Comic creator Dirk van Dom and a few others from the 2000 AD forums have put together their own anthology title – Vanguard – and issue 1 is now on sale.
Vanguard features four (would be) on-going serials, written by Dirk and illustrated by some of the best talent working in the UK small press arena.
The title follows the 2000 AD formula of offering a varied menu of tales, and will hopefully feature something for everyone, with sci-fi action and butt-kicking heroines, fantasy adventure featuring Gryphons and Smoke Angels, a modern-day supernatural mystery thriller featuring a cast of cursed, tragic heroes with strange abilities — and a retro-style “animals on the rampage” tale starring one very angry donkey!
As well as Dirk, other creators involved in the new book include David Blankley, Louis Carter, Brigonas Mac Giolla Chomhaill, Owen Watts and Liam Byrne, who provided the cover.
“My collaborators on this project have put their all into turning in some fantastic-looking pages and the whole thing sits together really well,” says Dirk. “With this first issue, our small-press adventure is off to a fine beginning, and I can promise that it will only get better from here.
“The first issue of Vanguard is very much an experiment, to test the waters and get some feedback on the stories, see what works and what doesn’t. The aim is to produce a regular – if infrequent! – comic that will develop the stories and characters within and allow them to reach their natural conclusions.
“The plan is that there will be two issues of Vanguard published each year, probably Summer and Winter editions, though how feasible/workable this is all remains to be seen… Issue 2 is certainly going to happen by the end of the year.”
• For more information and how to order visit: http://vanguardcomic.blogspot.com/
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.