Interview with Dan Cornwell – Artist on Rom of the Reds by John Wagner & Alan Grant

RomP1cropBack in November I reviewed The Heather Ale by Jack Lothian & Alan Brown. In that review I mentioned the news that a new comic had been announced by the publisher Black Hearted Press. That title was Rom of The Reds written by John Wagner & Alan Grant and illustrated by Dan Cornwell.

The comic will be colour, here is what it looks like in ink.

John Grant and Alan Wagner are giants of the UK Comic industry. Two of the finest. Dan Cornwell is a lesser known name, he is from small press background and I only know his work from Dogbreath, a 2000AD fanzine.

Dogbreath is dedicated to the story Strontium Dog, created by John Wagner and Carlos Ezquerra. Dan illustrated a story in Dogbreath 28 and Dogbreath 29.

I had interviews with John Wagner and Carlos Ezquerra published in Dogbreath 28, I’ve since published them on this blog.

So you can imagine the excitement of the Dogbreath team and those of us that read it and/or have also contributed to it.

You can see more of Dan’s art and read about his journey on his blog at WordPress.

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An Interview with Jessica Preddy and Edward Mitchell – Mi’Lady De Winter and Athos in The First Musketeer

milady athosThe First Musketeer is a six part webseries that starts on 1st June 2014. Telling the story before the books by Alexander Dumas. The story follows Athos as he meets his friends and foes for the first time.

I’ve already published an Interview with Harriet Sams, Writer/Director of the series.

Today I have an interview with the actors portraying Athos and Anne, our romantic leads. Anne is destined to become the villainous Mi’Lady De Winter.

Jessica Preddy and Edward Mitchell are our star-crossed lovers…

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Interview with Harriet Sams – Writer & Director of The First Musketeer

the-first-musketeer-official-poster-1The First Musketeer is a prequel to the books by Alexander Dumas set around 1619, six years before D’Artagnan arrives in Paris. This is the first meeting of Arthos, Porthos and Aramis.

This original drama was written, directed and produced by Harriet Sams. Harriet studied at The Guildhall School of Music and Drama. She has worked on a number of TV series, including Call the Midwife, as a Production Assistant.

The First Musketeer is he first major project. A six-part series with a total running time of one hour eight minutes. The series opens on YouTube on 1st June 2015.

So this fresh new look at the old heroes comes from a fresh young cast and crew.

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Interview with Martin Simmonds – Artist on Death Sentence: London

AllcoverssmDeath Sentence was a smash hit in 2013/14 and I wrote about the mini series quite a bit. Created by Montynero and Mike Dowling it told of three people who had contracted the deadly STD G+ Virus. They had six months to live – however the side effects included a boost to their creative skills and super powers…

Having garnered early support from Mark Millar and then released internationally by Titan this book really caught my imagination. Montynero has been published in 2000AD and written a couple of things for a company called Marvel. Mike Dowling is quite simply rushed off his feet since…

But this is an interview with Martin Simmonds. I first came across his name when Monty announced that due to how busy Mike was he had brought Martin in to work on volume 2, at that point simply entitled Death Sentence.

Martin has been involved with a number of online and small press projects over the years including; Eponymous, Dead Roots and Disconnected along with a few covers on other titles. So this is his first big project with a wide distribution.

You can keep an eye on what Martin is up to by following him on Twitter, a website is on the way.

I’ve seen a few pages from the forthcoming Death Sentence: London that launches in June (details regarding pre-orders are in an earlier article) and I’m really excited about this new era in the lives of the characters I met in the mini series. There are three preview images at the end of the interview.

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An Interview with Carlos Ezquerra

CarlosThis the second interview that originally appeared in Dogbreath Issue 28, March 2014. You can read the first, An Interview with John Wagner.

Dogbreath is a Fanzine dedicated to Strontium Dog, created by John Wagner and Carlos Ezquerra for Starlord in 1978. When Starlord merged with 2000AD the strip followed and has proven to be a continued success.

You can get copies of this issue from Futurequake Press, I reviewed the magazine on 9th March 2014.

Strontium Dog follows the exploits of Johnny Alpha, a mutant from Milton Keynes in the 22nd Century.

I was asked to do these interviews by the editors of Dogbreath as they had read some of the interviews I had already published on the blog.

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An Interview with John Wagner

DB28This interview originally appeared in Dogbreath Issue 28, March 2014. You can get copies from Futurequake Press, I reviewed the magazine on 9th March 2014.

Dogbreath is a Fanzine dedicated to Strontium Dog, created by John Wagner and Carlos Ezquerra for Starlord in 1978. When Starlord merged with 2000AD the strip followed and has proven to be a continued success.

Strontium Dog follows the exploits of Johnny Alpha, a mutant from Milton Keynes in the 22nd Century.

I was thrilled to be asked to do this interview with writer John Wagner by the editors of Dogbreath. I did a second interview for the same issue with the artist Carlos Ezquerra,

I’m a fan so to get to interview John Wagner and Carlos Ezquerra was amazing. If you have a look around my blog I’ve done quite a few interviews and I’m really grateful to everyone I’ve interviewed for giving up some of their time for me.

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