Sunday, December 17, 2006

Ladies And Gentlemen We Are Floating In MySpace

So I've finally entered the 21st century by getting myself on MySpace. Find me here.

Saturday, December 16, 2006

HELLBLAZER # 230 Solicitation


"In At The Deep End" (Part 1 of 2)
Written by Andy Diggle
Art by Leonardo Manco
Cover by Lee Bermejo

Welcoming aboard fan-favorite writer ANDY DIGGLE (THE LOSERS, BATMAN CONFIDENTIAL), as the new ongoing writer of JOHN CONSTANTINE: HELLBLAZER.

Constantine is back in "the smoke" and back on his game. But when he finds himself handcuffed to a post in the River Thames with the tide rising around him, he has some fast talking to do if he wants to live to see the dawn. Of course, this is no ordinary gangland execution — and Constantine is no ordinary victim...

It all goes down in Part 1 of the 2-part "In at the Deep End," featuring the talents of master horror artist Leonard Manco, with vivid covers by Lee Bermejo.

"John Constantine has been the best character in comics for 20 years now, and I'm relishing the chance to deliver some old-school supernatural horror with a social conscience," says Diggle.

It's the start of a new era for Vertigo's flagship title — be there from the horrifying beginning!

Vertigo | 32pg. | Color | $2.99 US | Mature Readers

On Sale March 21, 2007

Tuesday, December 12, 2006

ComicSpace

I've just signed up for a ComicSpace account, which is - or so I'm told by people who know more about these things than I do - "MySpace for comicky people".

Which sort of assumes I know what the hell MySpace actually is in the first place, but what the hell...

Come and say hello!

Monday, November 20, 2006

We Free

Vertigo have made the first issues of many of their best-known books available as free PDF downloads, including The Losers # 1.

I've had trouble accessing it myself (the PDF weighs in at a hefty 45 megs!) but I'm told that others have downloaded it without any problems. Check it out and let me know.

Monday, November 06, 2006

People Of America, Your Attention Please

On behalf of the the population of planet Earth, please get out there and vote Democrat. We've all had enough of the other guys.

Thank you.

Saturday, November 04, 2006

Remember, Remember the Fifth of November...


Thought I'd try and pick up a V for Vendetta mask on eBay for tomorrow's Guy Fawkes Night. Bob Wayne was handing out freebies at Bristol this year, but I foolishly (er, I mean generously!) gave mine away to a passing fanboy.

Seeing how much they're now going for on eBay, I'm kinda wishing I'd grabbed a whole boxload when Bob's back was turned instead...

Thursday, October 26, 2006

Complete LOSERS!


I’ve been so wrapped up in all these new projects, I almost lost sight of the fact that the final LOSERS graphic novel has just been published - so if you missed out on the series first time round, now’s the perfect time to jump on board and find out what you've been missing.

You can read THE LOSERS from start to finish in five graphic novels.

It's a contemporary action-thriller about a U.S. Special Forces team who are betrayed by their CIA handler. Targeted for assasination after they learn too much about one of the Agency’s dirtier operations, they decide to fight back the only way they know how - by declaring war on the CIA itself - and in doing so, find themselves embroiled in a top-level conspiracy using falsified intelligence to seize control of the Middle East’s oil supply.

Thing is, I started writing THE LOSERS over a year before we even invaded Iraq. Funny how things turn out, ennit... ?

THE LOSERS won the 2004 National Comics Award for Best New Comic, and was nominated for the 2004 Eisner Award for Best New Series.

Warner Bros are turning it into a movie.

Now if you only want to read comics about grown men in tights agonizing about relationship issues and bemoaning their burden of responsibility, then THE LOSERS probably isn't for you. But if you want some ballsy entertainment that doesn't treat you like a fucking idiot, you could do worse than start here.

THE LOSERS wasn't my first collaboration with the indecently talented Jock, and it won't be the last - our next gig is GREEN ARROW: YEAR ONE, out next year.

