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The Modern Frankenstein #3 is Out Today

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I’m now at two weeks after my second jab, so I’m feeling… I’m not sure. But anyhow, today is new comics day, so…

The Modern Frankenstein #3 is Out Now

#3 of my twisted horror romance comic with artist Emma Vieceli, colour artist Pippa Bowland and letterer Simon Bowland is in your comic store now (and you can check out a preview of the first few pages here). You can pre-order #5 from your local comic shop (using Previews code JUN211575) until tomorrow, that is June 24th.  (And the collected edition is out on September 16th.) Here are our two covers for #3.

Cover A by Viceli and Bowland.

Cover B by Kit Buss.

I’m at the ALA Annual Conference Today

If you’re an attendee at the American Library Association Conference, which is digital this year, today (June 23rd) at 2pm CT (8pm BST) I’ll be on a panel with the gang from I Walk With Monsters and the creators of two other horror titles from The Vault. The panel is called ‘Night Falls: Fear, Horror and the Power of Transformation’ and afterwards we’ll all be taking questions from librarians. There may well be video to share later, I’ll of course put it here if so.

Talking About ‘Father’s Day’

The Radio Times online did a piece about my old Doctor Who episode for which I did a quick interview, as did director Joe Ahearne. Check it out.

Doctor Who: The Age of Chaos

Doctor Who: The Age of Chaos is (the last of?) Panini’s collected editions of the Who comic strips from Doctor Who Magazine.  This one rounds up all the remaining uncollected odds and ends, including a lead story by Colin Baker which was originally published as a graphic novel.  And it’s got a strip by me in it, with Lee Sullivan on art, ‘Metamorphosis’, which was originally published in one of the Yearbooks.  There are all the usual lovely extras, including notes from the creative teams, and I was even given the chance to fix the placing of a rogue speech balloon!  It’s out on July 1st, and you can pre-order here.  

Cover by John M. Burns.

I’m Back at Star Trek

#25 of IDW’s Star Trek Year Five comic is the Epilogue to this wonderful series, and for this 36 page special, they’ve invited me back, alongside all the other creators on the run, to contribute a tiny bit to the end. It’ll be out on 28th July and you can pre-order it from your local comic shop until 5th July.

Cover A by Stephen Thompson.

Vote for I Walk With Monsters! (Until tomorrow!)

The Mike Wieringo Comic Book Industry Awards is an annual celebration of the creativity, skill and fun of comics. The nomination ballot is determined by fans and pros alike. If you’ve been enjoying I Walk With Monsters, the fifth issue of which is out next week, please consider voting for us. You can read more about the awards here, and nominate here. Voting is open until tomorrow, 24th June. Thank you!

Rosebud

Rosebud is my forthcoming (on April 26th 2022!) gonzo hard SF novella from Tor.com Publishing. It’s a spaceship book with lots of comedy, lots of science and a bit of wallop. Here’s the blurb:

“The crew of the Rosebud are, currently, and by force of law, a balloon, a goth with a swagger stick, some sort of science aristocrat possibly, a ball of hands, and a swarm of insects. Digitally speaking, that is. The ship has assembled its crew of sentient artificial intelligences to discuss an unusual object picked up by its sensors. They have no idea what this encounter will mean for the fate of all existence. Nor will they remember. The story is a humorous tale in the vein of Douglas Adams with lots to say about choice, reality, programming, and what it means to be a person.”

You can find many more details, including how to order from several US bookstores, here. And if you want to pre-order from Amazon UK, you can do that here.

Here’s the lovely cover.

Cover by Jim Tierney. (The Seanan McGuire blurb is a placeholder from Witches of Lychford.)

Digital Comics Always Updated (Captain Britain!)

Since ComiXology change their offers every week, I’ve gathered all my back catalogue of comics into one place, in UK and US versions of ComiXology, letting you see what’s going cheap this week. Right now there are discounts on my DC, Vampirella and Doctor Who work, and the first volume of my Captain Britain and MI-13 is less than £2.50!

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BCTV Daily Dispatch 19 June 2021: Rick and Morty Return; Doctor's Day

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Sat, 19/06/2021 - 9:37pm in

In today's BCTV Daily Dispatch: Rick and Morty offers a Season 5 preview, Doctor Who star Jodie Whitaker celebrates her birthday, and more.

Doctor Who: Mandip Gill Shares Jodie Whittaker's Birthday Mode Look

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Fri, 18/06/2021 - 4:57am in

With production on Series 13 currently underway, Doctor Who star Mandip Gill shared a look at Jodie Whittaker in full-on birthday mode.

Doctor Who Preview: Alex Kingston's River Song Joins "Time Fracture"

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Wed, 16/06/2021 - 1:34am in

Doctor Who: Time Fracture announced that Alex Kingston's River Song is making a pre-recorded appearance- here's a preview of what to expect.

Doctor Who - Series Seven on Target

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Mon, 14/06/2021 - 9:04pm in

 A bumper crop here for what became the 50th anniversary series. 

To a certain degree, it was two series. The first five episodes aired in late 2012 and saw the departure of Amy and Rory. This led into a Christmas special that introduced for a second time, the new companion Clara. The series returned in Easter 2013 with another introduction for Clara whom this time, we were assured was safe and not liable to die for at least the rest of the series. This run of eight episodes climaxed with the revelation of the retrospectively named 'War Doctor' played by Sir John Hurt. This in turn was followed by the anniversary special in November which in turn was followed a month later by another Christmas special which bade farewell to Matt Smith. 

