• 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.

  • Background and Review

    Tomorrow is publication day for issue 1 of Witchfinder: The Mysteries of Unland, and it seems almost unreal. Publishing can be a strange business: you work on a project for a long time and well ahead of its release into the world, and occasionally it feels like a Sisyphean task. Suddenly, it feels like someone is collapsing a telescope and publication day zooms in! For those of you who are unfamiliar with Sir Edward Grey, the protagonist of the Witchfinder series, here’s his entry in the Hellboy Wiki. For the Mignolaverse scholars among you, check out the incredibly detailed and comprehensive Hell Notes column that Mark Tweedale recently dedicated to…

  • Preview of Unland 1

    The first three pages of issue 1 of Witchfinder: The Mysteries of Unland have been posted online, and on the Tumblr of our artist Tyler Crook (follow him!). What’s cool is that along with the finished coloured/lettered pages, you can also see the original black and white inks beside for comparison. I’m replicating them below. Not only do you see how well Tyler is drawing the comic, this also clearly demonstrates what a brilliant job colourist Dave Stewart is doing, and how much his work adds to the general atmosphere of the piece. Plus, let’s not forget the contribution of our letterer Clem Robins! (Click to embiggen.) The comic is…

  • British Fantasy Award nomination

    Jennifer Wilde, Vol 1, Issue 1

    I’m reeling from the news this evening that I’ve been nominated for a British Fantasy Award in the Best Comic/Graphic Novel category for my writing on the Jennifer Wilde mini-series Unlikely Revolutionaries, along with artist Stephen Downey, and writer Karen Mahoney (who wrote the stand-alone JW story The Wilde Hunt). The comics were published by Atomic Diner Comics in Dublin. I’m honoured to be nominated in such talented company. Here’s the entire short list: Best Comic/Graphic Novel Demeter, Becky Cloonan (Becky Cloonan) Jennifer Wilde, Maura McHugh, Karen Mahoney and Stephen Downey (Atomic Diner Comics) Porcelain, Benjamin Read and Chris Wildgoose (Improper Books) Rachel Rising, Terry Moore (Abstract Studio) Saga, Brian…

  • Solstice signing at Sub-City Comics

    Thanks to Rob Curley at Sub-City Comics in Dublin, and the fabulous PR crew at Dark Horse Comics, I’ll be doing a signing of issue 1 of Witchfinder: The Mysteries of Unland at Sub-City Comics at its new location at 62 Dame Street, Dublin, Ireland 2, on Saturday, 21 June from noon – 4pm. I’m looking forward to chatting to people about the comic book on the day! I only wish my co-writer Kim Newman, and our artist Tyler Crook, colourist Dave Stewart, and Letterer Clem Robins could be there! The first issue will be hitting the shops on Wednesday, 18 June, so there should be plenty of time to…

  • D.I.C.E. 2014

    On Saturday the first wave of guests for D.I.C.E. (Dublin International Comic Expo) – 27 – 28 September, 2014 in Dundrum, Co. Dublin – were announced. I’m delighted to be part of the event, and among such great company. And that’s a terrific poster designed by Irish artist Phil Barrett who is also on the guest list.

  • Witchfinder 2 cover

    Yesterday I was being all enthusiastic for Julian Totino Tedesco‘s cover artwork for Witchfinder: The Mysteries of Unland issue 1 on my blog, and late that evening Comic Book Resources announced the July solicit information and covers for Dark Horse Comics. Including Julian’s cover for issue two of Witchfinder. It’s one of my favourites! Oh yes, dark, gruesome events loom for issue 2…

  • art progression on Witchfinder 1 cover

    Most of you are aware that I’m co-writing the next Witchfinder mini-series with Kim Newman, and that the amazing Tyler Crook is providing the art, with colours by the multiple award-winning Dave Stewart. I’ve now seen all the art for issues 1 and 2 and it’s terrific. I can’t wait until other people see it too. On top of all of this we’ve been lucky to have Julian Totino Tedesco as our cover artist. I’ve seen most of the covers now and he’s doing tremendous work. Recently on Facebook he posted the art progression of the first cover of Witchfinder: The Mysteries of Unland, and I thought other people would…

  • Irish Comics Chat on Saturday

    I’m a guest at an event called Irish Comics Chat, which will take place at the Rua Red arts centre in Tallaght in Dublin from 12.30pm – 6pm on Saturday, 29 March, organised by Lightning Strike Comics. I’ll be on a panel with Darrin O’Toole, Ruth Redmond, and Rob Curley, which will be moderated by Ciaran Marcantonio, during which we’ll be discussing our career thus far and our comics. The panel will be recorded for The Irish Pubcast podcast. Here’s the schedule of events: 12.30pm: Opening. 12.45pm: Panel Talk with Maura McHugh, Ruth Redmond, Robert Curley and Darrin O’Toole. 1.30pm: Break and cake. 2.00pm: Panel Talk with Dave Hendrick and Robert Carey. 2.45pm: An Aimsir Óg…

  • witchfinder chat on pop culture hound

    Over on Pop Culture Hound, Kim and I are on the latest podcast, episode 81, hosted by Chris Thompson. The 50-minute episode continues on the theme of celebrating Hellboy, so featured on this podcast are Dark Horse Comics Publisher Mike Richardson, Mouse Guard‘s David Petersen, and editor Scott Allie, before Kim and I turn up to talk about working on Witchfinder: The Mysteries of Unland. It’s good listening for those of you who appreciate the Mignolaverse and are interested in some background information on the comics. Perhaps do some ironing and have this on the background! (Personally, I dislike ironing and put it off until it hits crisis point, so…