Tuesday, 3 March 2015

Crossed: Badlands #73

In your comic shop on Wednesday 4th March - Crossed: Badlands #73 and the third part of my Five Bloody Fingers arc set in Tokyo. Here are cover images...

Art by Fernando Heinz

Art by Michael DiPascale

Art by Christian Zanier



Friday, 27 February 2015

Think Of A City

In case you didn't know, there's a fantastic art project running on Tumblr called Think Of A City. Curated by Alison Sampson and Ian MacEwan, the idea is a mass storytelling project where each artist riffs on the previous drawing, taking a colour and making a thematic link, no matter how tenuous, with that drawing. I noticed that the last few illustrations had been going back and forth between largely digital to mostly hand-drawn. There was a kind of ping-pong game going on and the last splendid piece by Roque Romero was probably the most purely digital of them all.
So I decided to make my piece the most hand-drawn I could make it. I usually work hard on making my drawing print-perfect, redrawing and retracing - even when the result is quite expressionistic I've probably redrawn it three or four time before I was happy with it.
The drawing below was sketched in fountain pen ink and then a wash applied. Now fountain pen ink is tricky. It is extremely soluble. You only have to look at it sideways with a damp brush and the line starts to bleed. You only get one chance. You can't 'correct' anything. It was a little nerve-wracking to say the least.
I'm not entirely happy with the result but I am very happy with the process.
The only digital effect is the pasting of Roque Romero's art into the phone's screen.
You can check out the art in its proper context here.


Tuesday, 24 February 2015

Cartoon Museum - Comics Creators


I'll be giving a short talk at the Cartoon Museum in London on Saturday 7th March to celebrate the launch of its new Comics Gallery. Details are here: Comics, So What? - The Comics Creators Launch
The event starts at 1pm and continues throughout the day with appearances by Hunt Emerson, David Lloyd, Steve Marchant, Karrie Fransman, Posie Simmons and Asia Alfasi. My talk is at 4pm.

It's free entry but you must book here.




Thursday, 19 February 2015

Sc-Fi Scarborough

Science-Fiction comes to Scarborough again next month with the return of the wonderful Sci-Fi Scarborough event.



You can see some of the highlights from last year here. I've been asked to come back as a guest. If you're there, look out for my banner:


Friday, 13 February 2015

Poison Candy

Back in September of 2007, Tokyopop published the first volume of my manga-style comic, Poison Candy, with art by the brilliant Hanzo Steinbach. We completed the second volume but it was never published...until now! You won't find it in print, but both volumes are now available on Comixology. 

Click to go to the Comixology UK page

Here are some of the never-seen pages from the new volume...



Click this one for full monster-truck size

And here's what happens when the bad guys try to mess with Marlowe...




Yeah, you don't want to mess with Marlowe. 

Here's a whole team of new characters. This is kind'a like the X-Men practicing in the Danger Room, only with cutlery...










Of course, there have to be bad guys...

Click to see Slaughterhouse Nine in all their glory (and yeah, I know there are only six of them)

And finally - Never trust THE MAN...


There you go. If you like what you see, head over to Comixology and download these comics. Volume 1 is around 180 pages and volume 2 around 170 pages and will cost you only £3.99 or $5.99 for each volume.





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.