Thursday, November 15, 2007

Dublin Bound!


I'm off to the Dublin City Comic Con tomorrow and let me tell you, I can not wait.

I've barely left the house since our son Jake was born in June and - much as I'll miss his gormless gummy grin for the next few days - I feel like I've earned a breather.

And of course, by "breather" I mean "many, many pints of Guinness in the fine company of Jim Lee, Mark Millar, Steve McNiven, Paul Cornell, Ai Granov, Liam Sharpe, Simon Bisley, C.B. Cebulski, Nick Roche, John McCrea, Ben Oliver, Carlos Pacheco, Doug Braithwaite, Stephen Mooney, Stephen Thompson and my most excellent friend Jock."

"Breather" just seemed, I dunno... pithier.

See you there?

Saturday, November 10, 2007

Why Aren't You Reading SCALPED?


Do you miss PREACHER? I miss PREACHER. I remember picking up the first issue and thinking, "Finally!"

Finally a comic for people like me. Finally a comic for the regular guy in the street. Finally a comic I can show to my brothers, who love tough-guy movies as much as anyone but wouldn't piss on a comic shop if it was on fire.

(I've always been the black sheep of the family in that regard. If by "black" you mean "comic-reading" and by "sheep" you mean "nerd").

SCALPED is the new PREACHER.

If, like me, you're gut-sick of comics being polarized between marketing-driven spandex continuity clusterfucks on the one side, and too-cool-for-school indie posturing on the other, you'll love SCALPED.

If you're into HBO or Tarantino or Scorsese or Eastwood or Peckinpah, you'll love SCALPED. It'll kick your ass hard and leave you coming back for more. And I'm not just saying that because my good mate Jock is rocking the covers.

SCALPED writer Jason Aaron doesn't just talk the talk - he's walking the walk too, putting his money where his mouth is by offering you a money back guarantee if you buy the first trade paperback collection SCALPED: INDIAN COUNTRY, and don't like it. But it's a pretty safe bet because, trust me, you're gonna want more.

Don't believe me? Download the first issue for free at DC Comics.com, and once you hit that bitch-slap of a last-page reveal, you're gonna go pick up the trade to find out what happens next. Then head over to www.Scalped.info to see what guys like Brian K. Vaughan, Garth Ennis, Ed Brubaker and, hell, Playboy magazine are saying about the best new series in comics.

We need more comics like SCALPED. Buy it. Tell your friends.

This is the good shit, and it deserves your support.

Wednesday, October 31, 2007

THE LOSERS Screenwriter Pens SPIDER-MAN 4


Jamie Vanderbilt - who wrote ZODIAC for David Fincher, as well as reworking Peter Berg's screenplay adaptation of THE LOSERS - has been hired to write SPIDER-MAN 4. Jamie is Good People, and I can't wait to see what he does with it.

THE LOSERS movie, meanwhile, has ground to a halt 'til everyone finds out whether the Writers' Guild is actually going to strike. If it does, the Teamsters are going out in sympathy and there's some chance the Actor's Guild might follow suit. No-one in Hollywood's making any plans past next June - which means if you haven't already got a cast and director locked down, it's development hell time.

And speaking of directors, Tim "FANTASTIC FOUR" Story is now off THE LOSERS. Having recently seen THE KINGDOM, I'm more convinced than ever that Peter Berg would have been the perfect man for the job, but his schedule is looking awfully busy these days...

Details at /Film.

EDITED TO ADD: Jamie says he's also punching up the screenplay for WOLVERINE, and they're homing in on a very cool new director for THE LOSERS. Don't wanna jinx it, but keep yer fingers crossed and watch this space!

Thursday, October 25, 2007

HELLBLAZER: JOYRIDE TPB Solicitation

I'm now eight issues into my HELLBLAZER run, which has been named Book of the Month by both SFX magazine and Wizard.

Vertigo are now collecting those first eight issues into a 192-page trade paperback entitled HELLBLAZER: JOYRIDE, hitting the shelves in February. Spread the word.


Written by Andy Diggle
Art by Leonardo Manco
Cover by Lee Bermejo

In this volume collecting HELLBLAZER #230-237 by fan-favorite writer Andy Diggle, Constantine discovers that there is a supernatural cause for the violence, crime and drug abuse of South London's Hunger Hill housing estate, and he must bring this cycle of misery and violence to an end... at any cost.

