Hello, Peter, have you heard the news? There’s a “Shade, The Changing Girl” comic on the works and I’d imagine it’s very flattering, using the Shade property comes off as a celebration of your work on it while using a different character comes off as a showing of respect because it’s an understanding that Rac Shade is your character and nobody else can do him justice. And I hope the series does well because it would mean your series would finally get collected in trade.
Oh and I hope to see a new series debut soon from you, I’m liking The Discipline and The Names was nice but I’d like to see another psychological story about identity the likes of Enigma, Shade or The Extremist. Or something very psychedelic and out there like Mirkin, my god that was so brilliant and I’m so bummed it never took off, I would’ve loved more(much more) Mirkin.
I recently read ‘Freaks’ (bagged with the Judge Dredd Megazine last month) and some of your old “twist in the tale” stuff in ‘The Best of Tharg’s Future Shocks’. Stellar stuff, Mr. Milligan! Are there any more 2000 AD projects you’re looking to work on, or any you wish you had? What do you think are the differences between American and British comics, and which do you prefer?
My regards. I’m a fan.
Hey Peter, I have been reading your comics since I was a Dublin school kid listening to Nirvana and pissing off the Christain Brothers that taught me, I am still reading and loving your stuff as fully ungrown adult in New Zealand. I love your new Bad Company story, two episodes in, and I am hooked. Just one question, I loved Lenny Shapiro, and was delighted when she poped up in Helblazer, ant chance you will return to character again? A Vertigo one off with her Ephinany would be great! Thanks again for all your great stories and come over to Wellington! It rocks!Rob
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hey peter. shade the changing man was the favorite comic of my youth. any chance this finally gets properly collected? i guess the old paperback series is discontinued. would be very happy to re-read it. i’m also very glad, that old work like egypt gets collected.
i’m just staring to read your hellblazer stuff and it’s really good, milligan at his best.
take care, cristian
I’m rereading Marvel’s 5 Ronin and it’s still one of the most entertaining and interesting stories they’ve published, but it’s such a peculiar idea for a Marvel comic. What’s the story if how it came to be and would you have any interest in a follow up?
My editor had lived in Japan for a while and he turned me on to some research. Though it’s a weird idea the fact that it featured all those big characters made it achievable. Though I agree, it’s an unusual story. Not sure where a follow up would go but yeah, in the right circumstances, a follow up wouldn’t be the worst thing. Might be hard to get such amazing artists going such great work again though.
I don’t know if this interests you or not but The Comic Journal’s most recent article was a 2000AD retrospective on various stories, some of yours were included. Some nice things were said, and some not so nice ones…
thanks ….I think….
Hey Peter- Really felt Terminal Hero, digging the Names. What’s next?
Glad you enjoyed TH and that you’re into the Names.
Working on a new series for Vertigo. Poetry, sex, love, and time travel. More later.
Also working on some other things but it’s a bit too soon to talk about them yet
So sorry to hear of Brett’s passing. As you say, a one off. Goodbye, Brett.
Thanks. His last few years were tough ones. But when he shone bright he was a star.
Hi,long time admirer here. Is it possible to get in touch with you for possible work handling a dialogue system in an independent video game? If you could let me know by email, yes or no or if you have any questions, that would be immensely appreciated. Thanks,
On the front page of this website there’s an option that says: TALK PRIVATELY. Go there and you can send me a message. I’m not quite sure what you’re asking here so give a bit more detail
You’ve got me really intrigued, so please send another message.
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I was under the impression that Terminal Hero was going to be 4 issues, but now I know that’s not the case. How long is it planned to run?
Terminal Hero is a six part series. NUmber four is out now.
THE NAMES is also out. As is PUNK MAMBO, a one shot with Valiant. All these are getting great reviews, so check them out
Oh, I’m way ahead of you. I already have all of those books. I have a standing order for all Peter Milligan books at my local comic shop
Just finished “Punk Mambo” #0 and it was great, a refreshing change from the usual strips that I read. Will there be more to come? Will I be able to pick ’em up at my local favourite comic book boutique (the always excellent “Room 237” in Albert Road, Portsmouth)? I do hope so on both counts because she’s worth one…er…a regular run, that is!
Brett Ewins and I will be signing our JOHNNY NEMO collection this 1PM Saturday at Forbidden Planet Shaftsbury Avenue London. Please come along
CORRECTION. The signing has been postponed: some mess up with delivery of the new book. More information to come later—
Really digging your work on Eternal Warrior and Bloodshot. Any more Valiant work in the pipe?
