Tuesday, 20 January 2015

Cowboys and Insects on Comixology

Aces Weekly is a digital comic featuring exclusive content by a whole slew of comic creators including  JOHN MCCREA, PHIL HESTER, MARK WHEATLEY, MARC HEMPEL, DAVID LLOYD, KEV HOPGOOD, YISHAN LI, HERB TRIMPE, BATTON LASH, VAL MAYERIK, JAMES HUDNALL, CARL CRITCHLOW, KAT LAYNO, HENRY FLINT, PAUL MAYBURY, ALAIN MAURICET, LEW STRINGER, DAVID LEACH, RACHAEL SMITH, LAURA SCARPA and many more. You can buy direct from Aces weekly or download from Comixology. Volume 5 is currently available, featuring Cowboys and Insects, written by myself and drawn by the inimitable Shaky Kane. This 21-page story is available only in digital format.

Friday, 5 December 2014

'Witchcraft Through The Ages' with your host, William Burroughs

Originally titled 'Haxan', this wonderful documentary on witchcraft, written and directed by Benjamin Christensen, was originally released in 1922. William Burroughs recorded his narration in 1968.

Tuesday, 18 November 2014

Crossed:Badlands - new arc for 2015

My sequel to Crossed: Badlands - Gore Angels is out in February of 2015. This new arc is set in Tokyo and is called 5 Bloody Fingers. The story runs from issue #71 through #74. Here is the solicit for the opening part:

David Hine returns with a tale that rips open a fresh bloody wound in the Crossed universe as he takes us back to Japan. When a group of five friends realize this isn’t a video game, but life itself has gone crazy, they are thrust into a mad rush to save each other. But the horrors of he Crossed in Tokyo are more than they ever imagined. Available with Regular and Wraparound covers by Fernando Heinz, Torture cover by Christian Zanier, a Fatal Fantasy cover by Michael DiPascale, and a special Red Crossed Incentive cover also by Heinz.

And here is a selection of covers...

Interior art is by Nahuel Lopez and it is damned impressive. Take a look at these unlettered pages from the first issue...

Thursday, 13 November 2014

Thought Bubble

I will be at the very wonderful Thought Bubble Festival in Leeds this weekend. Find me in New Dock Hall at Table 21...

Look out for this nifty little banner that just arrived in the post...

...and buy a copy of this...

Friday, 31 October 2014

666 free copies of Strange Embrace for Halloween

To celebrate Halloween the digital graphic novel store SEQUENTIAL is giving away 666 copies of the enhanced edition of my graphic novel STRANGE EMBRACE for one day only. This "director's cut" has audio commentary, interview, sketches, full script and much more. See my blog Strange Embrace on Sequential for more details of this special edition.

Use this link to get your copy. 

Thursday, 23 October 2014

Southeast Asian Comics in London

My good friend Lim Cheng Tju has curated an exhibition of comics from Southeast Asia. Online details here. The exhibition is showing at The Proud Archivist, which is at 2 - 10, Hertford Rd, London N1 5ET. Individual events are listed here from 24th October - 2nd November 2014.

Friday, 3 October 2014

Book Launch Party for New York Comic Con

I'm heading out to New York next week for the New York Comic Con. I won't be doing a lot of panels and signings this time, but I will be promoting the USA launch of The Man Who Laughs. I'll be signing at the Abrams booth 11.30 Saturday morning and on Thursday evening (October 9th) there's  launch party at Bergen Street Comics with a whole bunch of creators. See the poster below. I don't know about you, but I'm looking forward to meeting these guys...

Tuesday, 9 September 2014

Spider-Man Noir, The Man Who Laughs, Singapore Writers Festival

Lots of news this week. Edge of Spider-Verse #1 leads off the much heralded Marvel event of the year featuring "every Spider-Man ever" and features none other than Spider-Man Noir.

Fabrice Sapolsky and I created this character a few years back and we wrote two limited series for the Marvel Noir Line. Since then the character has grown in popularity and has featured in the video game Shattered Dimensions...

