Saturday 5 December 2015

Future Fantasteek! No.17 FINISHED

Future Fantasteek! Issue No.17 is ready to go in the envelopes.
This issue is called Photoshop Yourself Happier

More details to follow...

New issue! 'Photoshop Yourself Happier' no.17 is well underway.
I've been experimenting with drawing digitally as well as in my sketchbook with felt pens, for this issue. Kind of remixed photos or another version of collage, if you like.

I love that I can 'undo' drawn lines but the other half of me is saying "why should I undo anything?"
Does digital mean I faff around longer with an image?
I'm not sure yet, but will report back when I've thought about it more.

Here's an example of what I'm on about.
My old paper, my photo, my scribbles...oh my.

Monday 23 November 2015

Future Fantasteek! No.17 well underway

Future Fantasteek! No.17 is coming together, not sure about the cover yet.
I have also been experimenting with drawing on a tablet using the Brushes App and a Jot pen.
So we shall see how that goes...not a replacement for paper, just another 'thing' in the art drawer.

Here's how it's coming along so far, should be ready end of Jan 2016

Thursday 17 September 2015

The Comics Alternative weekly podcast has a review of Future Fantasteek! No.16

Future Fantasteek! No.16 has just been reviewed by:

Screenshot from the Alternative Comics Homepage

"The Comics Alternative is a weekly podcast and blog focused on the world of alternative, independent, and primarily non-superhero comics. (There’s nothing wrong with the superhero genre…we just want to do something different.)" Quote from

PODCAST REVIEW (for Future Fantasteek! scroll to 01.24.20)

Screenshot of the Alternative Comics Podcast page

The 'Two Guys' are Andy Kunka, a Professor of English at the University of South Carolina Sumter, where he teaches courses in literature, film, and comics. And Derek Royal a comics scholar and a professor at the University of Texas at Dallas in their School of Arts, Technology, and Emerging Communication.

Their website has some fab links to further comics research and lots of reviews. Great site for anyone interested in comics and zines and sequential art/narrative.

Monday 24 August 2015

#OpenComics: untold stories - The Guardian

#OpenComics: untold stories – share your comics and graphic art
Call from the Guardian, so I thought I'd share Future Fantasteek!
You can see the submissions here:

"We’re looking for interesting untold stories from around the world. The subject you choose is up to you – we simply want to see stories that you think are important and that are best told through graphic storytelling. It could be a weighty international issue such as freedom of speech and human rights, or it could be a more personal story about your community or something that affects you as an individual."  Witness - Guardian website 

Sunday 29 March 2015

Future Fantasteek! No.16

Future Fantasteek! No.16 to read the whole thing, scroll below here:

Softback zine laser printed in colour on cream and white paper.
A5 size with 20 printed pages, saddle-stitched.
Yellow card cover in laserprint black with hand-stamped red logo.
Includes free 1000 Dollars (for Heaven).
Brighton, Feb 2015, edition size of 30.

More of the same, with pages that are 'loading', error 404 messages and why you love your lanyard more than your job. Google algorithms (I still spelt it wrong), puking cats and reworked book covers.

Friday 20 February 2015

Future Fantasteek! No.7

Softback Zine printed in colour on cream and peach tinted papers, saddle-stitched.
A5 size containing 16 printed pages. Bright yellow card cover with 2 rhinestones.
Issue Seven: Brighton 2009, edition size of fifty.

The 'Damp Research Facilities' have been terribly busy shredding their expenses claims for the last ten years. I mean who’d have thought the public would have gotten knocky about perfectly okay claims for moat-cleaning and second homes, when they’ve all busy thieving handfuls of biros from work. So what if a few deserving Damp Staff want a new telly? Who wouldn’t begrudge them some small comforts? What else? Well Damp Research has proved conclusively that money is vital for happiness and in the spirit of you can never be too happy...keep fiddling the claim forms.

To read the whole thing scroll below here: 

Future Fantasteek! No.8

Softback Zine printed in colour on cream, white and lime tinted papers, saddle-stitched.
A5 size containing 16 printed pages. Red and white pearl card cover with small holographic sticker.
Issue Eight: Brighton 2010, edition size of fifty.

In spite of being out-of-ideas the 'Damp Research Facilities' have filled sketchbooks with pointless drawings for your delectation. As usual the Damp Staff have been out and about eavesdropping on tedious mobile phone conversations, designing products for a better future and trying to get away with passing this off as Art - I mean...honestly! TIME FOR ACTION: What we REALLY need now are some more middle-managers to form a committee, to draw up an agenda, to propose a strategic plan that addresses concerns both real and implied of whoever it was who started this whole thing in the first place.
Pass the biscuits please...

read the whole thing scroll below here:

Future Fantasteek! No.1

Softback Zine printed in greyscale on flourescent lime paper, saddle-stitched.
A5 size with 16 printed pages, with a flexible clear-multilens pvc cover.
Issue one: Brighton 2006, edition size of fifty.

This Zine is full of eveything that’s wrong with modern living, modern people and going to work. It’s a mixture of hand-drawn typographic slogans and advice with curious advertisements thrown in for good measure. Buy an Evil-Pet or a machine for generating Stupid Ideas. The Damp Flat Research Facilities have wasted no time in bringing you the most up to date advice along with plausible excuses that can be profered for any event. Things you need and things you don’t - if you can’t tell ‘em apart... YOU NEED THIS ZINE

To read the whole-darn-thing scroll here: 

Future Fantasteek! No.2

Softback Zine printed in greyscale on fluorescent pink paper, saddle-stitched.
A5 size containing 16 printed pages. Pearl grey/pink cover with 2 glitter shapes.
Issue two: Brighton 2007, edition size of fifty.

The second outing for the 'Damp Research Laboratory' - once the staff were hastily re-hired.
Marvel at the Negativity Negator; find out why "NO" is better than "yes".
Ever wondered why everything is always out of order? Let the Entropy-Go-Round inform you.
How useful is Vitamin O? And another 'bang-on' Masked-Cat truism for your delectation..

To read the whole thing scroll here:

Thursday 19 February 2015

FF no.16 will be appearing at the first Beirut Zine Festival in June

Future Fantasteek! will be making an appearance at the first Beirut Zine Festival, which will be on the 18th June at 18:00 in UTC+03. Artscape Beirut in Beirut, Lebanon.
After the festival Future Fantasteek!  will join the Artscape zine collection - super.

For more details, see the Artscape Poster and link below:

You can now read Future Fantasteek! at Franklin & Marshall College, USA

Copies of Future Fantasteek! Nos. 1, 2, 7, 8, and 16 have just joined the zine collection in
the Shadek-Fackenthal Library at Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, USA


Sunday 8 February 2015

FF16 - nearly in the envelopes!

Issue No.16
"Whatever You Want Cannot Be Found"

Is finished, printed and being stuffed into envelopes as we speak...

The whole zine will be uploaded soon for online readers, in the meantime, if you're a library or zine collection and you'd like a copy email me and I'll see what I can do.

Wednesday 21 January 2015

The British Library are going to archive Future Fantasteek!

Great news! The British Library are going to archive my Future Fantasteek! for the future fantasteek.

The British Library would like to archive the following website:

The British Library would like to archive your website in the UK Web Archive. The UK Web Archive was established in 2004 to capture and archive websites from the UK domain, responding to the challenge of a ‘digital black hole’ in the nation’s memory. It contains specially selected websites that represent different aspects of online life in the UK. We work closely with leading UK institutions to collect and permanently preserve the UK web, and our archive can be seen at