Published on July 2nd, 2010 | by Andrew Reynolds
Selkie Graphic Novel
The brand new Torchwood: The Official Comic featuring a story penned by Captain Jack himself, John Barrowman, will debut at this years Comic-Con International in San Diego, with an exclusive â€˜Con onlyâ€™ cover drawn by British comic book artist Ian Churchill (Deadpool: Sins of the Past, Hulk).
The Tale of the Selkie first appeared in the Torchwood Magazine in February and is due to be released stateside in Titan Comics first Torchwood Comic on 10th August.
The story sees Jack facing a deadly threat on a remote Scottish island, where people are disappearing one by one. To his horror, Jack starts to suspect he may know who or what is responsible.
The strip is co-written by John and his sister Carole, who also helped co-write his two autobiographies â€˜Anything Goesâ€™ and â€˜I Am What I Amâ€™.
Carole recently explained to Walesonline how the collaboration first took place:
â€œWhen John and I were working on Johnâ€™s autobiography Anything Goes, we spent a lot of time together on the Torchwood set. In between our storytelling and moments of inspired silliness, we decided weâ€™d like to work on a project together that involved Captain Jack. The role of myth in a culture has always intrigued John and I â€“ it probably intrigues all sci-fi fans â€“ so when I got back to the US, I sent John a short story Iâ€™d written, The Tale of the Selkie. Almost immediately he called and said, â€˜This should be our first Captain Jack taleâ€™.â€
The pair recently announced that they are to collaborate again on a childrenâ€™s SF novel aimed at 9-12 year olds.
The artwork for this tale is by Tommy Lee Edwards and Trevor Goring. Tommy Lee Edwards is the acclaimed artist behind several stunning comic projects including Marvelâ€™s smash hit â€˜1985â€™, plus the acclaimed â€˜Bullet Pointsâ€™, and DCâ€™s â€˜The Questionâ€™.
The pair got the job after John saw a poster they drew of his face imposed onto that of The Face of Boe .
Torchwood comic editor Martin Eden said: â€œIâ€™m so excited to be working on this story. John and Carole are an absolute pleasure to work with.â€
To celebrate Captain Jack and the Selkie, Tommy Lee Edwards will be signing copies of Torchwood comic #1 at this yearâ€™s San Diego Comic-Con on Saturday July 24th.