Tuesday, 2 February 2016

Videogame features and reviews



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Yoshi's Woolly World - review


Monday, 1 February 2016

Review quotes


Omega Comics Presents #1 (Pop! Goes The Icon)

“I loved the second feature Odd Job… which is a different kind of ghost story. I really liked the mix of horror and humor in this one.”
- Ain't It Cool News

“De-Gruchy's story is a nifty little ghost story with a nice twist... It's actually fairly clever... It's an interesting ghost story,
which is kind of hard to pull off.”
– Comic Book Resources


Omega Comics Presents #3 (Pop! Goes The Icon)

“It’s kinda ballsy… and we’re all the better for it... More, please!”
Bookgasm

“My favorite of the issue is The Hero’s Journey... reads as powerful as some four part arcs in just a few pages.”
– Ain’t It Cool News

“(The Hero’s Journey is)… a cool little superhero story that we probably wouldn’t see from one of the Big Two.”
– Comic Book Resources


Weird Zombie Horror #1 (Black Ship Books)

“An entertaining read, with writing and art that is
outstanding throughout.”
– InGenre


Hope: The Hero Initiative (Ronin Studios)

“Elegantly told and beautifully rendered, HOPE: THE HERO INITIATIVE is a must have for any collection.”
– Jimmy Palmiotti (Jonah Hex, Painkiller Jane)

“Remember all those comics you loved when you were a kid? Of course you do. But what most people don’t remember are the creators who gave them those books. Some of them need help. Here’s your chance. Buy this beautiful book and let them know we’ll never forget.”
– Brad Meltzer (Identity Crisis, Justice League of America)

“…Really reached me – perhaps in a way that no other comic has in quite some time. You should definitely pick this one up the next time you go into your comic book shop. You’ll be doing yourself a big favor.”
– Comics Bulletin


Reasonably Priced Comics #2 (Reasonably Priced Comics)

My Way is a fun story that was pretty satisfying on all levels.”
– A Comic Book Blog

“A fun read.”
– Kitty’s Pryde

“The book is more than worth the money... a strong anthology with solid stories and a great variety of themes.”
– MWR


Horror Haikus #1 (Black Ship Books)

“...moves beyond the gimmick to deliver some truly
bone chilling content.”
– IGN


The Gathering #4 (GrayHaven Comics)

The Tipper Ripper is one of the best stories in this
volume... Excellent work!
– Arion’s Archaic Art


The Best of Omega Comics Presents: Volume 1 (Pop! Goes The Icon)

Something for all graphic-fiction tastes.
 - Bookgasm


Reasonably Priced Comics #4 (Reasonably Priced Comics)

Bad Boy takes a knife and twists it in your guts... this story really
steals the show.”
– A Comic Book Blog

“My favorite story in issue 4 was the final tale, Bad Boy... The story kept me guessing all the way to the end with sinister turn after sinister turn.”
– Atypical Tales


The Vessel of Terror (Markosia Enterprises)

“A sophisticated storyline, art that makes the eyes linger on the panels, and realistic dialogue with wit, humor and intelligence... The Vessel of Terror delivers on all these fronts...”
– Fangoria

“This book is worth every penny you pay for it.”
– From The Tomb

“The pacing and suspense remind me of John Carpenter’s The Thing... These guys nailed it... Creepy and disturbing from start to finish.”
– Comic Booked


Worst Case Scenario: Outbreak (Guild Works Publications)

“...fast-paced and jam packed with excitement... I found (And He Always Seemed Like Such A Nice Man...) very well paced and tightly, skilfully plotted…”
– Alex McKinley, Smart Alex Says


Reasonably Priced Comics #5 (Reasonably Priced Comics)

“Good, solid stories... This anthology series has been
incredibly entertaining...”
– A Comic Book Blog

“It would be nice if a wider audience could appreciate this comic... a nice pool of new talent...”
– The Comixverse


Never Look Back #2 (Incubator Press)

“A very well-done anthology... A great noir feel here.”
– Troy Hickman (Common Grounds, Witchblade)


Omega Comics Presents #1 (vol.2) (Pop! Goes The Icon)

“...all kinds of interesting characters... this is a nice offering featuring interesting stories by creators who ought to have a higher profile.”
– Comic Book Resources


