Dotter of her Father’s Eyes is partly autobiographical, charting the relationship between Mary and her father, the Joycean scholar James S Atherton and partly biographical, dealing with the life of James Joyce’s daughter Lucia.
Mary has written several academic textbooks — but this is her first piece of creative writing.
“I think what’s been most distinctive about this project is that I haven’t just completed a script and then passed it over to an artist,” she says. “We’ve been able to work on the book together, with an intensive and ongoing creative interaction that’s usually missing from writer/artist collaborations.”
“I’ve developed what I think is an appropriate art style and visual storytelling technique for the book,” Bryan adds. “I’m hoping to finish the artwork within the next six weeks.”
“Alwyn’s an incredibly talented illustrator and concept designer for computer games, which is why I asked him to colour some of the pages of my last graphic novel, Grandville Mon Amour, to help me meet the deadline,” says Bryan. “When Tharg asked me if I’d be interested in illustrating Michael Carroll’s Dredd script, I immediately thought of him.
“I didn’t have the time to ink and colour the strip myself so that suggested that Alwyn turned my pencils into fully rendered artwork. He did a great job. I also like Michael’s script, which is basically a cool, self-contained short SF story.”
Although working in the computer game industry for the past eleven years, Alwyn’s previous comic work includes strips for Negative Burn, DC Comics and the miniseries Armageddon Patrol, recently reprinted by Kult Creations.
“I’ve been drawing since I was 2 and enjoy more as I go,” says Alwyn. “When you do what you love, you’ll never work a day in your life. I find this to be true… even when pulling 15 hour days!”
• Caterpillars will appear in 2000AD Prog 1730 on 20th April
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.