While originally slated to adapt just one of Cory’s short stories for this IDW mini-series, I ended up getting a third issue due to IDW Editor in Chief Chris Ryall’s busy schedule (he had planned on adapting this story himself). So issue #5 became mine, adapting “I,Robot” (Cory’s version, not Asimov’s)
As per the previous issue, this one featured another top talent doing the cover: Ashley Wood. Interior art was by Erich Owen, and it shipped in February, 2008.
After turning in the script for issue #1 (Anda’s Game), IDW liked my work enough to offered me another one of Cory’s short stories: Craphound.
This time, one of my all-time favorite creators was on cover duty: Paul Pope.
Paul Friggin’ Pope, covering my second ever paying gig. The book shipped in December, 2007, which made it a great Christmas present for me.
And the interior art was by British artist Paul McCaffrey, which was a joy to behold:
In honor of my own birthday, I’m going to be completely self-serving by spotlighting my own comics all week on ICS, specifically my first professional paying gig: the IDW adaptation of Cory Doctorow’s short stories in comic book form.
After the publication of my Lifelike graphic novel, Chris Ryall at IDW called me up and asked if I would be interested in adapting Doctorow’s short story “Anda’s Game” for their new limited series. Needless to say, I jumped at the opportunity! Imagine my delight when I found out that the cover to the first issue was by none other than the great Sam Kieth:
The book came out in 2007, and featured interior art by Esteve Polls. I had a chance to communicate with Cory via email and ask him a few questions about what he considered the emotional beats of the story, since there’s always some amount of cutting that needs to happen when adapting prose into comics. He was very gracious with his time, and even more accommodating by telling me that he wanted me to put my mark on the adaptation, and not follow any instructions from him. When the book came out, he was equally pleasant in his positive review of it.
And now we reach our last spotlighted Atomeka Press book for this week, the improbably named 1990 anthology one-shot, The A1 True Life Bikini Confidential, with a cover by Adam Hughes:
As with all of Atomeka’s other anthologies, this one was just jam packed with name creators: Michael T. Gilbert, Brian Bolland, Alan Martin, Jamie Hewlett, Bob Burden, Melinda Gebbie, Alan Davis, John Bolton, Pete Milligan, and more.
Oh, and Alan Moore.
Another anthology one-shot from Atomeka Press:
Published in 1993. I’m not sure who drew this cover, though. Can anyone out there hazard a guess?
This week’s theme will be books from the British publisher Atomeka Press, starting with the anthology Monster Massacre:
Published in 1993, this book featured a cover by Simon Bisley, and interior stories by the likes of Dave Gibbons, Kevin O’Neill, Henry Flint, James O’Barr, and more.
Spinning out of the pages of Eagle from Crystal Comics was the character of Death’s Head (not to be confused with the Marvel UK character, more on that in a second):
Cover art by Eagle artists Neil D. Vokes. Published in 1987.
If I remember correctly, this is the only issue published. The character appeared in some backup stories in the monthly Eagle series, and after a cease and desist letter from marvel UK’s lawyers, the creators were forced to change the character’s name to Death’s Dark Angel.
With issue #17, the black and white futuristic martial arts series Eagle moved to a new publisher, Apple Comics:
Cover and interior art by co-creator Neal D. Vokes.
Next: an Eagle spin off mini-series…
This week, I’m going to spotlight another one of my favorite 80s black-and-white comic book series, Eagle:
Published by Crystal Comics in 1987, this sci-fi/martial arts series followed the adventures of mystic warrior Richard Eagle, and featured the artwork of Neil Vokes. The book lasted for 16 issues, after which it was acquired by Apple Comics and finally ended with issue #23.
The cool thing about this series is that it would often sport pin-ups by other up and coming indie artists of the time, such as Matt Wagner, Tim Truman, and more.
And to close out the week, here’s the cover to the original Spanish language edition of The Mercenary, volume 4:
Next week: back to some of my favorite 80s black-and-white indie comics.
Continuing our look at Vicente Segrelles’ series The Mercenary…
This is volume 6, published by NBM in 1988.
This week I’m going to spotlight several graphic novels in The Mercenary series, by spanish creator Vicente Segrelles. The English editions were published by NBM back in the mid-80s. Here’s the cover to volume one:
A fantasy adventure set in the “Land of Eternal Clouds,” this multi-volume graphic novel series was fully painted using oils! Here’s a sample page:
You can find out more about this series at its official website.