WASTELAND #48 goes on sale this week.
‘Watchfire’ is the mid-point of the final Newbegin story arc, as the branded man finally reaches the city. Violence and chaos ensue…
The branded man is at the gates! Can anything stop him? Perhaps Marcus knows more than he’s letting on… Not that it will matter, if Jakob succeeds in assassinating him during the Festival! But cracks are appearing in everyone’s plans, as the branded man wreaks havoc in the city, and Brother Bryn finds his faith tested… for the last time.
Justin is still posting regular sneak peeks of this arc on Twitter, although it’s getting more and more difficult to find panels that aren’t massive spoilers!
As always, WASTELAND #48 is available from comic stores everywhere (the order code is JUL131216) and digital readers can find it at Comixology. Don’t forget that you can now also Subscribe at Comixology, ensuring that you never miss an issue.
If you follow me on Twitter, you may recall a while back I hinted at some “exciting doom metal things” that were going on. At last, all can be revealed.
I’ve been working with indie doom metallers Waves of Mercury, writing all the lyrics for their new concept EP release, AS SEASONS FLEET (yes, it’s a line from Shakespeare. That should give you some idea of the kind of music we’re talking about, here). I also worked on vocal arrangements with Waves frontman David Richardson.
I’ve known David for some years, now — after hearing the original WASTELAND theme song, he sent me a CD of their music, which I loved, and we’ve stayed in touch ever since. It was surely just a matter of time…
AS SEASONS FLEET is a pay-what-you-want digital exclusive, available from Bandcamp. Enjoy!
The first issue of UMBRAL is in this month’s Diamond catalogue. That means between now and the order deadline of September 18, comic stores will place their orders for UMBRAL #1.
If you’re reading here on this website, I’m going to assume you know what pre-ordering is, and just give you the info you need.
If you’re not familiar with pre-ordering, don’t worry; hop over to the UMBRAL Tumblr, where everything’s explained (including why pre-orders are so important in comics), and you’ll still get all the info you need.
(Digital readers can’t technically pre-order, but you can now subscribe to digital series if you’re a Comixology user. Hopefully more digital services will offer this feature in time.)
So, here are the links you need:
- Download a PDF of the preorder form here, or click the image above and grab the full-sized version. Then print it out, fill in your details, and give it to your local comic retailer.
- You can see the UMBRAL preview trailer here (click the arrows to move through the slideshow).
- And here’s the full solicit for UMBRAL #1.
WASTELAND #47 goes on sale this week.
‘Happiness in Slavery’ continues the final story arc of Newbegin, as the end times — and the branded man — approach…
As Marcus prepares for the Festival of the Founder, he finds himself dealing with a too-suspicious Artisian Frodrik, a too-unreasonable delegation from Wosh-Tun, and the imminent appearance of the branded man! Can even a living god deal with all of these threats? Especially when the closest threat of all lies among the ranks of his own Artisians…
Justin continues to post sneak peeks on Twitter, and remember that you can always see a preview of the issue at Comixology once it’s released. For print readers, the comic store order code is JUN131230.
13th August 2013 / Umbral
Today we’re releasing a “Trailer strip” for UMBRAL, my new dark fantasy book with Chris Mitten.
These pages were created specifically for the trailer, and they’re the first chance for everyone who’s been wondering to see what the book will look like.
(And the answer is: utterly gorgeous. I couldn’t be happier with how this has worked out.)
The trailer is popping up all over the net as I type. As of this writing, the best coverage is at Multiversity Comics, where they speculate on what it could all mean; and at the ever-reliable Comic Book Resources, who also have the actual solicitation text from the September PREVIEWS catalogue.
Keep watching the shadows… and social media, of course.
It seems that every few years, the question crops up of who should get more credit in comics, writers or artists. It’s a ridiculous argument, but the creator’s ego can be fragile, and there’s no question some creators do abuse the goodwill of their collaborators.
This go-around, though, thanks to the increasing ubiquity of personal blogs, Twitter, and what have you, it’s got a little out of control. Which drives me to frustration — think of all the useful things that energy could be turned to, instead — and so I felt the urge to knock some heads together, in what the infamous Stephen Holland of Page 45 called a “volcano of exasperation”.
Now, really, it’s nothing but a rant born of common sense and hard-won experience. But twelve hours later it’s already got like 200 notes on tumblr, so I guess some people really needed to hear it.
Now perhaps we can get on with the business of actually making comics. What a concept!
2nd August 2013 / Umbral
So you’d better head over to the UMBRAL tumblr for a peek.
WASTELAND #46 goes on sale this week.
‘World Leader Pretend’ is the start of a new arc — in fact, it’s the final story arc set in Newbegin. The city, and its people, face their toughest times yet… and it might just be the end of everything.
Justin Greenwood returns for this part of the story, and it’s without question his best work yet. He’s even doing all his own grey tones.
Here’s the solicit text for the issue:
Lord Founder Marcus is beset by visions of his city burning around him, as the branded man closes in on Newbegin, and Mary is wracked by illness. But will he even last that long? Jakob and his secret coterie of Artisians are busy plotting to kill Marcus, and the annual Festival of the Founder could be their golden opportunity…
You can get a peek at some pages from the issue at Justin’s blog, and the order code for this issue is MAY131218.
Finally, as always a new story arc also means the release of a new song for the WASTELAND Original Soundtrack; so check out the classically-inclined ‘Suddenly Awake’ at the WASTELAND website.
12th July 2013 / Appearances
Well, we’re roughly halfway through the year (a year in which I’ve been working pretty flat out), and San Diego Comic-Con looms once again.
Sadly, I won’t be there this year. I’m sorry if you were hoping to see me, but I really need some time off. I’ll almost certainly return to SD in 2014, but for this year New York will be my only American comic con.
Back here in Blighty, however, it’s a different matter. And first up, after that time off, I’ll be at MCM Comic Con Manchester, Saturday July 20th at Manchester Central.
(Yes, ‘MCM Comic Con’ is the same organiser as MCM Expo. As far as I can tell, nothing’s changed except the name of their conventions.)
I’ll be there all day; come along and find me at Table CB13. I’ve only been given the number, so I have no idea where that will be located, but just look for the big white banner with my name in big red letters at the top. Yes, it’s a new banner. Time for a change.
8th July 2013 / Umbral
So you may have noticed that we were outed by publisher Eric Stephenson at the Image Expo last week.
I had no idea we’d be mentioned in the keynote — I was expecting the teasing to go on for a while longer, yet! But it’s out there now, so…
It launches in November. More soon.