Stripped Festival

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Tickets are now on sale for this August’s Stripped Festival, part of the Edinburgh Book Festival which runs from 10-26th August. I’m hosting a Zom-B drawing workshop from 18.30-19.30 on Friday the 23rd giving tips and tricks to budding artists on drawing zombies and the living dead (well, I just have to look in the mirror most days, but you kids might need some insiders knowledge) and talking about Montague Terrace later that evening from 20.30-21.30, where I’ll be sharing the stage with Roger Gibson, author of the Harker book series.

Then on the Sunday at 15.00, I’ll be joining a panel along with Dan Abnett to discuss the past, present and future of 2000AD.

There’s a whole host of amazing talent taking part throughout the festival. To find out more and book tickets in advance, check out the Edinburgh Book Festival site.

Darren Shan’s Zom-B Angels

Here’s some of the interior illustrations I drew for the latest Darren Shan Zom-B book, Zom-B Angels, recently published in the UK and Ireland by Simon & Shuster and coming out on July 9th in the US and beyond. I thought I’d also include an example of a rough pencilled version next to the final inked one to give you that extra ‘spesh’ behind the scenes tour. Brains anyone?!

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Pleece Brothers at Cartoon County Tonight!

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For our legion(s) of fan(s), exciting news! Me and baby Bro, Gary, will be discussing our new(ish) graphic novel, Montague Terrace live, in person, this Monday 3rd June with Resonance FM‘s own Alex Fitch at this Monday’s Cartoon County meeting, upstairs at the Cricketers Pub in the heart of Brighton’s Laines, 7.30 p.m. onwards.

These meetings are legend amongst the South Coast’s comics community, often a hotbed of discussion, anecdotes and rare glimpses of original art from some of the best practitioners in the biz. For some reason, Comics, sorry, sequential art legend David Lloyd and Myriad Books own Corinne Pearlman have seen fit to invite us Pleeces back after our last notorious outing in the Greene Room.

We’ll be talking Monty T, The Great (unseen?) Unwashed and all about current, future and past stuff, surrounded by bonhomie and quaintly cut sandwiches washed down with beer.

Pleece ID Parade at Comica’s Comiket Today!

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We’re taking part in this Saturday’s Comica Comiket at Central St. Martins this Saturday 20th along with a host of comicy talent, stalls and events. Warren’s taking part in the drawing parade, live scribbling to music and we’ll be signing copies of Montague Terrace at the Cape table. It should also be an opportunity to get your hands on a signed copy of our other book of greatest hits, The Great Unseen, I mean The Great Unwashed. A rare and precious moment!

Pleece Brothers signing Montague Terrace at Forbidden Planet tomorrow!

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I’ll be signing copies of Montague Terrace with Gary tomorrow evening, Friday 12th at the Forbidden Planet Megastore, 179 Shaftesbury Avenue, London WC2H 8JR from 6-7 p.m.

Come and get your own personal defacement! Oh, and we’ll sign your book too…

Montague Terrace out today! Signing at Dave’s Comics! New website! Exclamation Marks!!!

‘Completely demented … Montague Terrace functions both as a time machine and as a repository of dreams/nightmares’, The Observer/ The Guardian

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Montague Terrace is the new graphic novel from British comics herberts, Warren and Gary Pleece, published by Jonathan Cape on the 4th April 2013, today! Recently highlighted as graphic novel of the month by The Observer, you can now order the book online via Jonathan Cape or through Amazon, or even better buy it personally through one of the many excellent comic shops and book shops throughout the nation. Today, April 4th, we’ll be signing and scrawling on copies at Dave’s Comics, Brighton from 6-8 p.m. and then at the Forbidden Planet Megastore, Shaftesbury Avenue, London on Friday the 12th of April, 6-7 p.m. You can also get signed copies from Gosh in London from the 12th onwards.

On top of all this, we’ve launched a new website dedicated to all things Montague Terrace. There’s more info about the book and in the weeks to come we’ll be posting up behind the scenes artwork and new exclusive one-offs!

Pleece Brothers signing Montague Terrace 4th April at Dave’s Comics, Brighton

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To coincide with the publication day of our new graphic novel, Montague Terrace, me and brother Gary will be signing and launching off, Viking-stylee, at the brilliant Dave’s Comics, 5 Sydney St, Brighton BN1 4EN on Thursday the 4th of April from 6-8pm.

Come one and all and delve through the lace curtained cover to discover a world of magic bunnies, nervous magicians, third-rate 60s pop-crooners, Special Ops OAPS and much, much more. What’s more (I told you there was more), each copy bought on the night will be specially defaced by a special limited edition of one doodle-scrawl!

Expect the usual enlightened (?) back-chat from the Pleece’s, original artwork on display, cosy-toed ambience and an endless supply of Ki-ora or other similarly refreshing refreshmentation.

Dandridge, The Copper Conspiracy for 2000AD

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Part 1 of the brand new ‘spook-punk’ series, Dandridge, The Copper Conspiracy, written by Alec Worley and drawn and coloured in by moi for 2000AD is out this week in all good newsagents, comic shops and intergalactic petrol stations!

For more info on this new 8 part weekly series and more Dandridge facts, figures and grooming procedures, check out Alec’s blog.

Montague Terrace, Observer Graphic Novel of the Month

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Just in case you missed this Sunday’s Observer, Montague Terrace received its first great review in the national press as graphic novel of the month. You can read the review by Rachel Cooke here on the Guardian website. There’s also an offer through the Guardian bookshop to buy the book at the specially reduced price of £11.99 (RRP £14.99).

Montague Terrace is published by Jonathan Cape on the 4th of April

Come on in!

Darren Shan’s Zom B City – More Illustrations

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To celebrate today’s release of Darren Shan’s Zom B City, the third instalment in the twelve book Zom B series from Simon & Shuster, here’s three more pencilled roughs from the interior illustrations, all a little different in composition and approach. With the first one, it’s often good to put the viewer behind the eyes of the main character, especially in this context…

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For this one, the newly acquired clothing seemed to be calling out for a Spaghetti Western style stand-off…

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And finally, with a completely different approach. The description for this brief led me to compose it like some kind of warped renaissance-style adoration. You can even see the steeple of St Martin in the Fields, near the National Gallery in the background. This is one of my favourites.

To see all these and more in their final inked form you can now buy Zom B City form today via the links to Darren Shan’s site, through publishers, Simon & Shuster’s and through Amazon.