Thursday, December 28, 2006
It includes an interview with THE END IS NIGH! editor Mike Molcher about apocalyptic predictions and their growth on the internet.
Make sure you put your feet up and tune in!!
13:30: The End Is Nigh... Again
Grim prophecies about the end of the world, some more scientific than others, have proved almost as enduring as the world itself. Clive Anderson talks to the experts in an attempt to establish how long we might have before catastrophe overwhelms us all.
Radio Four homepage
2006 seems to have been the shortest year of my life so far but, paradoxically, it seems to have been jam packed with stuff too. Leah and I have done more writing this year than ever before and we're due to be doing even more in the coming months (and hopefully for the foreseeable future); it's beginning to sink in that this is actually a viable career and that we might actually be able to keep our heads above water and make a living. Which is nice.
Thanks to everyone who has helped us out and supported us over the last twelve months (and the proceeding ones). This obviously includes our families but also our friends and in particular some of the new friends who we have been fortunate enough to make the acquaintance of via our work. Thanks to all the lovely folk who invited us places, let us sleep on their couches, cooked us breakfast, took us to the pub and generally looked after us and treated us like people who do a real job instead of dossers who just make stuff up. Your psychological support should not be underestimated; we need to believe that we are writers and that people are reading the stuff we do in order to grow and continue and you're the people who help to make it all seem a bit more realistic. Cheers.
In amongst all this aforementioned busyness we have neglected to make time to keep on top of updating our links page and our (fairly newly expandable and contractible) Blog Roll; there are loads of cool sites and Blogs that we want to acknowledge and point you towards but we never seem to find the time. New Year's resolution number one: find time to spread the linkage. And I will, starting now...
The multi talented and just plain bloody marvelous chap that is Lew Stringer has just started a Blog over at http://lewstringer.blogspot.com, why not head over and benefit from his wisdom?
All the very best for 2007.
Monday, December 18, 2006
Written by Moore & Reppion.
Art by Hugo Petrus.
Covers by Arthur Suydam and Sean Phillips.
Download an exclusive wallpaper here: www.dynamiteentertainment.com/htmlfiles/downloads.html
Saturday, December 02, 2006
There's been a bit of confusion about the dates for the trade (not least because I keep telling everyone that its definitely not out until January 2007) but, having had it explained to me, I'm here to give you the correct info.
The trade will be released through DC on the 20th of December 2006 in the US and a second version will be released through Titan on the 26th of January 2007 here in the UK.
Hope that clears things up, and sorry you Brits won't be getting and Albion annual for Xmas.
We've just been sent loads of cool PDFs of all the fantastic extras that are going into the collection and they look ace .
If you live in the US, the UK or anywhere else for that matter, you can pre-order the Albion TPB now through our AMAZON SHOP.
Friday, December 01, 2006
Thursday, November 30, 2006
Strange Attractor Journal Three is out this week featuring an article by John. The piece tells of an all but forgotten eccentric philanthropist who built a series of intricate and unmapped tunnels under the city of Liverpool only a century and half ago.
You can order the book direct through our site for just £9.23 by visiting OUR AMAZON SHOP
For more info visit www.strangeattractor.co.uk
Today sees the release of the Dark Horse Book of Monsters which features work by comic book luminaries like Mike Mignola, Jill Thompson and Kurt Busiek... and US!
We have an eight pager entitled "The Horror Beneath" with art by Timothy "Swamp Thing" Green.
You can order the book direct through our site for just £7.60 by visiting OUR AMAZON SHOP
More info at www.darkhorse.com
Tuesday, November 28, 2006
"AARGH (Artists Against Rampant Government Homophobia) was a one-off comic book anthology published by Mad Love in 1988. The comic was designed to aid the fight against Clause 28, which was a controversial amendment to British local authorities which was designed to outlaw the promotion of homosexuality." - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AARGH
Although Clause 28 was eventually repealed in 2003, discrimination is something that millions of gay, bisexual and transgendered people still have to suffer everyday. All the money we raise by selling AARGHs will be donated to Stonewall (http://www.stonewall.org.uk/), an organisation dedicated to campaigning for equality and justice for gay people in the United Kingdom.
