Monday, 31 March 2008

At Last, He Will Have... Revenge!

Okay, a bit out-of-left-field, this one. I've been dimly aware for some time now that long-time friend, Thargol, has been racing cars competitively. Got a bit of a double-whammy today on discovering that not only has he just won a trophy for driving (I can only presume) very, very fast indeed, but that he's also (judging from his clothes) a full-on Sith Lord!

So, congratulations to Thargol for this mighty accomplishment, and for harbouring a deadly secret that threatens to spell doom for the Galactic Republic.

Sunday, 16 March 2008

Threat or Promise?

So, in a move that throws my entire life's trajectory into a neck-breaking swerve, I've officially become a "team player."

Certainly not something I would have expected, probably not something I would have actively sought out and unquestionably something I'm glad to have experienced. For the first time ever, I'm co-writing a comic with not one, but two other writers.

With Starship Troopers: Bad Blood reaching its climax in issue#8, the series will be forging ahead with a two-part story entitled Triple Threat. What's unusual about this arc is that it actually consists of three separate-but-linked stories, featuring three independent sets of characters. The Vandals will be there, of course, doing their thing. However, on this occasion they'll be accompanied by Tanner's Tigers (the unit from Tony Lee's run on the series, and written by the man himself) and a super-secret third party codenamed the Reaper Cell (whose story will be written by Christian Beranek, of Se7en and Dracula vs. King Arthur fame).

So far, I've been impressed by how comfortable the collaboration has been. It should make for a frantic and exciting story. I got to plot the whole thing out, which was a lot of fun in itself, but the actual collaborative development and fleshing out of the story between the three writers has been a fascinating experience. I can't wait to see how it all turns out. Did I mention that each story gets its own artist too?

So then, for these two issues at least, I'm a full-on, co-operative, socially adjusted, productive member of the creative/artistic community.

After that, though, you kids better stay the Hell off my lawn!

In non-Troopers news, I've been looking over the now-coloured artwork for a soon-to-be-announced graphic novel I'm working on for another publisher. Infuriatingly, that's about all I can say about that at the moment, but it's something I'm really excited about and the pages I've seen over the last week or so have been phenomenal.

More news on that soon...

Saturday, 8 March 2008

Quilty Verdict...

Now see, I'm not the kind of guy who gets invited to private viewings of things. Thrown out of, maybe, but invited in? Not so much. So anyway, this was a bit of an eye-opener for me.

If you scan down the short but highly concentrated "Mighty Friends of Cy" list to the right of this page, you'll spot a link to Ferret Fabrications. Do yourself an enormous favour and click that link. Once you've recovered from the experience, I'll meet you in the next paragraph.

Impressive stuff, isn't it?

Ferret's high up on a very short list of people I've kept in touch with from "back in the day". She's an expert in astrophysics, a professional-level programmer, a skilled mechanic and about a dozen other things. If it's broken, she can fix it. If it needs breaking, she can oblige there too. It's a rare combination of gifts.

The latest thing she's turned her hand to is quilting, and it should come as no surprise that she's excelling at it - as in, she's already winning awards - internationally! Her first solo exhibition, entitled "Uncovering the New Age" is currently running at the Dissenter's Gallery in Ladbroke Grove, and Nic and I went down there last night to check it out.

Stunning. Simply stunning.

Seriously, if you think you know anything about quilting - you don't. If you don't know anything about it and think you don't want to - you do. Check out the samples on Ferret's site and, if you live anywhere even remotely sensible, go and see the damn exhibition. She's running workshops and conducting a talk and I can say without fear of contradiction that she's doing none of it by half measures.

7th March - 7th April
Saturdays, Sundays & Mondays
09:00 to 17:00 (also Friday 21st March)

The Dissenter's Gallery
Kensal Green Cemetary
Ladbroke Grove
London W10 4RA
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