Comics Crowdfunding Spotlight: Nottingham Comic Con Anthology: Forest Tales

Nottingham Comic Con has launched a modest Kickstarter to fund its first tie-in anthology – a collection of short stories from some of the best comic book creators in the British small press and leading professionals.

The Nottingham Comic Con Anthology, titled Forest Tales, will be an all ages, limited edition A5 print comic running to at least 52 pages that already features 18 unique creations, with still more on their way.

Forest Tales 2016

Cover by Dean Beattie

“This Kickstarter is purely for the printing of the book, which is limited in number,” says Kev Brett, who runs Nottingham Comic Con along with his wife Kel.

“This Kickstarter has only 150 printed pledges available (but unlimited digital versions). 50 copies will be given to the contributors and the remaining 100 printed books will be available at Nottingham Comic Con on 29th October 2016.”

Contributors so far include Nich Angel, Dean Beattie (who’s provided the anthology’s cover), Beano cartoonist Steve Beckett, our very own Tony Esmond and Emily Owen, Katie Fleming, Planet of the Apes artist Marc Laming, Muppets artist Roger Langridge, Sally Jane Thompson and many more.

“The comic is 90 per cent complete and the problems we may have would be delays in printing,” Kev acknowledges. “However, we feel confident we can hit the deadline and have the comic ready in time for Nottingham Comic Con 29th October.”

• Back the Kickstarter here to get your mitts on a copy of this anthology – and find out more about Nottingham Comic Con here

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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