24 Hour ic: Mixed Up Media

Occupied: Mixed Up Media was my fourth 24 hour ic, following Gran, Absence and Don’t Get Lost. Created in Farset Labs in 2014 it served as a rough draft for Occupied chapters 11-12:

Optimising this for the web I followed the style Stephen Downey used at absenceic.. The images were merged in blocks of six with the easy free filesmerge. making sure to keep altering the merge order as the display changed it in order of load. WordPress typically shaved 82% off image size but Freshtechtips provided a no-plug in solution: through settings to Media Settings and saving all image sizes to zero. The blocks of six were then re-saved to a 640 horizontal (maintaining aspect ratio) for efficient rendering, and re-merged.

This post was made possible by my supporters on Patreon before the three-month hiatus. The final version of prose novel?Occupied is available to buy from Amazon in paperback, hardback and Kindle formats. Libraries and retailers, contact me about cheaper than Amazon stock. You can read more about the novel?on this page on this website.

Quick plug for The Drew and Look Podcast: latest episodes on Hardwicke House and Press Gang are up at https://anchor.fm/andyluke

Press Gang – The School Edition (Part 1)

New Podcast!

edy-drama Press Gang was widely hailed as one of the best YA telly series ever, attracting critical acclaim and industry awards. As well as featuring some of the best names in the business it launched a dozen careers including those of Stephen Moffat, Julia Sawalha, Dexter Fletcher, Lee Ross, Paul Reynolds, Gabrielle Anwar and Lucy Benjamin.

Occupied author Andy Luke’s feature presentation includes character studies and reviews of ten episodes from Series 1-2. You’ll also hear from roving reporters Ian Lawther, author Tristan Shephard and ics artists Simon Hodgkiss-Rogers and Peter Bangs.

Listen everywhere! (But here’s the Anchor.Fm Link!)

24 Hour ic: The Spook

Moved by Gran? Educated by Absence? Interacted with Don’t Get Lost? Then you’ll probably want The Spook. Created in Farset Labs in 2018, this served as a rough draft for Occupied chapters 7-8. Early pages are raggedy but it gets good hi-speed ixing:

Optimising this for the web I followed the style Stephen Downey used at absenceic.. The images were merged in blocks of six with the easy free filesmerge. making sure to keep altering the merge order as the display changed it in order of load. WordPress typically shaved 82% off image size but Freshtechtips provided a no-plug in solution: through settings to Media Settings and saving all image sizes to zero. The blocks of six were then re-saved to a 640 horizontal (maintaining aspect ratio) for efficient rendering, and re-merged.

This post was made possible by my supporters on Patreon before the three-month hiatus. The final version of prose novel Occupied is available to buy from Amazon in paperback, hardback and Kindle formats. Libraries and retailers, contact me about cheaper than Amazon stock. You can read more about the novel on this page on this website.


[Podcast] The Lost Light – A Socio Sci-Fi Magnum Opus feat. Transformers

In which we celebrate two anniversaries of James Roberts game-changing Lost Light stories: a hard SF epic of post-conflict rehabilitation and redemption, romance and loss, identity, gender, labour, philosophy, crime and punishment; but mostly relationships, all told with wit and poignancy and Transformers.

https://anchor.fm/andyluke

Occupied author and host Andy Luke talks about his favourite storylines and characters. A reader’s cherry is broken as Simon Hodgkiss-Rodgers extols the virtues of the story’s ease of access and freshness and Ciaran Flanagan talks musical direction. There’s also an exclusive update from James towards the end, so look out for that!

Occupied Launch Party

This Friday, 7:30pm – 9:30pm

Streamed live over https://crowdcast.io/occupied-launch-party

Celebrating the launch of Occupied, and 10 years of the Occupy movement with author Andy Luke, editor/host Claire Burn and special guest, ‘Greenpeace John’ Wright.

Restricted numbers because Covid for the in-person event, so please only if you’re quite real about going, book here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/179317793347

Occupied is available from Amazon at https:/is.gd/occupybook

Winter 2021 update

Well, this blog has gotten biannual? Everything I make goes up on Patreon nowadays. I give it all there, and I usually don’t know what to say here.

The big news is my first poetry collection, Chaos Magic, has just e out in paperback. The ebook release is Feb 27th. It has 40 poems collected over 10 years: memoir, pop culture, politics, surrealism… the cover photography is by @luckgalindo with typography and back cover by John Robbins.

