Woo! Another weekend, and this time round a bunch of us Manchester-based comic folk are getting together. Art is so much mroe fun when done in groups: While generally I tend to work on my own, this is generally more because I can’t find somebody with enough free time to commit to the project. When you do find that ace collaborater though, you can feel the synergy working, piecing everything together to build something truly great.

One of my favourite collaborators, interestingly enough, is a gent I have yet to meet in person. His name is Rich Fuscia, a professional illustrator and artist from the US. I first worked with him on a submission to Mark Millar’s CLiNT magazine, ‘Emmeline The Butcher’s Daughter’, after I posted up a synopsis of the story and Rich offered to team up with me on it. The end results were fantastic: He captured perfectly the mid-20th century gothic look I had carried around in my head while I wrote the script. His attention to detail is beyond compare, and his characterisation is superb.

This time around, we’ve worked together to produce a five-page comic, as part of an upcoming anthology myself and fellow writer Roisin Loughran have written, intended for release next  year with a variety of illustrators providing the artwork. Rich picked my script ‘Ignorance Is Bliss’ from a selection of similar creepy-style stories, and recently passed on the colored pages to me for review. If all the other artists in the anthology can match his standard and passion, it will be very VERY awesome indeed.

Go check out Rich’s page for more information on his work! http://www.fusciart.com/

Also, if you’re an artist interested in being considered for the anthology, leave a comment saying as much on this page, filling in the email box with the email address you’d like to be contacted on. Your email address will be visible only to me, so you won’t have to worry about spam or unsolicited emails.

Also, best wishes to those of you starting the Ramadan fasting. Hopefully the long days this year don’t make it too diffiicult on you!

Anyway, enjoy today’s comic, and I’ll see you all on Monday!