Thursday, 24 May 2012

Kapow! - Storm Dogs!

Last weekend was the second KAPOW! in London's Business Design Centre, and what an exciting time we had! In fact, in the picture below you can see me getting so excited my hands are a blur. This was the Image Superstars panel with Eric Stephenson. Me and Shaky felt quite chuffed to be 'Superstars' until we heard about the 'Image Megastars' panel on Sunday. Still, we got to share the platform with talented Image creators, Sean Phillips, Charlie "Oh god, no! Please don't ask me to draw you as a zombie...oh all right then" Adlard and the eminent Mr Paul Grist. Next year we're planning to make it onto the 'Image Hyperstars' panel.


The first super-exciting announcement was the release of The Bulletproof Coffin: Disinterred Trade Paperback in August. Here's the cover. Look out for it on the shelves (or possibly under the counter).


And if you're wondering why Doug Braithwaite has also joined me on the stage in an unannounced special appearance, it's because of this...


STORM DOGS is a secret project I've been working on with Dougie for a while now. The first 6-issue arc will be released from Image starting in October. It's a science-fiction crime thriller that I pitched to Image publisher Eric Stephenson as "CSI in Space." How to pitch a book using only 10 letters! Many more details will be seeping out onto the internet over the coming months, not least on this blog, but for now, feast your eyes on Doug's beautiful character designs. Click on them for bigger versions.








Shaky and I also had a table in Artists' Alley where we were happy to meet and greet the fans. Here is a photo sent to us by Dinesh Mal, who is clearly delighted to meet his heroes.


See you all in Northampton in September for N.I.C.E with an all-star line-up, including the Image Hyperstars! And some bloke called Alan Moore.





Wednesday, 23 May 2012

Nancy Sinatra - These Boots Are Made For Walking

I haven't posted anything for an age. I've been really busy, but I will be posting later this week with a report from KAPOW! and more on STORM DOGS, my new book out later this year from Image.

Meawhile, Nancy Sinatra. Just because...


Tuesday, 15 May 2012

Boo Cook pencil art for Elephantmen

The highlight of last weekend's Bristol Comic Expo for me, was when Boo Cook gave me the pencil art for Elephantmen #41. I've already posted the colour art for this one, but it's worth seeing again along with the pencils.




Monday, 14 May 2012

The Darkness #103 Preview

The latest issue of The Darkness is out this Wednesday 16th May. Here's a 6-page preview, featuring the wonderful art of Jeremy Haun with John Rauch on colours.











Tuesday, 8 May 2012

More Best Reviews of The Bulletproof Coffin!

Following Keith Silva's excellent interrogative review of The Bulletproof Coffin: Disinterred #4, here are a couple more reviews we highly recommend.

Low Frequency Listener waxes beat/lyrical with a cut-up review.


Bulletproof Coffin: Disinterred #4


BULLETPROOF COFFIN: DISINTERRED
BULLETPROOFCOFFINDISINTERRED 
BCDEFILNOPRSTU

Bull Lee spouts loose nouns in Tennessee, condones lore forBulletproof Coffin: Disinterred.

Fie on order!

Cut,
Cut,
Cut bold!

Plot is lone sore bone-prone flop-rusted dusted corpse on snot corpuscle bier rots. Pure ordered prose foul fools, ruins fun since bop-optic prose is snubbed.

Burn forced filters!

Cut.
Cut.
Cut.

Bop-optic color prose finds prophets!

Dual-dopes score profits, but strip, bind, pin, slit, slice burn, pound, club, bend, belt, rend, spin, stub, rip, bleed to stifle-snuff not-old optic tropes so to send flood of foul tides of bored bile soup snore stories.

So,

Scuttle double estates’ four color snore lore! Topple forlorn Stan Lee’s past epics, torpedo DC, side step spider titles, bust dull Robin’s dudes.

Instead distill pure bold pure color bop-optic lore. Riff on blood. Build better plots of unplots, ironic tells, don’t settle for bored sort or stupid tales. Undo dire duo! Let tepid stern bulletproof lust nurse flirt free in rubber corset until led to cloud bed to pounce for Bulletproof Coffin bounce! Undo blouse, bustle, robe, doublet, tie, tubes, bib, purse, belt, binds, ropes, to be free free free! Rouse plot fires! Bolster fine tonic fonts! Toss dice! Stir oddness!

Lift fists for Independents!   

Sin Bold!

