Tomb World

Hallowscream #8

Hallowscream #8

If you haven’t had a chance to take a look yet, Hallowscream #8 has been released online.

Hallowscream is a small press online anthology book, so it’s free to read.

You can find all the issues of Hallowscream here;

And of course, this year Hallowscream contains ‘Tomb World’ by myself and Dave Peloe. Here’s a preview;

'Tomb World' Preview

‘Tomb World’ Preview

So, why not head over to the Back From The Depths website and check it out?




Here it is. Solicited at last.

CYBERFORCE: ARTIFACTS #0 featuring an eight page story by yours truly. This is, understandably, a very exciting time for me.

There are many comic book fans out there, who like me, dream about breaking into the comic book industry. To write some of the iconic characters which we’ve grown up reading. And now, at last, I’ve had that chance.

You can find Image Comics Solicitations for December 2016 here;

Here is the page featuring CYBERFORCE: ARTIFACTS #0;


Preview Page

There’s my name. Paul Penna. That is truly incredible.

There is proof right there that if you dream big enough and try hard enough, that you really can succeed.

There is even some text for my story; Someone is dealing in Protocol tech, and it’s up to APHRODITE IV to stop them dead.

I was paired with the brilliantly talented Jim Towe as my artist, so I encourage you to pick the story up even if it’s just to marvel at his artwork.

The book is out on the 28th of December.

If you want a digital copy of CYBERFORCE: ARTIFACTS #0 then it is now up for pre-order on Comixology;

2000AD at Thought Bubble

The Thought Bubble Comic Book Festival takes place from the 1st to the 6th of November.

The Thought Bubble Comic Book Festival takes place from the 1st to the 6th of November.

As I’m sure most of you are aware, 2000AD reopened their submissions on the 12th of September 2016.

You can now submit a Future Shock; a four page sci-fi story with a twist ending, to the folk who publish Judge Dredd.

Submissions guidelines can be found here;

But that isn’t your only chance to work for 2000AD. If you are a resident of the UK, then you’ll want to head to the Thought Bubble Comic Con which is held in Leeds each year. The main Con will take place on Saturday the 5th and Sunday the 6th of November this year.

Starting last year, 2000AD have been holding open pitching sessions for writers. You will have two minutes to pitch an idea for a Future Shock to 2000AD‘s top minds.

You can find out more information here;

Are you up to the challenge?

Millarworld Talent Search 2017 Annual


Millarworld is the personal imprint of writer; Mark Millar.

For the second year running Mark Millar has opened the gates to newcomers to work on some of his most famous creations.

Yes, the Millarworld Talent Search is back. You too can write such characters as Kick-Ass and Hit-Girl.

You can find the rules for writers here; and artists here;

The characters which you can use have changed from last year.

This year you can write a…

  • KICK-ASS and HIT-GIRL story set during volumes 1 to 3 (5 pages)
  • EMPRESS story set on Earth when Dane was acting as her bodyguard (5 pages)
  • NEMESIS story set during the first volume (4 pages)
  • HUCK simple story set during issue #1 before his gifts were known to the public (5 pages)
  • SUPERCROOKS story set any time (4 pages)
  • SUPERIOR story which can also be set at any time (5 pages)

Just as last year, you can only make a single entry, so pick wisely.

Submissions should be made to and must include the relevant paperwork which you can find at the link I have provided.

The deadline is the 30th of November 2016.

The stories will be printed as part of a Millarworld Annual which will be released in 2017.

So, get writing, and good luck.

Jim Towe Is Drawing Youngblood

'Youngblood' as drawn by Jim Towe

Youngblood as drawn by Jim Towe

Youngblood was the flagship title of Image Comics and debuted in their own ongoing series in 1992. They were created by Rob Liefeld (best know as the creator of Deadpool) and over the years have been relaunched on a number of occasions.

Well, Youngblood returns next year with a new creative team. Rob Liefeld is working with the excellent writer Chad Bowers, but the artist is a relative newcomer.

Jim Towe was selected as the new artist of Youngblood because of the fan art (featured above) which he posted on Twitter.

I’m sure you’ll agree that Jim Towe is a very talented fellow.

Jim was also one of the Artist Runners-Up in the Top Cow Talent Hunt and I consider myself very lucky to have been paired with him on an eight page short strip featuring one of Top Cow’s recurring characters.

There can be no doubt in the mind of anyone who has seen Jim’s artwork that he is destined for great things. He clearly love the medium, like so many of us, he is a fan, and in the best possible way.

You can find an article about the new Youngblood series here;

I hope all of you will be picking up the new Youngblood series in 2017, and of course my short that I worked on with Jim will be out before the end of the year (you’ll have to excuse the shameless self promotion).

I can say that Jim was truly a pleasure to work with.

You can follow Jim on Twitter here;




Hallowscream! is an online anthology in it’s eighth year. It’s available for download, but you can also get physical copies from

The anthology features scary stories, although nothing graphic or adult in nature.

Completed strips are preferred , but writers and artists can also contact the anthology separately and be teamed up.

Strips can be 1 to 7 pages in length.

The anthology is entirely non-profit.

