Guest on The Awesome Comics Podcast

Over the weekend, I was the guest on The Awesome Comics Podcast

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iHero 2

It has been a long time coming but like a fine wine it should never be rushed.

iHero issue 2 is almost complete!

With the comic in the production stage at time of writing, it should be out very soon.

Here is a wee taste of the phenomenal front cover by Graeme Kennedy.

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iHero 2 was written by myself, Luke James Halsall and drawn by Graeme Kennedy. iHero 2 welcomes its newest conspirator too with Rob Jones as letterer. I think he has done a fantastic job and you can check out more of his stuff through Madius Comics, a hugely exciting new comics producer in the UK.

Another iHero Review

The good people at Comic B*stards have reviewed iHero.

 

Here are some of the highlights:

 

iHero the comic, the results are a good entertaining read that has a nice mix of playfulness and seriousness with some intrigue and mystery blended in as well. This is a sound opening issue that is well worth a look…

 

…Credit goes to Halsall for not only recognizing it, but for running with it and making it his own. Using very recognizable concepts and ideas in today’s world, Halsall directs these aspects to make the reader feel comfortable, and then he institutes original ideas that help to keep the reader turning the pages and not dismissing it as something that has been done before. It’s like a new shoe that has an old shoe comfort and feel…

 

…Halsall gives the reader limited information, but he loads clues all around to help pique interest and leave you craving more.

Greame Kennedy’s art is fresh and does an excellent job of mixing business (the serious occurrences that occur during the investigation of the death) and pleasure (different situations of wearers of the iHero devices and what they do). It works in tandem with the writing to create a balanced work and an entertaining one, with the finished result being a desire of looking forward to Issue #2.

 

Thank you so much for the great review and if you want to check out the rest of the review click here

Hoodie: Reality Killed The Vigilante

My new ebook, Hoodie: Reality Killed the Vigilante is now out to buy from Kindle.

 

Reality Killed the Vigilanteis a story that holds a close place in my heart because (although it might sound strange once you have read it), but I feel that it has the most of me in it, compared to any other of the material I have put out there.

Interlinked to this, was my belief that I could show the world that an ebook could be so much more than just prose written on an electronic page. I think that this might all have come from my love of comics as many people tell me that they want something more than just the comic page when they get a digital comic. With that in mind I started to think how could I make this even more special. I already had one of the ideas cooking in my head but I also wanted the reader to have something to listen to when they were reading the book. So I made a music list. However the music list grew and grew until finally I think the best way to describe it is as a reference list. The reference list includes a lot of the mediums that inspired me to write this book. From philosophical ideas to paintings, to comic books, to music it is all there for you to see and pick up if you please. These are the things that inspired me and here are just a couple of them:

  • Radiohead, (2001) ‘Amnesiac’, Parlophone Records
  • My Chemical Romance, (2010) ‘Danger Days: The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys.’ Reprise Records
  • Descartes, R (1968) Discourse on the Method, Penguin: New York
  • Baudrillard, J (1994) Simulacra and Simulation (The Body in Theory: Histories of Cultural Materialism), University of Michigan: Michigan.

Before you say it I know I am a bit of a tease when I do that but I am going to do it again in a minute. On this project I have had the pleasure of working with three fantastic artists. Staticgirl drew the cover for Hoodie 1 and 2,

Staticgirl’s cover to Hoodie 1 and 2

and Matthew Craig drew the cover to this volume.

Matthew Craig’s cover to Hoodie: Reality Killed the Vigilante

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

But there was more to this book than just standard prose. There is a scene near the end of the book that I had always visualised as a comic and therefore I thought it would be fun for the whole thing to change into one. I hired the talented Steve Horry to draw the pages and I can say they have turned out incredible!

An image of Hoodie from panel one, page one, by Steve Horry

So all that is left to say is that I hope you buy Hoodie: Reality Killed the Vigilante and that you enjoy it!

Comics Anonymous Shout Out

Recently, Comic Anonymous came to one of the Glasgow League of Writers meetings and were kind enough to write an article on it. They also included a shout out to Hoodie.

 

Thanks a lot guys. Really appreciate it.

 

You can read the article here

 

You can check out me ebooks at:

 

UK: here

 

USA: here