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Peter Rogers – Writer

Month: January, 2014

One month into the year of doing

As we hit the New Year I decided that 2014 needed to be the year of doing, the year of getting more work out there, the year of less procrastination, less over-analysing, less self-criticism, more fun, more experimentation, more motivation, more self-belief, more collaborations and more work in print.  And less than a month into the year, so far so go.

I have a number of different projects on the go, a mixture of short stories for anthologies and mini series ideas, and I’ve been lucky enough to receive inked, coloured and lettered pages in my inbox every week this year. Here are some of the latest works in progress.

The Eve

An 11 page story, written in reverse from pre-existing and appearing in Metaverse anthology.  The Eve has pencils and inks by Jason Copland, colours by Darren Brown and letters by HdE.

Here’s Page One lettered.

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And coloured.

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The whole story is lettered, and 4 of the pages are coloured.

The Moon Eater

A 4 page story, pencils and inks by Ben Holliday, colours by Kirsty Swan and letters by Colin Bell.  This story will appear in the Haiyan Benefit Anthology book, aiding victims of the super-typhoon last November.  You can pre-order the book, and help the cause here.

Here’s a colour version of Page One.  The story is all coloured and about to be lettered.

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15-Minute Heroes

Cheuk Po has been very busy on this superhero reality show mini series, which we’ll be ready to pitch very soon. As well as the pitch pages we are very near to having all 24 pages of Issue 1 inked, with new pages arriving every week or so.

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Alongside these projects, the two books I’m co-writing with Steve Aryan are also gaining pace. Simone Guglielmini has been sending over concepts and layouts for The Promise, and Maysam Barza is working through pencilling, inking and colouring pages for Flux.

2014, I’m loving it so far.

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No (Comic) Code

I’ve been working on this project for quite some time, and I can finally share some details about it in readiness for next month’s Kickstarter campaign.

 No (Comic) Code is an anthology book, featuring over 60 small press and professional comic creators, all of whom share a mutual love for the band Pearl Jam. The line up includes the likes of Ron Marz (Witchblade), Marc Laming (Planet of the Apes), Sterling Gates (Superman), Rob Williams (Judge Dredd), Mike Collins (Dr Who), Michael Moreci (Hoax Hunters), Paul Allor (GI Joe), Wilfredo Torres (The Shadow Year One) and Richard P Clark (House of Gold and Bones). One of our creators Vicky Stonebridge has already done some Pearl Jam inspired work.

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The book (which will be square and LP sized) will feature 17 stories inspired by the songs from the 1996 album No Code (and a few from the sessions), plus a series of illustrated essays about Pearl Jam.  Needless to say, as a rabid fan of the band for over 20 years, I’m rather excited about the possibility of bringing this to life.

We’ll be sharing more in the coming weeks as we approach the fundraising campaign, and you can follow the book’s progress on twitter and tumblr.

To whet your appetite, here’s some work in progress from Around the Bend, written by Ollie Masters, with art by Robert Carey.

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Bags of Action Episode 9 – Last Boy Scout

We’re back with a new episode of our action movie podcast, and we’re hoping to stick to a monthly schedule in 2014. In this ep Stephen Aryan and I are joined by Gavin Jones from The Sidekickcast to discuss Last Boy Scout.  This classic 90s actioner stars Bruce Willis and Daman Wayans, was written by Shane Black and directed by Tony Scott. NSFW.

Listen to the show here, or find us on itunes.

All change in the Metaverse

I haven’t quite gotten to the point of writing a “What I did in 2013” post just yet, nor I have put together a “What I’m aiming to achieve in 2014” post either. It’s possible I won’t do either, forgoing the public navel gazing to get more writing done. The name change and new look to the blog are both part of my push to get more written and more published this year, so I’m trying to start the year being true to my word.

Having said that, I did think that I’d take the opportunity to share a “one door closes and another one opens” story, something that’s all too typical of small press and indie comic creation.  I’ve probably mentioned the Metaverse anthology before, it’s the brainchild of Terry Cooper (Kangazang!) and Simon Wilson.  The book was originally planned for this year’s Cardiff International Comic and Animation Expo, but as that show is no longer going ahead, the book is slated for another convention in April.

The original script I submitted for Metaverse was “Versus”, a story with a somewhat convoluted history of its own. The first draft of that script was originally written for Lee Grice’s aborted Dinosaurs v Robots book, with Lee himself doing all the art. When that book didn’t proceed, I revisited the script as part of a challenge for Comics Experience workshop. The script was picked as the favourite submission that month, which gained me a very insightful critique and some excellent notes from Marvel editor Bill Rosemann.  The revised version, taking Bill’s notes into account, was then approved for Martin Conaghan’s Overload anthology, with artist Dave Stokes (Shepperton’s Waltz) attached on art duties.   Dave ended up being too busy,  Overload was postponed, so I submitted the script to Metaverse and brought in a new artist, Paul Ridgon (Transformers, Starship Troopers)who I was slated to work with previously some years ago. The story got the greenlight, and Paul was making good progress with the art, but unfortunately he ended up having to pull out, due to other commitments, meaning I was a little stuck.

Paul Ridgon's work from Versus

Paul Ridgon’s work from Versus

 

There wasn’t time for a new artist to get Versus ready for the deadline, so I needed to find a story which had already been pencilled and inked. I looked back through my old folders and found “The Eve“.  The Eve dates back as far as 2010, and has my words coupled with the exquisite art of Jason Copland (Kill all Monsters, Daredevil).   Jason originally posted the pages on his blog at the end of 2010, inviting writers to take his finished art and work it into a story, so the whole tale was effectively reverse engineered.  Jason liked my interpretation, and had previously given me permission to include The Eve in FTL, the anthology title from Orang Utan Comics.  That didn’t come to be, but now, a couple of years later, this story, which I was very happy with, is finally going to see the light of day. Along with that, Paul is going to return to Versus in the future, so we can either include it in a later edition of Metaverse or put it forward for another anthology (possibly through my own Dapper Chimp imprint), so it all worked out in the end. This is typical of self publishing and small press comics, you might end up going through a number of artist collaborators and also potential publishers, but if the work is good enough and you’re committed enough to keep going, you’ll eventually find an outlet and an audience.

Jason Copland’s work from The Eve

 

2013 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 2,700 times in 2013. If it were a cable car, it would take about 45 trips to carry that many people.

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