Monday, 31 December 2012

Don Lawrence Illustrates The Bible - #2

Cover art for issue #7 and part 2 of 'Herod The Great' from issue #24 of Fleetway's The Bible Story.

Sunday, 30 December 2012

Don Lawrence illustrates The Bible Story - #1

On the 7th March 1964, the first issue of The Bible Story was published by Fleetway Publications. Fleetway already had a reputation for producing high quality educational magazines, including their flagship Look and Learn magazine. While the articles were well written and researched, it was the quality of the illustrations that made these magazines shine.

Art by James McConnell

Over the next few days, I'll be scanning and posting some of the best illustrations, concentrating on the contributions of Don Lawrence, who is best known for 'The Trigan Empire' and the long-running 'Storm'. The most significant work was the serialized comic strip, 'Herod The Great' which ran from issues 23 through 29. After #29, Bible Story was amalgamated with Look and Learn and soon disappeared. But Lawrence's work on 'Herod the Great' ensured that he was first in line to illustrate 'The Trigan Empire', which started its run in Ranger magazine, a year after The Bible Story bit the dust. Ranger also eventually amalgamated with Look and Learn, and 'The Trigan Empire' ran there until the magazine was finally cancelled in 1982 - a grand total of 854 episodes. 'Herod the Great' only ran for 7 episodes but it was a worthy forerunner to Don Lawrence's better-known work. Here is episode one...

And an illustration from issue #5...

Ulfilas preaching to the Goths (Click for higher resolution)

Saturday, 29 December 2012

Thursday, 20 December 2012

The Man Who Laughs - Sneak Peek

A treat for Christmas (well, there is snow in it) - here's a page from 'The Man Who Laughs', a 160-page graphic novel adaptation of the novel by Victor Hugo, coming from SelfMadeHero in 2013. Mark Stafford (Cartoonist in Residence at The Cartoon Museum in London) has spent most of the year working on this and it's an outstanding body of work. I bet you can't wait to see the other 159 pages.

Art by Mark Stafford

Sunday, 16 December 2012

Storm Dogs, Zombies, Darkness and a Coffin

With 2012 coming to an end, I'm going to make a real effort to catch up on the blog. I started the year with posts every day. That isn't possible any more. Things have become a little hectic with the bi-monthly Crossed series and the new ongoing Night Of The Living Dead: Aftermath from Avatar, The Darkness monthly from Top Cow, and of course the launch of Storm Dogs from Image. Here's a glimpse of upcoming books...

Storm Dogs #5, featuring the sinister Kaneko is in all good comic shops 27th March 2013.

Art by Doug and Sue Braithwaite

Also in March 2013, the last part of the 'Viva Las Vegas' arc of Night Of The Living Dead: Aftermath...

From Top Cow, The Darkness #113 features Hope manifesting her own version of The Darkness in the second part of a twisted fairytale...

Art by Jeremy Haun and John Rauch

Don't forget The Bulletproof Coffin: Disinterred trade paperback is available from and or as a download from Comixology

Thanks to Four Colours And The Truth for making it their mini-series of the year. 

Shaky Kane/Bulletproof Coffin merchandise is available. From Nakatomi, there are art prints and T-shirts...

...and from Revere Design, a limited edition of Coffin Fly coffin lids...

Authenticated by Shaky Kane himself.

Saturday, 1 December 2012

My Life And Work!

Historian and journalist Nathan Wilson has just completed a long and in-depth interview with me covering just about anything you would ever want to know about my life and work. It is online at the Graphic Novel Reporter site and you can read it by clicking here.

With 2010's Bulletproof Coffin and its successorBulletproof Coffin: Disinterred in 2012, David Hine received both critical and commercial recognition across the comics press for his avant-garde, creator-owned series. From reviews and interviews in The Comics Journal and Comics Alliance to Comic Book Resources and other outlets, Hine's vivid interpretation of the medium and its sordid history have been ripe for journalists seeking parallels with his own career in the industry. While many audiences know of Hine from his recent time on The Darkness with Jeremy Haun for TopCow or previous corporate work for DC Comics, Marvel, and many other publishers, few may realize his lengthy tenure in the business and multiple roles as an author, illustrator, and cartoonist. I had the fortune of discussing the craft of comics production with him as well as his creative process.