Special thanks to comic artist Dave Broughton who drew this picture of me looking surprisingly youthful. And with an old-school typewriter to match!
Ragtime Soldier follows the tradition of my anti-war saga Charley’s War. It focuses on the Battle of Loos, where Scottish losses were heavy. And Dundee’s in particular.
Given that I’ve just written a new Great War story (Ragtime Soldier, in collaboration with Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design and University of Dundee), I think it’s time I revisited the public lecture I gave at the University of Liverpool in 2014 on how Charley’s War was a challenge to the revisionist spin we have been experiencing in the years leading up to, and during, the centenary of the Great War.
Check out Ian Ashcroft’s art for Hellbreaker, including a blinding title page! Plus: a showcase for other great art that didn’t make the cut for Space Warp.
SNEAK PREVIEW OF OPENING FRAME OF XECUTIONERS BY GARETH SLEIGHTHOLME
Our two cop heroes wear ‘smart aprons’ and masks to protect them from enemy bio-hackers and Xtraterrestrials.
This is ADE HUGHES title page for SF1. Combined with his designs for the characters and other comic action pages that I’ve seen, Ade is definitely the right artist for this future war group saga featuring a team of humans, aliens, and robots fighting a sinister enemy and giant bacteria on Crater (the planet formerly known as Earth).
This is Page One from FUTANT. It’s a nickname for Future Mutants. However the Futants’ critics who hate and fear them also refer to these super-powered beings as F*cking Mutants! So it can have two meanings…
Two images of De La Rue, the Infernal, from Hellbreaker by Ian Ashcroft are shown below. Ian also submitted a great action page of De La Rue up against the cops who have been specially assigned to take the Hellbreaker down. I’ve always been so impressed by Ian’s comic art so I was thrilled that he wanted to draw Hellbreaker. As you can see, he’s cracked it!
A quick update of where we’re at on Space Warp. I’m working on the final draft of Hellbreaker this week, then all six stories will be ready. Two are currently assigned, so I’ve four stories still looking for an artist!
On submissions, there are some styles to avoid which I’ve mentioned before, but it bears repeating.
There’s been an incredible response to my post about the far from royal royalties on ‘The Crown Jewels’ – the Slaine Horned God series that launched the 2000AD Hachette Ultimate editions.
7,000 reads is an astonishing figure! It compares with several hundred reads that I normally receive on my posts.
Read more... Buy now Read more... Buy now Read more... Buy now SPACE WARP May 2019 © Pat Mills SPACE WARP VIDEO DIARIES – 3 The unveiling of first Xecutioners art by Gareth Sleightholme! https://youtu.be/yi5w5jKu9hwGetting ready to work on the final draft...
You may have seen from my Space Warp posts that my future one-shot comic has two broad objectives:
First, to encourage new talent and second, to prove the viability of a proper copyright deal based on the French comics industry standard (the best in the world). As opposed to the archaic British ‘all rights’ model, which has nearly destroyed British adventure comics and continues to harm the industry by not attracting or retaining top talent, or encouraging creators to give of their very best. As a result, as several comic readers have described it recently, ‘Comics are eating themselves.’