ACES Weekly – Velicity Jones is back!

Horrifically remiss of me not to have told you all sooner, but if you head over to Aces Weekly at the moment they have just launched vol 41 (really, has it been that many?) which contains the first week of the third adventure for Britich spy Vwlicity Jones by writer Lee Robson and artist Bryan Coyle  (both of whom are old friends of FQP)

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This is Velicity’s third outing for ACES, she was also in The Devil’s Breathavailable in Aces Weekly issue 29 and The Godcutter Affair, available in issue 37.

You can read the first episode of The Silent Forest exclusively in Aces Weekly volume 41which launched on August 26th, and each subsequent episode will arrive on the screen of your choosing every following Monday for the next seven weeks. A subscription to Aces Weekly will cost you £6.99 – or £1 a week, if you prefer! Back issues are available here.

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FutureQuake 2019- Available now!

FutureQuake 2019 arrives to shock, surprise and scintillate as only the finest Small Press anthology can. Over 20 strips featuring the most astounding array of talent combining to bring you a whopping 100 pages for only £6.50- available here!

Strips:

Because It’s There by writer Matthew Hockey and artist Michael Walters. Letters by Bolt-01
Cereal Wars by writer Ryan Haack and artist Tom Barton. Letters by Tom Barton
Diabolical Device of Doctor Undermind by writer Matt Sharp and artist Richard Waugh. Letters by Bolt-01
Fax Man & Robbing by writer Chris Redfern and artist Luke Kemp-James. Letters by Bolt-01
Fragile Vessels by writer Mark McCann and artist David Yeh. Letters by Bolt-01
Infernal Technology by writer Drew Dillon and artist Michael Walters. Letters by Bolt-01
Insidious Invention of Doctor Undermind by writer Matt Sharp and artist Richard Waugh. Letters by Bolt-01
Mika and the god heart by writer Tim West and artist Rafael Romeo Magat. Letters by Rafael Romeo Magat
NeroySphinx-Junkyard Shopping by writer Daniel Whiston and artist Dave Thomson. Letters by Bolt-01
On the ledge by writer Thomas Trang and artist J.P. Vilchis. Letters by Bolt-01
Plot Hole by writer Lawrence Rider and artist Sinclair Elliott. Letters by Bolt-01
Resignation Notice by writer Brian Pearlman and artist Miguel Echemendia. Letters by Miguel Echemendia
Starship SOS by writer Ant Garnon and artist Alex Paterson. Letters by Bolt-01
Temple of the Giant by writer Joshua Spiller and artist Mike Bunt. Letters by Bolt-01
The Farm by writer Lee Robson and artist Brett Burbridge. Letters by Bolt-01
The Future Is Actually Pretty Great by writer Alexi Conman and artist Scott Twells (with colour by Owen Watts). Letters by Bolt-01
The Gods Thought Otherwise by writer Stephen Frame and artist Richard Waugh. Letters by Bolt-01
The Tale of the Privy by writer Dan Whiston and artist Will Pickering. Letters by Will Pickering
The Way of the dinosaur by writer Adam Breen and artist Anthony Summey. Letters by Anthony Summey
Tito’s Homegrown by writer Gilbert Smith and artist Jim Lavery. Letters by Bolt-01
Too Much Like HARD Work by writer Dan Pollard and artist Dan Goodfellow. Letters by Bolt-01

 

Remember that print copies are limited- the last 2 issues of FQ have both sold out and these days print costs make small runs prohibitively pricey. Get yourself a copy while you can.

The 13th Stone

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Press Release:

MALLET PRODUCTIONS BRINGS YOU A NEW TALE OF TERROR WITH THE 13TH STONE!

The reformed bastion of British horror has acquired the folk horror inspired The 13th Stone for digital release

United Kingdom, 2019: Following on from the success of the resurrected Mansion Of Madness, Mallet Productions returns to the field of digital comics with a brand new, expanded and coloured version of the English folk horror tale The 13th Stone.

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The story sees archaeologist Joy Lambton taking a job in the small English village of Argleton, and soon finds herself intrigued by the ancient stones that stand on the outskirts – particularly why the few sources she can find about them claim there are only eleven stones, when there are clearly twelve.

