Comichaus Closes In on Funding for New British Monthly Comic Book Anthology Launch Issue

Comichaus – the web-based comic book market place launched last year which among other services offers independent comic creators the means to sell their books online with no seller fee commission – looks on course to gain funding for its new monthly comics anthology, featuring the work of some great independent comic creators, including Ed BickfordDan Butcher, Jessica L. Byrne, Dave Cook, Luke CooperJon Laight, Ian Laurie and Tom Ward. is a marketplace and database site set up by Devon-based Peter Ward-Edwards, who has successfully been running Genepool Records and distribution for ten years. Interest in the services of the Comichaus site spawned the idea for a monthly 44-page British comic book anthology, featuring independent creators from around the world and covers by established comic book legends.

The cover of Comichaus #2 by John McCrea

The cover of Comichaus #2 by John McCrea

With black and white interiors, perfect bound and printed by, if the project gains funding the book will launch in August 2016 with a cover by Glenn Fabry, followed by a second issue in September featuring a cover by John McCrea.


Art from "Feather" created by Dave Cook and Norrie Millar for the Comichaus anthology.

Art from “Feather” created by Dave Cook and Norrie Millar for the Comichaus anthology.

Art from "Mortality" created by Luke Cooper for the Comichaus anthology.

Art from “Mortality” created by Luke Cooper

Art from "Suited and Booted" created by Jon Laight and Dan Butcher for the Comichaus anthology.

Art from “Suited and Booted” created by Jon Laight and Dan Butcher.

Art from "SMum and Dad" created by Tom Ward and Iain Laurie for the Comichaus anthology.

Art from “SMum and Dad” created by Tom Ward and Iain Laurie.

The first issue will feature strips by James McCullochJessica ByrneDave CookNorrie MillarJon LaightDan ButcherEd BickfordAaron WaltherLuke CooperTom Ward and Iain Laurie; and the second, work by James McCulloch, Jessica Byrne, Dave Cook, Norrie Millar, Jon Laight, Dan Butcher, Ed Bickford, Aaron Walther, Luke Cooper, Chris Welsh and Dav Pav.

“The target amount is for the creation and printing of the first issue,” Peter Ward-Edwards says. “Any extra monies we raise will go towards funding the subsequent monthly issues.

The first issue is complete and ready to go, and everyone is working on second issue, and printers are primed.”

“We do not foresee any unplanned issues as we have given ourselves quite a big time frame with this project.”

Comichaus seem to have carefully thought through all aspects of this new anthology, so let’s hope it soon joins other independent publications such as Futurequake, and digital anthologies 100% Biodegradable and Aces Weekly as an outlet for new talent sorely lacking from the British new stand these days.

Back the Comichaus anthology project here on Kickstarter

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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. Working in British comics publishing since the 1980s, his credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine, Star Trek Explorer (previously known as Star Trek 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.

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  1. Looks like a quality book- good luck and see you at gigs in future!

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