A Prelude To BAD SUN…

If you’ve been following the promotional blitz I’ve been running from my blog and social media, you’ll be aware that I am holding a book launch on Tuesday 9th July at Geek Retreat, and that I’ll be attending the Glasgow Comic Con on 13th-14th July.  You’ll also know that, among other books, I’ll be debuting the first issue of Bad Sun, a new sci-fi miniseries written by me, with art by Chris Connelly.

As a final teaser before the comic’s iminent release, I’m excited to present a prologue, drawn by Jason Mathis of School of the Damned fame.  This will be included in that first issue as a backup to Chris’ 24-page main story, but it was just too good to keep as a surprise.  I think it works so well to set the scene for the main narrative of Bad Sun, and hopefullly whet your appetite for picking the book up next week.  Enjoy… and welcome to the Glasgow of the future!

Mathis1 Mathis2 Mathis3 Mathis4 Mathis5Bad Sun launches on Tuesday 9th July, at Geek Retreat in Glasgow.  More details here.

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AND THEN EMILY WAS GONE Profile: Vin

Vin Eckland is what some people may charitably refer to as a “hipster douchebag.”  His favourite pastimes include ironically watching Saturday morning cartoons, knitting novelty animals and playing quirky tunes on his tiny little ukelele.  He lives a life of leisure, often accompanied by Louise: his best friend since childhood.  He’s still recovering from the bad breakup of a long-term relationship, but has recently started dating again.

Vin has an interesting job.

VinEckland2And Then Emily Was Gone launches on Tuesday 9th July, at Geek Retreat in Glasgow.  More details here.

AND THEN EMILY WAS GONE Profile: Fiona

17-year-old Fiona Tulloch has lived her whole life in Merksay, a small island community in Orkney.  A bright, inquisitive girl, Fiona has always felt like she never really fit in with the isolated, sheltered existence of the Merksay islanders.  Save for her best friend, Emily, Fiona has never really connected with other people, preferring to lose herself in the world of her detective novels and dream of a more exciting life.

But when Emily goes missing, Fiona begins to see Merksay in an unsettling new light.  She starts to believe that perhaps that her difficulty in fitting in wasn’t something wrong with her, but rather something deeply wrong with the island and its people.  The more she delves into Merksay’s history, the more unsafe she feels: terrible things are happening in Merksay, and have been for some time.  And so, armed with her quick wit and many years worth of learned experience from trashy crime fiction, she decides to escape, fleeing the island and heading for the Scottish mainland.

But Fiona knows she can’t run away forever.  She needs to go back to Merksay.  She needs to find Emily, or find out what happened to her.  She needs someone to help her do it.  She needs Greg Hellinger…

Fiona1And Then Emily Was Gone launches on Tuesday 9th July, at Geek Retreat in Glasgow.  More details here.

AND THEN EMILY WAS GONE Profile: Hellinger

Once, Greg Hellinger was a rising star of the police Missing Persons Bureau.  Gifted with a brilliant analytical mind, Hellinger had the inate ability to find the thread left behind by people thought long gone, and track them down.  Solving a series of high-profile disappearances gained Hellinger some degree of fame and noteriety, and it seemed like his reputation and legacy was secure.

Then, five years ago, Hellinger started seeing monsters.

Plagued constantly by nightmarish apparitions that follow him wherever he goes, terrifying visions he is unable to fully comprehend, Greg has lost just about everything: his career, his family, his reputation, and even his sanity is barely intact.  Medical experts have no explanation for these visions, other than them being hallucinations caused by some unspecified massive nervous breakdown.  Now, Hellinger lives a life of seclusion, a haunted, broken man.

But one more case is waiting to be solved, Hellinger’s greatest challenge yet.  The disappearance of a 17-year-old girl called Emily Munro.  Can he solve this mystery, and in the process find answers to what is happening to him?  Or will Greg Hellinger discover that, as far as he has fallen, there are greater depths of horror and madness for him to plummet into?

Hellinger3And Then Emily Was Gone launches on Tuesday 9th July, at Geek Retreat in Glasgow.  More details here.

The Adventures of Me and Me

Over the past few weeks, I’ve been taking part in the Gender Through Comic Books massive online open course.  I joined up because the reading list looked fun, and the prospect of getting to watch live interviews with such famous comic names as Mark Waid, Scott Snyder, Gail Simone and Brian K Vaughan sounded highly tantalising.  But in doing the course, I’ve actually learned a lot about gender and how its depicted in fiction and entertainment, comics in particular, and it’s raised some interesting questions for me as a reader and as a creator myself.

The big assignment for the course was to create your own comic about your experiences with gender.  I was stumped on what to do for the longest time.  What had happened in my life regarding my experiences with my straight-white-male gender that would be noteworthy enough to make a comic out of?  My longtime enjoyment of TV series Desperate Housewives?  In the end, I ended up cheating a bit by writing something that may not quite have actually happened to me, but hopefully speaks to my experience with masculinity and the stereotypes and conventions that come with it.  As ever, apologies for the ropey art!

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Tales from the Pool: Backstroke

It’s been a while since I did one of these…. but I warned you they wouldn’t be on anything near a regular schedule!  I’ve got a really nice response to the ones I’ve done so far, so thank you for the comments.  This strip is less an account of a single encounter as it is a recurring problem on the occasions I attempt backstroke in the pool.  I’m a bit neurotic about doing it, only doing it when I’m in a lane of my own or the pool’s empty.  But even then my nerves get the better of me!

Tales from the Pool: Torpedoed

You don’t have to have been going swimming long before you become a hardened cynic as regards the various recurring annoyances you typically encounter at your local pool.  These “pool nuisances” will surely be a feature of several of these Tales from the Pool strips in the future.  I’ve encountered this particular guy twice now.  If it happens a third time, I’m sorely tempted to just block his exit and hold him underwater.