Stonewall are also instrumental in the Education for All campaign (http://www.stonewall.org.uk/education_for_all/), tackling homophobia and homophobic bullying in schools.
We have a limited number of AARGHs for sale at £7 each (plus P&P) Also, we have just 20 copies of AARGH which have been signed by all three founding members of Mad Love Publishing (Alan Moore, Phyllis [Moore] and Deborah Delano). The signed books cost just £15 each (plus P&P).
Please note that both items are restricted to only two of each per customer. These books were produced to benefit a charity cause, we are not supplying them for retail purposes.
Visit our AARGH page for more info and to purchase your copy (please note that, if you are ordering from outside the UK, you will receive a separate bill for additional postage after your initial order)
John & Leah
Sunday, November 19, 2006
We've worked with Dave in the past on projects for Accent UK (the second of which will be published in their "Zombies" anthology early next year) and we definitely hope to work with him again in the future and he's a stupidly talented man.
Writer and artist David Hitchcock has released a hardback edition of his Eagle Award winning series Springheeled Jack.
The Victorian gothic fantasy series received much high praise from readers and comic professionals in its initial three issue run and this book titled 'Strange Visitor' collects these issues plus the hard to find 'The Last Chapter' previously only available to lucky fans at Bristol's Comic Convention in 2005. The book also showcases many of David's sketches on the series and a tantilising glimpse into the production of the artwork.
Limited to just 500 copies the standard book can be bought for just £10 (including postage and packaging) but as usual with David's comic work he is offering a range of special offers on this new collection.
The first 20 orders will receive a fantastic original drawing with the book!
Plus for £13 you can order one of eighty copies that will be numbered and signed by David and will include a limited tipped in plate illustration.
For orders and availability on the limited editions you can contact David directly by e-mail at email@example.com
or by sending a cheque made payable to David Hitchcock to
SHJ, Gunhills Farm,
To see more of David's work check out his website at www.blackboar.co.uk
BUY THIS BOOK!
Friday, November 03, 2006
WITCHBLADE: SHADES OF GRAY #1 (OF 4)
WRITTEN BY LEAH MOORE AND JOHN REPPION, ART BY STEPHEN SEGOVIA; COVERS BY BILLY (X-Men) TAN with DEAN (THE LONE RANGER/New Avengers) WHITE (50%?), E-BAS (25%) AND STEPHEN SEGOVIA (25%).
Shrouded in mystery, the Witchblade has known many friends and many foes in its long history, but it has never faced such a mystery as the troubled Dorian Gray! Now, the two meet in a special DYNAMITE/TOP COW CROSSOVER EVENT!
In the first issue, we follow Detective Sara Pezzini and her new rookie partner as they race to stop a murdering madman. Waiting and watching in the shadows is the enigmatic Gray who may or may not be the murderer they seek! With the action spanning the globe as well as exploring Gray’s coloured past, this is an event not to be missed!
Featuring a story that spans the ages from the deft hands of writers Leah Moore and John Reppion, WITCHBLADE: SHADES OF GRAY also features the debut of Stephen Segovia and an all-star roster of cover artists, including Billy Tan, E-Bas and Segovia!
Read more about the announcement on Newsarama here: http://forum.newsarama.com/showthread.php?t=89779
Read an interview with us on Newsarama here: http://forum.newsarama.com/showthread.php?t=89872
Wednesday, November 01, 2006
Chat rooms monitored. Blogs deleted. Websites blocked. Search engines restricted. People imprisoned for simply posting and sharing information.
The Internet is a new frontier in the struggle for human rights. Governments – with the help of some of the biggest IT companies in the world – are cracking down on freedom of expression.
Amnesty International, with the support of The Observer UK newspaper, is launching a campaign to show that online or offline the human voice and human rights are impossible to repress.
Once we were sorted (I'm not even going to comment on where we stayed or the peculiarities of our breakfast as Leah has already covered those subjects in lurid detail over on MySpace) it was a bit of a hike to get to the venue. It should have been easy to spot really as it's a couple of hundred feet tall and stands on top of a huge hill but, it was very misty and rainy...
