Sherlock Holmes – Vanishing Man #4 out now

The mystery of Michael Williams comes to its shocking conclusion. But will Holmes and Watson survive the deep running conspiracy gripping London from its very core? And even if they do, are they safe from the machinations of their greatest foe, the all-too-clever Moriarty?

Yes, the final issue is here at last, and our third Dynamite Holmes mystery is brought to its conclusion. We hope we’ve kept you guessing for a few months and that the twists of this fourth part are as enjoyable for you reading them as they were four us writing them. Julius Ohta has been an absolute pleasure to work with (as have Ellie Wright, and as always Simon Bowland) and we would love to do something with him again.

We would also love to do more Holmes so, if you’ve enjoyed this series, please let Dynamite know, and let everyone you think might possibly be interested know too. Spread the word.

We’re informed that there’s a collected edition of the series due out in December, so an ideal addition to everyone’s Christmas list.

You can read a five page preview of #4 at dynamite.com but BEWARE OF MASSIVE SPOILERS!!!

You can also order the issue via the same link.

Sherlock Holmes – Vanishing Man #3 out now

Holmes inches closer to solving the disappearance of Michael Williams, but it also brings him closer to danger! Meanwhile, Moriarty’s cunning scheme goes deeper than anyone anticipated, including the neighborhood boy caught in his clutches!

You can read a five page preview at dynamite.com where you can also download a digital copy right now.

Sherlock Holmes: The Vanishing Man #2 OUT NOW

SHERLOCK HOMES: THE VANISHING MAN #2 (OF 4)

Cover: John Cassaday
Writer: Leah Moore, John Reppion
Art: Julius Ohta
Genre: Action/Adventure, Mystery
Publication Date: June 2018

Holmes and Watson continue their search for Michael Williams, only to discover they are not the only people doing so. Are the mysterious figures trailing the detectives responsible for Michael’s disappearance? Meanwhile, Moriarty’s reappearance puts someone close to the sleuths in mortal danger!

You can find a five page preview of #2 on the Dynamite Entertainment website.

SHERLOCK HOLMES: THE VANISHING MAN #1 OUT NOW

Six years after their last Sherlock Holmes mystery series, Moore and Reppion’s version of The Great Detective is back in The Adventure of the Vanishing Man.

Michael Williams is a family man. A reliable man at both work and home. When he disappears, there are no clues left behind. Now, it is up to Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson to find out what happened to him and what danger may be lurking around every corner, in the case of The Vanishing Man!”

Julius Ohtar is the fantastic artist, Ellie Wright delivering stunning colours, the ever dependable Simon Bowland on letters, covers by Eisner winners John Cassaday and José Villarrubia! What’s not to love?

There’s a five page preview over on the Dynamite Entertainment website where you can also order copies, or get a digital copy right now. Otherwise, please support your local comic shop, head over there and pick up a copy or three.

Dynamite Announces SHERLOCK HOLMES: THE VANISHING MAN

Cover by John Cassaday

Nine years after our first Holmes series arrived on comic shop shelves, we are very pleased to announce that we’re back at Dynamite Entertainment writing a brand new Sherlock Holmes mystery; The Vanishing Man. Julius Ohta is doing a fantastic job bringing the fog, grime, and blood, of Victorian London to the page, and the always incredible John Cassaday returns to cover duties.

Continue reading “Dynamite Announces SHERLOCK HOLMES: THE VANISHING MAN”

Chris Doherty interviewed about The Problem of the Empty Slipper

sherlock_holmes_problem_empty_slipper_moore_reppion_doherty_01Artist 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).

The interview has been published simultaneously on Down the Tubes and the Forbidden Planet Blog so take your pick and give one link a click.

Stalking Sherlock Holmes. We just won’t leave him alone.

Sherlock Holmes links to LiverpoolSomebody on Facebook pointed out this list of links between Liverpool and Sherlock Holmes.

One of those links was our series for Dynamite ‘Sherlock Holmes – The Liverpool Demon’, which has been out for a while and which we are still immensely proud of, but actually it turns out I’ve been remiss and not kept you all up to date.