We never had it so good!

The second batch of eight contained some of my favourite eleventh Doctor stories, 'Cold War', 'Hide' and 'The Crimson Horror' were all high points with the only low point being the disappointing 'Nightmare in Silver', which despite being written by the great Neil Gaiman, felt like a remix of old ideas with some superficial re-colouring. The new Cybermen were cool though. Their looked smoother and more streamlined than the more robotic Cybus versions. It's just a pity they still had that clanky stiff sound effect every time they took a step. 

Here they are anyway. And don't worry, I've no After Party to follow this post.














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Doctor Who - Series Six on Target

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Mon, 14/06/2021 - 12:58am in

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Let's face it. Series six of 'Doctor Who' was a bit of a mess wasn't it. All that stuff with Amy's baby, her kidnapping, her rescue, her baby's kidnapping, her quick recovery over her baby's kidnapping... etc... 

Series six certainly had an ill-thought out story arc. Too much mystery early on with sudden walloping chunks of new information later on. All this with a liberal dose of temporal paradoxes made the whole arc both anticlimactic and uninvolving. I would love to be able to explain the series six story arc but I haven't the energy nor the space to go through in the amount of detail that would be needed to make it intelligible.

Having said that, several of the standalone stories - especially in the second half of the series - were excellent. I loved 'The Girl Who Waited', 'The God Complex' and 'Closing Time'. I hope that shows with these covers although my favourite amongst these is the appallingly titled 'Let's Kill Hitler'. My least favourite Matt Smith episode. I think you can guess why... 














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Titan Cancels Captain Jack/Doctor Who Comic Over John Barrowman

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Sun, 13/06/2021 - 10:57pm in

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Originally listed on Penguin Random House's distribution website, but now deleted, Titan Comics were initially planning a Doctor Who Event comic to run

Doctor Who Shares Amy Pond's Best Moments Video Compilation Part 1

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Sun, 13/06/2021 - 5:37am in

The BBC released an hour-long compilation of Amy Pond’s best moments on Doctor Who on YouTube – and it’s only the first part!

Doctor Who Returns To Funko Pop! Blitz For A Short Time

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Sat, 12/06/2021 - 9:12am in

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N3TWORK is bringing back The Doctor, the TARDIS, and several new Funko Pop! versions of Doctor Who characters back to Funko Pop! Blitz.

Doctor Who Trump Card Game Redux

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Fri, 11/06/2021 - 8:08am in

Back in the late 70s, the British toy firm Jotastar produced a set of trump cards based on Doctor Who. I had a set. I seem to recall I purchased it at a gift shop at Butlin's Holiday Camp in Weston-super-Mare. Now, the quality of Doctor Who merchandise at the time wasn't exactly at its peak. But this pack of forty cards were something else. The instructions gave the game a more verbose title "Doctor Who and the Legendary Legion Trump Card Game" (Note the absence of the word 'Top'). The so-called legion turned out to be a selection of heroes and heroines from history that included four cowboys, Sherlock Holmes and Thor. Not too sure if they consulted a historian for their "legionnaires"! In amongst their number was the eponymous Doctor Who and, predating its sentience in the much later 'The Doctor's Wife', the TARDIS. 

It was in the selection of villains that the set really started cooking with gas. Culled from all of the first four Doctors' eras. these included: Sensorites, Cybermen, Gellguards, Davros, Mechanoids and the Wirrn amongst others. There were also Ogrons and Sea Devils but confusingly, their names had got mixed up.

 The illustrations were somewhat perfunctory. I can only assume the uncredited artist had been told to concentrate on making them colourful as opposed to accurate. The Ogron/Sea Devil was turquoise and looked more like a balding dog whilst the Sensorites were resplendent in their bright orange jump suits. Some of the artwork seemed familiar too... (Where's my Weetabix cards?) I remember noticing that the drawing of Sherlock Holmes heralded from a US Marvel Comics adaptation of 'Hound of the Baskervilles'.

Game play was the same as the branded Top Trumps game. The major difference being that you had three choices of attack instead of four. "Mental Ability", "Weapons" and "Special Powers" - the latter meant that many of the historical figures were a little low in that area. 

You can tell that, despite having a veritable archival smorgasbord of old monster, I was disappointed by the set. Compared to the actual official Top Trumps, they looked pretty shit to be honest. No snazzy plastic keep case to store them in. Jotastar pushed the boat out with a flimsy cardboard box decorated with a doodle of a seemingly blind Tom Baker. 

Fast forward to the present day... A bit bored last weekend so I delved into my file of unfinished projects and ideas. I had wanted to produce a new Doctor Who Monster Book - visually based on the old 1976 one but updated to feature series 11 and 12 of the current run. That would take too much time and involve the fag of writing which I usually abhor. Then the Jotastar trump card game came to mind... Brilliant. I can do that... and maybe even make the illustrations a bit better with new series stuff. So that's what I did over the past few days. Here is a new set of cards in the style of the 70s originals. It would be nice to be able to actually produced a genuine set but costs would no doubt prohibit that. You'll just have to settle for these images. 











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