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Peter Rogers – Writer

Month: February, 2011

Cardiff International Comics Expo

Sidekick cast and Fallen Heroes creatorsIan Sharman signs for the fans

Just wanted to say that if you didn’t make it to the first CICE on Saturday you missed out on a really good new UK convention. For a brand new one day con it was extremely well run, the atmosphere was very positive and there were plenty of people coming through the doors.

The launch of 10thology was a resounding success with only 2 copies of the book left by the end of the day. And lots of those who bought the book, which looks amazing, were running around the con getting autographs from all the creators. With 18 people having worked on the book that’s no mean feat.

It reminded me of Bristol before the move away from the railway shed at Temple Meads, lots of likeminded people in one place really enjoying all that comics and geek media in general has to offer. Personally it was great to catch up with so many people that I only ever really see at conventions as well as some of my Cardiff Comic Creators crew too.

It’s already been confirmed that next year will be a two day event and I really can’t wait, especially as I’ll be living in Cardiff by then. A two day con on your doorstep? Yes please.

Interactives coming soon from Markosia

As “The Interactives” nears completion I can finally announce that the book will be coming out IN JULY from Markosia (Midnight Kiss, Hero 9-5, Serpent Wars, The Dark). Release date to be confirmed very soon.   Find out more about the book here.

Stone cold announcement from CICE

Although I wasn’t on any of the panels at the Cardiff International Comics Expo I did make a brief cameo appearance from the crowd at the Fallen Heroes panel yesterday.

Fallen Heroes is Barry Nugent’s self published critically acclaimed novel, if you haven’t read it you really should. Imagine the first series of Heroes meets Indiana Jones, a fast paced multi genre epic with well defined characters and a story that delivers on every page. The panel was to launch the first issue of the comic book adaptation of the novel (not that it needed the sales push, as it sold out in just under an hour).

Author, and Geek Syndicate presenter, Barry announced not one, but two comic book spin offs featuring lead characters from the world his trilogy is set in. The first was mentioned online last week and will feature The Reverend written by the brilliant Cy Dethan (Slaughterman’s Creed, Cancertown). The second will be about Napoleon Stone (as seen on the book’s cover) and will be tackled by yours truly.

I’m a massive fan of the World that Barry has created and I love his writing so it’s a real honour to get to do this. And I get to write about my favourite character in the book as well. I’ll update you with more on this as things develop.

See you in Cardiff

If you are in Cardiff this Saturday the 26th make sure you make it to the Mercure Hotel on Newport Road. I’m one of the guests at the first ever Cardiff Comic Expo. And you’ll have the chance to pick up your copy of 10thology featuring work by the likes of Mike Collins ,Patrick Goddard, Simon Wyatt, Stu Art, Chris Lynch and yours truly. Find out more about this landmark comics event here.

The Interactives update

Anyone who’s been checking in here for the last 18 months or so will have heard of “The Interactives”, the graphic novel I have coming out later this year (that’s the plan anyway).   I’ve had more fun working on this book than anything else I’ve written and that’s mainly down to the art team I’m working with.  Argentinian artist Luciano Vecchio is pencilling and inking the book  and he’s just worked on a Ben 10 short for Issue 57 of DC’s Cartoon Network Action Pack which is out at the end of February.    And rising star (vote for her in the Eagle Awards folks) Yel Zamor who worked on Hero 9-5 recently is on colouring duties.   The great thing about both of them is that they write themselves so their input on the story and characterisation has been invaluable, it’s a real team effort which has helped me believe in the project and world we’ve created.  The book is broken down as the equivalent of three 24 page issues and the first page of Issue 3 arrived in my inbox today, so it won’t be long until we’re done.

The book looks and feels far more mainstream than any of the shorts I’ve written and it’s in the same wheel house as lots of the books I read especially Dan Slott’s Mighty Avengers and Paul Cornell’s  Captain Britain and MI-13.    Reading those gave me the confidence to ramp up the action to a level I haven’t before while at the same time letting the characters breathe and putting some humour in.  It’s a very “me” book and a real shift in tone, it just took me a long time to write so unapologetically.    Another Marvel writer, and fellow Pearl Jam fan, Rob Williams really helped me when the idea was still sketchy and the characters were underdeveloped giving me some pointers and notes that really helped me on my way.

I really hope that the book goes down well, mainly because I’d absolutely love to revisit the world and the characters especially as it would mean working with Luciano and Yel again.  Here’s a little taster, can’t wait for it to come out so I can find out what people think.  I’ll let you know more when we’re ready to solicit.

Coming very soon

Perfect Present

We had some post on Saturday courtesy of long time collaborator and dear friend Azim Akberali. It was a birthday and Christmas present for our 4 year old. This amazing digitally painted Pixar poster featuring my little girl herself. Such a talent, and such a brilliant present.