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Monday, November 09, 2009

THE RETURN OF CANON FODDER: DARK MATTER

"Canon Fodder II: Dark Matter" - a comic-strip I wrote about, oooh, 14 years ago returns to the newstands in a week or two's time in a full 48-page reprint edition bundled up with #291 of the Judge Dredd Megazine.

Featuring the awesome artwork of the mighty Chris Weston:



Chris' artwork for this still blows me away. I can remember him showing me his portfolio of the original hand-coloured art in the lobby of - yeesh, was it The Russell Hotel? - kneedeep in the sunday morning aftermath of a heavy night's drinking at a ComiCon and thinking: Jeeeez, this is amazing. The printing really didn't do the art full justice. Incredibly detailed and imaginative stuff. Chris is a fucking national treasure and a lovely bloke to boot.

Looking back now, a decade-and-a-half later, my script reads slightly clunky n wordy in places (nothing's changed, then lol) - but I was v. pleasantly surprised at what a full-on fun read this is. It still makes me laugh, but then I'm the sort of person who laughs at his own jokes ('cos no one else does!).



Even if you're not a fan of my stuff, you really should buy this to check out Chris' art. As you might've guessed by now, I'm a big fan of his.



The character was originally created by Chris and some bloke called Mark Millar, who you might have possibly heard of. Mark wrote the first series, but decided not to take it any further, so they foolishly handed the darn thing over to me. Chris was a complete joy to work with. It was a helluva lot of fun to do and it's great to see it back in print.

It should be available v. soon in mainstream shops in the UK like W H Smith, so no excuse for not copping a copy, o fervid ones. It'll be packaged up with this (so keep an eye out):



And, in one of those weird coincidences that seem to beset me from time to time, I just recieved a rather lovely preview of some artwork tonight for a new thing I'm currently collaborating on with the Fadester - and a very, very different animal to Canon Fodder it is too.

It looks like this comic-book stuff is starting to come back round to me in a full circle, so I may have to follow where it leads.