Sunday, November 30, 2008

My interview with Bryan Talbot now online at

An interview I did a little while back with comic book legend and genuinely lovely chap Bryan Talbot is now online at
I especially like Leah's accompanying portrait of Mr. Talbot! Go read.

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Oh okay, we ARE writing Doctor Who!

We were told to keep this quiet (even though Rich Johnston actually posted about it in LITG in late October) but I've just read this entry over on IDW Publisher and Editor-in-Chief Chris Ryall's Blog which pretty much gives the game away anyway.

WE ARE WRITING DOCTOR WHO! Got that? DOCTOR WHO! And BEN TEMPLESMITH is drawing it! How $%&*ing amazing is that? It's a 22 page one shot entitled The Whispering Gallery which should be in shops in February 2009.

Above are some concept images which Ben posted on his Blog earlier in November, looks like it's going to be good doesn't it?

Out now, coming soon and after that.

Dynamite Entertainment's Savage Tales #10 arrived in shops this week featuring the final part of the second act (got that?) of our micro mini Battle For Atlantis with industry legend Pablo Marcus on art duties. We're very pleased with the story and always really enjoy working on BFA; we've tried to make it as authentically "classic" as we can, as if we were writing for the original Savage Tales back in the 1970s.
Also in this issue: the first part of a brand-new Red Sonya two-parter by Mike Lieb and Diego Bernard, part two of Valaka by Doug Murray and Lui Antonio and part one of a brand new Hercules story by Doug Murray and Fabiano Neves.

You can see preview pages from ST #10 HERE

This issue is part of our £1 sale so, if you haven't picked up a copy yet, head over to and place an order.


Mike Raicht emailed over the lettered pages for our Mike Raicht's Creature Feature story Imago last night and Leah and I were really happy with the finished product. Imago was drawn by the infamous PJ Holden (in his pre-iPhone super-stardom days) and will be published in Creature Feature #2 sometime in late December/early January.
Keep an eye on to make sure you don't miss out!

In the meantime you can order a copy of #1 HERE (if you haven't already got one) and read a review/creator interview HERE


Prior to enjoying possibly the best con ever at Thought Bubble Leeds (proper write up to follow at some point - here are some other people's in the meantime on the 16th of November, we managed to turn in a one shot script for IDW which we are very, very excited about. We're working with an artist whose work we both love and with characters that we honestly never imagined we'd get the chance to write. Less cryptic news to follow ASAP but certain rumourmongers have already hinted at the project so, if you can't wait, get Googling.
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In the next week or so we'll be putting the finishing touches to a five part Dynamite Entertainment mini series we've been working on for just on a year now. Each issue has 32 pages of story in it but that doesn't even begin to explain how dense the series is in terms of reference research and the sheer amount of stuff we've had to cram into every panel and page. It's a piece of writing that we're both extremely proud of and we can't wait to be able to talk about it properly and for people to actually read it.

We're almost half way through another five issue Dynamite mini which has some similarities with the one previously mentioned and have quite a few other potential projects on the horizon. 2009 is already looking like a very busy year.

Sunday, November 16, 2008


As of today, all back issues in our Big Cartel shop are reduced to just £1 each. They make ideal gifts for yourself or others and we're more than happy to sign and dedicate at no extra cost.

So head over to and spend some money!

Thursday, November 06, 2008

Blog Buddies 3

Eric Orchard is a Canadian illustrator whose amazing work we were introduced to via the magic of the interweb maybe six months or so ago. I honestly can't remember what steam of conciseness Googling or linkage first brought either Leah or myself to Eric's website but, as so often occurs in the world of comics, it didn't take long for us to realise that the old six degrees of separation rule - or in this case more like two degrees - applies yet again.

It turns out that Eric is currently collaborating with our old chum Shane Oakley on a Steampunk series entitled The Girls of Fogg Academy. You can keep up to date with Mr. Orchard's biographical posts about the world of Fogg by clicking HERE.

There is something genuinely magical about Eric's work, whose style reminds me variously of people such as Brian Froud, Arthur Rackham and David Petersen but which is definitley wholly his own.

Keep an eye on to see what he comes up with next.


Magpie Killjoy is the brains behind and contributing editor of the wondrous Steampunk Magazine, which I myself have also had the pleasure of contributing to. A self described "proud anarchist, author, accordionist, steampunk, photographer, vegan, designer, editor, activist, what-have-you", Magpie can now add Blogger to that list.

Covering music, politics, art, history, writing and everything in between, Magpie's is a must bookmark site for anyone interested in... well, anyone interested in reading a really articulately written and genuinely engaging Blog really.

You can also download Killjoy's darkly brilliant Demo 08 for free HERE.

Wednesday, November 05, 2008

Happy Guy Fawkes' night

Remember, remember the Fifth of November,
The Gunpowder Treason and Plot,
I can think of no reason
Why the Gunpowder Treason
Should ever be forgot.
Guy Fawkes, Guy Fawkes, t'was his intent
To blow up the King and Parli'ment.
Three-score barrels of powder below
To prove old England's overthrow;
By God's providence he was catch'd
With a dark lantern and burning match.
Holloa boys, holloa boys, let the bells ring.
Holloa boys, holloa boys, God save the King!