You won’t have to rely on your trusty old back catalogue of Moore&Reppion Holmes based goods for much longer.

Sherlock Holmes the Liverpool Demon #1 cover by Francesco Francavilla Les Klinger kindly invited us to be in his second Holmes Anthology ‘In The Company of Sherlock Holmes’ which we gladly accepted. We were lucky enough to get Chris Doherty to pencil it for us, and Adam Cadwell to ink and letter it. We’ve seen it and it looks stunning, but you will have to either wait until it hits the shops or pre-order it at unethical but convenient old Amazon. We are the only comic in the anthology, so we’ll be easy to find. Amongst the prose stories there are gems by the likes of Harlan Ellison, Cory Doctorow and Val McDermid.

In The Company of Sherlock Holmes

Lastly, I am very excited to see that the latest Frogwares Sherlock Holmes game which we contributed a few cases to is almost ready to come out. Sherlock Holmes Crimes and Punishment will be out in September. Check out the trailer:

 

So yeah, we’re basically trailing about after the Great Detective in an unsettling way. Enjoy.

Leah

The Creative Process Blog Tour

Geoff Holder is a self described “Author, Scriptwriter, Proofreader, Curmudgeonly Old Git”. He’s the writer of Zombies from History, 101 Things to do with a Stone Circle, and Poltergeist Over Scotland among many, many others.

We met Geoff a couple of years back at the very fun and very interesting Manchester Monsters Convention and have been Twitter and email followers/correspondents ever since.  Geoff very kindly nominated us to take part in The Creative Process Blog Tour in which an author answers four questions and then nominates two other authors to do the same.

 

What are we working on?

In the company of Sherlock HolmesJohn: Lots of stuff. Some of it at the proofing stage (Black Shuck pages coming in from Steve Yeowell, The Problem of  the Empty Slipper with Chris Doherty and Adam Cadwell for In the Company of Sherlock Holmes recently signed off), some still being pitched, some comics stuff fully scripted but not yet drawn.

Yesterday I sent off a page-by-page breakdown of a new Megazine series which we should hopefully start scripting in the next week or so.

Leah: I’m currently editing a big exciting project involving us, some two bit author nobody’s heard of called Alan Moore, and some of our favourite writers and artists. We hope to be able to announce properly next week maybe, so watch this space.

I’m also writing some articles for Lifetime magazine on parenting. We have three little boys, two year old twins and a four year old, so life is busy and loud at the moment. not ideal conditions to write in, but ideal fodder for these articles. We have a lot of pitches out there at minute, so we are playing the waiting game on them, and trying to get them in front of the right people. Its hard to keep pushing everything at all times, so we settle for nudging everything forward a bit on a loose ‘when we remember to’ rotation.

 

How does our work differ from others of its genre?

John: We work in lots of different genres. Comics is a medium, not a genre (as many people will point out quite wearily) and outside of our comics work we both write lots different stuff from Fortean articles to Mum-blogging.

Leah: I think our work is quite different because we love comics as a medium, but we are by no means super fans of most of the industry. Neither of us have ever really obsessed about any particular title or genre, so I think we draw on other sources to fuel our ideas. John is really into folklore and Forteana, which has a big influence, and when I get the time I love fat novels, especially sci-fi. We both like mysteries and crime shows on TV and big fantasy films, so we try and bring things from all of that to our comics, instead of referencing comics that have gone before. I hope the result is better for all of that.

 

Why do we write what we do?

CompDracHC-7Leah: I think we write for the love of seeing things real and in the flesh when they were once in our heads. The thrill of seeing your work in print, or on screen never leaves you, and the drug like buzz is certainly addictive.

I find the little articles I’ve done raise a lot of discussion and debate on Facebook and Twitter and I find that really satisfying, seeing people talking and chewing stuff over because of my writing.

I’d love to be one of those writers whose mind is overflowing with a waterfall of ideas and all they have to do is stick out a net, but i’ve always found it much harder than that, we have to put stories together quite carefully, and make sure they are good and strong enough to write. This means we are slow as anything, but we get there!

