So... Here is a new and exciting Thing.
What you're looking at there is a panel from a Creator Owned Project I'm putting together in assocation with the splendidly talented PJ Holden, and don't worry -- there's plenty more to see right below. The tale will be published over the course of 10 episodes (8 pages each), starting early next year, in a long-running UK Magazine. When it's completed it'll be collected, coloured, and published in the US as an Original Graphic Novel. We recently took some sample pages with us to New York, and received a lot of really exciting interest. We hope to have more news on both halves of the publishing plan very soon.
But we like to tease in this trade, so we thought you might enjoy an early glimpse of what we hope will become a fun, thoughtful, tidy little package...
It's titled NUMBERCRUNCHER, and here's an Exclusive Preview:
I hesitate to give too much away because of the twisty-turny nature of the story, but here's a squirt of exciteable Synopsising from the Pitch Document which has served us so well...
Dying young, a brilliant Mathematician enters the afterlife and discovers a way to cheat the terrifying Divine Calculator. He schemes to be endlessly reincarnated within the lifespan of the woman he loves, no matter how often the violent bailiffs of the Karmic Accountancy cut-short each life.
It falls to one such agent – the surly Bastard Zane – to put a stop to the time-twisting romance once and for all, before the Mathematician can pull-off his greatest trick and escape Existential Justice forever.
Which Is To Say:
Numbercruncher is an off-the-wall romance mixing time-travel, life-after-death and coal-black comedy. It’s Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind meets Doctor Faustus by way of Quantum Leap; all seen through the eyes of the pseudo-villain sent to punish “the hero” of the tale. It’s utterly unusual, vaguely insane, and unexpectedly heart-warming: a metaphysical sci-fi romantic crime-noir time-twisting comedy-thriller, in 80 hardboiled pages.
Genre-conventions, I name thee Defeated.