Saturday, 20 December 2008

The Gift That Keeps On Giving...

As I've mentioned before, I never get tired of seeing things I've written brought to life by an artist with real enthusiasm for the story. Case in point: here's a sneak preview of Mister Paper, Mister Scissor and Mister Stone, as depicted in Scott James' beautifully warped cover for The Case Files of Harlan Falk #2.

With stuff like this and Stephen Downey's frankly breathtaking Cancertown pages coming in, I'm grinning like a fucker right now. To say that I've been lucky to have teamed up with guys like this would be a major understatement.

Thursday, 11 December 2008

Scott James Has It Covered...

I would have posted this yesterday, but I wanted to wait for the okay from Scott James first. This is an early version of Scott's cover for The Case Files of Harlan Falk #3, to be published next year by Markosia.

Scott has a really strong grip on the characters and instinctively seems to understand what I'm trying to do with this book. In addition, the guy's a phenomenal visual storyteller. One thing's for certain: this book is going to look gorgeous.

In other news, Starship Troopers #11 came out, and I was again struck by the art team of Neil Van Antwerpen and Peter-David Douglas. I hear they're teaming up with Tony Lee on a Dracula book called Harker next year, and from the concept previews that are up it looks like it'll be beautiful.

I've been asked to contribute a short story to Insomnia's next Layer Zero anthology, and I've just seen a couple of samples from the artist they've picked out for me. Impressive stuff. More details once the script's complete.

That's it for now.

Friday, 5 December 2008

Antisocial Darwinism

It's been a strange experience watching Cancertown continue to evolve since I finished the last script in July. During that time, I've been receiving a steady flow of pages at various stages of completion from the art team of Stephen Downey and Mel Cook. It's been fascinating, and I doubt I'll ever lose the sense of excitement I get from seeing something I've written come to fruition in the artwork.

Let me give you an example. A couple of days ago, I received the following Cancertown page to look over:
You see what I mean?

Now, sure - these are characters I came up with in a scene I devised. I can look at the script and picture them, maybe even hear their voices speaking to me from the page, but actually seeing them brought to life like this is just a whole different experience. I seriously hope I never lose that feeling.

I'm one of those pro-science, rationalist, sceptical atheists you've read about (it turns out that's a fairly common trait among magicians), which I hope gives you some idea of what it means when I say that the evolution from script to final art is pretty much the closest thing to real magic I can imagine...

Wednesday, 3 December 2008

... But None The Wiser

Okay - I'm back, I'm rested and Holy Christing Fuck I'm old!

The fingertips of my left hand have turned to leather from playing Rock Band and, considering how smooth and flat the Stratocaster controller's frets are, I'm not even sure how that's possible. I was sceptical about the whole Rock Band / Guitar Hero phenomenon for a long time. I figured that the genre of timing-action games had peaked with Space Ace in the 80s (still my all-time favourite arcade game), and couldn't see the attraction. However, having actually played one of these games over at Ferret and Tet's place a few weeks back, I was instantly converted.

Had an outstanding haul of birthday loot this year. A lot of it was magic-related, and I might go through it in a separate post at some point. I'll spare you that for now.

Next order of business is the first issue of The Case Files of Harlan Falk, which I'm hoping to complete over the next few days. After that, I've been asked to write a short story for the upcoming Layer Zero anthology. The topic for this one is "Choices" and I already have a story in mind for it. While I'm thinking of it, check out this early version of the anthology's cover (contributed by Harlan Falk and Triple Threat artist, the mighty Scott James):
Cool, huh? Scott's work continues to impress me with every piece I see, and he's definitely one of my favourite artists to work with.

If you were to sneak over to the Insomnia blog right now, you might spot a small announcement tucked away in one of their recent posts. Yup, that's the new book I mentioned before my holiday started. I'll give this one its own post in the not-too-distant future, but for now I'll just say that The Ragged Man is a book that's very much reflective of the state of mind I was in when I developed it. The fact that it's been formally announced by a publisher (and is therefore "real") is both exhilarating and deeply disturbing to me. I'm waiting for final confirmation from the artist I've been speaking to about it - so when I know more, so will you.

That's it for the moment. More soon.
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