United Kingdom, 2019: Mallet Productions continues to carve out its place in the world of digital comics with the newly acquired war story, Go Home.
After his ship is torpedoed, a young sailor finds himself stranded on a secluded island in the Pacific during World War 2. As he explores his newfound surroundings he discovers he is not alone, that death, madness and the war itself have followed him to this pictueresque paradise.
Hunted and alone, the sailor finds himself giving into his darker impulses.
Written by Dan Hill, with art by Andrew Herbst, Go Home is a dark, psychological tale about the horrors of war.
The Light is a new book by Jim (Good Cop, Bad Cop) Alexander and he sent me the press release for the new work:
The book explores a world where you wake up and know this is the day you die. How would such a world shape the way we think, our views on each other and society, how we conduct our personal and financial affairs; how we live and how we will die?
This is Alexander’s second novel after the award-winning GoodCopBadCop.
More on ‘the Light’:
On a daily basis, people are required to take the Light; a device that ascertains whether this will be their last day. The story alternates between showcasing and building up this new world and telling the story of an ordinary person having to cope in extraordinary circumstances. We will see through his eyes a world so achingly similar to our own, but different in one shattering, all-pervasive way.
When approaching death, whether it’s dying in your sleep or experiencing your whole life flashing in front of your eyes, in the end it is no longer a case of floating towards the light. The Light wants to find you first.
Alexander has not finished with comics. He is one of the writers on a new Marvel Graphic Novel, Uncanny Origins: Myths and Magic. He writes ‘The Song of Storm’ where we discover how a girl worshipped as a goddess became a wind-riding hero.
GoodCopBadCop is available now at Amazon, Amazon UK, Barnes and Noble, Kobo, Etsy, and lots of other places.
Uncanny Origins: Myths and Magic is published by Marvel and out on 31st December 2019.
the Light, coming in at 320 pages, is on sale now. Some links to follow:
Now that the dust is settled and the work of making comics begins to start again – it’s worth taking five to catch up on recent events and look forward.
Thought Bubble 2019 was, for FQP, a roaring success. We had our second best ever weekend sales (and considering that we just sell comics of either £3.00 or £6.50 that means we cleared quite a few comics) and saw several new artists join the team. Almost all of whom are now commissioned and working on strips intended to see print next year.
FQP continues to be a successful path for artists, with four of the nine finalists in the 2000 AD art competition being artists who have worked on strips for FQP.
We have also changed our print supplier for FutureQuake & Something Wicked, which has resulted in having copies of both FQ2017 and FQ2018 back in stock – get copies quickly as there are only a limited number of copies available.
We’ve added more detail to the shop pages – now when clicking on the issue you want as well as the option to purchase a print copy you will be given the links for the various digital options that exists.
Moving on, we have some interesting projects that we are taking part in. Launching at the Birmingham MCM this weekend, Richmond and Bolt-01 are part of the team the created ‘18’, a comic created by 23Red and edited by Timebomb comics’ Steve Tanner.
Richmond is the writer and Bolt-01 is onboard for lettering duties. The artwork is by Gary Crutchley and colours by Matt Soffe, who has also worked for FQP before going on the colour for Rebellion among others.
Pull up a stool and prepare to look at your cards – don’t mind the chill in the air or the whispering behind you. Pay no attention to the voices urging you to leave; you know your place is here, with us. Something Wicked this way comes for 2019.
80 pages for a mere £6.50.
A Zombie Calls by writer Jonathan Stevenson, artist Matt Johns and letterer Bolt-01
Adoption by writer Carlos Pozo, artist Brett Burbridge and letterer Bolt-01
Animals Of The New Forest by writer Chris Denton, artist Steven Denton and letterer Bolt-01
Children Of The Night by writer Pablo Iten, artist Daniel Bell and letterer Bolt-01
Dad Jokes by writer David Tunis-Garcia artist, artist Samrat Das and letterer Bolt-01
Diabolis Rex Machina by writer David Conway, artist JP Vilchis and letterer Bolt-01
Euryale’s Progress by writer Alec Robertson, artist & letterer Edward Whatley
Matinee by writer Emmet O’cuana, artist David Parson and letterer Bolt-01
Nine Gates by writer Karl Brandt, artist Shaun Gillon and letterer Bolt-01
Red Stained White Knuckled by writer Sam Silverii, artist Leonardo Vergari and letterer Bolt-01
Sense of worth by writer Dominic Teague, artist & letterer Will Pickering
Submission by writer Adam Breen, artist Lyndon Webb and letterer Bolt-01
The Cult of the Deathwatch Bettle by writer Liam Howard, artist Uwe DeWitt and letterer Bolt-01
The Dream Again by writer Alexi Conman, artist Matt Johns and letterer Bolt-01
The War Within by writer Ed Whiting, artist Conan McPhee and letterer Bolt-01
Todays the day by writer Joseph Matthews, artist Sam Hickson and letterer Bolt-01
True Possession by writer Nick Bryan, artist Rich Waugh and letterer Bolt-01
Valley of the Dead by writer Karl Brandt, artist Eddy Lyle and letterer Bolt-01
As 2019 draws to a close, thrill-power pushes to new levels as Joe Pineapples takes the lead strip in Zarjaz 35. Alongside the A.B.C. Warrior and Judge Dredd we also present Rogue Trooper, Ro-Jaws and Bonjo from beyond the stars! All as well as the latest chapters in a Harlem Heroes epic!
48 pages for a mere £3.00.
Strips this issue:
ABC Warriors – Joe Pineapples – D1v0rc3 by writer Richmond Clements, artist Alex Paterson and letterer Bolt-01
Comic Rock – Standing Alone by writer Matt Sharp, artist Michael Walters and letterer Bolt-01
Harlem Heroes – Feat Of Clay chapters 03 & 04 by John Farrelly
Judge Dredd Vs The Slug by writer Dave Hailwood, artist Brett Burbridge and letterer Bolt-01
Rogue Trooper – A Foreign Field by writer Daniel Whiston, artist Michael Walters and letterer Bolt-01
Whatever Happened To… Bonjo by writer Matt Sharp, artist Ed Doyle and letterer Bolt-01