Oh blimey it's November

Newsletter #7

Honestly, I am sure it was September, like, *gestures* last week.

HOW ARE YOU GOOD I’M FINE THANK YOU

It’s been one of those weeks that has been really busy, but it feels like I have little to show for it. Lots of reading and research for THE KILLING HORIZON, slowly easing my way back into drawing again, and catching up on admin.

I’m having a lot of fun doing the reading for TKH. It’s a daunting book, because the world has to be invented from the ground up, unlike a comic like WicDiv where the background environment is more or less ours. There are so many moving parts, from calculating distances across space (hey, it’s really big. Did you know that? Like, really big) to figuring out planetary environments to technology levels to societal structures to just how hard I want the science to be. And above all, how it all plays into and serves the story. The world of TKH feels more and more real every day, which is extremely exciting for me.

I’m reticent to share too much of what I’m reading because I don’t want to give any of the story away just yet, but here is an image of a binary star system being born, which is incredible.

Beyond that, I’m currently drawing a cover for a publisher I haven’t work with before, so that’s cool. It’s for a character I pretty much grew up reading. No, sorry, Kieron, it’s not Impactor.

ANYTHING ELSE HAPPENING, JAMIE??

Jeez you’re demanding. OK fine. Next week sees the return of THOUGHT BUBBLE, our favourite convention. It’s moved to Harrogate this year, which is cool, but means I can’t have Nandos for lunch each day. :( Kieron and I will be joined by Matt Wilson, so if you want to see 3/4 of the WicDiv creative team, you’re in luck. If you don’t, whatever, don’t come, I don’t care. Aside from signing at our table, we’re doing a panel to mark the end of the comic, along with flatter Dee Cunniffe. Here’s the details:

The Wicked + The Divine: Epitaph

Time: 13:00-13:50

Location: Room A - Queen’s Suite

Event Type: Panel

Age Range: All Ages

The Wicked + The Divine series is coming to an end. Join the creative team that brought us the beloved comic series and help bid it a final farewell. There will be tears.

In June 2014 The Wicked + The Divine hit the comic book store shelves for the first time. Now over 50 issues in with many an award and accolade earned, the end is here... Join Kieron Gillen, Jamie McKelvie, Matt Wilson and Dee Cunniffe as they chisel the final words into the tombstone of this iconic comic series.

I note that it happens immediately after the End of Giant Days panel. Does this mean anything? No idea.

Also, the Saturday night party is WicDiv themed, which is enormously touching.

READ ANY GOOD BOOKS LATELY?

I’m just at the end of Elizabeth Bear’s Ancestral Night, and I’m enjoying it a lot. Tor have announced The Doors Of Eden, from Adrian Tchaikovsky. You may know Adrian from novels such as Children of Time, AKA THE BEST BOOK EVER, so this is very exciting. His latest, Made Things, is out this week, because apparently he doesn’t sleep.

Music-wise, I’ve been listening to the brand new Bossy Love debut, Me + U. They’ve been around the scene in Glasgow for a while so I’ve been looking forward to it and it doesn’t disappoint. Anamanaguchi’s latest is great, especially the collaboration with Hana, On My Own, which sounds like the Sayonara Wild Hearts soundtrack after about 20 packs of Haribo. Hana pops up on another collab with Gryffin, Nothing Like You, on an album that also features Carly Rae Jepsen and Marina, so is well worth a listen.

OK bye love you,

J

PS BRUCE PICS

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