Co-writers Leah Moore & John Reppion take “2000 AD” back to 800 AD this July for supernatural Viking tale “Black Shuck.” Featuring “Zenith” co-creator Steve Yeowell on art, “Black Shuck” is Moore and Reppion’s first contribution to “2000 AD” proper, although the married duo wrote “Scouting for Bots,“ a one-off short for “2000 AD” sister publication “Judge Dredd Megazine” last year.
I first saw Leah Moore at Thought Bubble, Leeds in 2011. I was attending a screening regarding her dad Alan Moore, creator of Halo Jones for 2000AD (reviewed by me here), D.R. & Quinch (reviewed by me here) Leah snook in, hoping to be discreet and got spotted and asked to sit at the front of the room, images of her childhood appearing over her shoulder
To celebrate Dynamite Entertainment’s 10th Anniversary all of their titles are half price on ComiXology until the 13th of February 2014.
All you have to do is use the code DYNAMITE when you checkout.
That means that, as well as titles like The Boys, Red Sonja, and Army of Darkness, loads and loads of Moore & Reppion series are 50% off for the next 48 hours:
Don’t forget to use the code DYNAMITE when you checkout.
I have to admit that I am completely out of the loop when it comes to the Steampunk community these days. Since the death of the SteamPunk Magazine message board, which was probably five or more years ago now, I really haven’t kept up with things at all.
This explains why, although I’d seen the Twitter hashtag #SteampunkHands flying round, I was until today oblivious to its meaning.
Allegra Hawksmoor published an incredibly nice blogpost today entitled Steampunk Hands Around the World – Honouring Community which finally clued me in on what was going on.
Between February 2nd and 28th, nearly one hundred steampunk creators will share their perspective, knowledge, and enthusiasm for the global steampunk community.
This is all taking place on/via airshipambassador.wordpress.com
So, if you’re interested in steampunk check out the site (go back to see what’s already been happening in the eight days I missed) and if you’re on Twitter follow
@AirshipEmbassy and keep and eye on the hashtag #SteampunkHands
The penultimate issue of Damsels is out today.
As her sister witch-queens squabble, the loathsome Carabosse’s quest for beauty sets her on the trail of the fairest damsel in the land. Meanwhile, deep beneath the ocean, the ancient and heartless Sea-Witch’s conceit renders her blind to the threat she has welcomed into her midst. And in the lush green foothills nearby, Rapa and her noble band suffer the bitter taste of heroism.
You’re in for a special treat this week. In my last column, I talked about the flurry of Sherlock Holmes projects that have appeared over the past five years. This week I wanted to turn our attention to comics—specifically two of the best comic book depictions of Holmes—The Trial of Sherlock Holmes and The Liverpool Demon, both written by the husband-and-wife team of Leah Moore and John Reppion.
With 2000 AD set to release the 9 part Viking saga Black Shuck, Comic Book News UK got the chance to speak with the series writers, Leah Moore and John Reppion. Pitting Vikings against beings of myth and legend in a fight for survival, we wanted to know the inspiration behind the character and what else we can look forward to from the husband and wife team.
The other day we brought news that Black Shuck was coming in July, and this isn’t a series that you want to miss out on. Not only does it have a great writing team, but also a great artist. If that isn’t enough, then there’s the fact that it’s about Vikings. I mean seriously, who doesn’t love Vikings?
Leah and John both kindly took the time to answer a few questions from us, so enjoy and show your support when the comic series is released
It appears to be a Viking epic of the supernatural variety. Described by Rebellion as “Vikings vs. Trolls”, the new series Black Shuck is coming in July and will be the first time the prolific comics team of Leah Moore and John Reppion will appear in the pages of 2000 AD
The prestigious anthology series continues as the Grey Riders continue their quest to hunt and kill Red Sonja, but is she truly guilty of the horrendous crimes she is accused of? Spectacular short stories by Rhianna Pratchett (Tomb Raider), Leah Moore (Damsels, Sherlock Holmes), Nicola Scott (Earth Two, Secret Six), and series regular Gail Simone (Batgirl).
