2013 Preview: Anthologies

This is a collection of short stories I wrote and were published last year, actually, but they become more widely available this year, so I still thought it would be worthwhile to include them.

GLoW 1 – the first anthology of the Glasgow League of Writers, revolving around a superhero theme – was one of the breakout hits of Glasgow Comic Con 2012, selling out within hours.  Our follow-up anthology – imaginatively titled GLoW 2, and built on a horror theme – had a small debut at Thought Bubble 2012.  But if that was our trial run, the big event where we’re really looking forward to launching it is at Glasgow Comic Con 2013.  Hopefully, those who enjoyed the first anthology will be back for this one.  There’s a bigger roster of talent involved, and I think it reflects our growth as a collective.

As for me?  I have two stories in it.  The first one is Floorboards, a mean little 1-pager drawn up by my good friend James Fairlie.  The second one is a 5-page sting-in-the-tail short titled Open House, drawn by Chris Connelly.  We so enjoyed working together on this little nasty that we embarked on a larger collaboration.  More on that tomorrow.  In the meantime, here’s a wee peek at a page from Open House:

Open_House_Page_4But it’s not only on this side of the Atlantic that I’ve been participating in anthologies.  Over in the US, The Oxymoron from ComixTribe proved to be a massive Kickstarter success story last summer.  Our goal was to raise around $8000 to produce the book.  We ended getting $26,000, and we saw the anthology – a collection of short stories revolving around the monstrous villain of The Red Ten, The Oxymoron – become a better and better package, becoming hardcover, oversized, with a UV-coating on the cover, and a whole range of variant covers added, plus an art gallery added into the back.  The final package is absolutely stunning, and I’m so proud to have my name on a book that looks so professionally crafted.  But there’s more to this book than nice aesthetics: each story in this graphic novel is fantastic, showcasing a range of art styles, and stories that range from blackly comic to soul-shreddingly dark and horrifying.  Currently, The Oxymoron is available to buy in comic shops here in Glasgow: Forbidden Planet and A1 Comics got some editions in for supporting the Kickstarter.  But the book will also be getting a worldwide Diamond release in the summer…. so watch out for it in Previews, and recommend that your retailer pick it up!

ComixTribe did so well with this anthology, that they have other, similar projects in the pipeline, ones I’m also involved in, but can’t really talk about at this stage.  In the meantime, take a look at this page from “Selfless Man”, the story I wrote for The Oxymoron, drawn by Tyler James.


SICBA Nominees: The Complete Shortlist

I announced on Wednesday that The Standard had been nominated for two Scottish Independent Comic Book Awards: Best Comic/Graphic Novel, and Best Writer.  Well, now I present the complete shortlist of nominees:

Best Writer
Craig Collins – Roachwell
Martin Conaghan – Burke and Hare
Gill Hatcher and Adam Smith – Go Wildlife!
John Lees – The Standard
Curt Sibling – King Evil

Best Artist
James Devlin – Dark Ascension: Confession
Will Pickering – Burke and Hare
Alex Ronald – Vampire Vixens
Curt Sibling – King Evil
Stevie White – Milk+

Best Comic Book or Graphic Novel
Burke and Hare
Dougie’s War
Ganjaman Presents
Go Wildlife!
King Evil
The Standard
Team Girl Comic

The SICBAs will be held at a special event following the Glasgow Comic Con on Saturday 18th June 2011.  You can read the shortlisted books and vote for your favorites at the Mackintosh Church from Monday 13th June to Friday 18th June.  Congratulations and good luck to all my fellow nominees!

The Standard Nominated For Awards!

On June 18th this year, the Glasgow Comic Con will be hosting the Scottish Independent Comic Book Awards.  Nominees were announced last night, and amongst them The Standard has been nominated for two SICBA awards:

Best Comic/Graphic Novel:  The Standard

Best Writer:  John Lees

Nominees were selected by a panel of respected figures from the comic world, and now voting opens to the public.  From Monday 13th June to Friday 17th June, a reading room will be set up at the Mackintosh Church, Arts and Heritage Centre, where you can read all the nominated books and cast your votes.  Winners will be announced at the SICBA Awards party on Saturday 18th June, being held at the Machintosh Church, Arts and Heritage Centre from 8pm.

It is truly an honor to be nominated for an award, and I’m really happy for everyone involved in The Standard with the exposure this recognition could bring.  Thanks to all of you for helping us get this far!

Remember, The Standard #1 is now available in print to buy on IndyPlanet for $3.99:

Buy The Standard #1 from IndyPlanet.

Plus, you can still buy the comic digitally for $1.99 from these platforms: