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Peter Rogers – Writer

Month: October, 2013

Bags of Action Episode 8 – Expendables 2

Having been extremely honest about the first Expendables movie, Steve Aryan and I finally got round to talking about the sequel in our last show of 2012.

Check out the latest episode here, and joins us in the New Year to talk about Shane Black and Tony Scott’s Last Boy Scout.

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Nazi Zombies and Blood Dolls hit Scardiff

Tomorrow is my adopted home city’s first horror expo, the aptly titled Scardiff, featuring a host of creators from the horror world.

Dapper Chimp Press will be there, with the last of the first print run of Chris Smith and the Nazi Zombies from Hell Issue 1. CSATNZFH #1 was written by newcomer Julian Burrett, pencilled and inked by Viktor Bogdanovic (Reality Check), coloured by John Charles, lettered by Ian Sharman an edited by yours truly. If you’re at the show make sure you stop by and pick up a copy, before we sell out.

“…as an opening issue this is a promising start, combining a kind of existential slapstick with very real topical concerns about the rise of the extreme right-wing. Just as a book should not be judged by its cover neither should this comic be judged by its title alone…. ” Broken Frontier 

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Markosia will be launching their new British Showcase anthology collection at the show too, a full colour 144 page book, overflowing with short stories from the best rising talent from this side of the pond. I have a short story in the book called Blood Dolls, pencilled and inked by Cheuk Po, coloured by Matthew John Soffe and lettered by Mindy Lopkin.  17 of the creators are due to be at the event tomorrow, and we’ll all be signing copies of the book.

 

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With Halloween just around the corner, tomorrow seems like the perfect precursor to me.

 

 

In Progress

Having spent most of last month banging the drum for the Kickstarter campaign, it would be easy to think that Forgotten Planet was the only comic book project I’m working on.  That couldn’t be further from the truth and I’m hoping 2014 will see lots of new work on the shelves from me.

FLUX – Time travel thriller Flux is co-written by me and Steve Aryan, with art by Maysam Barza (FUBAR American History Z). It’s been pitched to a few publishers, and we have roughs done for all of Issue 1.

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15-MINUTE HEROES – Superhero book 15-Minute Heroes features Cheuk Po on art, my artist on short story Blood Dolls that comes out later this month in British Showcase Anthology from Markosia. All of Issue 1 has been pencilled, and 7 pages have been inked, we’ll be submitting to publishers very soon.

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THE PROMISE – Something new from me and Steve Aryan, we have much of it plotted out and a very exciting artist on board.

FORGOTTEN PLANET – Sci-fi action adventure book with with artist Giancarlo Caracuzzo (Jonah Hex, Random Acts of Violence), edited by Shane Chebsey and published by Scar Comics. A new Kickstarter will be launching shortly to hopefully get Issue 1 up and running.

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ANTHOLOGY 1– I have a very exciting anthology in the works that I can’t talk about just yet, it’s something a little different and has already attracted a wealth of talent.  Richmond Clements, co-editor of Zarjaz, Dogbreath, FutureQuake and Something Wicked magazines, is editing the book with me. This will be Dapper Chimp Press’ first foray on Kickstarter.

ANTHOLOGY 2 – We are planning a themed anthology from Dapper Chimp, featuring myself, Steve Aryan, Chris Lynch and a handpicked group of other creators by invite only.

As well as these, I have The Lament of Lady Mary with artist Conor Boyle coming from Unseen Shadows, Versus coming out in the Metaverse anthology with artist Paul Ridgon and graphic novel The Intergalactic Adventures of Zakk Ridley, which I co-wrote with Ian Sharman, Ewan McLaughlin is on art and that comes out from Markosia in March.

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Watch this space, there should be plenty of exciting work on the horizon with my name on it.

Dapper Chimp coming to Scardiff

Dapper Chimp’s next public appearance is at the Scardiff horror convention, Sunday 27th October at the Mercure Holland Hotel, Cardiff. Come and see us, and pick up a copy of Chris Smith and the Nazi Zombies from Hell Issue 1.

