Black Shuck part five in 2000AD prog 1895

Prog 1895

Cover by Jake Lynch

Two days late posting this one due to all kinds of things including but not restricted to sleep deprivation, ancient PCs, shite bandwidth, and willful children. Massive apologies.

Black Shuck part five is out today in Prog 1895.  Written by us, with pencils and inks by Steve Yeowell, colours by Chris Blythe, and letters by Simon Bowland.

BLACK SHUCK // PART FIVE
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…

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Black Shuck part four in 2000AD prog 1894

Cover by Neil Roberts

Cover by Neil Roberts

Black Shuck part four is out today in Prog 1894.  Written by us, with pencils and inks by Steve Yeowell, colours by Chris Blythe, and letters by Simon Bowland.

BLACK SHUCK // PART FOUR
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…

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Black Shuck part 3 in 2000 AD Prog 1893

2000-AD-Prog-1893-

Cover by I. N. J. Culbard

Black Shuck part two is out today in Prog 1893.  Written by us, with pencils and inks by Steve Yeowell, colours by Chris Blythe, and letters by Simon Bowland.

BLACK SHUCK // PART THREE
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…

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Black Shuck part 2 in 2000 AD Prog 1892

2000 AD 1892 - cover by Colin MacNeil

2000 AD 1892 – cover by Colin MacNeil

Black Shuck part two is out today in Prog 1892.  Written by us, with pencils and inks by Steve Yeowell, colours by Chris Blythe, and letters by Simon Bowland.

BLACK SHUCK // PART TWO
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 was 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…

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Black Shuck begins today in 2000 AD #1891

1891 cover by Alex Ronald2000 AD 1891 cover by Alex Ronald

The wait is finally over. Black Shuck is here! Written by us, with pencils and inks by Steve Yeowell, colours by Chris Blythe, and letters by our old chum Simon Bowland.

NEW THRILL! BLACK SHUCK // PART ONE 
Scandinavia, 813 AD. Viking raiding parties continue to besiege the coasts of Northern Europe and the British Isles, returning with spoils and slaves. One such attack on the settlement of Dunwich in East Anglia has led to the warrior known as BLACK SHUCK being captured, but his journey back to the court of King Ivar will not be uneventful…

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Consecration of the Host – new Daily Grail article

The Numbskulls by Jamie SmartBack in March Science Writer and blogger Ed Yong gave a TED talk on the subject of parasites and the fascinating ways in which they can sometimes “subvert and override the wills of their hosts” (a full video of the talk posted here on DG). In his talk Yong spoke about how rodents infected with the brain parasite toxoplasma gondii effectively become “cat-seeking missiles”; seeking out felines and getting themselves eaten just so that toxo can then develop and reproduce inside the cat. As much as one third of the global human population may be infected with toxo. Although mild flu-like symptoms occasionally occur during the first few weeks following exposure, toxo generally produces no symptoms in healthy human adults (toxoplasmosis can be fatal to infants and those with weakened immune systems, however). Opinions are currently divided among researchers as to what, if any, influence toxo has on the behaviour of infected humans (although links to schizophrenia are amongst the effects which have been hypothesised [1]). But, says, Yong in his TED talk, even if it isn’t from toxo, “Given the widespread nature of such manipulations [of hosts by parasites], it would be completely implausible if humans were the only creature not under the same thrall.”

Read the full article at dailygrail.com

Glasgow ComicCon 2014 Report.

The last time we stayed away over night was last years Thought Bubble. I don’t know if I can explain how excited we were to be off to Glasgow. Neither of us had ever been, but as soon as we arrived we felt at home. Possibly it was all the big sandstone buildings but we relaxed straight away.

Our table overlooked the bar, and was near to long time convention pals AccentUK who we snagged four volumes of Western Noir from. Four volumes! It has been a while since we’ve seen them but wow.

We signed and sold and pulled faces at Gail Simone and That Guy Scott across the way, until four, when we had a panel with the lovely Rufus Dayglo, and the mighty Howard Chaykin. We were discussing characters, and how you build them, how you bring them to life, but to be honest we all wavered from the point a fair bit. There were a few salient points to glean from the discussion:

1. Comic Creators are irregularly employed and paid. As much as we all wish we had long hours to create magical worlds, quite often we just have to get something thought up that afternoon. We still really care, and love our job, but it’s actually more on a knife-edge than anybody really admits to.

2. Drawing the Nesquik bunny makes you morally bankrupt right off the bat.

3. Howard Chaykin does not give one single dry miniscule fuck. An invigorating co-panellist.

Once we extricated ourselves from the gym-shoe-like furnace of the panels theatre, we packed up and went for food. Cocktail&Burger had really nice food, really nice staff, and cool library wallpaper.

We went back to the hotel to change and drink coffee and Sit Still Without Children which was heavenly and then we went in search of two things. People and Beer.

We found Stacey Whittle and Alex Ronald in Cocktail&Burger, and she alerted us to the cheaper beer 2mins down the road. Also, the music had started, leaving us all cupping one ear and shouting at one another like a geriatric away day. We walked back up to the CCA and had a beer on the terrace, before magically summoning lovely people with Twitter. Emma Vieceli  (who gave us a copy of her Breaks prologue, which is stunning as one might expect!) Gary Erskine, Mhairi Stewart, and Hannah Berry all arrived like a cheery mob of awesome, and we moved downstairs away from noise and people so we could talk and catch up.

We had a wonderful evening, and stumble bumbled off back to Novotel.

We actually enjoyed having small hangovers because NO CHILDREN, and we especially liked breakfast. Hannah showed me the wonder that is the Automatic Pancake Machine and I ate tiny cakes. It was beautiful!

We had a bit of time before our signing slot, so we went and found Gary Erskine’s table and bought three amazing Roller Grrrls prints and a sketch book, Yishan Li was sat next to him so we got a print from her, and then a book from Hannah. We cast longing glances at Rufus Dayglo’s table but as per usual he had a queue a mile long, and we had to run away. We actually managed to scoot through the dealer’s room on our way downstairs and made it for our signing.

We saw so many adorable cosplayers, including tiny-little-girl-hulk a whole family of Green Lanterns, a baby ewok with his Luke and Leia siblings, Batgirl on her mobile, big Finn from Adventure Time, and lots of characters we are just not cool enough to recognise.

We sold and signed and then said our goodbyes, and walked back down Sauchiehall Street in the sunshine.

Would we go again? Definitely. Would we recommend it to you? Hells Yeah.

Bring on GCC2015!