Posted By John Reppion on November 25th, 2013

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

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Posted By John Reppion on November 25th, 2013

Released: Wed, November 27th, 2013.

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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

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Posted By John Reppion on November 11th, 2013

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. :)

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Posted By John Reppion on October 31st, 2013

FireShot Screen Capture #083 - 'Director's Commentary_ Leah Moore & John Reppion take Sherlock Holmes to face the Li_' - www_forbiddenplanet_co_uk_blog_2013_directors-commentary-leah-moore-john-reppionSeeing 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

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Posted By John Reppion on October 8th, 2013

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.

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Posted By John Reppion on September 22nd, 2013

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.

Harvest Moon 2013 - T5Although 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.…

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Posted By John Reppion on August 28th, 2013

Gustave Doré (1832 – 1883) was a French artist, illustrator and sculptor who worked primarily with wood engraving.

He was a phenomenal talent producing incredibly detailed engravings of the slums of Victorian London, illustrations for Poe’s The Raven,  Dante’s Divine Comedy, and Milton’s Paradise Lost among many other works.

Gustave Doré - David and Goliath (1866)

I don’t know when I first saw Doré’s David and Goliath from his illustrated English Bible of 1866, but it can’t have been more than a couple of years ago. It’s an image that has lodged very firmly in my brain. It’s an astounding, awe inspiring illustration. It is epic. It is just about the most Heavy Metal thing I have ever seen.

I may have already mentioned *ahem* once or twice recently that we have a new book out today: Damsels: Giant Killer - a stand alone, 32 page one-shot (previews here). Doré’s 147 year old engraving was a big  inspiration for the one-shot; we knew that if we could capture just a fraction of the atmosphere of that image, then we’d have something that would deliver on a gigantic scale. I’m very happy to say, I think we (Leah, Dietrich Smith, Alex Guimaraes, Chrissie Zullo, Rob Steen and myself) have pulled it off.…

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Posted By John Reppion on August 27th, 2013

Stand alone one-shot on sale Wednesday 28th August 2013.

Previews via Bleeding Cool

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Posted By John Reppion on August 26th, 2013

Coming this Wednesday (28th of August): Damsels – Giant Killer - a 32 page, stand alone, one-shot chocked full of kick ass monster slaying goodness.

Queen Jacquelyn of Villeneuve is a benevolent ruler, a loving mother, a devoted wife, and a woman with a monstrous score to settle.

Set more than a century before the events of Damsels, this gigantic one-shot tells the tale of one woman’s quest for ultimate revenge.

By sword, or by sorcery, all shall be slain.

With cover art by Chrissie Zullo, interior art by Dietrich Smith (Army of Darkness, The Next).

You do not need to be following Damsels thus far to read the one-shot, although it fills in a little bit of back-story if you are. Indeed, we’re really hoping that a lot of non Damsels readers will pick the book up (so, please do spread the word!). It was a lot of fun to write and we’re really, really happy with how the whole thing came out.

So, please get down to your local comic shop this Wednesday and pick up a copy or two. ;-)

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Posted By John Reppion on August 5th, 2013

Damsels09-Cov-Aneke-73513This week (Wed, August 7th, 2013) the second arc of our gender-flipped Fairy Tale Adventure series, Damsels begins.

The next arc of Damsels begins! Weeks have passed since the defeat of the Army of Fear. Nevertheless, things are not as they were before The Witches Three cast their wicked spells. Is a return to the old ways possible, or has the Folk Tale world and people changed forever?

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This issue we have Chris Bolson (Army of Darkness, Red Sonja) as our guest artist, with Aneke returning for #10.

Sadly, Damsels will now be coming to an end with issue #13  rather than #16 as originally intended.Thank you so much to everyone who has enjoyed the series so far and written so many nice things about it. Damsels is the longest series we’ve written to date and we’ve enjoyed every minute of it.

Do not despair just yet though Damsels fans, there are still five more issues (including #9) yet to come, plus an oversized one-shot later this month.

