own pocket
and partly with funds raised from your loving donations. Thanks
for all your support!
The Biggest Project I Will Ever Do.
my plans to put together 4 Annyseed titles; once I've finished
Annyseed 1, I'm going to focus my creative skills on my main
project, Colour of Ivy.
much as I would love to keep drawing Annyseed, not much bar
the writing will be done by myself after the first two stories.
You see, there's a nasty little creature that's gnawing at huge
chunk of my soul, and it will not grant me contentment until
I have completed my 700 page epic.
been building the world of Colour of Ivy for the past 20 years
of my life, and there comes a point when you just want to do
something from the heart, for yourself. So whatever it is that's
been putting me off doing it all these years seems to have been
replaced with, yep, you guessed it, more anxiety.
- Something about having a little girl and seeing her grow up
so fast makes you realise your own mortality I guess.
It's time to get to work!
keep up to date with any of my projects, just watch this space!
News - July 13/2015
apology and a story.
A new website for a fresh start.
thanks to all you readers who have not forgotten Annyseed, you've
stuck by it and waited for signs of life for so long it's unbelievable.
Please accept my sincere apologies for such a long wait. It's
been a rough ride trying to get things set so that I can continue.
For those of you new to Annyseed, the webcomic has been out
of commission since August 2013.
read ahead if you'd like to know why.- It all started when my
wife and I had a baby girl, Paisley. During the pregnancy we
moved house... Then our landlady became bankrupt and we had
to move for a second time. On top of this I had been spending
roughly 80 hours a week away from home, building up a business
to support the family; this left little to no time for anything
else. Fortunately, when it came to the second relocation, I
managed to move us just 8 minutes away from where I've been
running my business, (as apposed to 26 miles away such as our
circumstances were after the first move.) knocking down my travel
time significantly, and giving me an extra 2236 hours per year.
what's happening with Annyseed now?
Now, instead of returning to Annyseed right where I left it,
I've decided to give it an overhaul and re-start the whole thing,
right back from the beginning. I feel like I need this in order
for it to feel fresh again, and to get us all back into the
story. (2 years is a long time to put down a book.)
why the new Website?
The same reason.- Life is far too complicated to add even more
complication to it. I wanted the website to be straight to the
point. No rubbish, just a place to read comics.
started things up with the first 3 pages, and will be updating
it every Friday from here on in.
what are the noticeable changes?
new website with the company name, and straight forward layout,
so that there is more focus on the comic.
pages. The pages are virtually twice the size now, so that more
detail can been seen and the reading experience can be more
contrast in the artwork, so that the artwork looks more crisp.
on panels I'm unhappy with.
the only change I've made that might not get 100% approval,
is taking out the red highlights. I've done this because of
the lighter contrast. I didn't want the red to take over the
pages and I didn't want it lighter because it turned from red
to pink. So instead, I've taken it right out.
what do you have planned for the future of Mirrorwood comics?
currently finishing off Annyseed 1, I've also hired two brilliant
artists to work on Annyseed 2 which will be on here right after,
and then there's a further two Annyseed stories in the pipeline.
There are also a number of other projects in the works. Including
my raison d'être, Colour of Ivy.
So things are really looking up from here on in.
Enjoy the new website and the re-mastered comic!