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But when she learns of a thirteenth stone, Joy begins to uncover the dark and terrifying connection they have to the village and its inhabitants…

Coloured by artist Bryan Coyle, this new version of The 13th Stone brings a whole new dimension to the creeping sense of dread contained within its pages, guaranteed to give you sleepless nights.

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The comic is available via Comixology now, priced £1.99.

In the interests of full disclosure, this strip has been available before- I talked about it here.

I also lettered it.

 

About Mallet Productions:
Founded in 1935 by Jonathan Williams, Mallet Productions (later known as Mallet Studios) was a small British film company based in London that became home to some of the most critically acclaimed films to ever come out of the United Kingdom.
Initially concentrating on challenging social dramas, such as The Glass (1937), the story of pub landlord who’s determined to give his daughter a better start in life than he ever had, and The Factory (1936), a gritty tale of class war in a munitions factory in the Midlands, Mallet branched out into war films, detective mysteries and even comedy (1939’s All Aboard! was one of the most successful British films of that year).
However, it was the release of The Girl In The Room (1941) that Mallet finally tapped into a rich vein of unsettling, psychological horror that would come to define their output over the next several years. Building on the critical and financial success of such outstanding movies as 23 Holborn Terrace (1951), Mallet eventually began to turn their attention to more mainstream horror and, before long, science fiction. With classics such as The Horror Of Ward 13 (1953) and The Silent Planet (1955), Mallet’s position in the cinematic landscape of the UK became assured.
In the 1970’s Mallet branched into TV, with their acclaimed anthology series Mansion of Madness. While the series only ran for five of its six episodes (ITV received a record number of complaints following the airing of the still disturbing The Devil’s Run and, as such, decided not to air the final episode of the series), Mallet used its success to branch into publishing with their comic series of the same name.
While the Mansion Of Madness comic only lasted a few issues, it burned so very, very brightly, leaving an indelible mark on the British comics landscape, and inspiring a whole generation of creators – and it’s that same anthology that Mallet’s new owners, George Fairlamb and Lee Robson plan to use to re-establish the Mallet brand.
“We’re beyond excited to be able to bring Mallet back to forefront of the cultural discussion,” Fairlamb said. “As fans of the films, this is a dream come true. We’re going to make sure we remain true to the ethos of the original brand we grew up with.”
Mansion of Madness will be the first release under the new digital imprint, with The 13th Stone by Lee Robson and Bryan Coyle to follow. More titles will be announced later.
Find out more about Mallet Productions and our future plans at http://www.malletproductions.co.uk

Zarjaz 32- Now available!

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Cover art by: Paul Williams

The Galaxy’s Greatest Fanzine is back with a superb cover by Paul Williams featuring the Rogue Trooper. Within the thrill-powered pages Peeps the butler droid presents 7 scrotnig tales featuring the ABC Warriors’ Joe Pineapples, Judges Dredd and Anderson and a cautionary fable from the world of Flesh! All of this and a special tribute to the one and only Carlos Ezquerra for a mere £3.00.
Strips:

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A.B.C. Warriors- Joe Pineapples- 37 by writer Lee Robson and artist Alex Paterson. Letters by Bolt-01

 

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Anderson PSI- Tell Me Of Your Dreaming by writer Kieron Moore and artist Russ Leach. Letters by Bolt-01

 

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Flesh- MasterFlesh by writer David Fenn and artist Uwe DeWitt. Letters by Bolt-01

 

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Judge Dredd- Descendants pt03 by writers Robomonkey147 & Colin Clayton and artist Robomonkey147. Letters by Bolt-01

 

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Judge Dredd- Work In Progress by writer Alan Holloway and artist Andy Lambert. Letters by Bolt-01

 

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Rogue Trooper- Silent Night by writer Matt Sharp and artist Alex Paterson. Letters by Bolt-01

 

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Tales Of Mega-City One- Boatman by writer Steven Fraser and artist Jack Davies Letters by Jack Davies.

Available from The FQP Webshop

Reviews:

The Imaginarium.

Mansion of Madness- Launch details

I’ve been helping out with letters on a special project recently. A revival of Mallett Studios flagship title- Mansion of Madness. Lee Robson and Dan Hill have both been hard at work securing the rights to the title and gaining permission to bring this to life.

Over to Lee:

It gives me great pleasure to finally announce that Mallet Productions is making a triumphant return with a brand new edition of Mansion Of Madness!

