“The Return” A webcomic by Dan Thompson and Jake Rowlingson

While Steve’s busily working on Moon 3, I’ve been doing a couple of side projects with the Unseen Shadows guys. The first of these to come out is a one page webcomic called “The Return.”

Bob Kelsey is the tragedy prone freelance journalist of Barry Nugent’s fantasy series and Barry asked a few of us if we’d like to do some short strips about Bob’s tribulations. I drew upon my own battles with terrifying monsters and created this spine chilling tale that was then beautifully illustrated by Jake Rowlingson. Hope you enjoy it.

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You can view more of these comics on the Unseen Shadows website.

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Sneak Peak at Ashfall

I’ve been pretty busy with non-comic gigs for the past couple of months but that doesn’t mean that there aren’t comic projects already in motion. You may remember that a while back I wrote a comic called “Ashfall” for the Unseen Shadows line of books. Well that comic is now coming together nicely and Barry from Unseen Shadows has been kind enough to let me share the first page.

The pencils and inks are by Peter Mason and the colours are by the very talented Darren Brown who joined the project this week. Paul McLaren will be adding letters at a later date (he did Band of Butchers so you know he’s good) and we’re hoping to have the book out in time for Thought Bubble. Anyway, here’s the page and the synopsis for the comic:

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Napoleon Stone faces his greatest challenge, as he sets out to hunt down the very man who trained him! For thirty years Nathan Ash was the best in the business but now he’s gone rogue and Napoleon is on his trail with orders to bring the old man in, dead or alive!

Dan Thompson (Band of Butchers, Moon) and Peter Mason (Cancertown 2) bring you a tale of lies, loyalty and left hooks in the latest action-packed comic from the world of Barry Nugent’s best selling Unseen Shadows saga!

Happy Easter,

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Dan’s Blog: Looking Ahead to 2013

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Well, we have a new site so I thought it was about time I set about populating it a little bit. 2012 was a bit of an odd year for me all in all. On the one hand delays on all the books I wrote meant that almost nothing with my name on it actually came out while on the other Jim Eaton and I found our comedy writing partnership really start to take off.

The comic delays were frustrating at the time but ultimately that’s life in Indy comics. I’ve always felt that I’d rather see a book done well than done fast and while it sucks having disappoint fans at a convention when they come to pick up the new book, I’d rather they go away empty handed than go away with something that’s not as good as it could be. While it’s fun to maintain the fantasy that we all make comics 24/7 the reality is that these artists have lives (and jobs) outside of comics and life can be crushingly unsympathetic when it comes to giving you the time you need to get that page finished.

comedyeditsThe comedy success really came out of the left field if I’m honest. Jim and I have been writing together since Devil’s Fork (initially because it seemed like a good excuse to meet up and drink port) but it was never more than a hobby. We weren’t even going to enter a competition last year but I thought of a couple of Shakespeare jokes one morning and gave Jim a call, he came round and an hour later we’d pretty much written A Comedy of Edits. We knew the script made us laugh (especially after the cast added their own tweaks) but we certainly didn’t mean for to do as well as it did when we put it in for the 2 Days Laughter competition. We won Best Script as well as the Grand Prize and were suddenly left wondering whether we should be taking all this silliness a bit more seriously.

So where does that leave us for this year? Well if you’re kind enough to have read this far then here’s a few bits and bobs that have got me particularly fired up for 2013:

  1. I have an Unseen Shadows comic called “Ashfall” in the pencil stages at the moment. It’s got Peter Mason on pencils which I’m extremely pleased about as I’ve been a fan of Pete’s work ever since meeting him at Demoncon last year. The book is a 23 page story set in Rio and it was a tonne of fun to write so I hope you enjoy it.
  2. Moon #2’s fist London showing. Moon #2 came out in November last year but it occurred to me yesterday that Moon Launch and a couple of comic shops aside, the book as actually not appeared in London yet. It’s a London-centric book and a lot of its fans live here so I’m really excited about taking it to Super Comic Con next month and seeing what the response is like.
  3. Moon #3. Steve’s clearing his in-tray of other comic work at the moment so that he can devote all his efforts to getting #3 out as quickly as possible. For the first time, I’m not twiddling my thumbs either as I’ve decided to take the chance to rewrite the script for #3 (the original script was penned in early 2009!) and hopefully apply a few of the things I’ve learnt in the past few years to make it sing a bit more. After years of basically just promoting Moon, it’s nice to be writing him again.
  4. Moon #4. Erm…not sure. Steve says it could happen this year, we’ll see. If it’s done, it’ll be out.
  5. Jim and I are working on a new comedy project that we can’t really talk about but it’s very exciting and taking up most of my free time. If it turns into something, you’ll be the first to know.
  6. More live music nights. We’re working on ways to put on more nights like the Moon Launch. They’re a boatload of fun and it’d be great if we can make them happen on a semi-regular basis. No firm plans yet but we’ll see what can be done.
  7. Oh and I have a mini-comic comic out digitally at some point in the year. It’ll be through the Unseen Shadows site and I’m stoked about the person who has agreed to pencil it (secret for now).

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Plenty to keep me busy and I’m sure there will be a few more bits cropping up along the way. The plan is to update the website less often that in the past (we were on a daily posting schedule for a while) but for the stuff we do post to be more interesting and not just any old random stuff we find (though there will probably be a wee bit of that too).

Hope to see as many of you as possible at cons during the year.

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Unseen Unseen Shadows Sketch : Secret Clancy Wallencheck Artwork

It’s been a while since the Unseen Shadows Anthology (featuring Clancy Wallencheck:Band of Butchers, Napoleon Stone: Fragments of Fate, Stephanie Connisbee: Operation Solomon and Reverend: Wrath of God). The next anthology is in the process of being completed – this time featuring Ben ‘The Hand’ Ashodi (from FH 1) and Nathan Ash (written by our very own Dan Thompson).

At the time of Unseen Shadows I drew a scene based on Dan’s writing. As I’ve been looking through some of my old artwork I found that sketch and thought I’d stick it up for your perusal. First time Dan will have seen it too. Surprise, Danno!!

A New Unseen Shadows Comic From Dan Thompson

Those of you who follow us week in and week out will already know that we had a really nice time at Demoncon last Sunday. The part that we didn’t mention at the time was that I had a meeting with Barry Nugent while we were setting up. Barry approached me a few months back with regards to maybe doing another Unseen Shadows comic for the second US anthology, “Tales of the Forgotten” and obviously I said yes because I’d had such a blast working on Band of Butchers last year. I finished the script a couple of months back but we’ve been keeping it quiet while we search for an art team to make the book a reality and that’s where chap called Peter Mason comes in.

Peter is currently in the process of drawing the second book in Cy Dethan’s outstanding Cancertown series and had gotten talking to Barry during the opening stages of the convention. He showed Barry some of his portfolio, Barry passed it on to me and both of us were utterly blown away by the kinetic energy and sheer quality of his work. Long story short, we pretty much offered him the job on the spot, he said yes and just like that, we have a new comic in the works!

The book is called “Ashfall” and it’s a one shot comic about a veteran paranormal investigator called Nathan Ash. Nathan is the mentor to Unseen Shadows poster boy, Napoleon Stone and features heavily in Barry’s best selling novel “Fallen Heroes.” In this story we’re going to be exploring the relationship between the two men, as well as creating a kick ass adventure story which you can enjoy whether you’ve read the novel or not.

I don’t have a release date for the book yet but I’ll keep you updated on any major developments. You can also follow the project over at the Unseen Shadows Website.

Now why not enjoy some of Peter’s incredible character sketches for the book?

 

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