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Thursday, 17 August 2017

Wildcat - issue 5

Cover is by Carmona. Correction, the bonkers cover is by Carmona.

Did I mention Jose Ortiz raunching it up over on Kitten Magee, I think I did...

And if the fantastic gun porn of yesterday wasn't enough from Mr Pugh we now move into another of his sspecialist areas - absolutely crazy monsters, well worth a page all to itself this one, fantastic

Issue details
Cover is by Carmona
Turbo Jones illustrated by Vanyo, writer unknown
Joe Alien illustrated by Ron Smith, writer unknown
Kitten Magee illustrated by Jose Ortiz, writer unknown
Loner illustrated by David Pugh, writer unknown
A Christmas story [one off] illustrated by Carmona, writer unknown

Wednesday, 16 August 2017

Massimo Belardinelli - Joe Alien, part 2

Massimo Belardinelli art for the whole of episode 2 of Joe Alien, from Wildcat issue 2, November 5-18th 1988

Tuesday, 15 August 2017

Wildcat - issue 4

Wildcat issue 4 is graced by an Ian Kennedy cover that is so far removed from the whackiness of the issue 5 cover...

David Pugh provides the art for a Loner pin-up poster

as well as some of his big, BIG guns - gun porn it really is

And Jose Ortiz is still raunching it up on the Kitten Magee stuff - it wasn't like this when he was drawing Tower King y'know

Strip listing
Turbo Jones - illustrated by Vanyo, writer unknown
Joe Alien - illustrated by Ron Smith, writer unknown
Kitten Magee - illustrated by Jose Ortiz, writer unknown
Loner - illustrated by David Pugh, writer unknown
Death on Wildcat [one-off story] - illustrated by Lalia, writer unknown

Monday, 14 August 2017

Sunday, 13 August 2017

Wildcat - issue 3

Wildcat issue 3 - cover by Vanyo

Ron Smith makes his debut on a strip

Full line-up of artists is as follows:
Turbo Jones - Vanyo
Joe Alien - Ron Smith
Kitten Magee - Jose Ortiz
Loner - David Pugh
The Invaders - Joan Boix [one -off strip, the rest of the strips were continuing]

Saturday, 12 August 2017

Wildcat - issue 2

Issue 2 of Wild cat is again graced with an Ian Kennedy cover

The back cover art is by Ron Smith

Joe Alien (again) - this time drawn by Massimo Belardinelli

Complete listing of artists by strip is as follows:
Turbo Jones - Vanyo
Joe Alien - Massimo Belardinelli
Kitten Magee - Jose Ortiz
Loner - David Pugh
Space Madness - Jesus Redondo [this is the 'one-off' story - the rest are continuing strips]

Here's Jesus Redondo at the 2000ad 40th anniversary convention in February this year...

Friday, 11 August 2017

Super Naturals comic, issue 6 - part 2

Final pages from Super Naturals...

Wildcat - issue 1

Some fond memories of Wildcat on Facebook the other day so thought I'd run a covers gallery (an interiors) for the next few days - to cover the fact that I'm on holiday and therefore don't have ready access to my collections...If you're not interested in Wildcat, I suggest you come back in a couple of weeks time :)

Cover by Ian Kennedy (Wildcat is slightly larger than A4 so I'm going to lose a bit of each scan, hey-ho)

Art by Massimo Belardinelli on Joe Alien

Loner by David Pugh

Kitten Magee rear cover by Jose Ortiz

There was also Turbo Jones illustrated by Ian Kennedy, a Kitten Magee strip by Jose Ortiz and a one-off strip entitled Final Mission, drawn by Lalia

Thursday, 10 August 2017

Shaky Kane exhibition opens August 16th


As it says over on the Orbital comics website...
We are delighted to welcome Shaky Kane to the Orbital gallery once again, with an exhibition running from August 16th to 31st, celebrating the launch of Good News Bible: The Complete Deadline Strips of Shaky Kane.

Coming soon from Breakdown Press, Good News Bible collects Shaky’s complete comic strips and illustrations from the ground-breaking British counter-culture magazine Deadline, which between 1988 and 1995 spawned Jamie Hewlett’s Tank Girl and launched dozens of cartoonists’ careers. Drenched in wry wit, Kane’s politically charged, hallucinatory, Jack Kirby-infused punk cartoons crackle with intensity and bombast, remaining as relevant now as when they were first published 30 years ago.

Wednesday, 9 August 2017

Zero Hour comic

The issue of Teenage Mutant Hero Turtles for 3-16 November 1990 (issue #21) was advertised as coming free with Zero Hour comic. I didn't get Turtles comic at the time (still reading new Eagle) but I've collected it in recent years and when I acquired this issue I was disappointed that the comic was missing.

There was an advert in the issue for what 'Zero Hour' was though...

As you can see from the picture on the left the concept is that "...the BAD Brigade (Bullies, Aggressors and Destroyers) are directed by an unknown evil mastermind who is intent on taking over the world". The soldiers and vehicles were (according to this link) marketed as 'Zero Hour' in the UK and as 'Code Zero' in the US.

Bluebird Toys would work on the Havok line of comic inserts in 2000ad but these were in late 1996, early 1997, this comic pre-dates that marketing push by quite a few years. Anyway, without further ado, here it is...