Vertigo | 192pg. | Color | Softcover | $14.99 US | Mature Readers

On Sale February 27, 2008

HELLBLAZER 240 Solicitation


Written by Andy Diggle
Art by Leonardo Manco
Cover by Glenn Fabry

Vertigo's flagship title reaches its 20th anniversary issue with "The Laughing Magician," Part 1 of 3! The streetwise, chain-smoking con-magician John Constantine finds himself in receipt of a most perplexing birthday gift: a memory wrapped up in a warning. As Constantine tries to figure out what it means, the brutal African war-mage known as Mako hits London - and he's taking no prisoners...

Vertigo | 32pg. | Color | $2.99 US | Mature Readers

On Sale January 23, 2008

Monday, October 08, 2007

HELLBLAZER # 239 Solicitation


Written by Andy Diggle
Art by Leonardo Manco
Cover by Glenn Fabry

A rag-tag band of refugees struggle to make the perilous journey from war-torn Sudan to the UK. They know not all of them will live to see their final destination, but they are willing to make any sacrifice to ensure their precious cargo reaches the hands of the blond-haired man known only from a dream: the Laughing Magician...

Vertigo | 32pg. | Color | $2.99 US | Mature Readers
On Sale December 19, 2007


Glenn Fabry back on HELLBLAZER covers! WOO HOO!

Monday, September 10, 2007

HELLBLAZER is WIZARD's Book of the Month!


Issue 192 of WIZARD magazine names HELLBLAZER as its Book of the Month.

Nice to see a 20-year old Vertigo book get a little love in between all the spandex crossover stuff.

Thanks guys!

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

HELLBLAZER # 238 Solicitation


"The Smoke"
Written by Andy Diggle;
Art by Danijel Zezelj;
Cover by Lee Bermejo

London becomes a veritable Hell on Earth for John Constantine when smoking is outlawed in pubs! But nicotine withdrawal is the least of his problems when he finds himself hunting a group of "urban explorers" who have disappeared into a shadowy parallel London where every urban myth is true. And they'd better pray he finds them before the Chelsea Smilers do...

Vertigo | 32pg. | Color | $2.99 US | Mature Readers

On Sale November 21, 2007

Friday, July 27, 2007

Guy Ritchie's GAMEKEEPER at Warner Bros


Looks like I now have not one but two comics-to-movies in development at Warner Bros. If only they were creator-owned...

From Variety:

Guy Ritchie plans to direct a film version of his Virgin Comics series "The Gamekeeper" at Warner Bros., with Joel Silver set to produce.

Deal marks the first original Virgin Comics property to move into development as a feature.

Project revolves around the reclusive caretaker of a Scottish estate with infinite knowledge of the behaviors of all animal species. When the alleged killer of his son surfaces, the caretaker finds that Europe's urban jungle is not so unlike that of the natural landscape to which he's accustomed.

Concept was created by Ritchie, but Andy Diggle handles the writing duties.

"After reading Guy's comics, we knew instantly that the action-packed story and complex characters would resonate with film audiences," said Warner Bros. production prexy Jeff Robinov.

More in the link.

Meanwhile our first GAMEKEEPER graphic novel collection is due out in October.

Thursday, July 26, 2007

HELLBLAZER # 234 Printing Error

I've just found out that page 21 of HELLBLAZER # 234 was printed with the speech balloons missing. Which'll probably make it, like, incredibly rare and collectible, or something.

It'll be corrected for the trade, but in the meantime, you can click the link below to see the corrected page...

But first, BE THOU WARNED! This page features a MASSIVE SPOILER - so don't click unless you've already read the issue!

If you're cool with that, click here to see the corrected page.

Sunday, July 22, 2007

HELLBLAZER # 234 Sneak Peek


Click here for a six-page sneak preview of HELLBLAZER # 234, on sale Wednesday.

It's the first chapter of a chav-tastic four-issue story entitled JOYRIDE, written by myself, with interiors by Leonardo Manco and covers by Lee Bermejo.

In other news, HELLBLAZER sales seem to be rising for the first time in a while. Baby steps, to be sure, but at least we're heading in the right direction...

Sunday, July 08, 2007

GREEN ARROW: YEAR ONE # 1 Out This Week!



Six issues, shipping every two weeks.
Issue # 1 in stores Wednesday.

Saturday, July 07, 2007

Jock on GREEN ARROW: YEAR ONE

Click here for Newsarama's interview with Jock on GREEN ARROW: YEAR ONE.

The first issue's in stores this Wednesday, kids!

Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Not Yer Daddy's GREEN ARROW


I've just done an interview with Newsarama to discuss GREEN ARROW: YEAR ONE (on sale next month, kids!).

