Enormous Catch Up

I'm back at my desk after two blissful weeks of holiday, first at the World Science Fiction Convention in Reno, Nevada, and then driving around New Mexico. I intend to blog about all of that later, but while I've been away, tons of stuff has been happening, and this is the place where I'm going to sum it all up.

First off, David Macho Gomez has created this wonderful trailer for Stormwatch, the first issue of which is now looming on the horizon, the DC Universe relaunch having begun today. Loads of great Miguel Sepulveda art and clues about the future in here...

I've been interviewed about the title by Newsarama, and you can see some pencil and colour work on a page here.

Turning to Demon Knights, there are some lovely Diogenes Neves pencils accompanying this interview with me about my comics background, and also with this one at Newsarama, specifically about the title. Here's one particularly lovely teaser image, and I'm quoted about the debt owed to Jack Kirby, creator of the demon Etrigan here.

In support of both titles, I'll be heading up to Scotland on September 21st and 22nd, for two Forbidden Planet signings in Glasgow and Edinburgh respectively.

It'll be good to meet comics fans North of the border once more.

In other comics news, I was proud to be a part of the Kapow! Guinness World Record Special #1 of which the solicitation speaks more eloquently than I:


In April 2011, Mark Millar, Frank Quitely, Dave Gibbons, John Romita Jr, Leinil Yu, Paul Cornell, Andy Diggle, Jock, Duncan Fegrado, Sean Phillips and over fifty other comic-book creators joined forces with Kapow to break not one but TWO Guinness World Records - the fastest comic-book ever produced and the biggest number of creators working on a single comic. The Kapow Special stars Superior and was written, penciled, inked and lettered in less than 12 hours. PLEASE NOTE: All proceeds from the sales of this comic will go to Yorkhill Sick Children's Hospital in Scotland and the print-run for this book will be limited to just 10,000 copies.'

A good cause, I hope you agree, and a strange example of how one can sometimes, for the best of reasons, gain exemption from one's DC exclusive contract.

I've also recently been interviewed about all things comics on the Pat Loika Podcast. And, in support of my old home town, I've also popped up, covering all sorts of things, on the latest show from Faringdon Radio.

Turning to the podcast of which I am a part, sharing audio duties with Seanan McGuire, Kat Valente, Elizabeth Bear and Lynn Thomas, we have a new episode up. Yes, it's SF Squeecast #3: Full Disclosure in which I rave about Isaac Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine and the others enchant on such diverse subjects as Shades of Milk and Honey and Hadestown. And if you do listen, that page is also where you can leave a comment for us. Or you can find us on iTunes.

I'm incredibly proud to announce that I've been named as Toastmaster of Lone Star Con 3, the 2013 World Science Fiction Convention, to be held in San Antonio, Texas. I've known about this for a while, but had to keep silent until the convention committee succeeded in their bid to host Worldcon. Their guests are Ellen Datlow, James Gunn, Willie Siros, Norman Spinrad, Darrell K. Sweet, Leslie Fish and Joe R. Lansdale. I'll be a sort of Master of Ceremonies, and will be popping up at the party the convention sponsors at next year's Worldcon in Chicago, and doing all sorts of promotion for them inbetween. You're going to hear quite a bit about this one. That toast will be mastered, and no mistake. Rooting and tooting will, at some stage, probably occur.

Dark Fiction Magazine, the online audio fiction journal, has recently been kind enough to support Voices From The Past, the charity anthology to which I contributed (all proceeds to Great Ormond Street Children's Hospital) with audio versions of four of the stories, by myself, Lee Harris, Scott Harrison and Alasdair Stuart, together forming their Episode Eight. Or you can hear my story, 'A Map of Lychford', read by Marty Perrett, on its own here. I'm very pleased with what they did with it.

I try to run the Just A Minute game show at whatever conventions I go to now, and a few months back, I got to do it at Anime Detour in Minnesota. Here's the first of several bunches of edited highlights, courtesy of Tadao Tomomatsu...

Concerning ancient Doctor Who, Alex Wilcock has posted one of his thoughtful reviews of 'The Dominators' but has for some reason seen fit to include an ancient example, by myself, of what can only be called... filk. I suppose.

The great comics artist Al Davison is using IndieGoGo to attempt to fund his next publication The Alchemist's Easel. Do pop along, check out the lovely introductory video, and see if you fancy funding him in return for several different levels of perks.

Some friends of mine have got together to make specialist luxury hampers, rounding up delicacies that suit particular events. They call themselves Paterson & Paterson and if you're planning a day out in the UK, you could do worse than take along one of their mouthwatering collections of goodies.

And finally, Tony Esmond, one of those people you meet randomly in a comic shop, is the writer of Alagg the Barbarian, an online three panel comic strip that now boasts over 120 episodes. That's got to be worth a moment of your browsing time, surely?

At the weekend, I hope to post a Worldcon report, and tell you about everything else we got up to on our holidays. So until then, Cheerio!

And here's the Stormwatch #3 cover

A very superheroic cover, and so it's got a touch of our trademark irony to it.


Demon Knights #3 Cover

By Tony Daniel. Isn't it lovely? And it describes the contents of the issue, which is something I always like.


A Goth Panda in Hawaii

That's what I look like in this CBR report, on their yacht beside the San Diego Comic Con. I was straight off the plane, and I cringe at how I look, but I think it's a fun interview about Demon Knights, Stormwatch, the Action Comics controversy, and the new novel, Cops and Monsters.

I should also have added, as I did with other interviews around that time, that it's absolutely right that we let a concerned audience know where the Apollo/Midnighter relationship is going. I kind of leave that thought halfway here, and it looks like I'm complaining. Until next time, Cheerio!