Here’s what people are saying about THE LOSERS:

"Never miss an issue. I'm down with The Losers in a big way. It's tough to make international espionage fresh, and I love that book." -- JOSS WHEDON

"A terriffic caper created by British scribe Andy Diggle... With a muscular visual style - courtesy of resident artist Jock - already in place, even Hollywood can't fuck up The Losers." -- EMPIRE

"The Losers, the best comic book not yet on the big screen, is optioned for the big screen." -- NEW YORK MAGAZINE

"If there's a more consistently enthralling, action-packed comic than this, I'll eat my hat... Hollywood will be lucky if it can pull off a caper flick that’s half as entertaining as The Losers." -- AIN’T IT COOL NEWS

"Diggle's writing is sharp as steel, the plots are packed with action and intrigue, and Jock's craggy artwork, filled with noirish shadows, suits the story very well." -- LIBRARY JOURNAL

"Diggle writes with a Hollywood-by-way-of-the-UK savvy... Jock supplies the vibrantly intense art. A- " -- ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY

"Diggle and Jock have made sure readers come out ahead on the classic bang-for-buck exchange." -- PUBLISHER'S WEEKLY

"This series is much more than just an action-packed extravaganza. There’s real depth to this series. Depth to the plot. Depth in the characters. It’s as intriguing as it is exciting, and as suspenseful as it is powerful... The Losers is the comic book equivalent of dynamite... Shockingly good stuff." -- C.H.U.D.

All five LOSERS graphic novels are available at a discount from Mars Import, Amazon and Amazon UK.

Prefer to try before you buy? You can download an 8-page preview from THE LOSERS Mini-Site.

Off you go then.

Friday, October 20, 2006

Like A Virgin...


And now I can reveal that the "offer I couldn't refuse" is a project I'm developing for Virgin Comics with LOCK STOCK / SNATCH writer-director Guy Ritchie.

THE GAMEKEEPER is a Director's Cut mini-series about a killer who's more in touch with the natural world than he is with his own humanity. Guy came up with the original character and premise, and I'm developing it into a 10-issue series to be illustrated by DEVI's Mukesh Singh.

Hopefully I'll be able to reveal more details when I speak to Comic Book Resources about it soon. Busy old week...

Wednesday, October 18, 2006

HELLBLAZER


And for my next trick, I'll be taking over as the regular writer on Vertigo's flagship title HELLBLAZER from issue 230.

Check out my interview with Newsarama for more, including some tasty design sketches by Leo Manco. That guy really knows how to put that Fuck You look in Constantine's eye...

BATMAN CONFIDENTIAL, GREEN ARROW: YEAR ONE and now HELLBLAZER. It's like waiting for a bus, ennit? Nothing for ages, and then three come along at once...

Tuesday, October 17, 2006

GREEN ARROW: YEAR ONE


It's official.

Jock and I are re-teaming for the first time since we finished THE LOSERS.

Zero spandex. Just a man, a bow, a jungle island and two dozen homicidal Kalashnikov-wielding heroin traffickers.

Complications, as they say, ensue.

GREEN ARROW: YEAR ONE. 2007.

Saturday, October 07, 2006

Lancaster Comic Con

I'll be joining Bryan Talbot and a host of small press creators at the first ever Lancaster Comic Con, which is being held on October 28th in the spectacular Ashton Memorial at the heart of Lancaster's Williamson Park.

It promises to be a small but perfectly formed event, with an emphasis on indie/small press comics. There'll be signings, sketches, competitions and a comic art exhibition. Bring the kids!

Tuesday, September 19, 2006

Playing The Field...


Can't believe it's been almost two months since I last blogged! Sorry, everyone. The problem with having a work-related blog is that 90% of the time I'm not actually allowed to talk about what I'm working on - the publishers always want me to keep schtum until they've made an official announcement.

Believe it or not, I've currently got four new projects on the go that I'm waiting to announce. Being a notorious blabbermouth, it almost killed me keeping BATMAN CONFIDENTIAL to myself for almost two years - but finally it's been solicited for sale on December 13th, with a scorching cover by Whilce Portacio and Richard Friend.

And to those of you who are worried that Whilce won't be able to draw both this and WETWORKS, fret ye not - Whilce finished pencilling WETWORKS aaaages ago.

All in all it's been an interesting week. Coming to the end of my exclusive contract with DC Comics, I started putting out feelers to other publishers - and immediately got what can only be described as an Offer I Can't Refuse. Combine that with a pay rise for my next Vertigo project, and I’m suddenly learning that I have a lot more bargaining power outside of an exclusive contract than in one.

It’s nice to be in demand. Now I just need to figure out how to fit all the work in...

