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Tuesday, August 08, 2017

Prepare ye for the GOOD NEWS BIBLE!

The complete Deadline strips of Shaky Kane are being collected into one book next month as the Good News Bible! Don't worry; this blog hasn't gone all born again. Read on...

Good News Bible
The Complete Deadline Strips of Shaky Kane
Release Date: SEPTEMBER 2017 UK / OCtober 2017 US . CANADA
ISBN: 978-0-9574381-4-9
RRP £24.99 / $34.99
22 x 31 cm / 8 x 12 in
240 pages

For the first time ever, Shaky Kane’s complete comic strips and illustrations from the ground-breaking British counter-culture magazine Deadline are reproduced in one stunning edition, complete with commentary from Eisner award-winner Nick Abadzis, comedian David Quantick and eminent comic-book critic Frank Santoro. Oh, and there’s a few rogue remarks from Shaky himself too of course...

“Read any GOOD BOOKS lately, punk?”

Between 1988 and 1995 Deadline magazine launched Jamie Hewlett’s Tank Girl strips, kickstarted dozens of other cartoonists’ careers, and, perhaps most notably, published Shaky Kane’s politically charged, hallucinatory, Jack Kirby-infused punk cartoons.

Drenched in wry wit, bristling with intensity and bombast, Shaky’s work remains as relevant now as when it was first published in Deadline 30 years ago. So, zone in, tune out and get ready to meet God’s own cops: The A-Men, The Sadistic Prowler, Pinhead Aliens invading Russia, trans-dimensional subhuman entities The Shadowmen, Pagan P.I.: Wiccaman, Dannii Minouge, and the man of destiny himself: The Space Boss SHAKY KANE.

With an introduction from writer David Quantick, foreword from cartoonist and writer Nick Abadzis, afterword from cartoonist and comics academic Frank Santoro, and annotations from Shaky himself, this is the ultimate tome for baptising oneself in the perverse and psychedelic world of Britain’s cosmic comics shaman.

Praise for Shaky Kane:

“The Shakyverse is a real place, it transcends the comics.” – The Comics Journal

“[Kane uses his] acerbic humour to take savage swipes at stereotyping.” – Down the Tubes

Shaky Kane emerged on the UK comics scene in the mid-’80s, drawing for
such publications as The NME, Escape, Deadline, 2000 AD, Judge Dredd
Magazine and Revolver. More recently he published The Bulletproof Coffin
(Image Comics, 2010—2012) and Cowboys & Insects (Alternative Comics,
2016) with long-term collaborator David Hine. Often described as both
hallucinatory and psychedelic, Kane’s visual tastes are influenced by
American pop culture, full-colour comic books, the frenetic energy of punk
rock flyers, and, of course, late night television. In more than one way, his
work pushes at the limits of what’s considered tasteful to show in print.

David Quantick won an Emmy as part of the writing team on HBO’s Veep,
a BAFTA for Harry Hill’s TV Burp and a Writers’ Guild Award for The Thick
Of It. His recent books How To Write Everything and How to be A Writer
(both published by Oberon) are indispensable, accessible and funny. He
has written for everyone from The Duke of Edinburgh to Chris Morris. He
writes and appears on The Now Show, writes The 15 Minute Musical, as
well as his own radio shows, The Blagger’s Guide and 52 First Impressions,
all for BBC radio.

Nick Abadzis is an Eisner award-winning cartoonist and writer known
for the graphic novel Laika (First Second Books) and his Deadline series
Hugo Tate. His work has been published in the USA by Condé Nast,
Marvel Comics, Titan Comics and DC Comics, in the UK by the BBC,
various national newspapers including The Guardian, The Times and The
Independent, elsewhere in Europe by the likes of Dargaud and Glénat,
and in Japan by Kodansha. He is also known in Doctor Who fandom as
the writer of a great many tenth Doctor adventures for an acclaimed run of
stories for Titan Comics.

Frank Santoro is a comic-book author, as well as one of the foremost
comic-book academics and critics of his generation. He has taught drawing
at Parsons, and now runs a highly regarded correspondence course of his

own devision about comics.

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