Wednesday, May 2, 2012

End of Nerd Wave Paradigms

I've decided to no longer update Nerd Wave Paradigms. You can instead find me on Tumblr at, Twitter @jwtierney, and my personal site at, all of which I've been much more active on. These, along with the Facebook page, are also the best sources for Spera info and news. Thanks to all those who followed! Hope to see you around.

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Spera is coming to TCAF!

I'll be sharing a table with Kyla Vanderklugt, Hwei and Victoria Grace Elliott at the Toronto Comic Arts Festival, where we'll be promoting Spera with copies of Volume I, Magical Girls and free Vol. I & Vol. II postcards.

Also exhibiting at TCAF will be Vol. I artists Emily Carroll, Jordyn Bochon and Luke Pearson.

Admission to TCAF is free. We hope to see you there!

Monday, April 16, 2012

Magical Girls contest winners

The Spera: Magical Girls contest winners have been announced! Congratulations to Apay Dy, Lira Alicia Kraunik and Marina Julia. Click here to view their winning entries.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Geekquality interview

Geekquality recently interview me about Spera, and I drop some new info regarding Volume II and TCAF. Read the interview here.

Saturday, April 7, 2012


Ahuizotl, Luke Pearson's short from Spera: Volume I, can now be read for free at!

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Yonder's Dream

Sometimes Yonder dreams -- and often it is a recurring one involving armour, his younger self and an abstract sense of purpose.

Yonder's Dream is an 8-page Spera comic brought to life through the feverish colours and animated GIF elements of Joanna Krótka, who also came up with the original concept. Please click through to see the rest of the comic and its animations.

Monday, March 19, 2012

Steamed Horror

Steampunk and horror served fresh! Steamed Horror is now up on This 12-page black & white short was illustrated by Giannis Milonogiannis and features a colour cover by Ray Jones.

We ask that you soak in the atmosphere, let it stew and enjoy a nice bowl of nightmares tonight.

Friday, March 9, 2012

Magical Girls fanart contest

We're having a Spera: Magical Girls fanart contest!

Want to win a copy of Spera: Volume I, signed by Kyla Vanderklugt, Hwei, Emily Carroll, Jordyn F. Bochon, Luke Pearson and me? How about a copy of the print edition of Magical Girls to go with it, signed by Victoria Grace Elliott, cover artist Hwei and me? One artist will be selected to receive both of these prizes, while two others will receive signed copies of Magical Girls.

All you have to do to enter is create some snazzy Magical Girls fanart, post it online and send the link to The three winning pieces will also be featured on The deadline for this contest is April 9th, though it's possible it'll change to a slightly later date.

Friday, March 2, 2012

Magical Girls!

Frilly costumes! Ornate attack shouts! Magical activation jewellery! All 24 pages of Magical Girls are now online, and it’s probably the world Lono wishes the main Spera story was. Follow high school students Pira and Lono as they uncover the nefarious schemes of the Starless, all while studying for tests and reading comic books.

Magical Girls was illustrated by Victoria Grace Elliott, who is part of a magical girl group project called Pretty Clover Knights. If you like shoujo, Sailor Moon, Cardcaptor Sakura and other cartoons and comics in the magical girl genre, we hope you’ll check out Magical Girls!

As a special bonus you can download a wallpaper from the comic's first page.

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Clothes Shopping

Clothes Shopping, a two-page Spera short illustrated by HamletMachine, is now online. Clothes Shopping was written in 2010 as my first attempt at a gag comic.

Monday, February 6, 2012

Sun Dog

Sun Dog is up on! The story for this five-page comic was written by Bobby Myers in 2010 as the last of the 'random encounter' series of shorts -- basically, comics where Pira, Lono and Yonder beat up monsters to level up. Disa Wallander brings this particular battle to life with her strong sense of atmosphere and beautiful blue palette. I wrote the dialogue.

Thursday, January 26, 2012

TCAF 2012

Spera is coming to TCAF! Kyla Vanderklugt, Hwei and I will be promoting Spera: Volume I at the Toronto Comics Art Festival on the weekend of May 5th and 6th. Also in attendance will be Vol. I artists Emily Carroll, Jordyn Bochon and Luke Pearson. Admission to TCAF is free.

Thursday, January 12, 2012

5 Favourite Games Of 2011

All right, here we go: my five favourite games from 2011.

1. Yakuza 4 - CS1 Team

Players into Japanese gangster dramas and RPG/beat-'em-up hybrids should really check out the Yakuza series (starting with 3 if you prefer drama, and 4 if you prefer beating people up). Yakuza 4 has a story for thinking, feeling adults that themes of brotherhood and honour with absurd humour. Exploring the city is always atmospheric, and beating up thugs (yet never killing anyone!) is always a treat.

2. Sonic CD - Christian Whitehead (port)

I've played through this game 10 times since it's been out on PSN. It's a game I've been wanting to play since 1993 but never had the hardware -- the only Sonic similar to the first game, where platforming and exploration are as important as speed. The 90s neon colours are the best kind of gaudy. Also, this level theme.

3. The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword - Nintendo EAD
4. Dark Souls - From Software
5. Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 - Eighting

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

SPERA Now In Stores

The first book from Archaia is officially out in stores today. If your local comic shop or bookstore doesn't have a copy, they should be able to order one in. If you don't have a comic store near you, you can order a copy from most online retailers.