Wednesday, May 20, 2015
Monday, May 18, 2015
Not long now until the Granite City Comic Con. Date is Sat 30th May. Time is 9am-5pm. Location is Transition Extreme on Aberdeen Links Road. This is a free event (although a donation would be appreciated to charity partners: CLAN Cancer support). I'll be there as a guest and based all day at the Planet Jimbot table signing and selling GoodCopBadCop, Wolf Country, Amazing & Fantastic Tales and Amongst the Stars.
Also, later that evening I'll be part of a separate (and ticketed and I think sold out) panel event with fellow guests including Alan Grant and Monty Nero at the wonderful entitled Satrosphere Science Centre.
People of Granite City see you there!
For those who can’t make the event, you can order our books online at the Planet Jimbot shop:
Monday, May 04, 2015
Amazing & Fantastic Tales#5 is on sale now. This is the final issue, bringing to a close our regular series ‘Kroom’ and Wild West mash-up, ‘The Last Posse’. Rounding things off is the self-contained comic strip ‘Facts of Life’, which shows what happen to a young man taught the facts of life using goldfish!
The reviews have been overwhelmingly positive. “Amazing & Fantastic Tales most definitely lives up to its title with an unconventional blend of one-shots, ongoing stories, sequential art and prose writing that’s like nothing else on the shelves right now” – Big Comic Page. "I got all five issues of Amazing and Fantastic Tales at once and loved the original quality of this series” – downthetubes. “A celebration of indie talent” – Starburst Magazine.
If you're in the Glasgow area, the official launch will be held in conjunction with the Scotland Cartoonists club, which meets up at the pub called Drury Street, located on (you guessed it) Drury Street, Glasgow. Join us on Thursday 7th May from 6.30pm onwards. All five issues of Amazing & Fantastic Tales will be on sale. Vote in the general election, and then pop along for a beer and a comic. Sorted.
An events page is up on Facebook:
Also out this year, Amongst the Stars TPB. A 64-page trade, it collects for the first time 'Amongst the Stars', written by me and drawn by Marvel Comics artist Mike Perkins (Stephen King's The Stand, Astonishing X-Men, Deathlok). DowntheTubes says, "We see the love of strangeness. We see echoes of Robert Silverberg, A. E. van Vogt, Philip K. Dick and the like. Back then, science fiction was a eerie and often scary world. Ideas were full of unfamiliar and unsettling worlds and aliens – and, in my humble opinion, Amongst the Stars has all of this going for it."
To buy your copy (and I'll happily sign it for you), go to: https://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/232202216/amongst-the-stars-tbp
The Metal Hurlant Chronicles box set has recently come out on Blu-ray. This is the TV show based on Metal Hurlant/Heavy Metal comic strips, which was shown on Syfy last year. Two of the episodes are based on my stories: 'King's Crown' starring Scott Adkins and Michael Jai White and 'Whisky in the Jar' starring Michael Biehn and James Marsters. Shlockmania says, "Whisky in the Jar is an intriguingly macabre blend of western and supernatural elements anchored by a believably world-weary performance from Michael Biehn." As well as writing the comic strip, I helped adapt the story for TV. The episode has an IMDb rating of 7.3.
January also saw the release of Wolf Country#3. Dustin Cabeal of Comic Bastards in his review says, "The idea of Werewolves vs. Vampires isn’t a new one, so if you’re going to do it you have to make it interesting. Wolf Country takes this concept and not only adds its own spin, but owns the genre in doing so." We liked the review so much we put it on the cover :-)
Following on from a True Believers/Eagles award last summer for Best UK Comic, 'GoodCopBadCop' at the turn of the year was named by The Hindu (Indian Daily Newspaper) as one of the Top 10 graphic works published in 2014 in English and Tamil. Which is kind of terrific. GoodCopBadCop is a modern crime take on Jekyll and Hyde where the 'good cop' and 'bad cop' is the same person.