Necessary Monsters has been quiet for over 18 months.
But it lives.
Work has started on part 5 of volume three.
Wait, volume three? When did this start ?
Anyone that has followed Necessary Monsters from the beginning is probably aware that this is a project with a very messed up and idiosyncratic production schedule. Part three started in 2015 and had quite a lively start. By April 2016 four parts of the book had been scripted and drawn. Then Daniel had the small matter of a PHD to complete, so it was put on hold.
The plan is to have it completed for next year. That will be a nice round, TEN YEARS that this beast has occupied our lives.
As from next week i’m going to blog about Monsters long and colourful history. This will lead up to the completion of book three.
This year has been a low output year. But I’m busy getting stuff done. The main time grabber is Necessary Monsters. I am currently finishing up part 4 ( Of 6 ). All four parts will be available for Thought Bubble in a few weeks. It’s a slow process. I draw monsters digitally, and this allows me to develop a scribbled note into a fully finished page, with lots of chopping and changing of the composition. When I work on paper, I’m more direct in my execution. A faster working process, but there is a lot of compromise with what I’ve in my head ( offset by the tactile quality of the materials, and the random elements )
The above image is an unfinished panel from issue four.i felt that the crowd had a sameness of height, so putting a larger figure changed the dynamic.
The main reason for posting this is to show that i have more than sketchbook pages going on. Sometimes this is an important thing to do, on a personal level 🙂
Look at me, look at me 🙂
Richard Bruton has blogged about Necessary Monster 2. It is a good starting point for the curious or refresher for people who have forgotten what it’s all about.
Go and read and support the FP blog, a place that has been a consistent supporter of the comics scene in the UK.
They have been a massive help to me. So once again, thank you 🙂
Necessary Monster 2.1 is now available for purchase. If you are in London it can be found at Gosh and Orbital. It can also be purchased at the Phatcomics shop and from Daniel.
Also drop by Daniels website and wish him a happy birthday !
Murderbox is a new run of Necessary Monsters comics. The Ashcan/mini of part one will debut at New York Comic Con.
Daniel has all the details ( Secret transmission decoded -First Comics, booth #1624 ) and will be present to spread the Monster love. This is one of the reasons I’ve not been seen outdoors much the past few months. Locked in the monster lair. Arrrggghhh !!!!
There exists a world of horrors beneath the one we know. Where the creatures of our nightmares stalk amongst humanity and play their games of vengeance, murder and intrigue. To police this world there is The Chain; a covert agency of monsters and killers, charged with keeping the human herd from ever growing too thin.
Now a new threat to The Chain’s status quo has risen. The creature known as Harp’s Bane has gone rogue, taking with him the Conundrunomicon – the most secret and powerful codebook in existence. In response to this transgression four of The Chain’s best agents – Gravehouse, Creeping Tuesday, Charlotte Hatred and Cowboy 13 – are tasked to retrieve the book and put a halt to Harp’s schemes.
The stage is set for a terrifying chase across a hidden America as old grudges and older secrets come bubbling to the surface. Ancient terrors ride in black helicopters, psychotic cowboys walk the land and dead girls with killer smiles hide in the shadows. In this world of horrors there are no heroes and no villains; only monsters. Some more necessary than others.