Interesting to see that there is a copyright symbol at the bottom of page 2 for Marvel Comics - I assume this is Marvel US rather than Marvel UK.

Stephen Baskerville has confirmed that the pencils are by Geoff Senior, the inks are his (Stephen Baskerville's) and the colouring is maybe by John Burns Jr.

Tuesday, 8 August 2017

Dave Gibbons book launch, signing and discussion

Orbital comics have announced an evening with Dave Gibbons & Tim they say...

Orbital is proud to present the launch of How Comics Work, the exciting new book from Dave Gibbons and Tim Pilcher. Pulling back the curtain of comic book creation, the iconic artist behind Watchmen and Green Lantern reveals insider hints, tips and tricks in his own words. Covering both traditional and digital techniques, this “how it’s done” book will prove essential to any aspiring comic creator.

Gibbons and Pilcher will be signing copies of their new book from 5:30 – 7:30pm, and the evening will conclude with a free-to-attend after-hours panel discussion. If ever you wanted to get comic book industry knowledge first-hand, this will be the event you can’t afford to miss!

Dave Gibbons at 2000ad back in February

Monday, 7 August 2017

Jeff hawke's Cosmos - latest issue now available!

Volume 10, issue 2 of Jeff Hawke's Cosmos is now out!

Two complete stories from the Lance McLane story era
  • Pharoah's army got drownded
  • Sails in the red sunset
(accompanied, as ever, by Duncan Lunan's meticulous notes about each story)

As well as the usual roundup of club news, original art for sale, an obituary for John Glenn and other items of space interest.

There are more details on the club website here including subscription rates. The current issue is A4 sized, nearly 90 pages long - and you get all this three times a year for £26 (UK subscribers).

Back issues are also available as well as a number of special edition books - plus new Sydney Jordan art for the cover.

Sunday, 6 August 2017

Good news bible launch party this Friday - 11th August

No not that Good News Bible, this one...

this Friday (11th August) @ Gosh comics in London

The vent is being organised by Breakdown Press as they launch 4 new titles in one night
Liam Cobb, Antoine Cossé, Shaky Kane and Richard Short will be here to toast the launch of their new books on Friday, 11th August, 7-9pm!

Shaky has also design this exclusive bookplate for Gosh - limited to 200 copies it'll be available on the night or can be ordered in advance, see here for how to order the book & bookplate.

Saturday, 5 August 2017

2000ad ultimate collection launch night Forbidden Planet (Shaftesbury Avenue, London) on Wednesday 23rd August 6-7pm will feature the artist Boo Cook - writer and artist whose work includes Elephantmen, Zarjaz, Doctor Who, Asylum, ABC Warriors, Judge Dredd, Marvel Apes, and Prophet.

Boo is the spine cover artist for the series, for which volume 32 (but issue 1 to be published) is shown below. Publication price is £1.99 and Forbidden Planet are promising a free poster with every purchase.

[2000AD: The Ultimate Collection: Issue 1: Slaine: The Horned God (Product Image)]

Friday, 4 August 2017

Steve Jackson & Ian Livingstone signing tonight!

[Steve Jackson and Ian Livingstone signing at Forbidden Planet]

August 2017 is the 35th Anniversary of the first publication of the iconic The Warlock of Firetop Mountain by 
Steve Jackson and Ian Livingstone. To celebrate, Steve and Ian will be signing at the Forbidden Planet London Megastore on Friday 4th August from 6 – 7pm.

Ian will be signing the new Fighting Fantasy title, The Port of Peril. In this brand new addition to the multi million-copy-selling books, you - the hero - must travel all over Allansia, from old haunts like Darkwood Forest and Port Blacksand, on a dangerous quest!

And Ian and Steve will be signing the 35th Anniversary re-releases of the first five titles of the original series...

[Steve Jackson and Ian Livingstone signing at Forbidden Planet]

[Steve Jackson and Ian Livingstone signing at Forbidden Planet]

[Steve Jackson and Ian Livingstone signing at Forbidden Planet]

[Steve Jackson and Ian Livingstone signing at Forbidden Planet]

[Steve Jackson and Ian Livingstone signing at Forbidden Planet]

In 1982, Ian Livingstone co- authored The Warlock of Firetop Mountain, the first interactive gamebook in the Fighting Fantasy series, and wrote 15 of the titles, including City of Thieves, Forest of Doom and Deathtrap Dungeon. When serving as Executive Chairman at Eidos, he launched video games blockbusters including Lara Croft: Tomb Raider. He currently chairs nine video games companies. He co-authored the influential Livingstone-Hope Next Gen review published by NESTA in 2011, working with government to introduce the new Computing curriculum in schools in 2014. He has been awarded a CBE and a BAFTA Special Award.

Steve Jackson co-founded the videogame developers Lionhead Studios with industry legend Peter Molyneux. He wrote a weekly column on games and puzzles every Saturday in the Daily Telegraph, wrote and directed the F.I.S.T. series of telephone games, designed ‘Battlecards’ the first collectable card game series and his Sorcery series was converted to an app by Inkle Studios in 2013, with over 3 million paid downloads to date. Ex- Professor of Game Design at Brunel University Steve co-created the UK’s first MA game design course. And in 1993 he was awarded title of European Games Champion at the international games fair at Essen, 1993.