X-Men Legacy #21 hit shelves this week.
Bitter + sweet + dancing.
Tradewaiters rejoice! The twist-tastic Numbercruncher - art by PJ Holden, colours by Jordie Bellaire, letters by Simon Bowland and scriptualised genre-torture by yours truly - is available in your local comics store today. It looks like this:
Numbercruncher is a metaphysical romantic crime-noir comedy about a guy who breaks the rules of reincarnation in order to be constantly reunited with the woman he loves, all told from the point of view of the brutish thug dispatched by the existential Powers That Be to put a stop to the time-twisting love affair.
It is utterly unique, glorious to look at, brainwarming to read, and comes FREE with more twists than a corkscrew-centric episode of The Outer Limits.
This is one puppy that really does benefit from an all-in-one read. It’s the perfect Christmas gift for the discerning lover of smart, sharp, unique fiction in your life, and if you don’t believe me have a look at what the BIG! IMPORTANT! PEOPLE! have said about it:
“Numbercruncher achieves that rare trick of making me want to read on. Great story, great characters, terrific art by P.J. Holden, and one more reason why Si Spurrier is the man to watch."
- Garth Ennis (Preacher, The Boys, Hellblazer, PunisherMAX)
“Spurrier’s spiky, ruthless story and the best work of Holden’s career make Numbercruncher a sheer joy."
- Warren Ellis (Transmetropolitan, Red,Gun Machine)
“A severely interesting new series that bucks your expectations at nearly every turn. If you’re a fan of books like Punk Rock Jesus, The Filth, or The Unwritten, give Numbercruncher a shot”
Don’t you miss out. DON’T YOU DARE.
NB: the GENERAL BOOKSTORE release will be mid-January, so if you’re after a copy before the holidays your LCS is the best bet. Tell them I said Hi. Maybe even gently nibble their earlobes. They’re nice.
Finally it’s upon us. One of the most eagerly anticipated conventions of the year, and the one favorably regarded by creators as The Relaxingest, Dance-Like-An-Idiotest and Nonskeevyest of them all.
T-Bubz. Thoboobs. Tho’Buh. TeeBee. FortBibbles.
I’ll be there. Doing all the signings, panels and whatnot. AND HERE IS THE WHEN OF THE WHINES and the WHERE OF THE WARES. You should absolutely come and see me and touch my fiery orange beard. I SORT OF HAVE A BEARD because reasons to do with a) superattractive male and b) not because I got a spot on my chin like two weeks ago and now I think it’s totally gone but what if I’m wrong oh goddd etc etc.
11.00-12.00: Signing also selling Numbercruncher, which by the way is fucking magnificent, at the Titan Comics booth. [Booth 128, New Dock Hall.]
12.40-1.30: 2000AD panel. [The Speech Bubble Area, Armouries Square.]
1.55-3.25: Signing! General all-comers. I’ll bring some stock to try and earn some beer tokens too, so if you’ve missed out on Numbercruncher or Six-Gun Gorilla or X-Men Legacy or any of the rest of it, you may be in luck. [Table D (booth 74), Royal Armouries Hall.]
4.50-5.40: Marvel Panel. [Bury Theatre, Royal Armouries.]
Then, y’know. British Comics Awards ceremonies (Trifecta was nominated), curry, booze, aforementioned dancing-like-an-idiot, etc.
1.55-3.25: Signing! Again! For general all-comers! With stock and money and filthy filthy transactional retail. [Table D (booth 74), Royal Armouries Hall.]
EVEN MORE IMPORTANTLY, hippies, note that Universally-acknowledged art-giant-to-be Jeff Stokely, him wot drawed Six Gun Gorilla, will be at Booth 150 in New Dock Hall, selling visual objects more beautiful than any other visual objects. So I expect I’ll go and loiter over there to sign ape-themed produce. Watch the @sispurrier twitter for hahaha precise timings.
Episode 4 of the free weekly urban/folklore webcomic DISENCHANTED is now live. MAKE CLICKY HERE for the latest episode, or READ FROM THE START if you haven’t yet crawled aboard. You really don’t want to get too far behind. Note that Disenchanted contains language and situations not suitable for youngsters.
But then, this is more than just a webcomic, so make sure you check out the new article on the Wiki (detailing the early history of Vermintown: the secret city), the maps, and all the rest of the delicious colour.
That’s pretty much what happens when you ask me to write about Folklore.
So, yes, DISENCHANTED is now in its third week. That’s 60 pages of urban/fantasy webcomic, totally free-to-air, at the usual place: www.disenchantedcomic.com A new chapter ever Monday, and you can browse back through everything we’ve published to date via the site.
And make sure you explore that website a bit further too. Part of the trick with this gig has been to create a mind-bogglingly huge slab of immersive world-building into it all. So you can while away hours exploring city maps and the ever-expanding wiki about the city and its inhabitants.
This stuff is all 100% free. Every six months we collect it up into print trades and that's when we try to recoup some cash. Until then? Pretty much the only thing being asked of you, in exchange for coming aboard for this ride, is that you spread the word.
Anyone else have some ideas?
Twitter has come up with some gems —
"Junkies", of course, works on both the levels that matter.
Worth saying: this stuff is going on in the real world all the time. Unmanned predator drones, civilian spying software, undeclared special-ops missions, off grid aeronautical technology, cyber invasion, bloody radioactive sushi! Switch on the news, brothers and sisters, we are adrift upon an ocean of shadowy espionage far more elaborate and vituperative than the most insane James Bondian excesses.
In our world this endless shadow-game is played using technology and intelligence. In the Marvel U? They have super humans.
So Cable has been thinking. He’s realized that the only way mutantkind is going to survive is to start dealing with The Modern World on its terms. Mutants need to start thinking of themselves as a state — without borders, without government, without centralized rule, but still: a disparate country in its own right.
And for that? They need to start playing the shadow game. As Cable himself puts it: “Nation of mutantkind needs a dirty tricks department. We’re it.”
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