• Hearty congratulations to Gears of War and MamTor publisher Liam Sharp, who has landed himself the job of a lifetime. “I’m art directing a movie, and not just any movie,” he reveals. “It’s Fistful of Blood, the movie based on the cult graphic (and I mean graphic) novel by Kevin Eastman and Simon Bisley, great friends both.”
The film is being directed by Digger T. Mesch, who created Art Asylum, with a cast that includes Peter (Chewbacca) Mayhew. It’s being designed by Tom Muller, who talks about his initial work here, and who has set up a Flickr set which will include more design work as it becomes available. Right now, that’s mainly the promtional work, including the poster, above.
“I’m only just taking it in,” says Liam on his deviantart journal. “For the last few years this is the job I’ve dreamt of doing – production design/art directing. But in an extremely aggressive marketplace that seemed highly unlikely. And yet – here I am.”
I’ve known Liam for many years, right back to Marvel UK when he was drawing Death’s Head II, and I can’t think of a more deserving case for someone whose hard work and dedication to his craft has finally paid off in a way he always wanted. Great news.
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.