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…it’s about, and not about, Superheroes.

But they are definitely there…

Koenig City, from millionaires houses perched on a mountainside overlooking the skyscrapers,

parks and suburbs,

descending into the busy industrial bayside with its run down warehouses and busy marinas,

Then there is the crazy stuff that happens overhead every day…

And the crazier stuff still, happening below…

Heroes…

Villains…

…and those not quite sure.

…and those just passing through.


A 1930’s styled superhero-noir, short stories that scratch at the surface of a city and the people who live there…

…most of whom seem conflicted about their relationship with these heroes and villains that move amongst and fly above them.

That said.

It is a city where heroes race to save the day…

…and where crimes are punished.

…mostly.

So…

Welcome to Koenig City…

Enjoy your stay.

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Here’s the cover of this year’s Cthulhiad book… which you will see on the table at #TBF17 later this year.

We are looking at around 48-54 pages (at least) of black and white/grey-toned art…

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This and the preview (rough layout) pages below where all previewed in last years Sketchbook “100 Drawings”.

Page 001 – The Cthulhiad/Origins

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So … back to the drawing board.

Okay, so way before the press copies go out, and way before you’ll get a chance to pick it up at Thought Bubble in November, comes this four page taster of the new Viking comic, that is a “follow up/prequel” to Rob and I’s The King’s Leap from last year… featuring the characters and events from the tale started by the old storyteller but then abandoned in the last comic.

Enjoy, any feedback or comments to @hesir on Twitter if you can.

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These Viking stories remain a Co-porduction between Madius Comics & Iron Shod Ape. With Rob Jones Plotting and Writing and myself providing the art and occasion dialogue.

And thanks for taking a look.

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Below is the probable artwork (minus the odd twitch and bit of finessing) for one of this year’s Cthulhiad books, and book that will contain three interlocking narratives looking at some of the catalysts for the events in the previous (and ongoing) Cthulhiad books.

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Three broad chapters, namely “Issue”, “Zero”, and “Origin”, that make up the handy over-Title “Issue, Zero, Origin”, in which we’ll find out a little more about Harry, find out where he went after leaving Hamburg, and be a fly on the wall as Detective Malham gets to meet motormouth, “Backbone” McKendry.

The art above was predominantly painted in oils (a medium I’ve been playing with a little of late) with Graphic finishes in PhotoShop, including the warning sign in the foreground of the field.

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It would be interesting to play with this or a similar medium to create a full set of internal artwork at some point… just maybe not this year, laughs.

The book should debut in time for Thought Bubble 2016 (we are hoping to have a table again this year), along with a second Horrere book from Little O and Madius, a follow up to the King’s Leap (another Viking tale), and the culmination and third book of the St George cycle of Cthulhiad books “Theogeny” – which concludes the story set out in The White Ship and last year’s “Drakon”.

The books below are those that have been (or in some cases eventually will be) seen gracing our Iron Shod Ape tables at Comic Cons.

If you have seen, picked up, or read any of the books on the list below, please help us out by writing something about it, you can copy us into your reviews via Gareth’s Twitter feed @hesir (we’ll gladly retweet them) or if 140 characters is too little, send your reviews, suggestions or even corrections (laughs) to hesir@hotmail.co.uk. Thank you, every review helps us.

Beached Rockets – SF anthology, originally published, November 2012

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Writing & art by Andrew Segal and Damian Street.

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With stories about Alien Contact, Spaceport Etiquette and Robots amongst other subjects.

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Issue 1, 24 pages, b/w with one story (8 pages) in full colour.

The Boatman – A gentle ghost story set at sea, originally published, November 2013.

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Written by Alex Weinle with beautiful b/w vector art by Damian Street.

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Find out more here – https://www.facebook.com/theboatmancomic/

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The Cthulhiad…

With writing and art by Gareth Sleightholme (you can read an interview over on InterComics Podcast with Gareth >HERE<), The Cthulhiad is an ongoing series of interwoven existential horror comics that flash backwards to the ancient world, and forwards again to the present day, stopping off at several time periods between… all following the hand-to-hand journeys of a number of occult artefacts and the people that come into contact with them, or are actively seeking them out.

The Cthulhiad also has it’s own blog  that has additional art and writing, expanding upon this universe a little more (it also includes “background/making of/notes” that hopefully add a little more to the experience of reading the physical comics)

The ongoing print based books include (so far):

The Indian Fighter – Originally published November 2012. A violent western (with tentacles), set in the year 1884.

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A nameless soldier of few redeeming qualities and violent predisposition detaches from his unit with a band of like tempered mercenaries on a secret mission to hunt down a gang of thieves who have ransacked a church.

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But what have the thieves taken? And what will be the cost of retrieving it?

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One by one our gang of cut-throats begin to realise, perhaps they aren’t the scariest things in the wilderness.

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48pages, b/w, Currently out of print – An online colour version is in the works…

Vanitas – existential horror… Originally published November 2014.

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Severed Head Cult – concerning the hunting of creatures in Copenhagen amongst other things… Originally published November 2014.

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The White ShipDrakonTheogeny – The Lance, Ashkelon Trilogy.

Book Drakon –Originally published November 2015. (page preview below) follows on from The White Ship (Video Trailer above)…

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An old man tells his protege’s the secret history that inspired the organisation they all work for. The real story of Georgios of Lod and his battle against a giant serpent in a far flung temple in Roman North Africa.

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Along the way we come across a variety of curious human and seemingly mythological characters and places. With many of them perhaps being not quite what they first seem to be.

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Three books, each 48 pages, b/w.

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The final instalment of this retelling of the story of St George and the Dragon, Theogeny, will debut this year.

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The Adventures of The Red Corsair.

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Currently a work in progress… Following the adventures of a team of artefact hunters working in secret as part of a effort to remove from harm potentially dangerous artefacts and items of occult power during the 1930’s leading up to WWII.

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The first story sees our hero sneak in and then fight their way out of a secret Nazi stronghold in the eastern Baltic… 

and should I ever get time…

Toxic Shopping – currently under reconstruction as a webcomic.

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some of which first manifested in this…

Dog Food Island – a one shot ashcan mini-comic containing some old Toxic Shopping tales amongst other strips.

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If you like these you may also be interested in Horrere and The King’s Leap.

Following on from the work on “The Kings Leap” (see previous post also), I was asked to contribute some work to a new comics anthology that involved Robin Jones (Writer of: The Kings Leap, Papercuts & Inkstains), Alisdair Wood (Beagle), Michael Sambrook (Papercuts & Inkstains), Al McLauchlan, & Neil Ford… all of whom are very talented chaps… Go check out their great stuff.

My contribution (I’ll keep the title of the story I’m working on under wraps at the moment) is set in a near [post-global catastrophe] future…

Some of the WIP artwork can be found below.

Inks and Grey-toning in progress…

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If you want to find out more about the book, which will be debuting at Thoughtbubble, Leeds this year, take a look over at the site >HERE<

Not part of the IronShod Ape stable of books, but showcasing the artwork of one of its collective, “The King’s Leap” is a story of Vikings, Monsters and Witchcraft.

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Written by Rob Jones of Madius Comics, and with art by (Iron Shod) Gareth Sleightholme, the book hopes to debut at Thought Bubble 2015.

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Some more WIP art can be found HERE.

Plus some potential variant cover art based on the above…

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