I’ve finally incorporated this WordPress.com blog into my website at warrenpleece.com. To see all future posts, follow the link here. Cheers!
And my next book is… Freedom Bound, written and drawn by myself, with brilliant ink and colouring assistance from Shazleen Khan and lettering by Robin Jones, in association with University of Glasgow researchers, Professor Simon Newman and Nelson Mundell, edited by Sha Nazir and published by BHP books.
Freedom Bound follows the stories of Ann, Jamie and Joseph, three young enslaved people as they escape their masters in 18th Century Scotland. All of their fact-based stories have come to light following recent research carried out by the University of Glasgow’s Runaway Slaves in Britain project.
Twelve thousand copies are being printed and distributed for free to every Scottish school and the book also contains notes and study guides drawn from Simon and Nelson’s original research material. But you can also purchase copies directly through the BHP website now, or from all decent comic and book shops.
Over the next couple of weeks, I’ll be posting some original sketches, pencils and pages.
I’ll also be signing copies of Freedom Bound at the BHP booth N729 this Saturday 27th October at the forthcoming MCM London Comic Con from 1pm. See you then?!
You wait all this time for a book by Warren Pleece (you do, don’t you?!) and then two come along at the same time!
First off, collecting the recent Berger Books/ Dark Horse prequel series Incognegro Renaissance, written by Mat Johnson, edited by Karen Berger, designed by Richard Bruning and drawn by me, comes this little beaut.
Incognegro Renaissance, set during the Harlem Renaissance several years before the original Incognegro A Graphic Mystery, follows the adventures of cub reporter Zane Pinchback as he passes as white for the first time to investigate the suspicious death of black writer, Xavier Mignon.
As relevant and as page-turning as the original, you can get hold of a copy from all decent comic and book shops now, or online via the Dark Horse website here.
Phoenix Open Studios this weekend
As part of this month’s Brighton Fringe Festival and Brighton’s Open Studios, I’ll be opening up my studio space at the Phoenix Brighton this weekend and tonight from 6-9 pm. Come see how I grin in the face of deadlines!
All details are above in the flyer.
Incognegro: Renaissance parts 2 and 3
In advance of the imminent release of Incognegro Renaissance issue 4 next week, I thought I’d post some belated process drawings of the covers for issue s 2 and 3, both of which are out now, available from Berger Books/ Dark Horse Comics and in all good comic shops, written by the ever smokin’ Mat Johnson and drawn and greyed up by moi! Follow the links below to see a preview of the interior art from each page-turning episode…
Out today in all good comic stores, the brand new Incognegro Renaissance, a 5 part prequel to the recently reprinted Incognegro graphic novel, once again written by Mat Johnson and drawn by me. It’s also one of the first of four new mini-series to come from Karen Berger’s new Dark Horse Comics imprint, Berger Books.
There’s been a lot of reviews and interviews for both the new series and the original book recently, but here’s a link to the most recent from yesterday’s Comics Beat feature that also includes several preview pages from the story.
I’ll be posting soon about the inspiration for the cover design for Renaissance, but in the meantime, I’ve included a couple of versions of the first cover, from pencils to inks.
Until next time…
Incognegro: A Graphic Mystery new edition
Out today through the new Dark Horse Comics Berger Books imprint, the tenth anniversary reprint of Incognegro: A Graphic Mystery, written by the excellent Mat Johnson with art by me.
Here’s a link to the new Incognegro trailer https://youtu.be/NDF-5sWLZzY
Really pleased that this book has finally got back into print and really pleased to be have been able to enhance the original artwork for the new edition. On top of that, I’m working again with the great Karen Berger as senior editor of Berger Books and Richard Bruning on design duties for the first time since working at Vertigo. The book is
Tomorrow also sees the release of the new 5 part prequel series, Incognegro: Renaissance once again written by Mat and drawn by me, timed to coincide with the original reprint. More on that tomorrow. In the meantime, here’s some sample stages of the new cover to Graphic Mystery.
The Ballad of Franklin Bonisteel – Free Comic Book Day
As part of this Saturday’s Free Comic Book Day, May 6th, comes this little gem, The Ballad of Franklin Bonisteel, from my old Life Sucks partner, Gabe Soria, drawn by me for Z2 comics. Not only is this a one-off companion piece to Gabe’s new Murder Ballad series, but it also comes with a free download link to an exclusive cover of Leadbelly’s ‘In the Pines’ by the Black Keys front man, Dan Auerbach and Robert Finley. If you like your Noir 70s and quirky, check it out. It’s bloody free!
Surgeon X Trial and Error
To coincide with the digital release of my work on Sara Kenney‘s Surgeon X short story, Trail and Error, published by Image Comics and backed by the Royal Society of Chemistry, I’ll be taking part in a Facebook Live event tomorrow, Wednesday May 3rd with writer, Sara and Chemical Scientist, Jess Healy from 15.00 PM.
I’ll be drawing some of the characters from the story during the broadcast and there’ll be a chance for interested viewers to win the original artwork after a Q and A.
More details here.
You can buy a copy of Trail and Error right now from Comixology
Doctor Who the 12th Doctor- The Boy with the Displaced Smile
I’m breaking with several months of blog silence (pardon me!) by posting a ton of info about some of my new and upcoming releases. This week sees the release of my one-off 12th Doctor Doctor Who story, written by very talented James Peaty, coloured by the peeps at Hi-Fi and published by Titan Comics. More info here.
More news next week…