The occasion was, in fact, a far less sanctimonious affair. The stunning
It was organisers Sha Nazir and John Farman’s intentions to use this unconventional venue to link comics to
The venue may have dictated the Con’s limited 500 ticket allocations. But these 500 were die-hard enthusiasts of comics … and specifically, the indie-comic-book publishers like us who preached from the back of the hall.
Obviously, I was there to publicise our new release, Rose Black: Demon Seed (released through Diamond next month), and the church venue couldn’t have been more appropriate.
If you’re not familiar with the Rose Black concept, the saga surrounds the titular, mysterious being: once thought to be part of the vampire legend which, in our mythology, has been devised by a corrupt sect in
Religious folklore is a big part of the story’s mythology … much like Dan Brown uses it in his novels. But we’ve been trying to develop a theological/scientific angle through our “organic divinity” concept unveiled in Demon Seed.
It imagines religion re-defined as “an organism” living and growth in some kind of physical vessel with the power of evil and darkness manifested as “a disease”.
I reckoned the Catholic faith could have a good theological argument on that one.
Everyone loves our artist Joel Carpenter’s work on this book. The artist, who made his 2000AD debut this year, is already being praised by many industry professionals who are particular taken by his cover art previewed on Rough Cut Comics’ Facebook page:
Many were taken by his visual interpretation of the story’s key villainess on the cover: a mirror-image of angelic Rose’s black leather clad-look … and looking like zombified heroin-addict whose mind is riddled with lust and vengeance.
As a creator, it’s great to hear people enthused by your comic-book ideas.
Unlike, print or internet reviews, you get an opportunity to debate your ideas with the comic-buying public at comic conventions … and that’s what makes these things great fun.
Over the last decade, I've displayed at cons the length and breadth of the
For retainers attending these events, it is always an endurance course which can sort out The Green Lantern's from The Spectre's.
But even if the Glasgow Con was five hours drive, I’d have to say that based on the clientele, this is a MAJOR event for all comic-book creators. The event gave Rough Cut Comics many new fans; and if that’s means many new sales, that’ll mean many new comics and many opportunities for comic-book creators … of which we’re in so many awe of it. Hallelujah and Amen.
Next week, I’ll be mostly talking about … our new “top secret” project.