Thursday, 21 July 2016


My latest strip (WESTERN Inc) in Aces weekly is now complete and you can get the whole thing in one huge dose by buying Aces Weekly volume 22! Written by me with fantastic art by Alex Paterson. What's it about? Two words... VAMPIRE CHIPMUNKS!

Monday, 30 May 2016


Stephen Robert Prestwood passed away on Sunday 22nd May 2016 (only weeks before his 46th birthday) after a short illness. He was a king in the world of self-published, photo-copies stripzines of the nineties and a wonderful artist to boot. You may remember him from his long running 'zine 'Dark Zone' which he created with Jason Falkiner. I loved his art and worked with him a few times... Most notably on my comic 'Armageddon Patrol' where he drew the first issue of the 'Cherries' mini-series. Just weeks before he left us he had agreed to do a short story for an up-coming issue of my 'Reverend Cross' comic. He seemed so enthused for the project, which we will now never see. Here's to Stephen... He was one of a kind.

Friday, 20 May 2016


A new strip written by me (John A. Short) and drawn by Alex Paterson (Rex!/Armageddon Patrol) starts in 'Ace's Weekly' volume 22 week 1! If you've never come across 'Ace's Weekly' it's an on-line weekly comic run by David Lloyd (V For Vendetta.) You can subscribe to it for only £1 a week. Each volume sees five new stories start and build to a complete adventure over seven weeks! Our strip - 'W.E.S.T.E.R.N. Incorporated' tells the adventures of three special investigators charged with combating the supernatural menaces of the wild West in 1888! "When there's something strange in yer neck o' the woods... Who ya gonna telegraph?!" It's fun for the whole family with Alex's best art ever. Check out more at: Subscribe to 'Ace's'- it's the way comics will be in the future!

Friday, 13 May 2016

Kult Creations at Comica Comiket in London!

Kult Creations and I will have a table at Saturday 14th May 2016's central London small press event - Comica Comiket! And it's blinking free! Why not come along and check out everyone's lovely comics?! If you cosplay one of my characters you'll get a free comic! See you at St. Martin's college...

Friday, 6 May 2016


Since we have sold out of the first edition of 'Cross' there's only one thing to do... REPRINT IT! This new second edition has a new title - 'REVEREND CROSS' this time... to make it easier for search engines to single out the comic from the simple 'Cross' of old. Not only that, but it now has a full colour cover! The strips remain the same as before... featuring two adventures for THE FIRST EVER FEMALE VICAR ACTION HERO! Written by John A. Short and illustrated by Jason Dennis.You can buy it by clicking on the paypal buttons just to the right of this post!
ALSO... Plans are afoot for more 'REVEREND CROSS'! Fingers crossed, later this year will see - not one - but two NEW ISSUES! Featuring all new story and art from some of the biggest names in the small press. It's going to be ONE HELL OF A SERMON!

Wednesday, 4 May 2016

Small Press Review - MONICA THE BARBARIAN by Lord Mitz

Time to review another comic, nothing to do with Kult Creations: MONICA: THE BARBARIAN @£2 via paypal from 20 pages A5 full colour.
This title is a wonderful example about the power of comics at their best. When this arrived and it flopped out of it's little envelope… I just had to open up the cover and start reading it. I couldn't stop myself. It fact, that's not quite correct… Actually it was subconscious… I just found that I had started reading it, as if by accident. Before I knew it I just was reading… While I should have been working. And that is the clever thing about comic storytelling at it's best. It leaps into your brain without you realising that you were reading something. There's no effort involved, unlike when you're reading prose. It's no wonder that instructions about putting together flat-packed furniture or what to do in the event of a fire are written in comic form. It's helped here by Mitz's clear and minimalist style and the fact that his first story page is virtually wordless. I've seen many small press titles with simple-looking art, but here it's got that other important ingredient… clearness. Every picture puts across it's intent so well that the reader doesn't consciously have to work out how the story is progressing… the reader just KNOWS. For the most part his colouring is flat and… yes, simple (there's that word again) but it works wonderfully. The design work in general here is marvellous. The elegant spareness of the cover and the well-designed logo all add to the beauty of this package. All on gorgeous shiny-white paper in a card cover. 'But what is it about?' I hear you ask. Monica isn't in fact a barbarian… Just a modern girl who works in a shop. When on her way home one day she encounters a troll and a Djinn and finds herself transported… elsewhere. Soon she is on an adventure with a borrowed sword and a designer handbag, encountering mushroom men and real monster trucks. It's not serious, it's not deep… but it is pure joy from cover-to-cover. To tell you any more would be to spoil it for you. Do yourself a favour and pick-up a copy by sending him £2 via paypal to the email address above. You won't regret it. REVIEW BY – John A. Short 2016

Sunday, 17 April 2016


At March's Bournemouth Comic Con I was interviewed about my work by Marcus Wood of You can now read the interview at: