The Guardian: 10 Years Of NGJ Interview

I was on the Guardians Tech Weekly a couple of weeks back to “celebrate” the 10 years of New Games Journalism and everything else.

They’ve lobbed up the whole interview onto their sound-cloud, so if you fancy an hour of talking about everything to do with games, comic and life generally, this is a fun one. People often do ask me a bit about my background, and this covers a lot of the major beats, including where I come from intellectually, speaking.

Fun, basically. Would do again, though would have to write another manifesto and wait 10 years first.

(I’m also going to get around to posting the speech I made on the event itself at some point. Probably will wait until next week.)

The Wicked & The Divine

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What are Jamie and I doing after leaving Young Avengers? We’re doing this, just announced at the Image Expo. The first interview here. Example quote, which sums up the core of the book…

Every 90 years or so, eleven gods incarnate in the bodies of the young. They are charismatic and brilliant. They stand before crowds, speak in tongues, and send them into rapture. They’re rumoured to perform secretive miracles. They save people’s lives, either metaphorically or literally.

They are loved. They are hated. They are brilliant.

Within two years, they’re dead.

That’s our cast. People with enormous gifts who only get to be on this Earth for a scant few years. The story joins with the majority of the gods returned to Earth – from Baal to Sekhmet, from Minerva to The Morrigan. Our lead, Laura, is a devotee. She loves them. She loves all of them. They make her feel alive like nothing else.

Laura wants more. She’s not happy with being a fan. She wants to be one of them, even if it comes with that cost.

And then she meets Lucifer.

Lucifer has a certain problem.

They help each other out.

Basically, it’s a superhero comic for anyone who loves Bowie as much as Batman.

It’s an ongoing. Out Summer this year. Interview includes much more stuff, including what it means for Phonogram (in short: things remain exactly as I’ve been saying for the last few months). 

Heres the in-progress spotify playlist. Here’s the image inspiration blog. Lots more to come. 

Just because you’re immortal doesn’t mean you’re going to live forever.

NYCC Schedule

I’m somewhat busy at this New York Comic Con. Instead of a straight chronology, I’m going to break it down according to type of “thing” and include the address so you can find them properly. This interactive map is pretty neat if you need some help.


THINGS OF MINE TO BUY

There’s two main things that will be new at the show. They are…

THREE #1
My much-mentioned new comic with Ryan Kelly and Jordie Bellaire. It’s a historical story about the Spartan slave hunts. It’s in the shops on Wednesday, but there’s an exclusive edition for New York Comic Con that you can buy at the Image Booth (1444).

UBER VOLUME ONE EXTENDED HARDCOVER
The collection of the first six issues (which is seven issues worth of comics). It also includes 160 pages of extra behind the scenes material, which is scripts, interviews, notes, stuff and things. It’s enormous and beautiful and you can buy it at the Avatar Booth (1920).

PANELS
Being places where you can see me sitting at the front of a room, being uncomfortable. Full details through the click-through link.

Friday 11th
12:15 – Image: Behind The Creations Panel (1A14)

Saturday 12th

12:30 – Avatar Press Uncut Panel (1A23)
1:15pm – Inhumanity & All-new Marvel Now panel (1A06)
1:30 – Uber Unveiled Panel (1A01)

Fans of close reading may note this is somewhat (er) cramped. Basically a bunch of crossed wires lead to some cross-over. Basically, I’ll be leaving the Inhumanity panel after half an hour to go join the Uber panel 15 minutes late. Caanan and William will be holding the fort for the first fifteen minutes on the Uber panel.

Sunday 13th
11am – Marvel Unlimited Tickets Only Panel (1A08)
12pm – Marvel House Of Ideas Panel (1A22)

SIGNINGS
As you’ll see from below, Avatar is basically my home base for the con. If I’m not anywhere else, the best place to try and find me would be the Avatar booth.

In terms of signing, I’ll basically sign anything I’ve written. If you bring a lot of comics and there’s a queue, I’ll normally sign 5 or so, and then ask if it’s okay to go to the back of the line and loop around. If it’s quiet or you’ll wait long enough, I’ll sign anything. Worth noting that for signings times to promote a specific book (The Image and Avatar ones) I’ll have to prioritize people who are buying stuff, otherwise I will be attacked by a publisher with an axe, and rightly so.

Thursday 10th
4-6 Avatar Signing (1920)
6-7 Image Signing (1444)

Friday 11th
10-11 – Avatar Signing (1920)
2-3 – Avatar Signing (1920)
3-4 – Image Signing (1444)
5-6 – Marvel Signing (1354)

Saturday 12th
10-11 – Avatar Signing (1920)
11-12 Image Signing (1444)
2:30-3:45 – Avatar Signing (1920)
5:30-7pm – Avatar Signing (1920)

Sunday 13th
10-11 Avatar Sighing (1920)
2-3 Avatar Signing (1920)
3-4 Marvel Signing (1354)

I DON’T CARE ABOUT YOU! WHAT ABOUT RYAN KELLY! SHE’S BEAUTIFUL! SHE’S KILLING IT!

Ryan’s with me at the Image signings, so you can get her signature there. She also has her own table at CC1 in Artist’s Alley. Go say hello.

YOUNG AVENGERS COSPLAY MEET UP?
Editor Supreme Lauren’s asked me to see if I can arrange this, as she’s looking to wave a camera in people’s directions to immortalise their beauty and/or try and encourage you to manoeuvre me inside an enormous wicker man for a nice little burn-me-alive.

I’m going to suggest Young Avengers cosplay meeting at Stephanie Hans’ table (L5) in Artist’s Alley at 4pm on the Saturday. Come along. It will be a fun time.

RIP

My dad died last night.

A throat cancer thought beat ended up to have quietly migrated to the brain. While much along the way was hard, the end was as peaceful as it could be. He died as he always wanted to, with his family around him.

The anecdote I most tell about my Dad is that when he was first told that my Mum was pregnant, his immediate response was to go out and buy a book about how to play football as a gift. When finally old enough to look at it, I loved it and as a tiny child, and followed the implicit message. Dad wants me to read.

When I use it, I’m aware some people – especially people from more middle-class backgrounds – are reading a little too much into it. Yes, Dad loved football in a way I never have. He was a man who’d paint the garage door blue and adorn it with an Everton logo whenever they did well, and I’m someone who only really learned to watch a game after playing Sensible Soccer a bunch. But of course he wanted me to read. He was never anything other than a supportive and brilliant Dad to both me and my brother, now matter how weirdly geeky we both were. And there was always Motown, always, always.

As a writer, i’ve talked about having a natural affinity with villains. There’s lots of source material for villains, I joke-not-really-joking.

But whenever I write someone with bravery, decency, and an intrinsic overwhelming altruism towards anyone in need, I’m aware I’m writing my Dad. He was one of the few heroes I’ve ever met.

I was extraordinarily lucky to have been his son.

Young avengers 5 writer notes

Just hammered this out before heading out to the con. Excuse any typos, as I’ve not exactly proofed it.

Spoilers, obv.
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My 1000 Word Keynote

My keynote for the 1000 Words Conference is up. It’s 20 minutes of brain-download, processed insecurity, the wisdom of friends and everything. It’s the stuff people never talk about in the “How do you break into a field” talks. It’s got art from comics I never ended up doing. It’s me saying Keats when I meant Yeats AGAIN. It’s me probably mis-reading Satre. It’s about the genuinely important stuff.

Hope you enjoy it and/or can understand my accent.

(You should also go listen to the rest when you get a chance.)

New York Comic Con Schedule

I’m actually having a relatively quiet con. I’m not on a table this year. Instead, you can find me here…

FRIDAY

MARVEL SIGNING:
Time: 11:00am – 12:00pm
Location: The Marvel Booth.

MARVEL NOW PANEL
Time: 1:30 PM – 2:30 PM
Location: Room 1E07

SATURDAY

IMAGE COMICS EXPERIENCE PANEL
Time: 11:00AM – 12:00PM
Location: 1A23

SUNDAY

MARVEL SIGNING:
Time: 3:00pm – 4:00pm
Location: The Marvel Booth.

So do come along and say Hi.

If I get through security and traffic in time, I’m also appearing on the Comic and Musics “thing” at Jim Hanley’s in New York. Details here. From 7 or so.

And – er – that’s it. Honestly, I’m doing more than this. It’s not just me sitting in pubs all day. Honestly.

September Solicitations

Yeah, this is a big month. Full solicits here!