This was a really brilliant little con; really friendly, free to get in, great guests and a brilliant turn out. Well done to Ant Mercer for getting it all together and cheers to everyone who helped out and or attended.
Next year we're driving up on the Saturday morning mind.
Thursday, October 19, 2006
Well, if waiting for the End of the World is getting a bit boring, you need THE END IS NIGH! - the official magazine of the apocalypse!
THE END IS NIGH! is on the look-out for contributors for its massive fourth issue – there's going to be a brand new format, more content, and even more 100% apocalyptic action!
And we're flinging the scope for submissions for this issue WIDE OPEN! So if you've got an apocalyptic idea, we want to hear from you! Whether it's based on the next scientific scare story, the latest religious rant about the Rapture, or you've got your own vision of the End of the World, let us know about it!
In past issues, a 'theme' has taken over the whole magazine, this time we're accepting any apocalyptic ideas while also running a special When Nature Runs Amok! supplement. Global warming has never been 'hotter' news and we want to bring our readers the latest news, features and weird stuff about when nature gets its own back! Why not have a play around with:
• global warming (from submerged continents to worldwide draught to the new ice age!)
• pandemic diseases
• apocalyptic natural disasters (from a polar shift to cinsane weather to volcano meltdown!)
• humanity replaced by the next step in evolution (Mutant superheroes? Vampires? Homo superior? Animals taking over? It could happen!)
• Nature versus technology – which will destroy civilisation first?!
But remember – so long as it's about the End of the World, it's in THE END IS NIGH!
CAN YOU HELP US?
THE END IS NIGH!'s success has been built on the hard work of its army of contributors. From comic strip artists to feature and short story writers to people who chuck in the odd joke or two – they all make it the fantastic magazine it is! So why not join their ranks? We're on the look out for the following things:
We need writers and artists for comic strips from one page to six pages in length – get your ideas in print and your work seen by an audience the crosses genres and spans the globe! And don't just go for the easy old ideas – go crazy! After all, it is the end of the world ;)
We need feature writers to explain all the latest, biggest and scariest End of the World scenarios – is there a scary new cult on the apocalyptic map? What's the latest thing scientists are saying will end all life on Earth? What new vision of Armageddon is being preached from the pulpit? What horrors does our planet, our solar system, or our own warped minds have in store for us? All ideas for features up to 1,000 words in length considered!
You don't have to do a strip for the next issue – why not let your imagination go mad with some spot illustrations? There will be features that need a visual to grab the reader's attention – your work could bring those words to life! Each issue needs dozens and dozens of images to illustrate our wide range of content. Get the chance to show off with some designs of your own!
The End of the World is no laughing matter – unless you read THE END IS NIGH! Got an apocalyptic gag that you want to share? Well make our readers laugh away their post-Millennial fears with a cartoon. Don't worry if you can't draw – we can put you in touch with artists to bring your sense of humour to the page!
A budding Asimov or are you more John Wyndham? Bring your vision of the End of the World to life in your own words. We want to hear your pitches for short stories up to 1,500 words – just send a rough plot to firstname.lastname@example.org
A whizz with the ol' Photoshop and Illustrator? Get in touch and put your design skills to making the apocalypse happen on every page!
Doomwatch needs you! Remember to keep submitting any news stories you see about the End of the World! Whether it's the latest environmental scare or news of the next asteroid with a one-way ticket for Earth, let us know via OUR BLOG or by visiting OUR FORUM
Don’t worry if you don’t have an idea – we can match you with writers or artists who can help bring your work to the page! Just drop us a line, tell us a bit about yourself and we’ll see how you can contribute to the smash hit of the small press scene!
And please don't hesitate to ask if you have an idea, a suggestion or a question to email@example.com - we're here to help!
THE END IS NIGH! team
Tuesday, October 10, 2006
Sunday, October 01, 2006
Tuesday, September 26, 2006
How would you like to be a reporter for Revenant Magazine? How would you like some free zombie goodies? Read on!
