This weekend it’s time for the now hopefully annual Birmingham International Comics Show. I’ll be there once again, sharing a table with Douglas and Dave. I’ll also be on a panel on Sunday morning called “Small Press – Big Future” which will be about… oh, I dunno, small press comic stuff I guess. You should come along, it’s bound to be a hoot.
The show runs till the 19th January and, judging by the list of webcomics folk involved, should be well worth taking a look-see if you’re in the area.
In unrelated news – ooh look, Strip For Me has gone and got itself a redesign.
Penciled by PAUL NEARY, BRIAN DENHAM, NELSON, DENIS MEDRI & ROGER LANGRIDGE
Cover by BRYAN HITCH
As the Avengers battle to take down the Serpent Society, the team recalls never-before-told tales of their past! Watch as: Spider-Man tries to integrate into a team and learns a thing or two about history, Luke Cage and Wolverine go toe-to-toe against a terrifying cosmic foe, Henry Peter Gyrich becomes an unlikely hero on an unlikely world, and Jarvis the butler cleans house…after some robot Vikings drop by unexpectedly.
On top of all that—it’s the return of the critically-acclaimed Fin Fang Four by Scott Grey and Roger Langridge! That’s 55 pages of all-new comics, PLUS classic reprints from Avengers history! 96 PGS./Rated A …$4.99
The above is the solicitation info for the Avengers book containing my first story for Marvel Comics – Emperor None & The Sky Full Of Moons. The bit where it says “Luke Cage and Wolverine go toe-to-toe against a terrifying cosmic foe” is me. Spider-man is actually in it too and it’s drawn by the rather talented Brian Denham.
The book will be out on 19th December, but if you could all run out and pre-order it from your local comic shop now, this would be much appreciated.
Just finished getting AKiS set up on Modern Tales, so now you can pop over there if you want to find out how to tooncast the strip to your own website. Also, since it’s Friday, I should really mention my other weekly strip The Rule of Death over on Serializer. Two pages left to go in Chapter Four and poor old Pete Colby has just been shot in the chest, so things aren’t looking too good for him.
I also managed to finish writing all of Chapter Five this week – I try and stay a chapter ahead of Douglas so that he doesn’t run out of things to draw. Chapter Four seemed to keep getting longer and longer in the writing and ended up being done in smaller chunks as time allowed, so it feels good to have a full chapter of pages under the belt again.
This was a comic I wrote a while ago in collaboration with John Barber, although I think most folk may not have seen it before as it was sat behind various pay barriers. Now that it’s been a few years, I asked John if I could lob it up at E-merl for free and he said “absolutely yes” so here you go.
If memory serves, it was the first comic I ever wrote for someone else to draw, and I remain pretty pleased with how it turned out. John is of course kept nice and busy these days editing for Marvel Comics. I hear there may be more news on that front in the next edition of Previews…
And we’re off! Not much to the official launch other than me saying we’re officially launched, but still. It’s official! We’re launched! Yay!
Welcome one and all to E-merl version 6.0. The new site design launches officially on Tuesday next week, but I decided to get everything up a few days early so I could test stuff out properly. As you can see we’re fully tricked out in WordPress now, which I guess means I’ll be doing a bit of – gasp! – blogging in this space here.
You may also have noticed the big ol’ strip taking up the top of the page called All Knowledge Is Strange. This is the series that’ll be replacing the much-missed Brain Fist. It’ll be updating – second gasp! – twice-weekly here at E-merl on Tuesdays and Thursdays starting next week.
So be sure and tune in on Tuesday for the new design’s official launch and the first instalment of the new series. And some more blogging, I guess. If I can think of anything else to say.
Massive thanks to everyone who’s enjoyed and supported Brain Fist during its 113-episode run. It was all for you, every single one of you, and I hope the series’ departure will not leave too crushing a void in your Tuesday morning lives. There will be a new series replacing BF here at E-merl, but I’m still figuring out exactly what that will be. Stay tuned for breaking news as it happens.
I’ve been asked by some if there’ll be a book collection of Brain Fist and the answer is I hope so. There’ve been a few nibbles from prospective publishers and I’m currently in the process of packaging the whole thing up and sending it off to my agent to see if he can make something happen. Fingers crossed everybody.
In other business – at the beginning of the year I finished a script for an Avengers short story for Marvel Comics. I decided it was best to keep quiet on the matter at the time and it was a good job I did as the book I was writing for went and got itself cancelled before the first issue even came out. However, I still got paid for my story and it looks like the thing will eventually see print in an Avengers Special sometime around the end of this year.
The story itself is called Emperor None & The Sky Full of Moons and stars Spider-man, Wolverine, Luke Cage and a new villain of my own creation. That I got to write Peter and Logan on my first turn at bat still kind of amazes me, but there you go. I’ll let you know more details on where and when you can actually read the thing as soon as I’m able too.
But it could have.