Wednesday, January 2, 2008

On target

WILL Sliney's designed a suitably blood-spattered logo for my forthcoming graphic novella Septic Isle. Here it is...

Make Will a happy man by visiting his blog and checking out some of his gorgeous artwork, here: http://sliney.blogspot.com/

Septic Isle is my big launch for the first half of the year with its first appearance at the Bristol Comic Expo in May. Diamond permitting, the book will be rolled out to the rest of Britain and North America a little while after that. I'll post a fully lettered cover here in the next couple of weeks.

* I DON'T really do resolutions but I do have six real, achieveable aims for the year ahead...
1. 2007 was very much a "writing year" so the aim is to make 2008 a "writing and publishing year" in which I continue banging out the scripts while publishing most of the stuff already with artists. By year's end I aim to have at least three new books out there (probably Septic Isle, Tim Skinner and the Brothers two-parter) but four would be even better.
2. To have the long-delayed football story Scoregasm! finished and ready for launch in 2009.
3. To reach a wider audience. My books are being distributed by Diamond now and order numbers have been encouraging, but I'm keen to take that to the next level. I haven't got any extra cash coming in to pay for more advertising and marketing so need to work out how to better utilise the money I've got or maybe even find an already established company to publish my work (Image? Markosia?) Whatever, I think it's high time to explore a few new avenues to reach more readers.
4. To attend more conventions in Britain and the San Diego Comicon in the States.
5. To create some web-only short stories to entice punters over to moonfacepress.com. The first of these will probably be The Saboteur, my three-pager with Mikey B.
6. To continue to improve as a writer. I've got loads better in the last year but now intend to take on projects that are really going to stretch me - writing a three-issue mini-series (Pendragon) will be start of that but I also want to tackle more difficult subject matter (that'll be The Utopians then) and start to experiment with my story-telling a bit more.

6 comments:

jamie said...

2009?
bless your optimism.

jamie said...

and if you're talking about a series of web-based stories...what better way to celebrate the return of 'devil-child'?

Andy Winter said...

Nah, Devilchild's over I'm afraid. Ennis' Wormwood project is far too similar and I'd be accused of plagiarism.

Andy Winter said...

Even though Devilchild came out five years before Wormwood. Just saying...

jamie said...

i totally fucking agree...
at least natalie could draw backgrounds,the guy who does wormwood seems incapable of them whatever book he draws.
and we all know garth ennis just jumps on any old bandwagon these days,although he makes sure he does it for a small indy publisher to keep off the radar.
have you seen that shit western book he's done?
bah.

Andy Winter said...

Although I'm not very fond of stuff like 303, The Boys and Wormwood, I still reckon Ennis is one of the best writers in the business. Preacher, Hellblazer, Hitman, The Punisher (both versions) are all superb. Haven't seen the western book...