The Butcher returns

March 15, 2019

Been a long 10 years since my last post, what have i done with myself, read lots, watched lots, been to Thailand and got a new love of LitRPG books.


So for my first return post here is a beauty.


First of a little disclaimer I count Dave as one of my friends and I have appeared in his second dark elf book.

K Shadow Sun Survival. see below for the release blurb


How well would you fare if the apocalypse fell upon you? Could you survive more than a few days? Would you be able to feed yourself? Find clean water? Safe shelter? Heal your wounds?

Allistor is a gamer geek who has spent most of his life indoors, playing virtual reality MMORPGS and reading classic LitRPG books. But when Earth is seized by an ancient race wielding incredibly advanced tech, who transport the entire planet to a new location with twin suns, he finds himself fighting to survive in real life. The human race is declared a contaminant, and the new overlords decree that 90% of us will be exterminated. Creatures out of myth and legend are sent to do the killing. Dragons, titans, alien creatures big and small, all with a hunger for human flesh. Humans who survive the first year will be rewarded.

After seeing his family killed in the first week, Allistor leads a small group of survivors in their struggle to stay alive. Not satisfied with simple survival, he strives to make himself and his people stronger. The new ‘magic’ RPG system that now governs the planet is something he can work with, and teach others to exploit. Thrust into a leadership position, and with vengeance in his heart, Allistor aims to establish a stronghold, then take the fight to the monsters who seek to enslave his people.


Ok so without spoilers lets do this. Starts off with a bang and similarities to Tao Wongs cities on fire series. But while there as some things that bring them close its Dave’s ability to make you care for the characters, he is a world former, Tolkien crafted great visions that were grand and sweeping, Dave drags the reader into the adventure you are there for every shock and every joy, tears have been shed reading his previous series the Greystone Chronicles and I am glad to say that this is a worthy addition to his expanding stable. Nice world building elements for those of you litrpg fans, also quite character heavy and a few nods to other authors and genre tropes and also some nice waves to World of Warcraft.


Roll on book 2


Breaking News From Markosia

August 2, 2009



With the first issue of “The Dark”, the new science fiction mini series from Markosia, due to hit iTunes in mid-August, a new trailer for the series has been released on You Tube.

Click here to view the trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JoBRC99qn3k

For further details on The Dark, please see the attached press release or visit http://www.thedarkcomicbook.com

Please send any questions or queries to harry@markosia.com and chris@planetofthepenguins.com

Thanks in advance for your interest in “The Dark”


Coming soon 2

July 20, 2009

and another



Coming Soon

July 20, 2009

Films that I am looking forward to


check it out it looks fun and good viewing


Prague and all the Jazz

June 9, 2009

Well as some of you know i have recently been to prague, for those that know me I don’t tend to do a lot of sight seeing but I do tend to drink a lot of beer. I was looking forward to going to the marquis de sade but when i got there i found that it had closed and been replaced by the buddha bar. Feeling quite let down I came across o’che’s a cracking little slice of pure drinkers heaven. This bar is just of karlova and has both the best staff and quite probably the best craic that I have ever experienced. From the owner Gordon who is a very funny bloke and a generous host down to the regulars in particular Manuel El Grande Cassino. These are people that make you feel welcome and probably made my trip a very memorable one indeed


T Minus 7 days

May 1, 2009

The party and convention we all wait for all year is literally just around the corner. Mike should be congratulated in lean times like this for being able to put on a show full stop. The Cardiff Crew will be holding a party on friday feel free to drop by.


Bristol International Comic Expo 2009-Friday Night

April 28, 2009

For those that are there early, we will probably be having a quiet( yeah right ) drink or two in the mercure. If last year is anything to go by we’ll start at the Ramada then head down to the mercure. If you want to join up with us let us know and we’ll all have a party


Monkeys with Machineguns Press release for Bristol International Comics Expo 2009

April 26, 2009

For Immediate Release


Monkeys with Machineguns are producing an extremely limited number of promotional comic books to accompany the Monkeys with Machineguns Live event at the Small Press Expo in Bristol on May 9th.

While stocks last anyone buying a unique, one off illustrated short story from Chris and Stu will receive it mounted inside a copy of the limited edition twenty page book. Featuring not only an eight page preview of their upcoming book “The Magpye”, being published by Markosia, but also a full colour eight page preview of a brand new secret project, this is an opportunity for those taking part in Monkeys with Machineguns Live to own a small part of the future of comic book history.

For those not in the know, the Magpye is a “supernatural superhero psychological horror story”, a genre-bending tale of an amnesiac vigilante charged with defending mankind from monsters, creatures, and things that lurk in the dark whilst being haunted, and sometimes hounded, by the ghosts of his fallen predecessors. When the Magpye’s identity is finally revealed however, he may have to face the worst monster of all … himself.

As for the secret project … the details of that will be revealed at the show!

And keep a close eye on the day as the Butcher may well be appearing in comic format


Machette given green light

April 26, 2009


The mock trailer from Grindhouse has finally been given the green light. Robert Rodriguez has finally agreed to do it. Also he has been lined up to do the re-boot of Predator.