If you have previously pre-ordered the TPB of Damsels from Amazon or elsewhere, please be aware that the book will now collect issues 1-13 (rather that 1-8), so will not be out for some time. You will almost certainly have to re-pre-order, I’m afraid. Apologies.

Here’s an idea though, why not save yourself a wait and try to track down the issues so far? Ask at your Local Comic Shop, check eBay, get them from Dynamite Entertainment, or digitally via ComiXology? Then you can follow #9 – #13 as they’re released.

The truth is, we would have got to write all 16 issues as intended if more people had picked up the monthlies. That’s just the way comics work, sadly. Sometimes “waiting for the trade” can kill a book. Sad but true.…

Posted By John Reppion on July 24th, 2013

SteamPunk Salmagundi for KindleMy collected writings for SteamPunk Magazine 2007 – 2013 – SteamPunk Salmagundi is now available for Kindle for £0.77

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

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Posted By John Reppion on July 16th, 2013

Damsels08-Cov-LinsnerThe final issue of the first arc of Damsels is released tomorrow.

 

The kingdom is being overrun, and the Enchanted Forest is under attack. Will Queen Belle finally win her king’s heart? Can Rapa break the enchantments over herself and the entire realm? Or will the Chamber of Dreams become the Chamber of Nightmares?

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Posted By John Reppion on July 15th, 2013

Official Press Release

Following on the immense success of the newly launched Red Sonja ongoing series by Gail Simone, Dynamite proudly announces the upcoming Legends of Red Sonja prestige miniseries, an extravaganza celebrating the iconic fantasy heroine’s long and storied career.  Legends of Red Sonja is a collaborative effort uniting Simone with a star-studded and prestigious creative team including , Marjorie M. Liu, Mercedes Lackey, Kelly Sue DeConnick, Rhianna Pratchett, Leah Moore, Tamora Pierce, Blair Butler, Nancy Collins, Meljean Brook, Nicola Scott, Devin Grayson and more to be announced.  Frank Thorne, one of the key artists responsible for defining the character’s distinct look, will be among the artists to contribute cover artwork, as will Jay Anacleto.

“When it was first decided that I would be taking part in the relaunch of Red Sonja, we had what I thought was a very fun idea, which was to have all the covers and variant covers be drawn by top female artists,” says Gail Simone, an industry legend with celebrated runs on Birds of Prey, Secret Six, and Batgirl.  “The idea just took off, as some of my artistic heroes, people like Colleen Doran, Amanda Conner, and Nicola Scott all contributed these gorgeous, eye-popping pieces of art for the book.  It made everyone tremendously happy and gave us a wonderful extra kick for our relaunch of this classic character.  So when Dynamite told me that the 40th anniversary of Red Sonja was coming up, I thought, ‘I wonder if we could do the same thing, but with all my favorite female writers?’  I can’t tell you how exciting this is for me, it’s something I’ve wanted to do for years.”

The structure of the Legends of Red Sonja prestige series will be, in Simone’s words, “a braided story, with individual, unique stories written by titans of comics, prose, and the gaming world.  These are all powerful voices whose work I adore.  Dynamite asked me to make a list of the women I’d love to see included, and again, I was astounded at the eager responses!  We have giants of the fantasy and horror prose world; Tamora Pierce, Nancy Collins, and Meljean Brook. We have some of the hottest comics talents; Marjorie M. Liu, Mercedes Lackey, Kelly Sue DeConnick, Leah Moore, Devin Grayson and (in her first published story as a writer) Nicola Scott.  And we have brilliant writers from games and television; Rhianna Pratchett and Blair Butler.  Getting to hand-pick this crew of fierce women was an absolute joy, and the fun of it is, we’re all fans of Red Sonja, and of each other.  Throwing ideas back and forth and shaping the stories has been some of the most fun I’ve ever had in comics.  I can’t wait for people to read these takes on Red Sonja…some are funny, some are scary, some are very different versions of Sonja than we are familiar with!”

