Insomnia Pubilcations – kicking ass and taking names!

It seems nothing can stem the rise to power for Insomnia Publications. Now amidst more signing and more projects on the way they have appointed two new members of staff. Richard Johnson, who will be joining the team as Art Director and Martin Conaghan who will be taking heading up the editorial side for the new Vigil imprint. Rather than me try to explain what the imprint will tackle I figure I would leave it to the guys over at Insomnia to do the others. This next extract is tacking from the blog site theredeye.

New Vigil Imprint from Insomnia

As many of you will know last year we signed the historical graphic novel Burke and Hare by Martin and Will Pickering.

The response we have already had on this book has been great, with people and magazines, not to mention libraries, museums and educational establishments, already emailing me to ask when it will be out. I’ve seen the first finished pages, though, which is a great perk of the job, and I’m not surprised people can’t wait – they are outstanding!

Anyway this got us to thinking and chatting with Martin about the idea of an imprint for more of this kind of book – fact-based stories of a biographical nature with supporting notes and research. As the conversation progressed it was obvious he would be perfect as editor, so we invited him to the party.

Martin Says:

“History is ripe for the plundering – not just classical history or ancient history, but the history of the 18th, 19th and 20th Century – history is being written all around us every day, in the news, on the web – from politics to war, to celebrity life and the ordinary stories of every person on the planet. It’s all there, waiting to be plundered – and comics are the ideal format for telling broad, grand stories about people’s lives, global events and shocking controversies.

“What we’re aiming for here it the comic-book/graphic novel equivalent of a biopic; Nixon, JFK, Apollo 13, Braveheart, Ali, Missisipi Burning, Let Him Have It, Frost/Nixon, In the Name of the Father, Michael Collins, The Damned United.

What we want to do is tell similar stories, and back them up with facts and quality research – even if parts of the stories are fictionalised or the creators take an original slant on their approach to the story. What we want is more than just a comic-book or a graphic novel – this is the comic-book equivalent of the director’s cut of the biopic movie crammed full with all the DVD extras, the facts, the research and every scrap of paper that creators leave scattered around their office floor when the work is done.

There are thousands of stories out there about real-life events that can be woven into fascinating tales. Stories about murder, political scandal, military cover-ups, controversy, disasters, war.You just need to look.

We really feel a line of books like this can help lift the comics medium beyond the realm of fantasy and science-fiction, offering material that is entertaining first, but also educational at its heart.”

Martin and I will be working on specific submission guidelines for the imprint over the next couple of weeks – so if you have any ideas for this kind of book, start to gather them now.

Final Word

So to sum all that up, Crawford Coutts takes a few minutes away from his master plan and says:

“With the rapid growth of Insomnia in recent months, the development of our new imprint, Vigil, and with the ever increasing list of books we’re producing for the coming years, there was going to be a time when we needed more people to manage everything.

Richard and Martin started out, like Nic Wilkinson our Creative Director, as creators. I can’t think of two better people to be a part of the management team. Their experience and expertise in the industry is extremely valuable and I would like to take this opportunity to give them a warm welcome them to the Insomnia Publications management team.

I cannot emphasize enough that the creators are what makes this venture possible. Not only do they create the products, but they are willing to devote their time to assisting in the promotion of their products and all the others in the Insomnia lines. The feeling of seeing this all come together is incredible.”

GS Reporter: Nuge

Source: Insomnia Publications

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One comment

  1. …and we’re all out of bubblegum 🙂

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