Monday, 28 April 2008

Cancertown Previews at Bristol!


Press Release

May 2008 for Immediate Release

Insomnia’s Layer Zero Evolves at Bristol


Layer Zero volumes one and two are combined for the first time, and to celebrate the launch of Layer Zero TPB, Special Bristol 2008 limited edition copies of the book will be available along with regular stock. Only 10 copies will be available of the limited edition, which includes a free poster (worth £4,) unseen Cancertown signed concept art, and previews of Cages and Cancertown (priceless). To order your copy, costing £20, send an email quoting “No Sleep” and your details to layerzero@insomniapublications.com.

What’s more, if you order your copy now you’ll be in with a chance of winning a signed copy of Cages, all the way from San Diego, signed by Xander Bennett, Melanie Cook, Jonathan Hickman, and Ben Templesmith.

With over 30 creators involved, including some famous names in the industry such as Cy Dethan, Paul Green and Thomas Mauer (Starship Troopers) along with talents such as Paul Cartwright, Alasdair Duncan, Luke Hinchley, Mike Webster, Robert Robinson, Thommy Melanson and many more, Layer Zero offers diverse creative styles on themes of Insomnia and Time. Layer Zero TPB is a book not to be missed. 120 pages, full colour.

Free copies of Daemon issue one will be available to the first 1000 people on the Saturday morning in the Comic Expo’s goodie bag.

Alasdair Duncan’s novel, The Kill Cell, will be on sale, along with a selection of posters by Paul Cartwright and Paul Green.

Cancertown will be available to preview over the weekend. A limited supply of Cages proofs will be for sale and Portfolio reviews will also be taking place over the weekend.

For more information on Insomnia Publications, visit the new and improved website www.insomniapublications.com [live 1st May].

Digital copies of Cages, The Kill Cell and Layer Zero available for review now.

Wednesday, 23 April 2008

May the Internet Tremble...

As part of my ongoing campaign to wreak havoc, promote ill will and generally shake the foundations of Heaven and Hell, I've staked out a little patch of the Web, stuck a flag in it and called it home. Primarily, I'm going to use it to store all my hate mail and legal threats, but you may also find information about, and samples of, my comics work scattered about the place.

It's your basic Cy Dethan delivery platform, so feel free to visit Cy's Awesome Website for all your daily Cy Dethan needs.

Saturday, 19 April 2008

The Wizard of Oz Meets Chinatown

Yep, that was my pitch about a year ago when I first decided to take a crack at this creator-owned comics thing. Now the book's in production and everything's looking good, so maybe there's something to this "X meets Y" / "X - in Space!" / "X in the Body of a Giant Robot Shark!!" style of summation that seems to dominate the industry.

I promised some details on Cancertown (coming soon from Insomnia Publications) so, for whomever may be curious, here goes:

Cancertown is the story of a former mental patient with an inoperable brain tumour who conducts search-and-rescue missions into a monstrous, alternate version of London. You with me so far? Good. The guy's name is Morley, and he suffers from a rare mental disorder that causes him to believe a number of weird things about himself and his relationship to the outside world. The major upshot of this is that his delusions manifest themselves in a twisted alternate world he calls Cancertown. The real fun for Morley began when dispossessed people - those who were lost or who had a diminished sense of their own identity - started to fall into Cancertown, and Morley decided that his purpose in life was to find those people and return them to the real world before they became permanent residents.

There's a lot more to it, of course - including monsters, ganglords and a horrifically scarred burn victim whose connection to Cancertown seems every bit as strong as Morley's - but that's the basic set-up.

So, yeah - The Wizard of Oz meets Chinatown. Art by Stephen Downey, colours by Melanie Cook and letters by Nic Wilkinson.

Previews at Bristol.

