Wednesday, 23 July 2014

GNASH! Kane and Hine sign comics!

Here's hoping the weather holds for the weekend as I head down to sunny Devon to spend the weekend chez Shaky and his lovely wife Jane Kane and son Laurie. On Saturday afternoon we'll be motoring down to Gnash Comics in Ashburton to sign books, comics, rare first editions, rolls of toilet paper - you name it, we'll sign it! We will also be drawing our renowned Shaky Kane/Inky Hine sketches and a fun time is guaranteed for all. Here are the details...

Saturday, 19 July 2014

Alternative X-Men - David Yardin

There are times in the life of every comic book artist when they are confronted with a script that is guaranteed to provoke disbelief and, let's be honest, a moment, however transitory, of deep hatred for the writer. Here's what David Yardin was faced with when he illustrated my script for Marvel's What If...? X-Men: Deadly Genesis.

Page 14-15

Cue neat double-page pin-up of the two teams of mutants: Storm Wolverine, Nightcrawler, Banshee, Sunspot etc. The idea here is to get David to produce a neat visual of a whole bunch of mutants in new variations of their uniforms. We won’t label anyone so it will be fun for the readers to identify all their favourite heroes. In fact we can use Hunt Kerman’s voice-over giving the challenge: “So how many of these mutant heroes can you name?”

Apart from the X-Men team of Vulcan, Darwin, Sway and Petra, who have the costumes they wore in Deadly Genesisall other characters have brand new uniforms.

(I have given up on finding new team-names – I thought X-patriots and Cadre-X were new, but both have been used at some point. I’m reduced to names like X-Crescence, the X-Foliators or the Jimi Hendrix X-Perience.)

David, I want you to have fun with this, throw in as many characters as you like and make this a real classic alternative universe pin-up.

Here’s a suggested list of characters you could use: Banshee, Wolverine, Nightcrawler, Storm, Colossus, Thunderbird, Sunspot, Kitty Pryde, Dazzler, Longshot, Psylocke, Forge, Jubilee, Chamber, Gambit, Rogue, Cannonball, Shard, Bishop, Hecate, Northstar, Sage, Quicksilver, Scarlet Witch, Jamie Madrox, Multiple Man, Micromax, Captain Britain, Sabra. Add to these if you want…

Foremost in the shot should be the main X-Men team of Darwin, Sway and Petra with Vulcan standing at the front in prominent position.

Basically I asked David to come up with a gazillion new X-Men costumes that would never be seen again!

As always, David rose to the challenge. Here's the result (Click on the image for full-size version)...

Pencils by David Yardin, inks by Kris Justice, colours by Guru eFX and letters by Dave Lanphear

Friday, 11 July 2014

London Film and Comic Con: 11th - 13th July 2014

I'm packing my gear and heading off to the London Film and Comic Con at Earl's Court. Tonight is preview night, from 6pm - 9pm. I'll be in the Comic Zone tonight and throughout the weekend.

There's a great line-up of guests this year. Full list here: LFCC Guests. In the Comic Zone there are Master Classes from the likes of Dan Abnett, Jon Bogdanove, Howard Chaykin, Gary Erskine, John Higgins, Steve Marchant and Bryan Talbot as well as portfolio reviews and the chance to meet umpteen creators. Or you can stand in a line and pay for an autograph from a gazillion stars of the silver screen.

Tuesday, 8 July 2014

Art by Doug Braithwaite and David Hine

Long before we began our collaboration on Storm Dogs, Doug Braithwaite and myself worked on a strip for an anthology title for Marvel UK called STRIP. This magazine was edited by Dan Abnett and mixed reprints of European comics with original creator-owned material. It ran bi-monthly for 20 issues from February - November 1990.  Our story was called "Ephraim, Utah" and appeared in issue 8. The story was written by Michael Bonner, Doug on pencils and I inked it! Here's one of the pages before it was lettered and coloured...

Story: Michael Bonner, Pencils Doug Braithwaite, Inks: David Hine

Sunday, 6 July 2014

Kane and Hine at Gnash!

Yes! We're going back to our roots. I'm heading to the West Country later this month to meet up with Shaky Kane at the wonderful Gnash Comics. Come along and get your books signed before the arthritis sets in!

Meanwhile, here's a nostalgic look at our younger years in Exeter, when we first collaborated on the infamous Joe Public Comix...