We've got a pair of tickets for Max Brooks' Film Festival of the Living Dead (Barbican, London Nov 14th, 15th, 17th and 18th) but no-one to report on the event for us (sadly, I can't attend). What are we supposed to do? Give them away!
If you think you've got what it takes to be the Revenant correspondent at the event then we want to hear from you.
We would like all interested parties to write a short piece (200 words max) about why they feel they are the best person for the job and post it here in this thread.
FD and I will pick out the star candidate and he or she will be heading over to the film festival wearing a free Revenant t-shirt and with a free copy of World War Z (courtesy of Duckworth Publishers) under their arm. The tickets will also entitle the winner to attend a question and answer session with WWZ author Max Brooks, so you'd better think of some original questions to ask him too.
All entrants must be over 18 years of age, able to make their own way to and from the events in London, UK and must be prepared and have the necessary equipment to provide a full report on the event (including photographs, if possible).
The closing date for entries is Halloween 2006.
Sunday, September 24, 2006
We've turned in another script for Dynamite Entertainment and we've been given a hint about who our artist on that project might be (and we've very excited about that). Details of the series should be announced next month with the first issue coming out in early '07.
Details of Leah's big festive project will now definitely be announced in early November.
We've had a glimpse of the cover art for our Space Doubles story which looks fantastic enough already even though it's only half done.
We've got tonnes of stuff in the pipeline; plenty of scripts and articles and pitches to be getting on with. We've been sniffing around a couple of companies with some original ideas and we've had a few people approaching us with new stuff. Basically, we're busy and we're happy and it's all looking pretty cool.
We're doing quite a few cons and signings and stuff over the next few months so hopefully we'll see some of you there.
Saturday October 14th 2006
Asylum Books and Games
Saturday October 28th 2006.
The Lancaster Comic Convention
Saturday and Sunday November 18th and 19th 2006
Collectormania Manchester G-Mex
Saturday and Sunday December 9th and 10th 2006
Birmingham International Comics Show
Thursday, September 14, 2006
Another Dwight MacPherson penned webcomic launching on the 22nd of September 2006 and running three times a week from then on.
Join Harry Palmer and Ronald Spitz on the greatest adventure of a lifetime: HIGH SCHOOL.
Click on the cover (above) to go to The Adventures of Luther Arkwright webcomic page.
Sorry, I went a bit QVC there didn't I? It is brilliant though; all nine issues of Brian Talbot's genius series online at BryanTalbot.com
Monday, September 04, 2006
Sunday, September 03, 2006
Anyway, some upcoming stuff you might like to know about:
Albion #6 is definitely out on the 27th/28th (US/UK) of this month with a trade to follow in late '06/early '07.
We'll be signing up in Aberdeen at...
On Saturday October 14th 2006
And then, two weeks later, we'll be at...
Saturday October 28th 2006.
Also, I'm currently ploughing through...
Max Brooks's eagerly awaited follow-up to The Zombie Survival Guide which isn't actually out here until the 14th of September ("You will be the first person in the UK to get a finished copy of WWZ btw" - Suzannah Rich, Duckworth Publishers. Not bad, eh?).
a review and an interview with Mister Brooks. Both of which will be online ASAP.
Anyway, enough displacement. Back to work!
Thursday, August 31, 2006
click on the screenshot (above) to visit.
Or go to http://www.planetadeagostinicomics.com/ if you speak Spanish and have a look!
Also he informs me that Albion is set to get a Spanish edition sometime next year, which is great news!
On a slightly less thrilling note, if anyone has a Myspace account then drop by and show some love! http://www.myspace.com/leah_moore
Saturday, August 26, 2006
Created and written by our good mate Dwight MacPherson (the man responsible for Arcana's Dead men Tell No Tales) with brilliantly bouncy art by newcomer Mathieu Benoit, Jim Reaper is now starring in his own FREE weekly webstrip!
Visit www.jimreaper.mathieubenoit.net now for the first three episodes and be sure to check back every Saturday from now on. You won't regret it.
Thursday, August 17, 2006
You can read an interview with Andrew at www.comicon.com
Wednesday, August 09, 2006
After getting settled in to our B&B we spent a very enjoyable evening in the venue bar taking part in the pub quiz (our team came dead middle, thus proving that we were intelligent but not geeky).
