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 lulu.com.

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 crosbies.co.uk 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...