Friday, 1 July 2016

WAR SPAWN - THE SOMME

Today is the 100th anniversary of the first day of the Battle of the Somme, one of the bloodiest and most pointless battles of human history.

Back in 2008, when I was writing SPAWN for Todd McFarlane and Image comics, I was using one-off stories to explore the ancestry of Al Simmons and his family. One of those stories was set in the First World War at the Battle Of the Somme. Artist, Mike Mayhew, pulled out all the stops on this one, hiring actors to pose in costume for the sake of authenticity. Though some of the events are obviously fictional as you can see from the cover, the descriptions of the battle are accurate.








Spawn #179 was edited by Brian Haberlin, Art by Mike Mayhew with colours by Andy Troy and letters by Tom Orzechowski.


Thursday, 4 February 2016

SECOND SIGHT SIGNING



My new creator-owned comic, Second Sight, is on sale Wednesday February 10th at all good comic shops. If you are in London, you can drop in to Orbital Comics (8, Great Newport Street, WC2H) from 6-7pm and get a signed copy from me.


This comic is very special for me. It's a concept I've worked on for a couple of decades now in various forms, and I'm very happy to finally see it in print from the amazing new independent publisher, Aftershock. Thanks to editor, Mike Marts for having faith, and Alberto Ponticelli on pencils, John Kalisz on colours and Jimmy Betancourt on letters, for making the book look amazing.






And here is an exclusive preview of the pencils by Alberto Ponticelli for the cover of issue #5...


Sunday, 31 January 2016

FASTER THAN LIGHT...FREE COMIC!

FASTER THAN LIGHT is an ongoing series from Image Comics created by Brian Haberlin and Skip Brittenham and featuring digital from Brian with colours by Gierrod VanDyke. 


I've worked with Brian and Gierrod before during my run on Spawn, so I was very pleased to be invited to work on a new digital comic: FASTER THAN LIGHT - THE MISSION LOGS. This series of one-shots will be filling the gap while the monthly printed version rests between story arcs. It will be available online and will be completely free!


You can click on the link below to go directly to the Faster Than Light web page and see some preview art showing how I'm working with Brian, writing script and supplying layouts, a method we occasionally used on Spawn. You can also register there to join the Mission Logs Network, so you will know when there is a new free story available. Don't miss this one. It's a must for any fan of science-fiction.

Tuesday, 24 November 2015

Second Sight - A sneak peek

Okay, here it is! I can now show you some preview art from my new creator-owned book SECOND SIGHT from AfterShock Comics.


It's a huge pleasure to be working again with Mike Marts, the editor-in-chief of Aftershock. I've known Mike since 2003, when he invited me to write District X for Marvel. That was the kind of chance most writers dream of and Mike was incredibly accommodating as I felt my way into the role of mainstream comics writer. I've since worked with him on lots of books at both Marvel and DC and it's a real privilege to be invited to join Aftershock with a property I've been working on for a number of years. Finally I have the publisher to bring the concept to fruition.


Mike has put together a great team, with Alberto Ponticelli on art. Alberto's previous work includes Frankenstein: Agent of S.H.A.D.E., Unknown Soldier and Dial H, all for DC Comics.
Check out more of his work here

Also on board are John Kalisz on colours and Jimmy Betancourt lettering. That fab logo was designed by JG Roshell. Both Jimmy and JG worked on The Bulletproof Coffin. (In fact they both kind of died in The Bulletproof Coffin, but lets not go there...)

Here are some unlettered preview pages from the first issue of Second Sight






Put this book on your Pull List and check out the first wave of Aftershock Comics, out in shops in December. They include Replica by Paul Jenkins and Andy Clarke, Insexts by Marguerite Bennett and Ariela Kristantina,  Strayer by Justin Jordan and Juan Gedeon, Dreaming Eagles by Garth Ennis and Simon Coleby and Superzero by Amanda Conner and Jimmy Palmiotti, with American Monster by Brian Azarello and Juan Doe to follow in January.


Wednesday, 18 November 2015

Pulp Covers #2

Some more scans from my collection of pulp novels...

A classic Virgil Finlay

On the back of Super Science - is it just me or is Charles Atlas looking a trifle puny by today's standards?


Nobody fucks with Mickey Spillane!

This edition featuring Ray Milland from the movie

Classic cover featuring Frank Frazetta rising from his own grave

I'm currently working my way through Simenon's 400 novels. This is one of the best.

And finally, three fabulous covers by the brilliant illustrator, Robert Maguire...





Tuesday, 17 November 2015

Pulp Covers #1

I've recently developed something of an obsession with pulp paperbacks from the 1940s and 1950s. And why not? Here are some scans of some recent acquisitions...

















Thursday, 5 November 2015

"It came from the box..." Live!

Last weekend Shaky Kane and myself were guests at Dev Con Exeter located in the Great Hall at Exeter University. The building brought back many happy memories from my years as a student in Exeter in the latter half of the 1970s. Digging through the contents of my magic box under the bed, I came across these souvenirs of some amazing nights out at the University Great Hall...




 The Uni wasn't the only venue for decent bands. Tiffany's of all places, hosted this "New Wave Nite" with Chelsea and The Cortinas. I remember the Chelsea set was performed under a rain of phlegm. Gobbing on bands was considered an expression of respect in 1977. Gene October was highly respected that night...


Zhivago's had the wonderful Only Ones with Peter Perrett.


Occasionally, given a good excuse and a bus laid on, we would trek up to the big city. Here's my ticket to the 1978 Rally and Carnival Against Racism, organised by the Anti Nazi League.


This photograph was taken on our arrival. That's me on the far right and I believe the pic was shot by Shaky Kane. The photo was used by Exeter punk band Annalise on the sleeve of their hit single Hit The Bottle.