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Peter Rogers – Writer

Month: October, 2011

Thought Bubble – reasons to be cheerful

In just over a month’s time I’ll be journeying to Leeds to attend Thought Bubble for the first time.    There are lots of reasons why I’m looking forward to attending the convention, not least being the fact that I haven’t been before and I always hear good things about it. The guestlist for the show looks very impressive and lots of friends old and new will be in attendance too.

Thought Bubble will also be the first convention that I’ve personally attended where there  will be copies of The Interactives for sale (both from me at the Orang Utan Comics stand and through the publisher Markosia).  If you’d like me to reserve a signed copy from me get in touch and let me know.

Barry Nugent’s Unseen Shadows Universe, as seen in his acclaimed novel Fallen Heroes, gets the prequel treatment with the launch of comic book anthology Tales of the Fallen.  Featuring a who’s who of the British comics indie scene, as well as a story by yours truly.   You can pre-order your copy here  which means you qualify for a discounted price of £8.50 as well as a free digital version to go with your signed copy.   And it will be signed by many of the creative team that has been working with Barry on expanding the universe who will be at the event in November.

I’m sure there are more reasons that I haven’t thought of, but I am most definitely counting the days until my third UK con of the year.

 

 



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Comics workshop this Saturday

This Saturday I’ll be running a Comics Workshop aimed at giving young writers their first steps into creating their own comics.  It’s a free event and open to all, at 1.30 in the Literature Lounge, St David’s 2, Cardiff.

There are more details on this and other Literature Wales events here.

Fragments of Fate preview pages

February seems like a lifetime ago, but it was back at the start of the year that my involvement with Unseen Shadows was announced.   It was at the Cardiff Comic Expo that creator Barry Nugent made it public that I would be joining the likes of Cy Dethan (Cancertown, Indifference Engine, Slaughterman’s Creed) as one of the creators of the Tales of the Fallen.    Tales of the Fallen is the comic book anthology prequel spinning out of Fallen Heroes, already being adapted in comic form itself, the excellent adventure novel that launched the Unseen Shadows trilogy.

As someone who absolutely loved the novel, it was great to get the opportunity to work within the World and to utilise the characters I’d grown to love.    I was really pleased that Barry agreed I could write about Napoleon Stone and Vincent Marconi as along with The Reverend they were my favourite characters in the book.   With Roy Huteson Stewart on pencils and inks and Paul McLaren lettering we’ve shaped a tale that I’m very proud of, a slice of pulp with a dark edge.

The story will be released digitally very soon and the  anthology  will be available at Thought Bubble in Leeds next month.    We’ll have most of the ever growing creative team all in one place, so I’m sure a few pints will be raised to celebrate.  Here’s a sneak preview of the cover courtesy of Valia Kapadai and the first 5 pages – enjoy.

The Hat Decides Episode 66

Three idiots and occasional guest-hosts discuss topics suggested by the listeners.  It’s unrehearsed, unedited, unimportant and utterly irrelevant.

That is how popular comedy podcast The Hat Decides (featuring members of award winning comics podcast QPAW!) is described.

A few weeks ago I was one of those idiots (well a guest-host at least) and the episode is now live.  Despite being on lots of podcasts over the years as well as spending some time as a radio presenter the whole thing was surprisingly nerve wracking.  Marvel at how uncomfortable I am talking about my “real” life when I haven’t got a comic book launch or pop song to hide behind.   Download the episode here to see what you think.

 

Through younger eyes.

Prompted by a recent Word Balloon interview with Tom Katers and the reaction to the DCnU relaunch I’ve decided to give someone with a slightly fresher view of comics an airing.  Introducing my 12 year old nephew, Matthew: 

 

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Hello, everybody! It’s Matt! Apparently, my Uncle has left the rest of this post in my “capable” hands. I will be guest writing on this blog occasionally, doing reviews and other relevant comic stuff.  I’ve been into comics since I could read and my first comic was the Beano but to be honest I’ve grown apart from it now and moved on to much bigger things.  Although I still have an infinitely large stack of them in my room.  Also I’m into the Simpsons (I still collect the comics and have the 100th issue and I really want to get issue 1 from eBay) and I am currently reading the Spider-Man 2099 series.  I also like the Scott Pilgrim series, I got into it after watching the movie and now have all 6 books digitally and also in book form too.

My hobbies include reading comics (as if you didn’t know!), playing video games (especially games made by Valve) and sleeping. I also play Minecraft, Assassin’s Creed and Spider-Man Shattered Dimensions.  I’d rather read and play the PS3 than watch TV, but when I do I usually watch The Simpsons, Futurama and Doctor Who.  I’m also on Facebook (*prepares for tidal wave of Friend requests and pokes*) so if anyone wants to see any updates, go there. Anyway best be off Sonic the hedgehog 2 is calling on my iPod Touch.