Rebellion is to publish Comic Book Punks: How a Generation of Brits Reinvented Pop Culture by Judge Dredd Megazine contributor Karl Stock in November.
The influence of the comic book has never been greater, from films to streaming and beyond, but the journey comics took from little-regarded kids’ magazines to literary prize-winning books and global franchises turned on a highly unusual group of writers and artists, including 2000AD contributors such as Alan Moore, Brian Bolland and many others.
Few would have expected a small gathering of British comic book fans and creators in the early 1970s to be a global cultural pivot-point, but this was the start of a disparate movement of punks, dropouts and disaffected youths who reinvented a medium and became the imaginative heart of a global success story.
Based on years of interviews with a generation of leading writers, artists and editors, Karl Stock reveals the true story of the wild times, passion and determination that helped, hindered and saw the reinvention of comics. Over three hundred-plus pages, he tells the story of the triumphs and disasters that rewrote the rulebook on what comics could be and who they should be for.
Karl Stock has written “Tharg’s Future Shocks” for 2000AD, Judge Dredd prose fiction for the Judge Dredd Megazine, some collected as part of Judge Fear’s Big Day Out and Other Stories, and strips including “Sniper Elite” and “Death Wish” for Rebellion titles such as Battle, The Vigilant and Cor! & Buster; as well as interviews and features about comics for the Judge Dredd Megazine, Tripwire, Comic Heroes and more.
He was also co-author of the 40th anniversary edition of Thrill-Power Overload, with David Bishop, 2000AD‘s official history, which is now insanely expensive as a print edition, but also available as a reasonably-priced digital release.
• Comic Book Punks: How a Generation of Brits Reinvented Pop Culture (Amazon UK Affiliate Link) | Out 21st November 2023 | ISBN: 978-1786186942
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.