FutureQuake #27 & Zarjaz #24 - Out Now!So, the latest issues of FutureQuake and Zarjaz are out now, featuring stories written by yours truly.
First up, FutureQuake #27 features End Of The Road, with The Mighty Jim Lavery handling art duties and Editor Extraordinaire Bolt-01 on lettering.
In a bizarre post apocalyptic world, Ward and his daughter, Chris, are about to reach the end of their long journey...
This is, I think, one of those classic examples of a story not going where you think it's going to go...
I had a loose collection of ideas for End Of The Road, from the tone to the pacing and the general direction of it, but when it came time to sit down and script it, I realised most of those ideas never actually made it in. Still, I'm pretty happy with how it turned out.
One thing I wanted to do, though, was to try and create a genuinely different post apocalyptic world with this, something away from the usual desert-wasteland-Mad-Max thing that's so prevalent in those types of stories. I wanted to try and create a world with some texture and history that lived and breathed on the page - and thankfully, Jim Lavery was on hand to do just that.
This is latest in what's becoming a pretty extensive list of collaborations between Jim and me, and it's pretty great watching him improve and hone his craft from strip to strip. He brings so much to the table, and being able to let him loose on some weird and wonderful Sci-Fi stories is an absolute pleasure. He is, I think, going to be a name to watch out for in the very near future...
In the meantime, you can follow Jim on Twitter @JimLavery1.
Update: John Freeman of Down The Tubes fame has the first review of FutureQuake #27, and he has some very kind - if slightly spoilery - words about End Of The Road - read his review here.
Anyway, FutureQuake 27 is available now from the FutureQuake Shop, priced £4.00 (+ shipping), and features this cover from Andrew Hartmann:
Also out now is Zarjaz #24, featuring a Dredd tale, Video Nasties, from me, John Hutcheson and Bolt-01.
When a movie from Sino-Cit is outlawed in Mega City 1, copies of it begin to flood the black market. However, when people who watch it start dying under mysterious circumstances, Judge Dredd steps in to investigate...
Well, it's fair to say that this has been a long time coming...
It's pretty difficult to remember much about what went into the scripting of this one, other than I had a desire to do an old school Dredd tale, in both terms of style and tone, something that would be at home during the early-to-mid 80's period of Dredd (which I was reading a lot of at the time); John Hutcheson brings a definite John Ridgway vibe to the story with his art, which really helps sell that idea. His classic style brings a unique feel to the story, and it really does look as if it would be perfectly at home in 2000AD proper.
The original script for Video Nasties was also passed along to Alex Mines as a tryout, and his version of the story will be posted over on The Quaequam Blog soon. It's an interesting - and rare! - opportunity to see how two different artists interpret a script, and it's a great way to see what works and what doesn't in terms of the actual nuts and bolts of the scripting process. My hat's off to both John and Alex for their work on this.
Update: Video Nasties gets a nice wee mention over at Bleeding Cool, too!
Zarjaz #24 is available to buy now from the FutureQuake Shop, priced £3.00 (plus shipping), and sports this rather bright Dredd cover from art droid Mike Collins:
A whole bunch of back issues are available from the FQ shop, too, if you think you can handle the extra Thrill Power!