Tuesday, 16 August 2011

The Interactives - A Review

I'd been looking forward to the release of Peter Rogers and Luciano Vecchio's The Interactives ever since I first heard of it, so I was pleased to receive my copy directly from Pete this week. Like all of Markosia's paperbacks, it's a nicely produced book with strong binding and good quality printing.

That, I'd have to say, is where any similarity between this comic and any of my own ends.

If you're reading this blog at all, there's a reasonably high probability that you actually know me personally, or at least through my work. If you've read anything of mine, or spoken to me at any great length, you'll most likely understand that The Interactives, fundamentally, is a book that I couldn't have written. It is, in short, a story with a good heart.

For sure, it's got the balls-out monster slap-fights that we all want to see, with an enormous range of mythological entities on display. It has its quirky team dynamic down to a science and a set of characters that artfully straddle the line between the emblematic and the personally believable. The art is furiously imaginative, the colours (by the always phenomenal Yel Zamor) are glorious and the whole thing is basically just really enjoyable. It's good, clean fun.

So, yeah - The Interactives is a rewardingly weird ride with some top-class visuals, marrying social media modernity with a playful take on mythology in a way that shows a deep love of both and diminishes neither. There's even a very welcome bonus mini-comic at the back, drawn by Azim Akberali - whose work is, frankly, astonishing.

I'll give the final word to Big-Name Writer and Epic Welshman, Rob Williams, who describes The Interactives as "a story where imagination is both championed and revealed to be incredibly powerful."

The Interactives is available at the Markosia site right now.

Friday, 12 August 2011

I Prefer the Term "Research"

If imitation truly is the sincerest form of flattery, then I'm about to flatter the ever-loving, blue-eyed Hell out of Simon Wyatt by "imitating" a substantial portion of one of his recent blog posts below:

After a brief hiatus (due to recovering from a recurring back injury) I'm back on the blog with some wonderful, amazing, nay 'Unbelievable' news!

These are exciting times for me, not only am I involved in a myriad of projects but my graphic novel Unbelievable: The Man Who Ate Daffodils is due to be published soon (just 51 days to go) and is available for pre-order now!

Here are the details!
Diamond Previews #275 Page 222
Order Number: AUG110740

This 160 page monster is scheduled for release on October 1st 2011 (just in time for Halloween), and is also available to pre-order from Markosia's own website and from the following retailers:


Here's the ISBN: 1905692609

You can also read the first 30 pages in this exclusive preview Myebook - Unbelievable - The Man Who Ate Daffodils

It's been a long time coming, having initially spawned the idea for the story 7 years ago (!) and it's been a hell of a journey getting to this point, there have been highs and considerable lows and without going into great detail I must say the proof is in the publishing and I'm so, so glad Unbelievable has found its place in Markosia's stable of titles.

I'll be updating soon with dates for signings, book launch etc, so stay tuned as I also plan a competition to launch the book with some of the original comic art and signed concept sketches as prizes!

The alert reader will have already noted that I have a sizeable dog in this fight. Simon Wyatt is currently drawing a script of mine for an upcoming Markosia graphic novel called Phantom Lung & the Garden of Dead Liars (both this and Unbelievable having letters by Nic Wilkinson). A few pieces of concept art from this have already snaked their way onto the internet, and I'm looking forward to being able to show more...

...and with that mostly stolen blog, I'm gone. I finished writing the third chapter of White Knuckle today so I've got psychological batteries to recharge.

Friday, 5 August 2011

Thought Bubble Pre-Orders

So, after launching Slaughterman's Creed in print at this year's Bristol convention, it looks like I've got two more launches to look forward to before the end of the year. With both The Indifference Engine and Broadcast: The TV Doodles of Henry Flint coming out at Thought Bubble in November, 2011 is shaping up to be about my craziest year in comics so far. Both books are currently available to pre-order from the Markosia site. If you're heading to Thought Bubble and want to pre-order either of the books, you can score a discount by picking up your signed copies at the convention.

Here's the run-down:

The Indifference Engine: A Holographic Novel

Responding to a strangely specific job advertisement, a distinctly ordinary twenty-something suburban slacker named Alan Blake finds himself in the middle of an inter-dimensional task force staffed entirely by superhuman alternate versions of himself. Struggling to find his place in this vast continuum of near-immortal doppelgangers, he uncovers a conspiracy that strikes at the very heart of the organization – a conspiracy that only he can stop.

ISBN: 978-1-905692-59-0

Broadcast: The TV Doodles of Henry Flint

The mind of Henry Flint is a galaxy of beautiful atrocities – a nightmare factory where the bestial becomes benign, the mundane magical. Henry Flint is at once a full-service doodling savant and a one-man alien zoo, and this never-before-seen collection of his personal work is an attempt to chart a single, crooked leg of the artistic journey he takes daily. Welcome to the best of the bestiary.

ISBN: 978-1-905692-58-3

Nic and I will have a table at Thought Bubble, in the Saville's Hall venue. We'll very likely have Indifference Engine artist Rob Carey with us as well, signing books and selling sketches. Stop by and say hello.

Monday, 1 August 2011

The Cancer Cell Multiplies

Here in the Cancer Cell we like a good paradox, so we're currently multiplying (the team) by dividing (the work). No harm ever came of a paradox, did it?

That is to say, we are pleased to welcome Peter Mason as the colourist for Cancertown 2: Blasphemous Tumours.

You can see the 2 pages he did as samples below.

Cancertown 2: Page 10
Pencils and inks: Graeme Howard, Colours: Peter Mason
Cancertown 2: Page 02 Pencils and inks: Graeme Howard, Colours: Peter Mason

We all want to say thanks to everyone who was interested in joining the book and sent samples in. The talent on show was spectacular and it was a very hard decision. Hopefully there will be opportunities to work on other things together in the future.

Peter's colours bring just the right mix of threatening surrealism to the Cancertown scenes and the increasingly hollow, disconnected, desperate world of Morley's London.

Peter lives in Herne Bay and loves to draw all the time - on the bus, in lessons (when he shouldn't have been drawing), in the garden - in fact he will draw anywhere and any time.

On the net he is known as UNiCOMICS and you can see more of his work over at his DeviantArt Page, on his visual blog. He also has his own web comic called THONK.

Peter says: "I think its going to be amazing working on the book. I cant wait to get started!"

I met Peter at Whatever Comics at the signing event for Fall Of The Wolfmen. It will be good to bring him back there next year at the other side of the table when we launch the book!

Incidentally, this is also where I also met Aaron Moran - with whom I'm working on two other projects right now. So the message here is get out to events at your local comic shop - you never know what might happen!
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