Tuesday, October 30, 2007
If you fancy a bit of seasonal listening then we recommend the Halloween edition of our favorite web radio show The Retro Cocktail Hour (October 27, 2007)
Have a good one!
Saturday, October 27, 2007
Legendary writer Jamie Delano, the man who launched DC's Vertigo line with the critically acclaimed Hellblazer, reunites with frequent collaborator Steve Pugh (Animal Man, Preacher) to deliver a chilling modern twist on Poe's tale of arbitrary torture and imprisonment, The Pit and the Pendulum.Ian Edginton and D'Israeli, having previously brought us the gothic delights of Kingdom of the Wicked, Leviathan and the War of the Worlds sequel Scarlet Traces, take us to a fantastical Paris of the future where genetic technology complicates the infamous case of Murder in the Rue Morgue.
The Facts in the Case of Mr. Valdemar, an eerie story of life beyond death, is brought up to date by screenwriter Jeremy Slater and artist John McCrea, whose credits include high profile work for both Marvel (Spider-Man) DC (The Demon, Hitman, Superboy), 2000AD (Judge Dredd) and Wildstorm (Jenny Sparks).Leah Moore and John Reppion, fresh from working with Alan Moore on the Wildstorm-published Albion, lend their unique vision to The Black Cat, along with artist James Fletcher (Negative Burn). Meanwhile, Leah and John's Albion artist, Shane Oakley, joins forces with writer Dan Whitehead (Star Wars: Attack of the Clones) to bring The Fall of the House of Usher screaming into the modern day, in a skin-crawling tale of madness, mania and decay.
Tuesday, October 23, 2007
Make sure you keep an eye on shaneoakley.blogspot.com, 'cause you don't want to miss out, do you?
Monday, October 22, 2007
Fred = Faceache AKA Ricky Rubberneck
Martina = Martha from Martha's Monster Makeup
So, after a bit of a delay (sorry about that) Witchblade - Shades of Gray #3 is finally hitting the stands this week with the concluding issue coming very soon. We're very pleased to have Walter Geovani as our new artist and can't wait to see the series wrapped up and "set free".
Anyway, we arrived for our flying visit to Birmingham late Friday afternoon. Drawing on past convention experience, we found somewhere to eat immediately (Wagamamma: lovely but very, very spicy this time for some reason) in an effort to line our stomachs. After checking into our hotel and getting ourselves sorted we headed off to the party which was being held at Bennet's Bar as a joint launch for the con and Markosia's new book Hope Falls.
We had a grand time hobnobbing with the likes of Ben Dickson, Paul "the nicest man in comics, film, television and writing generally" Cornell, Leigh Gallagher & Niki Robinson, Bryan Talbot, Declan Shalvey, Lew Stringer and loads of other vastly interesting folks. And, of course, we drank...
We arrived at the con at about 10:15 AM and were amazed at the size of the queue outside the entrance. Inside the place was already mad busy and, after saying a few hurried hellos and lining up to get a sketch and signature from Mike Mignola, we found ourselves sitting between Dave Gibbons and Mark Buckingham doing a bit of signing.
Mike from Asylum Books and Games in Aberdeen.
Rich Johnston explaining the finer points of selling The Flying Friar.
The Futurequake team; always alert for the call to action.
I think we'll try and stay for the full weekend next year though, as traveling home and then immediately going to a party might not have been the best course of action in hindsight.
Wednesday, October 10, 2007
We'll be attending this year's Birmingham International Comics Show on the Friday night ("the party" as it's otherwise known) and the Saturday day time, doing some signing and maybe some panels (if they want us to). No Sunday for us sadly.
If in doubt, look/ask for us at the Accent UK table; Dave an Colin usually know where to find us.
Other guests include:
- Mike "Hellboy" Mignola (!!!)
- Paul "Doctor Who" Cornell
- Dave "Watchmen" Gibbons
- Bryan "Alice in Sunderland" Talbot
- Lew "Brickman" Stringer
Hope to see you there.
Thursday, October 04, 2007
Issue One features our retro styled "Project Obeah" which we wrote way back in early 2006 (if memory serves)
Artist - Jeremy Dale
Cover artist - David Barkmann
Here's a preview (click to enlarge)
The flip side story is entitled "Red Rain"
Writer - Mike Raicht (Marvel MAX Zombie, Deadworld Frozen Over, Savage Tales )
Artist/cover artist - Alecia Rodriguez
Preview pages below (click to enlarge)
Hope lots of people will pick this up as it's going to be great.
Future issues feature the talents of Mike Baron, Dwight MacPherson, Andrew Dabb, Ben Raab, Deric Hughes, Mark Smith, Jason Hall, Justin Robinson, Scott Closter and more!
Tuesday, October 02, 2007
So, we arrived in Dublin late on Friday afternoon confident that we had our mobile phone fully charged, a list of phone numbers and that we had given our number to everyone who would need it. This was our third trip to the city and I'm completely at a loss when it comes to explaining why we hadn't remembered that our bloody phone does not work in Dublin. We can receive calls and texts (at a cost) but we can't call or text other people. Yes, I know that means we should switch networks or something but, to be perfectly honest, we never use the phone anyway. Getting back to the point, we were so disgusted when we realised that we'd been so stupid about the phone that we turned it off (thinking it was useless). Only to realise when we turned it back on again half an hour or so later that we had loads of texts and voicemails and that receiving them had now eaten all our credit. Rubbish!
Anyway, after a bit of getting ever so slightly lost in Dublin we found our way to the Central Hotel and met up with Bryan Talbot, slovobooks and ephiriel who led the way to a very, very nice Indian restaurant. There we met the notable author and general gad about Brian J. Showers who was accompanied by the lovely Aly. We had a great meal and a good old gab and, after saying our goodnights to slovobooks and ephiriel, the rest of us headed back to the central for a pint or ten. There were lots of nice people there including Simon Furman and his very nice missus. I tried to stay off the Guinness for a change...
We were up bright an early on Saturday (for comic writers anyway) and we're over the river at the Central Hotel (where the con was taking place) by a little after ten. After bumping into Steve Niles & Sarah Wilkinson, Al Nolan, Danielle Lavigne, Michael Carrol & Leonia and various other astoundingly interesting people (especially for that time of the morning) we were ensconced on a table next to Bryan Talbot who was already dealing with a queue of people all wanting their copies of Alice in Sunderland signed.
The con ended at five. We all got drunk and went for Japanese food then headed back to the hotel and drank some more. It was grand and we'll certainty be back again next year if they'll have us.
Cheers to Rob Curley and all the SubCity/SubCon staff for making it such a great con.