Tuesday, 29 October 2013

Of all the Gin joints...

So, this weekend I have been mostly at Cardiff!!

Scardiff 2013 was a small affair but had huge amounts of talent and quality content on show.

I was there on the Markosia booth and met all the very creative creatives from the British Showcase Anthology roster.

All true gentlemen and great company and gallons of talent was in abundance!

I also managed to talk to my publisher (get me that sounds posh) Harry Markos.

I am happy to say that on meeting Harry, his drive and commitment came over in waves and I left the weekend feeling extremely content in knowing that Markosia are on a mission to get quality content out there and look after their creators as much as possible! It was a bit like being accepted into a Markosia family where you know that even though the industry is not in it's greatest condition, you had people looking out for you!

I finally got to meet Adam Cheal in person and he is every bit the human being I had expected. Witty and charming and oozing with ability and drive!

Following on I made several connections with other talented writers on the day that time and space willing I will be able to follow up on. I am awfull with names but shout out to Jimmy, Jimmy, Phil, Adam, Chris, Chris, Mark and Amrit! phew sounds like the rollcall from Camberwick Green. If I missed anyone off my apologies - there's only so much room in my head and half of it is filled with Kata!

Staying on the subject of writing partners and talent, I can now officially announce the next project that I will be producing linework for. I met Time Bomb's Steve Tanner and we signed a Markosia contract with Harry for a brand new graphic novel , Foxglove. It's a steam punk affair and you can see the cover pencils at the bottom of this diatribe!!

So I will be running Foxglove and Indifference Engine 2 in tandem and attempting to make both of them my best work to date :)

And... on the subject of meeting new people...

At the end of the day we did the bar thing and who should sit down with us but the legendary John Higgins! He and partner in Crime (Sally) had been at the show producing a rather spiffing zombie pic on the show floor. He gave me some great advice in the bar and some very encouraging words and Sally was a joy to talk with. What a day, capped off with a great evening, before dissapearing into the howling winds and driving rain that was probably quite fitting for the weekends scary theme :)

some links ...


Friday, 11 October 2013

Another Day... Another reality, apparently

After finishing off the linework for OGN 'Terminus at Fenton's Green' I am now onto my next book with Markosia. All that is left is some pinup work, some super exclusive artwork for the LSCC and the book jacket design.

So onwards to the next big production...

Cy Dethan's 'Indifference Engine' caused quite a splash with widespread critical acclaim and I have been fortunate enough to team up with Cy on the second outing - The Indifference Engine 2 : The Suicideshow.

Cy's work has included great titles such as Starship Troopers and Cancertown and I feel fortunate to be working with him and the rest of the team on the book.

The team also includes the brilliant lettering of Nic Wilkinson and finds me partnered once again with the sublime colour skills of Mike Summers.

So to kick it all off here is a sketched panel from the first part - can't give too much away just yet... but there will be more soon.

Now as if that wasn't excitment enough I've also managed to partner with another great British writer on a project that will run concurrently with IE2... more on that soon.

Better busy than not... Idle hands and all that :)


Tuesday, 1 October 2013

Launch pad is primed!!!

Well it looks like I may get my big chance soon... or indeed have already grasped it.

Adam Cheal has written the most magnificent story for the original graphic novel Terminus at Fenton's Green (cover below) and I managed to get the gig. The Inks are finished and UK comics publisher Markosia are going to publish.

Not only that but the book will have a limited edition hard cover version and be an exclusive for Markosia at next years LSCC!

I have two other graphic novels on the board at contract stage for Markosia as well - so I think I can say 2013 has been a good year so far!

more soon!

Meanwhile here is the cover and it's been coloured by the incredibly talented Jimmy Kerast... nice!