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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.

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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.

Painting The cover

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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48pages, b/w

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.

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Set in the 30’s and 40’s, this title follows the adventures of a “super-agent” named The Red Corsair (one I began visual development of at this time last year, see below),

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Some early designs for Red Corsair

…whose mission is to hunt down and recover artefacts of “special significance” with regards to the war effort, and so thwarting the plans of the axis powers during WWII and the period leading up to it.

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Some more recent costume designs…

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The comics will show the origins and subsequent adventures of the protagonist and the team that work alongside, Il Corsaro Rosso, with the principle character’s story arc and plot is being pulled together by Sarah Regan (@wildflowerfaery) and myself…

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…and starts by showing the events at the time of the title characters birth that would go on to influence their world and their mission, flitting between 1912 and a mission set in the pre-war period…

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(Above) potentially page one of the project…

The entire project will hopefully flit backwards and forwards through the period from 1912 to 1945, with some stories set later, and some set in the napoleonic and 17th century. From England to War torn Europe and even North Africa and The Middle East.

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The real motivation behind the project is to play with some of those great themes, intrigue and action/adventure stories and character types found in pulp stories and cliffhanger serials such as: Captain Cody (King of The Rocket Men, Radar Men from The Moon etc), RafflesThe Shadow, Jim Grimm and Zorro, characters that have inspired more modern retellings such as The Rocketeer, Indiana Jones, Irma Vep and Evelyn Carnahan from The Mummy, whilst looking at real historical events from WWII such as the work done by the monuments men.

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As well as thumbnail page breakdowns… I’ve filled quite a few pages with potential character faces and other ideas…

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…single frame narrative development and historical notes, and other related lists.

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…plenty of action scenes, from leaping motorcycles to car chases.

All in all we are really looking forward to pulling this one together…

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You never know, it might be ready to debut at Thoughtbubble 2015 later this year.

See also – Dardo Bartoli, Verdi’s Opera – Il Corsaro, Byron’s Poem, Lady Catherine Ferrers etc.

 

 

Edit – November 2014 – The images below were put together when I was hoping to deliver one big book, as it turned out, I was unable, due to other work commitments (sorry to those of you expecting the rest of the St. George book – The White Ship Pt 2) to complete parts of it… so instead I put out two smaller comics that would together with the rest of the White ship narrative, formed “The Lance” as you see it below.

Maybe some future printing will see my original intentions realised.

Back to August 2014.

So I’ve done the basic design for the outer sleeve of the book. The artwork is not finalised, nor the copy as the interior art is not finalised yet either (but it feels like I’m getting there…)

These are just mock ups of what you might be seeing at Thought Bubble this year.

IMAG9442The Front Cover – as it might look.

IMAG9443…you can see a little more of the art on this one.

IMAG9444…the back cover (just mock art and placement of copy and logos at the moment).

IMAG9445…and the spine.

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Although the arts not finished… (as you can see above I’m still working away on it), I’m already pulling the print files together, ordering the pages, trying to figure out if the surprise reveals happen on the correct pages and the double page spreads aren’t becoming double side spreads etc.

IMAG9446Well, there is still a ton of work to do, so back to it…

IMAG9420If you want to see more content or art… head over to the “The Cthulhiad” blog, there is a whole bunch of art and notes over there…