Guys, can we just take a minute and talk about Simon Fucking Bisley?

Nathan Bean wrote a pretty cool piece about his first experiences with Simon’s art over on his blog at corehammer.com - my favourite excerpts follow here, but you should definitely check out the full article.

The ABC Warriors was Simons first work for 2000 AD and it felt like someone had driven an ice pick into the front of my skull and ripped my pineal gland wide open…

 Slaine: The Horned God truly has to be seen to be believed. Fully painted colour pages, very different in execution to his stark black & white ink work on ABC Warriors. He captures all the meat and gristle of this pagan epic in a truly visecral style that succeeds in both taking your breath away and horrifying the reader at the same time. The Horned God is a timeless and hauntingly beautiful fantasy work that still stands up to scrutiny some twenty plus years on…

Thanks to Nathan for sharing your story. :)

Bisley’s Lobo ‘inspiration’ for ongoing book, but it’s hard to see exactly how…

loboposterFollowing Lobo’s reboot in DC’s New 52, fans of the ‘classic’ character created by Grant and Bisley were a little incensed. Although he’d been created by Keith Giffen and Roger Slifer, Lobo was brought to the fore in the most part by Alan Grant and Simon Bisley in the 90′s, remolded as a parody of that era’s excesses and gleeful ultraviolence; More recently he was re-imagined again  in, to put it kindly, sleeker form; In this exclusive CBR interview with the creative team behind October’s ongoing Lobo series, artist Reilly Brown and writer Cullen Bunn get to grips with how they see the character developing, but offer a nice nod to Biz in the very last line…

 For me, [Bisley's] visuals really defined what the character’s all about. -Cullen Bunn

As a fan, I’m sad to see the old ‘Bo bite the dust; He was a defining part of what drew me to Bisley’s work. I hope they give the old bastard a proper send-off, but it looks like he’s going to be labelled ‘faux-bo’ and trashcanned, which kinda invalidates what we loved about him: The Last Czarnian was lying all along? I guess retcon’s a bitch.

 

Biz Interview with Full Page Bleed at Ottowa 2014

I mean, some of these other superhero characters are just really extraordinarily fuckin’ dull! Dull and miserable. They’re all “I was born to be this…I can’t help what I am…I’m cursed!”

FUCK OFF! If I had their powers, I’d be lovin’ it!

I’d be robbin’ every fuckin’ bank…aw, man. I’d be naughty. I’d be very very naughty. Wouldn’t you?!

Simon recently gave an excellent interview to the folks over at Full Page Bleed while he was in Ottowa – the full thing is here – and it includes some pretty NSFW language; In case you haven’t guessed, Simon’s pretty NSFW in general, so if you’re of a delicate sensiblity you probably shouldn’t read it.

Everybody else enjoy, fraggers!