Monday, 30 March 2015

Christmas came late this year - and no dream crabs in sight!


Been a while since posting

The last 2 months have been a blur and I find myself in a position I've been working toward for some time.
It actually happened - I get the call from a major publisher and what's more it's to work on a major license and character.

I'm still smilling broadly while I type this ready to go and produce more pencils for the monthly strip!

The same smile that covered both my wifes face and mine as we read the email that turned up in my inbox at the end of January. Then we hugged and danced around the room - all the time not quite believing what we'd read on the screen in front of us!

I had already had the pleasure of working with Jason Quinn on of all things a reinterpretation of 'The Chronic Argonauts' for New Baby productions - an HG Wells short story famed for the first appearance of a TIME MACHINE in literature - it predated the 'Time Machine' novel by 7 years apparently.

We took a chance on the book - it was low budget and little return -  but I can certainly say that the story Jason put together was worthy of a box office outing - I loved every minute of it!

Anyway Jason moved on to greater things and late last year returned to the UK after his incredibly successful time in India as Head of Creative Content at Campfire Graphic Novels.

We'd spoken a few times about some bits and pieces but they hadn't come off for one reason or another. Of course I had my fix of QUINN by working with Tim - Jason's older brother who had kept me busy on a great project callled Street for the Endeavour charity.

Jason's return saw him becoming an Editor at PaniniUK presumably unnaware that fate was conspiring to get us to work together again!

So it transpired that Doctor Who Adventures was to have a change in publisher and Panini were to be the new guardians of the much loved magazine.

So in late January this year I got a belated Xmas pressie from Jason the new Editor of the mag as he asked me if I fancied a go... OF COURSE I exclaimed and we pushed on from there!

So now not only do I get to work on Dr Who (DR bloody Who Mum!!!!) - I get to work with a brilliant writer and Editor , with a fantastic production team and an excellent colourist (John Burns) to boot. To say nothing of becoming a most gratefull junior member of a band of creatives such as the magnificent Mike Collins, David Roach and Brian Williamson to name but a few, who have worked on this incredible character and property!

I'm propper excited :)

Below is the first page coloured beautifully by the brilliant John Burns as well as a work in progress and some early initial sketch work for character comcepts!