Sneak Peek: Fighting Fantasy’s “Freeway Fighter” Returns As All-New Comic

Freeway Fighter #1 - Cover A

Spinning out of the legendary Fighting Fantasy series of game books created by Ian Livingstone and Steve Jackson in 1982, the post-apocalyptic Freeway Fighter distinguished itself by deviating from the usual mix of orcs, goblins and cave-trolls. Now it’s back – as an all-new Titan Comics production from Andi Ewington with original creator Ian Livingstone and artist Simon Coleby with Len O’Grady.

Celebrating 35 years in 2017, Fighting Fantasy brought together choice driven storytelling with a dice-based role-playing system to create a world in which “YOU are the hero!”

The series sold over 18 million copies worldwide and is translated in over 30 languages.

In the new comics series, written by critically acclaimed writer Andi Ewington (Just Cause 3, The Six) with original creator Ian Livingstone and artist Simon Coleby (2000ADRoyals: Masters of War) with Len O’Grady, an unknown virus has wiped out over 85% of the world’s human population. Former I-400 Driver Bella De La Rosa is one of the 15% – living every day as if it were her last.

Now, 18 months after the collapse of civilisation, faced with a new world order where violence and chaos rule the Freeway, she must hone her racing skills and survive any way she can!

Ian Livingstone CBE is perhaps best known as the co-founder Games Workshop and the co-creator Fighting Fantasy, co-authoring The Warlock of Firetop Mountain with Steve Jackson in 1982. In 2010, he co-wrote Next Gen, a landmark strategy report that set out how the UK could be transformed into the world’s leading talent hub for video games and visual effects. Earlier this month, he again advocated the UK needs a new government body for the UK games industry.

Ian is also the chair of numerous organisations, including Playdemic, one of Europe’s leading mobile games companies, the games studio Midoki and the Sheffield-based award-winning game development studio Sumo Digital.

Andi Ewington is currently writing for both Titan Comics, and Michael Bay’s 451 company. He’s written Overrun and Forty-FiveS6X with George Pelecanos, Sunflower with Mark Mallouk, Red Dog with Rob Cohen,  and now Freeway Fighter with Ian Livingstone.

Simon Coleby began his professional career as a comic-book artist for Marvel UK, in 1987. In the intervening years, he has produced work for 2000AD, illustrating stories such as Judge Dredd, Rogue Trooper, Low Life and Jaegir. Simon has also worked for Marvel and DC Comics, producing art for Punisher 2099, Batman Eternal, The Authority and Royals: Masters of War, among other titles.

Twice-nominated as Favourite Comic Colourist for the UK’s Eagle Awards, Leonard O’Grady is a veteran of the comics and publishing industries, whose clients have included Marvel, DC/Wildstorm, IDW, Image, 2000AD, Mongoose Games, Osborne Books, O’Brien Books and Editions Delcourt. He has extensive experience handling licensed properties at all points of production for publishing.
Launching 17th May 2017 in all Good comic stores, Titan Comics’ Freeway Fighter  #1 comes with fantastic covers to collect by artists like Ben Oliver, Simon Coleby & Len O’Grady and also Orlando Arocena.

Freeway Fighter  #1 is available to order from the upcoming March edition of Diamond PREVIEWS. Click here for more information on how to order on the Titan Comics web site | Find Freeway Fighter books on amazon.co.uk (using this link supports downthetubes)

• More about Fighting Fantasy on the official web site: www.fightingfantasygamebooks.com

IAN LIVINGSTONE’S FREEWAY FIGHTER #1 (OF 4)

Writer: Andi Ewington
Artist: Simon Coleby
Colorist: Len O’Grady
FC • 32pp • $3.99
On Sale 17th May 2017

An unknown virus has wiped out over 85% of the world’s human population. Former I-400 Driver Bella De La Rosa is one of the 15% – living every day as if it were her last. Now, eighteen months after the collapse of civilisation, faced with a new world order where violence and chaos rule the Freeway, she must hone her racing skills and survive any way she can!

COVER A: SIMON COLEBY & LEN O’GRADY

Freeway Fighter #1 - Cover B
Freeway Fighter #1 – Cover B

COVER B: BEN OLIVER

Freeway Fighter #1 - Cover C
Freeway Fighter #1 – Cover C

COVER C: ORLANDO AROCENA

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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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