After a couple months of hiatus due to various and difficult personal and professional circumstances, I’m hoping to get a bit more back on track this year, if possible. First, with a blog title change, as you can see. The past few months in particular have certainly felt like a rites of passage – for better and for worse – and while this title change is only temporary (as I hope these rites of passage are), hopefully it can represent a step in the right direction and the chance to emerge stronger.
Both Vampire Boogie and Magic of Myths: Faerie are coming together nicely, with both books due to launch sometime around June/July 2015, latest. Clockwork Watch: Tick Tock #3 is also due around the same time, meaning it’s going to be a busy year, and hopefully a productive one. Much of 2014 was laying the groundwork for these three titles, which has sometimes been exhausting, but it’s good to see them nearing their various stages of completion.
In the meantime, you can get a taste of each, one way or another:
Vampire Boogie – 3-page sample: http://vampireboogie.files.wordpress.com/2014/07/vampire-boogie-small-preview.pdf
Magic of Myths: Faerie – early pencils preview: http://magicofmyths.com/2014/12/31/new-year-new-and-first-magic-of-myths-faerie-artwork/
Clockwork Watch: Tick Tock #2 (in preparation for #3) – on sale at ComiXology: https://www.comixology.co.uk/Clockwork-Watch-Vol-4-Tick-Tock-IPA-2/digital-comic/164950
As mentioned in the last post, I’ve been working on a story for zombie anthology, Dead Roots. And now, Dead Roots‘ chief all all-round good guy Mike Garley has launched a Kickstarter campaign for the full book, which contains all the Dead Roots stories to date and a few extras as perks: www.kickstarter.com/projects/1668205146/the-dead-roots-comic-anthology
It’s doing wonderfully well so far, but you can still become a big part of the campaign and own a rather lovely looking hardback edition (as well as get an exclusive invite to the launch party) by heading over to www.kickstarter.com/projects/1668205146/the-dead-roots-comic-anthology and contributing. Every bit helps and it’s a fantastic anthology which should appeal to anyone of great stories, whether you’re a fan of undead tales or not.
And I’m not just saying that – my humble little story is rubbing shoulders with tales from big names such as Paul Alexander (Red Dwarf, My Parents are Aliens, Emmerdale), Eric Canete (Iron Man, Luke Cage, Superboy), Andrew Ellard (Red Dwarf, IT Crowd, Miranda), James Henry (Green Wing, Smack the Pony, Campus), James Moran (Doctor Who, Severance, Cockneys VS Zombies), Jason Arnopp (Doctor Who, Friday The 13th, Stormhouse) and Gordon Rennie (Judge Dredd, White Trash, Necronauts).
Be part of it and grab some goodies! www.kickstarter.com/projects/1668205146/the-dead-roots-comic-anthology
So, in-between writing Magic of Myths: season two, Clockwork Watch: Breakaway and other bits and bobs, I’ve been secretly working on another project which I’d been signed up to. A secret project I can finally talk about in the open.
Say hi to Dead Roots.
The site describes it as:
“… a bumper-sized zombie comic anthology, published quarterly throughout 2013. Dead Roots brings together top talent from the worlds of TV, animation, film, comics and games to provide an anthology of stories based in the initial outbreak of a zombie outbreak. The anthology focuses on the emotional state and experiences of everyday people and their journeys, as they search to find their loved ones in the apocalyptic setting of a zombie outbreak!”
Dead Roots has picked up some sterling reviews, and I’m pleased to say I’m contributing a short story towards it called ‘Black, White and Red (All Over)‘.
Dead Roots‘ editor and chief, Mike Garley invited me to pitch a story to him last year, and after missing the mark with my first pitch, my second idea struck a chord. So after I put the script together earlier this year, he teamed me up with the talented Andy W Clift (artist) and Mike Stock (letterer) and after a few months of hard work, the results are ready to go. A quick panel preview for you…
You can see this page preview on the site with the other stories in Dead Roots by visiting www.deadroots.co.uk/stories/.
I’ll have news on when the next Dead Roots is available to download but you can buy the current editions here: www.deadroots.co.uk/the-app/.
I’m also working on several other secret projects… but I’ll talk about those in the coming months…
When truth must be stolen from the mouths of the wicked, it falls beyond the reach of mere heroes.
Liars, loners, losers – trapped on the outskirts of a war fought in silence and shadow. Drawn into darkness, they flee it, they study it, they make it their home.
They are the Forgotten – a flickering circle of torchlight in an expanding world of Unseen Shadows.
Read the preview here: http://unseenshadows.com/tales-of-the-forgotten/
Following last year’s successful Unseen Shadows – Tales of the Fallen, this collection of stories features the talented works of creators including Richmond Clements, Alex Moore, Cy Dethan, Valia Kapadai and Nic Wilkinson. I’ve two stories in this: Stolen (with Cormac Hughes on art, Paul Mclaren doing the lettering and Vicky Stonebridge providing the colours) and Fight or Flight (with Jorge Oliveira delivering the art and Paul Mclaren again on the lettering).
Working on these stories has been great fun and I’m lucky (as always) to have worked with such talent. A release date for the book will be revealed soon, but you can check out previews of Stolen here: unseenshadows.com/2012/09/10/read-the-four-page-full-colour-preview-of-stolen and Fight or Flight here: unseenshadows.com/2012/10/04/fight-or-flight-is-finished.
Take a peek over at magicofmyths.wordpress.com and please do spread the word. Thanks!
You can check out the full preview over at unseenshadows.com.
After getting a one page article in Bizarre magazine earlier this year, we went to work on securing a larger feature in the alternative magazine. Lots of emails, late nights and worked related sweat later, this was the result – a massive six page feature in Bizarre‘s October issue, talking about the project’s origins, how the graphic novel team was built, and more. Jen’s artwork features on every page, which is fantastic.
You can read the full article in Bizarre (we’re after the Bianca Beauchamp Q&A), which also has a great feature on Judge Dredd as well if you’re looking for more comic book related stuff in the issue. Woot!
You’ll see more of these characters – that’s Snow and her burly entourage – in the book, as well as next year’s Magic of Myths: season two. And we have a lot of things planned for the launch of both graphic novels, including the chance for you to win a copy of Magic of Myths: season two. Stay tuned…