Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Anthologies ahoy! (and a new TPB too!)

As I'm sure practically everyone with a pulse is now aware the magnificent Comic Book Tattoo was launched this weekend just gone at San Diego Comic Con. For those of you who have just woken up out of a coma (welcome back by the way - I bet your glad it didn't all end up like 28 days Later...) CBT has been described thusly:

This July the ever-growing relationship between comics and music reaches new heights as Tori Amos and Image Comics release COMIC BOOK TATTOO, a 480-page, full color anthology adapting the themes and ideas behind her songs into a lush volume of sequential art.

“I have been surprised, excited and pleasantly shocked by these comics that are extensions of the songs that I have loved and therefore welcome these amazing stories of pictures and words because they are uncompromisingly inspiring,” says Tori. “It shows you thought is a powerful formidable essence and can have a breathtaking domino effect.”

We're in there, collaborating to Pia (Y the Last man) Guerra on "Hey Jupiter". Other contributors include David Mack, Hope Larson, Ryan Kelly, Jonathan Hickman, Colleen Doran, Eric Canete, Ted McKeever, Jock, Anthony Johnston, Dame Darcy, Carla Speed McNeil, Kelly Sue DeConnick, Mark Buckingham, Ivan Brandon, C. B. Cebulski and Mr. Rantz Hoseley. There's even an intro from the ever charming Mr. Neil Gaiman.

More details plus regular Blogs about the individual stories can be found at

The book is all over "teh internets" already and a quick Google will probably give you all the info you could desire but, just in case you don't feel like trawling for CBT goodness here's a link to the Aint It Cool sneak peek at the book.


Image Comics
' Popgun Vol 2 is out this week featuring another Deadeye story from ourselves and Mr. Matt Timson (who is currently preparing to hit the big time with a new project he's working on - don't forget us Matt!). Other people in there include Dean Haspiel, Ryan Ottley, James Kolchaka, Erik Larsen, Frank Espinosa, Jim Rugg, Danny Hellman, Khary Rhandolph, Dan Hipp, Mark Andrew Smith and, of course, the most prolific man in comics Dwight L. MacPherson.

If you want to know how good Vol 2 is going to be then consider this: Popgun Volume 1 is nominated for a Harvey Award! So, (if you work in the industry) please take a moment to head over to the website and vote for it.

Visit and follow these steps:

  • Download the .txt attachment from the site.
  • Chose your picks and put an X next to Popgun Volume 1.
  • Save the document and attach it in an e-mail or copy and paste it into the text. E-mail your vote to

And don't forget to pick up a copy of Vol 2 tomorrow or else at your nearest convenience.


And lastly, but by no means leastly (leastly?), the trade paperback edition of our Dynamite Entertainment/Top Cow cross over mini series Witchblade - Shades of Gray is also out thsi week.

Featuring issues 1-4 of the mini-series from writer John Reppion and Leah Moore (also the writers of Dynamite's zombie opus RAISE THE DEAD) along with artists Stephen Segovia and Walter Geovani, and cover artists Stephen Segovia, Billy Tan, e-Bas, Adriano Batista!

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 Dorian Gray who may or may not be the murderer they seek! With the action spanning the globe as well as exploring Gray's colored past, this is an event not to be missed! Also includes a complete cover gallery.

Visit for more info.


Don't forget, if you're just too damn lazy to drag your arse down to the local comic shop and you can't even be bothered Googling round to find books online, then why not visit Our Shop Page where you can get all your Moore & Reppion goodness under on virtual roof.
You know it makes sense.

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

More Haunted Liverpool

Issue #27 of the newly re-launch Paranormal Magazine is currently in the shops and features A Ghoulish Guide to Haunted Liverpool by yours truly.

Also in this issue, The South Sheilds Poltergeist, Tunguska - The Russian Roswell, Giant Octopuses, Exorcism in the UK, The Power of Voodoo and more.

Featuring articles from the likes of Lionel and Patricia Fanthorp, Nick Redfern, Karl Shuker, Janet Bord and Richard Holland.

The magazine costs £3.99 and is available in W H Smith stores and all good newsagents.


