Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Moore & Reppion: "Blah, blah, blah"

For those of you interested in such things, there are a couple of new interviews with ourselves online now.

The first is over on Valhalla Comics Mug O Mead Blog where Kevin Bush very patiently quizzed us about our methods, the industry and our upcoming work.

Then over on Comicon's Pulse Jennifer M. Contino got us talking about Popgun Vol 1 and Deadeye - our horror/sci-fi/detective world which we has finally debuted in the book.

We're currently slogging away at the second script for a huge Dynamite Series which should see print in 2008 and have a healthy list of projects in progress and to be getting on with. It occurred to us recently that we've been writing comic together for almost five years now. Does that mean we have to stop saying "Well, we're still quite new to the industry" soon?

Saturday, November 17, 2007

John in Fortean Times #230

This month's Fortean Times (#230) contains a two page article by yours truly on the subject of the annual celebration held in Market Weighton, Yorkshire known as "Giant Bradley Day". I'm very, very, very happy to be in FT again (my first ever piece of published writing was in #187, in 2004) as it's one of my favourite mags and, in fact, the only magazine I've ever subscribed to in my life. Of course, there are lots of other marvelous articles in there, such as...

In this issue we follow an explorer into the Siberian taiga as he seeks to uncover the truth behind local tales of olguis, or 'upturned cauldrons', dangerous to all living things, and round-up some other examples of Siberian weirdness.

Also this month we learn that the Templars were not guilty of heresy, ask whether writing about your own crime might be a bit of a give away, wonder how you can not notice being shot in the head, mourn the death of an intelligent parrot, and applaud Daisy the dachshund's discovery of a mammoth bone at the seaside.

Well worth the price of admission surely?


Nevermore Anthology yet to come

Now then, we believed that the book was officially released on Halloween but it turns out that it was just a launch; the book will be on sale from the 22nd of November.

Self Made Hero have drummed up some fantastic press fro the book too...
"Nevermore and Richard III, new titles published by manga and graphic novel imprint SelfMadeHero, have been selected as two of three 'recommended reads' by The Book Show, presented by Mariella Frostrup on Sky Arts. A special programme on comics and graphic novels goes out on 22nd November, featuring the books."

"[...]the Guardian are running a standalone review of Nevermore this Saturday by Canongate author Michel Faber, so do try and pick up a copy."

We have received our comp copies and it's a great little book. Hope you all enjoy it. :)

Wednesday, November 07, 2007

Signing times for Leeds on Saturday

Just to let everyone know that we'll be signing at the Leeds Thought Bubble festival this weekend between 2:30 and 4 PM.

Full schedule:

Kieron Gillen:: 10am - 5.30pm
Jamie McKelvie:: 10am - 5.30pm
Barry Kitson:: 12pm - 1pm, then 4pm - 5.30pm
Peter Doherty:: 12pm - 1.30pm signing, then 'Hellboy' panel from 2.30pm - 3.15pm @ Leeds
Art Gallery Reading Room
Dean Ormston:: 12pm - 1.30pm
Duncan Fegredo:: 12pm - 2pm, then 'Hellboy' panel from 2.30pm - 3.15pm @ Leeds Art Gallery Reading Room
Sean Phillips:: 12pm - 2pm
Bryan Talbot:: 1pm - 3pm, then 'Alice in Sunderland' talk from 3.30pm - 4.30pm @ The Carriageworks
Jordan Smith:: 1pm - 2.30pm
Staz Johnson:: 1pm - 2pm @ Travelling Man 'Heroes' shop signing, then 3pm - 4pm @ Thought Bubble
Leah Moore:: 2.30pm - 4pm
John Reppion:: 2.30pm - 4pm
Antony Johnston:: 2.30pm - 4pm
Adi Granov:: 3pm - 5.30pm, then 'From Panel to Motion Picture' Q&A from 6pm - 6.45pm @ The Carriageworks
Tony Lee:: 4pm - 5.30pm
Mel Gibson:: 10am - 12.30pm workshop @ Travelling Man.

Tuesday, November 06, 2007

Thought Bubble Leeds this weekend

We'll be in Leeds this Saturday signing and generally hanging around at the Thought Bubble Festival.

Other guests at the event include:

Peter Doherty Judge Dredd / Batman Superman

Al Ewing 2000 AD / Strontium Dog

Duncan Fegredo Jay & Silent Bob / Hellboy

Kieron Gillen Phonogram

Adi Granov Iron Man Extremis / Iron Man Movie

Staz Johnson Heroes / Civil War

Antony Johnston Wasteland / Yuggoth Cultures

Barry Kitson Transformers / Legion / The Order

Tony Lee X-Men / Doctor Who

Jamie Mckelvie Phonogram / Suburban Glamour

Dean Ormston Lucifer / Sandman

Sean Phillips Criminal / Marvel Zombies

Jordan Smith Alice in Sunderland / Darkview

Bryan Talbot Fables / Alice in Sunderland

The con will take place in the crypt of Leeds Town Hall on Saturday 10th November 2007, from 10am - 5.30pm.

Tickets are £3.50 advance and £4 on the door. Children under 12 get in FREE.

See the website for more info on how to get there and everything.

Hope to see you there.

Thursday, November 01, 2007

Anomalist #13 - Intermediate States OUT NOW

In this issue…

In a mix of the comic and the tragic, John Reppion searches for the truth behind an 1845 bridge collapse said to be caused when spectators rushed to see a clown in a tub drawn by six white geese in the river below.

Cliff Willett wonders why UFO aliens would traverse deep space to borrow salt, sample our pizza, or offer us pancakes in his delightful examination of alien eating habits.

What does U.S. Republican Presidential candidate Mitt Romney think of the Nephites? Fortean researcher Loren Coleman examines the Mormon belief in this race of beings who live in a world between the known and unknown, who once existed and may still walk among us, saving lives and doing good deeds.

Technology buffs in the afterlife? Mark Macy traces his involvement in our half-century long history of attempts to use technology to communicate directly with the dead – and them with us.

Researcher Ulrich Magin tracks down the oft-repeated story of “the first ever sea serpent sighting” by the Assyrian King Sargon nearly three millennia ago and gets to the slimy truth of it all.

As protosciences proliferate, David Hricenak makes the case for a new interdisciplinary field of study called bioanomalistics that overlaps with cryptozoology, UFOlogy, and parapsychology.

Pennsylvania geologist Sharon Hill tackles the reports of anomalous lights, sounds, weather, and animal behavior that are said to occur before earthquakes, explains why science has been reluctant to accept them as useful precursors, and suggests a possible mechanism to explain such phenomena.

Modern science may finally be shedding light on the paranormal. Biologist Dwight Smith and researcher Gary Mangiacopra look at how recent developments in neuroscience may help unravel the physical and physiological mechanisms that lead to out-of-body experiences.

With an obvious passion for her subject, Victoria Alexander reviews the extreme ecstatic practices of medieval saints and mystics and finds a close relationship to the modern use of ayahuasca as a visionary tool.

Researcher Theo Paijmans makes use of digital newspaper archives to get to the truth about the Black Flash – not the 1990s fictional comic book character from DC Comics but the phantomlike creature that plagued Provincetown in the 1930s and held its inhabitants in an ice-cold grip of fear.

Bad sci-fi movies are a dime a dozen, but there’s something special about The Flying Saucer. Nick Redfern wonders if there is any substance to the claims of its star/director, who spread the word that the movie would feature footage of a real flying saucer over Alaska. The U.S. Air Force was certainly interested…