January 28, 2015
Last year, as a kind of sub-strand to Urban Species’ line of Transformers/Simon Furman signature T-shirts, I sat down with the Urban Species team to discuss all things Transformers and my career in general. That interview is now a fully edited piece over on You Tube. Enjoy.
January 23, 2015
Quick shout out for the latest issue of Eaglemoss’ excellent Marvel Fact-Files, a growing A-Z of every Marvel character, from the renowned to the obscure. To which, as it happens, I’m a regular contributor. The current issue (#97) is dedicated wholly to Marvel UK characters and strips from company’s rich history of publishing originated material, including The Hulk, Death’s Head, Dragon’s Claws, Captain Britain (the Parkhouse/Stokes era when he was teamed with the Black Knight) and Sleeze Brothers. I’ve duly contributed to the two I co-created (Death’s Head & Dragon’s Claws) as well as turning my beady eye on the fabulous Black Knight strip that co-starred Captain Britain (though before my time, I was later assistant editor on Captain Britain Monthly, and diligently read all that had come before). Some newsagents do stock Marvel Fact-Files, but it’s more a subscription thing or you can order direct from Forbidden Planet. Grab a copy while you can – it’s sure to be a collector’s item.
December 6, 2014
Quick shout out for an exciting auction that’s happening now over on ebay, one that’s in a great cause too. Up for grabs are copies of Transformers: Regeneration One #100, signed by a veritable host of Transformers creators. All monies raised will go to the care of writer Bill Mantlo, who was involved in an accident, suffering both physical and mental injuries, and left in need of constant care. As Transformers fans know, Bill was one of the first people involved in the comic, and also the creator of Rocket Raccoon and many more. You can check out the auctions here.
December 3, 2014
Those wonderful people at Hibernia Comics have just summoned up (from some infernal pit no doubt) another spine-tingling collection of stories from the late and oh-so lamented Scream! comic (the brutally short-lived ‘creepy’ comic published by IPC back in 1984). This time it’s the turn of Library of Death, a portmanteau collection of short horror stories from the cream of British (and European) comics creators… and me. The collection features all the Library of Death stories from the fifteen issues of Scream! and various Holiday Specials, plus rare shorts like Ghastly Tales, Tales of the Nightcomer and more. The array of talent is nothing short of spectacular, with art from Dave Gibbons, Steve Dillon, Steve Parkhouse, Brendan McCarthy, Ron Smith, Cam Kennedy and many more. Of special note (to this blog at least) are a very early story drawn by Geoff Senior (Castle of Death), that almost certainly predates his work on Transformers, and some of my earliest script work (including the very first bit of text to roll off my manual typewriter, Beware the Werewolf, drawn by Steve Dillon). It’s a sumptuous collection of very rare and hard to find material – so treat yourself to a chill and dive in. You can order it from the Hibernia site here.
October 8, 2014
The winter London Film and Comicon at Earl’s Court 2 is just around the corner (over the weekend of October 18th & 19th), and boy – what a treat for Transformers fans. Rarely has such an assemblage of Transformers creators been gathered under the same (admittedly large) roof. Of course, I’ll be there, but the big BIG news is that Bob Budiansky, the man who practically (co-) created the core essence of the classic Transformers mythos and wrote fifty-plus issues of the original US Marvel series will also be there, along with Jose Delbo — the artist who drew a large chunk of Bob’s run on the book and a bit of mine. Add to them the likes of Andrew Wildman, Guido Guidi, Geoff Senior, Lee Sullivan, Nick Roche and James Roberts and it’s a regular Transformers-fest. Apart from meeting and greeting and signing stuff, there will be dedicated Transformers panels to attend and a host of other stuff. I’ll be bringing script/comic packs, graphic novels and other things for signing/sale over the two days, and just generally joining in the TF party. For more details and to buy tickets (I definitely recommend this, as the queues at the Summer event were something to behold) check out the LFCC site here. Look forward to seeing you!
September 12, 2014
Yep, the new season premiere of Matt Hatter Chronicles is upon us – as season 3 kicks off tomorrow on CITV at 7.55am (prime those Sky+, V+ boxes, etc). As many of you know, I’ve been heavily involved in Matt Hatter pretty much from the get-go, in various capacities – screenwriter, script supervisor and creative consultant – and season 3 has a whole lot of me in it. Season 3 kicks off some big changes for Matt (both as Hatter Hero and schoolboy), as he continues his quest to clean up the Multiverse and free his Grandpa. The balance of power between him and arch enemy Tenoroc seesaws back and forth in the first few episodes to set up an all new ballgame for the series. New villains, new threats, new gadgets (and vehicles) and a new realm of the Multiverse to explore, this series has it all. For more information on the world of Matt Hatter, check out the official Matt Hatter Chronicles website here and their facebook page here for regular updates. And check in tomorrow and every Saturday for new episodes.
August 7, 2014
Okay, so, last post before I head off to the UK and Europe’s biggest Transformers fest, Auto Assembly (over the weekend of the 8th-10th of August), and a few last minute schedule nips and tucks to let you know about – including an all-new panel dropping in at the death(‘s Head). So, here we go, the full unadulterated times and dates:
Saturday 9th, 2PM: Regeneration One Panel – the full team, the full post-mortem, the full-monty (well, maybe not the last bit).
Saturday 9th, 4PM: The Return of Death’s Head – a bit of woffle on everyone’s favourite former Transformers co-star and Freelance Peacekeeping Agent with me and Nick Roche. He’s back, yes?
Sunday 10th, 11AM: Signing at the Urban Species dealer table – where I’ll be signing the first of my Transformers Signature Range T-shirts. Whoo-hoo!
All weekend: I’ll be around and about and at my table to chat, sign and sell stuff, including the unlikely to be repeated (as this is all the copies of the comic I could physically get my grubby little hands on) Transformers: Regeneration One #100 script and comic pack!
Hope to see you there. For more details and tickets, etc, check out the AA website here.
OH… AND ON THE SUBJECT OF DEATH’S HEAD
Just want to give a shout out to the fact that his official Marvel Infinite Series action figure is now available to buy. May even be some kicking around at Auto Assembly.