Waaaay back in 1984 I was first dipping my toe in the mighty pond that is the comics biz as assistant editor on Scream!, the tragically short-lived ‘creepy’ comic published by IPC Magazines. Among the amazing strips Scream! showcased was The Thirteenth Floor, written by John Wagner and Alan Grant (under the pen name Ian Holland) and drawn by Spanish artist Jose Ortiz. Featuring Max the computer, an A.I. that creates a virtual 13th floor in the Tower Block it oversees in order to punish wrongdoers, The Thirteenth Floor ran in all 15 issues of Scream! and then transferred to Eagle, another title published by IPC at the time. Well now, Scream! has stirred from its resting place, in the shape of a second collection of the The Thirteenth Floor from Hibernia Press. This quality collected edition is a true labour of love, and — other than the great and now hugely rare strips collected within — features an all-new introduction by yours truly. All Hibernia titles can be ordered through their online shop here. I urge you to check it out.
I know… I know… it’s been a while since I last popped my head above the parapet on the convention circuit, but here we go with a veritable glut of dates over the summer. First up…
This coming Sunday, June 29th, I’ll be at the London Comic Mart at the Royal National hotel in Russell Square. Signing copies of Transformers: Regeneration One TPB 4 (and 1, 2, & 3). I’ll have a few other bits and pieces with me too. Entry is free. For more details, go here.
Then, one week later, over the weekend of July 5th/6th, I’ll be at the Glasgow Comic Con, with my full complement of script packs, scripts, TPBs and comics. Including a very limited run of issue #100 script/comic packs. Amazing array of guests, dealers and more. For more details, go here or here.
Then, one week after that, over the weekend of July 12th/13th, I’m at the London Film and Comicon at Earl’s Court 2, along with fellow RG1-ers Andrew Wildman and Stephen Baskerville. For more details go here.
Then… a slight breather before:
The UK’s premier Transformers convention, Auto Assembly in Birmingham, over the weekend of 9th/10th August. For more details on that, go here.
Hope to see you at one (or more) of the above!
First off, sorry for the extended absence , lots going on but not that much to post about (yet)… until now anyway. This week sees the publication of the first in a series of graphic novels based on the movie How To Train Your Dragon (and its TV spinoffs, Dragons: Riders of Berk/Dragons: Defenders of Berk). The first (of six) — Dragons: Riders of Berk – Dragon Down — is in bookstores (real and virtual) now, and pits Hiccup and his fellow Vikings (and their dragons) against Alvin the Treacherous. When Snotlout’s overheating dragon, Hookfang, goes AWOL, it becomes a race against time to save him from the Outcasts — and himself! Dragon Down is written by me (‘natch, as I’m plugging it here) and drawn by talented newcomer Iwan Nazif. Perfect for kids… of all ages. You can purchase the book here, or on other perfectly good sites or even actual bookstores. More updates soon on other stuff on my current slate and upcoming. Promise.
With my other, editorial, hat on, I’ve been busy co-editing the rather marvellous Metallica – Nothing Else Matters (published by Omnibus Press), an original graphic novel by Jim McCarthy and Brian Williamson, which hits all good bookstores today (Monday April 14th). Thrash metal’s most successful band comes under the McCarthy/Williamson microscope, charting the band’s highs and lows from pre-Metallica days right up to the here and now, all presented in page upon page of mindblowing graphic design art. If you’re a fan of the band, or just fascinated by the trials and tribulations of life in the music biz spotlight (or if you just want to soak up the dazzling graphic art), then scoot straight to your nearest bookstore, or shop online here.
Just a quick reminder that, this coming Saturday (March 29th) virtually the whole Regeneration One team will be at Orbital Comics in London with our signing pens (and body armour) at the ready. Myself, Andrew Wildman, Geoff Senior, Stephen Baskerville, John-Paul Bove and Jason Cardy are ready and waiting for copies of issue #100 to be thrust under our noses for the barely legible scrawls that we call our signatures. For more details, click on the link here.
Yep, it’s true, I’m not yet tired of flapping my gums and shouting from the rooftops about Transformers Regeneration One #100, which hits stores today — Wednesday 19th March. And so, over on ComicsVerse, there I am, blathering away again. If you can stand yet more opining from yours truly, you can find the interview here.
It’s the end of an era. After 30 years and 100 (or so) somewhat interrupted issues, the founding/grounding Transformers saga reaches its epic conclusion. RG1 #100 (#100 in a four-issue limited series!) hits the stands this Wednesday (March 19th), and one way or another it is, definitively, the end. Storylines years in the making are wrapped up as the full extent of the threat to Cybertron (or is that Cybertrons?) is revealed. Of course, I’m not going to spoil anything here. Just to say that this is a conclusion not just to Regeneration One, but to the whole 100 (or so) issue saga. Seeds of this were sown waaay back, and while the substance of the overall threat has become more all-encompassing in the intervening years (between when the original series finished back in 1991 and RG1 starting up), the basic premise is what I was always pushing towards. Hopefully, it all ties together pretty nicely. But I’ll leave that for you, the reader, to judge. What I can reveal is that as well as three titanic Transformers artists (Andrew Wildman, Geoff Senior and Guido Guidi) combining their talents for #100, there’s a host of bonus material, including afterwords, bonus art, and a special prose story that deals with another layer of the conclusion we simply didn’t have room for in the main story (and come with a nifty illustration by JP). It’s a no ads, cover to cover, giant-sized fest of RG1 goodness. Don’t miss it. BTW, if you’re in or around London on March 29th, come to Orbital Comics and get your copy signed by (virtually) the whole team — myself, Andrew, Geoff, JP, Stephen and Jason. A preview of the issue can be viewed here.