CURRENT SOUNDTRACK: SUPERMAN RETURNS, John Ottman, 'Rough Flight'
Now that REDEYE 6 is off to the printers, I can get back to doing some drawing. As something of a ritual, I have a big cleanup of the drawing board and surrounding area (mostly because I'm a messy bastard). This time, with moving the final boxes into the studio, I had the added task of going through old sketchbooks and old correspondance that had built up over the last several years, keeping the important or sentimental stuff and shredding the rest. Three bin bags later, I saved a few interesting (to me at least) bits of pieces I thought I'd share before getting back to the Zombie strip which I'm redrawing from scratch.
Before Engine, there was Negative Press, what was intended to be the imprint name for the comics i had planned. This was a drawing of me and Noel, a comic shop manager I worked for. Our story is told in Deviants: Freaks, Geeks and Berserkers, printed in Fusion Zero. I think Noel still has the original art.
THINGS THAT NEVER WERE:
At the back of Fusion Zero were a number of strips that I had planned or half scripted. Some made it like Black Harvest Moon and Thunderhide, some never did, some where merged into other stories over the years; all are copyrighted. And this isn't including stuff I have ready for artists. To highlight these:
Titan City: A series inspired by the art of Hugh Ferris, originally planned to be a steampunk version of Blade Runner before quickly realising that was a bad idea. Instead it was restructured into a series of ten volumes, each one representing a decade of the 20th century, and each reflecting the sci-fi visions of the time. Book one was fully scripted by Gary Simpson based on my notes, and evolved into more of a gothic horror. The second was to be set after the War of the Worlds, just because I love to draw Martian tripods. But then Scarlet Traces came out, and I don't know if I could ever hope to match that. Status: Waiting me to get off my arse and draw it.
The Monarchy: Was a pitch a few sentences long. From what I remember, something to do with a superhuman team running the world (see Nutopians). Then came Wildstorm's The Monarchy, tying into the Authority universe. Status: Remaining dead.
Kingdom/Knights Cross: Set sometime in a future dark age after a big apocalypse, and involving a religious crusade against... something. Very vague. Heavily inspired by childhood memories of a 80's tv series called KNIGHTS OF GOD. Status: The universe of Kingdom is to be seen at some point in the future of the Deviants storyline in Fusion. And its a bit more specific than the above.
Britannia: A spin off from the Deviants character, telling a three part story looking at the various incarnations of Britannia and her hosts. Status: One for the future for when Deviants gets to the right point.
Nutopians: Taking it upon themselves, twelve superhumans, called the Monarchy (see?) have eliminated war, poverty and disease on Earth, creating a true utopia. But why is reality shifting? Why do people start to remember a different history? What happened to the thirteenth member of the Monarchy? I don't know either yet. Status: Needing a rewrite.
I.E: Was a proposal for a sci-fi series that never arrived; Hinge is a future noir told over several parallel earths, the prologue of which was printed in Fusion 1; Prey was a grim vigilante series that never arrived; the concepts behind Four Freedoms, Byzantium and Fortress Europe all escape me, but they all conjure up different ideas now...
An all ages comic I'm developing for my nephew set in an Ancient Egypt that has robots and alien camel overlords subjugating the populace, using a far simpler style than I would normally draw with. Status: Roughed out.
An underworld story I'm developing set in the Seven Sentinel Universe. Status: Very sketchy.
Anyway, back to the hoovering.