Those of you who might have missed my recent, related interview on BBC Radio Merseyside can listen again by following THIS LINK.


I will also be appearing on the Roy Basnett show on City Talk FM this coming Thursday (the 31st of July 2008) sometime between 2 am and 6 am (don't worry, it'll be pre-recorded earlier that day), again discussing 800 Years of Haunted Liverpool.

The show will be available online at
for 7 days after the broadcast.

(I'll also hopefully stick an MP3 of the interview on the 800 Years of Haunted Liverpool Blog after the fact too).

Finally... it is done.

The latest issue of our current series for Dynamite has taken an age to write, almost two months by my reckoning. Much too long really to excuse, but today we got it finished and off to Dynamite. whew. We totted up our to do list the other day and my god we have a long list, but ticking this one off is a great help.

I have also done a portrait and have four more to do, so they will get squeezed in between the scripts. I am enjoying doing them apart from the sore hand afterwards.

We are making plans for Birmingham and Leeds conventions this year, as to where to stay, what to do and it looks like we are going to have fun whatever happens. Do come along and join in with either of them if you can!

I know the Leeds Thought Bubble gang are still looking for people for the tables and guests to sign and stuff, so if you want to sell there or appear professionally (that sounds so impressive lol) then get in touch via their website.

we might have some news soon about an appearance we are doing next year, but I'll say no more in case it comes to naught (as these things invariably do).


Friday, July 11, 2008

John interviewed on BBC Radio Merseyside

I will be appearing on the Sean Styles show (presented by Andy Ball while Sean is away) on Monday the 14th of July 2008 sometime after 11 am, discussing 800 Years of haunted Liverpool.

Wednesday, July 09, 2008

Coming soon from Th3rd World

Space Doubles Collection 1: Set The Controls is coming to a comic book store near you this Halloween.

Collecting the first three issues of Th3rd World's acclaimed sci-fi series the book features the writing talents of Dwight L. MacPherson, Mark Andrew Smith, Mike Raicht, and many more (including us) as well as some truly outstanding artwork from Alecia Rodriguez, Jeremy Dale, Ron Chan and others.

Also coming soon from Th3rd World is Mike Raicht's Creature Feature:

"Th3rd World Studio’s presents Creature Feature, a double sized Drive In horror movie experience."

Each issue is 48 pages with three and a half scintillating tales of monstrous horror done right by top industry veterans, including CB Cebulski, Chris Yost, Andy Schmidt, Stuart Moore, Leah Moore, John Reppion and Brian Smith. -- over the top and gratuitous with a super-cool soundtrack. (Readers are responsible for providing their own tunes, so break out the 8-Track or dust off your 45's!)

*Special "Rockenstein" Comic in every issue by Brian Smith!

Issue 1 DCD#: # JUL084217

Comic Blog Tattoo launched today

Today marks the beginning of Comic Blog Tattoo over on CBR where creators will be blogging about their involvement in the book, offering insights and sneak previews of their work. Hopefully, Leah and I will have a crack at it sometime in the future.

Visit and check regularly for exclusive goodness.

Comic books and ghostly tales

Okay, first thing's first, do you have Savage Tales #8 yet? If not, why not? As well as featuring Red Sonja, Quartermain By Lieberman, Wolpert and Bernard and The Trials of Osin by Lieberman and Fabiano Neves, this issue sees the return of Battle for Atlantis!
Yes, the evil Vacharn the necromancer is back and once again we've teamed up with PabloMarcos (yes, THAT Pablo Marcos) to bring you the next chapter of the fabled doomed island. I don't think I'm giving too much away if I say there are a hell of a lot of Harryhausen style skeletons running round.

Supernatural wordsmith extraordinaire Brian J. Showers & John Reppion.

This weekend just gone saw the launch of my new book 800 Years of Haunted Liverpool here in Liverpool city center. The launch went far better than I could have hoped and we completely sold out of books. Thanks to everyone who came (some people from as far away as Dublin and Northampton) and helped to make the event a truly wonderful experience.
More info and images over at

The book isn't officially released until the middle of the month so keep your eyes peeled for more news coming soon.