As Rainbow Orchid Preps for Print, Parts go Offline…

Garen Ewing’s full web version of his comic strip The Rainbow Orchid, is going to remain online for just one more week.

“Book publication of volume one (Egmont UK) is set for 4 August 2009, so after the bank holiday weekend (Tuesday 5 May) the online strip will become a preview,” Garen told downthetubes, “with certain sections removed and the full
story available in print only.”

You can start reading The Rainbow Orchid here: don’t hang about, because you’ve got only a few days left to do so!

The Rainbow Orchid, a mystery adventure set in the 1920s, is being published in three volumes by Egmont UK. “It’s partly inspired by the works of writers such as H. Rider Haggard, Jules Verne and Arthur Conan Doyle,” Garen outlines, “mixed up with a very British version of the Franco-Belgian ligne claire school of graphic storytelling, luminaries of which include Hergé, Edgar P. Jacobs, Yves Chaland, Floc’h and Joost Swarte
to name just a handful.”

Bryan Talbot (Grandville, Alice in Sunderland, The Tale of One Bad Rat etc.) has previously enthused about the work. “Tightly-plotted, well-researched and beautifully drawn, this book is
a real delight. Garen Ewing’s mix of engaging characters, exciting old-school adventure, attractive ligne claire artwork and fluid storytelling makes The Rainbow Orchid easily one of the best graphic novels of the year.”

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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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