Tuesday, 15 April 2008

And Now, A Word From Our Sponsor (Part 3 of 3)



Been sitting on this uncomfortable but terribly exciting hunk of news for a while already, but now that the press release is out I can finally talk about it. Firstly, here's the official announcement from Insomnia Publications:

Press Release
April 2008 for Immediate Release

Insomnia breaks out Cages at Bristol Comic Expo

In July 2008, Insomnia Publications will release “Cages” by amazing Australian duo, Xander Bennett and Melanie Cook , with an awesome cover by Jonathan Hickman of “The Nightly News” (Published by Image) and foreword written by “30 Days of Night”, “Fell” and “Wormwood’s” Ben Templesmith. Insomnia will have proof copies of the 120-page full colour book on sale at their table, but be advised, they are in limited supply of only 20 copies.

The Layer Zero Graphic Novel will also be on sale, with over 30 creators involved - including some famous names in the industry such as Simon “Cy” Dethan, Paul Green and Thomas Mauer (Starship Troopers), along with talents such as Paul Cartwright, Alasdair Duncan, Luke Hinchley, Mike Webster, Robert Robinson, Thommy Melanson and many more. Offering diverse creative styles on themes of Insomnia and Time, this is a book not to be missed. 120 pages full color.

Free copies of Daemon issue one will be available to the first 1000 people on the Saturday morning in the Comic Expo’s goodie bag.

Alasdair Duncan’s novel, The Kill Cell, will be on sale along with a selection of posters by Paul Cartwright and Paul Green.

Insomnia Publications will also be previewing a book currently in production and due for release later in the year - Cancertown. The first chapter can be viewed at the Insomnia Publications stand. Cy “Starship Troopers” Dethan (writer of the book), Stephen Downey (incredible Irish pencil and ink talent) and Nic Wilkinson (lovely letterer) will all be present at the show. Unfortunately, Mel Cook, recently emigrated to Canada (colourist), will not be able to attend.

Over the weekend, Insomnia Publications will be reviewing creator portfolios. We will have a board with times on the days, so please be sure to look at this first thing to avoid disappointment. Artists and Letterers, please bring samples for on-the-spot review and cards or work examples for us to take away. Writers, please submit packs and pitches, including concept art if possible. Creative teams, please provide a full pitch with the first ten pages complete.

Crawford Coutts, Managing Director of Insomnia Publications, said: “I am very excited about this show, as we have come a long way since last year and are proud to present our new line-up of comics. This is just the beginning.”

For more information on Insomnia Publications, visit the new and improved website www.insomniapublications.com [live 1st May]

Digital copies of Cages, The Kill Cell and Layer Zero available for review now.


The astute reader will have noticed a familiar name or two in there.

More info to come very shortly...

Tuesday, 8 April 2008

And Now, A Word From Our Sponsor (Part 2 of 3)

In addition to the Markosia nominations, I see that Thomas Mauer, the Lettering Samurai of Starship Troopers, has books he's worked on nominated in no fewer than four other categories this year! Needless to say, that's quite a feat!

So, in addition to his nomination for Best Letterer mentioned in the previous post, check out the following categories for increased quantities of Thomas Mauer awesomeness:

12: Award for Favourite Colour Comicbook - American: AWAKENING

16: Award for Favourite New Comicbook: AWAKENING

21: Award for Favourite Original Graphic Novel: THE SURREAL ADVENTURES OF EDGAR ALLAN POO

Yes, I know, there's a bit of a problem with category 16 if you've already read the previous post. I'd recommend a period of quiet reflection before tackling that one.

And Now, a Word From Our Sponsor (Part 1 of 3)



Well, the nominations are up for the Eagle Awards and it turns out that Markosia has done pretty well for itself. Competition, as always, is likely to be insane, and Markosia has been extremely cool to me, so I'd like to submit the following candidates for your consideration:

1. Favorite Newcomer - TONY LEE

2. Favorite Newcomer Artist - AZIM AKBERALI

7. Favorite Artist: Fully-Painted Artwork - AZIM AKBERALI

9. Favorite Letterer - THOMAS MAUER

13. Favorite Color Book - (You have a choice of two here!) HOPE FALLS or STARSHIP TROOPERS

15. Favorite Black & White Book - British - ELEVENTH HOUR

16. Favorite New Comicbook - HOPE FALLS

Votes can be cast here.
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