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."

Friday, 6 December 2013

The Darkness #116 - Final Issue

It ends here. This is the last issue of The Darkness from Top Cow. It's been a great experience working on this book with Jeremy Haun drawing every issue. Follow Jeremy's work at Bad Karma.
Thanks to all the people at Top Cow: Marc Silvestri, Matt Hawkins, Bryan Rountree, Betsy Gonia, Troy Peteri, John Rauch and not forgetting Filip Sablik who was my editor when I started out at Top Cow. Meanwhile check out this Preview from the conclusion of The Darkness: The Age of Reason...

Watch our for the one-shot Darkness Falls from Top Cow in 2014

Saturday, 30 November 2013

It Came From The Box - Slow Death

Dredged up from the bottomless depths of the legendary Box of Old Stuff, here's a classic strip from the environmentally friendly SLOW DEATH #8 published by Last Gasp in 1977. The strip is written and drawn by the amazing Greg Irons, who tragically died in 1984 at the age of only 37. Cover art is by William Stout who thankfully is still with us...

Brett Ewins - Frustration

Here's a great Mod record from 1979. 'Frustration' by the Purple Hearts on Fiction Records. And as a bonus, the art is a classic Brett Ewins. One of my most treasured vinyls.

Wednesday, 20 November 2013

STORM DOGS at Thought Bubble - Update

There was a scare earlier this week when we heard that the shipment of STORM DOGS had been delayed by Typhoon Haiyana. The book may be delayed by a week in most comic book stores BUT my copies have arrived and here they are...

...all ready to box up and take to Thought Bubble in Leeds. Here are some books you can pick up from me this weekend...

Friday, 15 November 2013

STORM DOGS TPB at Thought Bubble

Don't miss the chance to pick up the trade paperback of STORM DOGS Season 1 at Thought Bubble, the Leeds Comic Art Festival. Doug Braithwaite and myself will be signing copies for you from our table in the Image Zone. Okay there isn't officially an Image Zone, but there will be more Image creators here than are safe for your health (or wallet) - Ming Doyle, Kieron Gillen, Kelly Sue DeConnick, Fiona Staples, Ales Kot, Eric Stephenson, Jamie McKelvie, Sean Phillips, Si Spurrier, Nick Spencer, Boo Cook, Rich Starkings...ah, sod it! Just check the list of guests here: Thought Bubble Guests

You can see lots more material here: MY BOOKS: STORM DOGS


Tuesday, 5 November 2013

Comics For Beginners

Palle Schmidt is a very talented comics creator, writing and drawing graphic novels like The Devil's Concubine, (or Blodets Konkubine in the original Danish). It's available in English from IDW.

Available on Amazon UK Amazon US from Comixology or from a decent comic book store.

Now Palle is sharing his writing and drawing expertise on his new website Comics For Beginners, which features some highly professional free tutorials. I enjoyed them very much. Palle has a relaxed but highly informative style and the videos are very professionally produced. I hope to contribute to the site soon. Meanwhile, see what you learn from this sample tutorial...

Sunday, 3 November 2013

Koh Hong Teng

Here's an artist I was introduced to by Lim Cheng Tju. Koh Hong Teng is one of the most amazing artists I've come across recently. His work is hard to get hold of. He contributed a piece to Sonny Liew's Malinky Robot and he illustrated Gone Case, written by Dave Chua and Ten Sticks and One Rice, written by Oh Yong Hwee. Track them down if you can. The pictures speak for themselves...

Tuesday, 29 October 2013

Interview on Monkey Do Monkey Be

At this year's NICE convention in Bedford, the guys from MDMB interview Garth Ennis, Ian Churchill and myself and now some of the clips from those interviews are on Youtube. It's nice to see interviews professionally shot and edited. Here's my clip...

Thursday, 24 October 2013

MCM EXPO - London

This weekend the Giant Beast of British Conventions, the MCM Expo, is once again flooding the Excel Centre in London with Cosplay, Comics and Pop Culture and I will be appearing all three days in the Comics Village...

Yep, that's me looking tired and tousled with a hazy view of Vietnam's Halong Bay in the background. I had to climb a mountain to get that view (well, a fairly steep hill) and it beats yet another shot of me gurning from behind a table loaded with my own comics at yet another convention.

If you're going to MCM, do drop by my table where you will find, among other fab stuff, The Man Who Laughs, illustrated by Mark Stafford and published by SelfMadeHero. If you buy a copy this weekend, you'll also get this free limited edition bookplate...

Wednesday, 16 October 2013

The Man Who Laughs at The Lakes

The Lakes Comic Art Festival kicks off this Friday and I'm really looking forward to it. There's a European feel to this one, closer to the Angouleme model than we are used to in the UK, with talks, panels, exhibitions, movies and so on spread across a number of venues. The guest line-up is splendid, with a lot of creators you don't usually see at UK conventions - José Munoz, Joe Sacco, Steve Bell and Posy Simmonds for instance.

I'll be appearing at a number of events:
Saturday 19th October 12.15 at The Brewery Arts Centre: Screen Two
Re-imagining the Classics - hosted by Alex Fitch of Resonance FM with myself, INJ Culbard, Rob Davis and Ilya.

Saturday 17.00 at The Box, Wildman Street: Watch Them Draw
I won't be drawing, but I will be chatting with David Bishop about my collaboration with Doug Braithwaite on Storm Dogs, while Doug is doing the drawing. This will include a Q and A session.

Saturday 20.00 at The Brewery Arts Centre, Screen Two: Rocking With Horror
Once again, Alex Fitch is chairing this session with Hannah Berry, Ian Culbard, Ravi Thornton and myself. I'm not entirely sure what has been planned for this session but no doubt something Lovecraftian will rear its ugly head.

I'll also be appearing throughout the weekend at The Comics Clock Tower where I'll be signing copies of The Man Who Laughs. The book has been nominated for Best Book of the Year at the British Comic Awards. If you buy a copy this weekend you will also get this wonderful print by the artist Mark Stafford for free.


Wednesday, 9 October 2013

It came from THE BOX...

I haven't done this for a while. Here are scans from some old comics I came across in that infamous old cardboard box under the bed. These comics are too tatty, taped and torn to be worth much - that Real Clue looks like the mice got at it - but I love them.