NEW Rock In Purgatory – Assisted Twister

It’s that time again…the latest Rock In Purgatory comic strip is out now in the new Popcorn Horror magazine.


Join thrash metal legends Assisted Twister onstage for a bloody amazing performance. Lead guitarist Jason Shawney is a guitar hero to die for, and his shredding solos are more than just head splitting tunes. Check out the comic to find out what happens when these guys mixes their rock star excesses with extreme guitar noodling.

CoverPROMO35Head over to the Popcorn Horror website to download a copy on their pay what you want scale. Please consider paying for your copy to help support and sustain production of the magazine.

Read all the previous Rock In Purgatory comic strips for FREE now!

Assisted Twister will rock you!

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In the June edition of Rock In Purgatory, you will meet the thrash-tastic ASSISTED TWISTER!

These guys will rock til they drop in the next comic strip. An insane guitar solo brings down the house with a bloodbath of a crescendo. So, put your metal horns in the air and brace yourself for a gory show.

Just like Thunder Lynx, Assisted Twister was the winning suggestion from my Twitter followers. The awesome Shawn Langley submitted the name and when the people spoke, they said ‘We want ASSISTED TWISTER!”.

The release date will be announced soon, but in the meantime you can read all the other Rock In Purgatory comics for free.

Rock In Purgatory: Name the band

A new Rock In Purgatory is on the horizon, so its time for you guys to name the band featured in it.


The next edition of the strip is out in Popcorn Horror magazine mid-June. It features the blood soaked onstage death of an incredible thrash metal guitarist, who may or may not be inspired by a band whose name rhymes with Player…

So, I am putting the name of this band in the hands of the public. I will select my favourite three names and put them to a public vote, with the winning name going in the comic. Last time I did this, we were given the wonderful Thunder Lynx thanks to Vada Callisto. Will your band name be the next winner?

Leave your suggestion in a comment below or tweet me, using #RockInPurgatory.

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Read loads more Rock In Purgatory for free now.

Free Comic Book Day

Free comics! Yes…free comics!

Free Comic Book Day (FCBD) is an awesome way for new people to discover the medium of comics. Its also a great event for existing fans to get hold of something awesome for free.


Support your local comic book store
If a store near you is participating in FCBD activities, stop by and check it out. Whether you are a regular or have never set foot in the place, now is a great time to get acquainted with your local store. You’ll discover what sort of delights they stock and meet people who share your interest in comics. Chat to the staff, ask about titles and story arcs and see what new treasures they recommend.

Buy something
It may surprise you to know that store owners have to pay for FCBD stock. They are not just giving away freebies, they are taking a financial dent to be a part of this awesome event. So when you are busy choosing your assortment of FCBD goodies, please consider buying something as well. You are likely to be taking a chance on a title or two for free, so why not buy one more? Or treat a friend to their first ever comic book?

Pick up some small press
You may be lucky enough to be near a store which stocks small press and indie comics. How cool is that! Local indie publishers may be giving away a sample comic or even a whole book for free on FCBD. Make sure you check out some exciting new indie books. You may discover your new favourite creator, or a book which is like nothing you have seen before.

Share your stash
Physically or digitally, share what you picked up. This stuff is free, so once you have read a book pass it on and light the comic-loving spark in a friend. Post photos online of what you picked up; you may start social media conversations with like-minded fans who grabbed the same as you. And don’t forget to tag the store you visited so other people in your area can find out about that great comic store you go to.

Share free stuff online
Like digital comics? Well why not find some webcomics or samples from creators online? There are literally hundreds of web comics out there, many free to read, which will keep you occupied well beyond FCBD. If you find something you like, consider buying a physical copy or contributing to the creators funding channel (lots of us have Patreon accounts, some of us are happy for you to buy us a coffee…).

Here are some creators I have discovered, met or befriended who offer something to read for free online. This is by no means an exhaustive list, but it’ll get you started:

Matt Strott
Matt Garvey
The Red Mask From Mars
Tittybar Tales
Lou Scannon

Read my comics for free
My gift to you all for Free Comic Book Day is a stack of my comics available to read for free. All current heavy metal horror comedy Rock In Purgatory strips are up, plus Peek-a-boo, a ghost story piece I did for Haylestorm Comics. You have a sample of my debut horror comic Brutal Bombshells, and also Superhuman, my one shot about mental and physical endurance.

Kill your idols

We all know that “mimicry is the sincerest form of flattery” but in my case it’s less mimicry and more like murder.

untitledRock In Purgatory started as a bit of a fun idea but as the comic has progressed, I find that I am drawing ever more inspiration from real bands and musicians. Many of the stories have been influenced by urban legends about rock bands and their antics on tour. The more I wrote using those ideas as a foundation, the more I stated to use actual bands as models for the characters.

I’m not a big fan of caricatures, so I have done as much as possible not to stick too closely to any particular person when I design my ill-fated rock stars. I try to design someone unique, while taking cues from some of my favourite performers. This beard, that jacket, a certain type of guitar – it’s all crossing over but remaining close enough in style that you can take a good guess who I was thinking about when the story was being written.

In the end, I kill these guys off! Not because I hate them; in fact it’s quite the opposite. If I base a character on a real person then that is a musician I have respect for. In killing off  a character, I am paying tribute to them. Yes, it sounds a bit macabre, but that’s the point. Like a any great album, each Rock In Purgatory strip is a concentrated burst of creativity from a band which takes you on a journey, but ultimately, ends. The beauty of albums and comics is that once its over, you can start it again.

When the full book is released, I will be including tribute pages to some of these musicians and they stories behind the comics. In the meantime, here are some bands who I tip my hat to in Rock In Purgatory. If you don’t already know them, go check them out.

Monster Magnet


Cradle of Filth

Cannibal Corpse

If you have a band you think I should listen to, or a musician you think would work as a Rock In Purgatory character, leave me a comment or tweet me your suggestions.

Go read Rock In Purgatory for FREE right now.

NEW: Rock In Purgatory – Thunder Lynx RAWK!

Get yourself over to the Popcorn Horror website and download yourself a copy of their latest magazine, which features my Rock In Purgatory comic.

Glam metal legends THUNDER LYNX find that trashing a hotel room can be more than just exuberant hi-jinx in my newest horror comedy strip. Be ready for big hair and bigger egos, as this band, on the cusp of global fame, cut their own career short in true Rock In Purgatory style.

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I’d like to thank everyone who helped name the band in this edition. Names were suggested by my Twitter followers and I put my favourite three to a public vote. The results were close, but Thunder Lynx – suggested by Vada Callisto – won hands down.

Let me know what you think of the latest strip in the comments below or on Twitter.

Read all the previous Rock In Purgatory comics for free.