And Now I’m Writing a Comic

This news is out there on the interwebs today, so I guess I can go public with it.

‘Tis true: I’m diversifying a bit, and writing a Rogue Trooper comic for the excellent folks over at IDW.

As visitors here may have noticed, I’m a fairly major comics fan. Unsurprisingly, I’m therefore pretty excited to be dipping my toes in those creative waters, especially since it’s on a character I knew well in my youth. As a British kid who liked comics and SF, it goes without saying that 2000 AD was a biiiig deal to me way back then, and Rogue Trooper was one of my favourite strips. It’s remained one of those I remember with the most affection, along with stuff like Dredd, Slaine and Nemesis. So all in all, fair to say I’m a happy chap with this turn of events.

Lovely cover art for #1, don’t you think?, by Glenn Fabry and Ryan Brown:

I’m lucky enough to be serving the interior art of Alberto Ponticelli with my scripts, so I think the whole package is going to look kind of nice, to put it mildly. More info to follow soon, of course. I believe the first issue will be in a comic shop near you in February 2014 or thereabouts.

And in case anyone’s wondering, none of this affects The Free. The hard work on that is largely done I think, the lovely powers-that-be at Orbit are making positive noises and as far as I know it remains on its intended publication course. So with any luck I’ll have both a novel and comics on shelves in 2014. Should be a fun year.

For those who wonder how these things come about … well, I expect the story’ll get told at some point (it’s not wildly exciting or surprising, before you get your expectations up too high), but for now let’s just say it convinced me even more that what I said in this post about luck was on the money. You can’t control exactly when or how you get lucky, but you can at the very least give it the chance to show up in your life. I did, and it did. Sweet.

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  1. sauchie’s avatar

    Congratulations, Brian. My (unsolicited and amateur) advice would be not to kill the Traitor General and to avoid any attempt to reconcile the ‘Rogue’ and ‘Friday’ incarnations of the character. Only misery aimlessness and confusion can result from either. Best of luck and good wishes from a fellow Scot.

  2. Brian’s avatar

    Wait, what?! There’s a Traitor General involved in all this somehow?!?

    But seriously … what I’m doing at the moment is ‘Rogue’ all the way, with a few little tweaks of my own. The original is the incarnation I know best and remember fondly. And we certainly want to avoid misery, aimlessness and confusion. Well, definitely aimlessness anyway.

    Thanks for the good wishes.

  3. Ashley Beeching’s avatar

    Good luck with Rogue Trooper Brian!

    As a major fan of the character I can’t wait to see what you do with the blue wonder!

  4. Brian’s avatar

    Thanks, Ashley. Hope you’re entertained – or at the very least not horrified! – by what we come up with.

  5. Todd Auvil’s avatar

    I just saw your interview/article in Comic Book Resources. Nice to hear that more of your work will be coming out soon and it’ll be on my local comic shop racks, quite interesting!
    While I’m not knowledgeable about the character, I’m looking forward to it nonetheless and am really enthusiastic about seeing your work in this style.
    Best of luck!

  6. Todd Auvil’s avatar

    Rogue Trooper comes out Wednesday, March 5. CBR has an 8 page preview that I just checked out — looks promising! As I said above, I don’t know much about the character but I’ll be picking it up if for no other reason than to enjoy and support your foray into another medium.
    Here’s the link for those that are interested:


  7. Brian’s avatar

    Thanks, Todd. You’re a star! My first venture into comics does indeed ‘go live’ this Wednesday. Hopefully, it’s accessible to anyone who doesn’t know much about the character’s previous incarnations – I certainly tried to make it reasonably new reader-friendly. One thing’s for sure: there’s some very nice art in it (the best pages, visuals-wise, aren’t actually in that preview – they come a bit later in the issue!)

  8. Todd Auvil’s avatar

    Two issues in and I’m really enjoying it Brian, can’t wait to see where this goes.

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