Monday, June 18, 2018

35 years in comics!


It's been 35 years since I sold my first professional cartoon; "What If Iron Man lived up to his name?" It appeared in Marvel UK's The Daredevils No.7, back in June 1983 (cover dated July), under the editorship of Bernie Jaye. Up to that point I'd received rejections from IPC, D.C. Thomson, and even my local paper, but Alan Moore (who was very supportive of new creators) encouraged me to submit stuff to Marvel. I still remember the feeling of excitement upon hearing that they had accepted my work. 

I'd submitted several cartoons on the "What If..?" theme and they used one a month, paying just £5 each, but it was a start! It soon led to work for other Marvel comics, and for other publishers too. I'll always be grateful to Alan Moore for the encouragement and to Bernie Jaye for publishing my first material. 

You never reach "superstar" status in humour comics, like some superhero / sci-fi artists do, but it's been a busy and varied career and I've made a lot of good friends along the way so that's reward enough for me. Although some diverge outside of comics into computer games, storyboarding, advertising, etc, I've managed to make a living exclusively in comics for 35 years, so I count myself very fortunate for that. Thanks to those of you who have bought and supported my work over the years!

If you want to see what I'm up to these days, check out Big Eggo in The Beano, Team Toxic in Toxic, Hygiene High in Epic, and The Daft Dimension in Doctor Who Magazine. PLUS catch up with reprints of my old work in comics such as Combat Colin, available directly from me:

...and 35 years in comics is a good time to start a brand new series of Derek the Troll stories, coming your way this Saturday, 23rd June, in the new online comic Goof! Check it out:

Goof! will be launching at Macc-Pow! on Saturday, so see you there!



Sunday, June 17, 2018

Commando comics out now

I'm catching up with news after my holiday, so apologies for this info running late. All four comics are in the shops now...


5131: Home of Heroes: The Phantom’s Revenge

The Phantom is back! But doom is foretold for all those who sail on her. Hunting down a notorious French vessel which is sinking British ships in the Mediterranean, Captain Valentine has more to worry about than the dreaded Captain Ricordeau. Paying five silver coins for his fortune to be read, Valentine never expected that each coin would prophesise a different death in his crew… or that the last one would read destruction for them all!

Returning to the ‘Phantom’ series, Teague ups the stakes as the story build to its glorious climax when Ricordeau and the final prophecy come together in a dramatic crescendo. Alcazar’s bold lines prove perfect for the ornate but hard-wearing ships.

|Story | Dominic Teague | Art | Vicente Alcazar | Cover | Janek Matysiak |


5132: Gold Collection: Midnight Menace

Surrounded by advancing German troops, Second Lieutenant Matt Rogers and his batman Private Don Arle were isolated from the rest of their squadron. To make matters worse, Rogers gun wasn’t loaded — and Arlen was just waiting to put a bullet in his back. But the pair would have to work together if they were going to uncover what the Nazis were calling “Operation Midnight Sun” and stop them before they could execute it!

Allan’s classic tale of enemies turned friends is immediately spun on its head, the opening panel offering a glimpse into the story ahead, as Arlen holds his gun aimed at hero Rogers — the turning point of the entire issue.

|Story | Allan| Art | CT Rigby | Cover | Penalva |
Originally Commando No. 463 (March 1970). Reprinted No. 1323 (June 1979).


5133: Action and Adventure: The Home Front

Wilhelmina Home of the WAAC had travelled around. She knew a thing or two about car engines and mystery novels, but after her friend is found dead in his factory and his livestock look to be poisoned, Wilhelmina would have to gather all her wits to unravel the strange events unfolding. Little did she know that she would soon be caught up in a plot involving German spies that threatened the population of Britain!

Accompanying Shane Filer’s twisting story is endearing interior and cover artwork by Carlos Pino. Perfectly pairing the noir themes, Pino’s Wilhelmina is drawn as a feisty Louise Brooks, her hair and outfit always impeccable.

|Story | Shane Filer | Art |Carlos Pino | Cover | Carlos Pino |


5134: Silver Collection: Deadly Convoy

Plucky Corporal Sam Wilson didn’t always go looking for trouble, but trouble soon found him. He was the kind of guy who’d rather be in the thick of it than on the side-lines, much to the grievances of his squadron. But, when Wilson gets the chance to join the Commandos he signs up immediately, hungry for action!

Phil Gascoine’s stunning acrylic cover showcases CG Walker’s Tommie hero as the archetypal Commando cover star, his oerlikon machine-gun blazing against the diving stukas, the yellow and red burning on the muted blue of the waves.

|Story | CG Walker | Art | CT Rigby | Cover | Phil Gascoine |
Originally Commando No. 2760 (May 1994).




