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Creative Common / Kickstarting Channel Hex
« on: 21 June, 2019, 11:49:23 pm »
I've been mulling over a kickstart. It's mostly because I want to a particular format of book and no publishers are doing it, and the endless pitch and punt cycle is getting to me, so I'm hoping kickstarter might be a way to do this.

The book will be a 64 page Starblazer, digest format. Probably nicer production values, probably a paper back AND a hardback will be available, and likely on better than newsprint. But a nice, small digest sized sci-fi book.

Reasons for this are simple: that page size I can draw on page per day WHILE I'm doing paid work and I get to draw the sort of stuff I love.

I've no idea yet how much the book will be (though I have some notion) it certainly will be within the ballpark of this sort of kickstarter venture and I'll be largely aiming to cover the costs of print and distribution. It'd be lovely to do well enough to cover cost of the creating the thing, but that might just not be possible

Here's a mock-up cover of what a book like this might look like and you can read more about it on my blog...

And my blog talks a little about it here http://www.pauljholden.com/2019/06/21/channel-hex-planet-of-the-blind/

Creative Common / Why Not!?
« on: 25 May, 2019, 10:06:20 am »
If you follow me on twitter, you'll already know this, but my 10 year old son is becoming quite the little creative power house. He's written and drawn a 22 page comic called Why Not!? full of fun one / two page comic strips and jokes.

He's roped me in to ink and letter it too. And it's now available as a free download at http://www.pauljholden.com/why-not/ there's a paypal link there if you enjoy it and want to donate money to tom to encourage him to do more (well, like all comic creatives he doesn't need the encouragement, but he loves the money...)

So if you want to read any of the following:
  • Monkey Arms (the boy with the long arms)
    Galaxy FC (two pager adventure strip!)
    Electric Kid
    Time Thief
    Head Bump Hero
    Mean Dean
    Tim Teleport
    Broken Reality
    Element Man

Come and have a read! http://www.pauljholden.com/why-not/

Film & TV / Years and Years
« on: 16 May, 2019, 12:49:14 pm »
Anyone seen this?

I think it's incredible.

Creative Common / DREDDCEMBER!
« on: 06 December, 2018, 04:12:08 pm »
Christmas Bah Humbug! I've been doing Dreddcember, a Dredd or Dreddworld related sketch per day. I've been doing these, usually at bedtime, spending 30 minutes to an hour on painting (and trying to teach myself how to paint)

Here's the first few from the advent calendar thread (I'll not be posting any more there) and today's to follow...
DAY 1:

Greyscale simple Dredd. This is practically my signature Dredd Head at this point. Pencilled in Procreate.
DAY 2:

Trying to something different than my usual art style. Painted in Procreate. Dredd from the City Of The Damned, after the mutant has blinded him.
DAY 3:

Oh man, this was frustrating. Would you believe I was going for a Dave McKean-esque, Joker in Arkham vibe and fell so widely from the mark it's hard to imagine to that's even what I was going for. Frustrating. (Drawn in Clip Studio Paint)
DAY 4:

THIS... This was much more successful, really wanted something to have a painterly feel, still has my usual chunky vibe going on but also distinct enough to feel different. A+ from my own personal satisfaction pov. (Procreate, using pencil and flat brush)
DAY 5:

Another frustrating one. Just shit. Not happy with this at all.

Ah this is so much better. This was my winding down and trying something as different as I could get - trying to escape all my bad habits (and frequently bad habits are, basically, your style) (Procreate)

A Superfast painted sketch in procreate (15 mins?). Actually drawn at A3 with 300dpi and faster than CLIP Studio Paint on my desktop for painting.
Liked it so much I refined it...

Just tweaking it in procreate, adding some brighter shades. But then I exported it to clip studio and decided to colour it (since I like some of the clip studio brushes)

Creative Common / mum
« on: 03 November, 2018, 11:27:16 pm »
A comic.

Classifieds / Commissions! PJ Holden A4 headshots!
« on: 09 August, 2018, 03:11:00 pm »
Hey Chums, I'm opening up commissions- first time in a few years - on account of me needing a "oh crap New York is gonna cost me HOW much?"

A4 pencil headshots £30
A4 pencil with a bit of colour £50 (probably splash of water colour on pencils)

A4 pen and inks £50

If you're interested you can contact me at pjholden@gmail.com


Creative Common / Friday Fixup
« on: 26 June, 2018, 12:19:15 pm »
Hey, so, on friday, I ask if any artists have work they want me to go through and see if I can pump up on the story telling stakes - it's all on twitter (and I've started posting on my blog)

This might be interesting to some, and others may want to participate. If you're NOT on twitter, you can post it here and I'll post the art and etc on my twitter feed and on my blog.

I'm giving you a heads up now, so if you're keen you can get in early.. (but I won't be doing it until friday!)

So far on my blog : https://pauljholden.com/tag/fridayfixup/


Film & TV / The good place
« on: 28 September, 2017, 12:39:00 pm »
Anyone else watching this? (catching up on Netflix not hit the new series yet)

Superb and funny.

Somewhere between heaven can wait and the prisoner (or, I suppose “what if Lost was a comedy”)

Relatively simple premise but brilliant delivery and seems to have an actual purposeful narrative and proper cliff hangers.


