Three/Uber Forbidden Planet Signing, April 10th

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As in, Tomorrow. I probably should have mentioned this earlier, eh?

Anyway! As THREE came out this week, and UBER’s TPB a week or two back, Forbidden Planet has invited me to do an hour signing at their London Megastore. That’s at 179 Shaftesbury Avenue, WC2H 8JR, and between 6 and 7pm. The THREE edition is actually a bookplate edition, with a lovely Ryan drawing. Come along and say Hi.

More details here, though worth stressing that at the time of writing there’s a few errors in terms of content.

Out This Week: THREE TPB & Iron Man 24

A little late for this, as I was off in the belly of the Dragon Marvel. However…

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The collection of the THREE series by Ryan Kelly, Jordie Bellaire, Clayton Cowles and myself. Plus historical excellence by Professor Stephen Hodkinson. Three helot slaves on the run from 300 of the greatest warriors the world have ever known. The edition includes the conversation between Stephen and myself, a new set of annotations, concept art, process pages and similar things. It’s a beautiful single volume, and it’s one of the things I’m proudest of having been able to do. I also suspect it may make a nice gift. Go gets, or at least have a flick. As well as your local comic or mail-order retailer, you’ll be able to get it at Amazon and all the usual suspects shortly. And obv you can get it digitally.

I’ll be doing a post about it later, but I’m also doing a signing for it and UBER Vol 1 at the London Forbidden Planet on Friday.

Meanwhile…

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Tony’s mission to the realm of the Dark Elves goes badly wrong. Lots of culture clash joy here, I think. As well as shops, it’s available digitally, and the Preview is here.

On Sale: Uber Special #1, Origin II 4 and Uber Vol 1

Busy week.

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Let’s go with this first. It’s our first Uber Annual, which is a third longer than the usual comic, a third more expensive and forms three short stories on a theme. Basically, it’s us finally digging into the background of the three Battleships.

You know? This includes some of the most horrific material in Uber – Siegfried’s story is incredibly difficult reading for me, let alone anyone else – but it’s also one of the better single issues of the whole thing. If you want to try out Uber, I suspect this may be a good single issue to grab to see where we are with it at the moment, especially if you bounced off it earlier on. Also has the first non-Caanan art, courtesy of Gabriel Andrade and Daniel Gete. Strong stuff all around by them.

Here’s some preview art and if you don’t get stuff from comic shops, you can buy a digital issue here.

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Almost as dark is the penultimate issue of ORIGIN II. None of this comes from a cheery headspace, to say the least. Adam and Frank do exemplary work here, and we’re in that point in the story where we just start showing our hand a little, and then a lot.

There’s a preview here. You can get it via your local shop, or Comixology.

Oh!

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Also, the long awaited first paperback collection of Uber is out today. It’s issue 0-5, which is basically seven issues of content. And this is dark too.

Dark week. I miss Young Avengers and smiling.

Out Today: Iron Man 23 and YOUNG AVENGERS: MIC-DROP AT THE EDGE OF TIME AND SPACE

While the title of the Third YA trade certainly takes top billing here, tradition dictates single issues go first…

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A new arc RINGS OF THE MANDARIN is basically Iron Man vs Malekith the Accursed, with the Mandarins Rings flying around in the mix. It’s basically black-ops culture clash stuff, and me throwing Tony into areas he’s particularly uncomfortable with. Also, brings Dark Angel over from Revolutionary War. If you like my stuff playing around in the Thor corners of Marvel, I suspect you’d like this.

Preview here. You can buy it from your local shop or via digital electro shops.

And…

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Yes, I can’t quite believe we went with that Title. Still, it’s very much our Mic-drop, ending Young Avengers v2 on our own terms and having a bunch of fun with friends along the way. With the three trades out, basically I can just… relax. There we go. Take all three trades, stick them together on the shelf and toast goodbye to 2013. Love to everyone. It was a time.

You can get it from your local shop or any comic online retailer, or pre-order from something like Amazon US/UK as bookshops take a little longer to get copies.

Writer Notes: THREE #5

As I’ve just been signing off on the trade, let’s do some final notes here. Spoilers, obv.
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London Super Comic Con

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London Super Comic Con is this weekend. I’m there, at the Avatar booth, basically the whole time. Come and say “Hi” if you’re about. You can say more than “Hi” if you like. It’s just a traditional opening. We can wing it from there

Details here.

Out Today: Uber 10

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One thing out today, and it’s the penultimate issue of Uber’s first year. This brings the focus back on the Western Front, and Britain Specifically. Back on the R&D front, really. Also includes nudity, Battleships having dinner chat, Stephanie being drenched in Ennui while smoking, Churchill drenching himself in Scotch, Hitler being a bad dinner host and lots more. The above cover is the wrap-around one, but you can see the other editions over here.

You can buy it from your local comic shop or via Comixology when it updates. Which will be (ooh) soon, but I’m out for the rest of the day celebrating my anniversary of lady-wed. You can handle it.

DECOMPRESSED 027: BECKY CLOONAN ON BY CHANCE OR PROVIDENCE

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In this very special podcast, I’m joined by Eisner-award winner Becky Cloonan.

Becky’s career dances between what we could term the mainstream and what we could term the alternative, never resting, never finding a home, but never once seeming uncomfortable. I’ve loved her since the Jennie Zero graphic novel with Brian Wood, and never done anything to make me feel otherwise about her work. Today, we’re talking about her self-published trilology of short comics – Wolves, The Mire and Demeter, which are being collected into an expanded hardback under the name By Chance Or Providence.

However, I do warn you, This really is a very special podcast in a very real and not particularly complimentary way. The skype recording went amazingly haywire, randomly double-tracking Becky and losing me for ten minutes at a time, before returning to normal. I’ve actually done a massive editing job, re-interjecting questions and similar. It just about hangs together.

Just about.

The three minicomics are available to buy directly from Becky, as well as digitally through comixology . Also the expanded collection of all three is available to Pre-order presently.

You can download the podcast from here. Its webpage RSS page is here. And you can find it on Itunes here.

Or you could use this handy little embed.

Study Aids

WOLVES

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One of the front pages for Wolves. Immediately the mood is set. I love the complicity in the fourth-wall breaking.

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The first image of the story proper, and a flash forward.

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The furthest-forward in time sequences.

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Close on the alternative art style for the flashback sequence to the earliest periods.

THE MIRE
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First image in the Mire. One bit I lost in the recording was talking about how the neutrality of this is very understated first time through the book, which alters with later knowledge. White space is key here.

The Mire Collage
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The much-discussed collage/romance sequence.

DEMETER
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The image in Demeter before the story. Way to set the mood, y’know?

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Dialogue behind windows.

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The segue from the shh of the sea to “Shush”.

THINGS MENTIONED?
Pre-order for By Chance Or Providence
Selkies!

Our theme tune? Los Campesinos’ We Are Beautiful, We Are Doomed.

Writer Notes: Uber 9

As issue 10 must be inching closer to release, let’s have a nose at issue 9. Spoilers, obv.
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Iron Man 22 Out

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Yes, late in the day for this, but if shops are still open where you are, you can buy IRON MAN 22 today, which is the conclusion of IRON METROPOLITAN. Fights! Denouements! Surprise Villains! New Armour! Stuff! And if shops aren’t open where you are, you can go tomorrow and/or buy it digitally.

Preview here.