Wednesday, 1 May 2013

Vanity, vanity - all is vanity.

Well, that didn't work

Another rejection from Tharg today. Bah.

I sent it off in October. In an effort to stand out from the rest of the slush pile, I enclosed a 36 page  mock-prog that I had printed. It contained some of the small press stories I've had (a Dredd from Zarjaz, a Strontium Dog from Dogbreath, a Futurequake tale and a couple of other things). I even made up my own my own Damage Report in the small text and some Nerve Centre blurb about how it was a prog from the future. The argument was that Tharg had to accept the script because the future Tharg already had (and Tharg is never wrong).

In fact, Matt Smith was sufficiently kind not to mention this silly thing in his standard rejection.

I thought it was worth a shot. Turns out it was just vanity publishing.


  1. Unless you got Buttonman off the 2000ad forums to write one of the letters, Tharg would realise it was just a cunning ruse on your part. He notices the little details - he's like Sherlock Holmes, only an alien, and edits comics, and definately exists.

    Will you be putting this prog from the future up for download? I'd certainly be interested in reading it.

  2. Maybe. I need to figure out how to do it. All I have are .pdfs of the pages, not an assembled document.

    But you can read the Dredd in Zarjaz #14 (or here:, and the Strontium Dog in Dogbreath #26 (which is still the current issue, at the time of typing this). You bought them, right?