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By James Whittington, Wednesday 5th November 2014
GoodCopBadCop: Casebook#2 is the grisly follow-up to the award-winning graphic novel about a Scottish maniac cop is being launched at Thought Bubble Comic Art Festival in Leeds which runs from November 9th till 16th.
Rough Cut Comics’ pulp horror thriller GoodCopBadCop won the True Believers Award for Best British Comic-book at the industry’s very own Oscar ceremony in May. Creator Jim Alexander was presented with the trophy by Anthony Head in the presence of the London ceremony’s guest of honour Stan Lee.
The story is a modern-day twist on Jekyll and Hyde which chronicles the investigations of Detective Inspector Brian Fisher while he tries – unsuccessfully – to supress his monstrous, hulk-like ‘hidden’ personality. The premise and style has been a huge hit in the British market and Jim hopes GoodCopBadCop: Casebook#2 will keep the public’s thirst for its crime, violence and depravity at bay until its next installment.
“I wanted to create a comic-book which fitted into this ‘Tartan Noir’ genre and see how dark and murky I could make it within the comic-book genre,” admitted Jim who reveals his saga could run to a five-book series. The premise is a modern-day crime twist on the Jekyll and Hyde tale where the ‘Good Cop’ and the ‘Bad Cop’ happen to be the same person.
“I have to be honest, I’m never entirely at ease writing GoodCopBadCop,” admitted Jim. “Some of the subject matter is just too raw – the outlook too bleak – for me to be 100 per cent comfortable, but I feel I have to go there to be true to the characters. We have this grotesque situation and this is how both sides co-exist, however uneasily in the real world. Our world. And when things seem to be really bleak, like me I’m sure, you’ll be grateful for the gallows humour. You can’t tear your eyes from the page – even though part of you wants to – and another part of you – a defiant kind – is actually laughing inside. In this instance it’s okay to do so, because you’re reading GoodCopBadCop.”
Publisher Ed Murphy said: “I’m excited about continuing the GoodCopBadCop series especially in the light of its success at the True Believers Awards. It’s great we got the backing of the comic-book community in the public vote and that’s given us all the clear green-light to go on with the story.”
The Glasgow-based publishers, who celebrate their 13th year in the British comic-book scene, have developed the new 68-page package of pulp crime fiction with interior artwork from Luke Cooper and Will Pickering. The cover art is provided by Rose Black: Demon Seed illustrator Joel Carpenter and production by Jim Campbell and Derek Dow.
The new book, which has an introduction by acclaimed Scottish crime novelist Douglas Skelton, builds upon the high-concept storyline which Judge Dredd co-creator John Wagner described as “a punch to the solar plexus.”
The first run of GoodCopBadCop: Casebook#2 will be available from the Rough Cut Comics/Planet Jimbot stall in New Dock Hall at Leeds’ Thought Bubble Comic Art Festival. It will be distributed through Amazon and direct from Rough Cut Comics from December 2014.
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