• First NYCC

    New York Comic Con is taking place from 9-12 October in the Javits Center in Manhattan, and this will be my first time attending. I used to live in New York, so the city has a special place in my heart. It’s been quite some time since I’ve been back to visit, so I’m hugely excited at the prospect of catching up with my friends, as well as attending such a big multi-media/comic book event. I’ll be doing a signing for Dark Horse Comics at the Fire and Stone Signing Stage at NYCC from 12pm – 12.50pm on Sunday, 12 October. As far as I’m aware I’m the only one of the…

  • D.I.C.E. 2014

    This weekend the third Dublin International Comics Expo (D.I.C.E) is taking place in Pembroke Square, Dundrum Town Centre, Co. Dublin, and I’m delighted to be attending as a guest. It’s the first time I’ve been able to go to D.I.C.E – I was out of the country for both previous events – so I’m looking forward to checking it out. The convention is featuring a ton of fantastic guests from Ireland, the UK, and the USA, including talent scouts from Marvel, DC, and 2000AD who will be conducting portfolio reviews. Plus, there will be panel discussions at the Screen 2 of Movies@Dundrum on a variety of topics. Here’s my schedule:…

  • Unland 4 out today

    Issue 4 of Witchfinder: The Mysteries of Unland is out from Dark Horse Comics today. You can buy it online, or in any good comic book shop. Here’s the blurb: In a struggle with the local police, the witchfinder is taken down, but before they can drown him in the rising waters, a strange fisher woman takes him in and reveals the mystery of Unland. This comic is part of a five-issue Sir Edward Grey: Witchfinder story, which I have co-written with Kim Newman, with art by Tyler Crook, coloured by Dave Stewart, covers by Julian Totino Tedesco, lettered by Clem Robins, and edited by Scott Allie. All set in the Hellboy universe created by Mike Mignola. This…

  • Witchfinder 3 out today

    Another month, another Witchfinder: The Mysteries of Unland issue from Dark Horse Comics is on the shelves (both physical and virtual). Here’s the blub: Local officials present a façade of normalcy, but the Witchfinder knows there’s something wrong with the denizens of Unland, and he’s starting to uncover what that has to do with the dying founder of the town and the elixir he invented that put the town on the map … This comic is part of a five-issue Sir Edward Grey: Witchfinder story, which I have co-written with Kim Newman, with art by Tyler Crook, coloured by Dave Stewart, covers by Julian Totino Tedesco, lettered by Clem Robins, and edited by Scott Allie. All…

  • Worldcon Comic Book Programme

    Nearly two years ago my friend James Bacon phoned me up and asked me if I’d be on for designing the comic book programme at Worldcon in London (known as Loncon 3) in August 2014. I agreed readily enough as I was keen to raise the profile of comic books at the event. Comics are still a bit of a newcomer to Worldcon – the Hugo Award for Best Graphic Story was only introduced in 2009. I didn’t realise how much work was involved, which was probably lucky for James, as I might have turned him down if I truly understood. I now have huge respect for the Worldcon programming…

  • Unland 2 out

    Today issue 2 of Witchfinder: The Mysteries of Unland is out from Dark Horse Comics. You can buy it online, or in any good comic book shop. This comic is part of a five-issue Sir Edward Grey: Witchfinder story, which I have co-written with Kim Newman, with art by Tyler Crook, coloured by Dave Stewart, covers by Julian Totino Tedesco, lettered by Clem Robins, and edited by Scott Allie. All set in the Hellboy universe created by Mike Mignola. If you’re thinking of hopping onto the series, then here are reviews of issues so far: Unland 1 reviewed on All-Comic Unland 1 reviewed at Multiversity Unland 1 reviewed at Newsarama Unland 1 reviewed at SciFi Pulse…

  • Laydeez do Comics, virtually

    This evening I’ll be ‘beaming in’ to the London meeting of Laydeez do Comics in Foyles bookshop, 107 Charing Cross Road. Laydeez do Comics is celebrating its 5th year running, and to showcase its network around the world it has created a bumper meeting with presentations from various LdC organisers: Anna Brewer Visual storyteller – Glasgow LdC Maureen Burdock: Artist and graphic designer – San Francisco LDC Louise Crosby Illustrator, printmaker and teacher – Leeds LDC MK Czerwiec Comics artist and educator – Chicago LDC Paula Knight Comics creator, children’s author and illustrator – Bristol LDC Sarah Lightman Artist, curator and scholar – London LDC Maura McHugh Writer of comic…

  • 22 pages to go

    Our artist on Witchfinder: The Mysteries of Unland, Tyler Crook, recently posted this image of the first 88 pages of Witchfinder artwork, with the caption, ’22 pages left to go!’ It’s weird to see the combined work of 18 months condensed into a thick sheaf of pages. Kim and I finished writing the scripts over six months ago, but the project has been on-going because we’re involved in the proofing of covers, layouts, pencils, inks, and lettering. The job of the writer on comic books doesn’t end when the script is handed in. Witchfinder is coming out on a monthly schedule, so the final comic book in this five-issue mini-series…

  • Tyler’s Sir Edward Grey

    The reviews for issue 1 of Witchfinder: The Mysteries of Unland, have been rolling in and so far the team has been delighted with the response from the critics and the fans. I’ll put up a blog post listing them all soon, rather than detailing every single review as it comes in. Although, I will note that the comic got a Pick of the Week from the DC Women Kicking Ass Tumblr, as that’s a site I’ve been following for years, and I’m thrilled our title earned a mention. In the meantime, here’s an interview with me on ComicMonsters.com called Maura McHugh Discusses Witchfinder. Finally, above is a terrific drawing…

  • Witchfinder Day

    Today is the publication day of issue 1 of Witchfinder: The Mysteries of Unland! Hurray! This is the start of a five-issue Sir Edward Grey: Witchfinder story, with art byTyler Crook, coloured by Dave Stewart, covers by Julian Totino Tedesco, lettered by Clem Robins, and edited by Scott Allie. All set in the Hellboy universe created by Mike Mignola, and published by Dark Horse Comics. It should be available to buy today in all good local comic book stores, but if not you can buy it as a digital comic.