Comics Crowdfunding Spotlight: Nottingham Comic Con Anthology: Forest Tales

Nottingham Comic Con has launched a modest Kickstarter to fund its first tie-in anthology – a collection of short stories from some of the best comic book creators in the British small press and leading professionals.

The Nottingham Comic Con Anthology, titled Forest Tales, will be an all ages, limited edition A5 print comic running to at least 52 pages that already features 18 unique creations, with still more on their way.

Forest Tales 2016
Cover by Dean Beattie

“This Kickstarter is purely for the printing of the book, which is limited in number,” says Kev Brett, who runs Nottingham Comic Con along with his wife Kel.

“This Kickstarter has only 150 printed pledges available (but unlimited digital versions). 50 copies will be given to the contributors and the remaining 100 printed books will be available at Nottingham Comic Con on 29th October 2016.”

Contributors so far include Nich Angel, Dean Beattie (who’s provided the anthology’s cover), Beano cartoonist Steve Beckett, our very own Tony Esmond and Emily Owen, Katie Fleming, Planet of the Apes artist Marc Laming, Muppets artist Roger Langridge, Sally Jane Thompson and many more.

“The comic is 90 per cent complete and the problems we may have would be delays in printing,” Kev acknowledges. “However, we feel confident we can hit the deadline and have the comic ready in time for Nottingham Comic Con 29th October.”

• Back the Kickstarter here to get your mitts on a copy of this anthology – and find out more about Nottingham Comic Con here

John Freeman

The founder of downthetubes, John describes himself as is a “freelance comics operative”, 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 30 years, starting out at Marvel UK, where he edited a number of the Genesis 1992 books with Paul Neary. 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.

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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