What? It’s 15th July already? How did that happen?
Today has been a day of ticking things off the list. Just submitted a new Warhammer 40,000 short story and an article for an upcoming issue of SFX. This afternoon I start the next Warhammer 40,000 short while also continuing work on the novella. Talk about all go – but I refuse to moan about the heat. It’s better than the alternative and if it gets any hotter I can always work in my speedos. Now, there’s an image for you all. Please don’t have nightmares.
Talking of articles (he says, quickly changing the subject), it’s time for a blatant plug – the special 164-page Comic Heroes Presents Superheroes bookazine is out now from Future Publishing.
Here’s the official blurb:
Comic Heroes magazine is SFX‘s sister title and six times per year it’s the premier choice for comics buffs, a guide to the biggest and best comics have to offer. And for the first time in 2013 we’ve created a special edition dedicated to superhero comics. It features loads of new and exclusive interviews with the top creators, as well as a collection of the best articles from our archives. This is where you’ll find out the world’s favourite superheroes – thousands of votes were cast – plus go deeper into their creation, foes and key stories.
As well as Paul Cornell on Wolverine, Mark Millar and John Romita Jr on Kick-Ass, 75 years of Superman, a guide to Jack Kirby, plus Alan Moore vs Grant Morrison, you’ll find a feature by me on Image Comics, chronicling the origins and impact of America’s third biggest comic publisher.
It’s hard to believe it’s over 20 years since Todd McFarlane, Erik Larsen, Rob Liefield, Jim Lee and Whilce Portacio walked out on Marvel to set up their own comic company. The early Image comics were gaudy, violent and, in some cases, definitely examples of style over substance, but their legacy is still felt today. If it wasn’t for the excesses of Spawn, Shadow Hawk, Youngblood and the others we wouldn’t have some of the best comics published today (and my bank balance would be looking considerably healthier too. I dread to think how much I’ve spent on the likes of Elephantmen, Chew, Saga and Invincible over the last few years – not that I consider a single penny of it wasted!)
I’m enjoying dipping in and out of the bookazine myself and was stupidly happy to see Bananaman appear in the top 50 superheroes – especially as it was me who suggested popping the fruit-guzzling hero in the original voting list. Hurrah! And much higher than I thought he’d be too!
I was going to have a banana to celebrate, but we’ve not got any in. Is it wrong to celebrate Bananaman by eating an apple?
Ahem. Anyone would think I wasn’t busy…