When last we saw Bob Kelsey he was making a debut in his new web comic series – Bob Kelsey Investigates, with his first story ‘Neck on the Line’. I’m happy to announce that not only will Bob be returning in a new adventure entitled ‘Killing the Soul’ but that the pencils for the comic have already been done and both the inking and the lettering will be under way soon. This tale of murder and the supernatural (what else would Bob be caught in?) has been penned by Richmond Clements with Roy Huteson Stewart on the pens and Paul Maclaren on the pencils (they sound a little like a band now).
So while your waiting for the band to put their latest artistic composition together here’s a look at the first page of Bob Kelsey Investigates: Killing the Soul.
More info soon and remember you can check out Kelsey’s first webcomic ‘Bob Kesley Investigates:Neck on the Line’ for free and his previous adventure The Immaculate Abortion of Dina Leigh by Cy Dethan (Writer), Valia Kapadai, (Art), Nic Wilkinson(Lettering) is on sale in digital format on Comicsy or as part of the Tales of the Forgotten anthology.
Of course if you’re of a literary bent and want to check out the very first appearance of the reporter with the world’s worst luck then check out the novel Fallen Heroes.
So as tomorrow is Free Comic Day (waits for cheers and applause to die down) and it’s a great day for us comic folk and now finally we here at Unseen Shadows thought we would throw our hat into the ring. To coincide with Free Comics Day we will be releasing the first ‘Bob Kelsey Investigates’ story ‘Neck on the Line‘. The story is written by Virgil Yendell with art by James Evans.
For those of you who don’t know Bob Kelsey is a reporter on the run from a centuries old cult he made the mistake of falling foul of. Unable to keep his reporter’s nose for a story out of other people’s business he now runs an underground blog investigating the weird, the strange and the downright surreal. If you remember the old show ‘Kolchak: Night Stalker‘ starring Darren McGavin, which was a heavy influence on the creation for the X-files TV show, then lets just say Kelsey and Kolchak would get along just fine. In this first adventure we see Bob relaxing after his latest case and relating his tale to anyone who will listen. The story is only two pages long and you don’t need to have read the Fallen Heroes novel or any of the spin off material to enjoy this fun short story.
We are currently already working on two more Bob Kelsey Investigates tales so watch this space for more news and look out for the comic tomorrow. In the meantime here’s panel to give you a taste of what to expect.
Bob Kelsey is an everyman in a world populated with monsters and heroes. To survive in those hunting grounds takes the self-preservation instincts of a feral rat. That’s what Bob Kelsey is to me.” – Cy Dethan.
Bob Kelsey, the reporter who seems to always end up on the wrong side of the supernatural was given his first outing by Cy Dethan in The Immaculate Abortion of Dina Leigh. Cy took someone who I had originally written as a minor character and expanded his role, revealing what the character was up to following the events of the novel. Reading the final script and the eventual comic I realised that there was a great opportunity to tell some short solo stories with the character and so the idea of Bob Kelsey Investigates was born. The short stories (1 – 6 pages in length ) will be standalone, either in colour or black and white and most important of all will be completely free to read on the Unseen Shadows website .
The story first out of the gate will be a two pager called Neck on the Line by Unseen Shadows newcomers Virgil Yendell and James Evans (Artist/Letterer) in which Bob recounts his latest supernatural misadventure over a drink or three. The script is already complete and James is currently hard at work on the art. To get your appetite whetted here’s a look some character sketches from the story.
Time to celebrate the end of a long week with the fourth and final of our Tales of the Forgotten teaser posters.
A little while back we showed off some pencils for this tale featuring down on his luck reporter Bob Kelsey. Now we bring you some shiny new art which includes the cover and a four page preview.