Out Today: Phonogram: The Immaterial Girl #4 and Vader Down #1


And we take a detour from the horror of Emily to check in on some of the extended cast in the Phonoverse, and see what they’ve been up to. This was fun, while being just as odd as most of Immaterial Girl. I suspect it may be bewildering to people who haven’t read a certain 00s indie comic, but as that indie comic sold about fifty million times as much as Phonogram ever did, I suspect that won’t be a major problem.

You can buy from your local shop, or digitally from Comixology or direct from Image. There’s a preview here.


I didn’t actually script this one, but as it’s the first part of the story we plotted together, definitely worth mentioning. This is the big Star Wars event Jason and I are writing, where Darth Vader gets down and throws shapes in a nightclub, wait, I may have misunderstood.

It’s available from your local shop or digitally.

Here’s some other relevant things recently too!

Darth Vader 12 and The Wicked + The Divine 16 came out.Here’s the writer notes for The Wicked + the Divine 16.And here’s my notes on this year’s amazing Thought Bubble.

Videobrains Christmas

I’m one of the speakers at the Christmas Videobrains on December 12th. Tickets available now.

My talk is called HISTORY AS WRITTEN BY THE LOSERS which is my own alternative and 100% true cultural history of British Games Development. An oral history, with a heavy stressing on Edge-baiting, class warfare and the word “oral”.

It will be funny. It will not be joking.

Recent Comics Out

Due to travel, I haven’t been updating the workblog, rather using the tumblr. So here’s a round-up of stuff recently out you may be interested in grabbing.

Firstly, the big trade of the period…


The collection of the first six issues of STAR WARS: DARTH VADER.

Vader is set between A NEW HOPE and EMPIRE STRIKES BACK. It’s basically the fall and rise of Darth Vader. At the end of episode 4, he was one of the few survivors of the greatest military disaster of all time for the Empire – the destruction of the Death Star. At the start of Episode 5, he’s more powerful than he ever was before. This basically explores that character journey, as well as having all the meaty Vader moments that we’ve never actually seen. You know – realising that he’s got a son, that the last 20 years of his life has been a life, etc.

The aim of this is basically to appeal to anyone who’s ever loved Star Wars. If that’s you, I think you’ll dig it.

You can get it from your local comic shop, bookshops (Amazon) or digitally.


We’re joined by Stephanie Hans for Amaterasu, where the pantheon gather to deal with the (er) drama of issue 13. Look at me, trying to avoid spoilers. Good to finally get to Amaterasu – for a character that is a core image of the series, actually making it more explicit what she’s about has been delayed. Plus a back up by Jamie and Matt, where we finally get to see Brunhilde in costume. 

You can get it from your local comic shop, or digitally either from Comixology or direct from Image. There’s a preview here.


Half way through THE IMMATERIAL GIRL, and we just basically get weirder and weirder. Includes a bit which was meant to come out before Young Avengers, so the sequence in YA which is a bit like it was meant to be a homage. Also, shouting. Lots of shouting. EVERY NOW AND THEN WE FALL APARt.

B-side by Christian Wildgoose and Andre Me, involving dancing to MCR, as you do.

You can buy from your local shop, or digitally from Comixology or direct from Image. There’s a preview here.


Finally, the penultimate part of DARTH VADER’s second arc as the jaws start to close around Vader’s accomplices. Plus, Triple-Zero plays Holochess badly and/or murderously.

It’s available from your local comic shop or digitally. Preview here.

NYCC: Team WicDiv Schedule



You can find us at X1 and X2 in Artist’s Alley. That is here…


We will be there as much as we can. There is specific signing times below when all of the Team will be there, which are good times to come and see us. Times outside of these, there’s likely to be someone from the team there. At the least, someone should be looking after the table and be willing to sell you stuff. We have books and similar. Plus…


Show exclusive Dionysus shirts. All common sizes, M/F cuts, $25.

(We don’t know what we’ll be doing with any left-over shirts. We’ll see after the con. If you definitely want one, try to speak to someone who is going. We honestly dunno what we’re doing with them, assuming there’s any left at all.)


Our signings can be really incredibly busy. As such, we have to walk a line between our gratitude towards any individual for supporting our work and everyone else who’s waiting. We find the following our best compromise…

  • We’ll sign up to 5 books.
  • If you want us to sign more, you can go to the back of the queue.
  • If you go to the back of the queue enough times, we’ll sign literally anything.
  • If the queue is short, we’ll probably sign more.
  • If our time is short, we may sign less. Otherwise there’s a risk people may not get signed at all.

There’s no fee for signing.


Jamie doesn’t sketch at cons. It is sometimes difficult to stop Kieron doodling. This is perverse, we know, but we’re kind of a perverse team.


To stress what was stated above – there’s normally a fair chance that at least one of us will be at our table. The below are special times for getting all of us, or signings at other places.


9pm – Matt will totally be signing at Midtown Comics.


