Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Steve Yeowell

Steve Yeowell must be a comics creator known to any British fan of the medium, particularly if they happen to have grown up reading the titles produced by the House of Tharg – namely 2000AD and its sister publications. He has illustrated everything from ‘The Red Seas’, ‘Devlin Waugh’ and ‘Nikolai Dante’ through to ‘Tyranny Rex’, ‘Sinister Dexter’ and ‘Maniac 5’ for that particular title.

However, the strip which really broke him into the collective public comics consciousness must surely be the Grant Morrison-scripted ‘Zenith’. That strip alone ran to four books (and other sundry one-shots) and was among the first to tread the path of placing superheroes within a real world setting, like so many others have since, including most recently on television ‘Heroes’.

So, you can understand why I was extremely excited to learn that he would be covering art duties on ‘The Tale of the Hound’, one of a series of strips I scripted for Warhammer Monthly’s ‘Tales from the Ten-Tailed Cat’ series. This particular tale was inspired by a Welsh legend but I added in elements of ‘The Hound of the Baskervilles’ and the phantom dog folklore that abounds in the British Isles, to give it a suitably dark, Warhammer twist. (As it happens, this is an area of creative inspiration that I plan to mine again in an upcoming project next year.)

I was fortunate enough to meet Steve a little while after the publication of ‘The Tale of the Hound’ and he was very complimentary about my script. I only hope that, one day, I might get the chance to work with him again. But only time will tell...

For the time being, here are pages one and four of ‘The Tale of the Hound’ five-pager.

Images from the Black Library’s Warhammer Monthly comic are the property of Games Workshop Ltd, and used with permission. Copyright © Games Workshop Ltd, 2007, all rights reserved.


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