Shade, me, Bisley. I like it. Do you want to be my agent?
And yeah, Eternal Warrior and Bloodshot surprised me. On the surface, neither seem like MY kind of book. But what i really tried to do with both was to make them my kind of book, to find that thing that hooked me. I’m now a huge fan of both these characters. And I’m really happy with my stories on both of them. I’m already at work on a follow up mini series of Eternal Warrior, which CAry Nord is down for drawing.
Wonderful news! I would love nothing more than to see multiple Eternal Warrior mini series from you set throughout various eras in time. Hopefully this is the beginning of many more to come.
A Peter Milligan Standing Order? I like it. Should be made compulsory in all schools.
Dum spiro spero
When are you coming back to NY? It’s been a while. Glad you’re comfy at Valiant, they make some great comics. Thank you for awesomness, i re-read your work whenever life feels empty. Best.
That’s very good of you to say. No plans for immediate journey to NYC but I’ll probably in the near future. I was there earlier this year but I kept my head down and didn’t do any signings or anything.
Shade the Changing Man: Overture – 6 issue miniseries by you and Simon Bisley.
GET ON IN PETER. GET THE FUCK ON IT.
Also push Bond to release cool big hardcovers covering the original 75 issues.
Peter, please, leave me alone.
It’s flattering and everything but at one point it gets creepy, It’s about to look like harassment
if you want to start a class-action, contact me
Are you bringing copies from any of your books to sell at Comicópolis?
Just read that you’ll be coming to a little event in Argentina. So excited.
Yeah, Comicopolis, Buenos Aires. Check for exact dates but I think it’s something like 17-21 of September. I’ll be there, it’s free entrance, look forward to seeing everyone.
To be honest it has been 10 years since iv been into comics or should i say. I love the movies they’ve made from some comics. But iv started buying again. I do not like writing on blogs ,but one comic has my interest. I did get inhuman of corse. Mag #1. But I’m really excited for Names. This is how i found the name Peter Milligan…. Then seen he has touched allot of amazing comic with his skill and powers… So i will start by posting here… I guess I’m just excited to be apart of the comic world again. But Names has me waiting like a little kid waiting to get into Comic Con.
There seems to be quite a bit of confusion about the status of the Shadowman ongoing. Is it scheduled to continue after End Times or is End Times the finale?
Shadowman is all a bit nebulous at the moment: we’d always planned to do End Times and then hold off for a while. Watch this space.
Having read the first issue of Terminal Heroe, I find myself wanting more. How many issues are planned?
Also, I’m surprised you’re writing another comic for Valiant, Eternal Warrior. What made you want to write it?
Terminal Hero is six issues long. Glad you’re intrigued by it. Please, spread the word. It’s one of those comics that might slip under the radar, so if you enjoyed it tweet that you like it, please. I think it’s important that non superhero, left of field books, sell. Particularly if they’re MY non-superhero, left of field books!
Why are you surprised at me writing again for Valiant? I really like the people there. In relation to Eternal Hero, the editor – Warren Simons – asked if I was interested and I had an idea that I really thought worthwhile, and seemed to be saying something, and this interested me. Coupled with that we have a spectacular artist – Cary Nord – working on it, and that just makes it better. As I said, I like the people at Valiant, and I like some of their characters, so don’t be surprised if I do more stuff for them.
I´ll do my best to spread the word! 😉
Regarding Valiant, I’m glad we’ll see you working on more stuff; Valiant produce some awesome action comics. If it surprises me it is because, well, we don’t tend to associate you with that kind of comics, but rather things like Enigma or Shade.
Oh, and I’m waiting patiently for the next Shadowman series. I know it’ll be a worthwhile read.
Peter, did your twitter account got deleted?
But I am now @PeterMilligan and not @Milliganspeak
Terminal Hero One is now out. Buy it, and ask your comic store about issue two. It’s unlike anything you’ve read.
with all your experience like a iconoclastic, you think if is still possible see something new in comics?
I think a relentless search for the new can be a fruitless quest. It’s possible to be surprised or moved by the old, if that old is presented in a surprising, fresh, or honest way.
Headed for Earls Court comic con tomorrow, sunday. Come along, I’ll have some of my limited edition original scripts.
Here’s a link to some latest stuff from Dynamite, including my own TERMINAL HERO. Twisted, sure. But I think there’s a lot of humanity it it. Check this out: http://tinyurl.com/qgzv9lp
How it would be a MAX versión of Doop?
a version of MAX marvel imprint
Hey man! I read X-Statix omnibus this year, it was great. Thanks, for me it was your best work. Cheers!!!! P.
