Back in April, at the Birmingham comic Expo I had the pleasure to meet with a young artist with an interest in working for FQP, except she is in the middle of finals and has no time to spare for comic. However, she has gotten in touch with…
A message from Matilda:
“Dear All at FutureQuake
It was a pleasure meeting some of you at Birmingham Comics Festival back in April, I admire all of the work I have seen come out of FutureQuake!
I would like invite all artists, editors, writers and publishers to our Illustration Degree Show. We’d be delighted if you would come to the Opening Night in a few weeks time on the 18th June. Your invite below and the attached flyer have all the details, and links to our website and social media for a sneaky peak of our work.
I hope this finds you all well,
Matilda – Illustrator
University of Westminster BA (hons) Illustration and Visual Communication 2015 presents to you our graduate show – PEACH. Showcasing the work of 32 graduating visual artists. The work will span a range of mediums including traditional, performance, 3D and moving image, as well as exhibiting alongside BA (hons) Graphic Communication Design.
You are invited to join us for the OPENING NIGHT on 18th JUNE (18.30 – 20.30) FREE REFRESHMENTS AVAILABLE. Please feel free to spread the word, and bring along others who may be interested in an artistic evening, the more the merrier!
If you would like to see who is exhibiting and preview some of the work, please visit our website – ivcw.info
We look forward to seeing you there,
from all of us at IVC & GCD
University of Westminster
35 Marylebone Road
(Directly opposite Baker Street station)
Friday 19th – Saturday 20th June (11:00 – 17:30)
Sunday 21st June (12:00 – 18:00)
PEACH on SOCIAL MEDIA
So, if anyone out there is in the area and want s to drop in and see the show, tell ’em FutureQuake sent you.
It is with great pleasure that I can announce that Paul Penna is one of the runners-up in this years ‘Top Cow’ Talent search.
“In previous years, Runners-Up have been given the chance to write 8 page backup strips for Top Cow. I think the plan is to do the same again this year. Which means, sometime next year, I’ll have a professional writing credit.” says Paul.
Paul has had three strips already published here at FQP:
Projections in FQ #20 (recently reprinted in 100% biodegradeable) with Artist Stewart Moore
Paul also has a strip currently in production for ZARJAZ- The Ghosts of Mega-City one.
Congratulations to Paul and here’s hoping this is the start of big things.
WANTED is by writer Marcello Bondi and Artist Mattia Marini.
Marcello is an Italian writer with projects in many countries. Website: http://marcellobondi.jimdo.com
Mattia was born in Venice in 1992, in 2011 he graduated from Artistic Highschool in Venice. Ranked in the top 8 position in the national contest “Liscapaz” in 2010. Currently is studying incision at the Art Academy of Venice.
WANTED is scheduled to appear in FutureQuake #28.
Excerpt from Orlok- prog 1926, art by Jake Lynch, published by Rebellion.
Hmmm, that chap with the moon shaped head looks familiar…
Excerpt from Chopper ‘Different Strokes’- Zarjaz 22, art by Jake Lynch.
Well, stone the crows it is the same chap! Both strips were drawn by Jake Lynch– one of Tharg’s newest droids and the character was created by Jake and Chris Redfern.
Thanks to Chris for pointing this out to us!
THE FINAL BOSS is written by Dave Cook and illustrated by RH Stewart.
Based in Edinburgh, Dave is creator and author of comic series Bust (www.bustcomic.com), an award-winning videogame critic and digital marketing guy. Lv99 beard. This is Dave’s first script with FQP.
RH Stewart is based in Leeds UK and spends most of his time illustrating in the sequential medium previous works include Aleister Crowley OGN & Sinners issue 1. Find RHSIllustrator on Facebook, Twitter & Hire An Illustrator
THE FINAL BOSS is scheduled to appear in FutureQuake #28.
COP KILLER is by writer Tim Perry and artist Joe Palmer.
Tim is a Sydney-based writer. In addition to comics, he has written for radio (the BBC Radio4 sketch comedy 2525). Follow Tim @freudenvollere on twitter.
Joe is a comic book artist and modern day viking. His work has appeared in FutureQuake, The Psychedelic Journal of Time Travel, 100% Biodegradable and N.S.E.W. www.joepalmerart.com
COP KILLER is scheduled to be in FutureQuake #28.
