Steve Yeowell is one of the other comics guests so Saturday would be the ideal opportunity to get your 2000 AD 1890-1899 signed by the three of us.
Hope to see you there!
Steve Yeowell is one of the other comics guests so Saturday would be the ideal opportunity to get your 2000 AD 1890-1899 signed by the three of us.
Hope to see you there!
Today is the Eve of the Feast of Saint Mark – a date with a number of strange customs and traditions attached to it. You’ve probably never heard of any of this, but luckily for you I’ve written a new article for The Daily Grail all about it.
Read it now at dailygrail.com (and get ready for a night in the cemetery, or before an open fire)
BB: For all her flaunted sexuality, Dejah Thoris of Mars has always been, at least in the modern comics, a strong and quite capable woman. What threat is she facing on Barsoom as our story begins here?
LH: Dejah Thoris is only flaunting her sexuality by Earth or Jasoomian standards. On Barsoom she is wearing the equivalent of jeans and a t-shirt.
Burroughs took the idea of a white man turning up in some remote village and being utterly amazed to see the women’s breasts out in the fresh air, and transposed it into the fantasy pulp world. It’s a classic trope, where the young dashing man is sent to a planet where the natives only wear cling film and demand lessons in Earth Kissing.
Read the full interview at bleedingcool.com
A couple of weeks ago I attended the first M. R. James and the Modern Ghost Story one day conference in the atmospheric and aptly antiquarian setting of Leeds Library.
Highlights for me included meeting Will Ross, Mike Taylor, Jane Mainlley-Piddock and Helen Grant in real life, being introduced to the likes of Chris Rose and Prof. Aaron Worth, and chatting with BBC Ghost Story for Christmas originator Lawrence Gordon Clark. Here’s a picture to prove that happened:
I was there to deliver a paper on adapting James’ stories into comics. I spoke about comics and adaptation generally a bit and then focussed on the Ash Tree because, happily, I had a couple of pages which Alisdair Wood had drawn for an adaptation of that story. I’m very pleased to finally announce that Leah and I have adapted all eight stories of Ghost Stories of an Antiquary which will be published in a single volume by Self Made Hero in Autumn 2016.
Anyway, I intended to write a little report on the whole thing but I didn’t find the time, sadly. Now Will and Mike at A Podcast to the Curious have spared me the guilt by devoting a whole episode to the conference, including interviews with Helen Grant, Prof. Darryl Jones, Jane Mainlley-Piddock, and even me.
You can download it, or listen here: mrjamespodcast.com
Oh, and look at my weird sideways face here:
— M.R. James Podcast (@MRJamesPodcast) March 29, 2015
As I’m sure you know by now, Leah is writing a 3 issue mini series as part of Dyanmite Entertainment/Gail Simone’s Swords of Sorrow crossover event.
Here’s a full list of all the issues in the series and when they’ll be published.
— GAIL SIMONE (@GailSimone) March 31, 2015
This month the H. P. Lovecraft Literary Podcast has been covering Bram Stoker’s Dracula. Knowing I still have a brain stuffed with far too much information on the book thanks to the work Leah and I did on The Complete Dracula, Chris and Chad were kind enough to invite me on to talk about the dramatic climax of the book when the tables turn and the Count goes from hunter to hunted.
The episode is available to subscribers only but if you’re interested in Lovecraft and Weird Fiction it is well worth signing up.
Here’s the link: http://hppodcraft.com/2015/03/26/episode-250-dracula-part-4/
SWORDS OF SORROW: DEJAH THORIS & IRENE ADLER #1 (OF 3)
Cover: Jay Anacleto Writer: Leah Moore Art: Francesco Manna
A team-up set up by SWORDS OF SORROW’s Gail Simone, featuring the writer that she hand-picked: Leah Moore! Irene Adler has been many things in her young life, a fugitive, a master of disguise and a femme fatale, but even she is surprised to find herself made bounty hunter, tracking savage foes across the grimy streets of London. In a far off world, defending Barsoom against an influx of trespassers, Princess Dejah Thoris is ready to put the guilty to her sword. Now, the world-colliding events of SWORDS OF SORROW have brought these dangerous women together… and the fate of planets hang in the balance!