Leah's first panel was "Fantasy, the Modern Mythology?" at 11am. The attendance wasn't brilliant (it was a bit early after the night a lot of people had had before) but with people like Ken Macleod and Catie Murphy participating it went very well.
Paul interviewed us for his "Notes From The Drawing Board" section on his website (see previous post) and Michael gave us a copy of his latest book The Quantum Prophecy - The New Heroes which we were chuffed to bits with. I can't remember if Bryan Coyle and his minder turned up on the Saturday or the Sunday now but, whenever it was, Paul Holden forced us all to do this...
Started off with the charity coffee morning attended by ourselves and Pádraig and Deirdre (who had arrived late the previous night) amongst others.
At 1pm, after a few pints, we went off to watch the very interesting "Alien Aliens" panel featuring Ken Macleod, Hal Duncan and Ian McDonald.
3pm was "Bring them back Alive" which saw me desperatley trying to turn the ultra literate and intelligent musings of Ken Macleod and Ian McDonald round to the subject of zombie films. Luckily, someone in the audience asked a question about Robocop, so it was all alright in the end.
5pm was the closing ceremony which was invaded by drunk people (many of whom were, in fact, guests admittedly) and thus went brilliantly.
Later that evening all us remaining guests were treated to a slap up Indian meal with the convention staff, all of whom are (as corny as it sounds) truly wonderful, wonderful people.
PS if you attended the con, or if you know of someone else who did, please alert us to any other reports or photo galleries from the event by leaving a comment below. Ta.
Thursday, August 03, 2006
Puny Earthling is a brand new fanzine, compiled and edited by Pádraig Ó Méalóid, which premieres at MeCon in Belfast this weekend.
Full list of contents and contributors:
Front Cover: Leah Moore
1: The World's Getting Smaller: Gerry Hunt
2: King of Australia by Jody MacGregor
3: The Virgin and the Suicide Bomber by Ian Watson
4: Albert & Myrtle: Art by Bolt - 01, Script by Ed Berridge
7: Post-Buffy Fiction? by Juliet E McKenna
9: A Fantasy Fantasy Cricket Eleven by Paul Cornell
10: Cartoons by Brian Caffrey
11: Vodu, Tetrodotoxin, and the Weekly World News: The Truth About Zombies by John Reppion
13: Dark Satanic Mills by Ed Berridge, Illustration by Bryan Coyle
15: Hairpin Hardpush: Words by Ian Whelan, pictures by Alan Nolan
16: Northern Ireland in Science Fiction and Fantasy by Nicholas Whyte
17: Thanks For the Meal, Charlie! By Grolf
18: Stuck in a Moment by Robert Curley
19: Google Explorer: A Warning in Rhyme by Kyle Rogers
20: Medieval Cookery 1: The Whys and Wherefores by Nina Shiel
21: Graphic Novels to Look Out For by Joe Gordon
22: Why YA? by Oisin McGann
23: Chapters From A Scientific Romance by Julian West
Spot Illustrations by Dónal Casey
What? All these big names and it's FREE? I really must have a word with Mister Ó Méalóid over the course of the con; I believe that he may have lost his marbles.
Tuesday, August 01, 2006
A review of Onmibucket's zombie anthology "Brainchild: A Collection Of Artifacts" jointly written by myself and Pádraig Ó Méalóid is now online at FractalMatter.com.
Monday, July 31, 2006
We arrived in Northampton for a quick visit on Friday afternoon only to discover that Alan was scheduled to do a signing for the Northampton Defend Council Housing campaign at his local comic shop that very evening. As it turned out, even Leah and I got asked to sign a few things (including a copy of Wild Girl #1) and the whole thing went really well.
For those of you that don't know; Alan has designed a poster which has also been made into t-shirts (pictured below) to be sold to raise funds for the campaign (contact David Horne or Phoenix Comix for info about buying either).
Of course, if we paid a little more attention to Rich's Lying In The Gutters, we'd have know about the event weeks in advance. Never mind though, we had a grand old time anyway and, who knows, we might be back to sign there again.