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
– Magic of Myths was chosen as a highlight book for the Comics should be good blog for its Month of African-American Comics. (Yes, we’re aware it’s a mild misnomer given neither Sergio nor I are African American, but the column stated that black people from across the globe were eligible, and the mirror didn’t hold any surprises for me the last time I looked in it, barring a few more grey hairs, so…)
Naturally we’re delighted to have been picked among the many, many entries and the columnist, Brian Cronin, had lots of kind things to say about the series:
“In this series, Brotherson does a strong job with the concept of myths, especially modern myths, like the ones that we make up about ourselves and our lives. Are they any less powerful than the ancient myths? I suppose we will find out as the series continues.
“Calvet’s work evokes a nice Kirby-esque feel to it that lends the comic a good deal of charm. (…) This is an engaging series with charming artwork from the main artist. I hope to see more of Eve’s heroic journey in the future.”
So we’re happy bunnies indeed. Read more here: http://goodcomics.comicbookresources.com/2014/02/11/month-of-african-american-comics-magic-of-myths-seasons-1-2/
– We’ve also announced a new Magic of Myths book, called Magic of Myths: Faerie. This is to help fill the gap of Magic of Myths: season three‘s delay (sorry). The story will be revealed in due time, but it involves William Shakespeare‘s A Midsummer Night’s Dream…
An artwork preview fresh from Sergio’s drawing table? Sure, why not:
– After January’s (seemingly successful) guest teaching slot at a Birmingham junior school, I’ve just been asked to do another in a secondary school, this time on creating comic books. Very cool. Also, scary. But mostly cool. Should be a lot of fun.
– A secret project I’m currently putting together is progressing. After a friend and very well respected creator/editor made a few edits/suggestions, it’s time for a re-write. Which is exciting – it frames the story in a new, refreshing way. Hoping to have something to actually *give* – yes, give – to you come San Diego Comic-Con…
– Oh, yes, San Diego Comic-Con. We (myself and Clockwork Watch creator Yomi Ayeni) have been accepted once again to grace their wonderful, busy halls. Which is bloody amazing as it seems even those who have attended a couple times haven’t got in this year. We may even get a panel. We’re super grateful. Hopefully we can drag our super talented artist friend, Jennie Gyllblad, along with us.
– Zombie anthology Dead Roots is on the verge of release [which includes my story ‘Black, White and Red (All Over)‘ – drawn and lettered by the talented Andy W Clift and Mike Stock, respectively] , with a launch party set for 22nd March at the Coach and Horses on Great Marlborough Street. Come on down for book signings and drinks!
That’s it for now. More to come soon. Promise.
Let’s start with Clockwork Watch.
Since the launch of the first book (The Arrival) in 2012, we’ve managed to push the concept across the globe, launched a second event (Clockwork Underworld) and now two more books, Breakaway and Tick Tock IPA.
You can buy Breakaway – which is our The Empire Strikes Back to the shiny, clean optimism of The Arrival‘s Star Wars: A New Hope – here: www.comicsy.co.uk/clockworkwatch/store/
Tick Tock IPA launches at San Diego Comic-Con next week, but you’ll be able to get your hands on it soon after…
– Launching and selling Magic of Myths: 2013 preview
– Selling Magicof Myths: season one
– Playing the Magic of Myths card game with showgoers
– Launching and selling the Clockwork Watch 2013 preview book
– Selling Clockwork Watch: The Arrival
– Talking at the Clockwork Watch panel on Sunday at Alea Cinema Room, 1.10pm – 2pm
– Supporting the launch of Tales of the Forgotten and Unseen Shadows: Year One
– Talking at the Unseen Shadows panel on Sunday at Alea Cinema Room, 12.10pm – 1pm
I’ll be in the Royal Armouries Hall (tables 81 -82) with Jennie Gyllblad andYomi Ayeni: http://thoughtbubblefestival.com/royal-armouries-hall-floor-plan/. Hope to see you there!
Visit clockworkwatch.org for more details!
Clockwork Watch has been featured in Bizarre Magazine this month, which has left us all very happy:
We get a lovely write-up – many thanks to the Bizarre team – so head over to your local newsagent and pick up a copy!
“There is a lot of ambition here and they do well in not bombarding you with all their ideas at once and keeping the story simple and engaging. The comic has all the things I admire about steampunk: creativity, innovation, enthusiasm and friendliness and I hope they get to see all the work here come to fruition.”
“Hard to say how, or if, Clockwork Watch, as a multimedia concept, will catch on, but the comics version is starting off with vivid characters, in an intriguing setting, and with the promise of visually interesting adventures to come: that’s a recommendation right there, no matter what else does, or does not, materialize.”