Full submissions guidelines can be found here;

The deadline for text and script submissions is Sunday the 31st of July.  For artwork, it is Monday the 17th of October and completed strips must be submitted no later than Monday the 24th of October.

Good luck, folks.

Not Forgotten Anthology

'Not Forgotten', an anthology featuring public domain superheroes.

‘Not Forgotten’, an anthology featuring public domain superheroes.

Today, superheroes are defined by the Big Two. Marvel and DC Comics. Captain America, Iron Man, Spider-Man. Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman.

But there were a number of comic book companies that, like Marvel and DC, got their start in the late thirties/early forties. Quality Comics, Lev Gleason Publications, Fox Feature Syndicate, Fawcett Publications and many more.

However, unlike Marvel and DC Comics (then known as Timely Comics and National Comics), these companies did not survive to the present day.

As such, many of their characters have fallen into the public domain. In recent years the Golden Age Daredevil has appeared in Image Comics ‘Savage Dragon’ and many characters have appeared in Dynamite’s ‘Projects: Superpowers’.

Sometimes, due to trademarking issues, they’ve been published under a different name. In ‘Project: Superpowers’ Daredevil is known as The Death Defying ‘Devil and the Blue Beetle goes by the name Big Blue. But they are essentially the same characters.

Well, a new indie anthology is launching, which is going to feature public domain superheroes as well. They are accepting pitches from writer and artist teams now.

You are required to submit a one page pitch, along with details about the creative team and the character that you are planning on using, plus a signed release.

The deadline for pitches is Saturday the 18th of June.

Here is a link to their website;



A Tivian from the comic book ‘Conqueror’ by Paul Penna and Kean Kennedy.

I’ve been writing my Résumé for DC Comic’s Talent Development Workshop and it’s given me a chance to look back on my past work, even as I eagerly look forward to the future.

Below you will find my bibliography, showing all of my published work to date.


 100% Biodegradable #7                                                           February, 2015                 Biomekazoik Publishing                                                                                                    “Projections” (Reprint)

 SPOD! Oddities From Space                                                             June, 2014                    “The Spire”                                                                                                                              “Instincts”

 Something Wicked #9                                                           November, 2013                   FutureQuake Publishing                                                                                                               “Bound”

 FutureQuake #23                                                                              July, 2013                           FutureQuake Publishing                                                                                                    “Interpretations”

 Conqueror #1                                                                          March, 2013                                 What the Flux?! Comics                                                                                                      “Conquered” Part One                                                                                                        “Conquered” Part Two

 FutureQuake #20                                                                            March, 2012                  FutureQuake Publishing                                                                                                     “Projections”

Creators for Creators

Creators for Creators grant.

Creators for Creators grant.

A new grant for upcoming comic book creators has been announced. You are encouraged as an individual or a writer/artist team to apply. The grant will be $30,000.

The aim is to produce a work between 64 to 100 pages. Successful applicants will also have the opportunity to be mentored and help to publish it, should they desire it.

Iron Circus Comics and Image Comics have pledged their support to the grant.

Applicants must be 18 years old or older, you must not have submitted your project to a publisher within the last year and you must not have been previously published by a third party publisher (small press and indie anthologies are okay).

You can find more information here;

Submissions will close on the 1st of November, 2016.

Good luck to all of you.

Future Noir Anthology

Future Noir Anthology.

Future Noir Anthology.

A new small press anthology; Future Noir, was dreamed up by indie press editor John Paul Fitch. The idea, for comic book creators to create stories inspired by the great science fiction writer; Philip K Dick.

Philip K Dick (1928 – 1982) wrote such novels as The Man in the High Castle (1962), Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? (1968) and Ubik (1969).

Most are familiar with Dick through adaptations of his work like Blade Runner (1982), Total Recall (1990), Minority Report (2002) and A Scanner Darkly (2006).

Many have been influenced by Dick’s work. He has had a massive impact on science fiction which continues to be seen to this day.

The goal here is not to copy, nor steal from this master of the craft, but to pay homage to him. To tell stories inspired by his body of work.

It is impossible for a writer to pick up one of Dick’s book and not have their imagination sparked.

We’re looking for writers and artists to team up, and create completed strips which can be featured within the anthology. Strips should be no longer than ten pages.

The anthology will be funded through Kickstarter. The anthology will be non-profit. Any profits made through the sale of the anthology, will be put back into the book.

Content should be appropriate. Nothing pornographic or offensive. If your strip includes inappropriate content it will not be used within the anthology. Use common sense here.

You should submit to this e-mail address;

You are also encouraged to join the Future Noir Facebook group;

We have an early deadline of July 1st, 2016. If you have a complete strip, you can send it to us before that date. If not, then we will also accept proposals.

For proposals please include the title of your strip, the names of the writer and artist (both writer and artist must be on-board at this point) and a single paragraph description of the story.

We will not be teaming up writers with artists. You must put the creative team behind your strip together yourself.

The final deadline, which all strips must be completed for, is December 1st, 2016.




Assistant Editor,                                                                                        Editor,

Paul Penna                                                                                                  John Paul Fitch