Lofty's One-Man Luftwaffe comes to the Megazine

The latest strip from the archives of British comics to be collected by Rebellion is Lofty's One-Man Luftwaffe, which originally appeared in the first 20 issues of Battle Picture Weekly back in 1975. The reprint will appear as a comic bagged with Judge Dredd Megazine No.397, in shops this Wednesday.

Here's the info on that issue...

UK and DIGITAL: 20th June 2018 £5.99
NORTH AMERICA: 20th July 2018 $13
DIAMOND: APR181717
COVER: CLIFF ROBINSON (A) DYLAN TEAGUE (C)

In this issue:

JUDGE DREDD: THIS CORROSION by Michael Carroll (w) John Higgins (a) Sally Hurst (c) Annie Parkhouse (l)
THE RETURNERS: IRMAZHINA by Si Spencer  (w) Nicolo Assirelli (a) Eva De La Cruz (c) Annie Parkhouse (l)
CHOPPER: WANDERING SOUL by David Baillie (w) Brendan McCarthy (a) Len O'Grady, Brendan McCarthy (c) Ellie De Ville (l) 
DEVLIN WAUGH: KISS OF DEATH by Rory McConville (w) Mike Dowling (a) Simon Bowland (l)
TALES FROM THE BLACK MUSEUM: PROPHET OF STOMM by David Baillie (w) Steven Austin (a) Annie Parkhouse (l)
Features: 2000 AD Sci-Special creators, Nicolo Assirelli interview, Michael Fleisher obituary, Halo Jones
Bagged reprint: LOFTY'S ONE-MAN LUTWAFFE by by John Wagner, Pat Mills (w) Charles Herring, Paolo Ongaro (a)





Cover preview: 2000AD Prog 2086


In shops this Wednesday...

2000AD Prog 2086
UK and DIGITAL: 20th June 2018 £2.75
NORTH AMERICA: 20th July 2018 $6.75
DIAMOND: MAY181942
COVER: RACHAEL STOTT

In this issue:

JUDGE DREDD: THE PARADIGM SHIFT by Michael Carroll (w) Jake Lynch (a) John Charles (c) Annie Parkhouse (l)


SKIP TRACER: HEAVY IS THE HEAD by James Peaty (w) Paul Marshall (a) Dylan Teague (c) Simon Bowland (l) 


SURVIVAL GEEKS: GEEK-CON by Gordon Rennie, Emma Beeby (w) Neil Googe (a) Gary Caldwell (c) Annie Parkhouse (l)


THE FALL OF DEADWORLD by Kek-W (w) Dave Kendall (a) Ellie De Ville (l)


DURHAM RED: BORN BAD by Alec Worley (w) Lee Carter (a) Ellie De Ville (l)
Available in print from: book stores, Amazon, and comic book stores via Diamond.



Saturday, June 16, 2018

Preview: 2000AD Sci-Fi Special 2018 - out this week!

The much anticipated 2000AD Sci-Fi Special by an all-women set of creators hits the shops this coming Wednesday. Here's a preview of some of the pages...

UK and DIGITAL: 20th June 2018 £4.99
NORTH AMERICA: 11th July 2018 $9.99
DIAMOND: APR181716
COVER: TULA LOTAY (A) EMILY ZEINNER (B)


In this issue:
JUDGE DREDD: THE FEELS by Emma Beeby (w) Babs Tarr (a) Annie Parkhouse (l)



TYRANNY REX: “DON’T FORGET TO BLAST MY CACHE” by Katy Rex (w) Liana Kangas 9a) Liana Kangas & Gab Contreras (c) Ellie De Ville (l)


ROGUE TROOPER: THE THOUSAND DAYS by Alex De Campi (w) Sam Beck (a) Eva De La Cruz (c) Annie Parkhouse (l)


FUTURE SHOCKS: DELIVERY by Tillie Walden (w+a+l)


JUDGE DEATH: DARKNESS DESCENDS by Leah Moore (w) Xulia Vicentes (a) Pippa Mather (c) Annie Parkhouse (l)


DEMARCO, P.I.: LOVE REMAINS by Laura Bailey (w) Dani (a) Ellie De Ville (l)



TERROR TALE: THE HOCKEY STICKS OF HELL by Olivia Hicks (w) Abigail Bulmer (a) Annie Parkhouse (l)


ANDERSON, PSI-DIVISION: SPA DAY by Maura McHugh (w) Emma Vieceli (a) Barbara Nosenzo (c) Ellie De Ville (l)


Judge Anderson poster by Marguerite Sauvage


Available in print from: newsagents, comic book stores via Diamond

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