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 Britainproject.
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?!
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.
In advance of the imminent release of Incognegro Renaissanceissue 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…
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.