Cut!
Cut!
Cut!

Listen.

Find Bulletproof Coffin! Pull Bulletproof Coffin. Opt for Bulletproof Coffin. Build odes to Bulletproof Coffin. ScourBulletproof Coffin. Sift Bulletproof Coffin. Ponder Bulletproof Coffin

Bulletproof Coffin fine food for soul.

Spirit of Bull Lee slides out, but resides infinite in bulletproof coffin.

‘nuff said.

End
(but not end)


Check it out in the original dayglo green pixellated prose here

And over on G4 TV Richard Starkings commits graphic mutilation with a pair of scissors.




Saturday, 5 May 2012

Is This A Review Of The Bulletproof Coffin?

42 questions about "84" from Keith Philip Silva's Interested In Sophisticated Fun?

Review: The Bulletproof Coffin: Disinterred #4

Questions:
Do you believe in the orderliness of events or is your day only ordinary? Have you ever thought that sequential storytelling shackles the intimacy of creativity? What did you make of The Bulletproof Coffin: Disinterred #4? Did you find the warmth of the arts and crafts room with its redolence of paste comforting that summer you went to the camp by the lake, the one run by the Catholics? When you see a gimmick or gimcrack, do you look past it or do you appreciate its novelty? Can you spot allusions to Lovecraft? How do primary colors make you feel?
   How was the movie The Avengers? Did you ever wear X-Ray specs out in public? What sort of grade would you give David Hine on a scale of one to ten where ten is a genius and one is a quack? Who is Steve Newman, really? Would you agree with this linear equation: Shaky Kane's style is to Marvel as Roy Lichtenstein is to DC? Why 84 panels? Did you cut it up? When you see a humanoid fly, which comes to mind: Kafka, Price, or Cronenberg? Are you familiar with Padgett Powell's The Interrogative Mood? Has this turned tiresome?

  Think of the movie 2001, given only these two choices, would you describe it as 'dull' or similar to 'masturbation?' Do you think the phrase 'creator-owned' is shorthand for dissent? Who would win in a fight between the Red Wraith and The Shield of Justice? Has the self-referential run its course? Does the order of these questions matter? Did you smile at Kane's Anton LaVey? What frightens you more: a dentist's drill, a gun, or a hypodermic needle? Where do you stand on quirk? If I told you each paragraph in this review contains one-hundred words, would you believe me? 
  Did you recognize the King on the throne? What's the point of all this? If Hine asked you to stand him a pint, would you? Are 'the Beats' still relevant today or merely musty curios? Are you certain you could not give your mother Bulletproof Coffin: Disinterred #4 to read? Is it the drugs, the alcohol or the Oreo cookies? If asked to describe Kane's art, are you inclined to choose the word reductive or grotesque? Would you buy The Latex Mask if it were next to an all-ages comic book? Did you know George Adamski was a real person?

  Are red aliens less or more sinister than green aliens? Does anatomical correctness factor into your judgment when it comes to the illustration of a penis? Why aren't more reviews written in the second-person? Have you ever used the phrase, 'I'll read it in trade' as a crutch? Has the thought ever occurred to you how fun it would be to own a functional ray-gun? If Hine wrote poetry do you think it would read as opaque? Did you notice how often Kane draws circles?  If you could call on a 'Dream Detective,' what would you say? What's your story?

Wednesday, 2 May 2012

The Bulletproof Coffin: Disinterred #4 - Preview Art

When worlds collide...the cut-up issue.
NOW ON SALE
Destroyovski unearths fragments of unseen 'lost' Kane and Hine comic books. 
84 panels! 84 mind-blowing scenes! But what does it mean???!!!











Tuesday, 1 May 2012

Disinterred: The Origins of The Bulletproof Coffin #14

Here are a few of the great Jack Kirby Monsters that haunted the pages of Atlas/Marvel comics in the early 60's. In Journey Into Mystery #59, Jack unleashes SHAGG...


The story features "COSMO-GAMMA ELECTRO-MAGNETIC WAVES" and...


Meanwhile, in China...


Journey Into Mystery #75 had "LO-KARR - BRINGER OF DOOM!"


And Tales of Suspense #25 featured...


Monstrollo was a movie monster, who was considered too horrific for public consumption.




While the monster's creator ruminates over a cigar, aliens invade!


Monstrollo is sent into action...


It looks like those stuffed shirts were right - Monstrollo is SCARY!