Preview:The Burning Black: Legend of Black Shuck

The Black Shuck

The Burning Black: Legend of Black Shuck for Pre-Order on Kickstarter!

This post is going to be a little different, I’m doing a preview!  Mark Allard was kind enough to provide me with his script and a couple pages of preview art for his upcoming comic, The Burning Black: Legend of Black Shuck.


The line work and inking is to be done by Ryan Howe, known for excellent books such as the HenchmenSpacepig Hamadeus and Daisy Blackwood (check out the CEK Review).  Ryan is obviously skilled (see the pages below), and where he excels the most is as a story teller.  All background work, character expressions and clothing help to immerse the reader into the wold he builds.  Panel perspectives are always changing, keeping the story engaging and the pacing up.

Elaine Will is on colouring duty for The Burning Black.  While I’ve read all of Elaine’s work (please pick up Look Straight Ahead, it’s an important book about mental health), I’ve never paid close attention to her colouring work.  Here I see some great choices which elevate Ryan’s line work, giving his art a new stylized, cinematic feel.

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This is a preview, and full disclosure, I did not read the entire script.  I do not wish to ruin my first experience of reading Burning Black’s printed version.  Mark explained, during a coffee, the Black Shuck is an icon of folklore across the British Isles, with recorded accounts of sightings, blending with fairy tales spun by communities, adding to the legend.

Mark’s goal is to explore a fictional background of the Black Shuck, speculating on how this monster came to be, and what this could imply under the scope of real world history.  Furthermore, Mark explores the dark side of humanity, in the context of Cognitive Dissonance, and the potential for a Mr. Hyde-like result from the stress this can cause on one’s mind.

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Where to Buy?

The Burning Black: Legend of Black Shuck is currently available for pre-order on Kickstarter.  All of the funds raised from pre-sales are going directly into paying Elaine and Ryan their page rates. 

While CEK’s focus is Saskatchewan based, this project reached across the Atlantic and lead to an article with the BBC.  I am certain The Burning Black will become something special, do not miss your chance to pre-order your copy!

Sask Expo 2017

I am a little slow to post this, but I had a lot of fun at Sask Expo this year.  I met wonderful people and came home with great books and art!

Daisy Blackwood

Daisy Blackwood and the Stolen Socialite-cover

Daisy Blackwood is a comic created by Saskatchewanian, Ryan Howe.  You can pickup a print version of this book at Amazing Stories, or a digital version at ComixCentral.

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Daisy Blackwood and the Stolen Socialite Page 7b


Ryan is a talented guy.  His art style is very different from Darwyn Cooke, but his layouts, perspective choices, and “acting” remind me of the “Parker” series Mr. Cooke created.  I still love the way Ryan inks his work, it has been my favorite aesthetic aspect of the Daisy Blackwood series.

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Daisy Blackwood and the Stolen Socialite page 9a


The Daisy Blackwood series has the roguish charm of Indiana Jones, with the adventurous appeal of Tin Tin.  This story can genuinely be enjoyed by readers of all ages, it is safe for kids, but packs enough punch to keep adults engaged.  The story is a non-stop action romp, where characters are developed at a fast pace.

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Daisy Blackwood and the Stolen Socialite page 9b


Daisy Blackwood reads as a complete story within a large character arc and possibly overarching story arc.  I enjoyed the pacing and art.  It’s a fun read for fans of adventure and possibly steam punk.  I rate this book a tank of petrol.


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