Friday, 31 August 2012

Independents' Day

Ian Cullen and I have been talking for a while about me writing an occasional column for the SciFi Pulse website. The idea was for a semi-regular look at the independent comic circuit, with a particular (but probably non-exclusive) focus on UK creators and publishers.

I'm sort of gearing up to break ground on this soon, and right now I'm on the lookout for British independent comics creators with a project that needs promotion. I've been around the circuit long enough to know there's a Hell of a lot of talent out there and so little of it ever gets seen as widely as it deserves to be.

So, basically, I'm open to suggestions. If you are or know a creator or publisher with a project you'd like to see spotlit on SciFi Pulse, then either leave a comment here, shoot me an email or track me down on Twitter or Facebook (links on the right). Hopefully we can get you some attention.

Tuesday, 28 August 2012

On the Pulse

The interview I recorded with Ian Cullen for the SciFi Pulse show on BlogTalkRadio has now gone live to stream or download. I always have a lot of fun talking with Ian, and I tend to leap on any opportunity he offers to get on the show, so if you fancy hearing me talk about upcoming books like Cancertown 2, The Reverend: Blood Cries Out and Phantom Lung & the Garden of Dead Liars, then feel free to listen in.

By the way, if you're a UK creator looking for some exposure for your work, listen to the end of the show, and consider checking back here on Friday.

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Friday, 24 August 2012

Fifty Shades of Graeme

With Cancertown 2: Blasphemous Tumours now hovering at DEFCON 2 in preparation for its official launch at this year's Thought Bubble convention in Leeds, it seems like a good moment to point out that the book's artist has entirely taken leave of his senses.

Having spent the last year of his life putting together the artwork for what has to be one of the best-looking books I've ever been involved in, Graeme Howard has decided to offer his original art for every single page of Cancertown 2 for sale at the frankly crazy price of £5 each, plus £2.50 postage.


He's planning on bringing the pages to Thought Bubble, but the entire first chapter has already been sold, so interested collectors might want to think twice before waiting.


You can contact Graeme via email.

Wednesday, 15 August 2012

Remission Impossible: Cancertown Returns as Volume 2 Pre-orders Open

Cancertown 2: Blasphemous Tumours
Writer: Cy Dethan
Pencils and Inks: Graeme Howard
Colours: Peter Mason
Letters: Nic Wilkinson
Original Designs: Stephen Downey
Publisher: Markosia
Released: November 2012

Diamond Order Code: SEP12 0727
ISBN: 978-1-905692-90-3

Sequel to the “Where the f*** did that come from?” indie hit, Cancertown: An Inconvenient Tooth, Cancertown 2: Blasphemous Tumours finds a dangerously ill Vince Morley tumbling between warring worlds as the barriers between his two realities cave in around him.

In May 2009, an unknown team unleashed their first creator-owned work, Cancertown, on an unsuspecting world. As the scrappy indie outsider flew off the stands at Bristol Con at its astounding launch weekend, comic book legend Bryan Talbot said:

“For a first graphic novel from a new creative team, Cancertown is remarkable... We’re seeing here the first outing of creators who will make their mark on the future comic industry.

Don’t say I didn’t warn you."

It seems the warnings weren't enough as the sickness has returned. November 2012 sees the launch of the sequel at the Thought Bubble Sequential Arts Festival in Leeds, and it's taken a turn for the darker.

The Cancer Cell has grown and mutated to include the talents of Graeme “Dick Turpin and the Crimson Plague” Howard on pencils and amazing new discovery Peter Mason on colours.

With nightmarish intensity in both visuals and storytelling, this second volume of Cancertown hurls the reader head-first through the looking glass. The foundations are shaking, the old powers are falling and all the scores must be settled before the dust ever will.

Read a free 11-page preview:

Pre-order Offers

Pre-order and Thought Bubble Launch Special Offers:

£12 Cancertown 2 (prepaid, pre-order for posting or collection RRP £16.99)
£15 Cancertown 2 (buy from the table at Thought Bubble Launch RRP £16.99)
£20 Cancertown 1 and 2 (pre-order or from the table for posting or collection, RRP £33)

Everybody who pre-orders will be entered into a draw to win a framed original sketch of the Cancertown characters by Graeme Howard.

Every pre-order will also have a DVD containing the following:
·      Scripts for all 6 chapters
·      Script for a previously unseen Crosshair origin short story
·      Cover concepts
·      Full chapter in inks
·      Full chapter in colours 

Postage: £2.50 UK, £4.00 Rest of World.

Payment must be received for pre-orders by 1st November 2012 to qualify for pre-order price, competition and extras DVD.

Normal cover price of the book is £16.99 (160 pages, colour).

You can pay by cheque or Paypal.

Please visit or email for more details, to place your order or for payment information.

Should’ve known better than to trust an angry, blinded monster with a spaz-hand and a grudge.”

Six months after the events of Cancertown: An Inconvenient Tooth, Vince Morley is a dangerously sick man. Bugf**k is in a psychiatric hospital, sticky fingers picking through the darkest corners of the mind that brought Cancertown into existence. The crossing points between Morley’s two realities are wearing thin and all the rules are changing.

I got my hand bitten off trying to save the world’s biggest c**t from something worse than him. Don’t pretend you know anything about me.”

Within Cancertown, something new has appeared – a creature of horrific violence and limitless rage. The foundations are shaking and the old powers are falling, one by one. Papercut, deadliest of the Cancertown players, seeks out Morley to claim the favour he owes her – a favour that could cost him more than just his life.

We can no longer protect you. Cancertown 2: Blasphemous Tumours is coming...

Reviews of Cancertown 1: An Inconvenient Tooth
"I described it to someone asking me what it was about as a rip-roaring mindf***.
John Freeman, Down the Tubes

"The book grabs you by the throat right from the start and drags you kicking and screaming into the vividly twisted world of Cancertown...what we have here is a well crafted, fantastical story that demonstrates what a comic book should be. I for one can't wait to read more tales from Cancertown."
The Sidekickcast

"Cancertown: An Inconvenient Tooth is one of those rare treasures in its originality, well written and beautifully drawn.

"Cy Dethan has scripted an exceptional story. If you like horror stories mixed with detective novels you are going to love it."
Comic Shop Voice

" I bloody loved this graphic novel.

“It was a complex, dark and twisted fantasy with a heavy noir feel to it.Think Maltese Falcon crossed with Criminal Macabre and a dash of Alice in Wonderland, trippy as hell (God knows what sort of dreams I'm going to have tonight!)...Seriously though, pick this up as it’s one hell of a read."
Geek Syndicate

"The thought put into the story was exceptional, the heart between Bugf**k (not really her name) and her father was real and Vince's predicament is never far from his mind and he knows it. The twist behind the origins of the leaders of Cancertown wasn't something I was expecting. Essentially, Dethan put together a hell of a book."
Comics Related

"Cancertown leaps out of the page at you, grabs you by the jugular and doesn’t let you go. Simply put, it’s weird, disturbing and any number of other words that you’d associate with horror. It is also compelling and, in the tradition of the best horror comics, has just the right mix of action, adventure and mystery thrown in to keep you guessing."
SciFi Pulse

Tuesday, 7 August 2012

Cancertown 2 Previewed in Geek Syndicate Quarterly

Title says it all, really. In another feature-packed issue, GSQ runs a preview of Cancertown 2 with several pages of gloriously fucked-up Graeme Howard / Peter Mason artwork. The curtain is also pulled back on the deeply cool Lightning Strike anthology (featuring some of Indifference Engine co-creator, Rob Carey's best work) and the awesome Scarifyers, by Simon Barnard and Simon Gurr.

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