BATMAN CONFIDENTIAL #1
Written by Andy Diggle
Art and cover by Whilce Portacio & Richard Friend
Edited by Mike Carlin

Learn where the Dark Knight first got "all those wonderful toys" as the superstar combo of writer Andy Diggle (ADAM STRANGE) and art team Whilce Portacio & Richard Friend (WETWORKS) go back to Batman's roots in a new monthly series! In this 6-issue tale, see exactly when Batman’s war on evil in Gotham City ramped up — and how he rose to meet the threat of Lex Luthor's plans to move in on both Bruce Wayne's and Batman's turf!
On sale December 13 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US

Sunday, July 30, 2006

Just Passin' Through...

Just got back from the Isle of Man yesterday, after two weeks cooped up in a cottage with my mum, my brothers, their wives and girlfriends and kids (and mine!). Fun in a bun!

Now I'm running around like a hamster in a wheel trying to get myself ready to fly to Stockholm first thing tomorrow morning, for a four-day-long meeting...

At some point in the indeterminate future, I hope to sleep.

Saturday, July 15, 2006

Tom Frame RIP

Tom Frame passed away yesterday, taken by cancer. He was the finest letterer in British comics, his work synonymous with JUDGE DREDD for almost 30 years.

More importantly he was a hell of a nice bloke, much loved, and he will be missed.

Friday, July 14, 2006

Isle Be Back

Right then, I'm off to the lovely Isle of Man for a couple of weeks, so if you're wondering why I'm not replying to emails, now you know.

Everyone play nice while I'm gone!

Sunday, July 09, 2006

Final Draft for Comics

Doug Dalton asks:
Internet rumor has it that you once made an awesome Final Draft template for comic book scripts. And, it was once available for download. However, it is now nowhere to be found. Does it still exist? Would you be willing to share it again? I certainly hope so!
For once, Internet rumour actually has it right. It was Antony Johnston who first switched me on to the joys of Final Draft, and gave me a copy of his own comic-book template to go along with it.

Since then I've developed my own version of the template, which more closely resembles traditional screenplay format - right down to the pig-ugly Courier font. You can download it for Final Draft 6 here. Look for the title page under Document -> Title Page.

My template is pretty much pared-down to the bone, so I've also provided my original script for the first issue of SILENT DRAGON in FD format, so you can see how it looked beofre Leinil Yu wrought his artistic magic on it. And hey - the graphic novel's out next week! Coincidence... ?

Tuesday, June 06, 2006

BATMAN CONFIDENTIAL

Finally it’s been announced! Yep, I’ve written the six-issue launch arc of the new BATMAN CONFIDENTIAL title, with Whilce Portacio on art.

I can’t believe I’ve been keeping this story secret for almost two years now - ever since Bob Schreck offered me DETECTIVE COMICS at the SDCC back in 2004. How things have changed since then. What’s weird is that I’m now apparently considered one of DC’s “A-list” creators, which is a scary place to be. That’s a big spotlight...

The official annoucement's at Wizard Universe, and I've just followed it up with a quick interview at Newsarama.

BATMAN CONFIDENTIAL # 1 is due in stores November.

Tuesday, May 30, 2006

Interviews I Forgot To Plug...

Apologies for not blogging much lately - I'm up to my neck in my Big Shiny New DCU Project That Isn't Batman, which I'm having a lot of fun with. Knowing Jock's going to be drawing it, and that I'll have time to re-write every issue before he even starts drawing the first one, is making it a really enjoyable experience.

Other than that, there's not much to report other than some short interviews I've done over the past couple of months but forgot to plug. There's one at COMIXTREME, one at SEQUENTIAL TART, one with the Italian site COMICS CODE, and one with ALIEN EXPERIENCE, talking about working in the Alien movie mythos on JUDGE DREDD VS. ALIENS.

Thursday, May 04, 2006

May The Fourth Be With You

The Bearded One has decreed that we're finally allowed to watch the original, unfucked-with, Han-Solo-shot-first version of the STAR WARS trilogy on DVD. And about time too!

The bad news? It's only on sale for three months. Thanks a bunch, George...

Sunday, April 30, 2006

Yes, it's BATMAN

The cat (or should that be bat) is finally out of the bag regarding my Big Shiny New DCU Project That I'm Not Allowed To Talk About Yet - it's a six-issue BATMAN story.

Unfortunately, I'm not allowed to tell you anything else about it, including who's illustrating it. So, um, that's all you get for now. Watch this space, I guess...

Sorry.

Meanwhile, I've just started my Other Big Shiny New DCU Project That I'm Not Allowed To Talk About Yet But Which Isn't Batman. It's an origin story. No tights, no capes, no masks, just action. And the mighty Jock is drawing it!