Sometimes you kick, sometimes you get kicked

Today was the final day of the Kickstarter campaign for Forgotten Planet and unfortunately we weren’t successful.  Although the more I think about it, that’s a very black and white way to look at things. I caught up with my editor and publisher Shane Chebsey of Scar Comics last night, and we picked over the bones of the campaign as it drew to a close.

We ended the campaign on 41%, with pledges totalling £4,729, but it is only by taking the overall target out of the equation that you start to see the real positives from the past 45 days.  It’s only when focussing on those high points that you really start to get some perspective on things.  187 people were willing to part with their hard earned cash to support the campaign, to pre-order the book and to be part of the community around the project.  I knew that my friends and family would get behind the campaign, that was never in doubt, but the real boon was seeing how much support came from people who didn’t know me, our artist Giancarlo Caracuzzo or Shane.  The split between people pledging from outside of Kickstarter and those finding us via the site was pretty much even. That gives me continued confidence in the concept, the story and the art, especially as what we’ve shown and shared so far  is just the tip of the iceberg.   There is far more to this story than what’s on the surface, and a lot more than just the high concept to enjoy.

It hasn’t just been people’s financial commitment to the campaign that has been impressive, it’s been people’s commitment to the project.  The benefits of growing a community through crowd-funding can’t be underestimated. I’ve had some great conversations via social media with people who have backed the project and seen them recommend and champion the book to others too. That’s before the book has come out, and having only read the first 5 pages.  It means a lot. These are the kind of things that make we want to keep going with the project, so we are currently looking at other ways to make Forgotten Planet a reality.

We managed to get coverage from sites like Geek Pride, Down the Tubes and Sci-Fi Pulse and Robot 6 at Comic Book Resourceswe announced our aspiring creator rewards on Bleeding Cool, and  IGN featured us in their Kickstarter round-up .  A long list of pro creators shared details of the campaign and a few pledged as well.  We also got interviewed by A Place to Hang your cape and Self Publisher! magazine (run by Dimestore Productions who published my first ever comic story), and I appeared on Sidekickcast, Nerds Assemble and Word Balloon along the way.  I’ve made some great connections with people I didn’t have prior to the campaign too.

All in all I’d like to thank every single person who backed the campaign, everyone who shared the link on social media, who told their friends, who took time out to check out the project and lend it their support.  I’d like to thank all the journalists and podcasters who covered the campaign or talked to us directly.  Big thanks go to Alex Hollowood for making our video trailer, Paul Montgomery from iFanboy and Fuzzy Typewriter for lending his vocal talents to our two audio trailers, Dan Riedo for producing the aforementioned audio trailers, Ian SharmanRichmond Clements, Dave Hendrick, Mike Allwood for taking our flyers to conventions across the UK,  Kristian Barry from the Comic Guru and Rob Fish from Fish 4 Comics for giving flyers to their customers (Kristian also pledged for our Special Guest Award which included an in store signing), Rob Williams, Si Spurrier, Ivan Brandon, Jimmy Palmiotti, Justin Gray and Michael Horwitz for saying some lovely things about me and Giancarlo, Chris Wildgoose and Mike Collins for joining us to supply pin-ups.  Also of course, Shane for overseeing things, Giancarlo for bringing his talents onto the project, John Charles who did a great job colouring our sample pages, and Azim Akberali, our original artist for helping shape the look of the book.  (I really hope I haven’t forgotten anyone, actually I must say thank you to our £500 backer, who went for the Never Forgotten Award and the chance to have a cameo in the book).

It’s been a roller coaster month and a half, but definitely a learning experience for all of us working on the project, especially as it was mine, and Scar’s, first crowd-funding campaign.  Hopefully our Plan B will help us take Cale Beckett back to Pluto in the near future.

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