Cover by Alex Ronald.
The Nunkie Theatre Company is one man, and that man is Robert Lloyd Parry. If you are anything of a fan of M. R. James then you probably are (or certainly should) already be familiar with Robert’s incredibly evocative one man performances of the late, great antiquary’s ghost stories.
I have never yet had the pleasure of seeing Robert perform live but we have a mutual friend in Brian J. Showers of Swan River Press (and several others, as these things usually go). It was Brian who first introduced me to Nunkie via one of their excellent DVDs (which, along with CDs can and should be purchased here) and I’ve been a big fan of Robert’s work ever since.
Robert is about to embark upon a 27 date tour of the UK with his new one man production of H. G. Wells’ The Time Machine.
1895. In a suburban garden, beneath a waning moon, a bedraggled man lies beside a remarkable machine. He has a story to tell. A story of darkness and light. Of fire and fear. An unbelievable story of the future, that he insists is true. Is it a Joke? A prophecy? A dream?
I’m lucky enough to have been invited to give a pre-show talk at one of his performances. The gig is on Saturday the 20th of June at Square Chapel in Halifax. My talk is titled Travels in text: the Time Traveller’s influence upon popular fiction and will be given at 7pm in the bar before the show, which starts at 8.
It would be fantastic to see you there but even if you ‘re not near Halifax you should definitley do your very best to get to one of the other shows (eight of which also have free pre show talks by other writers, critics, historians and scientists).
A full performance schedule can be found at www.nunkie.co.uk
This Saturday is Free Comic Book Day and this year we’re lucky enough to have a story in 2000 AD’s FCBD edition.
Ours is a Durham Red story drawn by the amazing Jan Duursema, with colours by Dylan Teague, and letters by Ellie De Ville and, since it’s available as part of the preview for the book, here’s page one:
You can download the full preview PDF here
Issue #1 begins the “Trial of Sherlock Holmes” which presents the great detective with an all-too personal quandary and explores the nature of the man and his world with a mix of refined ambiance, carefully crafted mystery and chilling suspense!
Written by Leah Moore and John Reppion with reverence and a modern edge, artist Aaron Campbell completes the Victorian mood under the striking and iconic John Cassaday covers.
Series: Sherlock Holmes (see also Vol 2. – The Liverpool Demon)
Writers: Moore & Reppion
Artists: Aaron Campbell (interiors), John Cassaday (covers)
Published: November 2009
Hardcover: 168 pages
For more information or to pick up the trade, go to the Dynamite website.
The legendary Beast is a surefire way to scare the new kids at summer camp. But when the line between prank and myth blurs, camp counselors Jeremy and April investigate exactly who is responsible for terrorizing kids in the dead of night—if it’s a WHO at all.
When vague memories about her summer job at Blue Mountain camp begin to surface, April Young comes to Jeremy Gilbert for clarification. But his revelations will shock her!
Reducing a mother and child’s life and relationship to just the way they are feeding is failing all mums, and sowing seeds of division and distrust when what they actually need most in the world is support.
Having fed babies every which way you can, I wrote why Breast vs Bottle is failing mums and babies.
Read it here…
With the final issue of Damsels out today, we thought it would be good to give the last word to the amazingly talented artist Aneke who it has been a genuine pleasure to work with on the series.
When I first read the script of Damsels I was surprised by the freshness of the story. The main characters were all beautiful women, each distinct from the other but all trying to rise above their personal difficulties, struggling to recover their lives and finding their own paths. I was captivated by the appearance of each one, Rapa, a red dreadlocks-hair full of tattoos (absolutely loved that), the little mermaid, small, not very shining and shy, the magnificent Talia, beautifully plump and sexy, Red, the astonishing fearless wolf-hunter….. I also won´t forget the lovely malevolent witches, as we all know, light shines stronger when in darkness, and the evil is there to confront the good, so, yeah, it´s part of life, too! But this girls, they all have this natural attractive essence that really got me going.
This was what made me love them all, that they were real women, different shapes, different measures, different beauty. Same bad-ass attitude
And something I cannot omit is the fact that everything John and Leah wrote were so wonderfully included in this fantasy world I am totally in love with. Every time they got me references on films, books, Illustrations, artists and stories that have defined my entire view of Art. We share a special love for many, many works and tales and I think it´s something that can be noticed.
Something, I gotta say, that has smoothed the entire route of drawing a whole series, which, at first seemed quite a long and difficult journey, due to the fact that it was my first one. But I gotta say I’m simply happy with the results, and I hope it can be perceived in the tale of these marvellous Damsels.
It´s been fantastic having been part of this gorgeous project and worked with this lovely couple of talented writers.
Thank you, Leah and John. I truly enjoyed the party, and the fairies!
Hope you fellas love this precious story, as I do.
Just keep dreaming!
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.