Another wonderful thing about seeing Teknophage come to life, was the astounding color by Angus Mckie. The year was 1995. Computers were slow, Photoshop was crude, but dedicated artists like Angus were making dazzling color comics that made all previous processes seem dowdy and old fashioned. I was already a fan of Angus’ existential SF masterpiece, SO BEAUTIFUL AND SO DANGEROUS, which had run in Heavy Metal. I loved his use of rich contrasted color. It is pure eye-and-mind scorching comics and he pulled out all the stops on Teknophage.
In my mind Teknophage always had one foot in the horror genre and the other in the world of cartoons. Bryan Talbot and Angus Mckie perfectly caught this spirit, with a lush gooey detail and relentless visual integrity.
Above is the first page, which I think nicely sets up the mood of the book. The opening caption, “The blind-piggers and vatmen all swear it to be true.”, was inspired by one of those sketchbook challenges we used to pull on each other back in the day. Can’t remember who it was, but at a convention someone handed me a sketchbook with the title BLIND PIG and challenged me to draw a pig with my eyes closed. Somehow it made it into my script.