Full SoS month 2 solicitations and covers at Bleeding Cool
Partial solar eclipse (you can see the crescent in the lens flare) above our terrace from 9:31 am today.
Things are moving. Projects old, new, and not yet real are jostling for attention. They demand time. We have no time. Nothing to spare. Hours turn to days turn to weeks turn to months. For every thing you tick off your list you add three more to-dos.
Bring on the Spring and hurry on the Summer. Give us sunshine and vitamin D, washing on the line, open windows, long days in the park, and long evenings in the garden. Give us the chance to appreciate the important things, the things which make us happy, which make us human, as we hurtle ever onward through time; into and out of the darkness.
1930s Jiu Jitsu with May Whitley – this brilliant video has evidently been online for a while now (although the version linked to is a pretty recent upload) but Greg Taylor brought it to my attention this week. It reminded him of my article from SteamPunk Magazine #6 entitled Baritsu, Bartitsu, and the Ju-Jutsuffragettes.
The 2nd of March (today) is Saint Chad’s Day.
Chad was a prominent 7th century Anglo-Saxon churchman, who became abbot of several monasteries, Bishop of the Northumbrians and subsequently Bishop of the Mercians and Lindsey People. He was later canonised as a saint. He features strongly in the work of Bede the Venerable and is credited, together with his brother Saint Cedd, with introducing Christianity to the Mercian kingdom.
Chad is also an important character in the old English legend of The Two Princes.
Someone who would almost certainly have known all that without having to look it up like I just did is the late great Montague Rhodes James.I’m a massive fan of M. R. James’ ghost stories and though you don’t yet know it, not until you read these following words, Leah and I have had the pleasure of adapting quite a few of them into our preferred medium of comics. More on that as and when there is actually more to say. I, personally, will be saying some more about it at the end of the month (Sat 28th) when I attend the M. R. James and the Modern Ghost Story one day conference in Leeds.
I’ll be giving a 20 minute talk entitled ‘Adapting James’s work into graphic stories’ in The Leeds Library at 14:25.
If you’re a fan of James – a listener to A Podcast to the Curious, a reader of Ghosts & Scholars, a watcher of A Ghost Story for Christmas, maybe – then the conference is definitely something you should check out if you can. I’d certainly be attending even if I wasn’t speaking. It’s £40 for the day ( £35 concessions) and registration closes on the 14th of March.
Artist and all round good egg Chris Doherty has been interviewed by Matt Badham about his work on our In The Company of Sherlock Holmes story The Problem of the Empty Slipper (inked and lettered by Adam Cadwell).
Okay, am told the Cone of Silence is UP, and we finally get to talk about the amazing coolness we have been keeping secret! @DynamiteComics
— GAIL SIMONE (@GailSimone) February 17, 2015
I have talked about WOMEN OF DYNAMITE–SWORDS OF SORROW, which brings together the coolest pulp heroines of all time, for the FIRST time. — GAIL SIMONE (@GailSimone) February 17, 2015
What we DIDN’T reveal is an even cooler thing. We got some of the BEST writers in comics to write some awesome battle comics to go with it! — GAIL SIMONE (@GailSimone) February 17, 2015
From Bleeding Cool:
Dynamite is putting together a new crossover event that will kick off this May. But this even is unique in that all of the writers involved are women and it focuses on the publishers roster of female characters regardless of genre.
The event start with a core series called Swords of Sorrow by Gail Simone (Batgirl) and then there will be tie-in titles Swords of Sorrow: Vampirella / Jennifer Blood miniseries by Nanch A. Collins (Vampirella), Swords of Sorrow: Chaos Special by Mairghread Scott (Transformers: Winblade) and the Swords of Sorrow: Masquerade / Kato Special by G. Willow Wilson (Ms Marvel) and Erica Schultz (M3). And as the event continues there will be books by Leah Moore, Marguerite Bennett, Emma Beeby and Mikki Kendall.
