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Peter Rogers – Writer

Month: August, 2011

Interactives interviews

Two more of the interviews I’ve done recently about The Interactives are now available.   The first was with Sequential Tart who gave the book a 9/10 rating in their pre launch review (a quote from the review also features on the book’s back cover).  Editor Sheena McNeil asked me some interesting questions about the book and my background in comics and you can find out what I had to say here.

The second interview was with long time supporters and all round good guys Scott and Steve from Comic Book Outsiders. Hear what we talked about by downloading the podcast here or through iTunes (you can also purchase their app).  As a long time listener and occasional guest host on the show it was a real honour to be asked to talk about

the book with them.   I was very pleased to hear that they both enjoyed it, and I’ve already been getting some positive feedback from their regular listeners.

 

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Flashback – Seniors

Seeing as the whole story only went on sale a few weeks ago, as the back up strip in The Interactives, it might seem odd to be doing a retrospective on this story. But bear with me, it’s been a rollercoaster ride from concept to print.

The title Seniors was originally conceived as a very different story indeed, a dark humour tale set in a world where all the superheroes have lost their powers. To deal with the still present super villain threat the government brings all the retired heroes out of mothballs. Cue lots of pensioners getting back into spandex and dragging up old rivalries and love triangles. Seeing the premise to Jonathan RossThe Golden Age recently did give me a wry smile.  Anyway I wrote the first 5 or 6 pages but couldn’t quite get it to work so I scrapped the idea but hung on to the title.

When I decided to revisit it I went in a totally different direction, inspired by the work of my long term collaborator Azim Akberali (the Tanzanian answer to Alex Ross).  I decided to write something more personal and slightly more understated, something which was a love letter to superhero comics.  One hero and one villain end up in the same retirement home and this sends them on a trip down memory lane (I didn’t know about Gail Simone‘s Welcome to Tranquility until after it was complete by the way).  With Azim on board we decided we’d go for a greyscale style (knowing we’d probably put it out in Eleventh Hour, which was in its infancy at Orang Utan Comics) and work in the Marvel style to give him more freedom when painting.

We were about halfway through the story when Markosia picked up Eleventh Hour putting out a new Volume 1.  The first instalment of the 10 page story appeared there in 2008 and when it was decided there wouldn’t be any future Eleventh Hour volumes Seniors was in limbo again   So we agreed with Markosia that we would rework Seniors as a full length story for a digital and possibly convention release, I set to work on a longer plot with more focus on the flashback scenes.  Essentially creating an entire superhero universe continuity in one issue.    I have all but two of the rough pencils for the longer version (rough doesn’t do them justice at all as Azim’s layout pages are good enough to be published in their own right) sitting on my laptop.   But sadly the power rationing in Tanzania has made it impossible for Azim to complete the whole book.

So we picked ourselves up, dusted ourselves off and got the original 10 page story together again and put it to Markosia that it should appear in the back of The Interactives. And I’m really glad we did, I’m pleased that the story is finally getting to be read.  It’s the short story I’m most proud of and I’d say Azim’s best work to date.

Captain Courage v Doomhawk

 

Face it Tiger you just hit the jackpot!

My contribution to Comic Cuts: Brit creators reminisce went live on Broken Frontier yesterday.

I chose to talk about sport and adventure anthology Tiger, published by Fleetway it ran until 1985 and it played a big part in my formative years.  In these reboot driven times I’d love to be involved if the book was ever resurrected, bagsy Johnny Cougar. Find out what I had to say here.

Tiger star Johnny Cougar

Interviews include Amanda Conner, Peter Rogers and Mike Mignola.

It’s not every day your name is featured alongside such luminaries as Amanda Conner and Mike Mignola, but that’s exactly how Sequential Tart announced their August interview schedule.   My chat with them hasn’t gone live yet but you can check out their 9/10 review of The Interactives here.  It’s overflowing with spoilers, so I’d only suggest giving it a look if you’ve already read the book.

Mighty Mignola

I get to rub cyber shoulders with some more big names in the coming days over on Broken Frontier as well.  Their Brits on Top event includes a brilliant feature called Comic Cuts: Brit Creators Reminisice!  Check out Part 1 here, it features Mike Carey, Shaky Kane, Gary Northfield and Tony Lee.  My nostalgic look back at a UK comic title of my youth (Interactives readers might be able to work out which one) will be joining them very  shortly.

Brits on Top

You can be sure that I’ll post links as soon as the Sequential Tart interview and Broken Frontier articles go live.

Broken Frontier review The Interactives

I always get the same feeling when I see that someone has reviewed my work, a heady mixture of excitement and total dread. When I saw that Andy Oliver of Broken Frontier had put his review of The Interactives live it was no different. So when I read it and saw how positive he was about the book I was over the moon. As he made comparisons to both ’70s Captain Britain and Paul Cornell‘s Captain Britain and MI-13 really put a smile on my face. Paul’s run on that book and the Wisdom mini that came before it certainly helped me in my decision to set the book in the UK.

I was really pleased to see that he was impressed with the art of the book too, as I’ve always said both Luciano and Yel are destined for very big things.

“On the artistic front, Luciano Vecchio’s visuals gorgeously bring to life the mythical overtones of Rogers’ storytelling. Dragons over London will never look as evocative as they do here, and Yel Zamor’s vibrant, joyful colours are a perfect match to Vecchio’s layouts. “

And as someone who wanted to make a book that my 12 year old nephew would enjoy (he really does incidentally) the final part of the review really hit the nail on the head for me.

The Interactives is an OGN that, dare I say it, is the perfect entry point to comics for teen readers. At a time when so many of the superhero offerings of the Big Two have either forgotten who the primary audience for superhero books used to be, or are knowingly pandering to the comfort reading routines of middle-aged men, we need far more material like this. The Interactives is trying to be neither overly sophisticated nor sniggeringly self-mocking. It’s simply a rollicking good piece of old school escapist fantasy that sweeps the reader up in both its good-natured enthusiasm and Rogers’ engaging character play.

You can read all that Andy had to say here .

Only 6 left- good day’s work

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Girl 7 pin up artist Stu art

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Get them while they’re hot

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Variant cover a go go

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Look what the postman brought

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