30 April 2018

Hot Dogs!

A western IN SPACE!


That's kinda the underlying high concept of classic 2000AD strip Strontium Dog right? Sure, Wagner & Ezquerra took Johnny Alpha and Wulf on all kinds of sci-fi escapades, but the bounty hunter premise gives most stories the tone (and often narrative shape) of a gritty western.


Alexi has long liked the idea of this and finally got round to scripting a story for Dogbreath, the long-running Strontium Dog comic anthology fanzine from FQP. Turns out, he really enjoyed trying to come with a satisfying sci-fi western story, and ended up scripting a chunky fourteen-pager - fortunately, the editors accepted it and artist David Parsons (plus Bolt-01 lettering) really nailed the art.


You can find the resultant story, 'A Safe Haven', in Dogbreath #34. It's the tale of a sheriff of a prim backwater farming colony having to deal with a notorious criminal gang (pursued by Strontium Dog bounty hunters) trying to lie-low in his jurisdiction. (IN SPACE!)


Dogbreath #34 cover by Mike Collins




Panel from 'A Safe Haven', art by David Parsons


But that's not all! Also fresh out from FQP is FutureQuake 2018 - the latest volume in their flagship sci-fi anthology series.


FutureQuake 2018 cover by Gibson Quarter & Steve Denton


Panel from 'A Strange Thing Happened', art by Scott Twells


Snuck in on the back cover is a one-pager scripted by Alexi, art by Scott Twells, colours by Owen Watts, letters by Bolt-01, A Strange Thing Happened - a brief sad look at disaffection and loneliness... and dogs.


These fine publications are now available from FQP - direct via their webstore (details plus full contents lists here: Dogbreath #34, FutureQuake 2018), or catch FQP in person at Oldham Comic Con on the 12th May.

5 July 2017

ALEXI ATEN'T DEAD

Despite the tumbleweed proliferation around here, Alexi Conman is still a thing. He has been scripting comics. They have been being drawn by excellent artists.


And so it is that (like buses?) you wait for ages for an Alexi Conman comic to come along, and then four (!) come at once - all in the latest astounding issue of SF comic anthology FutureQuake!


Cover by Romain Brun & Julien Brun


FutureQuake 2017 is a bumper 100-page beast, chock-full of quality comics stories, and well worth £6.50 of your Earth-money. The four stories within it that Alexi scripted are:


From Tiny Acorns - Art by Richard Waugh, Letters by Bolt-01
An endeavour to spin a yarn at breakneck pace. Scientists develop a miracle crop, it (of course) gets out of control, it wipes out the human race, takes over the planet and gains sentience - in the first three panels. Things then get weird.


A Week - Art by Sketchy Magpie, Letters by Bolt-01
Pretty high-brow stuff this, riffing on two of Western culture's most venerated cultural icons: Shakespeare (the seven ages of man) and Jean-Claude Van Damme (Universal Soldier).


Turing's Prisoner - Art & Letters by Bolt-01, Greytones by Barry Renshaw
A slightly experimental piece this, both conceptually (investigating a novel spin on 'the Turing test'), and formally (the whole story is a guy talking to a door!). Alexi genuinely hopes it raises a few moral conundrums.


Action & Consequence - Art by Scott Twells, Colour by Owen Watts, Letters by Bolt-01
Daft one-pager, contrasting rumination on free will with punching monsters. We've all been there, right?




Alexi thinks all the artists did absolutely fantastic jobs - all of his stories were quite tricky in their own ways. He's also mightily impressed with the range and quality of all the stories in the anthology, and is certain that you'd enjoy it if you were to purchase it.


FutureQuake 2017 is available from the FutureQuake Press shop.





12 November 2015

A Slippery Slope

New comic alert! New comic alert!

Do you know which comics character was the first to become widely popular, appearing repeatedly in a wide range of stories, followed by a vast loyal readership, inspiring all kinds of official (and unofficial) merchandise and spin-offs?

- If so, Alexi recommends this comic as just the kind of thing that someone with your knowledge of comics history would enjoy.

- If not, Alexi recommends this comic as just the kind of thing that you'll find educational and entertaining as you expand your knowledge of comics history.


Scripted by Alexi Conman, with art by Terry WileyThe Sloper Gradient (or: the story of the world's first sequential art superstar and a potted history of the birth of comics) is a short but intricately constructed comic that... well, tells the story of the world's first sequential art superstar and whisks the reader through a history of the birth of the comics medium.

This is probably the most adventurously-structured comic that Alexi has scripted, so it was incredibly fortunate that an artist as sharp and adaptable as Terry came on board to turn the barely comprehensible plans into reality. If you haven't read Terry's genre-defying work (like VerityFair and Sleaze Castle), Alexi urges you to at your earliest convenience - it's funny, human, charming, splendid stuff.

The comic can be obtained from Alexi or Terry (who will both be around and about at Thought Bubble festival this weekend).