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.

Sunday, 23 August 2015

"It Came From THE BOX..." - Flying Saucer From Mars

If you read the second volume of The Bulletproof Coffin (Disinterred) you may remember that the renowned UFOlogist George Adamski featured prominently.

Rooting around in that bottomless box I keep under the bed I stumbled across this book by Britain's own expert on UFOs, the legendary, Cedric Allingham.

Like Adamski, Allingham witnessed the appearances of flying saucers, in this case in the skies over the north of Scotland in 1954. 

If this amazing photograph isn't enough to convince you, here is an even more stunning image of the UFO moving in to land.

Note the uncanny resemblance to the UFOs sighted by Adamski himself...

Surely this must be more than mere coincidence!

What's more, Allingham was lucky enough to meet the Martian pilot and engage him in a limited conversation. As the alien departed, Allingham managed to snap this remarkable image.

As the author notes: "The Saucer itself is just out of the picture to the left." One can only lament Allingham's failure to take a shot including the UFO, that might have more closely resembled the cover image, and laid to rest any lingering doubts among sceptics.

Here is a photographic portrait of the author. 

Cedric Allingham spent most of his time travelling the length and breadth of the UK in his caravan, searching for more evidence of the aliens among us. When he was not pursuing his scientific endeavours, Allingham was a prolific author of exciting thrillers, which he wrote under a pseudonym. He was also a keen birdwatcher.

And let's have none of this nonsense about the whole thing being a hoax perpetrated by Patrick Moore!

Monday, 10 August 2015

Hastings Grafitti

A few pictures snapped this week in the back streets of Hastings...