Crowdfunding Spotlight: ComicScene Annual 2021 – Variant Cover Reveal

ComicScene Annual 2021 - cover by Charlie Gillespie
ComicScene Annual 2021 – cover by Charlie Gillespie

ComicScene are currently running a crowdfunder for the ComicScene Annual 2021, a 96-page comics project that’s being created with a nod toward the style of annuals of British comics of yesteryear, featuring all-new stories from a selection of independent comics talent.

Publisher Tony Foster tells us the final cover by Charlie Gillespie will be revealed soon and has already teased the pencils – but a variant cover by Shaman Kane artist and writer David Broughton is also being offered, inspired by the look of the 1983 2000AD annual – and we’re delighted to share that here.

David is donating his fee for his cover to charity.

David Broughton's "Variant Cover" for the ComicScene Annual 2021, inspired by the 1983 2000AD cover by Brian Bolland
David Broughton’s “Variant Cover” for the ComicScene Annual 2021, inspired by the 1983 2000AD Annual cover by Brian Bolland

Characters and strips featured in the ComicScene Annual include Alex Automatic by Fraser Campbell and James Corcoran, Captain Commando by Colin Maxwell, Captain Cosmic by Andy W Clift, Captain Wonder by John Farrelly, Deja Who by Jim Wilkins, Dick Turpin by Steve Tanner and Roland Bird, Father’s Day by Michael Powell and Phil Elliot, Geek Girl by Sam Johnson, Girl-Knight by JGV, Gone Viral, based on story by Corbin Webb, Harker by Roger Gibson and Vincent Danks, The Hoax by Samuel George London and Dan Butcher, Mahoneys by Richard Carrington and Brian Dawson, Mandy the Monster Hunter by Matt Warner and Mark Adams, Moon by Dan Thompson and Steve Penfold, Trip of a Lifetime by Peter Gouldson and Luke Haynes, Neil-Lithic and Tim by Alan Holloway and Ed Doyle, NPCTea by Sarah Millman, Shaman Kane by David Broughton, WESTERNoir by Gary Crutchley and Dave West and Whackoman by Marc Jackson.  

Charlie Gillespie's pencils for his cover for the ComicScene Annual 2021
Charlie Gillespie’s pencils for his cover for the ComicScene Annual 2021

“Some you may know, some are new,” says Tony. “All of them you can get to know and maybe explore their own comics in which they have all appeared.”

ComicScene 2021 0- Cast of Characters
ComicScene 2021 0- Cast of Characters

The £20 cover price for the physical edition is much more than the price of many of this year’s mass-produced annuals – Beano, Dandy, Oor Wullie, Rupert the Bear and VIZ among them – but as an independently-published, low run book the unit cost of production will be higher. All the creative teams working on this new project keep their rights, will be paid a fee, get 50 per cent from any of the rewards they provide for the crowdfunder – and get an additional royalty per 100 sales if ComicScene sell over a certain number of copies. 

Polystyle Publications' UFO Annual 1971
Polystyle Publications’ UFO Annual 1971

A staple of many a British Christmas, hardback annuals ranging from Beano to Valiant were a longstanding part of the comics year, although of course they were on sale in shops long before the festive season, enabling you to put a deposit down for your favourite and pay for it in instalments – as I did back in 1970, with the UFO Annual, and others too, probably, although that’s the one that sticks in my memory!

Funding permitting – and the project is well on its way to success with a relatively modest target of £3500 – the ComicScene Annual 2021 will be published in November.

2000AD Annual 1983 - cover by Brian Bolland
2000AD Annual 1983 – cover by Brian Bolland

The project isn’t, of course, ComicScene‘s first Annual – they produced a softback 320-page Annual in 2019, now available as a free download, featuring reprint material from the zine ATOMIC (which Tony Foster produced in the late 1980s and early 90’s featuring work from Graham Manley (Near Myths/ Diceman), Simon Fraser (Nikolai Dante/ Doctor Who), John Erasmus (Accident Man), Garry Marshall (Missionary Man/ Roy of the Rovers), reprint material and some new stories including Simon Furman and Geoff Senior To The Death.

Check out the ComicScene Annual 2021here on Kickstarter

Download the 2019 ComicScene Annual for free (PDF) here

Check out some of this year’s Christmas annuals, including Beano and more on AmazonUK (Affiliate Link – please help support downthetubes, thank you)

The founder of downthetubes, John works as a comics editor, writer, as Creative Consultant on the Dan Dare audio adventures for B7 Media, and on promotional work for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival. Working in British comics publishing for over 30 years, his credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine, Star Trek Magazine and Babylon 5 Magazine. He also edited the comics anthology STRIP Magazine and edited several audio comics for ROK Comics. He has also edited several comic collections, including volumes of “Charley’s War and “Dan Dare”. He’s the writer of “Crucible”, a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz, published on Tapastic; and “Death Duty” and “Skow Dogs” with Dave Hailwood for digital comic 100% Biodegradable.



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  1. I will be donating the proceeds from my contribution to this Annual, to charity should this campaign become fully funded. Please back this campaign. Thank you for reading this.

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