Out on Wednesday the 22nd of January 2014.
This six page preview is actually Leah and Tula Lotay’s full story! Enjoy.
This bold experiment in anthology storytelling continues as the GREY RIDERS continue their quest to hunt and kill Red Sonja, but is she truly guilty of the horrendous crimes she is accused of? Spectacular short stories by Rhianna (Tomb Raider) Pratchett, Leah (Damsels, Sherlock Holmes) Moore, Nicola (Earth Two, Secret Six) Scott, and series regular Gail (Batgirl) Simone.
In a town inhabited by blood-thirsty vampires, nobody can be trusted and nothing is what it seems. In “Day of the Hunter”, a man runs into some unexpected guests in the course of a normal day…or so he thinks.
Download now at www.readdcentertainment.com
Today, the 21st of December, was the shortest day and tonight will be the longest night of the year. I got up three hours later than I usually do this morning, so it really has felt short to me. All of our kids have minor ailments which seem likely to wake them up during the night, so its probably going to feel pretty long to us.
I’ve had no time to come up with anything clever to write here but that’s kind of appropriate given that what these quarterly updates usually do (partly at least) is keep you up to speed with how our work is going and, in the case of the Winter Solstice, how the past year has been for us.
We are very busy (which is never a bad thing) but we are very short on time (which is never a good thing). These days it seems like we work harder than we ever have in our lives just to keep things ticking over. This is what happens when you work from home and you have three pre-school age children, of course, and that’s something neither of us can really complain about. We’re lucky.
We’re all lucky. Lucky to be alive right now, today, and to have this time. Lucky to be able to see in another year, and to forge ahead with plans new and old. Lucky to have the chance to try, and try again. We are each and all “thermodynamic miracles” (as some old writer or other once wrote), “starstuff pondering the stars” 1; the odds against you, of any of us, being here, now are ridiculous. We are luck personified.
So feel lucky, be lucky, and stay lucky for 2014. The very best of luck to you and yours.
The 48 page Free Comic Book Day edition of 2000 AD (cover by Henry Flint) contains a little story written by us and drawn by legendary Star Wars artist Jan Duursema. No, this isn’t really anything to do with the series we’re writing for Tharg at the moment – it’s a different, fun little one-off.
Free Comic Book Day is the 3rd of May 2014.
Every year that talented and lovely chap Paul Cornell runs twelve blogs on his site on the lead up to Christmas. Some are written by the man himself while others are written by invitation. We were honoured to be asked to contribute when we bumped into Paul all too briefly at Thought Bubble last month.
Paul told us that the loose theme of the blogs this year would be “What are your characters doing at Christmas?” so, after a bit of head-scratching, we came up (and got rather carried away) with a short, festive Sherlock Holmes mystery entitled The Case of the Silver Chain.
We hope you enjoy it.
First announced in San Diego this summer with additional details shared today at the New York Comic-Con, The Vampire Diaries digital first anthology series will feature stories by B. Clay Moore, Colleen Doran, Leah Moore and John Reppion, Tony Shasteen and Cat Staggs, among others.
(from this article on robot6.comicbookresources.com)
We’re big fans of the Vampire Diaries TV show, which (if you haven’t seen it) is really good Buffy meets Twilight meets True Blood type fun.
We’ve written three stories for DC Comics’ digital first Vampire Diaries series. Our first story will be out the new year.
My collected writings for SteamPunk Magazine 2007 – 2013 – SteamPunk Salmagundi is now FREE for Kindle (and Kindle app) for the next five days (December 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th & 8th)
You can also still buy a genuine paper, page turning, printed version of the book direct from us at moorereppion.bigcartel.com
Back at the beginning of 2012 we were involved in coming up with original mysteries for The Great Detective and The Good Doctor to solve in the 7th Frogwares Sherlock Holmes game Crimes and Punishments.
