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…

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Incognegro Renaissance

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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.

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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.

Artwork by Claudia Ianniciello

More news next week…

Alby Figgs Final Episode!

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Yes, the time has finally come to wave the old codger goodbye (or is it au revoir? Or is it g’day?!) with the latest and last episode of ongoing (not anymore) street-sage melodrama, Alby Figgs. Episode 100 of the seemingly never ending saga is finally here!

Take to the ‘Blue Skies’ with the Albster for one last trip right here http://wp.me/p2xlpi-80

I’d like to thank everyone of you for enjoying (?!), putting up with/ supporting my intermitent frivolities and wish you a safe and positive new year despite the shite-load of crap currently being shovelled onto human and animal kind at the mo.

Look out for new regular strips coming in the new year via warrenpleece.com and pleecebrothers.com.

Phoenix Open Studios

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All this weekend, I’m opening up my studio as part of The Phoenix’s Open Studios and the Brighton Festival Fringe. Come see artwork from Montague Terrace, Alby Figgs, The Great Unwashed, DC Vertigo titles, Doctor Who, Zom-B and loads more. And don’t forget to check out all five floors of the amazing artist’s studio spaces and the current exhibitions on the ground floor while you’re at it.

My studio is 1N2 on the first floor near the office.

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Phoenix is located in Brighton at 10–14 Waterloo Place
Brighton BN2 9NB, and the studios are open from 11-5, Saturday and Sunday. More details here.

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Press and Release 2016/ Stories About Stories exhibition at The Phoenix Gallery, Brighton

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As part of the Stories About Stories exhibition at the Phoenix Gallery, Brighton, I’m showing original artwork from Montague Terrace alongside a specially painted life size portrait of land-locked sea captain, Jebediah, from The Shipping Forecast story (see above and below deck).

The exhibition, in the South Gallery at Phoenix, featuring locally based and Phoenix studio artists (me since last July), is running alongside the new Press and Release 2016 exhibition in the main gallery, ‘Technology and the Evolution of the Artist’s Book’, curated by Maddy Rosenberg.

The show is open from 30th April till 12th June and is free!

Phoenix Brighton is at:

10–14 Waterloo Place
Brighton BN2 9NB
East Sussex
UK

Click the links for opening details, artists involved and related talks.

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The Great British Graphic Novel Exhibition

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Me and baby bro, Gary are very happy to be part of The Cartoon Museum’s excellent new exhibition, The Great British Graphic Novel open today and running until the 24th July at 35 little Russell Street, London WC1A 2HH. Featuring the work of such greats as “William Hogarth, Kate Charlesworth, Dave Gibbons, Martin Rowson, Posy Simmonds, Bryan and Mary Talbot and many others”.

And a big thank you to Paul Williams, Anita O’Brien and everyone else involved in putting on the exhibition and last week’s private view.