Sunday, December 12, 2010

Mention At DownTheTubes

Belated update: got a nice notice and link at Down The Tubes, a British Comics blog and website. No new review, but helpful linkage and heads-up.

Tuesday, December 07, 2010

Review at Optical Sloth

Optical Sloth have a review up for the book. After a brief diatribe about Twitter - I guess I should have included alternative contact info! - and a note of disapproval about the cover, the review settles in to be very positive. Thanks to the very busy Kevin at the site for reviewing!

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

A Handful of Sales

Since getting the review out over at Grovel, I've had just a few mystery sales reported on lulu. This means that just a few people out in Internet land who I don't actually know have been moved to buy the book. That in itself gives me a little happy feeling. :)

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

New Review at Grovel

Got the excellent news this morning from Andy at Grovel that their review is up for Because I Am.

Grovel is a leading graphic novel review site, and it's humbling to see my stuff rubbing shoulders with Charles Burns, Lewis Trondheim and Peter Bagge!

Check out the review and you can pick up a copy from :)

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

10% Discount

I forgot to mention that's introduced a new feature that allows creators to set discounts on a per-item basis.

So naturally I've introduced a 10% discount off the price of the comic for this month only.  Get 'em while they're hot!

Review at Shelf Abuse!

Delighted to hear from Carl at with a heads-up on my first review for Because I Am, alongside a couple of other small press/indie comics.

You can read the review here:

And buy the book to your right or via his link on the site!

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Dave's Comics

Dropped by Dave's in Brighton to see if there had been any sales of the comic... 3 copies still waiting there in the minis & indies box!

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Minecraft is eating my life

I have a couple of expensive games waiting to be played, including Halo: Reach, and a backlog of books to read.  But what's taking up most of my free time is the open-world in-development indie game, Minecraft.

It's a graphically simple, randomly generated world (with a cool procedural algorithm that creates some amazing landscapes), in which you mine for resources, and build your way around the place using what you dig up.

You make a home for yourself - which, of course, you find you must customise and beautify - and with a workbench and a furnace, you can make tools, food and other goodies, using a simple grid pattern to create recipes for new objects.

There's a day-night cycle; in the day, simple farm animals hop about but all is relatively peaceful.  But at night - or if you dig down deep, in the dark - zombies and skeletons and giant spiders appear, which you must hide from, or fight with whatever tools you've made.

It is narrative-free: which means that the best stories come from it.  Search for videos on YouTube to see what I mean.  It drops you in the world, and lets you discover; it gives you the tools to shape the world, and simple incentives to explore it.  You soon personalise your world; you invest yourself in it, and you enact the story of your struggle to survive in it.

It will be big.  Really big.  It's being updated all the time, and it's hitting critical mass around now...

Monday, September 13, 2010

Because I Am update

I'm starting to see the first few sales trickle in for the minicomic. Hope the punters will enjoy the book enough to leave a positive review and rating on the site when they receive their copy. :)

On the subject of reviews, there are two copies presently in some state of manufacture or travel on their way to graphic novel/minicomics review sites, so I hope to see reviews emerging within a couple of weeks. Look for an update.

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Because I Am

So, my new 'minicomic' is done and printed, 5 years after 'Flotsam and Jetsam'.

It's a bigger and better-presented sort of affair, and you can buy it online - Print-on-demand - from

It's also available at a couple of independent booksellers in Brighton: Dave's Comics and City Books.

Look to your right for previews and links to buy.


It's overdue time to reorganise Crosbie's Ready Room and Crosbie's Blog Cabin.

The old host is really messy with popups and popovers, and the static website is looking very very old-fashioned.

I'm going to gradually work on getting the Blog Cabin back up to speed, and aim to add a static page eventually for info about my comics.

The domain will redirect here, though I'll leave the legacy pages - if nothing else, they store some of the images from the archived blog posts.

Don't hold your breath, but watch this space, if anywhere...