THE FUSE Vol 1: The Russia Shift goes on sale this week, collecting the first case for our sci-fi detectives in a single 160pp volume for just $9.99:
“Hits fast and hard, with unapologetic wit and a no-nonsense attitude” — Bloody Disgusting
“Space cops investigating space murders is the sort of synopsis that gets my attention.” — Wired
“A crime procedural in space with fantastic characters… Antony Johnston has kind of popped to the top of my list of favorite creators.” — Fantastic Fangirls
To celebrate, we’re also RELEASING ISSUE #1 FOR FREE on digital, both at Image’s store and on Comixology. So if you haven’t read THE FUSE yet, you can try it out for free and see if sci-fi cops solving murder mysteries is your kind of thing.
If it turns out it is your kind of thing, you can order your copy of THE FUSE Vol 1 from comic stores with the order code JUN140504, or from bookstores with the ISBN 978-1632150080.
(If it isn’t your kind of thing, what the hell is wrong with you?)
• Finally, if you’re going to be in south-east England this weekend, remember that I’ll be SIGNING LIMITED EXCLUSIVE BOOKPLATE EDITIONS of both THE FUSE and UMBRAL at London’s Forbidden Planet Megastore on Saturday. Click that link for a peek at the bookplates, and more details on the signing times. Hope to see you there!
I’ll be appearing at the Forbidden Planet London Megastore on Saturday August 30, between 3-4pm.
(Don’t panic, British people — that’s the weekend after the August bank holiday.)
Eagle-eyed readers will note the date is just three days after THE FUSE Vol 1: THE RUSSIA SHIFT goes on sale, which is of course no coincidence at all.
But UMBRAL readers shouldn’t feel left out, because…
We’ve produced exclusive, signed and numbered limited edition bookplates for both THE FUSE and UMBRAL, featuring original art by Justin Greenwood and Christopher Mitten, for the event. We’ll give one away with each of the first 150 copies of THE FUSE and UMBRAL trade paperbacks sold.
If you can’t make it to the event, don’t worry — you can also order these “mini-print” editions online, although priority will be given to people actually buying in-store on the day. Nevertheless, if you want to order online, check the event page for details.
And of course readers of WASTELAND, THE COLDEST CITY, DAREDEVIL, whatever, are all welcome, too. Come one, come all. This will probably be the biggest signing I’ve yet done, so try and get there early, or at least on time, if you can.
Hope to see you there!
I won’t have slides at the talk or Q&A, so instead I’ve decided to put notes and links here. If you’ve come here from the Festival, this is what you’re looking for.
• The talk I gave at the 2010 GDC Game Narrative Summit was called Comics to Consoles, and you can watch it here.
• The cursed three-act structure.
• DIE HARD, for the youngsters in the audience.
• THE LOSERS, for the oldies in the audience.
• The novel SEVEN ANCIENT WONDERS. Seriously, read that synopsis and tell me it doesn’t sound like a game plot.
• More on some of the narrative devices we tried out in ZOMBIU.
2nd May 2014 / Appearances
Well, now you can also familiarise yourself with me (if you’ll pardon the expression). I’ll be appearing and signing at The Big Bang on Friday May 16th from 6pm onwards.
We’ll also be giving away swanky exclusive THE FUSE posters (right) to celebrate the event, but I have no idea how many we’ll have, so be sure to get there on time to claim yours.
There’s a Facebook event page with more details, info, etc.
(And if you’re wondering where the beer in the headline comes in… well, come on. It’s Dublin. If there’s no beer involved, I’ll eat my flat cap.)
I’ve been invited to appear at the Dublin Writers Festival, on Saturday May 17th, for a talk and panel session.
Fellow games writer Rob Morgan and I will each talk a little, and then answer questions, about the process and challenges of game writing. I’ve also been asked to give some insight on how it compares to writing comics, a subject on which regular readers will know I have a fair amount to say.
Should be fun, and as an additional bonus, this is my first trip to Dublin for over twenty years. I imagine it’s changed a fair bit since 1992…!
The session is on May 17th at 4pm, in the Conference Hall (Dublin Castle). Click here to book tickets.
24th April 2014 / Appearances
AFTER DAYS OF PASSION, which I created with Ben Templesmith in 2000, is a web comic that uses HTML technologies to present a nonlinear narrative in which the reader controls the navigation and experience, using only visual cues. It has no start, no end, and no set reading order. It’s a mood piece as much as a narrative (and is in fact based on the lyrics to a song I wrote in the mid-’90s).