The Elixir (Arcana Studios)

“This is an absolute gem of a fantasy graphic novel. I have rarely enjoyed reading one so much.”
– SFcrowsnest

“The execution was flawless from a storytelling standpoint by both the
writers and the artist... this is a very good read.”
– Fanboy Buzz


Reasonably Priced Comics #6 (Reasonably Priced Comics)

“Overall, (Guess Who's Coming To Dinner (At Nightmare Island)?) is original, funny, and memorable... the cream of the crop in
terms of entertainment...”
– A Comic Book Blog


The Last Ride of Henry Holden (Time Bomb Comics)

“This isn’t Young Guns, this is Unforgiven and it’s the better for it... highly recommended.”
– Everything Comes Back To 2000AD

“Good comic book westerns aren’t exactly in vogue these days, but if you are missing them, then this is for you... I really enjoyed this...”
– Geek Syndicate


The Case Files of Harlan Falk (Markosia Enterprises)

“It’s pretty cool... and I now find myself wanting more…”
– Scifi Pulse


The Fallen #1 – #4 (Monkeybrain)

“If you liked Y-The Last Man, I Am Legend or anything of that nature then you’ll love this book. Do yourself a favour and get it right now...”
– Geeks Unleashed

“...the narration [is] engaging and appropriately moody, and
it’s definitely a smooth read...”
– Trash Mutant

“Alex De-Gruchy has crafted a unique story of survival... the
atmosphere of dread really shines.”
– Bloody Disgusting

“When you’re breaking into a market or genre that’s already really saturated, you’ve got to set yourself apart... The Fallen
has that potential...”
– Rhymes With Geek

“In other words, it’s awesome... I love what I’ve read so far.”
– Fanboy Comics

The Fallen has some great potential... there is a good bit here to enjoy.
– All-Comic


Semispheres (Vivid Helix)

“One of the most unique puzzle games I've played in quite some time.
PSNStores

“It's smart, serene, and has some great puzzle designs, along
with a sweet story.”
God Is A Geek

“An elegant mix of stealth and puzzle solving.”
PlayStation Country

Writing and editing credits



Radio

Newsjack – Series 16, Episode 2 (BBC Radio 4 Extra) – February 2017
Contributing Writer


Videogames

Crystal Arena (Revobeing) – iOS, 2014
Script Writer

Seven Sages (Ghost From The Void) – PC, 2016
Script Editor / Guest Writer

Semispheres (Vivid Helix) – PlayStation 4 & PC, 2017
Narrative Designer


Comic Books – as Writer

Super Shorts #1 (White Elephant Productions) – November 2007
Recruitment Drive (short story)

Ronin Illustrated #2 (Ronin Studios) – January 2008
Dead Moon Rising (short story)

Alterna Tales #4 (Alterna Comics) – July 2008
Own Worst Enemy (short story)
Partners (short story)

Shrunken Wool #1 (Twofold Comics) – February 2009
Shelter (short story)

From Here To There #1 (Resolution Comics) – July 2009
Blood Trails (short story)

Horrific Tales Anthology #2 (Midnight Horizon Comics) – November 2009
Trick (short story)

Omega Comics Presents #1 (Pop! Goes The Icon) – February 2010
Odd Job (short story)

Shrunken Wool: Vol.1 (TPB – Twofold Comics) – April 2010
Shelter (short story – reprint)

Grave Conditions (Haunted Computer Productions) – October 2010
I’ll Meet You Halfway (short story)

Omega Comics Presents #3 (Pop! Goes The Icon) – December 2010
The Hero’s Journey (short story)

Weird Zombie Horror #1 (Black Ship Books) – January 2011
I’m The Man (short story)

FTL #5 (Orang Utan Comics) – February 2011
Maiden Voyage (short story)

Hope: The Hero Initiative (Ronin Studios) – March 2011
Rose (short story)

Reasonably Priced Comics #2 (Reasonably Priced Comics) – April 2011
My Way (short story)

Horror Haikus #1 (Black Ship Books) – June 2011
Curse You, Mr. Buttons! (short story)

Dead Men #1 (Orang Utan Comics) – August 2011

The Gathering #4 (GrayHaven Comics) – August 2011
The Tipper Ripper: Work Ethic (short story)

