Thought Bubble comic con this weekend

 

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500 things. Signed by Alan Moore. Available only at Thought Bubble this weekend. Interested? Read on.

Leah and I will be at Britain’s bestest comic con – Thought Bubble in Leeds – this coming weekend as part of team Electricomics. Here are the full details of where and when to find us:

We’ll be signing 15:00 until 16:30 Sat and Sun in the Royal Armouries Hall, tables 23 and 24. [map]

Exhibiting all weekend in New Dock Hall, table 22 as part of the Electricomics team. [map]

Electricomics: Bright Sparks panel Sat, Royal Armouries Newsroom (4th Floor), 13:30 – 14:20 (free entry with Saturday/Weekend convention pass, all ages)

The Electricomics team shed light on the genesis and aims of their ambitious project, which aims to bring a new and completely self-contained Ecosystem to the world of digital comics.

Mitch Jenkins will talk about ‘The Show’, the dark film project from he and Alan Moore that spawned Electricomics, and bring a message from the man behind the curtain himself. We’ll get a rundown on Digital Comics thus far from Daniel Merlin Goodbrey, and then Pete Hogan, Leah Moore and John Reppion will unburden themselves on storytelling with digital in mind.

With speakers Mitch Jenkins (Director – Orphans of the Storm), Daniel Merlin Goodbrey (Senior lecturer in Interaction Design at The University of Hertfordshire), Leah Moore (Editor/Writer), John Reppion (Writer), and Pete Hogan (Writer).

We’ll also be at the mid con party on Saturday night and I promise to try not to fall asleep this year.*

Please, please, please come over and say hello, ask us questions, make us sign things, and buy stuff.

Cheers

*depends on how much sleep my kids let me have the night before.

Heroes of Black History – Comic Book Workshop

 

Just to remind you that from 1pm to 4pm, Wednesday October 29th Myself and John will be leading a workshop on making comics at the International Slavery Museum, as part of Black History Month.

We will be focusing on black Heroes, be they superheroes, heroes from history, writers, scientists, musicians or local heroes who pushed things forward in Liverpool itself.

We will have activities for all ages, so if you want to bring the kids, or pop down yourself there will be loads to do and see and talk about, and its of course completely free!

I must of course say a huge thank you to David Golding who did our fantastic poster/cover. I love it so much.

Hope to see you tomorrow!

 

-Leah

Quarterly Catch-up – Autumn 2014

I usually post these quarterly updates at the equinoxes and the solstices but the way things are at the moment the end of the summer must have zipped past me when I was busy sorting washing, or doing the dishes, or something. The 29th of September is Michaelmas – one of the old “quarter days” – so there’s a second chance for me to mark the turning of the seasons in some kind of timely fashion.

Pieter Bruegel the Elder - the fall of the rebel angels

The Archangel Michael was the leader of the warriors who fought against Lucifer and the rebels in the War in Heaven – one of the exciting bits of the Bible which has fired the imagination of the likes of Dore, Bruegel (above), Milton, and many others in the two-thousand(ish) years the Book of Revelation has been around. I’m no Christian myself incidentally, but I still find it all very fascinating and inspiring.

There’s an old English tradition that blackberries must not be eaten after Michaelmas because, after he was cast out of heaven, Lucifer landed on Earth, got caught in a bramble and touched/spat on/pissed on (depending where you live) the fruits. That’s not actually this Michaelmas though; it’s Old Michaelmas which falls on October the 11th in today’s calendar. It made me wonder though, could Michaelmas be the reason that Americans refer to the season as the Fall? Probably not. It’s too neat, isn’t it?

So anyway, leaves and conkers are dropping off trees and the central heating has started coming on in the morning – the world has turned and left me here in the front room, typing away still. Actually, it doesn’t feel like I’ve been doing very much typing recently to be honest; things are such at the moment that other work  has to be squeezed in here and there in short bursts between Leah working on Electricomics full time and all the day-to-day stuff.

She’s doing an amazing job on Electricomics, but it’s a huge project and feels little bit Sisyphean at times, I think. If you haven’t read it already, here’s her latest post on the site about how the project is progressing. She’s in London today at yet another meeting about Milestones, Strategies, and all that kind of actual business stuff.  We’ve co-written a story called Sway for the project, which I’m sure I’ve mentioned here already. Nicola Scott is drawing it, and what we can show you of it looks a bit like this at this stage:

Sway characters 1Sway characters 2

Sway rough

Our first 2000 AD series  Black Shuck finished a couple of weeks back and we’ve got a Megazine series called Storm Warning coming sometime next year. That’s going to be drawn by Tom Foster who won the 2013 2000AD Portfolio Competition at Thought Bubble. We’ve written three episodes of the six so far and it’s all going nicely, I think. It’s going to be very, very different to Black Shuck.