Those of you who are of a certain age will no doubt remember Mallet Studios for their classic movies, the cult television show Mansion Of Madness, and, of course, it’s short lived – but influential – comic series.

 

An original Mansion Of Madness promotional poster for the TV series, faithfully restored by Andi Ewington.

Founded in 1935 by Jonathan Williams, Mallet Studios (originally Mallet Productions) was a small British film studio based in London that grew significantly over the next four decades to become home to some of the most critically acclaimed films to ever come out of the United Kingdom.

Initially concentrating on challenging social dramas, Mallet began to reshape their output in the wake of 1941’s The Girl In The Room, and tapped into a rich vein of psychological horror. Building on the critical and financial success of such classics as 23 Holborn Terrace (1951) and The Picture Of Al McEwan (1953), Mallet eventually began to turn their attention to more mainstream horror and, before long, science fiction. With classics such as The Horror Of Ward 13 (1953) and The Silent Planet (1955), Mallet’s position in the cinematic landscape of the UK became assured.

Producing a steady stream of features, Mallet’s seemingly unstoppable reign finally ground a halt in the 1970’s as they turned to more mainstream – and some would say blander – monster fare. Although they still produced such classics as 1971’s The Nine Brides Of Satan, a series of lukewarm receptions at the box office saw the studio left on precarious financial footing, until the ill-fated production The Mummy Takes Manhattan and its numerous problems forced Mallet to close its doors for good.

During their 70’s heyday, however, came the cult television series Mansion Of Madness, an anthology show that’s fondly remembered by many. Although only five of the six episodes were ever aired (ITV refused to show the final episode after a record number of complaints from upset viewers over the infamous The Devil’s Run), the series did give way to a short lived horror comic of the same name.

Only three issues ever saw print, but their impact on a generation of up and coming creators was profound, with many crediting it as a major influence on their decision to pursue a career in making comics.

Now, Mansion Of Madness is set to spearhead a new revival of Mallet Productions, with this, updated edition featuring six stories by some of the finest creators working in – and out – of comics today that are the perfect scary read as the end of the year creeps even closer.

Ultimately, myself and Dan Hill have curated this collection with one thing in mind: to have a new generation of readers experience the same thrills and chills the original fans did.

Dan himself – teamed with Alfie Gallagher – brings you a slice of terror that’s very now, in Traffic Stop

Andi Ewington and Maan House spin a macabre tale of professional jealousy in Ghost Writer

Jasper Bark and Paul Moore join forces to weave a strange and chilling yarn of revenge in The Whispers of The Stones

Maura McHugh and Alex Paterson delve into the history of Mallet’s publishing wing for the weird and sinister Words Are Not Real

Clay McLeod Chapman and Adam Kindred bring you an unnerving story of dreams unfulfilled in A Nest Of Plaques And Tangles

Making her comics debut, fantasy author Ruth Frances Long teams up with Bryan Coyle for a terrifying tale of alien invaders and urban legends in Black Dog

All stories are lettered by Bolt-01.

Rounding out the collection is an exclusive extract from the soon to be released book about the history of Mallet’s ill-fated soujourn into publishing, Waiting For The Resurrection by noted comics scholar Colin Smith.

And if that wasn’t enough, it’s all capped off with this front cover by Matthew Soffe:

Andi Ewington was kind enough to restore one of the original promo posters for the Mansion Of Madness TV show (see the image at the top of the post) and we were lucky enough to get some of the original Malllet movie posters from the estate of the late Carlo Ferigno, which haven’t been seen by the public in over forty years!

Mansion Of Madness is available from Comixology now, priced a mere $3.99.

So, dear reader, dare you enter the Mansion Of Madness…?

The Daily Zarjaz- Anderson, PSI- Bring Me A Dream

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Concluding today having run until the launch of both Zarjaz 32 and Dogbreath 35, we are proud to present the conclusion of the strip by writer Lee Robson and artist Chris Askham.

The complete strip will soon be available, alongside all the other daily strips as a complete pdf, HERE.

Many thanks to Lee & Chris for the work and to Rebellion for letting us play with their toys.

Join us soon, for another daily Zarjaz and tomorrow for the launch of both Zarjaz 32 and Dogbreath 35.