Tuesday, November 29, 2005

Punisher Preview


Newsarama have a sneak peek of my Punisher Christmas Special, on sale December 24th.

Scroll down the the bottom of the page.

Sunday, November 27, 2005

EMPIRE on THE LOSERS


I was just perusing the new issue of Empire magazine - the one with King Kong on the cover - and I nearly fell off my chair when I read this in the "Dear Santa" piece.

Nice to see Jock's iconoclastic syringe cover get the attention it deserves, as well!

A tip of Cougar's hat is due to editor Colin Kennedy, I feel...

Friday, November 11, 2005

FBI Research

I'm thinking of writing something featuring the FBI, and I could use some pointers to set me heading in the right direction research-wise. Can any of you recommend some good non-fiction books on the FBI, and/or answer some dumb questions for me... ?

For example, if a federal witness was murdered at a WITSEC safe-house along with his US Marshal bodyguards, who would investigate the murder - the Marshals Service or the FBI? Would a US Marshal be assigned to assist/liaise with the FBI investigation? How does the FBI chain of command work at a national and local level? Does God exist? Who invented liquid soap, and why... ?

Fourth Time Lucky


The fourth trade paperback collection THE LOSERS: CLOSE QUARTERS is out this week, featuring the stories LONDON CALLING by Ben Oliver and ANTI-HEIST by Jock.

And to shamelessly pimp-- er, I mean celebrate, Jock and I have just done a little mini interview with Jen Contino over at The Pulse.

Thursday, November 10, 2005

Cap This


Before I signed my new DC exclusive, Marvel invited me to pitch a "What If" Captain America story set during World War 1. Unfortunately I didn't have time to take it on, but I did suggest it might be cooler to set it during the American Civil War.

I told 'em they were welcome to take the idea and run with it - and maybe include a Native American shaman named after his totem animal, the Falcon - and it looks like they did...

Wednesday, November 02, 2005

A Note To Artists


If you're drawing someone firing a gun right at us, PLEASE FOR THE LOVE OF GOD don't compose it as a flat, side-on profile with the muzzle of the gun cut off by the panel border. Not only is it deeply undramatic; it's poor storytelling if we can't see that the gun is actually being fired. Plus, let's face it, there's nothing duller than a profile shot.

Check out Jock's work on The Losers to see how to do it right. Deep perspective reaching into the panel draws the reader in, puts them right in the thick of the action. Low angles, high angles, deep perspective, whatever it takes; just please, PLEASE don't give us dull-as-ditchwater left-to-right profile shots. Bring it alive!

And while we're on the subject, if the script asks for an intense close-up of someone's eyes, it's worth bearing in mind that a side-on profile shot giving us a close-up of his FUCKING EAR is somewhat less effective.

That is all.