John Allison’s Giant Days Special announced for November release, tips a hat to Richard Curtis’ films, Bridget Jones

Giant Days Special 2017 Cover AUS publisher BOOM! Studios has just announced a Giant Days 2017 Special, on-sale in November 2017. Just in time for the holiday season, Eisner Award-nominated Giant Days creator John Allison (Bad Machinery) is teaming up with Jem & the Misfits  artist Jenn St-Onge for a tribute to the films of Richard Curtis, because nothing says London at Christmastime like Love, Actually. 

When Esther is invited to stay with her friend and mentor, Shelley Winters – who is less a mentor and more utterly mental – she brings Daisy and Susan with her. Shelley Winters is a great and distinguished career woman who is hopelessly in love. Susan, Esther and Daisy observe (read: aggressively meddle in) her life, falling back on tried-and-true rom-com cliches to teach her some valuable life lessons.

“It’s a tribute to the films of Richard Curtis, and the Bridget Jones movies, by someone who has seen those movies perhaps once, and maybe not all the way through,” says Allison.

The Giant Days 2017 Special is also a tribute to the fictionalised London-as-written for Americans, according to Allison. “Iconic locations are presented as if they’re a brief walk away from each other, 1950s throwbacks still seem to walk the streets, it’s very clean, there are no poor people,” Allison describes.

“The ghosts of Mary Poppins and bad dentistry loom large, but not as large as Colin Firth. He’s everywhere.”

“Readers can expect some holiday hijinx from our main ladies (with only the best intentions, of course), some gentle Love, Actually inspiration, and the return of some familiar faces for longtime readers of John Allison’s comics,” adds artist Jenn St-Onge.

“I’m a huge fan of Giant Days and I really hope that as a guest artist (and non-Brit) I do this special justice!”

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Giant Days is one of BOOM! Studios’ most acclaimed series, earning numerous award nominations, including Eisners, Harveys, and one for Best Humor Comic by the inaugural Ringo Awards (which comics pros can vote on at ringoawards.com.) The ongoing series was first illustrated by animation artist Lissa Treiman and is currently drawn by Max Sarin and Liz Fleming, who won a National Cartoonists Society Award for their work.

John Allison is a writer and artist from North Yorkshire, now living in Letchworth Garden City. He created one of the first webcomics, Bobbins, in September 1998, and has posted a new comic page almost every weekday since then. His series Scary Go Round ran for seven years. Collections of his Bad Machinery series are ongoing from Oni Press, as is the creator-owned monthly Giant Days.

The Giant Days 2017 Special is the latest release from BOOM! Studios’ critically acclaimed BOOM! Box imprint, home to popular original series such as Lumberjanes by Shannon Watters, Grace Ellis, Brooke A. Allen, and Noelle Stevenson; The Backstagers by James Tynion IV and Rian Sygh; SLAM! by Pamela Ribon and Veronica Fish; and Goldie Vance by Hope Larson and Brittney Williams.

• Print copies of the Giant Days 2017 Special will be available for sale at local comic book shops (use comicshoplocator.com to find the nearest one, or for the UK and Ireland, use our UK and Ireland Comics map) or at the BOOM! Studios web store in November. Digital copies can be purchased from content providers including comiXology, iBooks, Google Books, and the BOOM! Studios app. Web: www.boom-studios.com and follow @boomstudios on Twitter

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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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