I feel I should say something about stopping writing Stormwatch after #6, but there's not actually a lot to be said. It was my own choice, I wasn't sacked. It's not like there's chaos as a result: the first six issues set up a format for the title, and one of the reasons I chose that point to leave (quite a while back, this hasn't happened suddenly) was so a new writer can start with a solid foundation. Editor Pat McCallum has been a great custodian of long term plans for the series, and he remains in place, so everything will go forward as it was meant to. If you're enjoying the series so far, you should feel able to keep buying it, because the underlying structure will remain. And I'm excited about the reaction to the end of the first arc. So it's not one of those titles where a creator leaves and everything goes crazy, this was done carefully by all concerned. I'm still on Demon Knights, and will carry on liaising with the Stormwatch team about the links between the two titles, and I'm looking forward to Saucer Country starting in the Spring. I'm also looking forward to seeing what first Paul Jenkins and then my long-term replacement bring to Stormwatch. In short: don't panic and please keep buying it.
Putting another hat on now: I was delighted to appear in the latest episode (#79) of one of my favourite podcasts, the The Coode Street Podcast where critics and editors Gary Wolfe and Jon Strahan have a fascinating weekly conversation about all matters SF. I pop in and burble uselessly in the face of their erudition. You can also find it on iTunes.
It's been a week in which I attended Kim Newman's (nine hour long and charming every moment of it) annual freelancers' lunch, the Extraordinary General Meeting of the British Fantasy Society (consensus achieved, new committee and voting system in place, a feeling of great joy and togetherness), and the UK comickers' traditional curry night (oh my aching head), and delivered the final draft of the novel and an issue of Demon Knights. Phew! The Twelve Blogs of Christmas starts on December 13th, and I'm looking forward to writing for the blog audience for that long stretch. For some reason, it feels like I have more energy this year, but let's see how I'm doing on Christmas Eve! Cheerio!