From the creator of Pre-Apocalyptic Blues: Mandatory Upgrade – X Marks the Spot

It’s been some time since I last wrote for this blog, and though I’ve occasionally thought of revisiting the world of Pre-Apocalyptic Blues, it has yet to be the right time. But! For those who enjoyed the cyberpunk antics of Simon, Trent, and friends, another project of mine may be right up your alley.

I’ve been busy creating a new cyberpunk flavoured tabletop role-playing game called Mandatory Upgrade. As a part of that, I’ve teamed up with One More Story Games to create an interactive story game based in the world of Mandatory Upgrade. This game is called X Marks the Spot and it has been recently released to their Story World platform. You can find out more details by checking out the press release and the X Marks the Spot page on my website.

I’d love it if you’d check out my game and let me know what you think. If you were a fan of the webcomic, I think you’ll appreciate this game. It’s a little more on the dramatic side, but still lightly sprinkled with my particular brand of humour, plus gobs of future-tech. Try the demo and if you like what you see you can purchase the full game on Story World. Thanks in advance for your support!

The State of the Comic Address

I only put on this outfit for special occasions, like important speeches and weekend brunches.

I’m gonna be straight with you: I’m super busy right now. Along with my current full-time contract, I’m involved with a bunch of other projects that are taking up my time. The good news is that these projects all revolve around game writing, which I love. The bad news is that I don’t have as much time to put into this comic, which I also love. What this means for the near future (and recent past) is that Pre-Apocalyptic Blues will be updated in a more sporadic manner i.e. not every Monday.

So the best way for you to get the new comics when they do get posted is to subscribe for email updates via the widget in the right hand menu, Like the Facebook page, or follow the Twitter feed.

If you’re interested in checking out the other things that I do, I’m in the process of creating a website for my company Ironic Iconic Studios and I’ll be posting a link to that shortly. In the meantime, you can check out my needing-to-be-updated portfolio.

The Possibilities Are Endless, Really

Huzzah! A new comic at last! After being over-burdened with work and too many projects sapping away my time and energy, I finally managed to rearrange my schedule enough to continue the story I began so long ago. It all started with this comic in July in case you’re new to the comic. Hopefully things remain less crazy so that I can keep to a regular release schedule. Probably not, but who needs sleep anyway?

Like a Decapitated Domesticated Fowl

Not sure why you're looking in there. I only post on the Interwebs!

Greetings All,

Some of you may be wondering why there hasn’t been any updates of comic goodness as of late. Unfortunately, some of the projects that I am working on have demanded the lion’s share of my waking hours, and so I have little time for anything else including producing new entries of Pre-Apocalyptic Blues. No one is more bothered by this than I. However, there is a light at the end of the tunnel, in that one of my time-sinks will be finished by the end of the month. This particular project is a workshop that I am preparing for the International Conference of Interactive Digital Storytelling (or ICIDS) which is being held in Vancouver, BC this year. I’m pretty excited about the whole thing and I hope that you will forgive the lack of comics in light of the coolness of this project. If you can’t make it to the conference yourself, I’ll tell you all about it afterwards. In the meantime, I will post new comics when I get the chance and we should be back to a more regular schedule soon. As those drunk ol’ boys Bartles and Jaymes say: Thanks for your support.



Steve Rolston

Ghost Projekt Cover

Today I had the distinct pleasure of meeting artist Steve Rolston at a signing at Legends Comics in Victoria. Steve is probably best known for his work illustrating the first four issues of Greg Rucka’s Eisner Award winning series espionage series, Queen & Country. He has also worked on such varied titles as Emiko Superstar, Pounded, Mek, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, The Escapists, Degrassi and the supernatural thriller Ghost Projekt, not to mention One Fine Day: a graphic novel which he wrote as well as illustrated. I thoroughly enjoyed chatting with the amiable Steve Rolston and he was kind enough to not only answer some questions that I had but also to sign copies of Mek and The Escapists for me. Steve will be staying in Victoria for another day to attend Sunday’s VIMACS II event at Pearkes Field House at Tillicum Mall, so if you missed him at Legends today then you’ll be able to meet him there tomorrow. I highly recommend that you do so as you’ll not only be supporting a great Canadian artist but a nice guy as well.

A Good Time, Not a Long Time…

As part of the ongoing conga line of changes here at Pre-Apocalyptic Blues HQ, I have to announce that the last posted comic, Lifetime Piling Up, will be the final one with Colin Rutherford as captain at the helm of the Art Boat. In his short time here he has charmed us with his clean, retro style and he will be missed. However, if you start missing him too much and can’t get anything productive done then fear not! You can still find him at his portfolio site where he regularly produces artwork for your enjoyment.

Pre-Apocalyptic Blues will continue delivering weekly wordy wonders to entertain and enlighten. We have some more great guest artists lined up for the coming weeks and we’re always on the lookout for more. So if you would like to contribute your own talents,  don’t be shy, get in touch. Drop us a message at preapoccomic[at]gmail[dot]com.

Sounding the Call for Artists

As you may be aware, there have been some changes to Pre-Apocalyptic Blues recently, not the least of which has been the addition of Colin Rutherford as artist. Colin has been able to take the comic in a different direction with his own unique style of artwork to the enjoyment of all. Unfortunately, Colin has found that other projects will soon be taking up more of his time and he won’t be able to continue creating comics for us as regularly as we would like.

So we’re putting a call out to artists. Who wants to join in the fun? Whether you are interested in contributing artwork for regular strips or just the occasional guest strip, get in touch. If you have a friend that might be interested, send them our way. Ultimately, we’d love to get enough involvement from creative folks to keep Pre-Apocalyptic Blues going with solid, schedule of strips weekly, but there’s nothing saying that we can’t do more than that as well.

We’ve already planned a few surprises for the coming weeks, but we’d love to have more, and we love to have you be a part of it.

Please direct all messages to preapoccomic[at]gmail[dot]com.

Thank you.


Set off for Offset!

It brings me great glee to introduce the new webcomic project by Kevin Macintyre: Offset. When Kevin was artbot prime for Pre-Apocalyptic Blues he was tireless in his efforts to deliver the funny to the masses and he continues that fine tradition with a comic of his own devising. With Offset, Kevin features the wacky world of graphic design and the joys and extreme agonies of dealing with persnickety clients, something many of us can definitely relate to. Without further delay, I recommend that you click on over to Offset Comics, or you may regret it for the rest of your natural/unnatural life!