Paragon Annual announced, new indie Christmas treat

Paragon Annual 2014 - Cover

 

The team behind the brilliant action adventure anthology Paragon have announced the impending publication of a Paragon Annual for 2015, something of a homage to their love of British Christmas annuals of yesteryear.

Due to be released next month, the Annual will feature some old favourites in new adventures, new characters, new artists, new writers “and the return of one character you probably didn’t expect to see back,” says editor Davey Candlish. “This is going to be great!”

Davey reveals his decision to publish an annual was spurred on by the major British comic publishers release of comic annuals this year – even if some had only limited distribution. While The Beano, The Dandy and Doctor Who are among major releases across the UK, DC Thomson have offered several specialist annuals such as Topper and Hotspur via their online shop, and Egmont have published a number of limited distribution annuals, available in key supermarkets – Roy of the Rovers and Battle among them.

“All this reminiscing made me decide that there will be a Paragon annual this year, so be sure to keep an eye on the title’s blog as I reveal details of all new tales starring Jikan, Spencer Nero, Bulldog and the return of an old favourite – Icarus Dangerous!” he enthuses.

The Paragon Annual 2015 is out in December via lulu.com, but while you’re waiting, you might want to shell out for the latest issue of the regular comic, Issue 17, which was released back in October, warpped in a stunning cover by Shaky Kane (with inks by Jim Campbell and colours by Owen Watts).

 

Paragon Issue 17 - Cover

 

The issue features a host of great strips, including…
Jikan, the time-travelling demon hunter, by Mark Howard, El Chivo and John Caliber

Jikan, the time-travelling demon hunter, by Mark Howard, El Chivo and John Caliber

Jikan, the time-travelling demon hunter, by Mark Howard, El Chivo and John Caliber
Winston Bulldog the anthropomorphic defender of the skies of Blighty by Jason Cobley, Stephen Prestwood and HdE

Winston Bulldog the anthropomorphic defender of the skies of Blighty by Jason Cobley, Stephen Prestwood and HdE

Winston Bulldog the anthropomorphic defender of the skies of Blighty by Jason Cobley, Stephen Prestwood and HdE
L'il Ganesh the rhyming adventures of the young Hindu God by Davey Candlish and Jim Cameron

L’il Ganesh the rhyming adventures of the young Hindu God by Davey Candlish and Jim Cameron

L’il Ganesh the rhyming adventures of the young Hindu God by Davey Candlish and Jim Cameron
El Bigote the undead Mexican bandit by Locust, El Chivo and Bolt-01

El Bigote the undead Mexican bandit by Locust, El Chivo and Bolt-01

El Bigote the undead Mexican bandit by Locust, El Chivo and Bolt-01
"And So To Bed" by Davey Candlish and Baz Renshaw

“And So To Bed” by Davey Candlish and Baz Renshaw

“And So To Bed” by Davey Candlish and Baz Renshaw
Spencer Nero the 1930s British agent with a fascination for ancient Rome by Greg Meldrum and Jim Cameron

Spencer Nero the 1930s British agent with a fascination for ancient Rome by Greg Meldrum and Jim Cameron

and Spencer Nero the 1930s British agent with a fascination for ancient Rome by Greg Meldrum and Jim Cameron.
This ace 32 page anthology is not to be missed, and copies are still on sale for just £2.50 from www.lulu.com
If you’ve bought a copy of Paragon before, then you know how good this comic is. If you haven’t, then why not give it a go? It’s called Paragon for a reason!

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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