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Steve Ince, freelance writer and game designer, posts thoughts and comments on these two meaningful aspects of his life.

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Sunday, January 03, 2010

Mitchell update

I've just posted a new Mitchell cartoon.

I'd previously been posting twice a week on Mondays and Fridays, but I've decided to increase this to three times a week and will be possting on Sundays, Tuesdays and Fridays. The natural thing might bave been to post on Mon-Wed-Fri, but this would have clashed with Mr. Smoozles on Wednesdays.

I've also updated Story to Nowhere with a new episode. I'm sorry that there has been no update over the holiday period, but it seemed to clash with my general mood.

As always, any feedback greatfully received.

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Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Charlie the Intelligent Custard

I've just posted another in the series, The Life and Times of Charlie the Intelligent Custard.

I'm not sure it's quite working as well as it could do, so I want everyone to help. If you have a great idea for something Charlie could be thinking (keep it short and pithy) then drop me a line and I'll put it up and give you the credit you deserve. You will keep the copyright for the text and I'll e-mail you a high-res version in case you want to print it out. Send as many or as few as you like. If I get plenty of suggestions sent to me I'll do an update every day. If I get tons of great suggestions then I may update even more regularly.

You can send my your suggestions here: steve at steve-ince.co.uk (obviously tweaking the address so it makes sense).

If you're an artist and want to draw your own version of Charlie, then please do so and I'll post that on the Charlie pages, too. You will keep the copyright for your image (though the overall copyright on the character remains mine) and use it on your own site or how you see fit. You must remember, though, that the point of Charlie is that he is just custard and having him singing and dancing won't quite fit with that. Unless, of course, your idea is so brilliant it makes perfect sense.

If you have any other cool ideas of how to have fun with Charlie (remembering that he's custard) then let me know. Let's make this a great joint venture.

If you want to keep up with what's happening with this and my other comics and cartoons, you can always follow me on Twitter.

I look forward to receiving all your great Charlie ideas.

Edit: Of course, anything that's abusive or of a very questionable nature will not be considered, but I'm sure that common sense will prevail.

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Friday, December 18, 2009

New Mitchell cartoon

This morning I posted the fourth of my new Mitchell cartoons. I'm currently updating on Mondays and Fridays but may increase this in the new year to three times a week. I currently have ideas written down for about 40 cartoons, which will keep me going for a little while.

I've also been updating Story to Nowhere regularly and the latest episode can be found here, which is episode 66.

Mr. Smoozles continues on its regular weekly updates with art still done by my talented friend, Stefano. The changes to reality seem to have taken hold.

I also started posting another new "cartoon" - The Life and Times of Charlie the Intelligent Custard. Still exploring this idea at the moment.

I hope you enjoy them all.

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Sunday, November 22, 2009

Story to Nowhere reaches 50!

I've just posted the latest Story to Nowhere episode. This is the 50th episode and it seems that I've reached this minor milestone very quickly. Although the 50th episode coincides with a very powerful moment, I didn't design it this way as I'm not thinking ahead as I create it, taking each one as it comes. This has thrown up a few small surprises for me along the way, but this is how I want Mike's story to develop. Hopefully it will be more true to life this way.

If you want to start reading from the beginning, the first episode can be found here.

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Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Story to Nowhere updates

I've been updating the Story to Nowhere pages on a daily basis so far. How long I can keep this up I don't know, but I'll continue with this schedule while I'm able. The first strip can be found here and the latest one here.

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Thursday, October 01, 2009

Story to Nowhere strip 3

A further update on Story to Nowhere.

I also updated Mr. Smoozles yesterday.

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Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Story to Nowhere strip 2

I thought I'd follow on quickly with the second strip to get a little momentum going.

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Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Story to Nowhere

Story to Nowhere is something new. I wanted to create something that was quick to update, in terms of the art and writing and something that I wouldn't write in advance. For each "episode" I will create the art and then write the words to fit. It will grow more organically than my previous "strips" and has a more serious theme for a change.

Please let me know what you think.

Although I've done ten "episodes" so far, I'm not sure how often I'll update. Maybe three times a week, but the schedule may be eratic.

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Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Brutal Legend sculpture

Just found this photo of a sculpture of Eddie Riggs. What a great sculptor this guy is!


Thursday, November 27, 2008

Something new...

... at least, something not connected to So Blonde. :)

I've been experimenting a little with a new style. Not fully sure, yet, how it will actually work in game and which game I'm going to use it on, but I think it would be fun to do.

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Sunday, November 16, 2008

Creativity in games 2

Either I've not been paying attention or there's a lot more creativity coming out of the gaming woodwork at the moment than there ever has been. I just saw an article on Eurogamer about the forthcoming game, Love.

This looks like a truly creative and exciting project and something I find intriguing, particularly as, with a name like Love, I never would have expected it to contain combat. I also like the way that he's specifically looking back to older games for the combat style. The first Quake game works much better for me than the recent ones which are becoming too realistic. But then, one of my all time favourite first person shooters was Heretic (the one that used the Doom engine). Blimey, I wonder if I still have a copy of that somewhere...

I also saw the trailer for Love, which looks fabulous. Certainly a game to keep a watch over.

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Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Steve Purcell - Pirate Artwork

Arrr...! Shiver me timbers, you landlubbers. Check out these fine specimens o' pirate treasure - artwork created by none other than Cap'n Steve Purcell.


Sunday, June 10, 2007

Comic Strips - Looking for Artists

I find that I'm at a strange place with my comic strips. I'm really struggling to make the time to create them, yet I'm enjoying writing them. The answer, then, seems to be to find artists who I can work with and who will maintain the vision.

While I appreciate that an artist will want to bring something of themselves to such a working partnership, they should also do it in a way that's consistent with the aim and design of the strips.

There are a number of ways this could work. A single artist could work with me on each of the two strips; artists could commit for a short term (week, month, whatever); or there could be some kind of rolling deal where artists work on strips as and when they are available to do so. Or anything else that others could think of.

Unfortunately, I'm unable to pay anyone for this as I make no money from my strips and simply do it out of love, but should that position change or you can think of ways to market the strip to make money then such earnings will be shared.

Please let me know if you are interested in any way and we'll talk. Contact me on steve@steve-ince.co.uk

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Thursday, February 08, 2007

Art for Sale and Commissions!

I've decided to branch out a little and offer some of my work for sale.

Because of the way that I work, I can't offer original art of any of the comic strips, but I can sell you high quality, full colour A4 prints of any strip you like, including my older strips. Each print will be signed by me, too.
Introductory Price: 12 GBP per print + postage and packing.

Also, if you wish to commission unique artwork from me, please contact me with details of your requirements. The subject matter can be anything that suits my drawing style and sensibilities.The price will depend on each individual commission.

For more details, please check out this page.