Strip Magazine as it is known in print (but you’d be advised to search its internet pseudonym Strip Comic Magazine if you want to avoid dancing girls) came onto the scene in October 2011. It’s an anthology series much in the same vein as 2000AD and is produced by Print Media Productions, a new
Lancasterbased publisher with strong links to the Bosnian and Croatian comic scene thanks to the founder Ivo Milicevic.
It’s had contributions from the likes of PJ Holden (Judge Dredd), John McCrea (The Boys), and John Ridgway (Commando and many more). At 68 pages it has enough room to offer up a pretty mixed bag of comic feed whether it’s old, new, funny or action packed. It has regular stories such as; the more nostalgic fantasy offerings of Age of Heroes (James Hudnall and John Ridgeway), Black Ops Extreme, which is very much in the vein of the older Commando comics along side regular one page slapstick jabs at superhero comics, Cosmic Patrol.
Forbidden Planet International is running a competition or maybe more accurately they have thrown the gauntlet down. Dan Franklin of Cape (now part of Random House) made some comments concerning the lack of good British illustrators out there for book publishers to turn to, and Sarah McIntyre recently posted up a strong response in opposition to his opinions… Continue reading
So it’s been nearly a year and it’s only now that James and I are both so close to getting our first comic out we can almost feel it, almost smell it’s freshly printed sheets in our hands. Almost – but not quite there yet!
It has been an absolutely awesome experience but I keep thinking to myself – why has it taken us essentially a year to get out 22 pages of content? And then the hand of history and experience grabs me by the shoulder and it says ‘Let me remind you, my son, the top 3 reasons why things never get done as quickly as you would like….’ Continue reading
They say that the first rule when writing a mystery you start from the solution first and work backwards. That way you know where your going. But in writing silly legs (trust me, that’s just a working title) I thought, no, I’ll do the stupid thing and come up with a mystery and then work out the solution.