Category Archives: The Mice

Page details from The Mice book three

The Mice book three page detail. © Roger Mason 2014
The temp, Wade, gets stuck into some serious data input in the forthcoming Mice book. Page detail. Art by Roger Mason

So, major drag, orders for The Mice from UK retailers, through Diamond, were terrifically low so new readers may like to go to scarcomics.com to get a copy – as it won’t leaping off the bookshelves in the near future.

Storyboarding commitments have been very time-consuming this year and some of the ads have been really interesting to work on. Can't tell you what they were though.

When I get time I will continue with book three of The Mice, in the meantime, please take a look at these page details.

The Mice book three page detail. © Roger Mason 2014
A runaway flying alien forklift nearly takes out a worker in the forthcoming third Mice book. Page detail art by Roger Mason

 

Prototype t-shirt for The Mice

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Mice t-shirt, art and design by Roger Mason 2013

Am getting down to some t-shirt design on Spreadshirt for The Mice, and this one I quite like.

Cameron Johnson Shakespeare, new Mice character

New Mice character, CJ Shakespeare. Art by Roger Mason

Recently been laid up with the flu, or a rather watered-down version of it anyway, so i got on with some design for the new Mice graphic novel, working title Crash and Burn. These are initial sketches for Cameron Johnson Shakespeare, a mixed race SE Asian/caucasian woman.

I was listening to radio 4 news, and just took words out of the air for her name. CJ Shakespeare it is! This kind of sketchbook stuff can be done in an armchair wrapped in a blanket, as opposed to drawing the actual pages which I rather do at a desk and drawing board.

Rough layout from The Mice

Detail from a layout rough for a page from the next Mice graphic novel.

Production of the next Mice GN continues apace. Here’s scene featuring an alien pilot leaping out of his cockpit. Pencils first, then biro, then sharpie. Scanned and turned into blue line in Photoshop.

New alien characters from The Mice graphic novel

Aliens from book three of The Mice, currently in production.

This is the full-length character study of the aliens who work in the offices of the factory Order Nine. From left to right: Wade, Lona, Myrl (seated), Q (sort for Quar) and as-yet unnamed. A lot of the action in the next book takes place in the factory's planning department which gives us a taste of how the humans' disruptive activities wreck the day-to-day running of the factory. Also there's going to be some office romance and more than a little bit of back-stabbing.

On The Mice's facebook page I asked for suggestions as to what to call these aliens, with Myrl a great suggestion. Coming up with alien names is something that can bug me at strange moments, like when I am in the shower. Each name can only be four letters long – a peculiarity of the alien culture and a limitation which I set years ago that bugs me to this day.

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A short article about naming the characters in The Mice

Diana attempts to rescue Rowling from the soup vat in The Mice: The Factory Menace

The two lead humans are called Mulligatawny and Diana. Subsequent characters I have tried to name after obvious contemporary celebrities, although with mixed success (problems with readers making the link.) Diana is named after Princess Diana, Harry after Harry Potter (or Prince Harry). I have considered a 'Becks'—David Beckham, or the beer?—and one of the children is named after Paris Hilton. The most overt reference to date is to Barack Obama as readers of Culture Shock will know. Unfortunately, if someone asks me what 'Mulligatawny' has to do with any of this I cannot say, as the name came to me while I was staring at a spreadsheet of soup cans heading to Tesco. He was previously called Fob... The woman called 'Scooter' also bucks the trend, but I could not resist it, and 'Bailey' is another name for a woman which I like and may use one day.

Cota extracts a badly-burned Barack out of an alien human-carrier. From The Mice: Culture Shock

As for the aliens, I am extremely proud of the simplicity of 'Cota' and I like also the 'Black Chargehand'  although the latter has not been printed in the book so readers are unaware and probably wondering what his name is. A nod to Judge Dredd is that we never see his eyes, although this was making him too expressionless and so they are creeping in.

Roger Mason 2013


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Scar Comics at Kapow!

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It is with great pleasure I post this pic up on the blog. I found this online just now and as I do not tend to carry a camera I can miss moments like this, of which I am very proud so maybe it's time to get a camera... Anyway, from left to right, myself looking knackered holding a copy of The Mice: The Factory Menace, Shane Chebsey holding Madame Samurai and Ben Dickson holding Slumdroid.

Shane is one half of Scar Comics, who are, in my opinion, England's hottest independent publisher of graphic novels and Ben is the writer of Slumdroid as well as the acclaimed Falling Sky. My book is available only at conventions at the moment but will soon be more widely available and when that happens I'll be blogging it.

This picture was taken at the amazing Kapow! convention in Islington, London, April 2011, which was the best UK con I have ever been to and well worth going to next year if you get the chance. The Mice sold really well and we at Scar had interest from a big figure in the UK comics publishing scene, which was tantalizing to say the least.

For a preview of The Mice go to my website, www.looksgoodonpaper.co.uk and click on the link.