• Lola comes to (un)life

    I’m stoked to hear that Ron Salas (who has worked for Image, Marvel, Dark Horse, etc.) is the artist drawing my short comic book script for Wailing Heights, which will be a part of a forthcoming video game from Outsider Games. I’ve seen the pages, and I’m thrilled that Lola’s origin story has been brought to (un)life in such a lively fashion.

  • recent nominations

    I’ve been remiss in mentioning an awards nomination I received while I was travelling last month. I was pleased that I was selected for the Best Irish Writer Published Outside Ireland Award in the ICN Awards this year. Voting is open and is online. I’ve also been shortlisted for the Best Irish Writer Award in The Arcade Awards. Voting is open and online, so pick your favourites for this year. It’s always an honour to be part of the shortlist for any award, and my thanks to those who have deemed my work worthy for nomination.

  • 2015 BCA Award Winners

    The 4th Annual British Comic Awards took place at the Carriageworks Theatre in Leeds as one of the opening night events for the Thought Bubble Festival‘s Comic Con Weekend. The winners are: Best Comic – Grey Area: From the City to the Sea by Tim Bird (Avery Hill Publishing) Best Book – The Motherless Oven by Rob Davis (Selfmade Hero) Young People’s Comic Awards – Star Cat by James Turner (David Fickling Books) Emerging Talent – Rachael Stott for her artwork on Doctor Who: The Twelfth Doctor (SDCC Exclusive), Star Trek #46 -47 and Star Trek/Planet of the Apes: The Primate Directive Hall of Fame – Dudley D Watkins Congratulations to all the winners, and the excellent nominees. Well done to the…

  • BCA Nominees 2015

    The nominees for this year’s British Comic Awards have been announced. Best Comic Beast Wagon – Owen Michael Johnson, John Pearson and Colin Bell (Self published) Grey Area: From the City to the Sea – Tim Bird (Avery Hill Publishing) Hand Me Down – Kristyna Baczynski (Self published) Lost Property – Andy Poyiadgi (Nobrow) Strip – Sarah Gordon (Self published) Best Book Comic Book Slumber Party: Fairytales for Bad Bitches – Hannah Chapman (Editor); Stephanie Ayres, Sarah Burgess, Emma Carlisle, Lucie Ebrey, Enoki, Lize Meddings, Becca Tobin, Donya Todd, Alice Urbino and Jenn Woodall (Self published) Supercrash: How to Hijack the Global Economy – Darryl Cunningham (Myriad Editions) The Motherless Oven – Rob Davis (SelfMadeHero) The Rabbit – Rachael Smith (Avery…

  • Return to Derry

    I’m delighted to see the return of a comics-focused festival in Derry/Londonderry after the demise of the much-lamented 2D Comics Festival. The ComicCity: Comics and Creative Arts Festival is happening this weekend, and features a huge array of talent from north and south of the border in Ireland, along with visitors from abroad. These special guests, exhibitors and dealers will be in attendance throughout the weekend and there will also be a full programme of talks and workshops. I’ll be selling a very limited number of full sets of the five single issues of the Sir Edward Grey: Witchfinder mini-series which I co-wrote with Kim Newman, with art by Tyler Crook, coloured by Dave…

  • Witchfinder Vol 3 en français

    Youpi! At the beginning of the month Delcourt published a French translation of Witchfinder volume 3, which has the cooler-sounding subtitle: Les Mystères d’Unland. Here’s the French synopsis of the story: Sir Edward Grey est envoyé à Hallam pour enquêter sur la mort d’un officiel qui était en mission pour le compte de la Couronne. Une fois sur place, on lui raconte la légende d’Unland, une zone marécageuse qui entoure la ville, où des créatures mystérieuses se terrent. Les doutes de Grey disparaissent lorsqu’il les rencontre et qu’il comprend que Hallam est une ville pleine de secrets. I don’t know who handled the translation, but I’ll attempt to uncover that…

  • British Comic Awards 2015

    I’m pleased to be part of the British Comic Awards selection committee again this year – it’s a lot of work reading comics, but someone’s got to do it! The official Call for Entries is now open. Please visit the new Entry Form to submit your favourite British comic published since 1 September 2014. READERS: tell us about the best comic or graphic novel you’ve read in the last 10 months. Do you know a great comic for kids? Let us know! Have an idea for who should be in our Hall of Fame? Tell us! CREATORS: don’t be shy, submit your own work for consideration, or put yourself forward…

  • ComicCity Festival in Derry/Londonderry

    Irish Comic News has passed along the news that ComicCity, Derry/Londonderry’s new festival of comics, illustration, and storytelling will be taking place from 12 – 13 September, 2015 in the Millennium Forum. The event is being organised in partnership with CultureTech, The Millennium Forum, and The Nerve Centre. There will be a packed programme celebrating Comics and the Creative Arts, as well as showcasing some of the top UK and Irish talent working in the creative industries today, including: Declan Shalvey (Deadpool, Venom, Moon Knight, Injection) Jordie Bellaire (Eisner award-winning colourist with Marvel, Image, Valiant Comics, etc.) Stephen Mooney (Grayson, Half Past Danger, CSI, Teenwolf). Maura Mc Hugh (Witchfinder, Jennifer…

  • Witchfinder trade out

    A bevy of Witchfinders

    Another lovely day in Ireland, and gosh don’t my contributor copies of the Witchfinder trade paperback collection glow in the sunlight. This is the collection of the five-issue Sir Edward Grey: Witchfinder story, which I co-wrote with Kim, with art by Tyler Crook, coloured by Dave Stewart, with a cover by Mike Mignola, lettered by Clem Robins, and edited by Scott Allie, published by Dark Horse Comics. All set in the Hellboy universe created by Mike Mignola. As well as the five issues, the trade paperback also includes a Sketchbook section, and a small comic book short story, ‘Beware the Ape’, by Mike Mignola, Ben Stenbeck, Dave Stewart, and Clem Robins, which originally appeared in Dark…

  • Signing in London for Witchfinder

    I’m delighted to say that I’ll be signing copies of the trade paperback edition of Witchfinder: The Mysteries of Unland with Kim Newman at the Forbidden Planet in London on 15 April. This is the collection of the five-issue Sir Edward Grey: Witchfinder story, which I co-wrote with Kim, with art by Tyler Crook, coloured by Dave Stewart, with a cover by Mike Mignola, lettered by Clem Robins, and edited by Scott Allie, published by Dark Horse Comics. All set in the Hellboy universe created by Mike Mignola. There will be some extras in the trade paperback, including early concept sketches by Tyler, and replicas of all the original covers by Julian Totino Tedesco.…