This one's gonna be good.

Monday, April 10, 2006

Silent Dragon TPB


Looks like the graphic novel of SILENT DRAGON goes on sale July 19th.

This one's got it all - guns, robots, yakuza, samurai. Not to mention robot yakuza samurai with guns - all lovingly rendered by the indecently talented Leinil Yu of ULTIMATE WOLVERINE VS. HULK fame. What's not to love... ?

Here's the solicitation copy:

SILENT DRAGON TP
Written by Andy Diggle
Art by Leinil Yu, Gerry Alanguilan & Richard Friend
Cover by Leinil Yu
Collecting the beautifully illustrated 6-issue miniseries! In Tokyo, A.D. 2063, Renjiro is caught between a lifetime of loyalty to his Yakuza clan and the iron-fisted might of the military elite, and he will soon learn that the only way to avoid total annihilation is to play both sides against the middle.
On sale July 19, 144 pg, FC, $19.99 US
If you need any more convincing, check out this sneak preview.

Sunday, April 09, 2006

Insert "Losers/Winners" Pun Here


Hey, Jock's been nominated for the Eisner Award for Best Cover Artist for his work on THE LOSERS! And about time too, I say.

Everybody try to psychically sway the panel of judges. It can't be illegal if it's psychic.

Tuesday, March 28, 2006

Hellblazer: Lady Constantine


The graphic novel collection of Vertigo's LADY CONSTANTINE mini-series goes on sale tomorrow.

Johanna Constantine was originally created by Neil Gaiman in the pages of Sandman, but this was her first and only solo outing, written by myself and illustrated by the mighty Goran Sudzuka.

It was also my first work for the American market, so if you missed it first time round, check out the opening scene below:

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You can also download a nifty mini poster from DC's website, and order the book direct from Amazon for less than ten of your Earth dollars.

Titan will be doing a UK reprint shortly, but in the meantime you can pick it up from direct market comic shops.

Get it? Got it? Good.

Friday, March 03, 2006

Joss Whedon on THE LOSERS

Okay, so I know this is a shameless display of own-trumpet-blowing on my part, but what the hell -- I'm so chuffed, I can't not post it...

In the latest Marvel Spotlight, writer/director/all-round genius Joss Whedon lists his favourite comic books, including THE LOSERS:
"Never miss an issue. I'm down with The Losers in a big way. It's tough to make international espionage fresh, and I love that book."
So maybe we never exactly set the sales charts on fire, but an endorsement like that almost means more to me. I have big, big love for Joss Whedon's work, from TOY STORY to BUFFY to FIREFLY and SERENITY, and to get respect from a guy I respect so much really does mean a hell of lot to me.

So, cheers Joss! Cheque's in the post.

Friday, February 17, 2006

L for Lloyd


I recently interviewed David Lloyd to gauge his opinion on the new V FOR VENDETTA movie, and you can see the results over at Newsarama.

I had been invited to guest-edit their website for a week, but unfortunately I had to pull out due to deadline pressures. Hopefully I'll get another chance later in the year...

Saturday, January 21, 2006

Not Dead Yet

Has it really been a month since I last blogged? Yikes. I’ve been spending a lot less time online just lately, and being that much more productive for it. My New Year’s resolution this year was to simplify my life, get organised, streamline my workload, concentrate on finishing one project at a time... and waste less time on the Internerd.

I’m currently in that weird quiet space between finishing one bunch of projects - THE LOSERS, SILENT DRAGON and the rest - and announcing the next one. Ploughing through my Big Shiny New DCU Project That I’m Not Allowed To Talk About Yet while putting together a couple of pitches for whatever I’ll be doing after that.

One’s a creator-owned thriller miniseries/OGN, and the other’s a revamp of a DCU origin story - a character I’d never had any great desire to write, until I was suddenly seized with inspiration. The great thing about origin stories is that you can give a well-established corporate trademark character an arc. Starting out, he can still grow and change. He isn’t set in stone... yet.

It looks like I might also be working on a next-gen console game for a major Japanese company, plus I’m hoping to write a spec movie screenplay in my Copious Spare Time. I wasn’t as productive as I should have been last year, though, so right now I just need to concentrate on getting some DC pages written. I got hit with a nasty tax bill just after Christmas - right around the time my washing machine and printer simultaneously blew up and had to be replaced. Ouch. Looks like I’ll be living on my overdraft for a while...