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.

sneak peek

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.

Under the influence: Razor Blade Smile

“I bet you think you know all about vampires. Believe me….you know fuck all!”

I’ve been a fan of this low budget British vampire flick since it came out. As a massive fan of Hammer horror and 80s video nasties, Razor Blade Smile appealed to me as it clearly draws on both of these genres. There is plenty of sex, gore and tongue-in-cheek humour thoughout, as well as an over-blown plot, all of which adds up to an extremely entertaining B-movie. The movie follows Lilith Silver, hired gun assassin and centuries old vampire, who is slowly uncovering a sinister link between some of the people she has recently been hired to execute. I would absolutely love to work on a comic adaptation of this movie, or a mini series of the further adventures of Lilith Silver. If director Jake West or star Eileen Daly like the sound of this please get in touch!

I reviewed the movie for horror website The Slaughtered Bird and you can follow this link to read my review. Rather than duplicate the review here, I thought I’d talk about about why this movie has been an influence on my comics and art.

I love 80s and 90s horror, and anything that goes over the top is just fine with me. I also really like cheesy dialogue and humour in my B-movies, and Razor Blade Smile has this in spades. It bobs and weaves between the main plot and peering into the private lives of urban ‘vampires’, which has been a great inspiration to me in respect of constructing scripts and story ideas.

The look of the movie is suitably low budget and makes the most of pouring sexy scream queen Eileen Daly into an impossibly tight latex catsuit for and positioning her against stereotypical villain characters. The whole thing looks like its leapt out of the pages of a horror comic and jumped into your VHS player. There is blood everywhere and the sex / death scenes are erotic as they are gory. Its a constant go-to movie for me when it comes to wanting something that gives me my fix of any of these things and gives me repeated inspiration to draw and write B-movie style comics. Both Brutal Bombshells and Rock In Purgatory have been influenced by the type of outrageous visuals and scripting that Razor Blade Smile has to offer.

Its not a movie everyone will like. Given its low budget status its beyond the tastes of mainstream horror fans and due to its age (the movie was originally released in 1998) many new indie horror fans may either not have heard of it or find it dated. But if you like things like ‘Dead Hooker in a Trunk’ from the Soska Sister,s Razor Blade Smile’s production values will sit well with you.

For your vulgar delectation…’s the whole film….

Thunder Lynx – cos you wanted the best!

I’ve just finsihed editing and lettering the latest Rock In Purgatory comic. This will be published in the next Popcorn Horror magazine, which is out in mid-April.

The band featured in this strip was named by my Twitter followers. After asking for suggested band names, I picked my favourite three and put it to the vote. Thanks to a whole lot of retweets and a little bit of friendly competition between my shortlisted contributors, we got a load of votes in. It was a close call, but Vada Callisto’s suggestion of Thunder Lynx won.

I’m going to run votes for more RIP elements, as I am really interested to see what you guys like. Plus it’s fun to throw ideas around and get people involved. So please follow me on Twitter @gojacksongo to keep up to date with any of my audience participation activities.