Wednesday, 27 June 2012

Crossed Badlands: The Golden Road

Here's a book I've been working on for a while, now solicited from Avatar - a 5-issue arc of Crossed: Badlands beginning in September. I have a feeling Rich Johnston is to blame for this. A while back he suggested to Avatar publisher, William Christensen, that I might be just the man to add to the list of writers who have dipped into the bloody history of The Crossed. A list that includes creator Garth Ennis, David Lapham, Jamie Delano and Simon Spurrier.

Once I had the nod from Garth, I  basically closed my eyes and dived in head first. Crossed is not a book for faint hearts, whether you're a consumer or creator. This is transgressive literature at its most graphic and there have been a few times when my nerve almost failed me. Whenever that happens though, I summon up the image from Si Spurrier's "Wish You Were Here". The one with the dolphin. If you've seen it, you know the one I mean. Somehow no amount of buggery, necrophilia and cannibalism can ever match that one.

The real challenge of Crossed is to write a meaningful story that not only rises above the horror, but depends on the horror to acquire its meaning. I think I've succeeded. My 5-issue arc of Crossed: Badlands is called "The Golden Road" and runs from issue #14 through #18. I'm very pleased with the result, even if it was typed with gritted teeth and accompanied by the occasional shudder.

The art is absolutely brilliant. William has found an amazing young artist called Georges Duarte. You can see a few samples of his art here. The attention to detail, the characterisation, composition and drawing skills you can see on display here show an artist with huge potential, but when the artwork started coming in, it far exceeded my expectations. Georges has all the makings of a superstar and in the coming months I'll be tapping Avatar for some advance art to dazzle you all.

Meanwhile, here are the covers for our first issue.

Wraparound Cover by Oscar Jiminez

Red Crossed Incentive Cover by Jacen Burrows

Torture Cover by Gianluca Pagliarani

Friday, 22 June 2012

The Bulletproof Jukebox - Joe Meek Week

John Leyton - "Johnny, Remember Me"

Heinz Burt "Live it Up" with young Steve Marriott on drums
and David Hemmings on guitar

The Honeycombs - "Have I The Right"

I couldn't find any old footage of the Tornados performing Telstar, so here's the next best thing - Sweden's greatest band, The Spotnicks performing "The Rocket Man"

Pentecostal Snake Handlers with music by Joe Meek from "I Hear A New World"

And finally... Joe Meek gets busted

Monday, 18 June 2012

The Darkness #104 Preview

Out this Wednesday 20th June. 
"THE CRACK IN EVERYTHING", PART 4 - Story by David Hine, Art by Jeremy Haun
We can tell you only two things about this issue: One, this issue will dive into depths of horror darker than any previous Darkness issue, and two, you won't see the end coming. 

Tuesday, 12 June 2012

The Bulletproof Coffin: Disinterred #5 - Preview

Issue 5 features The Hateful Dead - new versions of the classic bubblegum cards by Kane and Hine originally issued in the 1960's. The card series tells the story of the Hatred from Space and how a platoon of American marines in Vietnam rose from the dead to bring raw cannibal terror to the Mekong Delta.

Available from your comic book store from Wednesday 13th June.

Saturday, 9 June 2012

La Jetée - Chris Marker

Chris Marker's 1962 movie 'La Jetée' (The Jetty) is a post-apocalyptic science-fiction film made largely with still images. Poetic, evocative and startling in its originality, it is a precursor of Tarkovsky's 'Solaris', Godard's 'Alphaville' and Terry Gilliam's '12 Monkeys' among others. If you've never seen it, here's your chance. The first version is in the original French, the second in English.

La Jetée (Chris Marker) French version from Hype Not Hype on Vimeo.

La Jetée - English version

Friday, 8 June 2012

Ray Bradbury - First Encounters

I got the reading bug early. When I was a kid I would spend the weekends in second hand shops and church jumble sales, hunting for books and comics. The first time I came across the work of Ray Bradbury was in the pages of these two pulp monthlies. "The Jar" and "The Illustrated Man" were classic carnival horror stories. Years later, "The Illustrated Man" formed the basis for my own son's nightly entertainment. I told him about a man whose body was covered in tattoos, each one illustrating a 'true' story. Every night Alex would come up with a picture and I would tell him the story that went with it. There were tales of dragons and snakes, ghosts, witches and pirates - lots of pirates.

That was the thing about Ray Bradbury - reading his stories made you want to go away and tell your own.

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Thursday, 7 June 2012

Pulp Fact

I was recently a guest at the London Comic Mart. Here are some True Crime mags I picked up there...

And a few utterly irresistible Boys' Weeklies...

Friday, 1 June 2012

Bulletproof Jukebox - (mostly) LIVE!

The Rolling Stones on Ready Steady Go from 1964, performing 'Around and Around'

Del Shannon - Runaway (1965)

Pretty Things - Road Runner (1966)

Nina Simone - Ain't Got No... I Got Life (1968)

Nancy Sinatra - Bang! Bang!

Chuck Berry - You Can't Catch Me ('Rock Rock Rock 1956)

The Isley Brothers - Shout! (Shindig 1965)