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Meanwhile… Back with a Bang, features more from David Hine, Mark Stafford, new Krent Able strip

Meanwhile Issue 2 - Cover

 

Comics periodicals. They start out great with the first issue, bringing out the big guns to get everybody’s attention, but then run out of steam and splutter out because they just got too ambitious for their own good. Take Soaring Penguin‘s Meanwhile…, for instance. It started out so promisingly, but now it’s the second issue and – wait, hold on a minute –  there’s a new comic from Krent Able!? “Strangehaven” is still back and better than ever, and David Hine is busy penning a modern classic in “The Bad Bad Place”? This is madness! How has Meanwhile… possibly managed to get even more awesome than it already was?

 

"The Bad Bad Place" Part Two by David Hine and Mark Stafford

“The Bad Bad Place” Part Two by David Hine and Mark Stafford

 

“Get used to it,” say the publishers. “That’s just how we roll. In issue 2, “The Bad, Bad Place” by David Hine and Mark Stafford continues, and takes the spotlight on our fabulous new cover by Mark. Gary Spencer Millidge brings out an all-new 16 page “Strangehaven” episode, and there’s a new installment of Yuko Rabbit’s “10 Minutes”. Along with the inestimable Krent Able, we’ve also got new strips from the supremely talented Jenny Robins, Krystian Garstkowiak and Euan Cook.

 

The opening page of "Tree" by Krystian Garstkowiak

The opening page of “Tree” by Krystian Garstkowiak

 

“Our mission at Soaring Penguin is to bring readers the kind of talent and comics that they’ve been crying out for, but that few major publishers are willing to take a chance on these days. We’re not ones for hyperbole, but we’re pretty confident that in ten years’ time, trendy hipster types will be pretending that they read Meanwhile… from the beginning, to look cool. Don’t be that guy/gal. Dive in now, and joy awaits you in what the Forbidden Planet International Blog called  ‘a damn fine example of how a great anthology can be’.”

Meanwhile… Issue 2 can be ordered here from Soaring Penguin direct and is available from all good comic shops

Read Antony Esmond’s review of Meanwhile… Issue One

 

About John Freeman

The founder of downthetubes, John describes himself as is a "freelance comics operative" who is currently working as a freelance editor for TITAN COMICS, as Creative Consultant on the new DAN DARE audio adventures for B7 Media, and on promotional work for the LAKES INTERNATIONAL COMIC ART FESTIVAL and LANCASTER COMICS DAY. John has worked in British comics publishing for over 25 years, starting out at Marvel UK, where he edited a number of the Genesis 1992 books with Paul Neary, including DEATH'S HEAD II and WARHEADS. At Marvel he wrote strips for THE REAL GHOSTBUSTERS, THUNDERCATS, DOCTOR WHO and co-created SHADOW RIDERS with Brian Williamson and Ross Dearsley. His numerous credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine at Marvel and Star Trek Magazine and Babylon 5 Magazine at Titan Magazines, where he was Managing Editor. He also edited STRIP Magazine and worked as an editor on several audio comics for ROK Comics, including TEAM M.O.B.I.L.E. and THE BEATLES STORY. He has written comics for Marvel UK, Judge Dredd Megazine, Lucky Bag Comic, CGL (an Italian publisher), STRIP Magazine and ROK Comics; and edited some of Titan's British comics collections including Dan Dare and Charley's War. Most recently he is writing CRUCIBLE as a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz, published on Tapastic; and DEATH DUTY and SKOW DOGS with Dave Hailwood for the digital comic 100% Biodegradable.
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