Sneak Peek: MULP – Sceptre Of The Sun Issue 4 by Matt Gibbs and Sara Dunkerton


Writer Matt Gibbs and artist Sara Dunkerton’s anthropomorphic rodent adventurers return in the penultimate issue of MULP: Spectre Of The Sun. Published by Improper Books, MULP issue 4 was launched at the Cardiff Independent Comic Expo on Saturday 8 July and will be available from supporting UK comic shops from Wednesday 19 July 2017.

MULP: Sceptre of the Sun follows the exploits of Jack Redpath and Vicky Jones as they attempt to unravel a mystery surrounding an ancient stone tablet unearthed during an archaeological excavation in Egypt. This tablet is the first marker on an adventure that sees them racing around the world in search of a legendary treasure.

This latest instalment, part four of a five issue story arc, sees our heroic mice venturing deeper into the mysterious, tropical valley that they discovered hidden in the snow and ice of Antarctica. With Jack and Moreau seemingly lost, and the party captured by a tribe of Flying-Mice inhabiting the valley, the situation is looking precarious for our adventurous rodents… But is this just the beginning of their troubles, as they close in on the Sceptre’s whereabouts?

On the anthropomorphic nature of the comic, Matt told downthetubes, “Ever since reading Brian Jacques’ Redwall series as a child, I’ve enjoyed stories with anthropomorphic characters, especially ones featuring mice and rats. Working with Sara on MULP allows me to explore that fascination, as well as my passion for archaeology and history. Sara is also the perfect collaborator, sharing that same fascination, and I adore how she has brought our characters to life.”

“It has been a delight to submerge myself in the world that Matt and I have created”, said Sara, about creating and illustrating MULP. “Being in a mouse-made environment threw up so many questions, possibilities, and inventive answers, such as mice markets where they slice up giant fruit to order, domesticated lizards and beetles, trees that are to the same scale as the Great Pyramids, and planes made of wood. MULP has been a great pleasure to work on, I can’t wait to explore the rest of the story with our characters.”

• There are more details of MULP: Sceptre Of The Sun, and how to buy a copy, at the MULP website: www.mulpcomic.com

• There are Sneak Peeks of all previous issues of MULP: Sceptre Of The Sun on downthetubes, Issue 1, Issue 2 and Issue 3, plus reviews of Issue 1, Issue 2 and Issue 3.

• Matt Gibbs and Sara Dunkerton talked to downthetubes about MULP: Sceptre Of The Sun here.

• There are more details of Matt Gibbs’ work on his website.

• There are more details of Sara Dunkerton’s work on her blog.

• All issues of MULP will be available at Thought Bubble in Leeds over the weekend of 23/24 September 2017 and at the Lakes International Comic Art Festival in Kendal over the weekend of 14/15 October 2017.

Jeremy Briggs

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