As it happened we actually had to bow out of the whole thing a little bit before the project was completed because there was the small matter of our twin sons being born to be dealt with. Nevertheless, before they arrived, we’d pitched quite a few ideas (somewhere between twelve and twenty, I believe) and helped to flesh out and develop four or five.
Today, we saw this screenshot on the Frogwares site:
It’s from a case we pitched under the name of “Blood at the Baths”. It’s almost certainly not called that any more. Exciting stuff nonetheless – a first for us to see a story of ours coming to life in a game.
Crimes & Punishments is scheduled for release in 2014 on PS3, Xbox 360 and PC.
More info at sherlockholmes-thegame.com
Released: Wed, November 27th, 2013.
Aided by the magic of the Green Knight, the depleted and exhausted compact armies galumph their way through the tulgy mire-lands towards the next step of their journey. Queen Talia has concerns about the King’s plans, but soon her own judgment is called into question. Meanwhile, Rapa, Heinrich and their band of merry women find themselves the unwitting folk-heroes of a backwoods hamlet.
Previews via comicbookresources.com
We will be signing and selling copies of Sherlock Holmes – The Liverpool Demon (hopefully with some little special added extras) at the Thought Bubble convention in Leeds on Saturday the 23rd of November.
We’ll be in the Royal Armouries Hall on Table 28 (Signing Table C) from 13:55 until 15:25 (see floor plan below).
We look forward to seeing you there.
Unleash the Demon: Sherlock Holmes – The Liverpool Demon Director’s Commentary on the Forbidden Planet Blog
Seeing as it’s Halloween, Joe Gordon at Forbidden Planet very kindly gave us the opportunity to talk a bit about the supernatural goings on in Sherlock Holmes – The Liverpool Demon, the collected edition of which is due out in the second week of November.
Read all about it at forbiddenplanet.co.uk/blog
As the Compact armies battle their way through an uncharted, primeval swamp, Rapa and Heinrich learn more about their uninvited travelling companions, the unlikely siblings Snežana and Ash. Everyone has a story to tell, and some dark secrets are best kept quiet!
Damsels #10 is released in print and digital on Wednesday the 9th of October.
Oh, and there’s a pretty big nod there on pages 2 and 3 to Harry Clarke’s incredible 1919 illustration for Poe’s Descent into the Maelstrom. Obviously.
20:44 GMT today is the point at which the plane of the our planet’s equator passes the centre of our sun, and we move from Summer into Autumn. It’s the end of one chapter, and the beginning of another.
Although we still have issues and collections due out over the coming months (Damsels #10-#13, Legends of Red Sonja #3, Sherlock Holmes – The Liverpool Demon TPB, Damsels TPB) for the first time in seven years, we find ourselves not working on a Dynamite Entertainment project. Dynamite have been brilliant to us over the years; they’ve never been anything other than an absolute pleasure to work with. They’ve always allowed us the freedom to make whatever we’re working on our own thing – to find some angle we can adopt to make a project into something that really captures our imaginations and enthusiasm.
Seven years is a long time, especially considering we’ve “only” been writing together for a decade, so it’s fair to say that Dynamite has pretty much been our comics career to date. So, what are we doing next?
Well typically, although there’s a lot of very exciting stuff in the pipeline, we’re not really allowed to talk about a lot of it at this stage. One thing we can mention (although I’ve been warned by Mr. PR, Michael Molcher, not to say too much) is that we’ve just had a nine part series accepted by Tharg the Mighty which will be appearing in the Galaxy’s Greatest Comic, 2000 AD sometime next year.
Something else (still) coming next year is that Self Made Hero project I’ve been cagily mentioning in these quarterly posts for quite some time. More on that ASAP.
Moving into the realms of the more unspecific: we’ve just turned in a script for a short story for a comics/TV tie-in/spin-off which we’re very pleased with and we’ve got a few more of those up our sleeve. We’ve got a thing we’ve been working on for a long time with Sally Jane Thompson, which we’re all very, very excited about. We’re also currently in talks with a publisher about what will hopefully be our next big thing in comics. Maybe that’ll keep us busy for the next seven years.