The final O Men book – finally on sale!

Hi guys,
I’m pleased to say that the print version of the very final O Men book (Book Five) is now available to buy! It contains the last 8 issues of The O Men (plus an ashcan that recaps the series) – it took a couple of years to create and I am really proud of it!
It’s just £8 including postage, and you can get it by sending the money to me on Paypal (using the email address martrpeden@yahoo.co.uk). It’s $12 for US readers.
These are all the issues I created after my work on Spandex, so I think they take on a different ‘feel’, and hopefully it works, to some extent, almost as a self-contained book. Also, you will get hints about my next big project!
All other O Men books are available through the O Men website: https://theomencomic.wordpress.com
Digital versions of the final two issues and the final book will also be available soon on Comixology and Amazon – I will put release dates on the O Men Facebook page when I know them. I’ll also be sending print versions of the final two issues to subscribers soon.
Oh, the book will also be in London’s Orbital Comics and Forbidden Planet very soon.
My 18-year saga has finally ended!
Cheers
Martin
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Thought Bubble! Final O Men!

Hi guys, so this weekend I will be at the amazing Thought Bubble convention in Leeds, selling my wares! The very final O Men book will be debuting at the show, and you can find out what my next project will be – it’ll be on my banner (it’s something you may not expect!). Have a look at this map – I’m in the main hall, towards the back on the right! If you’ve never been to Thought Bubble and are tempted to come – come along, it’s amazing (but maybe check they’ve got tickets available first). I’ll be putting O Men book 5 on sale after the show!

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Inktober Day 31 – Miss Scarlet

Maybe a writer shouldn’t pick favourites, but I… saved Miss Scarlet for last!

Red was a bit of a muse for me – I really enjoyed writing her and the way she’d take over a scene – either with her outrageous humour or actions. She was also very human, often saying or doing things she comes to regret later. A lot of the O Men’s themes tie in with Miss Scarlet, and a lot of the series’ mysteries involve her. You’ll find out a lot about Miss S in the penultimate issue, and I hope people like it!

And that’s it for Inktober! I wasn’t going to do inktober at all, but got a little inspired by some music (like I often do) and then thought it would be a fitting tribute to the O Men series. It’s also been a great learning process for me – learning from some of the weaker drawings and being motivated to do better. I’ve also found it interesting to see what people respond to the most – there was one pic I was actually struggling with and was on the verge of scrapping it – and it turned out to be possibly one of the most popular pics – that’s the UK Ultra Knights one!

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Inktober Day 30 – The USAviors

The USAviors (at one point called The Hard Corps) were my all-action American superteam. I did like them and their super-names. elite was the all-guns-blazing leader, Hotfoot the flighty/sexy member/sometime partner of elite (and daughter of Hotfoot, who joined Kelly’s O Men team at the start of volume two).

Kamikaze and Girl VII were the cool Japanese brother and sister duo (Girl VII was named after a St Etienne song).

Sugar I loved, she was my Rogue-type character, and she represented my homesickness sometimes (when I first moved to London from Birmingham, I would get homesick very often for a long time), and Underdog was kind-of my savage Wolverine/Midnighter character.

I wanted to do quite a bit with the team in the final issues but didn’t have as much room as I wanted – the plan was for Sugar and Underdog to join the O Men at one point, but this didn’t really happen. Keep an eye out for the USAviors in the final issues though, and a twist with Underdog.

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Intoner Day 29 – Malice

Some of the early O Men stories were heavily influenced by 90s Vertigo, and Malice was definitely a 90s Vertigo stye villain. She allowed me to do some fun things quite early on in the series, and feature quotes and extracts from some of my favourite books and comics at the time, such as Stephen King’s The Regulators, The Invisibles and Akira.

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Inktober Day 28 – ?

I don’t normally do spoilers on my comics, but this is a pic of a chap who turns up in the last issues of The O Men. He was a very last minute addition to the story and I just really, really enjoyed drawing him (which is weird, because I usually prefer drawing the ladies). I’ll give you a clue, he does appear in a very early issue of the series in a different form…
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Inktober Day 27 catch-up – The Insect League

Well I did this yesterday in a meeting, forgot to do anything with it, then was out all night watching the Aladdin musical, so it’s my first Inktober ‘fail’. Here it is now, anyway.
These guys were just a bunch of fun super-criminals I made up, but they were kind of my ‘Wrecking Crew’ throughout the series (ie, if I wanted a generic bad-guy team to just do something, I could just throw them in).
Beezlebub is the leader – he is the ‘lord of the flies’ (they come out of his mouth!), Dragonfly I thought was quite cool-looking, Flea is fun, bouncing around, Money Spider is a weird Spider-Man/burglar type person, Spidra has huge hair, Arachnid is a huge, weird freaky spider guy, and Mistress Web creates webbing – I did love her hair and costume.
I threw in a little extra explanation about them in the penultimate issue.
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