The Return Of Angus McKie's Blue Lily

The Return Of Angus McKie's Blue LilyAmonsgt mentions of other half-abandoned comic books, from Big Numbers to Marvelman to Hepcats to Tyrant to  Sweeney Todd, there's one that always comes up.

Blue Lily, a computer generated comic from 1993 that saw two of the four fifty-two page issues published by Dark Horse. Featuring a robot private eye with a line in rumination on the human and robot condition.

And that was that. No more issues were forthcoming, though Angus's colouring work would be seen across the industry, most prominently in the Bryan Talbot Tekno comics.

Well now, twenty years later, there is a glimmer of hope. McKie has written to a curious Live Journal poster wondering about its status, saying;

Yeh, the devil fools with the best laid plans. Funny you should ask right now, tho – I've recently started work on thestory to finish it and eventually put it on the web.

It's a long story – (not only the Blue Lily, but my attempts to get it all done) – the whole thing was drawn in very detailed rough form but I never completed all the artwork.

It will take me a while to get it completely drawn and digitised – there's a fair bit of redrawing to do and I've been rewriting here and there where I've expanded the back story (I did originally intend there to be a sequel to the original four episode story) – but I'm well into it now and will eventually finish it all this time. Unfortunately, I can only do it in my spare time and it will take months – maybe even a year, although I am intending to start web publishing pages weekly when I'm about two- thirds through.

We will watch with interest…

About Rich Johnston

Founder of Bleeding Cool. The longest-serving digital news reporter in the world, since 1992. Author of The Flying Friar, Holed Up, The Avengefuls, Doctor Who: Room With A Deja Vu, The Many Murders Of Miss Cranbourne, Chase Variant. Lives in South-West London, works from Blacks on Dean Street, shops at Piranha Comics. Father of two. Political cartoonist.

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