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This week’s question comes from me and is as follows:-

“What are you looking forward to in comics 2006?”

Pat Sullivan Writes:

Oddly the things I am looking forward to are the things I currently don’t know about. I hope that 2006 provides the same amount of pleasant surprises and delights that 2005 did, admittedly it will mean my bank balance is going to be a little (well a lot) lighter…

Pat Sullivan is the main man of Diamond Comics this side of the Ocean and appeared on the LIVE! Version of SBC’s The Panel at Brighton’s Comic Expo – http://www.comicexpo.biz and was one of the highlights of the panel!

Kev F Sutherland :

More comics work (fingers crossed). I also tour my show ‘Kev F Draws The Crowds’, which includes me drawing a caricature of every audience member. I hope to take that to the Edinburgh Festival. If I could manage that, and to extend my comic art beyond The Beano (which is, as I’ve said, the most enjoyable and best work I think I’ve ever done), I’d be laughing spam fritters.

Writer and artist on most genres of comic from (currently) The Bash St Kids in The Beano, thru Tarquin Hoylet He Has To Go To The Toilet in Viz, to Star Trek and Dr Strange for Marvel, plus Dr Who, Red Dwarf, Gladiators, Goosebumps and heaps more.

Sean O’Reilly:

For me…2006 will bring Kade: Sun of Perdition, something that I’ve been working hard at for the last 6 months. Kade is the gothic demon hunter who doesn¹t feel, but always hurts. During the Black Sun, under the Eye of God, angels can fall to Earth. These Fallen Angels have left the grace of God and act without consequence, many are trying to spite their Creator.

These unique Angels are able to possess the anemic spirits of those who are morally corrupt, and these possessed beings are their demonic servants.

Kade is the ageless balance that tips the dark scale back towards the light, as he hunts the demons and the Fallen Angels. However, Angels are immortal and cannot be killed, but they can be banished. Kade must find the Fallen Angel’s real name and scribe this name onto the Angel’s flesh. It is then that the immortal is cast back to the Abyss, back to wait for the next Black Sun, check it out this summer.

Sean Patrick O’Reilly is Editor-in-Chief of Arcana Studios, and the writer of their book, Kade.

Frazer Irving:

My next project 🙂

Frazer Irving: Essex boy, artist, philanderer. Did the small press for 5 years, then 2000AD for another five, moved onto the glorious silky pages of DC recently. Not one for pigeonholing, he rejects the penciller-inker-colourist team-up and has merged 3 clones of himself into 1 so that he does all jobs. Possibly known for work on 2000AD’s Necronauts, Judge Death and The Simping Detective, currently doodling Klarion the Witch-Boy for DC.

James E. Lyle (a.k.a. Doodle):

I really don’t know. It seems lately that I’m mostly trying to simply keep my head above water doing comics and commercial art. So I don’t have much time to be a fan. Superman Returns does come to mind, but I’m hoping it won’t be as disappointing as some other comics-inspired movies and TV series have been lately. Right now it’s one of those “wait and see” periods. So we’ll have to wait and see!

James E. Lyle is a cartoonist and illustrator, including co-creating titles Escape to the Stars, T.H.U.N.D.E.R. and DoorMan, plus work on Fright Night, Cynicalman Sells Out, and the accurately-spelt Wiindows. More recently Lyle worked on Turok, the “missing” Paul Gulacy T.h.u.n.d.e.r. Agents, and DRASTIK #1.

Bart Thompson:

Finally being able to release Chaos Campus: Sorority Girls vs. Zombies in its full color glory! People have wanted to see this for so long and the buzz so far is great. The preview comics are holding some people over, but everyone really wants the real thing in its entirety! Also finally seeing the final DVD of the live action Chaos Campus shorts we plan to film earlier in the year… that’ll be good times, too!

