This week on the blog, the big story is the big picture above.
As well as the already-blogged Worrywart, my upcoming one-shot comic Rock Bottom has just been announced by the publisher Fair Spark Books. Don’t worry, it’s not as depressing as the title suggests.
This is a new project by me and Wendy Muldon, another fantastic artist I linked up with via The Comic Jam. You can see more of her work on the webcomic Briarworld, or long-standing followers of my postings may remember her from our Jam one-pager Other Dimensions.
And… that’s the origin story of our working together, really. After being wowed by her work on Other Dimensions, I really wanted to work on something else with her, and tailor it aggressively towards what worked about that comic.
And so we have Rock Bottom, the story of the titular spaceship (also a rock) piloted by two aliens, trying to save planets both from being devoured by a gigantic ghostly being and extorted by the establishment for overpriced ghost repellent strategies. It’s a little bit Robin Hood, with an added edge of quick, zippy adventure and, well, flat-out surrealism.
And it’s landed with Fair Spark, a UK-based publisher who produce lots of cool all-ages comics and (with their partner charity Little Heroes) do great stuff to get comics into the hands of kids. They’ve always been very supportive of my stuff and it’s great to finally get to work with them.
As you can tell from the extract above, Wendy’s gone to another level with the art on Rock Bottom, especially the colours. It’s been a long time coming, but worth every minute.
And now, as a small bonus treat, here’s some inks from a future page which appeared in my monthly newsletter recently. (Subscribe now to see more early previews etc.) Yes, there’s space adventure and corridor battles against mysterious creatures, but what else is important in Rock Bottom?
Yes, you guessed it, weighing rocks.