Jay Gunn teases “Coal Face”, his latest illustrated project

Coal Face - The Devil in the Smoke by and © Jay Gunn

Artst and writer Jay Gunn, best known, perhaps for his incredible eco-thriller graphic novel, Surface Tension, has just teased some incredible art from his new illustrated book project, Coal Face – The Devil in the Smoke.

Described as a cautionary supernatural horror story, the new book – comprising some 250 illustrated pages of prose – is a reworking of a story that Jay had in development some years ago, and he is currently seeking a publisher.

In Coal Face, both written and illustrated by Jay, a demon appears before a divided and beleaguered mining community in the form of a dragon offering salvation and victory. But at what cost?

  • Coal Face - The Devil in the Smoke by and © Jay Gunn
  • Coal Face - The Devil in the Smoke by and © Jay Gunn
  • Coal Face - The Devil in the Smoke by and © Jay Gunn
  • Coal Face - The Devil in the Smoke by and © Jay Gunn
  • Coal Face - The Devil in the Smoke by and © Jay Gunn

Jay Gunn is the writer/ artist nom de plume of Jason Wilson, who started his career working at the National Coal Board, where he was tasked with drawing some rather gory safety comics to teach children the hazards of playing on industrial sites. He then joined the burgeoning home grown video game development scene in the late 1980s, where he spent over 25 years making everything from arcade conversions to original Bafta award-winning games for Sony, the best known, perhaps, the MediEvil series. 

Surface Tension Collection Cover

Surface Tension, an absolutely stunning sci-fi fantasy with a tinge of horror, was published by Titan Comics in 2015 to plenty of deserved acclaim from many quarters, myself included, an environmental eco-thriller influenced by authors as diverse as Nigel Kneale and Japanese film maker Hayao Miyazaki.

Jay is now seeking a home for Coal Face, a project for teenagers and up that he’s clearly invested a huge amount of time and energy into, alongside his continuing work in gaming.

If there’s an independent, established publisher out there who might be interested, you can contact Jay via Twitter.

Let’s get this into print, shall we?

• Follow Jay Gunn on Twitter @gunncomics

Surface Tension was released as a collection by Titan Comics in 2016 | Buy it hewre from AmazonUK (Affiliate Link)

Read our 2015 interview with Jay Gunn about the Surface Tension project

Surface Tension is TM & © 2015 Jay Gunn. All rights reserved | Coal Face is © 2022 Jay Gunn. All rights reserved

The founder of downthetubes, John works as a comics editor, writer, as Creative Consultant on the Dan Dare audio adventures for B7 Media, and on promotional work for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival. Working in British comics publishing for over 30 years, his credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine, Star Trek Magazine and Babylon 5 Magazine. 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 “Crucible”, a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz, published on Tapastic; and “Death Duty” and “Skow Dogs” with Dave Hailwood for digital comic 100% Biodegradable.



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