Monday, 28 February 2011

I could be YOUR superhero! (an appeal)

Don't think I'm getting all egotistical, it was just a clever way of getting you to read something I feel very strongly about.

My friends, I have to confess that I started this year in a bad place. My aim for 2011 was to cheer up and enjoy life, and also to finally make this art thing work for me, full-time. The latter, I started to work on immediately by getting back to commissions, and I'm still going (though it's not easy, even now). The former... well...

As artistic types, we spend a lot of time in solitary. Not prison, of course, but in a prison of our own making. Slaves to deadlines, forever shunning social occasions and sunlight, sitting for hours with no thought of escape, a decent meal or anything beyond coffee and maybe Twitter. For me personally, I spend hours at the laptop, playing with Illustrator. This bookends the hours spent at a workstation, performing menial, monotonous tasks in a sterile office. I sit.

A lot.

So, how to break this? I decided, in line with my (for lack of a better term) New Year Resolutions, to take a risk and sign up for a charity zip line event at Old Trafford football ground, just down the road from me (yes, Manchester United fans, I live a stone's throw from the Theatre of Dreams... but I support Hull City!). I NEVER do things like this, partly because I am stupidly afraid of heights (I can't exaggerate enough how much even the thought of what I'm going to do makes my stomach flip), but also because I'm a shy(ish) reclusive, unsociable type, even for an artist/comic fan.

Now, with that in mind, I want to tell you why I'm excited about it. It's in aid of Francis House Children's Hospice, which is a care centre for terminally sick children aged 16 and under. I know it's easy to become indifferent to charity with so many appeals around, but I can't help but think that every time one of those kids smiles, it's a wake-up call to everyone who doesn't have their burden. Certainly, it's made me think twice about how bloody lucky I am to live the life that I do. Guilt? Yeah, to some degree. Look at how many times I've moaned about lack of motivation or things going wrong in the last year (well, don't...)? In the grand scheme of things, it's nothing. A blip.

Considering I signed up to this ridiculous stunt for fairly selfish reasons, I'm now obsessed with raising a TON of money for Francis House, because that's why I should have signed up to begin with, and because they deserve it.

As an extra incentive, I've added a little competition. I will perform the zip line slide dressed as a superhero, and who that superhero is will be determined by the person with the largest donation by March 10th (deadline is so I can make the costume before the stunt on March 26th). Seriously, I will dress as whoever (currently winning with a bid of £21 is She-Ra), even your own creation if you want. Photos and video will be taken.

The target is £190, but I want to far, far exceed that. I hope some of you would consider donating and getting involved.

My justgiving page (if you would like to donate):

Francis House Children's Hospice site (if you want to read more):


New Hex Heroes for March

Okay, it's not quite March yet, but I'm stealing a march. See? Wordplay! Yay!

Anyway, this is a quick post to show the five new Hex Heroes. They are all nameless, as per usual. If you can think of a cool name for any of them, post it in the comments below and when there are enough, I'll post a poll so you can vote on your favourite.



Sunday, 27 February 2011

Hex Heroes: vote results!

We got there in the end!

The winning names were:

  • El Toro
  • Lord Vellier
  • Helga the Red
  • Buzz Kill
And now we can move on...

I'm going to wait until tomorrow to put up the new Hex Heroes for name suggestions, as I'm fairly sure the news will not exactly stand out after my incessant Facebook/Twitter/DeviantART posts about the deadlock. In the meantime, if you want to see them and suggest names, they are all on show here: Numbers 42 through 46 and here Jam-Wah on Facebook (you might as well Like my page while you're there...)

Toodle pip!

Ah Cain't Break This Deadlock!

Hex Hero 40 is tied 5 ways as far as votes go. Every name got one vote each. I've been hassling non-stop since noon yesterday (non-stop might be pushing it...) and not one more vote has appeared on the poll. So as of now, that poll is closed, and as no one name had an advantage, I'm going to say that the first person to comment below with their choice of name gets it.

Here's Hex Hero 40:

And your options again, are:
  1. Valquira
  2. Delilah Bridge
  3. Helga the Red
  4. Sheva the Destroyer
  5. Nancy Shrew

Sunday, 20 February 2011

Hex Hero voting returns!

The long and the short of it is that I don't know much about websites. I set up using a WordPress guide that I bought, following the tutorials to the letter, and it turns out that it didn't work out. This is being rectified, but before that, I'm going to finish the polls here and at my DeviantART page so I hope you can forgive the long absence and play along!

The Hex Heroes up for naming are:

  1. Spanish Ballete
  2. Senor Pelota De Playa
  3. El Dentista
  4. El Toro
  5. Raver

  1. Mr Ball Hatter
  2. Sir Tulio Drake
  3. Captain Chinstrap
  4. Pimp Daddy the Pirate
  5. The Sad Pirate
  6. Lord Vellier

  1. Valquira
  2. Delilah Bridge
  3. Helga the Red
  4. Sheva the Destroyer
  5. Nancy Shrew

  1. BeeBall
  2. Buzz Kill
  3. Hive Mind
  4. Spy Fly
  5. Intrepetigo

So, there you have it. Those are the options for each Hex Hero. You can vote for your favourite by commenting below. Alternatively, there is a DeviantART poll for each character set up on my page Just so you know, I'm taking the results from both here and there and the combined result will be final.

Please, spread the word if you are at all inclined. It's been a long time since the last activity on this project and I don't think for a second that the momentum will carry through. You'll be my best friend(s).