Tuesday, March 17, 2009

A Whistle for the Deep

Cthulhu Tales #12 IS the final issue. Seems not enuff comic readers enjoy anthology books, and most comic shops don't/won't give em the space, cus DC and Marvel bring in the BIG numbers, and your average comic shop manager couldn't give a toss about the indy guys who don't.

But the final issue is cause for celebration, behind a variant cover my moi, there's a 10 page strip i wrote last year, drawn by the criminally ignored/unknown Dave Hitchcock. It's called A Whistle for the Deep, and in contrast to the strip i wrote for Zombie Tales #7, this is me doing it straight, serious hat on and all, and I'm pretty chuffed with it.

It's beautifully, hauntingly drawn, even the horrid bits, and hopefully, this tale of a monstrous heritage and a boys dark destiny, will leave you a little spooked. It's on the shelves, in any comic shop that offers choice and variety(good luck with that one!). Please go and buy it.
Meanwhile, marvel at Dave' s latest stuff at http://davehitchcock.blogspot.com/

Below is the first page, unlettered and uncensored.

Boom! were concerned that too much bare lady was on show since the book was not labelled 'mature readers'. And it just might end up a target of the stateside overzealous loony 'moral majority'. Mostly these are concerned parents who usually don't blink a righteous eyelid at copious comic book bloodletting and gratuitous punching and shooting. But they exclaim horror at the sight of two consenting adults making/about to make love, since this just might drive young readers to underage sex, rape, general debauchery, and a reckless abandonment of wholesome American family values.
A bible in one hand and a gun in the other, they take this shit seriously; they boycott, and threaten, and they get people arrested for selling 'obscene' material to minors. That's partly why the Comic Book Legal Defence Fund was set up, which you should support; http://www.cbldf.org/ .

So, not wanting to be awkward and provocative, we covered up the rude bits. No matter, not like it's damaged the integrity of the story. And it's a gorgeous page, either way.

PS; the letterer buggered up on the third page, the caption 'three weeks later', should be in the second panel, NOT panel one.. Makes a BIG difference.


dribbs said...

Dave's art is a joy to behold.
Why that man is not working in a regular comic is one of the mysteries of the universe

shane oakley said...

amen to that.

Brian Jones said...

Great story, you and Dave make a great team. The story and art for "A Whistle for the Deep" was the best part of the book. Big fan of Mr. Hitchcock's art!

jhp said...

Your story blows the other recent ones featured in CT out of the water.

shane oakley said...

brian and jhp- thankyou for the praise. i'm hoping me and dave can team-up on something else, even longer, in the very near future - watch this space!