I thought I’d write down a few random bits and bobs to give an update as to what’s happening and what’s coming down the line between now and the end of 2015, both in terms of projects and con appearances etc.
Let’s start with the comics, shall we?
My next release will be Anarchrists issue 1, which will launch at DICE. It’s been drawn by the amazing Cork artist Bernadett Sarosi, and once again I find myself in Will Sliney’s debt for pointing her in my direction.
I’m keeping the premise of Anarchrists extremely close to my chest, but I can hand on heart say it will be the single most offensive comic you’ll ever read, well that is if you judge it on the first few issues alone. No doubt someone will be gunning for me once its released, but I’ll ask you all to play the long game with the book. I have a very clear and definitive message that I want the book to convey, so stick with us, even if it initially offends you to do so. You have my word that I won’t let you down on the payoff.
Follow @anarchrists and anarchrists.tumblr.com for further updates.
Next up will be Lady Babylon issue 2 with Alan Hurley. An apology, if you are a fan of this book, we really should have had this out by now! Unfortunately other commitments slowed us down on this one, but we’re looking forward to more of Leila’s story into your hands. Hopefully this one will be ready for DICE too.
Also ready for September will be Glimmer Man issue 3 for Atomic Diner, with art by Luca Pizzari, who has just announced he’s working on an Image book. This is the final issue in the arc, and we are extremely happy with how this has panned out. People have seemed to love what we’ve done with the book and thats a great feeling as we’ve put a ton of work into upping our game for this series.
While I’m talking about collaborating with Luca, myself and Luca have a short story in The Sakai Project, a 160 page hardcover by Dark Horse which is paying tribute to the legendary Stan Sakai’s Usagi Yojimbo series. The book features art by some of the industry’s top professionals including Dave Gibbons, David Mack, Art Adams, Adam Hughes and many,many more. We’re extremely humbled to be included amongst them. Be sure to buy a copy as it’s for a great cause, and it should be out by Sept also.
Another project I’m also really excited about people seeing is my story “Red Lotus” which is included in issue 5 of Lightning Strike. Red Lotus is a 10 page story that in my opinion features the best work of artist Cormac Hughes career. It’s a little heartbreaking for me that I wrote this story a year ago and thought it was an innovative work of genius(I say with heavy satire) but Edge of Tomorrow has since hit cinemas and shares a lot of ideas with it. The zeitgeist works against me yet again. (If you’ve read my first book Tales from the Void and remember the story Ghost Writer, this is exactly what it’s about!) Red Lotus is coloured by the outstanding Dee Cunniffe and some great lettering by Miriam Abuin, and Lightning Strike 5 should be on sale in Sept also.
So that’s September and the bulk of my comics will be released around this time.
October sees me heading to sunny Malta as a guest for the Malta Comics Expo(www.maltacomicsexpo.com). This will likely be my final con appearance of 2014 and I’m really looking forward to it. They’ve a great line up of guests and the venue looks amazing, so if you need a holiday why not take up one of their packages and check out the expo! As a result of doing this con, I won’t be doing thought bubble, so be sure to see me somewhere else if you are expecting to see me in Leeds. I may be there to socialise, but I won’t be at a table! I’m hoping we’ll have issue 2 of Anarchrists ready around this time.
Upon my return I will commence work on a very large project that I can’t discuss yet. It’s for a very large organisation in the US but isn’t in mainstream comics. More on this as I can share it, but this will take a couple of months to complete.
"But wait, where’s Earthruler Book 2?Where’s Trace? Where’s Tales from the Void 2?" you say….
Well, Shawn will begin working on Earthruler Book 2 once he’s completed his work on Rapid City, his book with Josh Dahl. We’ll be running a kickstarter in Summer 2015 for you to get your hands on the final chapter of the book. We can’t wait to get Rykaal’s story back into your hands!
Trace, which for those who don’t know is my book that tells the story of Ireland’s missing women in the 90’s, is on the shelf for now. It’s a story I very much want to tell, but it’s not one I want to rush. Other projects have come along that meant Trace had to take a back seat for now. In the meantime, I’ll keep researching for the book, but Trace won’t appear in 2014 and possibly not in 2015 either if the work keeps coming in.
Tales from the Void issue 2 is in a similar limbo. A dispute with the artist over the visual content(I wouldn’t allow what I perceived as exploitive and vulgar images in what was always meant to be a book a child can read) meant I needed to look for another artist, so Tales from the Void issue 2 hasn’t gotten going at all. I did release one of the stories “Cubicle” free to all to read via my website www.darrinotoole.com. The fact that Dynamite kind of stole my thunder by releasing a Twilight Zone comic(thanks for that) also had an impact on me holding off on pushing Tales from the Void. But you will get more eventually, and in essence all of my books are much larger versions of the 4 page stories found in Tales from the Void.
So, in closing that’s that. Plenty to expect over September. Lots of quality books, so start saving!
Now might also be an opportune time(since you stuck with me throughout this whole spiel) to inform you of something I’ve been doing since I started writing. Stealing a line from Tarantino, I have connected every single story I’ve worked on. They are all interlinked and interwoven into a tapestry of vague nods and winks spliced with in your face Easter Eggs. To date, no one has realised this, not even caught one of them. So, while you wait for the plethora of books coming your way in Sept, there’s your excuse to re-read all of my previous stuff. Let’s see if someone can find all the links….impress me!
Yours in fiction,