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Reverbstorm

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My discipline here has rather collapsed since returning from Paris. Lots of things that required sorting out and the distraction of a new computer is the excuse. Time for a new announcement, however. Now that The Haunter of the Dark is back in print, work has begun at the Savoy HQ on the eventual reprinting of my comics magnum opus, Reverbstorm. This was the 8-part Lord Horror series I was producing for Savoy with David Britton that sprang directly out of my Lovecraft comics work and is, in some small way, a continuation of it (hence the inclusion of some pages in the final part of HOTD).

Reverbstorm was an attempt by Dave and I to produce a graphic novel (wretched term, but if the boot fits…) that was truly adult, at a time—the early Nineties—when much there was much discussion of “adult comics” but little worthy of the name being produced. Reverbstorm is adult in terms of its often aggressive and challenging content; so are many mainstream comics now. But it’s also adult in terms of style and technique, being laden with quotation and literary and artistic allusion that requires an understanding of some of the key works of the Modernist movement to fully appreciate. Being a Lord Horror work, there’s also plenty of reference to the fascist philosophy that Dave’s character (based on William Joyce, Lord Haw-Haw) subscribes to. Mix all this with a great deal of violence and you have a very dark work indeed, one that most readers and reviewers of the time were happy to ignore.

Well Reverbstorm is returning to the world in a definitive form. All the artwork is being scanned and cleaned (and in some cases, amended slightly); the eighth and final part will see its first publication in this new edition and there’ll be some previously unseen or unpublished material also. The series as a whole contains 270 pages of some of my best ever black and white artwork (and some great additional work from Kris Guidio) so I’m very pleased that this volume is set to appear in a form that will do justice to the years we spent creating it. Publication will probably be in autumn 2007 but watch this space for further details.

For more on the Reverbstorm series, read my short essay about its genesis here.

 


 

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  1. #1 posted by Wiley

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    I had noticed this under the comics section, and I’ve always been curious about the story underlying the lovely artwork. Nazi eccentrics and Lovecraftian fetishism have always been two of many things to catch my eye. Funny how violently a deeply conservative coalition, and one probably filled entirely by those of Germanic or at least Western European descent at that, reacted against the imaginary exploits of certain characters who seem to share much in common with those in the elitist ranks of a typical Thatcher or Bush administration. Anyway this does peak my curiosity about something else. I’ve been trying to hunt down Grant Morrison’s ‘Lovely Biscuits’ for too long now. Is there any chance of this ever being republished?

  2. #2 posted by John

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    Reverbstorm resists simple explanation, unfortunately. In essence, the work is the explanation which is how it should be with most (all?) art. If you can state it in a simpler way, why spend years producing such an elaborate paraphrase. Be patient and all will be revealed.

    Grant’s book was in print until very recently, I believe. Not sure what the status of it is now. There was talk of my designing a new version with more material (Vertigo were interested, I think) but that idea seems to have gone stale. A shame as there’s some good stuff in there, it deserves a wider audience.

 




 

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