VIOLENT! Gets Virtual – and Girly Goes Global

ViolentThis Saturday (22nd March 2008) sees the official launch of British indie press publisher Factor Fiction’s The Girly Comic and Violent! titles as webcomics (

To celebrate the launch, a brand new full colour comic strip Sisters of the Head will start on The Girly Comic site on Saturday. It has been written by Doctor Who novelist Daniel O’Mahony and illustrated by small press supremo Terry “Sleaze Castle” Wiley.

Factor Fiction will also be visiting The London Underground Comics Camden Market Stall, and The UK Web & Mini Comix Thing to promote the new site.

Both webcomics will debut new strips, threaded alongside our ongoing project to put the entire Factor Fiction strip archive online.

“Going online will enable us to continue our mission to bring new and established comic creators to a wider audience,” explain publishers Jay Eales and Selina Lock.

The Girly Comic“For those who have never picked up a copy of Violent!, you’ll be able to read serials such as The Flatworm, Spare Parts, MageWorks and Knuckles from the beginning. Plus, we’re featuring a brand new four panel strip series: The Silent Service by Jay Eales and Paul McCaffrey.”

UK Small press and Girly Comic fans will be aware that all sixteen print issues of The Girly Comic include work by autobiographical comic goddess Lee Kennedy, and Jay and Selina are very proud to be compiling an online archive of her work as part of The Girly Comic website.

“We’re also excited to announce that over the coming months we’ll be making all the Oddcases strips by Alistair Pulling & Bevis Musson available on The Girly Comic site. This will not only be the stories published in the comics, but also the early uncollected Oddcases strips, and hopefully some new ones.”

Fans of print comics shouldn’t worry – Factor Fiction has no plans to go completely digital. As part of the publishers overall plan they’ll be producing book collections, including The Girly Comic Book, an as-yet unnamed Lee Kennedy Collection and compilations of the new strips featured on the sites. In the meantime, you can still buy copies of issues 1-16 of The Girly Comic and 1-13 of Violent! from the online store.

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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