Many of Gail Simone’s hand-picked contributors have shared their excitement about the project:

Rhianna Pratchett (Heavenly Sword, Mirror’s Edge): “I treasured my Red Sonja poster when I was kid. …

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Posted By John Reppion on June 14th, 2013

Getting my bag ready for my day at Steampunk Doncaster tomorrow.

Top: notebook & pens, business cards (mine & Vagrants Among Ruins), tablet for showing Thrill Electric ads and animations.

Middle: Journeys in the Winterlands x10, Steampunk Salmagundi x20.

Bottom: Complete Dracula x4, On the Banks of the River Jordan x20, Thrill Electric flyers.

Yet to be added to the bag are various chargers, spare batteries, headphones, and my lunch. I’m also picking a couple of copies of The Trial of Sherlock Holmes on the way to the con (so that’ll be 56 books in my bag).

I’m doing a talk/reading thing in the afternoon (EDIT: 3 pm is when it’s happening, apparently) where you can pretty much ask me anything. Hope to see you there.…

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Posted By John Reppion on June 14th, 2013

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Posted By John Reppion on June 12th, 2013

http://twistedtomes.blogspot.co.uk/2013/06/review-steampunk-salmagundi-collection.html

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Posted By John Reppion on June 12th, 2013

HolmesDemon05-Cov-Francavilla-54190Having seen the Liverpool Demon with his own eyes, Dr. Watson sets out to find the fiend’s lair.

Fearing the worst, Holmes searches frantically for his companion in the vast, uncharted labyrinth beneath the city’s streets.

Meanwhile, at Hitchcock’s Menagerie, Inspector Thornton discovers to his horror that it’s feeding time…

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The fifth and final instalment of our second Dynamite Entertainment Sherlock Holmes series – The Liverpool Demon went on sale today.

We actually began work on the book back in late 2009, not long after The Trial of Sherlock Holmes collected edition came out. I know this because I’m currently going through our notes for the series as I work on some extras for the back of the trade (which will be out in 2014).

One thing I won’t be able to do in those extras is to link directly to some of the bits of Liverpool History and folklore featured in the series which you might not have realised were (sort of) true. Things like Springheeled Jack being sighted in the city in 1888, the alarming rate of animal escapes from Liverpool’s many zoos, and Joseph Williamson’s mysterious subterranean labyrinth (and, if you got a steel toe-capped kick out of Drummond and his lads’ bloody antics, you might also enjoy The Gangs of Liverpool: From the Cornermen to the High Rip – The Mobs That Terrorised a City).

It was a genuine pleasure to work with Matt Triano whose ink spattered art brought the grimy Victorian streets of Liverpool to life, and we hope to be able to work with him again. Brennan Wagner did a fantastic job on the colouring, giving us a dirty gas-lit world where blood runs deep Hammer Horror red. Simon Bowland did his usual stand-up job of keeping things legible and remains our favourite letterer in the business. Of course, we have to give special mention to Mr. Francesco Francavilla whose covers are some of the (if not the) best we’ve ever been lucky enough to have on a book.

We really enjoyed writing the series, and we hope you enjoyed reading it. If you did then please let others know about it – tweet, blog, Tumblr, go on forums, maybe even go so far as to speak to people in real life, face to face, and say something like “Have you read that Sherlock Holmes – The Liverpool Demon? It’s good!“. In short, please help to spread the word because without you, the reader, buying and enjoying the books we wouldn’t get to write them. We’d love to write more Sherlock adventures in the future and only you can make that happen.…

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Posted By John Reppion on June 1st, 2013

GiantKillerCovZulloQueen Jacquelyn of Villeneuve is a benevolent ruler, a loving mother, a devoted wife, and a woman with a monstrous score to settle.

Set more than a century before the events of Damsels, this gigantic one-shot tells the tale of one woman’s quest for ultimate revenge.

By sword, or by sorcery, all shall be slain.