Gail Simone had this to say about the project she’s been planning since July:
“Here’s the thing: I love pulp adventure, always have. But as male-dominated as comics have often been, the pulp adventure world seems to be even more so. Most of the big name stars and creators are dudes, and that’s fine, it’s great. But it hit me… what if that wasn’t the case? What if adventure pulps had also been written with female readers in mind, and awesome female characters in the spotlight? That’s the scenario we are imagining, and it’s just been a blast. The key players are Red Sonja, Vampirella, and Dejah Thoris, but it’s such an epic-spanning, world-hopping event that we also have Kato, Jungle Girl, Lady Rawhide, Jennifer Blood, and so many more. It’s the crossover I dreamed of when I was a kid, and now we get to make it happen.”
The core Swords of Sorrow series that Simone is writing will be drawn by Sergio Davila and feature Vampirella, Dejah Thoris, Red Sonja, Kato (from filmmaker Kevin Smith’s reboot of The Green Hornet), Jungle Girl and more.
Simone is also the architect for the event and has this to add:
“We got the best writers around, gave them a fun combination of characters and just let them go wild. “It’s creators like G. Willow Wilson, Marguerite Bennett, Nancy A. Collins and more, with book titles like Vampirella vs. Jennifer Blood, Kato vs. Masquerade, and Red Sonja vs. Jungle Girl. More about these tag teams will be coming soon, but it’s just a ridiculous amount of fun to set these characters against each other, and I’m very proud of the astounding team of writers, who I hand-picked from among the very best of new female adventure writers. There’s never been a crossover event in comics like this, ever.”
Swords of Sorrow #1 features a variety of cover editions, including a Main cover by J. Scott Campbell (Danger Girl); variants by Jenny Frison, Emanuela Lupacchino; a subscription edition by Robert Hack; and incentive editions by Joyce Chin, Tula Lotay, Nei Ruffino and Cedric Poulat. Swords of Sorrow: Vampirella / Jennifer Blood #1 and the Swords of Sorrow: Masquerade / Kato special both feature covers by Billy Tan, while the Swords of Sorrow: Chaos special spotlights Joyce Chin.
The May Swords of Sorrow releases will be in the March 2015 Previews catalog.
If you’re anything like us you’re just beginning to realise that it’s going to to be Christmas soon and you need to buy presents. Now. So you’re looking at the internet and wondering what you can get that’s actually going to arrive in time.
Well, we’re here to help because I’ve drawn up a list, complete with handy links, of all the latest Moore & Reppion stuff you can order online right now. No need to thank me.
In 19th century England, a new kind of hero—a consulting detective—blossomed in the mind of an underemployed doctor and ignited the world’s imagination. In the thirteen decades since A Study in Scarlet first appeared, countless variations on that theme have been played, from Mary Russell to Greg House, from ‘Basil of Baker Street’ to the new BBC Holmes-in-the-Internet-age.
Now, you don’t generally “do” Sherlock Holmes. Which is precisely why we’re writing, because we suspect that you have in the back of your mind a story that plays a variation on the Holmes theme.
All we ask is that you let the Holmes stories inspire you. You might want to write a straight Holmes pastiche, or a graphic story, or a tale about Mycroft or Mrs Hudson or Billy the page. The story may take place in Victorian Baker Street, or in Mughal India—or on the first manned flight to Mars. Perhaps the plot takes inspiration from a Conan Doyle tale? Or your detective suspects that his case is related to one Holmes faced? Or…
Why, you’d have: In the Company of Sherlock Holmes.
In Crimes & Punishments, become Sherlock Holmes and use your impressive talents as a detective to solve six thrilling and varied cases: murders, missing persons, spectacular thefts and numerous investigations that sometimes lead you into the realms of the fantastic. The great freedom of action in Crimes & Punishments allows you to conduct your investigations in the manner you deem appropriate. Choose the leads you wish to pursue, interrogate your suspects and, from your deductions, name the guilty parties… and determine their fate wisely, as surprising consequences may arise where you least expect them.
