Some Words from Mr Stan Martin
Originally, I wrote Terrible Sunrise for someone else's comic. A bloke whose name I don't remember wanted to (wait for it) publish a whole line of small press comics, the dazzling richness and variety of which would make grown men weep hot, salty tears. So he said.
Intrigued, I wrote and drew a rather perfunctory, though perfectly serviceable five-page strip about some soldiers about to go over the top in WWI, a subject I'd been obsessed with as a small boy. I got in touch with ex-'Help! Shark' writer/artist Gavin Butler and fellow comic creators Darryl Cunningham and Jonathan Edwards, and got them to send some samples to the bloke, who wrote back, actually pretty sharpish, saying that didn't we realise he was going to write the strips, all of them, we'd just be drawing them! What a bloody fool I was.
The boys were suitably disgusted by this display of arrogance,
and rather sensibly lost interest, and, unsurprisingly, no more was heard of the
bloke. Or his line of small press blah blah blah...
Given then, that I felt what I'd done so far was inaccurate, (as
far as one source was concerned, anyway) and despite the fact that I felt I should
strive for scrupulous accuracy, I felt duty-bound to write two or three chapters
either side of the one I'd already done.
Before I knew it, I'd done sixty pages, read all the books in the library, and planned a sequel. What a bloody fool indeed.
|Terrible Sunrise 1|
|Terrible Sunrise 2: Rapid Fire|
Terrible Sunrise 3:
Hearts & Flowers
A selection of Terrible Sunrise Sketchbook Pages
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