10:30 – 1:15: Signing at Our Table (Everyone)
2:15 – 3:30: Signing at Our Table (Everyone)

8:00: Signing at Forbidden Planet (Matt Wilson)


10:30 – 11:30: Signing at Our Table (Everyone)
12:00 – 12:45: Marvel Signing (Matt Wilson) – Booth 1354
1:00 – 2:00: Signing at Our Table (Everyone)
3:00 – 3:45: Signing at the Image Booth (Everyone) – Booth 1544
4:00 – 4:45: Signing at the Image Booth (Matt Wilson) – Booth 1544
4:00 – 4:45: Signing at the Marvel Booth (Kieron Gillen) – 1354
4:45 – 5:15: Signing at the Avatar Booth (Kieron Gillen) – 1920


10:30 – 1:00: Signing at Our Table (Everyone)
3:00 – 3:45: Signing at Image Booth (Matt Wilson) – Booth 1544
4:00 – 4:45: Signing at Image Booth (Everyone) – Booth 1544
5:15 – 7:00: Signing at Our Table (Everyone)


10:30 – 12:45: Signing at Our Table (Everyone)
1:00 – 2:00: Signing at Avatar Booth (Kieron) – Booth 1920
4:15 – 5:00: Signing at Our Table (Everyone)


Always good to list these separately.


5:30 PM – 6:30: Avatar Press:  Creativity Unleashed (Kieron) - Room 1A18
Where Kieron presumably has a ramble about his Avatar stuff, and god knows what else.

We should be at the Image Afterparty at some point too.


1:30 — 2:30: Using Tumblr To Sell Your Idea (Kieron) – 1B031
Where Kieron probably do live Meme-Performance art.

2:45 – 3:45: Cup O’Joe Panel (Kieron) – Empire Stage 1-E
The big fancy Marvel Panel where Kieron will probably mumble about Darth Vader.


1:15 - 2:15: Image: Where Creators Own Craft (Matt) - 1A21
Where Matt talks about how he saves our asses on a monthly basis.

2:45 – 3:45: Horrific Visions of the Crossed! (Kieron) 1A01
Where Kieron talks about the horrific visions of the Crossed. Presumably.


9:00 – 6:00 Lying in a hole and just crying and crying and crying and swear we’ll never do this again.

Writer Notes: The Wicked + the Divine 14


Spoilers, obv.


Out Today: Pretty Much Everything

Scheduling is strange this month. It appears all my books are out this week, with nothing in the rest of the month (as far as I’m aware – I admit, I haven’t checked.) So 7.5% of Direct Market Comics is written by me. 

Er… sorry?

THE WICKED + THE DIVINE 14, which is the much discussed oddball one. If we do Making Of stuff in the trade, I suspect there will be a bunch of this. It is a strange one. The strangest thing is that in the end, it looks as coherent as it does. MATT WILSON FOR EISNER, etc, etc.

In this issue, Woden takes you behind the curtain to reveal all, mainly that he’s a shit. But you knew that, right? Plus the alternate cover by none other than the amazing Grimes.

You can get it from your local comic shop, or digitally either from Comixologyor direct from Image

The second part of PHONOGRAM: THE IMMATERIAL GIRL goes straight into its high concept. This one has everything, if by “everything” you mean “Homage!” Plus a B-side story by Jamaica Dyer.

You can buy from your local shop, or digitally from Comixology or direct from Image. 

The third part of Mercury Heat, where Luiza has a lovely time on Mercury and we show off some ludicrous heavy duty exoskeletons.

You can buy it from your local shop or digitally.

Darth Vader tries to solve a crime that he’s actually to blame for while Aphra goes to secure certain information. 000 threatens murder, probably.

It’s available from your local comic shop or digitally. Preview here.

And SIEGE basically does all the exploding. NICK THE FURY versus PRETTY MUCH EVERYTHING! Tragedy! Drama! Chronomines! Robots! Hand-holding! Stuff! Things! 

You can get it from your local comic shop or digitally. There’s a preview here.

And finally, Marguerite and Stephanie take Angela further on the hunt for Faustians, while I team up with Frazer Irving to do 1602 Cloak and Dagger.

You can buy it on Comixology or your local shop. Preview here.

And now I don’t have to do this for a month, and can hang around and eat crisps.

Out Today: Phonogram: The Immaterial Girl #1, Uber #27 and Mercury Heat #2

One more time.

Phonogram was Jamie and my Breakthrough book. Matt joined us on the second volume, and we’ve been having adventures ever since. It’s a book where music is magic. It’s an urban horror-fantasy that works as coded music journalism. It’s warped autobiography. It’s not quite like anything else, while including fragments of lots of other things. The people who love it love it. It is weird as fuck. It remains the ur-text of everything I’ve done in that side of my voice, and arguably where you get a purest burst of us. 

All Phonogram series stand alone. The idea is they work albums. You can jump along here, and everything you need to know is explained. If you’re assuming something is explained elsewhere, it’s because the book is really fucking weird. We never explained it. We’ve always been terribly metaphorical and obscure.

