Monthly Archives: November 2014

Right! We’ve just returned from ThoughtBubble 2014 (15th/16th Nov’) where we were promoting two new comics created this summer… “Severed Head Cult” – a tale from The Cthulhiad, a running and fighting tentacled monsters in small attic spaces horror comic (see trailer below).

…and “Vanitas” – (again) a tale from The Cthulhiad, this time a more existential exploration of the horror of existence, with some of the characters from the other Cthulhiad books turning up and doing their thing.

As pointed out above, Inter Comics Podcast can be heard >HERE< being very nice about “Vanitas”… (from about 43mins in).

Andn that note, again as mentioned above, if you’ve read ANY of the books we’ve put out over the last three years, and have liked any of them, please, please, tell us about it.

It would be great to get some feedback, you may even get quoted on the back of next years books.

So, Thoughtbubble 2014… (#TBF14)

… As always, we had a great time and met some very, very nice people…

TB is always such a great experience for us. So much great stuff on show, over the next week or so I intend to showcase some of the great books and art we picked up, along with a round-up of the weekends events. Until then…

Thanks to every one who stopped by the stand, even if it was just to browse or chat, and of course a big thank you to those who picked up the books (new and old). …and to those of you who missed us, see you next year, or you can always chat to us on Twitter.

Gareth@hesir, Sarah – @wildflowerfaery, Damian – @DamianStreet, Andrew@Cosmonautilus and Alex – @AlexWeinle (No Alex this year, he’s a busy man dontcha know) Iron Shod Ape Icon For Thoughtbubble

…mostly it was Sarah and I (it’s me, Gareth)… as always we were joined by Messrs Segal & Street and an assortment of friends new and old.


Regarding the comics, I’d been hoping to have a Redux/expanded version of last year’s un-proofed ashcan (The White Ship, by then hopefully called no less enigmatically, The Lance) ready to debut at the show, but time got away from me and so I published two parts of the larger collection as separate books, namely “Severed Head Cult” (the fighty one) & “Vanitas” (the talky one).


In other news from earlier in the year, some of the comics work from the books (from Damian, Alex and myself) had been on show in the Illustrative Arts Exhibition in the Creative and Cultural Gallery in Hull (1st Aug until 29th Aug, 2014).

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It was a great show to pull together and great to collaborate with so many other excellent local artists and creatives…

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This is me putting some of the work up at the show…


More recently, I had the chance to exhibit work at the Hull School of Art & Design as part of “Z”, a zombie themed exhibition tied into the PlatformExpos Games Con here in Hull.

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Again a great chance to exhibit along side colleagues like Dom Li, Paul Starkey and Dave Eccles, as well as some of the younger talent from the Art School.

Hello! I’m Gareth Sleightholme. I draw and write comics amongst other things, mostly about monsters and the people that hunt or are hunted by them…


And we are “Iron Shod Ape“! A creative collective of comic book fans now making our own books…

We had a Great time at Thought Bubble this year (Sept 2017), the new TB set up seemed to work. We got to meet a bunch of lovely people as always, and it was great to get some regulars back to pick up the new stuff… thanks to everyone who came by the table, and particularly to those of you who said cool stuff about us on the internet, you have no idea how much it helps, so cheers. You may also have see me at at the Hull Horror Fest in October last year too.

If you want to catch up with us, our next gig is at the Geek Fair on Saturday the 28th April 2018. See you there!

Iron Shod Ape Team Shots

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Over the last few years we have showcased titles such as:

The Boatman, Beached Rockets and several books from The Cthulhiad, as well as joining forces with indie powerhouse Madius Comics to publish two of a loose trilogy of Viking Saga books; The King’s Leap and Ake’s Trial (the third is coming soon!).

You can see the kinda fun we’ve had doing the shows here -> #IronShodApe

The Cthulhiad books look a little like this:

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…people in the comics world have been kind enough to say things like this about the books:

Praise for “The Cthulhiad”:

“Dialogue is great, the story moves at break neck pace.”

“Glorious thick, dark inking and great use of shadow. Add to that great character work and design and it all adds up to make this book a pleasure to look at.”

“…this is is the first book I’ve read in The Cthulhiad series. Severed Head Cult has left me chomping at the bit for more. I want to know everything there is to know about this comic universe.”

Stevie Robinson, Other Worlds Than These.

a harrowing tale of monster hunting. Sleightholme choreographs an excellent fight scene with a creature that flows like water…”

“…part of Sleightholme’s Cthulhiad series. If this is what can be expected from it, I’m definitely interested in seeing more. He’s created a terrifying world dripping with mythology and lore.”

James Ferguson, Horror Talk

“In a world of quick, efficient storytelling and conventional three-act structures, the Cthulhiad stands alone like a bewildering tower of Lovecraftian passion and excess.  Challenging to read and gorgeous to look at, this is a series designed to reward the patient…”

“Intricately detailed and packed with expression and dynamism,”

“…it’s Sleightholme’s artwork which is clearly going to provide the main selling point for the Cthulhiad.”

– Craig Neilson-Adams, The Big Comics Page

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Praise for “The King’s Leap”:

“Rob Jones (Madius Comics) actually has some pretty damn impressive ‘straight writing’ chops. The narration is bold and dramatic.”

“Sleightholme’s artwork is an absolute delight… with a cinematic flow to his panels that keeps the story moving forward smoothly throughout”

“The King’s Leap serves as an eye-opening broadening of the Madius Comics horizon, and firmly cements Gareth Sleightholme as an absolute must-watch artist.”

– Craig Neilson-Adams (aka Ceej), Big Comics Page.

“Robin Jones has captured the essence of the epic tale and twisted it…”

“I was unfamiliar with [Gareth’s] work before this, but I’ll be sure to keep an eye out for it from now on… action sequences are as fast-paced as the script. Here there be monsters, and Sleightholme draws some fantastic ones, creatures that recall Lovecraft and those great beasts in Pacific Rim.”

Brad Gischia, BagAndBored.

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…elsewhere including praise for (writer and artist on the Cthulhiad) Gareth Sleightholme‘s other comic art on books like Horrere.

“…gorgeous”, “…stunning art” – (Shane/Dawn of Comics), Comics Crusaders.

“[Gareth] packs a hell of a lot into his panels. The details in the line work are jaw dropping and the panel layouts are just great…”Stevie Robinson, Other Worlds Than These.

“…look at this artwork. Isn’t its messiness grand?” – Jessica Maybury, Girls Like Comics.

“The visuals were amazing too …almost overwhelming but in a really good way that adds to the buzz of the terror” – Susan Omand, Garbage File.

“[Gareth’s] art is surprisingly evocative” – Max Deacon, Scream.

“The artwork by Gareth Sleighthome is incredible; packing each frame with more details than you’ll take in right away”Kieran Fisher, ThatsNotCurrentBlog.

Sleightholme does another stellar job with the visuals, proving that he’s equally adept at zombies as he is with swords and sorcery…”Craig Neilson-Adams (AKA Ceej), Big Comics Page.

“[Gareth’s] work in this short is fantastic, looking like something that would be at home in 2000 A.D. or any of the other top anthologies on the market.” – Brad Gischia, BagAndBored.

“Geof Darrow-esque detail” – Pipedream Comics.

On that note…


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…this blog is a work in progress, put together as we geared up for our first gig (back in November of 2012) at ThoughtBubble, where we launched Beached Rockets and The Cthulhiad/The Indian Fighter.
Let us know if there is anything we can do to improve it or anything else you would like to see on here.