Bart Thompson is the founder of Approbation Comics, creator of Vampires Unlimited, the Metamutoids, ChiSai, and Chaos Campus: Sorority Girls vs. Zombies while the publisher of Myriad from Approbation and writer/creator of Blood, Shells, & Roses coming soon from Arcana Studios!

Bryan Talbot Writes:

Lost Girls.

Bryan produced work for the American comic company DC on titles such as Hellblazer (with Jamie Delano), Sandman (with Neil Gaiman) and the 200 page prestige format creator-owned series The Nazz (with Tom Veitch). The Spanish edtion of the Constantine story The Bloody Saint won the Haxtur award for best short story. The Sandman Special #1, The Song of Orpheus, was nominated for a Harvey Award. He wrote and drew MASK, a two-part Batman story for Legends of the Dark Knight. Nominated for two Eisner awards, it was being reprinted in 1996 with the addition of one extra page in Dark Legends. More Information can be at http://www.bryan-talbot.com/biog.html

Gary Spencer Millidge:

Looking forward to the Bristol Expo (as usual).

Chris Staros and I will spend the best part of a week hanging out, catching up with our comics buddies and making exciting new contacts.

Looking forward to my return to Angoulême (this time with a French edition of Strangehaven) and a first visit to the Napoli Comicon in Italy.

Also looking forward to my annual holiday at Center Parcs with my girlfriend Mandy (as usual) and Chelsea winning the Premiership trophy (as usual).

Finally, I’ll be looking forward to all those wonderful surprises that are bound to happen (as usual).

Gary has been self-publishing his award-winning Strangehaven comic book series for ten years and his third trade paperback collection Strangehaven: Conspiracies will be published later this summer http://www.millidge.com

Donna Barr:

I’m hoping to get a lot of backlogged work done. Collecting all the Desert Peach and publishing it at http://www.lulu.com/desertpeach along with the rest of the books that are at that address (product plug!). And start the new Desert Peach. And make my new publisher/agent relationship with a new press work. And get my intern trained in June (to help me publish two more books, hopefully the old Peach Slices and Ersatz Peach, again at Lulu).

AND finally making the newly-designed website at www.stinz.com JUST the way I want it! And finally pass my Commercial Driver’s License driving exam.

Thanks for asking!

And have a great 2006.

Donna Barr has books and original art at www.stinz.com, webcomics at www.moderntales.com, www.girlamatic.com, and has POD at www.booksurge.com Nothing she won’t try, at least once…including writing a column for SBC at this link!

Jesse Leon McCann:

Watching the continued success of my children and wife in their chosen endeavours
The publishing of a limited series written by me (that has yet to be announced) from DC, as well as several projects I’m writing for other publishers, such as the FEAR FACTOR series of children’s books and the Bongo books
Seeing all my friends at various conventions I’ll attend
Of course, there’s always a chance for peace on Earth

Jesse Leon McCann is a New York Times Best-selling Author. He’s currently editing the fourth Simpsons TV Episode Guide for Bongo Comics/Harper Perennial, and writing stories for DC Comics’ Looney Tunes and Cartoon Cartoons.

Vito Delsante:

My creator owned mini series, THE MERCURY CHRONICLES, will finally be hitting a comic shop near you!!!

Vito Delsante’s creator owned mini-series, “The Mercury Chronicles”, with artist Jim Muniz, is now in development with Image Comics and will hit stands late this year.

2005 is over eh, blimey – I’m getting old!

Welcome 2006…

What am I looking forward to?

Definitely looking forward the UK’s Comic Expo (http://www.comicexpo.net) in Brighton – they have some great guests lined up and more importantly Portent Comics will be there showing off their new titles that we have working on over the last six months which promises more Rob & Ducky and new series’ Halo Slipping and Elite.

Superman Returns, I can’t wait for… I’m even tempted to try and fly to New York to see it early… although I am sure my lack of funds will get the better of me before my fear of flying does.

Remember the panel needs your questions, with questions we have no answers and with no answers will have no panel. So send your questions direct to me at j_redington@yahoo.com


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