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Peter Rogers – Writer

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Writer’s Room

I’ve been co-writing comics with Steve Aryan since 2011 and we have two titles in development together, Flux and The Promise with artists Maysam Barza (Fubar) and Simone Guglielmini (Near Death) respectively.  When we began work on our third collaboration, we decided that two heads may not be enough.

We’ve been taking a US TV style Writer’s Room approach to our next project, with one overarching storyline, told through a series of one shots penned by a variety of writers. Initially we began with four of us, working through the concept and breaking down the overall story via Skype. We then each pitched two one shot ideas and collectively agreed which were the strongest ones, those strongest ones would be scripted by the writer who pitched them (the idea of writing each other’s wasn’t something we were quite ready for yet). Sadly one of our number had to pull out due to other commitments, leaving us with myself, Steve and Cy Dethan (Cancertown, Indifference Engine) as the line-up for ‘Season One”.

It’s been exciting to compare notes between us and to start creating a world and set of characters together. I’ll have more to report on this project in the coming months. Steve had more to say on it here.

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.

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 😉

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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