Tuesday, 21 May 2013

Bad Medicine

I've mentioned a number of times before that I'm a sucker for anthology titles. In fact, it'd be tough to be a committed British comics reader without that characteristic, since we've got such a strong tradition of multi-story publications. Markosia's upcoming British Showcase Anthology, the brainchild of Adam Cheal, describes itself as follows:

The British Showcase Anthology is a collection of sequential stories with one purpose in mind: to showcase the talent we have in the UK. The book is being published by Markosia Enterprises Ltd, which is at the forefront of the UK industry.

Clocking in at around twenty stories, this book cuts a pretty decent cross-section through the UK comics industry, with contributions from previous (and/or current) collaborators of mine like Valia Kapadai, Peter Mason, Roy Stewart and Graeme Howard.

So, yeah, I've got a story in this one, with the phenomenal Row Bird on art and Pete Mason on colours. Nic Wilkinson's working her usual magic on the lettering. I can't tip too much about the story, but look out for Gateway Drugs when the anthology drops later this year. In the meantime, here are some in-progress pages from Row, showing off his stunningly clean and dynamic style.

Expect to hear more from me about Row in coming weeks, in a future instalment of my Mystery Project series of posts...

Tuesday, 14 May 2013

Casting the First Stone

In all of the many strange, darkened roads that Barry Nugent has walked in his novels and adaptations, no character casts a longer shadow than Napoleon Stone. For me, he is the Unseen Shadow that gives the project its name. My life up until this moment has been one long training montage, but now Barry has convinced me that it’s time I confronted the Demon Stalker on his own ground.

Eye of Stone is my latest contribution to the collection of "expanded universe" stories set in the Unseen Shadows continuity. Here's a sample work-in-progress page, with art by Heather Sheppard and letters from Nic Wilkinson.

Eye of Stone is a jagged little fragment of Napoleon Stone's personal history. Barry and I had been talking about the possibility of me doing something like this for as long as I've been involved in the Unseen Shadows project, and I always said that if I ever did a Stone story, I'd need to feel it had something worthwhile to contribute to the fabric of the character. I'm hopeful that we've nailed that with this.

I'd been looking for an excuse to grab Heather for a story for about a year, so when Barry floated her name as a possible artist for Eye of Stone I practically bit his hand off. Heather's a staggeringly versatile artist with an extensive background in concept art and illustration. As if further recommendation were necessary, the tough-to-impress Nic Wilkinson is an enthusiastic fan - as evidenced below by her Sheppard-designed Dinobot Teaceratops shirt. Frankly, if you're still unconvinced after that, you can just get the Hell off my blog and never come back...

Eye of Stone is in production now. Updates as and when...
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