As illustration jobs go, this one was pretty damned exciting. ^_^
For those that are still catching up on the series, in A&E’s “Bates Motel” airing Mondays @ 10/9c, Norman Bates discovers a sketchbook hidden underneath the carpeting in one of the rooms at the Bates Motel. Inside, he finds Chinese writing and manga sketches, immediately becoming captivated by the drawings. Norman, along with his classmate and friend Emma Decody, begin to dig deeper into the story behind the sketches and stumble upon a bigger mystery than either of them could have imagined. As the season unfolds, more characters from the manga are introduced and more secrets exposed; this book is the story of one of those characters...
With thanks as ever to Fehed Said, my website has itself a new banner! I think this one sums me up a little better these days. ^_^ (He has a new indiegogo campaign running, btw - well worth a look if you're a writer or a reader. ) With a new banner, I HAD to make a new post!
So what's new with me? Gawd, so much I'd love to say more about! One particularly exciting job will come to light in the next few weeks. It's not anything to do with book publishing...or even Richard III...so I'll leave you with that for now. But yes, very soon, I'll be able to spill the beans. ^_^
Here's one I CAN tell you about. I've seen the lettered pages for the Avalon Chronicles #2 and it's lovely! I'm so excited about it coming out, and I hope you are too. You can pre-order the book RIGHT NOW! I do recommend you let your local shops know you want it to be sure it's in stock on release.
Meanwhile, there's a short pause in Shadow Kiss inks while I wait for notes, but I'm over half way now!
And if you click the banner of ink previews, you'll see that some French Vampire Academy fans have been super sleuths! Yep - looks like a French edition of the GNs is on its way in June! Passionnant!
Okay, that'll do for now. Look out soon for a list of my convention appearances this year. It's going to be a busy one!
So much is going on and I've been so slow to update here! My tumblr and twitter accounts are much more up to date, at least ^_^
First up: Vampire Academy has seen its main three characters cast for the film version! Click the banner to be taken to my tumblr post on the subject. So exciting!
The Avalon Chronicles Volume 2 is now available for pre-order! Do let your local shops and libraries know the good news, and be sure to order yourself a copy. (Cover design is not final) Previews code: FEB131089 Banner leads to Amazon.com.
I have also received Antony Johnston's script for Alex Rider: Scorpia...and it's going to be an exciting book, blimey! I've made a start on character designs and will share them once we're all approved. ^_^
If you're following me over at tumblr or twitter, you'll have already received some festive cheer posts from me, but the time has come to wind up the studio for Christmas...so it's about time I posted here at HQ ^_^
It's been a pretty amazing year for me, with releases including: Frostbite and The Avalon Chronicles, as well as a reprint of Dragon Heir:Reborn and a short piece appearing in the Thought Bubble anthology. As well as that I've been working with a couple of television companies and seeing my work connected with some very cool programmes - more news on that in the new year! Then there was Richard III's leap into the public eye, a medical comic that I hope will save a few lives, and, of course, I've been to lots of convetions and met tons of amazing, friendly people who make me proud to be part of comics.
All in all, it's been a positive year work-wise, despite being a very sad one personally. I've lost a few too many family members this year and sincerely hope for a healthier happier year for my nearest and dearest next year. And work-wise? I look forward to diving into the world of Alex Rider with my new collaborator, Antony Johnston. We've been waiting for a chance to wreak havoc together in comics, and Alex Rider has given us our chance! We even have the amazing Kate Brown joining us on colours for the title, so - as you can imagine - these books are going to rock. ^_^
So, in 2013 watch out for Alex Rider news, Shadowkiss (the third Vampire Academy graphic novel), The girl and the unicorn (part two of the Avalon Chronicles) and a few more suprises! Have yourselves a wonderful festive season, everyone. xx
Details can be found by clicking the link above. I'm very excited to be working with Antony Johnston on the books, and they are of course adapted by him from Anthony Horowitz's fantastic novel series. There are already graphic novels of the series out there, and I do urge you to go check them out because they're really lovely books, but I'll be jumping in at Scorpia; book five in the series.
I'm thrilled to be joining Walker Books on this series - what a great team I'm getting to work with! ^_^
And fighting off jetlag and con-lurgy, huzzah. But, boy, was it worth it! I'll slowly be writing up parts of my trip as life settles, but for now you can find a few mini-tumblr posts:
This new and shiny tablet and software set combines Wacom and Manga Studio - two of my favourite things in the world.
Some photos of New York City - I'm already missing it!
My Vampire Academy signing at the comic con was amazing! Thank yooooo!
More to come, but I met and caught up with so many amazing people, my head is still reeling. A wonderful time, wonderful place, wonderful friends. ^_^
Next week I head to New York for the comic con - OMG! I can't wait to see friends and meet some new faces. Many thanks to the wonderful Jimmy Aquino and Ben Templesmith for letting me stay at their place. I love you guyssss.
So, while I'm at the show, I'll be putting in a little time as well. I don't have a table this year, but you can find me at the following places and times:
Oni Press Booth:
Friday - 3pm - 3:45 pm
Saturday - 3pm - 3:45pm
Sunday - 2pm - 2:45pm
Penguin Books booth:
Sunday 12:30 - 1:30
Comic News Insider booth (in the podcast area):
No set time yet, but I'll be around the booth a fair bit over the weekend, doing signings on Saturday and Sunday.
Do come and say hi! ^_^