Coming soon to the pages of Zarjaz- The A.B.C. Warriors- Red Spice. Written by Lee Robson and illustrated by Alfie Gallagher.
Lee is the writer/co-creator of the critically acclaimed OGN Babble. His work has also appeared in FutureQuake, Something Wicked and the Accent UK series of themed anthologies. Find his blog at http://www.imaginarystories.co.uk.
Alfie has had comic material printed through Uproar Comics, Water Closet Press and Zarjaz among others. He has also self-published his own series ‘Charlatan Tales’ in the past few years. www.alfiegallagher.com
The A.B.C. Warriors- Red Spice is scheduled to appear in Zarjaz 25, on sale in November 2015.
Amazing & Fantastic Tales Issue #05 from Planet Jimbot.
Cover by Glenn Fleming.
The Planet Jimbot anthology reaches its final issue with the bizarre situation that the two of the stories in this five part anthology are six episodes long! Both Kroom (Jim Alexander & Glen Fleming) and The Last Posse (Jim Alexander & Paulina Vassileva) have two episodes in this issue.
The only strip in this issue that is not part of the ongoing serials is Facts of Life by Jim Alexander and Jon Haward. A touching tale of life, love and fish. Jon has turned in a superb set of Black & White pages for this and his quality as an artist shines through.
From Facts of Life, art by Jon Haward.
As usual I’m not about to give spoilers for the stories here, but I want to give a little room to praise the series overall. We here at FQP are used to putting out anthologies, in fact that is pretty much our core, but we don’t do serials. The sheer length of time it takes to get new issues ready can be a massive negative for serials. 2000 AD is out every week- so they can maintain a blistering pace but FutureQuake is only out 3 times a year at best. Reader inertia is a huge obstacle.
Jim and the rest of the planet Jimbot team have juggled the number of ongoing stories well in my opinion. Each issue of the series has had at least one self contained strip as well as the serials and that helps greatly with new readers who will then hopefully be intrigued enough to go back and fill the gaps in the stories.
And this is really my only negative- Jim & co should have given the series a sixth issue. To be fair, they probably didn’t know they needed one when they started the book, but I think that they have missed out here by squeezing the last chapters of Kroom and The Last Posse into this issue. Of course, if Jim and the team had known they may have used the option to run the extra chapters earlier in the series as well, giving more room in this issue for a self contained work.
Do I think the series works as a whole? You bet. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed the whole run and would recommend it to anyone.
Planet Jimbot now have a shop via the ETSY platform– and the full run of Amazing & Fantastic Tales is available as a single item. Highly recommended.
Review of Issue 04
Review of issue 03
In a rare appearance for Zarjaz, we are proud to present an honest-to-goodness ‘Future Shock‘
Trash Ed is by writer Ryan King (making his FQP debut) and artist Stephen Prestwood (making this his fifth completed set of pages for Zarjaz)
Ryans writing has appeared in Hobart, Driftwood Press, Nameless Magazine, and Bleeding Cool. He suffers from thirst and dehydration in California. Follow his inevitable mummification on Twitter and Tumblr.
Stephen Prestwood- As well as my own Dark Zone comic I have illustrated for The Jock, Zarjaz, BAM!, Violent!, Paragon and many others.
FUTURE SHOCK- TRASH ED will appear in Zarjaz in issue #25, on sale November.
Coming soon to the pages of Zarjaz– JUDGE DREDD- YET ANOTHER RAINY DAY. As the long, hot summer wears on (hopefully) we can take a moment to cool as Dredd deals with the weather in his own way.
JUDGE DREDD- YET ANOTHER RAINY DAY is written by Mark Howard and illustrated by David Broughton.
Mark Howard “Beware the Archons and stay away from the light!” has written many strips for Zarjaz- this wil be his 11th published strip in Zarjaz alone.
David Broughton “has drawn comic strips for Zarjaz, Dogbreath and other small press publications. Visit his blog for more information and illustrations at or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org” This will mark David’s 10th published strip for Zarjaz- and he’s hard at work on more!
JUDGE DREDD- YET ANOTHER RAINY DAY is scheduled to appear in Zarjaz 24, on sale in July 2015.