Monday, 22 November 2010

Ebook preview coming soon

We’re currently putting together an ebook preview that will feature the first twenty pages of Dream Solver, plus a new cover from Chris. We’ll let you know when it’s up and where you can view it. But as a taster, here are a few of the panels that will be included:

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Saturday, 18 September 2010

A new addition to the team

We are very pleased to tell you that Lauren Anne Sharp has joined the Dream Solver team as letterer. Lauren is the colourist of Kronos City and Quarantined and the editor of the Survival Stories anthology and we are really happy to have her on board.

We'll be posting some new preview pages from Dream Solver shortly but in the meantime here is another preview panel for your viewing pleasure.

Tuesday, 31 August 2010

Insomnia ceases trading

We’re sorry to announce that Insomnia Publications has ceased trading, which means we’ll be looking for a new home for Dream Solver.

In the meantime, a group of writers and artists who were due to have books published by Insomnia are putting out an anthology of short stories entitled Survival Stories. You can order an advance copy and get original pin up art or a portrait drawn by Chris by pledging funds via KickStarter. All profits will go to the Comic Book Alliance.

Saturday, 22 May 2010

Dream Solver: The Things Within

So this post was intended to be written ages ago! I don’t know what happened. I wrote up the whole post, got my partner to check it over and was given a two page list of things to change. I’m afraid the list beat me down and this post fell behind in the ‘To Do List’, but nay more!

This post was going to be written up and shared no matter how long it took me, so here I am, finally.

You know the way that people you meet, events that happen to you or situations you find yourself in become so etched in your mind that they end up being replayed or worked into your dreams? Well, with the construction of Dream Solver, I have been aiming for a similar effect.

Last year, I attended a lecture by the mighty Dave Gibbons. He went over his design planning process for The Watchmen and explained how he had thought about the panels on more levels than simply showing an action or following a narrative. It made me realise that, as a comic artist, you can do so much with panels.

To say the least, my work on Dream Solver has been influenced by other artists, not just in terms of considering the comic’s construction, but also from a stylistic point of view. Since this is my first comic and I’m fresh out of University, I seem to have taken on other stylistic influences like a sponge, including the work of the likes of Chris Weston, Brian Bolland, Dylan Teague, Guy Davis, Cliff Robinson, and any other artist whose comics and books I have found my face in recently.

Some influences are more apparent than others. One panel in Dream Solver is an obvious reference to Brian Bolland’s cover for The Killing Joke, but I really couldn’t help it; the guy is a genius and the cover of the Killing Joke is beautiful, only my panel doesn’t drip with as much menace as Bolland’s joker!

Other influences or homages I like to try and hide, or at least make a little more difficult to spot, so that perhaps a second read or a more careful look at the pages may reveal something you didn’t spot the first time. Happy hunting!

Friday, 21 May 2010

Dream Solver: New Promo Poster

We've been away a while, as both Luke and I (Chris) have been hard at work making headway with the book. But we recently took some time out to put together a promo poster to take to upcoming conventions. So keep an eye out, as we will be trying to sneak the poster up onto any bare walls we can find.

You will be hearing more from us soon, as we are both preparing "behind the scenes" posts that will feature new panels and snippets from the book.