I mentioned below about the forthcoming title School of the Damned, and here’s a sneak preview that Black Hearted Press have posted up of the first page- without lettering- from issue one.
I love the way the black and white really pops off the page in this one – nice and dramatic. According to the Black Hearted Press website the title deals with “…an exploration of love, life and death during the begining of Nazi occupied Europe as one School resists the threat of extermination..” and will be out September 2011.
In the meantime they’ve released their other on-going title- Laptop Guy- to coincide with the Glasgow Comic Con.
They’re also hosting the inaugural Scottish Independent Comic Book Awards as part of the Comic Con.
Nominees for Best Comic Book or Graphic Novel
Burke and Hare
Team Girl Comic
Nominees for Best Writer
Craig Collins – Roachwell
Martin Conaghan – Burke and Hare
Gill Hatcher and Adam Smith – Go Wildlife!
John Lees – The StandardCurt Sibling – King Evil
Nominees for Best Artist
James Devlin – Dark Ascension: Confession
Will Pickering – Burke and Hare
Alex Ronald – Vampire Vixens
Curt Sibling – King Evil
Stevie White – Milk+
Great to see so much talent in Scotland and that the comic scene there is lively as ever. And with the rise of digital media, it’s much easier for folk like myself who live elsewhere in the world to read and enjoy. Over the next few weeks I’ll be trying to take a look at as many of these entries as I can and posting up about them. Burke and Hare looks particularly stunning- but as there’s no digital version I’ll have to wait until I’m over in the UK to grab a copy.
Maybe that’s just as well- as useful as having comics on the computer or the phone is, there’s nothing that beats sitting there with the actual pages in front of you, and getting jam and coffee stains all over them. I’ve got some back issues of 2000AD that look like they were used to mop up a murder scene. Maybe they were…
If you like the look of Burke and Hare it can be ordered from here.