Something Wicked #10 – AVAILABLE NOW!

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The FutureQuake Press horror anthology, Something Wicked, reaches its 10th issue, and features a wee tale of love and horror from me and Bryan Coyle (with Bolt-01), called Victoria

 

A young girl, Caroline, finds herself escaping the crushing reality of her life by lapsing into daydreams of someone called Victoria. But who is this mysterious woman and what is her connection to Caroline and her flatmate, Paul?

Slightly tricky to write a synopsis of this one, given the short nature of the strip…

Victoria is a story I’ve had kicking around the backwoods of my mind for quite a while, but it wasn’t until recently that I’ve felt confident enough to try and write it. Without wanting to give too much away, some of the subject matter needed a delicate touch, one I wasn’t sure I could have managed before now. Even then, it took a healthy dose of confidence (or arrogance, I’m not sure which) and a pro picking the original script draft apart to make me go for it.

With all that in mind, I knew it had to have the right artist to make it work, and – to my delight and eternal gratitude – Bryan agreed to do it. It’s a story that features – spoilers! – a fair bit of nudity, but, I knew it couldn’t be a “T’n’A” strip, otherwise the tone and atmosphere I tried to build into the script would never work. I’ve worked enough with Bryan down the years to know that he would get it immediately and treat those aspects of it with the right level of respect, and avoid any atypical comic book poses that would usually come with female nudity. Along with his trademark storytelling clarity, he brings a level of grounded realism to this, too, which works in the story’s favour to a simply amazing degree, but at the same time, he pushes himself to a higher step in terms of his own work, and produces what I think might be some of his best art yet. Seriously, I could actually fill the entire post praising Bryan’s work on Victoria, but he’s not paying me enough to stroke his ego, so I won’t.

Anway, the wrap around cover to Something Wicked #10 is by Jon Taylor and looks like this:

The comic features 10 – count ‘em! – strips from some of the finest talent the UK small press has to offer and us. You can find a full list of contributors and more previews over at The FQP Blog.

Something Wicked #10 is available from the FutureQuake Shop and the FQ Comicsy Shop, priced £4.00 (+ shipping). You can still get back issues of Something Wicked from those links, too, and the Something Wicked Digital Bundle is available exclusively from the FQ Comicsy Shop.

And, of course, it would be remiss of me not to shamelessly point out that Bryan and I have an OGN that’s currently available in print and digital editions, available from these fine retailers:

The Thing In The Window

It’s Halloween and we all like a wee ghost story around now, don’t we? Especially when they’re free.

With that in mind, we decided to combine those things and give you this M.R. James inspired short we’re calling The Thing In The Window

You can find this story on my Tumblr, too.

It would be remiss of me not to mention the fact that, if you liked that strip, me and Bryan also have a graphic novel out there in the world, Babble, which you can buy from Amazon UK, Amazon US, Comixology and ComicsPlus.

October Update

Now that October is creeping its way around us, it’s time for a quick update on what we’re up to…

We currently have four – count ‘em! – projects in the pipeline, but, such is the way of these things, we’re not sure when they’re going to be appearing… Well, OK, we know one of them will be seeing the light of day later this month, but more on that closer to the time.

However, it’s already been announced over at the FutureQuake Press blog that we’re doing a short called Victoria for the horror anthology, Something Wicked – and because we love you so much, here’s a sneaky peek at the strip:

We’re not sure which issue the strip will be appearing in, but once we know for sure, we’ll post an update here.

Bryan will also be appearing in the next issue of the 2000AD fanzine Zarjaz, with a M.A.C.H.-1/Shako mash-up called Bearing Up, a preview of which you can see right here:

Zarjaz 22 – featuring this story – will be on sale in November.

In the meantime, though, be sure and grab a copy of Babble, if you haven’t already!

 

Zarjaz Presents… Judge Dredd: And All Because The Lady Loves… Ep 2

Letters by Bolt-01

And with that, our little run of stories is wrapped! I sincerely hope that you enjoyed then, and thank you for coming back here to read them all (or going to wherever you went to read them). Remember, if you want to read all of the stories we’ve posted this week, you can find them all here.