The Best of Omega Comics Presents: Volume 1 (Pop! Goes The Icon) – September 2011
Odd Job (short story – reprint)
The Hero’s Journey (short story – reprint)

IF-X #5 (Vol. 3) (Hamtramck Idea Men) – September 2011
The Beer Run (short story)

Reasonably Priced Comics #4 (Reasonably Priced Comics) – November 2011
Bad Boy (short story)

Worst Case Scenario: Outbreak (Guild Works Publications) – November 2011
And He Always Seemed Like Such A Nice Man… (short story)
One-Way Street (short story)

Reasonably Priced Comics #5 (Reasonably Priced Comics) – April 2012
The Perfect Moment (short story)

Red Light (Arcana Studios) – April 2012
(Written by Devin Hylton & Alex De-Gruchy & Chris Campanozzi)

Omega Comics Presents #1 (Vol.2) (Pop! Goes The Icon) – May 2012
Bluetick & Redbone: In Good Spirits (22-page lead story)

The Elixir (Arcana Studios) – June 2012
(Plot by Jason Chiu & Alex De-Gruchy, Script by Alex De-Gruchy)

Never Look Back #1 (Incubator Press) – June 2012
Welcome To Charlton (short story)

Never Look Back #2 (Incubator Press) – June 2012
Bonds (short story)

Never Look Back #3 (Incubator Press) – June 2012
One Last Whiskey (short story)

Reasonably Priced Comics #6 (Reasonably Priced Comics) – July 2012
Guess Who’s Coming To Dinner (At Nightmare Island)? (short story)

The Gathering #15 (GrayHaven Comics) – November 2012
The Endless Trail and The Restless Dead (short story)

The Last Ride of Henry Holden (Time Bomb Comics) – November 2012

Type O Negative #2 (Incubator Press) – December 2012
Collaborator (short story)

Crystal Arena #1 (Revobeing) – August 2013
(Plot by Jason Chiu, Script by Alex De-Gruchy)

Omega Comics Presents #3 (Vol.2) (Pop! Goes The Icon) – March 2014
Sexual Harassment: Fun For Only One! – A Moral Lesson From The Freedom Team  (short story)

The Fallen #1 – #4 (Monkeybrain) – March 2014–October 2014

The Best of Omega Comics Presents: Volume 2 (Pop! Goes The Icon) – September 2016
Bluetick & Redbone: In Good Spirits (22-page lead story – reprint)


Comic Books – as Editor

The Vessel of Terror (Markosia Enterprises) – October 2011

The Case Files of Harlan Falk (Markosia Enterprises) – November 2013


Prose

Polygraff #3 (Polymancer Studios) – April 2010
The Beer Run (short story)

The Limitless Magazine (www.thelimitlessmag.com) – September 2013
The Widow (short story)

The 40p (www.the40p.com) – December 2015
The Mercenary, the Mage and the Pit (short story)

The 40p (www.the40p.com) – April 2017
Bad Day for Boppo (short story)


Non-Fiction

Reviewer – Comic Avalanche (www.comicavalanche.com)
(September 2005 – January 2006)

Staff Writer – Jaded Expressions (www.jadedexpressions.com)
(November 2005 – September 2006)

● Contributing Writer – Official PlayStation Community Magazine
(October 2012 – January 2013)

● Reviews Editor – New Gamer Nation (www.newgamernation.com)
(November 2012 – February 2013)

● Associate News Writer – Bago Games (www.bagogames.com)
(November 2012 – March 2013)

● Feature Writer – Eight And A Half Bit (www.eightandahalfbit.com)
(February 2013 – February 2015)

Reviewer – All Readers (www.allreaders.com)
(June 2014 – July 2014)

Contributing Writer – Fextralife (www.fextralife.com)
(September 2014 – April 2016)

● Feature Writer & Game Reviewer – PS4 Home (www.ps4home.com)
(February 2015 – February 2017)

● Feature Writer – GamerBolt (www.gamerbolt.com)
(March 2015 – November 2016)

● Feature Writer & Game Reviewer – Tech Daring (www.techdaring.com)
(August 2015 – September 2015)


Miscellaneous

www.fromtheholonet.blogspot.com (Weekly Star Wars–themed comic strip)
(June 2008 – July 2008)