Wednesday, 23 July 2014

GNASH! Kane and Hine sign comics!

Here's hoping the weather holds for the weekend as I head down to sunny Devon to spend the weekend chez Shaky and his lovely wife Jane Kane and son Laurie. On Saturday afternoon we'll be motoring down to Gnash Comics in Ashburton to sign books, comics, rare first editions, rolls of toilet paper - you name it, we'll sign it! We will also be drawing our renowned Shaky Kane/Inky Hine sketches and a fun time is guaranteed for all. Here are the details...

Saturday, 19 July 2014

Alternative X-Men - David Yardin

There are times in the life of every comic book artist when they are confronted with a script that is guaranteed to provoke disbelief and, let's be honest, a moment, however transitory, of deep hatred for the writer. Here's what David Yardin was faced with when he illustrated my script for Marvel's What If...? X-Men: Deadly Genesis.

Page 14-15

Cue neat double-page pin-up of the two teams of mutants: Storm Wolverine, Nightcrawler, Banshee, Sunspot etc. The idea here is to get David to produce a neat visual of a whole bunch of mutants in new variations of their uniforms. We won’t label anyone so it will be fun for the readers to identify all their favourite heroes. In fact we can use Hunt Kerman’s voice-over giving the challenge: “So how many of these mutant heroes can you name?”

Apart from the X-Men team of Vulcan, Darwin, Sway and Petra, who have the costumes they wore in Deadly Genesisall other characters have brand new uniforms.

(I have given up on finding new team-names – I thought X-patriots and Cadre-X were new, but both have been used at some point. I’m reduced to names like X-Crescence, the X-Foliators or the Jimi Hendrix X-Perience.)

David, I want you to have fun with this, throw in as many characters as you like and make this a real classic alternative universe pin-up.

Here’s a suggested list of characters you could use: Banshee, Wolverine, Nightcrawler, Storm, Colossus, Thunderbird, Sunspot, Kitty Pryde, Dazzler, Longshot, Psylocke, Forge, Jubilee, Chamber, Gambit, Rogue, Cannonball, Shard, Bishop, Hecate, Northstar, Sage, Quicksilver, Scarlet Witch, Jamie Madrox, Multiple Man, Micromax, Captain Britain, Sabra. Add to these if you want…

Foremost in the shot should be the main X-Men team of Darwin, Sway and Petra with Vulcan standing at the front in prominent position.

Basically I asked David to come up with a gazillion new X-Men costumes that would never be seen again!

As always, David rose to the challenge. Here's the result (Click on the image for full-size version)...

Pencils by David Yardin, inks by Kris Justice, colours by Guru eFX and letters by Dave Lanphear

Friday, 11 July 2014

London Film and Comic Con: 11th - 13th July 2014

I'm packing my gear and heading off to the London Film and Comic Con at Earl's Court. Tonight is preview night, from 6pm - 9pm. I'll be in the Comic Zone tonight and throughout the weekend.

There's a great line-up of guests this year. Full list here: LFCC Guests. In the Comic Zone there are Master Classes from the likes of Dan Abnett, Jon Bogdanove, Howard Chaykin, Gary Erskine, John Higgins, Steve Marchant and Bryan Talbot as well as portfolio reviews and the chance to meet umpteen creators. Or you can stand in a line and pay for an autograph from a gazillion stars of the silver screen.

Tuesday, 8 July 2014

Art by Doug Braithwaite and David Hine

Long before we began our collaboration on Storm Dogs, Doug Braithwaite and myself worked on a strip for an anthology title for Marvel UK called STRIP. This magazine was edited by Dan Abnett and mixed reprints of European comics with original creator-owned material. It ran bi-monthly for 20 issues from February - November 1990.  Our story was called "Ephraim, Utah" and appeared in issue 8. The story was written by Michael Bonner, Doug on pencils and I inked it! Here's one of the pages before it was lettered and coloured...

Story: Michael Bonner, Pencils Doug Braithwaite, Inks: David Hine

Sunday, 6 July 2014

Kane and Hine at Gnash!

Yes! We're going back to our roots. I'm heading to the West Country later this month to meet up with Shaky Kane at the wonderful Gnash Comics. Come along and get your books signed before the arthritis sets in!

Meanwhile, here's a nostalgic look at our younger years in Exeter, when we first collaborated on the infamous Joe Public Comix...

Tuesday, 24 June 2014

"It Came From THE BOX..." The Spider - 1992

Here's another find from that mysterious box of mouldering old comics I keep under the bed. Back in 1992, following the success of Watchmen, Fleetway Editions came up with their own re-imagining of old British heroes (and anti-heroes) in the 2000AD Action Special.

Cover design and logo by Steve Cook, art by Brendan McCarthy

The list of creators involved on this one is pretty impressive: Peter Hogan, Sean Phillips, John Tomlinson, Jim Baikie, Alan McKenzie, Brett Ewins, Si Spencer, Shaky Kane, Lew Stringer, John Smith, John Burns and a cover designed by Steve Cook with art by Brendan McCarthy.

There was also a strip featuring The Spider, originally created for IPC Magazines in 1965 by Ted Cowan and Reg Bunn. This extra-psychotic version of the character, "The Spider: Vicious Games," ran to 15 pages. John Higgins drew the first 5 pages but was unable to complete the story so I was hired to draw the last 10 pages. Here's some of that art (Oh, and it was written by some geezer called Mark Millar...)

Story: Mark Millar, Art: David Hine, Letters: Annie Parkhouse

Monday, 23 June 2014

MAMBO - The New Flesh

Coming soon, from SEQUENTIAL Digital Graphic Novels - the complete STRANGE EMBRACE. This will be the original black-and-white version as published by Atomeka in 1993 and collected in print by Active Images. The colour version from Image Comics is still available in print and digital but if you want to see the book in its original monochrome glory this will be the place to see it. There will be loads of extras and right now I'm scanning pieces for the 'other works' section. Here's a page from my strip MAMBO: The New Flesh Part 7  (2000AD Prog 895 from 1994). Mambo was a cop and, it turns out, she was also a mutant, as revealed in this episode. This was the second series. I usually did the colours, but this episode was coloured by Gina Hart.

MAMBO - Created, written and drawn by David Hine, Colours by Gina Hart, Letters by Ellie De Ville

Wednesday, 11 June 2014

ELCAF 2014

The East London Comics and Arts Festival is taking place at the Oval Space in Bethnal Green on Saturday 14th June. This year's poster is by the wonderful Chris Ware, who will also be making a real life appearance!

Once again Self Made Hero will have a table flogging the very best of contemporary graphic novels at bargain prices. This is your chance to pick up the critically acclaimed (it says here) The Man Who Laughs, short-listed for last year's British Comic Awards. We're selling it for only £10 (RRP £14.99) and if you turn up between around 11am and 2.30pm, you can have it signed by myself and the bloke with the beard in the picture below. (He will also do you a little drawing of the laughing man himself if you ask nicely).

Thursday, 29 May 2014

Sketches: Paris 1991

I'm currently digging through old sketchbooks, putting together background material for the digital version of Strange Embrace for SEQUENTIAL. Among the character sketches for the comic, I came across these drawings I did at my friend Laurette's apartment in Paris. I wish I had sketched more. These capture the atmosphere so much better than photos.