Friday, 12 June 2009

Insomnia News Round-up

As recently announced on the Insomnia blog, the publisher is about to launch a new line of "biographic novels" - essentially, books with a historical angle. The first of these, Burke and Hare by Martin Conaghan and Will Pickering, will be out later this year and is already looking excellent. With a foreword from Alan Grant and bonus artwork from the likes of Frank Quitely and Gary Erskine, I'm damn sure going to be looking into this.

Stephen Downey's well deserved transformation into a full-blown comics celebrity advanced yet again with an article in the Irish News. Click the image below to check it out.

As if Stephen weren't busy enough already, the idea has been floated of a sort of special edition "Rough Guide to Cancertown" art/background book. The details are still being discussed, but the book would include an exclusive story from Morley's past, most likely detailing his first experiences of "crossing over" and meeting the Cancertown residents. Should be fun.

Finally, Cancertown has received the following cool-as-fuck review from Simon over at

Cancertown: An Inconvenient Tooth
Insomnia Publications

Writer: Cy Dethan
Artist: Steven Downey
Reviewer: Simon

Insomnia Publications are gathering a reputation for investing in new writers and artists and producing groundbreaking work.
This year they have released Cancertown, Layer Zero: Choices and coming soon is Burke & Hare (which will be released under their new Vigil imprint).

Cancertown: An Inconvenient Tooth is one of those rare treasures in its originality, well written and beautifully drawn.
The front cover, by Paul Cartwright, lets you know you are in for a surreal ride as you are transported with Vince Morley to Cancertown. The story is well put together and you feel like you are in a book by Jamie Delano, it has the freshness that he brought to Hellblazer.

"Vince Morley is a man with big problems and a brain tumour like a baby's fist, living with one foot in a monstrous alternate world he calls Cancertown. When the lost and dispossessed of London start tripping over the same cracks in reality he spends his life avoiding, Morley realises he must confront the residents of Cancertown - and risk finding his place among them."

Cy Dethan has scripted an exceptional story and Stephen Downey's pencils are a joy, whilst colourist Melanie Cook captures the tone brilliantly. If you like horror stories mixed with detective novels you are going to love it, I kept expecting Mickey Spillane to cameo somewhere along the way.

This is not a book you are going to put down once you start reading so sit back, relax and enjoy it when you have a lot of time to absorb it, THEN re-read it. Unlike so many other independent publications, Insomnia have given their writers and artists time to get the end product right and then produced a printed edition that has quality and is a pleasure to own. If all small publishers produced work on this scale then the big boys (Marvel, DC etc.) would definitely have a fight on their hands and their dominance would slip away. Already, Insomnia are proving they have the capability to produce work of a superior quality and the future should, hopefully, be very bright.


  1. Sounds great!!!!! Congrats I'll be ridding on your coattails soon enough!lol

  2. Great review. I love the last paragraph :)


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