Tuesday, 30 March 2010



Come along to Particle Fiction and read the first issue of a new ongoing monthly comic book series from Orang Utan Comics with a twist or three.

Particle Fiction is a monthly, 16 page, black and white webcomic - if that seems like an odd concept, just think of it as an indy comic book that just happens to be distributed primarily online rather than on paper (although I will also be selling paper versions at cons, and in my online shop). Each issue will be available to read online or download as a pdf on the first of the month. There are also plans to publish an annual collection, though that's a long way off at the moment.

Rather than being one single, ongoing storyline, Particle Fiction will be a rotating feature; one month may be a gritty crime story in a modern realistic setting, while the next might be a science fiction story set in the far reaches of space, the one after that a whimsical all-ages fantasy. There will be recurring features, with larger storylines spread out over multiple chapters, but my intention is for each month to work as a self-contained piece in it's own right.

If you've enjoyed my comics in the past, then you should definitely check out Particle Fiction- both MINDHACK and IDEASMAN will be recurring features in the comic, and the final four chapters of the current MINDHACK story will be individual issues of Particle Fiction.

In order to celebrate the launch I'm doing a special offer: if you order a copy of particle Fiction from my shop before the 4th of April, not only will I sign it for you, I'll also do a you a sketch and send that to you along with the comic.

If you order Damnation, I'll go one better- I'll do you a sketch AND throw the other two comics in for free as well!

I think you'll agree, that's a pretty good deal!

Monday, 1 March 2010

Orang Utan Comics Release Alpha Gods: Betrayal #1!

UK indie publisher announces new releases in the run up to the 2010 convention season!

“Ian Sharman has created a refreshingly original take on the superhero team book in Alpha Gods.” – Edward Kaye, Hypergeek.

Orang Utan Comics is pleased to announce the latest release in superhero/sci-fi series Alpha Gods – Alpha Gods: Betrayal #2! The new issue is now available to order via IndyPlanet’s print on demand service and as a digital download from DriveThru Comics. Comic book stores can also get in on the action by ordering Alpha Gods: Betrayal #2, and all of Orang Utan Comics other titles, from online distributor Comics Monkey.

“Alpha Gods continues to build a loyal fan following,” said Orang Utan Comics’ Managing Editor and Alpha Gods creator, Ian Sharman, “and we feel overwhelmed that our fans have rewarded us with a nomination for Best Comic Not Distributed By Diamond in the upcoming Comicpalooza Fandom Awards!” Indeed, Orang Utan Comics have also recently announced that they will be guesting at the Comicpalooza event in Houston, Texas, on 26th-28th March. The last weekend in March promises to be a busy one for Orang Utan Comics as they will also be attending the Hi-Ex show in Inverness, so whether you’re in sunny Texas, or not-so-sunny Inverness, be sure to stop by and say “Hi.”

Orang Utan Comics are also pleased to announce that they’ve just gone to press on their first trade paperback collection, FTL: Year One. This will collect the first four issues of their hit anthology series, FTL, into a single volume. The trade will be available online through IndyPlanet, and retailers will be able to order through ComicsMonkey. Convention goers in the US will be able to pick up a copy at C2E2 in April, while UK fans will get their first look at the Bristol International Comic and Small Press Expo in May.