Friday, 28 December 2007

Gutter Mouth

Hi there!

Bit of a surprise, this one. The mighty and everlasting Rich Johnston (described by Comic Book Resources as "the oldest extant comics news reporter on the Internet") has given Starship Troopers a mention in his column, Lying in the Gutters. It's just a brief mention, mind, but it's definitely a step in the right direction.

Rich (I call him Rich because, seeing as how I'm a Big League Professional Comics Writer now*, that automatically means we're good mates - even though we've only met once when he was signing copies of his Flying Friar hardback) has also put up lettered versions of some of the pages from issue #5. In case you're interested, here they are. Enjoy!

*Actual Bigness may vary.

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Friday, 21 December 2007

Blog War!

So here's the thing:

I currently exist in a couple of places on the internet. I've got this blog, a page on ComicSpace and a few other fragments of me drifting about the place. For the most part, I've been taking it fairly easy with them, updating when I've got some comics news, or when some random thought's been pestering me to let it out of my head.

Right now, I'm on the verge of adding another page to my "Where the Hell is Cy?" list. The Comics Village website has very kindly offered me a regular column there. Perhaps they've got me confused with someone else...

In any case, I'm hardly going to turn down an opportunity like this, so I'm putting together some ideas and getting ready to kick things off. Of course, now I have to start thinking about what goes where. The ComicSpace page is pretty easy, since it's more of a newsboard than anything else. What I'm trying to get a feel for now is what sort of division there should be between the material in this blog and the stuff in the Comics Village one. Obviously, Comics Village is going to have a strong comics focus, but I wouldn't want to lose that aspect from this place.

Hmm... Some thought required. Any ideas?

Tuesday, 11 December 2007

Russian Roulette Lite

For no particular reason, I find myself thinking about games today.

Not the kind of games I play now, of course. No, I mean the kind of games I used to play when I was young enough to actually admit to playing games. Back when I was a kid, all games were basically the same in format. You and the other players sat round whatever instrument of psychological torture you'd chosen to submit yourselves to, and each of you in turn performed a simple, seemingly harmless action (poking fake swords into a fake barrel, placing items of cargo on a plastic mule, whatever). Play would continue in this fashion until, at some unpredictable moment, something sudden and catastrophic would happen. A brief moment of silence would ensue while each of the players confronted his or her mortality in their own personal way, and then play would continue with the disaster-stricken participant excluded.

At no point could anyone explain to the eliminated player why their identical performance of the simple, repetitive action had on this occasion resulted in their dismissal, nor how everyone else had earned their resultant sensation of superiority over them. It was essentially impossible to improve your skill at playing the game, or to otherwise increase your chances of averting the catastrophic outcome. Play simply continued until only one player remained as, for want of a better term, the "winner".

Here's what I learned from years of playing these cookie-cutter games in their many and various forms. Life is fraught with horrifyingly random catastrophes, there is no way to avert them or lessen their impact, and the best we can hope for is to be the last person left who hasn't lost so we can quit playing before we lose as well...

... and a very merry non-specific Winter festival to you all!

Tuesday, 4 December 2007

Starship Troopers News

Well, with the publicity for Starship Troopers starting to kick off, I guess it's time for an update. Here's what the guys at AAM/Markosia are saying:

AAM Markosia is proud to announce that now available for ordering on page 191 of November Previews for January shipping is Starship Troopers #5, the first issue of a brand-new storyline “Bad Blood”, the perfect jumping-on point for new readers.

Featuring a new writer and artist team, Cy Dethan and Paul Green, the series is sure to hit new heights. Cy first burst into comics with Starship Troopers: Extinction Protocol, a monthly serial in Mongoose Publishing's Signs & Portents magazine. His experience writing within the Troopers universe made him the ideal choice to take over when Tony Lee retired from the ongoing series. In Bad Blood, Cy now brings comics readers their first encounter with the Pathfinders - elite Special Forces of the Mobile Infantry. Welcome to the jungle, Trooper.

Cy Dethan commented: "Writing this book is a dream come true for me, so I'm coming into it with all guns blazing. In Bad Blood, we're going to show you exactly what it takes to be a Mobile Infantry Pathfinder. As for the future, there's a galaxy of monsters out there. It's about time humanity showed them we can bite back..."

Speaking about Cy, AAM Markosia Publisher Harry Markos said that Cy was Tony Lee’s hand-picked successor, and he moved to sign Cy up quickly after both Tony and Harry were impressed by Cy’s presentation at the Bristol Comic Expo earlier this year. On debutant artist Paul Green, Harry remarked: “This guy we also signed at Bristol…he is one of the biggest talents to emerge from nowhere in years, and we expect him to follow in the footsteps of Trevor Hairsine in being snapped up by Marvel or DC at some point. For now, though – he’s all ours!”


STARSHIP TROOPERS #5: Bad Blood (Part 1 of 4)

Cy Dethan (writer)
Paul Green (art)
Full Color
28 PP
Ongoing Monthly series
$3.50 / £2.00

Starship Troopers returns in an explosion of Sex, Bugs and Rock ‘n Roll! An elite Pathfinder platoon storms the Arachnid-infested jungles of Farsteldt, where a savage ambush catapults them into a knife-edge First Contact situation. The Bug War just gained an unpredictable new player! Spectacular new story arc with newcomers Cy Dethan and Paul Green creating a stunning new look to the much-loved Troopers Universe!


A PDF of the entire issue is available to reviewers or news sites for publicity purposes, please email with your details to access this. Interview requests with creative personnel also welcomed.

Cool - I've never been described as "personnel" before. While we're talking about previews, here are Paul Green's first three covers for the Bad Blood story arc:

I'm loving my life right now...
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