Last week, while I was away wondering around Rome it was announced that Alex Paknadel and I would be taking over writing duties for the main Assassin’s Creed series at Titan Comics. The book is being drawn by Jose Holder, whose work is simply astounding, and a perfect fit for the direction that Alex and I will be dragging the book (potentially kicking and screaming). I mean, look at this:
Alex is likely to throttle me for saying this, but he is one of the most exciting voices in comics right now, and a terrifyingly smart writer. Both of his books for BOOM!, Arcadia and Turncoat, are excellent slabs of sci-fi with the kind of complex, explorative themes that are frustratingly missing from comics so often of late. If you haven’t, read them. I so very much despise dissolving into mushy cliche, but I think a fantastic team has been put together for this book, and Alex and I have some really exciting things we want to explore in this universe.
Fans of the games will want to pick up the book as we’ll be culminating the Phoenix Project arc that has been building over the last three games, and delving deep into the true nature of the Instruments of the First Will. For new readers, I hope we will also be delivering an accessible, violent sci-fi thriller.
Look for it in next months Previews.
Once more I have been conspicuously absent from this site, but alas, my dissertation is handed in, my MA is complete and I am no longer able to rinse that excuse for the general sporadicity of my updates. Fortunately, I have been busy though. Dark Souls: Legends of the Flame from Titan Comics drops in comic stores and on Comixology today. It is an anthology based on Bandai Namco’s video game series, and my story “The Labyrinth” is buried within its depths (and by “depths” I mean 22 pages). It has been beautifully drawn by Nick Percival, and I’m rather happy with the story, which revolves around the horror of the dissolution of Self faced by the undead of the franchise. The Dark Souls mythos is famously opaque, and writing into this intrinsically cryptic world is a fascinating experience, one that I’d be keen to repeat as often as they’d have me- issue 2 drops next month, featuring my story “The Devoted” and sporting an absolutely gorgeous cover by the one and only Ben Templesmith. A certain partner in crime of mine may also be rearing his head, and I really can’t wait for everyone to see that one.
In other news, there are PROJECTS. Ones I can’t talk about yet, but am exceedingly excited for. One bigger project should be announced later this month with some astoundingly good collaborators that is going to be a hell of a lot of fun and is for a rather big franchise. It will be far less ethereal than Dark Souls, but most likely just as stabby.
Will update further when I’m allowed.
“There are things in that paper that nobody knows but me, or ever will.” -Charlotte Perkins Gilman, The Yellow Wallpaper
If you’ve never read The Yellow Wallpaper, I’d rectify that immediately. IMO the most important turn of the century ghost story, right up there with Turn of the Screw.
It’s also semi-autobiographical. Charlotte Perkins Gilman legitimately almost went entirely mad during a period of postpartum psychosis. This was firmly exacerbated by the fact that during this period she was prevented from making art, from consuming art, from engaging in intellectualism ‘for her own good’.
The Yellow Wallpaper creeps into my mind again as we watch the world going mad around us. It is terrifying the things that those of us with power think is appropriate for others’ ‘own good’.
The TPB for LIMBO is out now in all good comic stores and bookshops. Obviously the best place to purchase it would be in your LCS, but if you can’t for whatever reason, it’s available on Amazon from here in the US, here in the UK, and digitally on Comixology here.
The complete surreal neon-noir miniseries.
Welcome to Dedande City, where the line between biology and analogue technology becomes blurred and minor deities lie coiled in the reels of cassettes.
When a detective with no memory, no identity and no manners runs up against a powerful crime boss, reality itself begins to unravel and he starts to suspect that the truths he’s been searching for may lie in the dark worlds of static just beyond the glow of the television screen.
We launched the book in both Dublin and London on June 1st and 4th, and both launches were fantastic- Big Bang Comics were absolutely astounding hosts, so a big thanks to all those guys and to Declan Shalvey and Jordie Bellaire for being pretty much the best and most welcoming people.
Back on home turf, Orbital Comics allowed us to record a running commentary of the entire LIMBO TPB, which was exceptionally masochistic of them, and if you too would like to suffer you can listen to that over on Multiversity.
This has been a longer post of self-promotion than I’m normally comfortable doing, and it’s all stuff I should probably have posted over the last month, but I’ve been somewhat busy watching the UK fall apart around us and cracking on with that evermore due dissertation- and working on a new comics project, which may itself have quite a bit to do with said dissertation. With all that said, I return to my Nietzsche cave, and leave you with this fantastic piece of LIMBO fanart from Cryoclaire. Claire draws Drugs and Wires, a cyberpunk webcomic that you should absolutely be reading:
“We write only at the frontiers of our knowledge, at the border which separates our knowledge from our ignorance and transforms one into the other. Only in this manner are we resolved to write” (Deleuze 1994, xxi)
In 2016 we shall be creating it.
… was like 2 weeks ago and we did a thing that I really should have updated about then, but I didn’t and here we are.
So yes, Caspar and I were flattered to be invited to take place in the Image Comics signing at Gosh! London alongside Kieron Gillen and Christian Ward, to minnow along beside mighty whales of the industry.
In all seriousness it was a great time, so thanks very much if you popped along. We signed some books, made some new friends, and then got phenomenally drunk to the extent that none of us are utterly convinced that Ryan didn’t accidentally sweet talk a bouncer into letting us crash a wedding reception, where Kieron presented everyone with a laminated picture of his own face and JAM started what was by all accounts a resoundingly successful macarena. Life really is quite good sometimes.
I would elaborate further, but am currently working on a New Project that I can’t wait to get back to. We’ll be signing the TPB of LIMBO on June 4th at Orbital Comics (comic store sluts that we are) and there’ll be a commentary on the trade and then copious amounts of alcohol I’m sure to follow.
It’d be lovely to see you there.
Till then, take care.