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Soaring Penguin Press brings in new director, announces new Canadian office

Tim Pilcher by Andrew Richmond
Tim Pilcher by Andrew Richmond

Soaring Penguin Press, publisher of the anthology Meanwhile and a range of graphic novels that includes Emma Vieceli and Malin Ryder’s BREAKS, has a new director.

The independent publisher has made an offer to Eisner-nominated writer and editor Tim Pilcher to join John Anderson as co-owner of the publishing house, which has been accepted.

Pilcher, whose previous positions have included Assistant Editor at Vertigo Comics, Commissioning Editor at Ilex Press, and Humanoids’ UK Liaison, has begun work for Soaring Penguin, providing marketing services as well as sourcing appropriate material for future publications.

“I couldn’t be more thrilled to have Tim on board,” says company director, John Anderson. “He brings insight and an understanding of the publishing industry that’s been sorely needed to take us to the next level.”

“It’s a real honour to join the Eisner-nominated Soaring Penguin Press,” says Tim. “I have been a fan of their publications for many years and I look forward to helping grow the company’s profile and to seek out new collaborations with the cream of the comics community in the coming years.

“We are living in a new Golden Age of graphic novel diversity,” he adds, “and I see Soaring Penguin as being at the forefront of this exciting new wave.”

In October, Anderson will be moving to Vancouver, Canada to open the North American office of the publishing company.

BREAKS - Cover - Emma Vieceli

“Historically, we’ve published a number of Canadian and American creators. It just makes sense to have a presence closer to the creators”, he says.

“With John based in North America and myself in the UK we are looking to expand our publishing list and to ensure the company goes from strength to strength, “ agreed Pilcher.

Daisy Blackwood - Pilot for Hire: The Cursed Island
Coming soon from Soaring Penguin: Daisy Blackwood – Pilot for Hire: The Cursed Island

The company’s recent titles include the award-winning graphic novel Sugar – a disturbing, darkly humorous tale by Serge Baeken, translated by Michele Hutchison. Later this year they will published the stunning adventure story Daisy Blackwood – Pilot for Hire: The Cursed Island, a new collection of Ryan Howe‘s popular web comic.

Meanwhile Issue 9The next issue of Meanwhile, featuring a special guest Strangehaven story by comic genius and a cover by Frazer Irving is in the works, alongside the finale to Martin Simpson‘s “The Needleman”, Mark Stafford and David Hine‘s “The Bad Bad Place”, Ginny Skinner’s “Gail Key’s Psychic Lost Item Helpline”.

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John Freeman

The founder of downthetubes, John describes himself as is a "freelance comics operative", working as an editor, as Creative Consultant on the Dan Dare audio adventures for B7 Media, and on promotional work for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival. John has worked in British comics publishing for over 30 years. His credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine at Marvel UK and Star Trek Magazine and Babylon 5 Magazine at Titan Magazines. He also edited STRIP Magazine and edited several audio comics for ROK Comics, including Team M.O.B.I.L.E. and The Beatles Story. He has also edited several comic collections, including volumes of “Charley’s War and “Dan Dare” for Tian Books. 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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