Sunday, 9 June 2019

Unbound! The novel needs your support!

Well, here we are. It's been a wonderful, twisty journey up to this point. Just as I was preparing the novel as a self-publishing venture, I was offered a contract with Unbound. Great news! for thos unaware, Unbound is a traditional publisher of some repute, and growing day by day, it seems. At least one of their boks has made it to the Booker Prize shortlist in the last few years.

The Unbound model is that readers offer support by pre-ordering the novel. It's a form of crowdfunding that covers the initial editorial and production costs and enables authors to find an audience that otherwise may not have been taken on by the big publishers.

I take it as a good omen that my campaign launched on my birthday, and in 48 hours we've got the ball rolling with pledgers edging us towards our goal. So, I'm unashamedly asking for your support. If you'd like to see the book become a reality, please pre-order. I'd love to have your support. Every backer gets their name in the book as a Patron, and there'll even be invitations to a launch party! There are special deals for bookshops and if you'd like me to deliver a talk on the book. Everybody wins.

So, please take a look and I look forward to being able to welcome you as a Patron!

https://unbound.com/books/a-hundred-years-to-arras/

Artwork by James Gray

Wednesday, 20 February 2019

A Hundred Years To Arras reading and shameless plug

Yep, it had to happen! I read two excerpts from 'A Hundred Years To Arras' during my radio show this week - it fit in with the theme of World War One, as I was discussing Fish's album Feast of Consequences and its relation to Arras and my story.

Past editions of the show can be streamed in catch-up at www.mixcloud.com/radioabbey Here's the playlist. This show should be available in a few days.

1. Theme One (intro) - VDGG
2. Start Me Up - The Rolling Stones
3. Boston - More Than A Feeling
4. Queen - Flash*
5. Status Quo - Rockin' All Over The World
6. Miles Davis - Miles Ahead
7. Ryan Adams - The Rescue Blues
8. AC/DC - Touch Too Much

Reading from Fish's commentary in the Feast of Consequences boxset.

9. Fish - Crucifix Corner **
10. Elvis Presley - Suspicious Minds
11. Motorhead - Ace of Spades

Reading from A Hundred Years to Arras.

Triple Lock:
12. Pink Floyd - When The Tigers Broke Free
13. Villagers - Set The Tigers Free
14. Survivor - The Eye of the Tiger

15. Phil Lynott & Gary Moore - Out In The Fields
16. Moon Safari - Mega Moon
17. Van Halen - Why Can't This Be Love

Reading from A Hundred Years to Arras.

18. Fish - Thistle Alley **
19. Snow Patrol - The Lightning Strike (first section)
20. Journey - Don't Stop Believin'
21. Queen - Don't Stop Me Now.*

* = This week's Double Bill.
** = sections from the Epic of the Week

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Monday, 21 January 2019



The first edition of my radio show, with semi-serious music and arts discussion and only some Accidental Partridge, is on Wednesday 23rd January. The playlist will include Anathema, Big Big Train, Cosmic Rays, Gazpacho, Lonely Robot, Marillion and so much more! www.radioabbey.com


Tuesday, 18 December 2018

Novel draft finished and submitted...

I've finished a draft of the book, still titled 'A Hundred Years To Arras' at time of writing, and submitted to a select few agents. Two have already replied. Not for them. It's an interesting process. Received wisom is that getting an agent is a preferable way to get your book under the eyes of a publisher. However, an agent is neither necessary nor desirable with getting comics work published. I've always worked directly with a publisher where comics are concerned. Prose, however, is another kettle of fish. I've also approached publishers directly, and in my experience I've had more response and interest that way. Of course, not all publishers are open to unsolicited submissions. So, we're now in that stage of the game where I'm waiting to see what happens, and that will determine whether another draft is needed and so on. The story now exists, and it's just a matter of seeing how it'll become revealed to the world.

In the meantime, there's still time to buy my latest issue of Commando, so what are you waiting for?

I have two other ideas for novels, both of which I'm about to start work on, and then let's see which develops fully first...

Tuesday, 11 December 2018

New Commando out NOW!

Written by me. Available in all good newsagents or by subscription! Your local WH Smith should have it!

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The marines of 3 Commando didn’t know what would kill them first: being blown apart by a landmine, shot down by an Argentinian sniper, or freezing to death in the icy southern winter.
After entering a war on the other side of the world, many did not understand why Britain was fighting so hard to keep the Falkland Islands… but they would learn.

Story: Jason Cobley
Art: Carlos Pino
Cover: Carlos Pino

Saturday, 22 September 2018

Commando Incoming!

Look out for my next Commando adventure, 'The June Winter', set during the Falklands Conflict, due out on 28th December 2018 in all good newsagents!

I'm also currently working on one set in the Pacific War of WWII for release some time in 2019. It'll feature some of these:

Monday, 27 August 2018

The Tunnels of Arras

Image result for the tunnels of arrasFollowing my debut as a writer for Commando earlier this year, my next issue, out on 28th December, is entitled 'The June Winter', set during The Falklands War. Keep an eye out for it in WH Smith! You can still buy 'The Tunnels of Arras' via Comixology or Amazon for your Kindle if you missed out on a print copy.