Writer Mike French, the writer behind the much-praised illustrated novel An Android Awakes has a sequel, Fictional Alignment, out soon – and have just released an unusual video trailer, created by Joshua Hudson.
Unhappy, a handful of zealot androids massacre the senate and a new regime is formed fuelled with a passion to eradicate the evil of fiction from android society.
An Android Awakes, which featured art by Karl Brown (who is is still working on the project), attracted plenty of attention from comic creators on its release, including the late Steve Dillon, Lee Sullivan (who described it as very much in the style of classic 2000AD) and Bryan Talbot (who said of Karl that he was “reminiscent of the great Brett Ewins, keep your eyes on this promising young artist”) so we reckon Fictional Alignment is worth checking out.
Mike French’s debut novel, The Ascent of Isaac Steward, the first book of the Dandelion Trilogy, was published in 2011 and nominated for a Galaxy National Book Award. The rest of the trilogy, Blue Friday and Convergence, were published by Elsewhen Press in 2012 and 2013 respectively.
Tony Allcock has exhibited his dynamic Expressionist figure paintings at numerous galleries including the Centre International d’Art Contemporain, Paris. His artistic heroes are Pablo Picasso, Jack Kirby, Ed Eller, Enke Bilal, and Bruce Pennington. Hugo Pratt, whilst suggesting that he begin a career in comics, described his black and white illustrations as being in the fine British Gothic tradition of William Blake.
He say he’s one of the world experts in Clip Studio Paint: the preferred graphic software of graphic novel artists.
Karl Brown is a comic artist and illustrator. After initially studying in Northern Ireland he moved to England to do a degree in illustration at the University of Bedfordshire. Karl’s inspiration comes from his love of heavy metal music and keen interest in history.
• Fictional Alignment is out in paperback in April from Alnpete Press, but Mike and Tony are launching the novel at SFW9 this weekend in Wales at 4.00pm on Saturday, in the Owner’s Lounge. Mike and Karl will both at Thought Bubble this year with An Android Awakes and Fictional Alignment
• More information: www.anandroidawakes.com
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The founder of downthetubes, which he established in 1998. John works as a comics and magazine editor, writer, and on promotional work for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival. He is currently editor of Star Trek Explorer, published by Titan – his third tour of duty on the title originally titled Star Trek Magazine.
Working in British comics publishing since the 1980s, his credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine, Babylon 5 Magazine, and more. He also edited the comics anthology STRIP Magazine and edited several audio comics for ROK Comics. He has also edited several comic collections, including volumes of “Charley’s War” and “Dan Dare”.
He’s the writer of “Pilgrim: Secrets and Lies” for B7 Comics; “Crucible”, a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz; and “Death Duty” and “Skow Dogs” with Dave Hailwood.