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:

Thursday, 31 March 2016


I've just had a quick count up of the copies that we've got left of the 'Cross Comic' 001... I discovered that we'd sold 93 copies at recent conventions, leaving only 17 on the shelf! Get them while they're hot!

Tuesday, 8 March 2016

KULT CREATIONS at the Bournemouth Comic and Film Convention 2016!

You can come and have a look through our lovely comics at our table at the BOURNEMOUTH COMIC AND FILM CONVENTION on the 12th and 13th March 2016. Come up at say 'HI!' Find out more at:
(Here's how our table looked at the recent Oxford Comic Con.)

Friday, 4 March 2016


I will be attending the Oxford Comic Con this weekend (5th and 6th March 2016)
and KULT CREATIONS will have a table! Please come along and say hello and look through our lovely stuff for sale (no obligation to buy!) Find out more at:

Sunday, 7 February 2016

Oxcon and Bournemouth Film & Comic Cons 2016!

Kult Creations
will have a table at two up-coming shows in the UK... The Oxford Comic Con (OXCON) on the 5th/6th March and the Bournemouth Film and Comic Con on the 12th/13th March. Why not come along, look through some of my comics and books and say hello?

Wednesday, 9 December 2015


My favourite crusader against the horrors of childhood is back in a book full of brand new short strips called 'The Mandy Book of Monsters'! If you've not encountered Mandy the Monster Hunter in any of Hellbound Media's anthologies before, this is a great place to jump in. This collection is written by creator Matt Warner and co-editor Mark Adams and mixes colour strips with moody black and white adventures with a wide variety of Hellbound artistic talent. My favourite artists in this book being the monotone ones… (Anna Suzanne, Neil McClements and Alantisvampir.) Where 'Mandy' succeeds is in it's clever premise… She fights the monsters that only children believe in… The creature in the cupboard… the thing under the bed. Called in by the kids by-way of their simple stick drawings (as they are too young to be able to write.) Reading 'Mandy' is a little like reliving some half-remembered childhood trauma… Back when monsters were really scary. I was a little worried that the idea of 'Mandy' would be too simple to sustain many stories, but I now see that the strip isn't as limited as it first appeared. There are huge unexplored areas in Mandy's background and her wider-world that are aching to be more full exploited. The origin of her black armour (made from the hides of defeated monsters), the histories of her allies (both human and monstrous) are all waiting to be fleshed out in future outings just as Mandy herself is. Do yourself a favour and buy a copy.
It's available directly from Hellbound Media themselves: John A. Short