I don’t know if it was my best work but I was happy with it and enjoyed doing it, especially the early episodes when I was first getting to know Edie, Tike etc.
Hello Peter, been a ride reading your stories. Not a stretch when i say your best work (and i use that term subjectively – X-Force/X-Statix, Human Target, Enigma, Animal Man..) are my most cherished comic book reading experiences, especially X Force just killed me.. i couldn’t believe what i was reading and it made me weep for many different reasons – from laughter through awe to despair..
I’m wondering – how do you compare Peter Milligan from 1991 through 2001 and 2014? What moves you, what changes, what stays the same? It might be an odd question..
I met you a few years ago at the Ny comic con and today i met Mike Allred and it makes life so much sweeter. Thank you for all the great work!
[…] Aunque The Names fue anunciada recientemente de forma oficial, Milligan indicó que la serie ya estaba en preparación desde marzo en una publicación en su blog personal. […]
Looking at this DC notice, in Spanish. It says here that THE NAMES is eight issues. It is in fact NINE issues. I like nine, nice uneven number.
I can’t wait for this series. It’s really piqued my curiosity.
just wanted to mention that i wish SHADE was collected, dc editorial isnt interested i take it?
I’ve always wondered if there was any rhyme or reason to why a lot of your early Vertigo books began with the letter E (Eaters, Enigma, Extremist, Egypt)? Or just coincidence?
you are the best peter!!!
I´m really exciting about the names, can you say something new about that?
The Names is being called KILL BILL meets WALL STREET – sorry, I came up with that. It’s the kind of snappy line they like – and it’s about money and power and a young woman who goes up against that money and power–and causes an awful lot of mayhem and murder. The starting point of the Names was my astonishment and anger at how the people responsible for the financial crash – those bastards who lied and cheated and destroyed lives – just GOT AWAY WITH IT. How few of them are actually in prison (where they belong) and how many of them are back to trousering their hefty bonuses.
I didn’t want to write a dry story set entirely in the world of high finance. One thing that struck me, gong around Europe to conventions and talking to the good people that I met, was that though the crash/crisis might have been started in lofty Wall Street offices or the minds of those who dreamed up the whole subprime mortgage scam, the pain trickled all the way down and hurt the common people, the little people.
So I devised a story about one of those little people – a 25 year old mixed race woman in New York – who goes up against the power of money that is The Names to discover who killed her husband and why. I’m very excited about this nine part story. It’s really tight and taught, and I’ve done my best to imbue it with that kind of relentless, insane quality of a really good Korean revenge movie.
The artwork by Leo Fernandez is absolutely amazing. If you go onto my twitter account @Milliganspeak I show a bit of Leo’s early sketches of the lovely Katya, our hero.
While I’m here I must also mention another project coming out soon that I’m very excited by. This is Terminal Hero, published by Dynamite. It’s a dark, crazy, weird but often funny ride. And it all starts with a brain tumour (and no, it’s not depressing!). Check this out: http://dynamite.com/htmlfiles/previews.html
Have you thought about doing a sequel to Enigma?
Yeah, but nothing’s come of it. Yet. The thing is, it’d have to really mean something. There would have to be a bloody good reason for doing it.
Hi Mr. Milligan, I’ve been a fan of your work since I read the Punisher/Wolverine mini you wrote years ago. That story led me to discover your better works (X-Statix, Human Target, Enigma et al).
I’m enjoying your work on Shadowman so far, but I’ve got a few questions regarding some retcons. What made you decide to change the main character’s background so much? And what about his father? I also wonder if you could tell us a little more about the direction that the book is taking. What can we expect in the next stories?
I’m not sure if what I’m doing in Shadowman is exactly “retconning”. We’re finding out more about our characters and we’re exposing some lies that have been told. End Times deals with Jack’s devastating discovery that this father faked his own death and follows Jack on his journey to find that father. I have a lot of ideas of where I want Jack to go after this but as nothing is set in stone yet I’d like to hold off divulging anything here for the time being.
Hi Peter, any chance you could give us a lowdown of the expected contents for the forthcoming Johnny Nemo collection? 192 pages of everybody’s favourite existential hitman of the future sounds almost too good to be true…
Well, it’s all true. I just wrote the foreword and Johnny Nemo seems more nasty and nihilistic than ever. Not sure about the exact page count but 192 sounds about right. There’s even some previously unpublished stuff in there.
