Category Archives: The Mice: The Factory Menace

Another great review, this one in Sci Fi Now

While I am charging about buying gifts and storyboarding, some of the promo copies I sent out have been paying dividends. A big ‘thank you’ to editor James Hoare, who has praised The Factory Menace and reviewed it in the latest edition of Sci Fi Now magazine.

The Mice: The Factory Menace reviewed in Sci Fi Now magazine
A ‘Must read now!’ and four out of five stars. Fantastic, I am so happy to read this.

The Mice reviewed in Starburst

http://www.starburstmagazine.com/reviews/comic-reviews/7269-comic-review-the-mice-the-factory-menace

After sending hard copies out to several magazines of a sci-fi/fantasy persuasion, it looks like things are coming home to roost. The editor of Sci Fi Now magazine will be putting it in the December issue, and today I read on Starburst’s site a positive and insightful review of The Factory Menace, written by Ed Fortune:

‘Thick with satire, irony and humour, The Mice – The Factory Menace is a rare gem, and if you’re the sort of person who likes to talk about the artistic credentials of sequential art as social commentary, or you simply like good sci-fi well told, then this will make you grin.’ 8 out of 10.

Lovely to read that and this keeps up the tradition of Mice reviews being overwhelmingly positive.

Marketing graphic novels on Facebook

In order to help out with the marketing, The Mice has been on Facebook for about three months. Yesterday I followed the advice of a social media expert and paid for some adverts through that site. Pretty simple to set up, and have seen my likes go from 60 to 155 in 12 hours. So that’s cool.

This link will take you to the page if you are curious:

www.facebook.com/themicecomic

The Mice to go in the December issue of Previews UK

The Mice in The Factory Menace, the first graphic novel in the series, will be in the December issue of Previews UK. This is Diamond Comics Distribution’s catalogue which supplies the comics and specialist bookshops across the United Kingdom.

This is very exciting to me, it means the book will be on the stands in the New Year, and Out There… Hopefully the orders will be high enough and sales will be good, so that said retailers will order the second book—Culture Shock, already in print from Scar Comics—which will follow it.

Yee-ha!

Re-design of The Mice in The Factory Menace

The first Mice graphic novel is going into Previews UK, either in December or January, which means it will be available for comics and specialist shops to order in the UK. For this reason I have souped up the original cover design and added some of the great quotes the book has been getting over the last few months.

I am especially pleased with the addition of a spine as the previous edition did not have one, due to the fact I had no idea how to make one in InDesign. Now I do.

The back cover cover blurb now goes like this:

WELCOME TO ORDER NINE – A GIANT ALIEN FACTORY WHERE HUMANS ARE THE MICE…
A young couple fight impossible odds against alien invaders – aliens taller than trees, destroyers of civilisation and builders of soulless factories. But as the aliens work 12-hour shifts, The Mice, under their feet, steal food, cut wires and plan their revenge…
From acclaimed 2000 AD and BD artist Roger Mason, The Mice in The Factory Menace is a sci-fi adventure story in which humanity fights for survival and aliens scheme to knock off early.

Graphic novel now available to buy

Cover art for The Mice in The Factory Menace, by Roger Mason

The Mice: The Factory Menace is now available to buy from Scar Comics online shop, here . £7.99, 80 pages, black and white, it is a complete story and also the first book in a proposed series of four, with the second book almost completed.

It tells the story of the giant alien factory Order Nine, and the humans who live there, who are treated like vermin and trying to fight off the aliens who, it must be said, don’t much care and hate their jobs. Humorous, action-packed, romantic and deadly, here are some reviews:

“Small press comics at its absolute best… 9 out of 10.”
Comics International

“This is a gem and worth seeking out.”
bugpowder.com

“Roger Mason’s fully-formed future scenario pits tiny terrorists in the Land of the Giants against occupying alien forces. A rollicking SF epic brought to life with splendidly fluid chiaroscuro brushwork by one of the UK’s most exciting young talents.”
Gary Spencer Millidge, creator of Strangehaven

A Preview can be read on my website , click on The Mice link, and here’s a couple of pages…

Page from The Mice in The Factory Menace, graphic novel by Roger Mason
Page from The Mice in The Factory Menace, graphic novel by Roger Mason

Scar Comics at Kapow!

It is with great pleasure I post this pic up on the blog. I found this online just now and as I do not tend to carry a camera I can miss moments like this, of which I am very proud so maybe it’s time to get a camera… Anyway, from left to right, myself looking knackered holding a copy of The Mice: The Factory Menace, Shane Chebsey holding Madame Samurai and Ben Dickson holding Slumdroid.

Shane is one half of Scar Comics, who are, in my opinion, England’s hottest independent publisher of graphic novels and Ben is the writer of Slumdroid as well as the acclaimed Falling Sky. My book is available only at conventions at the moment but will soon be more widely available and when that happens I’ll be blogging it.

This picture was taken at the amazing Kapow! convention in Islington, London, April 2011, which was the best UK con I have ever been to and well worth going to next year if you get the chance. The Mice sold really well and we at Scar had interest from a big figure in the UK comics publishing scene, which was tantalizing to say the least.

For a preview of The Mice go to my website, www.looksgoodonpaper.co.uk and click on the link.