Gordon Rennie reveals plans for 2014, bringing back two classics
Veteran U.K. writer Gordon Rennie has been using his Facebook account this week to tease several upcoming projects, including a new edition of the long-out-of-print White Trash, the series that propelled the late, great Martin Emond to stardom. Emond loved rock ‘n’ roll, and rock ‘n’ roll loved him: He was regularly employed by Glenn Danzig at his horror/smut imprint Verotik, and had signed a deal to develop his character Switch Blade into an animated series with Interscope Records just days before he committed suicide in 2004.
White Trash features thinly veiled analogs for Elvis Presley and Axl Rose going together on an anarchic road trip across America. Rennie posted this image when he released the news, a cover from the original Tundra/Atomeka miniseries. I’m presuming this new Titan collection may well include shorts featuring these characters done for other sources, such as Heavy Metal and the U.K. anthology Blast!
Rennie also debuted this new image from Robert Burns, Witch Hunter (which Robot 6 first featured on New Year’s Day, previewing plenty of great looking art by Tiernen Trevallion). Published by Renegade Arts, Rennie and co-writer Emma Beeby’s tale seemingly conflates the life of Scotland’s national poet with the supernatural goings-on of his epic poem ‘Tam o’Shanter’ (of which I recently read another loose adaptation in comics form, by Craig Conlan). And I stand by my claim that Trevallion is a superstar in the making.
Orson Welles – Special Agent! will be coming out next year from Blank Slate Books, and has an interesting back story: Originally commissioned by Tundra Publishing, back when it seemed Kevin Eastman would throw some of his Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles money at any deserving comic project on either side of the Atlantic, the book was left unfinished when the company was shuttered in 1993. That has left both Rennie and artist Woodrow Phoenix with the curious challenge of trying to finish the work in the style of their younger selves.
The final image is by Simon Coleby, and is from “Jaegir,” which will appear in 2000AD in the spring. The insignia on the character’s shoulder reveals this strip to be set in the world of Rogue Trooper, and a little further digging unearths this blurb from 2000AD‘s March solicitations: “meet Atalia Jaegir of the Nordland State Security Police, trawling the underbelly of Nort society for war criminals and genetic outcasts.” This isn’t the first time Rennie has came up with a novel twist on the originally simplistic future-war milieu of this classic thrill: I was a fan of the all-too-hastily abbreviated “The 86ers” at the time, too.