Crowdfunding Spotlight: The first The77 Annual

The first ever The77 Annual is seeking backing now on Kickstarter, and just like the British independent comic anthology, comes crammed with strips from a great mix of new and legendary talent, including Glenn Fabry, Steve Pugh and Lew Stringer.

With an ambitious target that aims to cover both an agreed creator page rates and production costs, The77 Annual will feature 136 pages of brand new strips and much, much more.

We;’re told to expect everything within this new book, from space opera and mythology, to action and comedy or monsters and robots – and having had a bit of a sneak peek, I can confirm that it’s packed with everything claimed!

The costs of producing such a book don’t come cheap, and as you can imagine, the Kickstarter target of just under £11,000 is ambitious – but the team are on course to make it, and just need a few more much-appreciated supporters to make it over the line.

Mark Montague's original artwork for the Kickstarter hardback edition. The Kickstarter hardback edition cover by Mark Montague. Credits: featuring (back) Ba'al created by Steve Bull & Ade Hughes (middle left) Shard from Division'77 by Dave Heeley and Sinclair Elliott, (right) Sgt. Shouty! by Lew Stringer (bottom left), Penny Pentagram by David Thomas & Jonny Roydon, (right) Benksy by Ben Conan Cullis & Neil Sims.
Mark Montague’s original artwork for the Kickstarter hardback edition. The Kickstarter hardback edition cover by Mark Montague. Credits: featuring (back) Ba’al created by Steve Bull & Ade Hughes (middle left) Shard from Division’77 by Dave Heeley and Sinclair Elliott, (right) Sgt. Shouty! by Lew Stringer (bottom left), Penny Pentagram by David Thomas & Jonny Roydon, (right) Benksy by Ben Conan Cullis & Neil Sims

On offer are not one, but two editions: a hardback edition, with a Mark Montague cover, a “thank-you” to loyal and steadfast Kickstarter backers, which will not be reprinted or sold in highstreet retail outlets; and a softback edition, with a cover by Ade Hughes, Ade Hughes is the Illustrator of V and co-conspirator on Pat Mills’ SpaceWarp. All I ever wanted to do was to fiddle with thespian drapery, funny how life turns out.’

The Kickstarter is live now, and 80 per cent funded, and although there’s still a while for the campaign to run, don’t miss out.

Kickstarter Softback edition with Ade Hughes' cover. Credits: (back) Benksy by Ben Conan Cullis & Neil Sims, (middle) Shard from Division'77 by Dave Heeley and Sinclair Elliott, Ba'al created by Steve Bull & Ade Hughes, (centre) Penny Pentagram by David Thomas & Jonny Roydon, (right) The Cell by Bambos Georgiou and Andrw Sawyers.
Kickstarter Softback edition with Ade Hughes’ cover. Credits: (back) Benksy by Ben Conan Cullis & Neil Sims, (middle) Shard from Division’77 by Dave Heeley and Sinclair Elliott, Ba’al created by Steve Bull & Ade Hughes, (centre) Penny Pentagram by David Thomas & Jonny Roydon, (right) The Cell by Bambos Georgiou and Andrw Sawyers

The Strips

The annual – seeking funding here – includes a great range of strips, as follows

“Benksy’s Story” by Steve Bull and Brendon Wright. (Benksy created by Ben Conan Cullis and Neil Sims)

The77 Annual No. 01 (2021) - Benksy's Story

“DIVISION ’77” by Dave Heeley and Ade Hughes (created by Dave Heeley and Sinclair Elliott)

The77 Annual No. 01 (2021) - Division 77

“THE CELL” by Bambos Georgiou and Andrw Sawyers

The77 Annual No. 1 - The Cell
“The Cell” Work in Progress by Andrw Sawyers

“V” by Steve Bell and Ian Stopforth

The77 Annual No. 1 - V

Ba’al by Ian Stopforth

Penny Pentagram by David Thomas and Andrew Richmond

SGT SHOUTY by Lew Stringer

The Monster In You by Anna Everts and Kish Williams

House Wins by Paul Neal and Glenn Fabry

The77 Annual No. 1 - House Wins by Paul Neal and Glenn Fabry

Skateworm by Cullis and Morgan Gleave

The Devil Wasn’t Always Red by Dave Bedford and Gary Burley

Krampusnacht by Jo Heeley and Mark Marren

The Filth and the Furry by Dave Heeley and Pete Western

The77 Annual No. 1 - The Filth and the Fury
Pete Western – The77 takes Picadilly Circus

Technofreak by John Charles and Antonio Concalves

The Dead Men by Paul Neal and Steve Pugh

The Annual also includes features, puzzles, games, posters and things to make and do, just like a traditional British comic annual, and perks on offer include badges, stickers and even needle felt creations, the work of Jo Heeley!

There’s a fantastic range of talent involved in this, representing some of the best in independent comics talent here in the UK. Check out the Kickstarter page for lots more information on the creators involved, and updates on the project… and of course, to hopefully give in your support!

If you’ve missed a previous issue of The77, you can get them from GetMyComics or on this Kickstarter

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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