Firstly, it’s the body of EVERYTHING BURNS. Matt and I are co-plotting all of this together, while taking the scripting duties on their own books (though there’s some scenes in each issue which are going to the other person, as appropriate, and a whole bunch of minor tweaking). And, because some people have presumed that it’s going to be okay to just follow one book, I’d stress that it’s one big whole story.

THE MIGHTY THOR #19 & 20
MATT FRACTION (w) • ALAN DAVIS (a/C)
ISSUE #20 VARIANT COVER BY Stephanie Hans
ISSUE #19 – EVERYTHING BURNS, Part 3
• Surtur’s all-consuming fire rages across the nine worlds as Thor and Loki go on the run!
• Who will lead Asgardia?
• What vile secret hides at the heart of the war between the Asgardians and Vanir?
ISSUE #20 – EVERYTHING BURNS, Part 5
• Surtur’s forces reach Asgardia itself!
• Thor — trapped in the underworld!
• The truth about Loki — finally revealed!
32 PGS. (EACH)/Rated T+ …$3.99 (EACH)

JOURNEY INTO MYSTERY #643 & 644
Kieron Gillen (w) • CARMINE DI GIANDOMENICO (a)
CoverS by ALAN DAVIS
ISSUE #643 – EVERYTHING BURNS, Part 4
ISSUE #644 – EVERYTHING BURNS, Part 6
• With the nine realms aflame and Asgardia besieged on all sides, a desperate Loki journeys into the heart of Surtur’s fiery kingdom to…parlay?
32 PGS. (EACH)/Rated T+ …$2.99 (EACH)

And then…

UNCANNY X-MEN #18 & 19
Kieron Gillen (w) • RON GARNEY (a/C)
Issue #18 – AVX #11 TIE-IN!
•Cyclops and Emma have supreme power and it threatens to tear them apart.
Issue #19 – AVX #12 TIE-IN
•An unmissable issue for X-Men fans.
32 PGS. (EACH)/Rated T+ …$3.99 (EACH)

KISSING!

And then…

Avx: Vs #6 (of 6)
KIERON GILLEN & VARIOUS (w) • JIM CHEUNG & VARIOUS (a)
Cover BY JIM CHEUNG • Fight Variant Cover by STUART IMMONEN
• The premiere AVX tie-in comes to a rip-roaring conclusion!
• SCARLET WITCH VS. HOPE straight out of AVX #12!
• And two fights weren’t enough for the last issue, so we packed in as many fights and fan-favorite characters as possible!
• Mini fights from the best creators in the business! Jeph Loeb, Arthur Adams, Stuart and Kathryn Immonen, Jason Aaron and many others!
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99

FIGHTING!

There’s also a whole bunch of trades of my stuff out. Softbacks of JOURNEY INTO MYSTERY: THE TERRORISM MYTH and UNCANNY X-MEN: FEAR ITSELF, as well as the hardback of the third post-relaunch UNCANNY X-MEN trade. And also some stuff in anthology trades. And similar!

Oh, look at the whole list. Go forth!

The Jam Trap Available (+ Launch Party)

Chrissy Williams’s (aka Delightful Wife) first poetry pamphlet is now available. It looks like this!

It’s a sequence of 24 prose-poems, extended from the original much shorter digital chapbook, illustrated by 24 comics artists. Cutting and pasting from Chrissy’s site: “John Aggs, Lizz Lunney, Meiron Jones, Sarah McIntyre, Ellen Lindner, Laurenn McCubbin, Julia Scheele and many more”. It’s probably best to buy it directly from the Publisher, though if you ignore the “Temporarily Out Of Stock” sigh, you can apparently order it from Amazon (and get shafted on the P&P. I’d really go to the publisher).

“Sequence of Prose Poems” is probably putting you off. It’s funny, accessible, humane and smart stuff about technology, relationships, cold ovens and scotch eggs. To be sickening, I’m crazy proud of her for all of this. You want to own it.

Also, if you’re in London on Tuesday March 6th (i.e. The day that’s started an hour or so after I’ve posted this) you can come to the launch party. It’s at the Phoenix Artist’s Club between Leicester Square and Tottenham Court Road (map). People will be there with thematically appropriate Jammy Dodgers from 7, but there will be reading from 8. And then drinking, because that’s how poets roll, apparently. Here’s the facebook event page, with more details.

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