Labour the party of broken promises

April 25, 2009

Despite numerous promises and prominent European leaders stating that the treaty that Gormless Gordon and his chums have signed us up to being essentially the same as what Gormless promised us a referendum on I thought I would contact my MP. Mr Chris Bryant, below is my letter and below that his reply. The sooner this morally inept bunch are out of power the better.

Dear Chris Bryant,

As My Mp I would like to know your stance on the failed promise of the
Labour Government to give the people of the United Kingdom a referendum
on Europe. I wonder on your stance when Labour MP Alice Mahon stated
that part of the reason for her resignation was the governments failure
to live up to it’s promise under the election manifesto.

As I remember all major parties agreed that they would hold a
referendum on something so momentous for everyone in Britain yet we are
refused access to this.

I would also like to point out that as people are getting more and more
frustrated by the Labour establishments failure to deliver on it’s
promises that this may well be a deciding factor in upcoming elections.

The Government keeps telling us that this is nothing like the EU
constitution but other European Leaders have said that this is so. Why
is the Labour party so afraid of giving it’s electorate the chance to
make it’s own mind up

I eagerly await your reply.

Yours sincerely,

Richard Griffiths.

Dear Richard
I’m afraid I disagree with you – and I do not believe we should be
having a referendum, a point I have made for several years now.  I do
not believe that referendums are a proper way of consulting the public
as they undermine the democratic parliamentary process. I know it seems
like nit-picking but our commitment was to a referendum on the
Constitutional Treaty.  This was rejected by two countries and is
therefore no longer being considered.  The rather different Lisbon
Treaty is now before us and I think it is a good deal for Britain.  We
never held referendums on the Maastricht, Amsterdam or Nice Treaties and
I think one would be inappropriate now.
I am sorry to disappoint you yet further.
Yours truly, Chris


Britains Shame

April 25, 2009

Speak to any either serving or former soldier and ask what a Gurkha is.

“They are the epitiome of honour and courage, men who are willing to lay down their lives for their comrades and too often for a country not their own”

Well the Labour government brought shame once again to Britain yesterday with the despicable ruling on the Gurkha’s. At a time when so many migrants that come here come here just for the benefits that they get so easily, we turn our back on men that have fought and been wounded in service to this country.

Any man who pulls on this countrys uniform should be entitled if they so wish to call themselves British. I have always been proud of my country until now.


Cymru Con

March 28, 2009

As I am sure most of you have heard Cymru Con Had to be cancelled this year. It was a combination of many factors, I’d like to just blame the economic crisis but that was the tip of the iceberg. My family is also under a lot of stress with my mother undergoing her radiotherapy. I would like to take this opportunity to thank Iz and Dan for their tireless support and unmatched enthusiasm. I’d also like to thank those people who had committed the artists and writers that make all us comic fans turn up at conventions and lastly and by no means least I’d like to thank all the fans that were going to turn up


Cla$$war Volume One

March 28, 2009

I’ve heard so much about Classwar, and it’s written by someone who used to shop in the same comic store I do. So when I heard that it was being collected, I placed an order. I have to say if you haven’t read Cla$$war then order it quick. Do you remember how good the Ultimates volume one was. Yeah you heard me before they tumbled down the track and it became the car crash that ended with Mr Loeb. Well Cla$$war is as good if not better than that. It had me engrossed from cover to cover and I can’t wait for volume two. Keep up the good work Rob


Jericho picked up by Devils Due Publishing

March 10, 2009

Surfing the net and was amazed and secretly please by the news on newsarama


Now I am excited about this and i hope that the loyal fans of Jericho will pick this up, it will pick up right from the end of series 2


Watching the Watchman

March 1, 2009

Well I’m probably gonna get lots of flack for this but I was so excited waiting for this to come out. Then reality set in and I watched it expecting the mother of all movies. I am so sorry that i went back on my word to wait for the DVD. I have to say thank you to my friend Dan for getting me tickets to go and watch it in London yesterday, it did add something I suppose to sit in a cinema drinking champagne but that was really the highlight of the film.

Well perhaps i should have tried harder to understand the graphic novel as i left the cinema feeling distinctly underwhelmed. Highlights Jackie Earle Hadley as Rorschach, fantastic portrayal. Jeffrey Dean Morgan as the Comedian was also inspired casting.

Downsides too many to mention, the most laughable sex scene since Sharon Stone graced our screens.  Ozymandias was dire and  Billy Crudrup as Doctor Manhattan should now get a job advertising jumbo sized Trojans if that wasn’t a prosthetic. If you’ve read the graphic novel he looks like a greek statue (and if you’ve seen the nude greek statues you know what I mean)

I have to be fair though I will watch it and buy it on DVD but really not impressed. It’s almost like it tries too hard then fails on most counts


Sad time for the Camerons

February 25, 2009

David Cameron leader of the Conservative party today had the most tragic news that any father hopes never to hear. His son Ivan passed away at the age of 6. No parent should or could forsee outliving their progeny and as someone who has lost a child during a girlfriends pregnancy I can only imagine what the Camerons are going through.