Cthulhu Lives - Ghostwoods Books Ghostwoods Books’ Cthulhu Lives! is well and truly out there now, available in paperback and just about every e-format you can imagine. There’s plenty in there to please hardened Lovecraftophiles and Weird Fiction dabblers alike,  including a story of my own which I used to refer to as a psychogeographical metafiction – because if you’re going to make yourself the main character in a story you may as well go the whole hog and start using that kind of jargon, I reckon.

Ghostwoods Books currently have a Kickstarter running to help fund their next run of books. One of the stretch-goals is a book called Haunted Futures which, like the real future, does actually exist as yet. If and when it does become a reality, Haunted Futures will be a multi-genre anthology with stories by Warren Ellis, Liesel Schwarz, Chuck Wendig, Richard Kadrey, Stephen Blackmoore, and more (including me!) which will hopefully be illustrated by John Coulthart.

Strangely enough my story that ended up in Cthuhlu Lives! was originally published as part of the Swan River Press Haunted Histories series. Haunted History from the past, Haunted Future coming later. Hopefully.

In the Company of Sherlock Holmes, the follow-up to the award winning A Study in Sherlock, is coming in November. Alongside the likes of Michael Connelly, Jeffery Deaver, Michael Dirda, and Harlan Ellison, there’s a little comic by Leah and I with art by Chris Doherty and Adam Cadwell. It looks like this:

The Problem of the Empty Slipper

There’s a Goodreads give-away for the book running up until the 20th of October.

And, you’re a Holmes fan then Frogwares’ Sherlock Holmes: Crimes and Punishments is out tomorrow. We came up with some of the settings and scenarios for the game. The one in the bathhouse, and the one in the botanical gardens; those are ours. There might be others in there too.

What else? I’m still writing occasional  bits and bobs for Sleeping Shaman and Daily Grail when I get the chance.

Into the realms of vaguery, project-wise then:

Remember that Self Made Hero book we’ve been hinting at since May 2012? Well, here I am hinting at it again. Still can’t tell you anything other than we wrote it and it’s coming. One day.

Remember also that we’ve been hinting that we’re trying to get something going with Sally Jane Thompson for a while now? That’s still happening and looking like there may be some movement in an exciting direction.

[EDIT: adding these couple of things in because I forgot about them:]

Leah is 30,000 words into her novel which she’s been struggling to find time to work on for a good while.

I’ve got some short story things I need to crack on with, a couple by invitation and others just because I want to.

Leah and I will be doing a comics workshop as part of Black History Month here in Liverpool at the International Slavery Museum this October.

We’ll also be attending Thought Bubble in November plugging Electricomics and flogging whatever bits of our own stuff we can lay our hand on, as usual.

We’d love to see you there.

It’s now nearly 10 pm. Leah is back from London and has collapsed in front of the telly in the back room. I’m going to open a bottle of beer and join her.

It was a good summer, wasn’t it? Here’s to a good autumn! Cheers.

Fortean Times 319 featuring John’s piece on Glasgow’s Sighthill Stone Circle

FT 319

Haunted murder houses, Glasgow stone circle, Scottish Paranormal Festival, flying wizard, cat-faced woman, bowmen of Mars and lots more!

www.forteantimes.com

www.facebook.com/ForteanTimes

It’s always a pleasure to write for Fortean Times – the magazine that published my very first professional article back in the ye ancient mists of time. This month I’ve written about an urban stone circle in Glasgow, and it’s all thanks to Twitter. Back in February Scarfolk Council tweeted the following wonderful image:

In the short conversation that followed I became e-acquainted with the very lovely Zan Phee who gave me loads of info about the circle and put me in touch with her own equally wonderful mother, Almare Merille (who features in the article).

The story of the circle is a truly fascinating one and I’m amazed that more people (myself included) didn’t already know about it. Massive, massive thanks to Scarfolk and to Zan, both of whom I stupidly  neglected to thank in print. Sorry.

Black Shuck part nine in 2000 AD 1899

1899-cover

Cover by Paul Marshall & Chris Blythe

The final episode of Black Shuck is out today in Prog 1899.  Written by us, with pencils and inks by Steve Yeowell, colours by Chris Blythe, and letters by Simon Bowland.

BLACK SHUCK // PART NINE
Scandinavia, 813 AD. A Viking raid on the settlement of Dunwich in East Anglia led to the warrior
known as BLACK SHUCK being captured. But he has washed up at the court of King Ivar the lone
survivor – what terrible calamity befell the others during the sea crossing? Now Shuck has been
dragged into the war between Ivar’s people and the monstrous Jötnar, thanks to a curse…

Order or download 2000 AD 1899 right now. If you have already read it, please join us for some spolierish extras after the cut.

