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After planning it for some time, in September 2011 I moved to Brighton, UK to continue my studies and thus I enrolled at the Faculty of Arts at the University of Brighton.
The course itself is not as demanding as I thought it would be, but when the projects amass, then the shit hits the fan and I have to come up with and create loads of preliminary sketches, rough editions of projects and then, after interim crits, final editions, so this is quite time consuming and I have to timemanage myself quite harshly in order to create a schedule to do my comics, music etc.
So, back to comics! Right when I got to Brighton in Septembe 2011, I noticed a flyer that advertised a nationwide graphic novel competition held by Myriad Editions, which had a deadline on October 1st, 2011. Having already begun my Dryland graphic novel (I was at 22 pages at the time), I rushed to greyscale/colour in all the pages and letter them in order to submit it in time! And I did! By November 2011 I was sent an e-mail from Myriad telling me that I was in the top 25 and by Christmas 2011I was told I was in the top 7 finalists. i attended the final event where the winner was announced (as chosen by Bryan Talbot, Ian Rankin, Paul Gravett and other esteemed artists and critics) and I managed to get a lot of great feedback.
After the event I managed to get my stuff together and I self-published the first chapter of Dryland, as DRYLAND Book One///Chapter One and I booked a table at the May 2012 Kapow Comic Con held in London in which I managed to sell quite a few copies and land a deal to have the whole first book/graphic novel published by an esteemed publisher (more on that in the future)!
At the same time as I began drawing Dryland I also started planning my "Tales of The Smiths" graphic novel. It needed a lot of researching, as most of the biographies written about them, as well as The Smiths themselves, contradict one-another in regards to the facts and I need to be as precise as possible. The first episode was published in the back of my DRYLAND Book One///Chapter One comic and the rest of the episodes will be serialised online daily from socomic.gr starting September 3, 2012 and hopefully the rest will be collected and published in a single format graphic novel.
Other than the above stuff, I'm also writing a new concept album that will follow up my previous one and I'm currently rehearsing and gigging with a new band that I put together in Brighton,Ghosts of Future Past, in order to unleash my musical vision upon this world! More news on that wonderful project will be announced in the near futrue! Till then, log onto our Facebook page, Like it and listen to our music and videos! yay!
In the meantime, if and when I find the time I will definitely end my Giant-Size Fascists trilogy comicbook with a third issue, as the series essentially led to my most successful comic to date and I've had people ask all the time when the heck am I going to bring some closure to the darn cliffhanger that ended the second collection.
Well, that's about it! As my life progresses in the UK, I will be updating this entry with more info, images and so on, so keep your eyes peeled on the newspage on the frontpage for updates!
The future is definitely what you make of it.