The Butchers thoughts are with the Camerons and their Children


My Latest Commision

February 17, 2009

The good thing about knowing so many talented people is the opportunity to get some really great commisions done. I had the pleasure of speaking to a talented artist Jimmy Bott and he created the following for me.


Jimmy is very approachable and if you can fire his creative cells up then he will produce work like the above for you


Tribute to Canadian Forces

February 16, 2009

watch the video it’s amazing then read below http://www.facebook.com/pages/British-Army/32354397641?ref=nf#/video/video.php?v=130308945857&oid=32354397641

Canada joined a U.S.-led coalition in the 2001 Attack on Afghanistan working side by side with the American 101st Airborne Division and U.S Special Operations. The war was a response to the September 11, 2001 Terrorist Attacks in the United States which left 3000 killed including 28 Canadians, with the goal to defeat the Taliban government and rout Al-Qaeda. Canada sent Joint Task Force-2 the Canadian Forces elite secretive Special Operations Force and more than 1000 combat arms ground troops to the conflict. In this war, a Canadian sniper set the world record for longest distance kill 2,430 meters (2,657 yd, or 1.51 miles while saving US Ground forces being ambushed. Doing so immortalized the Canadian sniper team as the world’s best and the U.S Government awarded the team the US Armed Forces Bronze Star. On April 18, 2002, a friendly fire incident caused Canadian casualties when an American F-16 jet dropped a laser-guided 227-kilogram (500 lb) bomb on the Canadians who were conducting a night firing exercise at Tarnak Farms, near Kandahar, Afghanistan.. The PPCLI soldiers were conducting night-time training on a designated live-fire range, and the American U.S. Air National Guard pilots claim they mistook their gunfire for a Taliban insurgent attack after returning at night from a 10-hour patrol, at 23,000 feet (7,000 m). Four Canadians were killed and eight were wounded in the bombing. The radio logs show that the American pilot requested permission from flight control (AWACS) to fire his 20 mm cannons at what he believed to be an anti-aircraft or Multiple Launch Rocket System below. He received the response: “hold fire.” Four seconds later, the pilot said he was “rolling in, in self defense.” He dropped a laser-guided bomb thirty-five seconds later. The pilot then said “I hope I did the right thing.” Minutes later, the AWACS responded with “Friendlies, Kandahar.” In early 2003 Canadian JTF2 Special Operations Soldiers were photographed taking Afghan prisoners which was the first time most Canadians and many in Canadian Government had heard or seen of them. After the war, Canada formed an important part of the NATO-led stabilization force, ISAF. In November 2005, Canadian military participation shifted from ISAF in Kabul to Operation Archer, a part of Operation Enduring Freedom in and around Kandahar Southern Afghanistan which has seen some of the hardest battles to date. Canada rotates a force of 2500 to 3000 soldiers every 6 months and as of January, 31 2009, 108 Canadian soldiers, 1 Canadian diplomat and 3 Canadian Female Aid Workers, have been killed in Afghanistan. On May 17, 2006, Captain Nichola Goddard of the Royal Canadian Horse Artillery became Canada’s first female combat arms casualty. Canada has suffered the third highest absolute number of loss of life of any nation among the foreign military participants. In 2006, the Canadian government committed a squadron of Leopard tanks and an additional 200 to 500 troops to Afghanistan. Canada was the first nation to deploy armour to Afghanistan. One of the most notable battles that the Canadian Forces have fought in Afghanistan thus far is the Canadian-led Operation Medusa in which the second battle of Panjwaii was fought involving The Royal Canadian Regiment and Royal Canadian Dragoons which saw the most severe fighting of the two battles of the Panjwaii, 12 Canadian soldiers died in combat in the campaign, five during the major combat operations, five in bombings and two in a mortar/rpg attack during the reconstruction phase of the operation. 14 British military personnel were also killed when their plane crashed. In addition an American Army adviser for the Afghan National Army was killed during the major combat operations; Canadian and other forces killed 512 Taliban fighters and captured 136. Canada was also the main allied combatant in the first battle of Panjwaii where Taliban forces decided to dig in and fight for control of this area in the mud wall complexes, this battle was with the Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry which saw a Canadian soldier killed in action. Canadian troops have taken on an extended role in combat operations in southern Afghanistan, meeting Taliban forces in open conflict. The Canadian mission to Afghanistan is scheduled to end in February 2011, but there is divisive debate in Canada as to whether the mission should and could be extended much longer.


News for Bristol International Comic expo 2009

January 22, 2009

Kevin O’Neill has confirmed that he will come to Bristol to sign the first volume of The League of Extraordinarty Gentlemen: Century.

with Expo thanks to TOP SHELF & KNOCKABOUT.

This is the first convention he has been to for years, this century in fact ( bad pun sorry! )




January 17, 2009

Now without wishing to cloud any ones feelings on the film. I have to say I preferred Night of the Generals. Ever Since Cruises Manic performance and his over eager preaching about Scientology his stock has gone down for me. How a religious fanatic can be lined up to portray one of the few true hero’s that Germany had during world war 2 is beyond me. How Tom “I am the Messiah after obamamessiah” Cruise can be taken with any credibility is beyond any stretch of credibility. That saying It’s a nice film, if only it didn’t have a Tom in it