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Thursday, September 08, 2016


Here's my new comic that I've been hinting at for weeks. Hot off the presses, Derek the Troll will launch at the ICE 2016 comics convention this Saturday, 10th September, in Birmingham. 

Derek the Troll is a 32 page one-shot collecting every Derek the Troll strip I did for Warlock and White Dwarf magazine from 1985 to 1987. Derek is the affable but stinky denizen of a time before history, encountering angry villagers, mad barbarians, and sneaky warlocks.

The second half of the comic features Rock Solid, Space Hero, a serial I did for Harrier Comics' Swiftsure way back in 1985 and never reprinted before. Rock thinks he's the greatest hero in the galaxy, but in fact he's nothing but a space-faring psychopath. But when Earth is invaded, he's the best hope we have! Will humanity survive? The complete 15 page saga is collected in this comic.

Derek the Troll and Rock Solid are some of the earliest strips I had published, right back in the early years of my career and you can see my style develop with each episode. I'm still pleased with how they hold up and anyone who enjoyed my Combat Colin and Oink! strips will hopefully get a kick out of them. 

Speaking of Combat Colin, I've also included a couple of half-pagers from the late 1980s as a bonus back-up feature. 

Derek the Troll is a 32 page comic including 28 interior pages in their original black and white. If you can't make it to ICE 2016 for the launch, you can order a copy from my online shop and I'll post it out next week.


Manic Man said...

I was talking to someone the other day saying this comic could only be one of a small list of things and all the art previews shouted Derek the Troll (the only other ones I can think are good for you to do, (but I might miss a few) are: Combat Colin, Suburban Satanists, a collection of Macho Man-Captain Wally-Snail Man, and Robo-capers.

and I was sure it wasn't any of them others (okay, there are a number of Beano and Dandy ones but I'm not sure how much that would be possible ^_^).

So both glad to see I'm right, and happy to order this (which I just did)

forgot (or come to think of it, didn't see the option) but.. if you wanna sign I'm happy ^_^

Richard Williams said...

Brilliant stuff Lew, I will pop round your table at ICE for a copy and hopefully one of your nifty sketches!

Lew Stringer said...

Thanks for your order, Manic. I'll post it out tomorrow before I set off to Brum. As for Dandy / Beano material, that's owned by D.C. Thomson so there's no way I'd publish that. I still have plenty of material I own that I can use again though, so look out for a Combat Colin comic sometime next year.

Thanks, Richard! See you on Saturday. I'll be on the 2nd floor.

Bruce Laing said...

Great :)

I'll contact you next week to buy the book.

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