Freight Books releases limited edition of IDP:2043 featuring Irvine Welsh, Pat MIlls, Mary Talbot

IDP 2043

Freight Books has the perfect Christmas present for lovers of graphic novels –  a limited run of only 70 copies of IDP: 2043, signed by the entire ‘dream team’ of contributors who include Irvine Welsh, Barroux, Pat Mills, Mary Talbot and Denise Mina.

In IDP: 2043 (IDP short for internally displaced persons) a stellar cast of British and European writers and artists have created a high-octane, white-knuckle ride of a thriller and a haunting vision of one possible future for us all.

As part of the Stripped programme of graphic novels at the 2013 Edinburgh International Book Festival, which was supported by the Scottish Government’s Edinburgh Festivals Expo Fund, a number of authors and artists were commissioned to create a brand new graphic novel.

Published by Glasgow-based Freight Books, the resulting story, IDP: 2043, imagines a Scotland in 2043. Melting ice caps have caused sea levels to rise. Across the world populations have abandoned low-lying cities to create new sprawling townships on high ground. Scarce resources have created a vast social chasm. The rich have access to everything; technology, healthcare and power, while the poor have nothing.

Cait McNeil is a presenter on reality TV hit, Sky Farm. Filmed in a pioneering, hi-tech tower, she’s the ‘bit of rough’ from the shanty towns that complements urbane co-presenters and Sky Farm residents, Danny and Jools.

But something is wrong. The hybrid, genetically re-engineered livestock developed by Sky Farm’s scientists are going berserk. And someone has just brutally murdered Cait’s boyfriend.

Who is the mysterious Gartman and what are his plans for Cait? What are the secrets in Cait’s past that have placed her in mortal danger?
Edited by crime writer and graphic novelist, Denise Mina, contributors include the celebrated French graphic novelist and illustrator Barroux, Costa Award winner Mary Talbot and artist Kate Charlesworth, ‘godfather of British comics’ and creator of 2000AD Pat Mills and graphic novelist Hannah Berry, enfant terrible of Scottish letters and author of Trainspotting Irvine Welsh and graphic artist Dan McDaid, graphic novelists Adam Murphy and Will Morris.

• The IDP: 2043 Special Edition is only £40 and can only be bought through the Freight Books website here

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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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