The piece includes some lovely new pages by Jock, coloured by David Baron.

Go see.

Sunday, June 17, 2007

EMPIRE magazine on THE LOSERS


EMPIRE had a brief chat with director Tim Story about the forthcoming THE LOSERS movie:

"The idea of turning the Andy Diggle-penned/Jock-illustrated espionage extravaganza into movie gold has been on the cards ever since the comics hit the shelves three years ago. This is unsurprising, when you consider the host of exotic locations, cooler-than-cool characters, major weaponry and wicked humour that make the adventures of the disparate band of ex-special forces agents such rich pickings for the screen."

Bless you, EMPIRE!

More in the link.

Friday, June 15, 2007

THE LOSERS: Tim Story Video Clip

IESB nabbed a few brief words with director Tim Story about his vision for THE LOSERS movie when he was in London for the launch of FANTASTIC FOUR: RISE OF THE SILVER SURFER.

Click here to see the 30-second video clip.

Monday, June 11, 2007

More on THE LOSERS

The Hollywood Reporter's piece on THE LOSERS movie includes this rather promising quote from director Tim Story:

"I told my agents I didn't want to do another comic book," Story said. "I had been in the world of fantasy and I wanted to do something very edgy, a realist action movie. I wanted to find something like a 'Bourne Identity' or 'Black Hawk Down.' "

Sunday, June 10, 2007

Tim Story to direct THE LOSERS


It's official. From today's Variety:

Tim Story to direct 'Losers'
Vanderbilt adapting DC-Vertigo comicbook
By PAMELA MCCLINTOCK, MICHAEL FLEMING
Leaving behind the world of superheroes, Tim Story is set to direct the bigscreen adaptation of DC-Vertigo's gritty comicbook "The Losers" for Warner Bros.

Studio has hired Jamie Vanderbilt to adapt Andy Diggle's comicbook, working from a first draft by Peter Berg.

Berg and Weed Road's Akiva Goldsman and Kerry Foster are producing. Also producing is Sarah Aubrey, Berg's partner at Film 44, and John Cameron, who brought the project to Film 44.

Film will center around a small band of elite and highly trained commandos who are set up to to be killed by their own government. They set out to avenge the wrong, as well as avenge other injustices.

"The Losers" was published by DC Comics imprint Vertigo in the 1970s. Strip was revived several years.

Story's feature adaptation will be set in contemporary times, with the special ops team carrying out missions around the world before the members are left for dead. Flying under the radar, they return and move around the U.S.

"I'm a big fan of the edge of war movies like 'Black Hawk Down' or 'Band of Brothers,' and this has some of that. I was looking for a vehicle that would have that edge, but I didn't want to lose my personality, which is a bit tongue-and-cheek, where the characters have a little fun with each other," Story told Daily Variety.

"I haven't made a movie in the real world since 'Barbershop,' because I've been locked into the superhero fantasy world," he says.

Berg originally penned the script with an eye to direct, but is instead helming "Tonight, He Comes."

Story's "Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer" opens June 15. Second installment in the Fox franchise comes two years after Story's 2005 "Fantastic Four."

Story is producing the upcoming film "First Sunday," starring Ice Cube, for Screen Gems.

Story is repped by WMA.


Now let's hear your casting suggestions!

I'd love to see Nathan Fillion as Clay, Rosario Dawson as Aisha, Simon Pegg as Jensen, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje as Pooch, Gael Garcia Bernal as Cougar and Jack Nicholson as Max.

You?

Wednesday, May 16, 2007

The Great GREEN ARROW: YEAR ONE Ashcan Blag!


Those lovely folks at DC Comics were kind enough to hand out exclusive GREEN ARROW: YEAR ONE ashcan editions by myself and Jock at the Bristol Comic Expo this weekend. Of course, not everyone was able to blag one...

Fortunately, that great big sweetie-pie Bob Wayne kindly donated 100 extra copies - and I’m giving them away for free!

In conjunction with Lancaster’s First Age Comics, I’ll be giving away exclusive GREEN ARROW: YEAR ONE ashcans to the first 100 lucky entrants.

