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Peter Rogers – Writer

Month: November, 2013

Bubble Burst?

I won’t be at Thought Bubble this weekend, and to say that I’m gutted about that would be putting it mildly.  The Leeds based comics festival has developed into probably the UK’s best convention, it’s well organised, well funded, slick and welcoming.  I went last year and in 2011 (complete with Movember moustache and some killer dance moves) and thoroughly enjoyed myself both times.  The writer’s panel last year was my second favourite I’ve been to, beaten only by Tony Lee interviewing Howard Chaykin in Bristol back in 2006.

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Lots of my friends are going and the guest list is, as always, full of stellar names like Matt Fraction, Fiona Staples, Geoff Darrow, Kelly Sue Deconnick, David Aja, Rafael Alburquerque, Image Comics’ Publisher Eric Stephenson and Director of Business Development Ron Richards. I also usually get to do some in person co-writing at TB too, as my writing partner Steve Aryan is based locally.  We did a lot of work on Flux (our creator owned mini series with Iranian artist Maysam Barza) in Leeds, and we could have spent some time working on our new project (with art by Simone Guglielmini from Image’s Near Death). We also recorded an episode of our podcast Bags of Action from Steve’s house last year, about Enter the Dragon if my memory serves me correctly.

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Sadly, Thought Bubble wasn’t to be for me this year, but you can still pick up books with my name on them at this year’s show. If you head over to the Markosia stand in New Dock Hall and pick up British Showcase Anthology, 144 pages of stories including my own Blood Dolls with Cheuk Po.   Over on the Orang Utan Comics stand, they will have limited copies of sci-fi romp The Intergalactic Adventures of Zakk Ridley, which I co-wrote with Ian Sharman and features art by Ewan McLaughlin.

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I was originally meant to be sharing table space with my good friend Chris Lewis (my singing partner on Warren G and Nate Dogg’s Regulate at last year’s Mid Show party) at the convention.  So if you see him, please say hello and pick up a copy of his excellent mini series Drones, the trade paperback debuts at the show.  He’s also in New Dock Hall as well.

And if you really want to make me feel better about missing the comic event of the year, feel free to back the Forgotten Planet campaign on Kickstarter 😉

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Blood Dolls hits Comixology

At the end of last year I wrote a short story called Blood Dolls, as part of a monthly writing challenge on the Comics Experience workshop forum. After getting some feedback and critiques from other forum members and workshop staff, I set about re-writing a second draft. Around the same time I met an up and coming artist called Cheuk Po, a fellow member of the Small Press Commandoes Facebook group.  He was looking for scripts to work on, so I sent him Blood Dolls.  Fast forward about 10 months and you can now read our story via Comixology.

I was approached by editor Adam Cheal to submit a story to a new anthology from Markosia called British Showcase, around the same time I was receiving pages from Cheuk. We brought in Matthew John Soffe on colours and Mindy Lopkin on letters and pretty quickly our little rock n’ roll tale was complete. The full 146 page anthology features a host of British talent, and the physical copy debuted last month at the Scardiff convention.  You can pick the book up digitally for just $4.99 or £2.99, which is an absolute steal.  Go get it.

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Don’t let Forgotten Planet be forgotten.

Our relaunched Kickstarter started really well, and we hit 30% in just a few days.  Then, we seemed to hit the wall a little and we’ve gone backwards a bit today. If you’ve read any of my previous work, such as The Interactives (Markosia) and my contributions to Eleventh Hour, FTL and Unseen Shadows, and enjoyed it please share the campaign.  If you’re a fan of science fiction action adventure comics, help spread the word. Once we get to £1750, 50% of our Issue 1 target we’ll be revealing some exciting stretch goals, which I think you’ll want to hear about.

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Forgotten Planet kicks again

It’s been just over a month since the Kickstarter campaign for Forgotten Planet failed to reach target.  If at first you don’t succeed, re-launch as a single issue rather than a graphic novel.

Artist Giancarlo Caracuzzo (Random Acts of Violence, Jonah Hex), our editor and publisher Shane Chebsey of Scar Comics and I have dusted ourselves off and are giving it another go.  We need £3,500 this time around, and have reached 16% on day one of the new campaign.  Hopefully we’ll reach our goal and be able to get Issue 1 out there, and then move on to completing the 4 issue mini series and subsequent trade.

Please share the link and pledge if you can.

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New project taking shape

The cat is out of the bag about the next project that Stephen Aryan and I are co-writing, alongside Flux with artist Maysam Barza. We’re not quite ready to share the premise or the working title, as it’s very early days.  But we are extremely pleased to have Italian artist Simone Guglielmini (Near Death) on board.  The project is an action thriller mini series set in L.A. and we’ll be taking the pitch to publishers early in 2014.

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