“Older Than the Hills”, the new graphic serial by Martin Hayes and Chris Askham launches as part of Volume 18 of David Lloyd’s digital magazine Aces Weekly today (7th September).
High summer. The rolling English countryside. The birds and the butterflies and the blood.
Brian and Rebecca, two archaeologists down from the university for a once in a lifetime opportunity – the chance to excavate an untouched Neolithic burial mound.
A story about desire, and history, and the creeping influence of ancient, unseen forces…
“Older Than the Hills” will run for seven weeks, and is the work of the same creative team that launched the World War Two/horror graphic novel Abominable Glory at London Super Comic Con last March, published by Markosia.
Written by Martin Hayes, whose previous projects include the graphic novels Project Luna: 1947 and Aleister Crowley: Wandering the Waste, the strip is drawn by Chris Askham, who has illustrated for Siti’s Sisters, Zarjaz, and DogBreath, the strip is lettered by Bram Meehan.
“I’m very happy to be working with the old Abominable Glory team again [who are ]doing a superb job, as always,” says Martin.
Seven weeks of Aces Weekly totalling up to 210 pages with Extras (including character sketches, layouts, scripts and background info), costs just £6.99 – $9.99 – €7.99. The figital-only comic appears every week in seven-week volumes with two-week breaks between volumes.
Published by David Lloyd, co-creator of V For Vendetta and whose work includes strips such as Espers and his own graphic novel, Kickback, Volume 18 also features “Humph the Cat” by Mychailo Kazybrid and Jesus Barony (another helping of painful puns on a far-distant planet; and “Last Thursday” by Emma Chinnery (a topical tale of a future formed of fear and fanaticism in the thought-provoking and remarkably rendered).
“Scouring the internet during the obligitory brain downtime, I came across the fake religion – Last Thursdayism. So inspired was I by people who create a fake religions in their spare time, that I felt compelled to write a story… Last Thursdayism isn’t a fake religion, it’s real. And you’d better believe it.”
The new volume also features “Not Dead, Only Dreaming” by Keith Kopnicki and artist Fred Fordham – who debuted spectacularly in Aces Weekly Volume 11 – delivering a short story about a retired professional reflecting on an eventful past; and the mad monster-hunters are back in another tale from the casebook of Bambos Georgiou and Mychailo Kazybrid’s, Doctor Queer, in… “Pigeons From Hull”.
But that’s not all because there’s also Jorge Mongiovi‘s “Requiem”, where, in the depths of intergalactic space, Tom and his friends continue their search for salvation as a new threat appears to menace them; plus – in a deadly double-dose – the welcome, rousing, roaring, return of David Leach‘s, fearsome and fantastic “Psycho Gran”… and more from the world of swords and sorcery created by Jok and Santullo, where magic and monsters are just good for a laugh, in “Dungeons And Burglars”, Chapter Ten…
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• Aces Weekly Volume 18 launches 7th September 2015. Subscribe at www.acesweekly.co.uk
The founder of downthetubes, which he established in 1998. John works as a comics and magazine editor, writer, and on promotional work for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival. He is currently editor of Star Trek Explorer, published by Titan – his third tour of duty on the title originally titled Star Trek Magazine.
Working in British comics publishing since the 1980s, his credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine, Babylon 5 Magazine, and more. 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 “Pilgrim: Secrets and Lies” for B7 Comics; “Crucible”, a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz; and “Death Duty” and “Skow Dogs” with Dave Hailwood.