Events / Learn til draw comics The PJ Holden Way
« on: 06 April, 2017, 03:42:23 pm »
Hey, I'm taking a class on comics in Dublin over 7 weeks (with a one week gap) starting soon...!

If you're interested details are here:


It will probably have a very 2000AD/future shock slant, but will be touching lots of how to stuff.


Events / Macbeth
« on: 18 October, 2016, 12:00:25 am »
Hey, I'm in Macbeth in Belfast in November. If anyone wants to come see it.


Books & Comics / Midwinter
« on: 16 September, 2016, 10:33:48 am »

Manchester, 15th September 2016, Dan Whitehead, veteran games journalist and author of best-selling retro gaming book Speccy Nation, is happy to announce today that legendary 80s game franchise Midwinter has been reborn in comic book form.

The game, originally released in 1989 for Atari St, Amiga and PC, has been hailed as a pioneering combination of post-apocalyptic story, cutting edge first person exploration, strategy and survival. The game was created by acclaimed designer Mike Singleton (Lords of Midnight, Dark Sceptre), who passed away in 2012.

The 4-episode comic series is set just before the events of the game, telling the story of how General Master came to take over Midwinter Island. Interior art is by PJ Holden (Judge Dredd) with an exclusive cover by Steve Pugh (Hellblazer, Animal Man).

////more at link (including preview images)

Creative Common / Portfolio Critique: Brian Corcoran
« on: 24 May, 2016, 12:24:05 pm »
I was asked to do a portfolio review. I don't think Brian knew exactly what he was letting himself in for:


Off Topic / Future Stuff
« on: 04 April, 2016, 12:21:48 pm »
Help me out,what stuff is leaking in from the future, here's a list of things I'm currently finding fascinating for various reasons:

AI (obviously) deep learning. And the fact this stuff will suddenly become much smarter than we are before we're really even aware of it (great article on it here: http://waitbutwhy.com/2015/01/artificial-intelligence-revolution-1.html ) (Also AI is starting to play roles in jobs I don't see - like figuring out stock markets and more)

Self Driving Cars - I reckon we've 5-10 years before we start seeing these on the road. Though there's some suggestion that Elon Musks Tesla 3 cars ARE self driving and we'll see these within a year (certainly his previous tesla's had a software option turned on that allowed a certain amount of self driving).

(I only ever buy second hand cars, which means I've only in the past few years had a car with electric windows, so god knows when I'll ever afford one of those - and, it may well be that by the time I do it'll be pointless because...

UBER - destabilising taxi companies everywhere (except in Norn Iron, because our taxi drivers come with their own balaclavas). Uber want to buy self driving cars though, and are pursuing this themselves.

I can see an inflection point coming, where self driving cars have low to zero insurance requirements (either insurance underwritten by the car company as a way to show that these things are safe or insurance companies themselves realising that self driving cars have low costs) in either case, I can then see normal cars having skyrocketing insurance, which will reach an unaffordable point very quickly.

At some point it may well be cheaper to have an Uber self-driving car account than it will be to have any kind of car. (And tbh, I welcome that - I know others like driving, but for me nothing but a pain).

The self driving requires a very limited form of AI - specifically around machine vision and spotting what's on the road. But as AI improves this will only get better.

Robots/Automation of jobs. We're already seeing it but it feels under the radar - every self checkout till represents a job automated away. There's stuff going on in the background I'm sure we've no idea about. Roomba's cleaning warehouses? Who knows.

I don't think we necessarily need humanoid robots or even smart robots for this to be a big threat to jobs, dumb automated checkouts aren't that bright but do require a lot of infrastructure in place to work.

Loss of jobs / Jobs not being replaced fast enough. I do think in the very long term this won't be an issue but in the short term I think we'll see vast numbers of layoffs with no new work.

Universal Basic Income - a flat amount of money handed out to everyone. Could be this isn't the solution, but it feels like - at least - an alternative for when the jobs all vanish.

and ....

CRISPR - a tool for replacing sequences of DNA. We have the technology now to take a sample of your DNA, remove genes you don't want and replace them with genes you do and inject them back in to you and (I think) using a virus replace all of your faulty DNA.

That shit is real (http://www.umassmed.edu/news/news-archives/2015/04/editing-hiv-out-of-our-genome-with-crispr/)

But isn't happening, more for ethical reasons than practical reasons.

I'm sure there's loads of other future stuff... but let's see if we can limit it to stuff we actually think we'll see in use in the 5-10 year span.


Events / London Super Con
« on: 04 February, 2016, 12:00:26 pm »
Hey ho!

At a super last minute notice, I'll be heading to London Super Con. This is costing me a fortune, so if anyone wants to get a commission from me I'm taking preorders...

(I don't have a table, but will have arranged something for collection...)


Books & Comics / Gunsuits
« on: 19 March, 2015, 07:04:29 pm »
Hello chums, you might like this:

FMoF debuts in comics with a first look at @PaulTobin & @PaulJHolden sci-fi epic GUNSUITS #WW http://bit.ly/1I0iF3t  pic.twitter.com/mC5InoSFkR

Me drawing monsters and mech suits...

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