Not to mention appearances in the animated Avengers Assemble...

...and Ultimate Spider-Man" Web Warriors...

...and some very cool Cosplay...

Cosplay by Darthayato, photo by Kuragiman

Tomorrow you can pick up Edge of Spider-Verse #1 to see the one-shot story, co-plotted with Fabrice Sapolsky, featuring Spider-Man Noir in 1939. As Europe is about to be plunged into war, Peter Parker finds himself embroiled in another war that crosses the barriers of time and the multiverse...

Art by Richard Isanove

Also The Man Who Laughs is released in the USA tomorrow, 9th September. Shortlisted for Best Book in last years British Comic Awards, this is an adaptation of the novel by Victor Hugo that inspired the character of The Joker, illustrated by Mark Stafford. Ask for it at your comic or book store or buy from Amazon. If you are going to SPX in Bethseda, Maryland this weekend (September 13th - 14th) you can pick up a copy from the SelfMadeHero table...

And if you're in the UK you can get a copy signed by Mark and myself at N.I.C.E. in Bedford.

This is a screen shot. You can link to the page here

Lastly the Singapore Writers Festival has just announced its line-up of guests. I'll be joining comic creators, Troy Chin and Sonny Liew at what promises to be an exciting event. This year's theme is The Prospect of Beauty and I'll be conducting a workshop as well as appearing on two panels, one with my good friend Lim Cheng Tju.

This is another screen shot. Click here for the site

There are more details of the festival at TodayOnLine and HereBeGeeks

Tuesday, 2 September 2014

Frank Bellamy: World War One

Illustrations for Michael Butterworth's The Story Of World War One from Look And Learn (1970) by the great Frank Bellamy.

Click to see full-size

Monday, 25 August 2014


Strange Embrace was first published in four parts by Tundra/Atomeka in 1993, which makes it over 20 years old! In that time it has been collected as a black-and-white trade by Richard Starkings' Active Images, then coloured by Rob Steen, re-lettered and published in 8 monthly parts by Image Comics. It was optioned twice by movie producers, made it into 1000 Graphic Novels You Must Read Before You Die and  500 Essential Graphic Novels. It also got me all the work I've had for American publishers since 2003. In 2008 Rich Starkings and designer JG Roshell put together a luxury hardbound version with loads of extras, which can be ordered from your local comic book store or from Amazon UK or Amazon US. And now, the ultimate digital version is available from SEQUENTIAL.

SEQUENTIAL is celebrating its first year as a shop front for the best of graphic novels in digital form. Their catalogue includes major work by Jaime and Gilbert Hernandez, Alan Moore, Eddie Campbell, Brian Bolland, Bryan Talbot, Mary Talbot, Carol Swain, Hunt Emerson, David Lloyd, Dan Berry, Adam Cadwell, Alison Bechdell, Ellen Lindner, Frederik Peeters, Hannah Eaton, Pat Mills, Joe Colquhoun, Gilbert Shelton, Harvey Pekar, Harvey Kurtzman, Ian Edginton, Rob Davis, ILYA, Rutu Modan, Woodrow Phoenix, Warwick Johnson Cadwell, Oscar Zarate, Jeff Lemire, Nick Abadzis, Jim Woodring, I.N.J. Culbard and many more. It's an impressive line-up and many of the graphic novels have extra features to enhance your reading experience. 

My own contribution includes audio commentary for every single page, as well as sketches...

...unused artwork...

... an introduction by Peter Milligan, an interview with Paul Gravett and the original manuscript in full...

There's also a very good analytical piece by Markus Oppolzer of the University of Salzburg, Visualising The Fantastic In Strange Embrace. Here you can see Markus delivering the piece as a live presentation.

I'm indebted to Russell Willis and Chloe Pursey at Sequential for putting together a version of Strange Embrace that genuinely adds to the printed version. It only remains for me to urge you to  go to the Sequential site, download the free app if you don't already have it and jump in to the best collection of digital graphic novels you'll find anywhere.