(June 26, 2013) Ever wonder what the super hero equivalent of a terrible soul-sucking talent-wasting temp job is? You haven’t? Oh go on. Actually, don’t. We’ve done it for you and written a story about it. This one. Existential horror turns cosmic horror as something emerges from the shadows of the past. It seems the Young Avengers have yet one more thing to worry about. Written by Kieron Gillen, me on pencils/inks/colours, with lettering and design by Clayton Cowles and a cover by series artist Jamie McKelvie.
The Phoenix is a weekly comic aimed at 8-12 year olds, though we know it has many adult fans as well! It contains standalone stories, prose fiction, serialised comics, puzzles, games and much more. Click here to check out The Phoenix and see how you can get hold of it too!
Here's some stuff I've worked on for it!
(Serialised from Issue #1 to Issue #35, Jan '12 - Aug '12) An all-ages adventure and mystery strip about a boy who wakes up on a deserted island with no memory of how he got there. Following clues left by a mysterious stranger that hints at the island containing a vast sum of treasure, everything seems to be going well for our hero. That is, until he notices the menacing shadowy figures following him everywhere he goes...
(Issue #47, Nov '12) I was really happy to get to work with UK multi-talent, Neill Cameron, on this four-page chunk of loveliness! This is all about BALLET and RIVALRIES and... well, you'll find out when you read it!
(Issue #118, April '14) Me and Neill Cameron got to team up again on this on-going adventure series! Neill is once again the story-master, and has created a fantasy series I think everyone could enjoy! We follow our heroine, 10-year old Tamsin Thomas, in her native Cornwall, as things in her life start to get WEIRD. REALLY WEIRD. AND POSSIBLY DANGEROUS. But it's cool; Tamsin can handle it!
(Paperback/hardback November '11) Edited by Rob Davis and Woodrow Phoenix, Nelson is the anthology to end all anthologies. Made like an exquisite corpse, this book tells the story of Nel Baker from her birth in 1968, up to present day. Each year is written and drawn by a different UK artist, and as such forms not only a constantly evolving and organic storyline, but also serves as an unique look at the current UK comics creator scene. I made year 1992 and was very happy to be a part of this project. Published by Blank Slate, profits from the initial print-run went to the UK Charity Shelter. Click here to buy it from Blank Slate's site.
Fish + Chocolate
(Paperback March '11, Hardback Sept '11) Aimed at a mature audience, the creation of Fish + Chocolate was kindly supported by funding from the 2010 Arts Foundation Fellowship for Graphic Novels. The book was originally self-published as a paperback edition with a run of 300 copies.
Fish + Chocolate is now being published by SelfMadeHero as a hardback edition, at a slightly larger size than the original paperback. It is widely available either online through SMH's shop, or Amazon.co.uk, along with many other book-selling sites, book shops and comic shops. Your local shop should be able to order it in for you if they don't have it already in-stock.
"This trilogy... confirms Brown as a provocative and profound allegorist finding her mature voice and in total control of her precise compositions, colouring and narrative."
For other news regarding Fish + Chocolate, please click here for its section on my blog.
The DFC Library: The Spider Moon - Book 1
(2010) Following the demise of The DFC weekly, the first season of The Spider Moon has been collected into hardback format as part of the first wave of The DFC Library, showcasing many of the titles that were available as part of the original comic. Features extra artwork and content.
The original run of The Spider Moon began in 2008, from Issue 1 to Issue 12 of The DFC. Season 2 ran from Issue 37, until about 2/3rds of the way through its run as the DFC was cancelled. A fair bit of the story, therefore, was unpublished. It was initially scheduled to be 5 series long.
In 2009, Playbox Theatre Company created a stage production of The Spider Moon. It was 10 shades of awesome! It was especially great, because the production ran through the whole storyline, so everyone finally got to see what the ending would have been like!
Crown of Blood
In January 2013, myself and Paul Duffield were commissioned by the Tower of London to make a 2min animated short based around Edward V and Richard of York, aka. The Princes in the Tower. It was to be screened in the Bloody Tower, where they have the current display focusing around these two, as part of a drive to increase the modernity of the Tower itself. Whilest I'd never attempted animation before this, the actual topic was one I was very keen on -- it's an historical mystery that I've been very into since I was little. It was really, really awesome to get to do this for HRP - and the style we ended up using was really fun, too! It was informed by the space we had to work with: fairly dim, and on a lumpy wall. We picked this high-contrast style to make it stand out, and luckily, it looks pretty good screened up huge against a medieval wall! As of April 2014, the animation is still being screened there.
Storyboards to final screenshots:
Rough animatic: Animation:
List of old minis/shorts/self-published titles etc.
(2009) Coyote and the Giant 8-page adaptation of a Native American folklore tale for Accent UK's "Western" anthology.
(2008) A Day at the Beach 8-page short published together with The Monster in the Well for Bristol Comic Con, 2008.
(2007)The Monster in the Well Originally published in The Girly Comic #16, this was a 6-page wordless tale illustrated and written by me. Printed again as a mini-comic together with A Day at the Beach for Bristol Comic Con, 2008.
(2007) The White Tower It was the first comic I made after several years of not drawing comics! 5-page short about the Princes in the Tower. Published in Ilya's Best New Manga 2.
(2006) Station Drawn back in 2004, for my final project at uni. Originally 20 pages, was re-arranged into 10(!) pages and published in 2006 in Ilya's Best New Manga.