Bata Neart appears in NEO Magazine! / by Mark Egan

Hello all and please forgive this disruption to the regularly scheduled retrospective that I would normally put here.

Instead, out of excitement for a recent event which I will describe, I would like to shamelessly plug my wares on you...in a way. (I beg your forgiveness!!)

You see, beyond the whole retro anime review thing I do here on UKAniFest I am also one of the many 'web-manga' artists you find around these days, and for a good long while I've been producing a pair of series in weekly rotations. One is an office comedy called Back Office, and the other a magical-girl thing set in Ireland named Bata Neart.

I have resisted the temptation to plug these series to you guys for quite a while, mostly because I don't like the idea of doing that for no good reason. However, a good reason just now popped up.

NEO Magazine: I have a sneaking suspicion that this might be about Manga and Anime...maybe..

NEO Magazine: I have a sneaking suspicion that this might be about Manga and Anime...maybe..

You may or may not be aware of the very fun UK based Anime/Manga/J-pop magazine NEO. If you are not, then please be aware that it is a magazine about the things I mentioned there.

Through a series of luck, communication and dark magic I have somehow gotten my manga Bata Neart to be featured in August's edition of NEO Magazine!

E-gad! I had gone and done thar made that!! It has 'me name onnit and all!

E-gad! I had gone and done thar made that!! It has 'me name onnit and all!

I'm really very excited by this, and thus my usual resistance to self-promotion was worn down. NEO has printed a 10 pages sample of the latest Bata Neart chapter as well as a bit of blurb about me too! They even threw in a plug for my Back Office book on Amazon! They were extremely nice to do all this. 

Ahh...my rendition of the Wicklow Mountains printed on wonderful glossy paper. Hopefully the locals never find out how much creative licence I used in drawing the place...thank you Google Streetview :D

Ahh...my rendition of the Wicklow Mountains printed on wonderful glossy paper. Hopefully the locals never find out how much creative licence I used in drawing the place...thank you Google Streetview :D

This is the very first time Bata Neart has been through a printer (other than my own) and I'm really glad to have it out there for people to read. If you are a NEO reader, and currently don't hate me, I hope you enjoy the extract of my manga and hopefully think about reading further.

In case you are interested regardless of NEO, all of my stuff is here.

If you have read this far, thank you for putting up with my shameless plugging. I promise to revisit this whole 'web-manga' thing as a proper article subject in the future. I know well that there are many manga/anime fans out there like myself who are driven by their love of the genre to go a far as making their own stuff. Thus some of my own stories or insights in web-manga production might be of interest to you guys. Please let me know if this is or is not the case in the comments. As always I love input and I will always respond.

Anyways thank you again. Like I said before, my next retrospective will be Tenchi Muyo: GXP. Watch out for that in the very near future!

-Mark