(It does pick up elements from previous volumes, and interlinks nicely with it – but that’s something else. If you want to go back to read the volumes, we’d normally suggest starting with PHONOGRAM: THE SINGLES CLUB, as it’s more accessible.)

Basically with Phonogram, you engulf yourself in it, and it either works for you or doesn’t. 

It works for more people than you’d think. 

In short: give it a try. If you like our stuff, it’s possible this will change your life. At the least, it will be unlike anything else you’ve bought this year, for better or worse.

And I can’t believe we’re allowed to do this again.

In short: The 5 years gap hasn’t left me any less unbearable about Phonogram.

Preview here. You can buy from your local shop, or digitally from Comixology or direct from Image.

And the end of Uber Volume 1. Oddly, not a bad issue to actually pick up by itself – it’s basically the equivalent of those last episodes in a season in Game of Thrones, where it sets up the direction of the next series. Volume 2?s title is revealed in here, plus a lot of reveals, deaths and similar. Busy issue. Hope you find it interesting. Uber is another singular creature, and I can’t quite believe we’ve done this much of it.

Available from your local shop, or Comixology. There’s also a preview in that Comixology link too.

And the second issue of Mercury Heat 2, where Luiza continues her investigations, mainly involving talking and punching. Plus more of the world building. Man!

You can buy it from your local comic shop or digitally. There’s a preview and a link to the free comic book day book in the digital link.

Writer Notes: The Wicked + the Divine 13


Spoilers, obv.


Out Today: The Wicked + The Divine 13, Darth Vader 8 and Siege 2.


We’re joined by Tula for our final introduction to Tara, the secluded member of the Patheon. Also includes a one-pager from Jamie and Matt. This was a hard one to write, but I think it’s worth it. Tula was just astounding.

You can get it from your local comic shop, or digitally either from Comixology or direct from Image. Preview here.


Aphra and bounty-hunters get rich or die trying. Darth Vader gets a new assistant. Also, twists and complications which clearly are going to end well for everyone concerned.

It’s available from your local comic shop or digitally. Preview here.


Kissing, woe, weaponised puns and lots more, in the comic people are calling “Why is it called Siege?”

You can get it from your local comic shop or digitally. There’s a preview here.

How To Stalk Me: Nine Worlds, GOSH and The Big Bang.

I’m being let out the house over the next couple of weeks. Let us gather! Let us be beautiful and/or write names on books and generally do stuff.

NINE WORLDS – Saturday August 8th
Nine Worlds at the Radisson Blu Edwardian at Heathrow is an excellent multi-fandom progressive con that’s now in its third year. I usually describe it as a petri dish for the future of fandom, and I think that still holds. It’s on there for three days, but I’m only attending on the Saturday, and have two official commitments.

Show, Don’t Tell: Wordless Comics – why make wordless comics? What do they represent? – 10.00am – 11.15am, Connaught A
From sign-language to space to animal speech, why make wordless comics and why are they so effective?
Panel with Howard Hardiman, Sarah Gordon, Kieron Gillen, Sally Jane Thompson, Stephen Lacey

Drawing Dinner: Food and Comics: noodles to pizza, why is eating so evocative? – 6.45pm – 8.00pm, Connaught A
Manga is full of food-as-feeling, from domesticity to ceremony. Why does a drawing of the steam rising from hot soup work? What’s the language of food?
Panel with Kieron Gillen, Charlotte Geater, Zoe Burgess, Hazel Southwell

Which are two agreeable oddities.

As I’m there and I know assorted WicDiv sorts will be, I wanted to also do an informal gathering. If people want to meet at 4:30 in the Bijou Bar (Which is the one on the left as you come in) I’ll sign whatever you wish and talk all things to do with anything I’ve written. If too many people turn up, we can go outside and crouch in the sunshine.

I’m big on improvisation. Will be good to see people. I suspect I will be in over candid mode, so think of it as an AMA. In a pub. Because I’m me.

Tickets are still available, both for the weekend as a whole and just for the Saturday. Have a nose at the programme. I suspect if you think you’d like it, you’d like it. And for a tiny minor note which may appeal to some of you, it’s been a big influence on various things in WicDiv – Inanna, especially, and the first Ragnarock Laura went to.

GOSH, LONDON – 12th August, 6-7pm.
Phonogram returns. Jamie and I are doing a signing at GOSH in London. We’ll sign anything, but we have a limit of five books at once. If you want to re-queue, we’ll sign some more. 

THE BIG BANG, DUBLIN – 15th August, 11am-1pm.
As the Big Bang have a lovely new shop, we thought it’d be fun to go over and do a signing. Tula Lotay and myself will be there, which makes it an idea time to get your WicDiv 13?s signed. Details here, though worth noting the exact times may change a little. I think it’ll be more likely to continue longer though.

Anyway – that’s where I’ll be. Come unto me, etc.