Dogbreath #37 – now on sale

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Cover by Alex Paterson

Return to the irradiated future of the Strontium Dog! 7 new tales of Bounty-hunting featuring Johnny Alpha and friends. This issue comes with a special download celebrating the work of Nigel Dobbyn! All for only £3.00 from The Dogbreath Homepage

Inside this issue:

Strontium Dog – Escort Mission

writer: Matt Sharp artist: Duane Redhead letters: Bolt-01

Strontium Dog – Exclamation Mark

writer: Andrew Williamson artist: Brian Rankin letters: Bolt-01

Strontium Dog – Hound Of Bow Bell

writer: Matt Sharp artist: Brett Buckle letters: Bolt-01

Strontium Dogs – Meat Up

writer: Fraser artist: Scott Twells letters: Bolt-01

Strontium Dogs – Wars Is Hells

writer: Alan Holloway artist: Ed Doyle letters: Bolt-01

Strontium Dogs – What’s In A Name

writer: Matt Sharp artist: Sinclair Elliott letters: Bolt-01

The Adventures of Dogbreath the Dog – Wrecked

writer: Mark Howard artist: Steven Denton letters: Bolt-01

As well as all of this, this issue comes with a download of the complete  (for Zarjaz & Dogbreath) work of the late Nigel Dobbyn. Nigel is much missed here so this is something very close to our hearts(es).

Cover reveal – Zarjaz 35 & Something Wicked 2019

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Art by Jon Davis-Hunt

Available tomorrow! Zarjaz 35 has a cover featuring Joe Pineapples – the coolest A.B.C. Warrior crafted by the one and only Jon Davis-Hunt.

I’ve been after a cover from Jon for a long time – since Cardiff 2012, I think so it gives me great pleasure to finally have this cover and I’m sure you’ll agree when you see it printed that this image doesn’t do it justice.

Thanks again, Jon.

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Art by Will Pickering

Also on sale tomorrow is the latest and greatest installment of Something Wicked! The 2019 issue features a superb cover by Will Pickering featuring a character from the lead strip – Sense Of Worth.

It is worth noting that originally Nigel Dobbyn was to provide the work for this cover, but his untimely passing meant that was not to be. Thanks to Will for stepping up at short notice to provide this cracking cover.

In Memoriam – Nigel Dobbyn.

It’s with great sadness that I write these words. Nigel Dobbyn, artist of so many of my favourite things, has died.

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Aged just 56, Nigel was a true hero to me. His work was and is one of the reasons I make comics, from his early work on Medivac 318 in 2000 AD to the most recent 28AR in Brawler, Nigel was always a treat to see work from.

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I was lucky enough to meet Nigel many times over the years, and I was lucky enough to be able to present covers from him on four of our books, Dogbreath 17 & 24, Zarjaz 09, 17 and the 2016 summer special, a personal highlight of mine.

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Nigel was also the first artist I actively sought out for a commission. His rendition of Kid Knee for me is a piece I will always treasure.

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Nigel was generous with his time, and always a pleasure to spend time chatting and laughing with.

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Nigels pencil rough for the cover of Dogbreath 17.

Thanks for reading and rest in peace Nigel, our thoughts are with your family on this most horrible of days.

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Post Thought Bubble waffle.

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TB 2018 train of thought post, so apologies if I miss anything significant or indeed get stuff backwards.

This year it was just myself (hello) running the table. Richmond wasn’t able to make it and Owen was fresh back from a holiday- not exactly a situation that lends itself to attending Thought Bubble. However, as Nano-Bolt was volunteering again as a Redshirt we needed to make a weekend of it so we went up on the Friday.

We had a cracking burger in ‘Almost Famous’ which was just across from the convention area and then retired for an early night. The redshirts had to be on shift for 7am on the Saturday.
FQP were in the originals marquee this year, not the big comiXology one. After a few concerns about being in a different part of the show I just got on with setting up and seeing who was nearby.

I was delighted to be next to Conor & Liz off of Disconnected press. Conor had a pile of Hookjaw pages with him and it was a delight to see such a talented artist working. It was fantastic to spend time with Conor & Liz- long time friends that I rarely get to spend much time with.

It really makes a difference when you know the exhibitors in your area. Thought Bubble is such a massive gig these days that it must be a nightmare trying to balance the types of exhibitors with guests in any area. I knew a few other folk nearby, which gives another idea of the scale of things. I’ve exhibited every years since either 2008 or 2009 (back when TB was a one-day gig in the armories and didn’t fill the venue!) so I was taken aback to meet folk who had been around just as long and we had never met before.

Anyway- the doors opened and the day began. The way the marquee was designed meant that my table was the first to be seen by all the visitors, so it was with a cheery ‘welcome to Thought Bubble’ that I started my day.

I got to see three of the sets of pages for the art comp this year- and the artists of two of which were definitely good enough to get SP work from me. The ultimate winner was, from my memory, not an artist I’ve met- so I’ve lost my run of successful droid conversions. It was a grand script though. At first glance quite straightforward, but there was some tricky storytelling required.

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I was chuffed to bits to get to meet the winner of the pitchfest- especially as he’s got a strip in the latest Something Wicked (though he was first published in the Psychedelic Journal- grand work Owen) and he’s made the trip all the way over from Florida in the USA and was in the grip of jetlag!

Unfortunately there were far too many friends that didn’t make it- though it was grand to catch up with folk and to meet up again with so many contributors that my feeble mind can no longer individualise them.

I did manage brief chats with Nigel dobbyn, D’israeli and Frazer Irving, all lovely gentlemen.

Both days were grand, with the Sunday being considerably busier than I expected and as usual I never got to explore the event anything like as much as I would. There was some superb cosplay on show, from a cardboard Thanos to Delores Umbridge.

I was asked to provide art on a sketch cover for a Punisher comic- which was daunting- as anyone who’s seen me work knows I’m used to being able to redraw as much as I like- having a single chance to get this right was a bit of and EEK! There is a photo of the finished piece on my Instagram- that you can see on the right somewhere…

Two surprises came right at the end of the Sunday; both of which were due to Nano-Bolt being on team Redshirt. The first was getting to see American artist Brian Stelfreeze stay for almost an hour after closing to complete a commission for a visitor. A stunning, full colour rendition of Dagger, from Cloak and…, was the work in question and Brian was happy to work to the crowd. The second came after helping team redshirt with the incredible task of cleaning up ready for the marquee’s being dismantled… I was given a redshirt of my own and invited to join them for the team meal.

As an exhibitor who has long admired the team of volunteers who give up their weekend to look after us all, this was a real moment.

If anyone reading this has not been to Thought Bubble- fix that next year. It really is the best gig in the country.

Dogbreath 31- The Gronk- Where’s Gronk?

The Gronk- Where’s Gronk?

Art by Nigel Dobbyn– click to see a larger version.

There’s confusion aplenty for our furry favourite in WHERE’S GRONK?; by writer Steve Hargett and artist Nigel Dobbyn.

Dogbreath 31 is available now at: The FQP Webshop.

Join us tomorrow as we move back to Zarjaz 26 and don’t forget, every comic purchased between now and the end of April will enter you into the raffle to win a Strontium Dog Badge courtesy of Planet Replicas.