Wednesday, 27 July 2011
John has sent me the latest version of the Isle of Dead cover today - fantastic, isn't it? There is some wonderful detail here - you can, for instance, see the Watchmen Academy logo on Maxwell's blazer, the street lamp in the alley below, the Spiker ripping a slate from the roof, and - brilliantly - the towers of the Watchmen Academy in the distance. Not at all how I would have imagined them, but seeing your ideas filtered through another artist's imagination is amazing.
Keep your powder dry, Maxwell 3 will soon be here...
Thursday, 21 July 2011
Though editing work is still continuing on Isle of the Dead, and will be for some time (interrupted by a modest holiday in a nearby forest) I am already thinking about Super Maxwell 4 - The Crimson King.
What can I tell you without giving too much away? Well, the book will be set on at least 3 planets - a pirate planet (which at some point in the future I plan to feature in another book, 'Captain Farr') - Earth (ie Virporta Island and also, probably London) - and Mars ... and maybe the Moon too - you'll have to wait and see on that one!
Several of the things I have promised myself faithfully on pain of death is that Billy and Maxwell will undertake this next adventure together; you will finally find out what really happened when the Eternal Engine exploded; you will discover where the Long Men really come from and why they came to exist; and I will definately, definately, definately not be writing a single word of Maxwell 4 until January 1, 2012.
Well, probably not, anyway.
In the meanwhile while the brain juices are stewing and I check my directions in Realmpedia I will be aiming to get the Super Maxwell website up and running, I will (definately!) be writing at least another two Trevor stories and I will be attempting - yet again - to finish my long-cherished unfinished project, the non-Maxwell book The Tell-Tale Boy.
I will, of course, keep you up to speed without giving too much away, and I promise faithfully that I will start Tweeting again very soon - you can find me on Twitter @Virporta.