Chaos Magic launches at the free Scribes and Scribblers Con on Discord, 27-28 Feb. The ing event has presentations on writing mental health, creating a relationship with readers, and writing deaf characters. I’ll be presenting on breaking into ics, (with everything I’ve learned in 20 years in there), talking about sociological narratives and writing politics, and giving a reading in a ‘Meet the Writer’ session. You can get into the event with a click of this link: https://discord.com/invite/H7W8m7c and find out more at https://sascon.online

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The podcast is up to seven episodes now. I’ve had a lot of great stuff: reviews of Joss Whedon’s work long before it’s fashionable; a dip into the supernatural pantomime that is Baywatch Nights, an interview with Belfast church tourer Bronagh Lawson, and this weekend, a deep look at Channel 4’s Teachers series, feat. a younger Andrew Lincoln. You can look those up on my Spreaker page. https://www.spreaker.com/show/the-drew-and-look-podcast

Speaking of Baywatch Nights, two of my short fictions were read on a recent episode of ‘Evenings with Mitch Buchannon’, the show devoted to the so-bad-its-good series. Give them some love at their Anchor pages. https://anchor.fm/eveningswithmitch/episodes/Bonus-Mitch-Episode-5—Mitch-Vs-Valentines-Day–Listener-Episode-Pitches-eqeafe

I’m also doing some work as assistant editor of The Runabout, the leading Star Trek zine for the fan munity in the UK and Ireland. Some of my arts contribute to the latest issue which you can see at https://20thfleet.org.uk/region/the%20runabout.html

Meanwhile over at Patreon there’s a few sample chapters from my next big thing, Occupied, a story of Occupy Belfast; there’s poems, music reviews, and ics, like the silly ones I created from the works of Gearóid P. Mannion. I’ve put those below. If yer wondering where I’ve got to, I usually pop up in one of these places:

Amazon-Author / Twitter / Facebook / Spotify / Instagram

Cheers, from Andy!

Celebrating 15 Years Of It’s Always Sunny

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In these trying times I think we all need a good laugh and maybe an egg. You know something to raise our spirits, maybe you might want to throw this metaphorical egg away and get yourself some Schadenfreude. If that is the case then maybe you are a fan of It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia. If that is the case then you will want to check out the first ever episode of The Drew and Look Podcast. IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN THE PODCAST PLEASE CLICK HERE.

Not only is this the first ever episode of the Podcast but it is also the 15 anniversary of It’s Always Sunny. So sit back and relax as Andy Luke takes you on a trip down memory lane as he discusses the show and how it has personally impacted him.?

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Good day you and you. I have updates. June didn’t feel so busy, but apparently, well… Most shorts and poems are in publisher’s slush piles, waiting to be noticed like tidal waves. The first three chapters of Occupied were sent out to a dozen agents. Big Finish got my pitch and excerpt for the Doctor Who Short Trips audio. They offer an opportunity to a newb every June as part of the Paul Spragg Memorial Award. I’ll soon be editing a short tale callled ‘The Apology’, which features a Doctor-esque character. I’ve missionedเว็บ พนัน ออนไลน์ ฟรี เครดิต ไม่ ต้อง ฝาก to draw a special place-holder image to go with it. Patreon readers can see some of her concept sketches at https://www.patreon.com/posts/close-up-38943158

There’s a final script into Phoebe Xavier, the editor of Sidereal Apogee at 123Go! ics. ‘The Sugar Skull Shoot-Out’ is a hard-boiled western, drawn by the versatile talent Jorge Luis Gabotto. You should drift from here over to Jorge’s Instagram. Patron at Patreon Sinead Mannion gifted me a copy of The Long-Lost Short Stories, written by her late brother Gearoid.?

Sinead and I are hoping a few of Gearoid’s stories can be adapted to ic strip form. In the meantime,The Long-Lost Short Stories is available on Kindle and Kindle Unlimited at this location. 

Later this month, I’ve some great stuff ing up on Patreon. Two variant scripts and outlines from an un-developed ic: S.P.I.D.E. features the return of Dan and Ape as they get their hands on some hi-tech in 2000AD-esque thrills. There’ll be more poetry, beginning with ‘The Verging‘. My telly writing podcast makes it’s debut early in August through Patreon and our friends at Nerdgeist.

I’m tempted to run another video-cast of readings, this time as a fundraiser, after seeing Wee Gamers’ Andy Brown’s twelve-hour model build and paint session. One thing at a time though.

Wishing you a great weekend. 

Andrew