Becky Cloonan and Andy Belanger interview plus All Roads Lead To Hell
SCREAM horror magazine issue 38 is now on sale, featuring my interview with Becky Cloonan and Andy Belanger about the second story arc of their Image series Southern Cross, the first issue of which goes on sale in comic stores today. Becky and Andy were a lot of fun to interview and had some great about the 80s-culture zeitgeist, Event Horizon and ambitions to create creepy erotica! The interview runs to four pages and touches on the influences behind Southern Cross and what’s to come in future issues, so any fans of the series should check it out if you get a chance.
Even more importantly, Captain Spaulding himself, Sid Haig, has given SCREAM the thumbs up. The cinema of Rob Zombie is something that I love passionately and Devil’s Rejects is one of my favourite films of all time, so seeing Sid Haig waving around a magazine that I’ve written for off and on almost since the first issue is a special moment for me. “I’m gonna have to be taking your car today. See I have some top secret clown business that supersedes any plans that you might have for this here vehicle.”
All Roads Lead To Hell, my first comic with Martin Simmonds, is now online in full. Opening with the line “The first time that I died I was 16 years old…”, All Roads Lead To Hell is a tale of death, resurrection and consequences, packed with pentagrams and witchcraft. Martin Simmonds and I have been working together ever since creating this strip and are sharing a table at Thought Bubble this year. We’ll have a big announcement to make soon and I can’t thank Lizzie and Conor Boyle at Disconnected Press enough for introducing us to each other.
Each week this year I’ve been posting my previously published comics online to read for free, and I seem to have amassed something of a backlog since last updating this website…
Doomed Romantics: Christabel is an unfinished adaptation of the poem by Samuel Taylor Coleridge, adapted by me and Anna Fitzpatrick in 2012 for a proposed anthology of graphic adaptations of Dark Romanticism. I couldn’t find a home for the anthology at the time, sadly, but have been working with Anna ever since. She’s one of my favourite artists and I definitely recommend that you seek out more of her work.
Doomed Romantics: Isabella, or the Pot of Basil is an unfinished adaptation of the poem by John Keats, which I adapted with Alwyn Talbot in 2012 for the same anthology. I was particularly disappointed not to be able to complete this story, where I played loose with the original poem and created a basil-elemental that riffed more than a little on Swamp Thing.
Harajuku Poison Heart was a one-page strip created with INDIO! for Starburst Magazine in August 2012, long before INDIO! was shortlisted for a British Comic Award for his co-creation with Owen Johnson, Raygun Roads. The strip doesn’t completely work because INDIO! stepped in at the last minute to illustrate a script I’d written with Andy Bloor in mind, but I still love that we made a neon comic about Japanese competitive poison-eating cannibals for the pages of a mainstream UK magazine.
Sleeping With The Fishes was created with Leonie O’Moore in July 2012 for Starburst Magazine and is a one-page comedy strip about two sailors that face off against the Prawn of the Dead. Leonie and I had plans to pitch another series together at the time called Life of the Dead (unrelated to prawns!), but honestly my ideas weren’t up to scratch and I don’t think played to Leonie’s strengths like they could have done. I was happy to have had the chance to work with Leonie though, who’s work can be seen in this month’s Heavy Metal magazine.
Finally, The Fall was created with Alwyn Talbot in April 2012 for Starburst Magazine. This is the only superhero concept that I’ve ever worked on and I don’t think I really made the idea work as a single-page strip, but I loved working with Alwyn and hope we’ll get the chance to do something together again one day.