Planet Goth novel cover art + Black/White noir comic-book anthology now released

PLANET GOTH cover artOK, so last entry I whined (a wee bit) about the copy editing of Depth Charging Ice Planet Goth (due out mid-year) ‘cos I had no faith in my ability to juggle present/past tenses, but got the final version back — thanks, Dom! — with not quite so many red marks as I expected.

So, it’s now being formatted at Perfect Edge, and the mock-up front cover art also finished (see here) including the painting by Kmye Chan. I went with the white background (a) to make this painting stand out more still, and (b) to reflect the ice/snow symbolism.

Kind of.

Also this week, we unveiled the Black/White noir comic book anthology through IF? Commix.

An anthology of international artists that includes Canadians Drezz Rodriguez (see picture below) and Michael Grills, American Nathan St John, British artist Andrew Chiu, and Argentinian Marcos Vergara — alongside Aussies me and Matt Kyme, who organized everything and did the cover — Black/White is an exploration of both hues (yep, you called it, black and white) along with the subtleties between the two. There are some, by the way.

BLACK-WHITE comic COVERThe focus here is noir, along with a darkly comic sense of humour. These yarns further veer into the territory of crime, assisted suicide, and post-apocalyptic dystopia — and that’s just for starters.

While it’s going be published as a 28-page hard-copy by new indie Australian house IF? in March 2014, the digital version available already to pre-order online for $1 here.

To get a real feel for the contents of this anthology, check out the article that just appeared over thanks to the cool cats @ Pipedream Comics (they outlined the release and have 12 frames from the book).

There’s also been very cool support coming in from Crime Fiction Lover, Comic Bastards, ComicsBuzz and First Comic News.

Otherwise Matt and I are currently pottering away on Tales to Admonish #3. This week #2 scored a fantastic review thanks to @ All-Comic — check that out HERE —and was kindly included in Greg Burgas’ Comics Should Be Good! column at Comic Book Resources and the Small Press Roundup thanks to Aaron @ ComicBooked.com. The issue also scored a wunderbar review courtesy of Shawn Michael Vogt @ Weird and Wonderful Reads.

Zig Zag_2_Drezz RodriguezGetting away from artwork and back to my novel Depth Charging Ice Planet Goth (which is set for release via Perfect Edge Books in the UK in about May or June 2014), last week I received one of the best reviews ever for one of my tomes. Seriously. And there have been some beautiful crits I’ve loved and for which I’m eternally grateful. I think this review stands out as a perfect piece of constructive criticism, so hats off to the very cool John Rickards @ The Nameless Horror. Ta, mate!

To wrap, I’ll steer you in the direction of a blog post I did a couple of days ago for very cool scribe Paul D. Brazill, in which I waffled on about the insane amount of comics I’ve consumed over the past 3 months, the Black/White project, and Depth Charging Ice Planet Goth — thanks again, P.B.

And my reading fodder right now, as if it matters to anyone else outside my headspace?

Today I whipped through Hawkeye #15 by Matt Fraction, David Aja and Matt Hollingsworth — wow. Just wow. Purple boxers and a killer finale — along with the rather sensational Black Science #4 by Rick Remender, Matteo Scalera and Dean White.

Meanwhile merrily skipping through Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ’s Childhood Pal, by Christopher Moore…

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