Thursday, 10 April 2014

Sci-Fi Scarborough

Sci-Fi Scarborough (last weekend at the Scarborough Spa Complex) is a new addition to the smorgasborg of comics/fantasy/sci-fi/book/pop culture festivals that are popping up with increasing frequency all over the UK. I met co-organiser Andy Harness last year and he kindly invited me along as a guest. While the presence of comic book creators was low-key, the punters were friendly and curious. This was a new venture for Scarborough and some of the public were initially quite bemused by the whole thing, but also clearly enjoying it immensely. There was an eclectic mix of entertainment with music provided by an orchestra of local young people, the Easy Concert Band, playing themes from sci-fi movies, an enthusiastic bunch of cosplayers including some unusual couples (male and female Daleks and an Alien and Predator who appeared to be very much in love and keen to promote inter-species relationships) and Colin ("I AM the Doctor!") Baker and the stars of Red Dwarf hamming it up hilariously on stage. It was quite unlike any festival I've been to.

The venue is superb - an old Victorian spa yards from Scarborough's famous beach. Two bars and licensed cafĂ© open all day as well as a very decent fast food restaurant provided non-stop sustenance. Outside on the Sun Court there were indie bands from the YCC Underground Music Institute playing all day on both Saturday and Sunday and on Saturday evening there was music at three locations throughout the venue. I spent a great evening with fellow-guest Gary Erskine enjoying indie bands No Warning and Jack's Idea on the Fritz Lang stage, followed by DJs Cardboard Cyborg in Farrers Bar and then the amazing Craig Charles in the Grand Hall with his superb Funk and Soul Club.

Here are a few photos to give you a taste of the event. I recommend that you check this out next year. It can only get bigger.

Wednesday, 9 April 2014

Night Of The Living Dead - New Collection

Night Of The Living Dead: Aftermath Volume 2 is now available from Avatar, at your comic book store or on Amazon USA or Amazon UK

Cover by Jacen Burrows - Interior art by Tomas Aira

PRODUCT DESCRIPTION:  The hedonistic late 1970s is the perfect backdrop for the next evolution in the classic Night of the Living Dead series!  DAVID HINE continues a horrifyingly original take on the zombie menace as the virus spreads through Las Vegas leaving it a city of the dead.  As a group of unlikely survivors flee east, they encounter something more sinister even than the reanimated corpses that seem intent on finding and dining upon the ragtag refugees.  For locked away in a secure military facility they discover that true horror is bred by the living much more efficiently than the dead.   But hidden within the misery is the unthinkable…an anomaly that could lead to a zombie vaccine.  This collection includes issues #7 – 12 of the Night of the Living Dead: Aftermath series.

Monday, 3 March 2014

It Came From The Box: Love And Rockets - The Postcards

Haven't done this for a while. Digging through a box of old treasures I came upon this set of postcards from Fantagraphics, featuring splendid drawings of the characters from Love and Rockets by Jaime and Gilbert Hernandez. Enjoy....

Sunday, 2 February 2014

Fumio Obata

In 2010 Fumio Obata's four-page story Going Back was entered for the Comica Graphic Short Story Prize. It didn't win but the extended version has now been published by Jonathan Cape under the title Just So Happens. It was reviewed this week in The Guardian. The graphic novel is released on February 13th. An excellent Valentine present I would think. Meanwhile, here is the original four-page story to whet your appetite...

Here's a short animation scripted and directed by Fumio Obata for Redkite Animation and Channel 4.

And an animation for Duran Duran, seen here in the live show...

Tuesday, 14 January 2014

The Bad, Bad Place

Announced today on Bleeding Cool, The Bad, Bad Place is my latest project with the legendary Mark Stafford. Mark and I have collaborated twice before, with an adaptation of The Colour Out Of Space for SelfMadeHero's HP Lovecraft Anthology, and on the adaptation of Victor Hugo's The Man Who Laughs, also for SelfMadeHero. The latter was nominated for Best Book in the 2013 British Comic Awards and was such a success we vowed to work together as much as possible in the future. The Bad, Bad Place is just the first of those collaborations and will be serialised in Soaring Penguin's Meanwhile bi-monthly magazine, launching in May of this year, and also published digitally on Sequential. Meanwhile will also feature the long-awaited conclusion of Gary Spencer Millidge's Strangehaven, which I have been reading since it first launched in 1995. You can read more about Strangehaven on DownThe Tubes.

To whet your appetite for The Bad, Bad Place, here's a sketch Mark did while he was waiting for me to write some script…

And just for the hell of it, some unpublished art by Mark…

Crazy Demon Worshipping Hillbillies - Acrylic painting - and it's mine ALL MINE!!!!!

The Man Who Laughs - commissioned sketch

Preliminary character sketches for The Colour Out Of Space

Friday, 20 December 2013

Classic Xmas - The Junky's Christmas with Wild Bill Burroughs

Today's Christmas movie was suggested by Dan Lockwood. A true classic featuring everyone's favourite junkie uncle, William Burroughs…

Monday, 9 December 2013

Crossed: Badlands #43

Crossed: Badlands #43 is in stores this Wednesday 11th December and it features the last part of my current arc of Crossed. Interior art is by German Erramouspe. Here's what the press release from Avatar has to say:
"The end of the 'Gore Angels' story arc is one of the most devastating final chapters of Crossed ever told! Horror master, DAVID HINE has taken us into the broken mind of an abused girl and spun out her revenge fantasies across the page. But are you ready for bloody misery that comes with the Crossed infection spreading across Japan? No one is safe from the horror and misery of the Crossed - No one! Available with a Regular and Torture covers by Jacen Burrows, Wraparound cover by Gabriel Andrade, and special Red Crossed Incentive cover also by Burrows."