Coming out this October.
Has anyone here seen A Field in England? I can’t find it for rent and was looking for a recommendation before I just haul off and buy the thing.
Best chance is to buy it, I think.
On an entirely unrelated subject, I was the guest of Thessaloniki book fair over the weekend. For the first time, the fair had a small comics section. It was very different from the usual comic book convention. I gave a talk on developing ideas and structure that I think went down well (considering I didn’t know I was doing it until I arrived and read the brochure of events). Thessaloniki is a very interesting city, rich in Byzantine history and with a real modern young buzz. Jesus, those Greeks like to stay up late and talk. I walked back along the promenade at about 2.30 in the morning and it was crowded; youths, but also a lot of parents with young kids. It probably helps that it was still about 18 degrees.
It might not have been the busiest convention I’ve ever been to it but it was possibly one of the most enjoyable. Going to a convention in Glasgow later in the year, I suspect that will be busier, sweatier, and nastier. There’ll probably be a bit more booze, too.
Reading your Shadowman issues makes me wonder if you have ever traveled to New Orleans and if so, what you thought about it.
Yes, I have travelled to New Orleans. It was one of the reasons I was into writing this book. I really liked a lot of New Orleans, when you could get away from the tourist bad-Jazz and trashy striptease nonsense. Some amazing buildings, a real sense of the past city living alongside the present.
Yo Pete, when are you coming to Argentina? I need some books signed!
Would love to go there. Besides everything else, I’m working with Leo Fernandez at the moment and it’d be good to meet him.
I’m signing in London this sunday (May 4th): http://londoncomicmart.co.uk/ If you’re in the area, come along. Last time was fun, with space and time to chat to people. Had an amazing conversation with a chap whose school was next to “suicide bridge” ; the very bridge that I based my Hellblazer story on!
Do it again in October and I’ll come say hi and buy some books
Do you think you have a novel rattling around in you somewhere that may see the light of some day?
I’m interested when writers break from their niche and write for a different media.
Yes, and yes again. I have two which I’ve been thinking about and making notes about for a little while. I just need to make some time and commit myself.
I want to read X-Statix but I don’t know jack about the X-Men in general. I’ll miss much if I just jump in?
Nah. Probably of all the x-books this is the one that you need no prior knowledge to enjoy. These are very different characters and the battles they fight are more likely to be with addiction or being over-obsessed with celebrity than against weird evil alien villains.
You surely must carry some clout in the industry: do you get to chose the artists you work with, and, if that is the case, can we hope to see any of your work illustrated by the magnificent Duncan Fegredo? I reckon he’s one of the best artists you’ve collaborated with, yet so long ago. Here’s hoping!
Every time I see Duncan – which is not often enough – we talk about doing something together. It’s just a matter of time and commitments.
Peter, it looks like I’ll be traveling to London in October. Probably staying near Hyde Park Any suggestions as far as what to see and do, where to eat and the possibility of seeing a match at White Hart Lane? What should I see in my week there that I’ll regret if I miss?
Uh, depends how long you’ll be in town for. Great art galleries and museums, of course. Get Time Out, sort out what clubs you want, there’ll be something for you. As for White Hart Lane, check on the Tottenham website early as you can, you might have to go to a dreaded (and expensive) ticket agency.
No mention of Shade? Isn’t it your vital work? 😛
Yeah, but everyone always mentions that. I thought I’d be different.
Hello Pete- very excited about this fancy website. You look great in the photo. I was wondering if you’d shoot us a list of some of your most favorite things, art/media wise. Maybe you already have something on hand, as I’m sure you’ve been asked this before- or else maybe just the first things that pop into your head. Books, records, movies, comics, whatever. You are one of my all time favorite writers and I’d love to see what things have most excited (even influenced?) you. And then, how about of your own work? You’ve been very prolific and you must favor some projects over others. Thank you!
Okay, top of my head. Don’t know if this list influenced me but everything herein has at some time moved or entranced me, this is an in-exhaustive list.
Ulysses, The Dead, Lolita, Franz Kafka, the films of Roman Polanski (especially Chinatown and The Tenant), The Beatles, the Smiths, Miles Davis. As for my own work, depending on how I feel: some of the Human Target stories, Rogan Gosh, Enigma, early X-Statix.
As I said, a long way from exhaustive.
Is there anywhere someone could go to get a look at some of your scripts? I have the Writers on Comic Scriptwriting 2 and the Nuff Said issue of X Statix, but I’d love to have access to some of your creator owned scripts. Are you aware of anything like that? Or is it something that someone could buy off of you similar to original art?
