The Chosen Rules

Been doing some blog maintenance recently, and realised there's very little on here about Chosen, the OGN I'm doing for Accent UK. So, to rectify that, I thought I'd add it to the list of upcoming projects over on the right of the screen, and I thought I'd better write something more about it, too.

Here's the basic breakdown:
Assigned to investigate a strange anomaly around the sun, the Icarus IV loses contact with Earth. When communications are restored, most of the crew are dead or dying.

A year after the ill-fated mission returns home, the ship's first officer, Jeff Anderson, finds himself gradually picking through the pieces of his life. Recently divorced and unable to re-discover his place in the world, he resolves to find the remaining survivors and get to the bottom of what happened to them - even if it means exposing the terrifying secrets they've been hiding from the world...

As it stands, the script is around 50% complete, but it's been an interesting experience writing it, largely because I've been pushing myself out of my comfort zone and trying something different with the narrative - different for me, anyway; lots of better writers than me have used similar narrative techniques to great effect, so I'm doing nothing more than attempting to follow in their footsteps.

The idea was to make Chosen a more cinematic read, to try and conjure up the spirit of things like 2001: A Space Odyssey, but with a different kind of story, something more intimate and human. Whether this will work is another matter entirely, of course, but we shall see. That said, I've had some very positive reactions on the script so far from Accent UK and some friends who were good enough to read it, so I think I'm on the right track with it.

There is no artist on-board for Chosen yet. I've had a few offers - all of which were greatly appreciated - but I want to get the script finished and turned in before anything else. The guys at AUK have graciously agreed to make the final decision on the artist a joint one, but we're all on the same page as to the style of artist we're looking for to bring this to life.

As you can probably tell from the long line of pictures on the right hand side of your screen, I've got a pretty long working history with Accent UK; they're a great bunch of guys and a real pleasure to work with, so to actually get the chance to write a full length project for them, and flex some writing muscles, was too good an opportunity to pass up. Here's hoping that Chosen can live up to the quality of books they've churned out so far...

It would be remiss of me to not give my other Accent UK projects a quick and shameless plug while I'm talking about them, so...

Next up from them will Predators, which features a piece called Just Like You from myself and my friend and long time collaborator Bryan Coyle:



The completed book should be out later this year, and available via Previews and all good comic shops.

In 2011, there'll also be Zombies 2...



...and, possibly, Victoriana:



Zombies 2 is the sequel to Accent UK's best seller Zombies, and I'll have a piece in there called Dead Harvest; my strip in Victoriana is called The Eyes Of The Ripper. Both of those stories have allowed me to tick off two things that every writer attempts in their careers: a story about Jack The Ripper and a zombie story. Thinking about it, I think I may have missed the chance to write a Jack The Ripper zombie story...

Anyway, I think it's safe to say that the strips aren't going to be what you're expecting them to be - and with the incredible Valia Kapadai on-board for both stories, I think they're going to be something truly special.

Remember, too, Robots and Western are still available to buy. Check the links on the right side of the screen to find out where you can get copies from.

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