Moore & Reppion wrote some of the mysteries for the game (the one set in the Roman Baths, and the one set in the Botanical Gardens, and others which we’re not sure if they have been included).
Crimes and Punishments on Amazon.co.uk
Crimes and Punishments on Amazon.com
In this unique collection, ongoing Red Sonja series writer Gail Simone hand-picked eleven of the fiercest, most talented, and most popular female writers from the worlds of comics, prose, games, and television, to help her tell the greatest legends in the She-Devil’s long history! A group of savage mercenaries hired to hunt and kill Sonja come across campfire tales of her at every turn… and Sonja does not like to be hunted. – Tamora Pierce, Mercedes Lackey, Marjorie M. Liu, Nancy A. Collins, Kelly Sue DeConnick, Rhianna Pratchett, and many more tell fascinating bits of Sonja’s legend, with a wrap-around tale by Simone herself, and art by the likes of Phil Noto, Jim Calafiore, Jack Jadson, and others. – Collects Legends of Red Sonja issues #1-5, the script to issue #1, concept art by Jack Jadson, and more!
Elena, Stefan and Damon make their comics debut in a new collection that includes digital chapters #1-39 of their adventures! This anthology graphic novel will bring some of comics’ greatest talents to Mystic Falls and set them loose to bring the characters to life. Or death.
At the time of his death in 1937, American horror writer H.P. Lovecraft was virtually unknown. The power of his stories was too great to contain, however. As the decades slipped by, his dark visions laid down roots in the collective imagination of mankind, and they grew strong. Now Cthulhu is a name known to many and, deep under the seas, Lovecraft’s greatest creation becomes restless…
This volume brings together seventeen masterful tales of cosmic horror inspired by Lovecraft’s work. In his fiction, humanity is a tiny, accidental drop of light and life in the endless darkness of an uncaring universe – a darkness populated by vast, utterly alien horrors. Our continued survival relies upon our utter obscurity, something that every fresh scientific wonder threatens to shatter.
The dazzling stories in Cthulhu Lives! show the disastrous folly of our arrogance. We think ourselves the first masters of Earth, and the greatest, and we are very badly mistaken on both counts. Inside these covers, you’ll find a lovingly-curated collection of terrors and nightmares, of catastrophic encounters to wither the body and blight the soul. We humans are inquisitive beings, and there are far worse rewards for curiosity than mere death.
The truth is indeed out there – and it hungers.
John Reppion’s story On the Banks of the River Jordan features in the book.
If you’re in the UK, you might also like to check out our own little online shop at moorereppion.bigcartel.com. Sadly, if you’re outside Britain, stuff from our shop probably won’t reach you now until the New Year.
The site is back up and running after being hacked for the second time in a month. Don’t really know how they got through this second time so we’ll be tightening our security a bit more.
Neither Leah nor myself have had much time to post on here recently. We wanted to blog about how much fun we had at Thought Bubble, all the lovely people we met, amazing stuff we bought, etc, but we didn’t get round to it.
We did a panel, which was recorded, and were all interviewed quite a bit by lots of different people about Electricomics. Here’s Leah talking to Hannah Means-Shannon for Bleeding Cool for a start with more to follow soon, hopefully.
If you’re looking for Christmas presents you can buy some of the things we’ve got filling our office shelves at moorereppion.bigcartel.com and we’ll even sign it for you.
Oh, and I got a new tattoo and wrote about it for The Daily Grail.
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.
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!
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.
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:
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.
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:
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.
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.
Haunted murder houses, Glasgow stone circle, Scottish Paranormal Festival, flying wizard, cat-faced woman, bowmen of Mars and lots more!
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:
— Scarfolk Council (@Scarfolk) February 14, 2014
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
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.