Continue reading →

Black Shuck part eight in 2000 AD prog 1898

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Cover by Dave Kendall

The penultimate episode of Black Shuck is out today in Prog 1898.  Written by us, with pencils and inks by Steve Yeowell, colours by Chris Blythe, and letters by Simon Bowland.

BLACK SHUCK // PART EIGHT
Scandinavia, 813 AD. A Viking raid on the settlement of Dunwich in East Anglia led to the warrior
known as BLACK SHUCK being captured. But he has washed up at the court of King Ivar the lone
survivor – what terrible calamity befell the others during the sea crossing? Now Shuck has been
dragged into the war between Ivar’s people and the monstrous Jötnar, thanks to a curse…

Order or download 2000 AD 1898 right now. If you have already read it, please join us for some spolierish extras after the cut.

Continue reading →

SteamPunk Salmagundi FREE until Saturday

SteamPunk Salmagundi for KindleMy collected writings for SteamPunk Magazine 2007 – 2013 – SteamPunk Salmagundi is now FREE for Kindle (and Kindle app) until Saturday September the 13th.

Amazon.co.uk link

Amazon.com link

You can read reviews of the book on the SFX Blog and the Twisted Tomes Blog.

You can also still buy a genuine paper, page turning, printed version of the book direct from us at moorereppion.bigcartel.com

Black Shuck part seven in 2000AD prog 1897

1897-cover

Cover by Alex Ronald

Black Shuck part seven is out today in Prog 1897.  Written by us, with pencils and inks by Steve Yeowell, colours by Chris Blythe, and letters by Simon Bowland.

BLACK SHUCK // PART SEVEN
Scandinavia, 813 AD. A Viking raid on the settlement of Dunwich in East Anglia led to the warrior
known as BLACK SHUCK being captured. But he has washed up at the court of King Ivar the lone
survivor – what terrible calamity befell the others during the sea crossing? Now Shuck has been
dragged into the war between Ivar’s people and the monstrous Jötnar, thanks to a curse…

Order or download 2000 AD 1897 right now. If you have already read it, please  join us for some Spolier filled extras after the cut.

Continue reading →

Black Shuck part six in 2000 AD prog 1896

Prog 1896 cover by Glen Fabry & Adam Brown

Cover by Glen Fabry & Adam Brown

Black Shuck part six is out today in Prog 1896.  Written by us, with pencils and inks by Steve Yeowell, colours by Chris Blythe, and letters by Simon Bowland.

And check out the amazing Shuck themed cover by none-other than Glenn Fabry!

BLACK SHUCK // PART SIX
Scandinavia, 813 AD. A Viking raid on the settlement of Dunwich in East Anglia led to the warrior
known as BLACK SHUCK being captured. But he has washed up at the court of King Ivar the lone
survivor – what terrible calamity befell the others during the sea crossing? Now Shuck has been
dragged into the war between Ivar’s people and the monstrous Jötnar, thanks to a curse…

Order or download 2000 AD 1896 right now. If you have already read it,  join us for some extras (including some  spoliers, and Glen Fabry’s pencils for his cover) below.

Continue reading →

Buy stuff: Dynamite Digital, Legends of Red Sonja, and Cthulhu Lives

dynamite.com/digital/

Dynamite Entertainment have launched their own DRM free digital store.

They’re offering 10 Dynamite #1’s at .10 cents each to help celebrate their 10th Anniversary and our very own Trial of Sherlock Holmes #1 is one of them.

On top of all that they’ll be donating 10% of all sales made in the first month to the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund.

Go to dynamite.com/digital


Legends of Red Sonja

Speaking of Dynamite, we completely failed to point out that the collected edition of Legends of Red Sonja is now available to buy from all good, brick and mortar, comic and book shops. Or you could use these Amazon links:

Amazon.com

Amazon.co.uk

The book features a story written by Leah and drawn by Tula Lotay (of Warren Ellis’ Supreme Blue Rose fame), as well as a host of other incredible writers and artists including Gail Simone, Rhianna Pratchett, Nicola Scott, and Carla Speed McNeil.


Cthulhu Lives updated coverFinally, although it isn’t actually due out officially until next week, Ghostwoods Books’ Cthulhu Lives! anthology (which I, John, have a story in) is already available on the Amazons via these links:

Amazon.com

Amazon.co.uk

E-editions will be available on the 25th (not just via Amazon) and the book should be in honest to goodness, walk in a touch stuff, book shops around the same time.

The anthology has already received some nice reviews and hopefully that will continue. I’m already about as happy as I could be to be honest because S. T. Joshi complimented me on my contribution.