Depends what you want it for. And who you are.
I plan on using it for pure evil, obviously.
Seriously though, I’m just a huge fan and want one to a) study and b) as a collectors item from my favorite writer to hopefully one day be signed and personalized
Okay, go onto the talk privately to me section on this website and leave your email.
Just a word up for anyone who’s interested, but I am now on the twitter sphere. at @Milliganspeak
Don’t write a lot. Jesus, some people just spill out mindless dribble. I at least attempt to make my dribble mindful. Follow, annoy, whatever.
I’m not sure if this is a byproduct of serendipity or what, so I wanted to check in. But the premise for THE NAMES seems like a soul-sequel to the David Milch show that got axed ‘The Money’ does it have anything to do with that?
Love your work, thanks.
No! And I don’t want the word AXED in the same sentence as the Names, thank you! The names is unofficial, of course. DC haven’t officially announced it.
Just noticed here http://comicsbeat.com/new-titles-from-dc-comics-fall-2014-and-spring-2015/ that Enigma and Batman: Dark Night, Dark City are getting reprinted!
Awesome news, hope this works out so we can get trades of your uncollected work for Vertigo (Girl, Egypt, etc).
What about Enigma?
Enigma was the one I made vague mention of in my post. It’s the one I point to when I’m recommending either Peter Milligan or sophisticated comic books in general. It still features a costumed super hero so it’s readily accessible for the capes and tights crowd, but it introduces literary conceits that you don’t usually get in an issue of Green Lantern.
It’s my opinion that it’s such a perfect blend of superhero story and the more mature themes that comics address but still struggle to get credit for.
Yes, you’re all right, Enigma was very “me”. I think the ending is telling. We have a guy in a costume. We have weird villains. And finally at the end they meet up. And the book doesn’t show the big fight, which is kind of superhero book anathema. That was important for me, this not showing the big fight, a way of saying that actually all that superhero stuff wasn’t as important as the other things going on in the book.
When could we expect the first issue of THE NAMES to drop?
Later this year. I don’t have a month yet. When I have more detail I’ll spill it here. Hoping to get the okay to put a few pieces of artwork from number one or two up here in the next few days. Just need to check a few legal things
It’s widely considered that Watchmen is the quintessential Alan Moore book, just like The Dark Knight Returns is associated with Frank Miller. Sandman to Neil Gaiman, but what would you say is your most ‘Milliganesque’ book? I know which one I usually pick, just interested in what you think.
That’s a good question. I wish I had a good, or at least a concise, answer. I think at different times different books have seemed to be quintessentially me. Shade had that mix of the personal, the political and the weird. X-Statix developed from how celebrity-obsessed the world was becoming, but I don’t know if that was my most quintessential. Then there was The Extremist. Sex, perversion, murder. In some ways I think I’m at my best when what i am writing FEELS as though it’s somehow definitively what i am about. I’m lucky enough so that a few things I’m working on right now give me that feeling, at least when I’m writing it. Shadowman is a surprise, but I really feel as though I’m putting a lot of my Valiant interests, the deeply personal, the darkly weird into it. Terminal Hero is both weird but also a very dark ride. It also has real human feelings and humour (or so i hope). it has sex, and some some quite disturbing sex. So in some ways that’s getting close to a check list of what makes my kind of book really “me”. Finally, The Names has the ingredients that I think make a real Milligan book. It’s taking a big subject – my starting point was my anger and my wonderment at how the bankers got away with what they got away with, the bastards – but I’ve mediated this through a very personal story about a young woman who’s trying to find out who or what made her husband jump out of a wall street window to his dead. Of course, it all gets a lot more complicated than that. Any clearer?
The more I read about The Names the more eagerly I anticipate it. Speaking of, I assume the story took quite a bit of research, and was curious if you could possibly link to or at least point us in the direction of articles you’ve read for said research?
The names fully captured my attention, I loved “hig- frequency man” from hellblazer, its a really interesting topic of our time. Shadowman, Doop, terminal hero, and now the names, I`m happy to know that its gonna be a great year to read comics.
Thanks, Saludos. I really enjoyed writing High-FRequency. It’s such an insane world. And one that has the ability to destroy lives, which is often does.
9 is good. I wanted a tight punchy story told with a beginning, middle, end. It could be, if we’re all in agreement, that I’d then write a 2nd series of Names.
The Names is just going to be 9 issues long? 😦
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