For the chance to blag your free ashcan, send an A4-sized SAE stamped with at least 48p UK postage to:

GREEN ARROW: YEAR ONE Ashcan Giveaway,
C/O Mark & Lucy Braithwaite,
First Age Comics,
Assembly Rooms Market,
King Street,
Lancaster LA1 1JN,
United Kingdom


Small print:

  • First come, first served! Once they’re gone, they’re gone.
  • One ashcan per entrant.
  • Non-UK entrants MUST include sufficient UK stamps (or an International Reply Coupon) to cover postage!
  • No returns, no refunds, no kidding.
  • No whining, wheedling or haggling will be entered into. Who needs it?
Good hunting!

Thursday, May 10, 2007

Bristol Comic Expo

I'll be at the Bristol Comic Expo this weekend. Jock and I will be on the DCU panel at 1pm on Saturday, where they'll be giving away a freebie GREEN ARROW: YEAR ONE ashcan; then the Vertigo panel at 4pm on Saturday.

We're also doing signings at 3pm Saturday and 2pm Sunday in the Signing Room.

Can't wait!

Tuesday, May 08, 2007

He's Lean, Mean And Green...

Wanna see a couple exclusive pages of Jock's glorious art from the second issue of GREEN ARROW: YEAR ONE?

Featuring Ollie's first ever "hood and bow" ensemble?

You would?

Then click here, fanboy!

Wednesday, May 02, 2007

GREEN ARROW: YEAR ONE Sneak Preview!


Click here for a sneak peek at the first five pages of GREEN ARROW: YEAR ONE, on sale in July.

HELLBLAZER # 231: Best Comic of the Month

My second issue of HELLBLAZER has just won Comic Book Of The Month over at Comixfan.

Sunday, April 15, 2007

GREEN ARROW: YEAR ONE Solicitation

DC Comics have released the solicitation text and cover image for GREEN ARROW: YEAR ONE, which will be shipping every two weeks from 11th July:

GREEN ARROW: YEAR ONE #1 & 2
Written by Andy Diggle
Art and cover by Jock

The incredible creative team of writer Andy Diggle and artist Jock (THE LOSERS) rejoin to tell the definitive origin of the Emerald Archer! Oliver Queen is a frivolous playboy with little care for anyone or anything — apparently even himself. But when he's double-crossed and marooned on a jungle island he finds that he does care about something... justice!
Issue #1 on sale July 11; issue #2 on sale July 25
1 & 2 of 6 • 32 pages, Full Color, $2.99 US
Edited by Mike Carlin

Friday, March 30, 2007

Another String To My Bow


I've just done another interview with Comic Book Resources, this time discussing Green Arrow: Year One, which is due to be solicited next month.

Thursday, March 29, 2007

Still Game


Busy week! Last week my first issue of HELLBLAZER went on sale, and I've just done an interview with Comic Book Resources to discuss my take on Constantine.

New this week is the launch issue of Guy Ritchie’s GAMEKEEPER. Click the link for a free preview, including alternative covers by Greg Horn and John Cassaday.

Wednesday, February 21, 2007

New York Comic Con

Jock and I hit the Big Apple tomorrow night. Judging by the plans our American friends have already laid out for us, it's starting to look like 72 hours of continuous social drinking interspersed with occasional bursts of slightly hung-over signing. Can't wait!

Speaking of which, here's my itinerary for those brief interludes that don't actually take place in bars or restaurants:

FRIDAY:
5.30-6.30pm DC COMICS SIGNING
6.30-7.30pm VERTIGO PANEL

SATURDAY:
2.00-3.30pm VIRGIN COMICS SIGNING
6.00-7.00pm DC COMICS SIGNING

Come and look us up!

Monday, February 19, 2007

HELLBLAZER Sneak Peek

Here's a 6-page sneak preview of my first HELLBLAZER issue. Scroll down past the spandex bollocks, and click the pics to embiggenize 'em.

Sunday, February 04, 2007

Screenplay Template in Pages 2

So I noticed that Apple's new Pages 2 word-processor includes a Screenplay template. Anyone tried using it? Any good?

Not that I'm unhappy with Final Draft, but it could be yet another reason to buy myself a lovely, lovely iMac...

Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Eagle Awards

The Eagle Awards nomination form is online, so get voting.

No, not for me - I'm not sure I even had anything new in print in 2006. But I'm nominating the late, great Tom Frame for the Roll of Honour.

Who's with me?

Friday, January 19, 2007

GAMEKEEPER @ CBR


I've just done an interview on Guy Ritchie's GAMEKEEPER over at Comic Book Resources, featuring some nifty character designs by Mukesh Singh and cover artwork by Jonathan Hickman and Greg Horn.

And if you haven't picked up Jonathan Hickman's THE NIGHTLY NEWS yet, do so. It's great!