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Peter Rogers – Writer

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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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Back to the old school

Back in late 2007 I entered the Shadowline  Who wants to create a Super-Heroine writing contest. Much like the recent Top Cow Talent Hunt, which I also entered, the deadline was the end of the year. I can definitely remember being at my parents for Christmas and working on my idea there.  

My concept, which has gone by the name Fifteen Minute Heroes and also Auntie Sam, like around 5,000 other entries wasn’t named the winner. But, there was something about it that I really liked, even if I do say so myself. It wasn’t the high concept, or even the super heroic element, it was the human side of the story and the central characters’ relationships with one another.  I talked to a few artists about bringing the story to life, people like Carlos Gomez, Eric M Smith and Braxton Harrison.  Working with Braxton almost came to pass, but he was too busy to work on the book in the end.  That was a real shame, especially when his concept work looked this good.

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I got moving on the series pretty quickly, I plotted the whole mini series, did a character bible, broke the story beats down page by page and scripted all of Issue 1 and much of Issue 2.  But, it was around this time that I started doing the same thing for the concept that eventually became The Interactives (thanks to my friend writer/artist Simon Wyatt who came up with the title). So the project got sidelined and I never felt the urge to return to it, until now.

I’ve been working with Cheuk Po on a short story called Blood Dolls, which will be appearing in the British Showcase anthology from Markosia.  Working together has been great, and we’ve both been keen to collaborate on something longer. So I sent Cheuk some of my ideas, a mixture of new and not fully fleshed out stories, and older ones like this one.  And he was interested in this super-heroine concept, so I went back and looked at it again.  Tonally, it’s along the same lines as The Interactives, and I’m surprised to say I’m still really happy with it. And I’m very excited about rewriting it and getting it moving again. Watch this space.