Monday, 23 June 2008

Abort/Retry/Fail?

I vote abort.

I pinched this link from Mr. Twig's blog yesterday, and I'm still boggled by it.

The Art of Triple Threat


So, Triple Threat part one is in the bag and my work's done on the finale. I have to say, it's been a fascinating experience working with two other writer/artist teams to produce a single, coherent narrative. I've met some very cool people through this, which in itself more than justifies the effort.

So anyway, I thought some kind of update was in order. The artist on my story sections is the incredibly talented Scott James. Scott's an amazingly easy and rewarding guy to work with. He's a natural storyteller and utterly uncompromising in his approach to his art. He's also prepared to get his hands dirty and actively throw in suggestions of his own as to how a page could be laid out, which is an enormously valuable trait in a collaborator. Here's a brief sample of some of his work on Starship Troopers #9, as coloured by Alex Johns (with assists by Scott):



Tony Lee's end of the story is being handled by mighty Troopers veteran, Neil Edwards. Neil's work has always impressed me, and from the looks of things he's now starting to get the kind of recognition he deserves. Here are a few examples from his own website:



The final thread of the story, written by Christian Beranek, features art from the awesome Jim Boswell. Jim's got a really strong style and some very interesting projects in the pipeline. He's also a genuinely nice guy. I highly recommend that you take a look at his blog to see what he's been doing recently. Meanwhile, here are a few of his Triple Threat panels:



So there you have it - a brief taster of things to come in Starship Troopers. Once Triple Threat concludes, the Vandals seize the spotlight once again with the four-parter, Fool's Errand. So, picture the Poseidon Adventure. Now set it in space, in the middle of a giant asteroid field. You with me so far? Cool. Did I mention that the “ship” is alive, and that the passengers on it are actively trying to destroy it? That’s Fool’s Errand in a nutshell. More as and when...

Most Notably... um, Me?


On one of my routine patrols past Comics Village, I spotted a review of a book that Nic and I have a story in. It's a cool review - and I get a mention in it, which I always enjoy. The book in question is Insomnia Publications' Layer Zero anthology, and there's some pretty strong work in there. I've actually got talking to a couple of the other creators since the book came out (specifically, Martin Fisher and Thommy Melanson - both of whom are well worth watching out for).

As ever, if you're interested, feel free to take a look.

Friday, 13 June 2008

Dude, Where's My Career?


It seems that AAM/Markosia is on the lookout for new talent for some upcoming projects. Here's a heads-up from their Group Editor, Craig Johnson:

Hi all,

As Group Editor of AAM/Markosia, I'm often asked to review portfolios at comics shows here in the UK - but these shows are few and far between, and we have a number of projects with writers attached, looking for artists.

Let me tell you a little of what we've got on offer - there are four projects in varying stages of writing, which we're looking to put out in 2009, first as full colour monthlies, then as the collected edition. Some of these have the potential to go onto multiple series, but here's what's on offer initially:-

- One is a modern day zombie tale set predominantly in London.

- One is a post-apocalyptic tale focusing on a robotic survivor.

- One is a cross between Days of Future Past and Gattaca.

- One is modern day tale featuring DNA tweaks to enhance brain power having unusual side effects.

From these rather short descriptions, get in touch with me at craigjohnsonesq@aol.com and we can talk.

Best,
Craig.


Looking over those projects, they actually do sound rather cool. I've been having a great time working with Markosia - so if there's anyone out there who's interested in applying for these gigs, I can definitely recommend shooting Craig an email.

Wednesday, 11 June 2008

Phantom Fandom


Bit of an odd one, this.

I've received my first piece of what I guess could be termed "fan art". It's a bit of a cheat, since it comes from my girlfriend and frequent collaborator, Nic Wilkinson - but I got a major kick out of it anyway. It's always fascinating to me to see what artists come up with when they tackle one of my characters. Nic's take on Vanauken is instantly recognisable - but simultaneously manages to show a side of her that's never been seen before.

For those who don't already know, Nic was the artist on my Extinction Protocol strip for Mongoose Publishing. She went on to draw and letter my Remember This Moment story for Insomnia Publications' Layer Zero anthology, and most recently has been lettering Cancertown for me. She's all kinds of awesome.

Speaking of Insomnia, the Layer Zero trade paperback (which collects issues #1 and #2) has sold out within a month of release. Congratulations to Insomnia - now hard at work sorting out a second printing. It'll be available from branches of Waterstones, Forbidden Planet, independent comic shops, Diamond Previews (for the USA and Canada) and direct from Insomnia at the end of July 2008. Pre-orders can be made by emailing layerzero@insomniapublications.com.

Monday, 2 June 2008

Reduplicative Paramnesia - Look it Up

Just a quick Cancertown update.

I've put up a gallery over on my website, featuring some images from the Bristol preview pack. By all means, feel free to scoot on over and check it out.
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