Happy Monday! Here’s my latest weekly round up. I think some big news is dropping tomorrow and almost decided to wait, but am trying my hardest to keep these coming out each and every Monday whenever possible. You’ll just have to check back tomorrow to find out what the news is, won’t you?
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I’m writing this after returning from a week’s creative retreat with my buddy, George Mann. We headed off into the English countryside, paying another visit to what is becoming our regular bolthole in the middle of the Cotswolds.
It really is the most incredible location, miles away from anywhere with nothing but rolling farmland as far as the eye can see.
Just look at the sunset that greeted us on the first night…
The week was spent planning and brainstorming. We continued work on the movie script idea we’ve been developing and prepped the pitch for the adult animation pilot that we wrote last time we were at the barn, as well as coming up with an idea for another series that we shared with our animation partners. Thankfully, they were as excited about it as we are. More on all that very soon.
An important part of a retreat like this is the opportunity to recharge, so we made sure we spent some time exploring the local villages including Morton-in-Marsh (stopping off at Charlotte’s Pantry & Tearoom, home of the best pumpkin soup and cheese scones!), Stow-on-the-Wold (with special shout outs to the Borzoi Bookshop and Cabinet of Colours where I picked up this ace art print by Dick Vincent) and Burford (where George found The Most Important Comic Book on Earth in the wonderful Madhatter Bookshop)
Not only did I come back with bags groaning with new books, art cards, notebooks and local produce (Rollright Cheese is a new favourite of mine!), the visits were incredibly productive as, yes, we relaxed, but but we also couldn’t help but discuss stories as we wandered. Both George and I have come home with new ideas, George with the beginnings of a really spooky short story and me with a concept that may well evolve into a new horror novella.
Then there were the evenings when we fired up the projector and treated ourselves to big screen movies, running through Conjuring 3: The Devil Made Me Do It, The Green Knight, The Changeling (introducing George to one of my all-time favourite movies), The Vigil and, for a little pre-Christmas fun, Krampus and Gremlins.
Oh, and knowing that we would be returning to the Rollright Stones at some point in the week, we also watched that classic Doctor Who story, The Stones of Blood. Of course, when we finally made it to the stones I couldn’t help but tit about, while George just played it cool!
NEWS & UPDATES
- I’ve mentioned my love of Fangoria before, so I was chuffed to little (bloody) bits to turn up in a special article about Shadow Service’s most gore-soaked moments with a commentary by myself and Shadow Service’s co-creator, Corin Howell.
Check it out here.
- Marvel has released covers and solicits for February’s Star Wars comics, including not one, but two issues of Star Wars: The High Republic. It’s fair to say that issue 15’s cover is a little… traumatic. Go see for yourself on the official Star Wars website.
- Convention Alert – I was announced as one of the guests at next year’s Bristol Comic Con, which runs 3 to 4 September 2022 in my home town! You can see the full list of guests here.
- This is just incredible – a fan composed and performed soundtrack for the first book in the Star Wars: The High Republic initiative, Charles Soule’s Light of the Jedi. Hats off to Grushkov for composing a full 20-track album which you can listen to on YouTube. Star Wars fans are amazing!
- I was interviewed about Shadow Service on the I Read Comic Books podcast. Pop over to their site to listen or download wherever you grab your podcasts!
OUT THIS WEEK
STAR WARS: THE HIGH REPUBLIC ADVENTURES – MONSTER OF TEMPLE PEAK #4
Writer: Cavan Scott | Pencils and Inks: Rachael Stott | Letters: Johanna Nattalie | Colours: Vita Efremova & Nicola Righu | Editors: Heather Antos, Riley Farmer and Guido Frazzini
Follow former Jedi turned saber-for-hire monster hunter Ty Yorrick in this adventure-packed High Republic miniseries by Cavan Scott and Rachael Stott!
In the final part, Ty uncovers the truth deep in the Gretalax’s cave and must make a choice: the way of the Jedi or the way of the monster hunter? She must choose fast in order to protect the villagers and bring harmony to the settlement.