A sincere thanks to the lads at Zarjaz for giving me the opportunity to do these and special thanks to Bryan Coyle and Jim Lavery for stepping up to provide the art, and Bolt-01 for providing the lettering and giving it that authentic Zarjaz feel. You can, of course, still read the previous Dredd Daily with Bolt-01 here.

You can see my previous collaboration with Jim Lavery in FutureQuake #24, still available from the FQ Webs Shop or the FQ Comicsy shop.

And, obviously, myself and Bryan Coyle were behind the critically acclaimed UK graphic novel Babble, which is available via Amazon UK, Amazon US, Forbidden Planet, Comixology and Comics Plus.

With a little bit of luck, the Daily Dredd’s will return later this year with a new, full length story…

Zarjaz Presents… Judge Dredd: And All Because The Lady Loves… Ep 1

Letters by Bolt-01

Continues tomorrow! See all the previous stories here.

Zarjaz Presents… Judge Dredd: Job Market

Letters by Bolt-01

New story tomorrow! See all the previous stories here.

Zarjaz Presents… Judge Dredd: No Escape Ep 2

Letters by Bolt-01

New story tomorrow! See all the previous stories here.

Zarjaz Presents… Judge Dredd: No Escape Ep 1

It’s been a while since the blog was updated, so I thought it was time to get on that…

Letters by Bolt-01

So, over on the The Quaequam Blog, a new series of Daily Dredd’s are being posted in the run up to the release of the new Zarjaz, all written by me – Lee – and drawn by Bryan and Jim Lavery. In a bid to let anyone reading know that we’re still alive and working hard, I’m posting the strips here, too!

You can find all of the strips on my blog, on their own page.

So, be sure and come back tomorrow for the next episode of No Escape – but if you can’t wait, check out The Quaequam Blog early each day.

“Just Like You”

Over on his blog, Bryan has posted an old strip that we did together, Just Like You, which first appeared in the GN Predators from Accent UK. I’ve taken the liberty of re-posting it here for your reading pleasure:

Predators is still available from your local comic emporium and it’s well worth your money.

Looking Ahead…

Wow, it’s been a while since this blog was updated, eh?

So, what’ve we been up to since 2014 started, then? Well… *shuffles feet* We have a failed pitch under out belt, which is pretty gutting, really but, hey it’s all been chalked down to experience (you can see some WIP shots from it here).

However, rather than wallow in self pity, we’ve got another pitch in the pipeline that’s moving at quite a pace at the moment and should – fingers crossed – be ready to try and find a good home in the next few weeks.

We also have a short story in the bag, waiting for release. It’ll be a freebie – from us to, well, whoever wants to read it – but we’re still figuring out when would be the best time to release it. In the meantime, though, you can still read our previous freebie, produced in conjunction with the guys at FQ Press, Judge Dredd: The Right To Arm Bears, here.

And, we’re both scheduled to be back in the pages of Zarjaz, although not together (there’s a chance we might be, though – watch this space!). Bryan’s got something on his schedule and I – Lee – have got something coming later this year, in the shape of a Judge Dredd strip called True Believers, with Paul Williams on art. We should be releasing a teaser for that shortly, too.

In the meantime, I made an appearance in the latest issues of the aforementioned Zarjaz and made a return to the pages of the Eagle Award nominated anthology FutureQuake.

Zarjaz #19 features Judge Dredd: Collector’s Market, by me and Stephen Downey, artist extraordinaire of Cancertown and Jennifer Wilde. The issue features a cover by 2000AD Art Droid Simon Fraser and looks like this:

 

FutureQuake #24 features Power & The Glory by me and the ludicrously talented Jim Lavery. You can read more about the strip over at Jim’s blog. The cover was provided by Mauro Lirussi and looks like this:

 

 

Both Zarjaz and FutureQuake are currently available from The FutureQuake Shop and the FQ Comicsy Shop.

Remember, you can find my blog here and Bryan’s blog here. Be sure and follow us on Twitter, too @BrigonChomhgail and @lee_robson.

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