As you can imagine, given its age, the ‘web technologies’ in question are somewhat primitive by modern standards. It’s basically just HTML and imagemaps. But it sufficed, and at the time it was quite unique.
Which is why Daniel Merlin Goodbrey, who’s curating the digital comics section of the exhibition, asked us if he could feature it, as “a significant piece in terms of hypercomics and interactive narratives.” Neither Ben nor I would presume to disagree.
(NB I’ve categorised this under Appearances because there didn’t really seem anywhere else to put it! But I won’t actually be appearing at the Library myself, sorry.)
Comics Unmasked, which will also feature lectures and workshops, runs from May 2nd to August 19th. More details at the British Library website.
25th March 2014 / Appearances
This coming weekend is Emerald City Comic Con in Seattle, and I’ll be there.
I’m sharing Table F-07 with my FUSE collaborator Justin Greenwood, where we’ll be only too happy to chat, sign, and sell you stuff.
I believe Justin’s con commission list is still open for the moment, too. So get in while you can.
Now, then: where to find us.
– Table F-07 is in artist’s alley, and once you’re in that area, just look for the big red banner with the same design as the cover of THE FUSE #1 (right).
– 12-1pm: Both signing at Oni Press, booth # 419
– 3-4pm: Both signing at Image Comics, booth # 212
– 10-11am: (I know, I know) Both signing at Oni Press, booth # 419
– 3-4pm: I’ll be on the Comic Writers on Writing panel alongside Jay Faerber, Jeff Parker, and Eric Stephenson. It’s in Room TCC 302.
This is my first time in the pacific north-west, and I’m really looking forward to it. Hope to see you there.
If you follow me on Tumblr, you also know that we sold out of those extra copies within a week. Which was pretty crazy, and probably meant there were still readers out there who weren’t able to get a copy.
So if that’s you, don’t despair; we’ve decided to go back to press for a 2nd printing of THE FUSE #1 after all. It’ll go on sale April 2nd, and you can pre-order your copy by giving your retailer the order code JAN148309.
Before then, I’ll be appearing at Emerald City Comic Con in Seattle. My first time in the Pacific north-west (which is kind of crazy, considering how many of my friends and colleagues are based there, not to mention my love of grunge-era Seattle metal bands…) and I’m looking forward to finally getting there a great deal.
I’ll be sharing a spot in artist’s alley with my FUSE co-creator Justin Greenwood, at Table F-07, and I’ve also been invited on to a writer’s panel. More details on that closer to the time.
If you can’t wait that long to hear me gab on about comics, you can listen to Issue #30 of the Comic Corner podcast, on which I was a guest and rambled at length about things like the recent explosion of sci-fi comics, why I write female protagonists, my theory on the fantasy genre in comics, and more. It’s a good one.
It’s fair to say I wasn’t expecting it to be quite so emotional as it turned out for me, but I guess when you’ve been writing a single character for 8 years — even if only for 800 words at a time! — you form an attachment. I’ll miss Ankya, and her intrepid travels.
19th November 2013 / Appearances
It’s that time of year again — the Thought Bubble Festival 2013 is already underway in Leeds, and this weekend will host its usual two-day convention.
Of course, the most important thing you need to know is that I’ll be DJing at the Saturday night party again. Make way for this train, ’cos it’s an express.
[EDIT: We all did quite short stints in the end, to fit everyone in. A playlist of my shameless floor-filling set is now up on YouTube.]
Apparently there’s also some comics thing going on?
LOL NERDS IDK.
Ming Doyle, Fiona Staples, Ales Kot, Brandon Graham, Richard Starkings, Image publisher Eric Stephenson and myself will talk about our work, creative freedom in comics, and all that jazz. Honestly, I wouldn’t be surprised if a few surprise guests, nudge nudge turn up for that one, too. It’s in the Bury Theatre venue.
Any other time, you can find me behind a table on the con floor; and yes, I will have copies of UMBRAL #1 with me. If you missed getting a copy before the first printing sold out, you can pick one up directly from me instead. I may even run a special offer of some kind…
My table is in New Dock Hall, table 174. There’s a floorplan of the hall here, or just look for the banner with my name at the top in big red letters.
See you there!
5th October 2013 / Appearances
Once again, I’ll be attending New York Comic Con this year for signings, panel appearances, the usual. If you want something signed, or just want to chat, this is where I’ll be.
NB Oni Press will have a limited number of copies of WASTELAND: THE APOCALYPTIC EDITION, Vol. 3 available for sale at their booth (#1844) throughout the weekend.
The book goes on general sale a week or two after the con, but if you want one signed, this is your best chance for a while — I may not hit the east coast again till NYCC 2014.