Colourist Kris Carter joins The Quest

Crucible © John Freeman & Smuzz

I’m pleased to announce that ‘The Quest’ has a colourist – Kris Carter, whose work I saw on the new 10thology title, edited by Stuart Tipples, but who came recommended by my old friend Mike Collins.

Based in South Wales, Kris has previously worked on franchises such as Transformers, Torchwood and Doctor Who. His most recent published work includes Wynonna Earp: The Yeti Wars for IDW Publishing and the 10thology collaborative Welsh graphic novel released at Cardiff Comic Con in February 2011.

There are rumours he sleeps occasionally, but these are totally unsubstantiated.

It was his colouring on Mike Collins art for the 10thology The Knights of Craig Y Ddinas that caught my eye in particular; I got in touch, Kris worked up sample colouring on Page 1 of The Quest, Smuzz passed back some notes and Kris gamefully amended the page – and between us and our publisher, we immediately decided to draw Kris into our mad scheme.

With Jim Campbell already on board to letter (he basically threatened us with some unspeakable things if we didn’t ask him) the team is complete, ably assisted by Smuzz’ partner Eira, who has created a wonderful alien script for us to use in the story.

Well, I say concocted –  given the quality of the work, I can’t help but think that both Smuzz and Eira are plugged into an alternative dimension and getting hold of a real alien language…

• Samples of work can be viewed at

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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