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.
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!
This Friday sees ‘The Return of Old Whassisface‘, part 2 in the Alby Figgs nail-biting thriller ‘Get Figgsey!’, and as you can see from this sneak preview, it’s not looking good for the Albster, but is everyone’s favourite (?) codger just off his ‘Senior Spesh’ or is there more afoot than JG’s refried ‘Hash-U-Like’? Be sure to tune in Friday.
Yes, he’s back! Everyone’s favourite (?!) 70-something human-natterbox,Alby Figgs, in brand new seven part edge-of-your-pants weekly serial, ‘Get Figgsey!’ this Friday at the Alby website. What’s more, this seven part run sees a temporary return to glorious old-school black and white (with a bit of grey on the sidies).
In the first episode, ‘Death in Aisle Three’, Alby brushes up to an unwanted old acquaintance amongst the baked beans and non-perishable goods at his local supermarket. From there, it’s thrills-a-plenty as everything starts to go pear-shaped in true ‘Arry Palmer stylee.
Out today 21st January from Titan Comics, issue 7 of the brand new Doctor Who The Eleventh Doctor series, written by Rob Williams and drawn by me. The concluding second part of this two-parter, written by Al Ewing, will follow in a few weeks time. In the meantime, I thought I’d include some of my black and white pre-lettered originals alongside the final coloured versions.
This has been another dream job for me, drawing the Doc, countless spaceships and alternative worlds, not that far removed from my 12 year old self’s ‘job description’ back in the day, with the plus of not having to go to a depressing 1970s school.
I’m currently starting work on another two part story for issues 12 and 13.
Below, a copy of the cover for issue 7 by Mariano Laclaustra.
Look who turned up in the post last week! In my cold, scratched hands, I’m chuffed to say the new Alby Figgs book, graphic novel, illustrated narrative compendium, bumper summertime special (however you like to call your comics these days), will be on sale next month from the brilliant Blank Slate Books. Collecting strips from Alby’s first year (season 1?!) previously aired on the Alby Figgs website, in a new format and with some additional material, it’s a gorgeously produced package aided by that master of sharpie comic book design, Woodrow Phoenix, who’s book jackets always match the sharpness of his dinner jackets.
Regale over Alby classics like Diagnosis, Deaf, Figgsy Pudding, Edwin Druid, the Freudian Gutbuster and many, many more.
Remember, you can catch up with brand new adventures from the Albster online, every first Friday.
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!
‘Completely demented … Montague Terrace functions both as a time machine and as a repository of dreams/nightmares’, The Observer/ The Guardian
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 thingsMontague 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!
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.