John: We just got back from a week-long family holiday and though it was lovely, it was really nice to get back to writing when we got home. It’s something you end up addicted to, I think.

There are things that crop up again and again – not themes so much as approaches or ways of looking at things. You have to be interested in in what you’re writing, even when it’s something that’s been assigned to you, and I think the ways in which you interest yourself, the angles to use to view topics from, are the things that give a writer a specific voice. It’d weird because there’s a Moore & Reppion voice which is neither of ours; it’s a composite entity we’ve created. We write what we do in comics because we’ve found a way of squishing our two brains into one hypothetical head.

 

How does our writing process work?

Leah: We work differently now to how we used to by necessity of children and limited free thinking space. We used to collaborate constantly walking and talking and thinking and writing, but now we have very little time so everything is done in frenetic bursts. It seems to still work, but its a slightly more stressful way of working. I think the story part of your brain is still working even when you are wiping up sick and shouting the kids to get off the table, I think you make connections all the time and eventually they work themselves into things. I hope so anyway, or we’ll have to get proper jobs.

John: Comics work used to be done via a lot of democratic discussion and back and forth revision but now we do it in more of a conveyor belt system where we hand things on to each other at different stages. I tend to work things out in my head a lot more thoroughly before I get to actually type anything nowadays  – just because I can do that bit while I’m changing nappies, or pushing a pram, or whatever, as Leah says.

With some of our most recent work it’s been a case of me breaking things down into page by page plot points, then Leah roughing the pages out, then one of us typing up from the roughs, then the other going over the script. We’re still sharing the work out between us but we’re doing it in manageable stages.

 

And so we pass the baton(s) on to novelist, comic book writer, and occasional short-story-ist C. E. Murphy and to unsettling horror writer supreme Ramsey Campbell.

Read The Trial of Sherlock Holmes #1 FREE

[via bleedingcool]

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
ISBN-10: 1606900587
ISBN-13: 978-1606900581

Order now from Amazon.co.uk

Order now from Amazon.com

For more information or to pick up the trade, go to the Dynamite website.

Interview about our Sherlock Holmes books on Sequart.org (broken link fixed)

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.

Read the full interview on Sequart.

Screenshot from Sherlock Holmes – Crimes & Punishments

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

Moore & Reppion Thought Bubble schedule for Sat 23rd Nov 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. 🙂

royal-armouries-hall-floor-plan

Unleash the Demon: Sherlock Holmes – The Liverpool Demon Director’s Commentary on the Forbidden Planet Blog

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

Sherlock Holmes – The Liverpool Demon 4 preview pages

The fourth issue (of five) of Sherlock Holmes – The Liverpool Demon is subtitled The Labyrinth and just happens to be coming out on the first of May – the same date that Liverpool’s burrowing philanthropist Joseph Williamson passed away 173 years ago. Make of that what you will. 

Drummond, now on the run, seeks shelter in Hitchcock’s Menagerie, but how long will it be before Inspector Thornton tracks him down? The final piece of the puzzle falls into place for Holmes as he and Watson return to the scene of Tom Christian’s murder. Yet the route they take is far from straight and perhaps more dangerous than even the Great Detective could imagine.

Conventions / appearances for 2013

Steampunk Doncaster 2013

I (John Reppion) will be attending Steampunk Doncaster for one day only on Saturday the 15th of June (not the 8th, as previously posted).

I’ll be selling and signing books including Journeys in the Winterlands and a collected volume of my SteamPunk Magazine contributions to date.

N.I.C.E Bedford

Moore & Reppion will be attending N.I.C.E in Bedford for one day only on Saturday the 7th of September.

We’ll be selling and signing books including Damsels Vol 1 alongside series artist Aneke who is coming over to the UK from Spain especially for the convention.

Thought Bubble 2013

Moore & Reppion will be attending Thought Bubble Leeds for one day only on Saturday the 23rd of November.

We’ll be selling and signing books including the collected edition of Sherlock Holmes – the Liverpool Demon alongside series cover artist, pulp master Francesco Francavilla