Cover by Chrissie Zullo, interior art by Dietrich Smith.

On sale August 28th, 2013.

Order now from Dynamite Entertainment.…

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Posted By John Reppion on May 30th, 2013

Damsels 7

It’s no secret that Dynamite Entertainment’s series Damsels has been clever from its outset in 2012, taking the cloying appropriation of fairytale princesses in pop culture and children’s literature not only back to its darker roots, but into dialogue with each other to create a complex new, but familiar, world. The comic has always been laced with inside jokes about literary tradition without being precious about them and thereby has preserved a sense of energy and discovery in readership.

Read the rest on Bleeding Cool

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Posted By John Reppion on May 27th, 2013

Next Year's Ghost on warrenellis.com

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Posted By John Reppion on May 22nd, 2013

SteamPunk Magazine #9SteamPunk Magazine #9!

This long-awaited issue is our thickest yet, coming in at 118 pages of mad science, history, interviews, fashion, and fiction!

This issue covers such subjects as: dieselpunk, anti-fascist fashion, DIY miniature airships, paper dolls, the New Orleans general strike of 1892, loaded dice and swindles, the Red Fork Empire, surrealism, machine intelligence, and post-mortem communications!

Including interviews with Cory Doctorow, Cherie Priest, Eric Larson, the Vagabonds, Frenchy & The Punk, and BB Blackdog.

Fiction by Katie Casey, reginazabo, Erin Searles, David Z. Morris, and the Catastrophone Orchestra.

Edison Ghost Box

 

At last, after a three issue absence, I’m back in SPM. This time with a strange-but-true (maybe) piece about Thomas Edison’s attempts to commune with, and from, the beyond via steampunk technology.

You can purchase a printed copy for $8, or download a PDF for FREE at combustionbooks.org

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Posted By John Reppion on May 22nd, 2013

Damsels 7 - Battlestag

Enough said?

Get it from your local comic shop, direct from Dynamite Entertainment, or digitally via ComiXology.

And don’t forget that Damsels vol 1 (collecting issues 1-8)  is available to pre-order via Amazon.…

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Posted By John Reppion on May 21st, 2013

Damsels 7 is on sale tomorrow (22nd May 2013) . This is the penultimate issue in the first arc of the series.

Get it from your local comic shop, direct from Dynamite Entertainment, or digitally via ComiXology.

And don’t forget that Damsels vol 1 (collecting issues 1-8)  is available to pre-order via Amazon.

While the Villeneuve army battle the fairy forces, Rapa, Talia, Red and Heinrich arrive at the Great Oak in the heart of the Enchanted Forest. They are welcomed by King Oberon, who it seems has been expecting them. Fresh from their battle with the Dryads, the Queens Rapunzel and Talia reach the Kingdom of Villeneuve at last. There they and Queen Belle can finally seal their magical compact and begin their reign of dark sorcery.

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Posted By John Reppion on May 13th, 2013

This 60 page A5 booklet collects all John Reppion’s writing for the acclaimed SteamPunk Magazine from 2007 to 2013.

Only 30 SALMAGUNDI copies of this self published  volume will be commercially produced.

Only 10 are offered for sale here (the remaining 20 will be on sale at the upcoming Steampunk Doncaster event).

Price is £5.

P&P is FREE to the UK, £1 to the rest of the world

Booklet will ship no later than 27th of May 2013.

Go to moorereppion.bigcartel.com to order…

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Posted By John Reppion on May 4th, 2013

Today at your local comic shop, amongst dozens of other free titles, you can pick up #0 of Matt Sturges and Jean-Paul Deshong’s  Damsels prequel/spin-off mini Mermaids

Meanwhile, right here you can get two free retro-styled sci-fi,  pulp detective  Deadeye stories by us and Matt Timson.

And, of course, all 160 pages of our Victorian techno Soap Opera The Thrill Electric are still available for free online and via iTunes for iOS.

Free comics, just for you. Enjoy.…

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