Coming Soon: Colin Mathieson and Matt Soffe’s “Zulu – Water Cart Rescue”, remastered

Zulu - Water Cart Rescue - cover art by Paul McCaffrey

A new, remastered deluxe version of Colin Mathieson‘s Zulu: Water Cart Rescue will be available to order soon, written and drawn by Colin, graced by lush colours by Matt Soffe, and powerful new cover art from Paul McCaffrey.

The story, initially published by Accent Press some years ago now, is set around a minor incident during the Battle of Rorke’s Drift – but it is an intense one of desperate bravery. The water-cart rescue, mentioned in the book, Washing of the Spears, by Donald R. Morris, inspired Colin to make an entire graphic novel.

Zulu - Water Cart Rescue - Full Cover

The new edition of the graphic novel will be available to order soon, or from Colin at comic events, such as the upcoming Comic Expo Bristol on Saturday 7th October 2023. (Colin will also be at Bury Comic Con, Thought Bubble and Steampunks in Space, the latter event at the National Space Centre, later this year)

Paul McCaffrey will also be at Comic Expo Bristol – so double the reason for getting along, quite apart from its amazing guest lineup, more information below.

Colin provided “comic content” for the recent Zuluthemed Clash of Empires exhibition currently at the recent Spear Museum of Philatelic History at the Royal Philatelic Society London.

• Colin Mathieson’s website is

Listen to an interview with Colin on Chris Parkinson’s Redcoat History Podcast, discussing the inspiration and development of his Zulu War Comics

Matt Soffe is online here

Comic Expo Bristol 2023
Saturday 7th October
Double Tree by Hilton, Bristol
Web and Tickets:
Kids Under 12 go free with an adult. (Please be sure to add the free ticket when you purchase the adult ticket)

Comic Expo Bristol 2023

Aiming to promote literacy and the visual arts, announced comic creators on the growing guest list include Alan Davis (Captain Britain, Excalibur) and Liam Sharp, Batman, Death’s Head II, Wonder Woman), the latter by then back living in Britain once more and continuing his work creating his own incredible comic characters. Plus, Lee Carter, Kek-W and Rob Williams will be on hand to talk about their work for 2000AD, Lew Stringer and more.

Some of the UK’s finest small press such as E.M.PRESS Publications, and creators will be at the event in October, including David Broughton, Joe Glass, Paul Grist, David Hitchcock, Gavin Mitchell, Andrew Richmond, and Huy Truong will be at the event.

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2 replies

  1. Thank you John, its been a labour of love but this is the fancy ‘deluxe’ version I’ve been working towards for so long to best show off Matt and Paul’s excellent work. It’s finally here and I’ll let you know when mail order and distribution channels are set up!

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