Independent British publisher Kult Creations is currently running a crowdfunded for its Octobriana 50th Anniversary Special, written and published by Diabolica writer John A. Short.
The 40-page plus Special, which has smashed its modest funding target, celebrates the 50th anniversary of the creation of this mad public domain, underground, Russian superhero in 1971’s Octobriana and the Russian Underground, and includes five comic strip adventures with art by Chris Askham (Switchblade Stories), Simon Breeze (Savage! Jungle Princess), Gabrielle Noble (The New Amazons), Andrew Richmond (OctobrianaHammer), Susan Fenn (Shokwave) and others.
The fifth strip is a special surprise that won’t be unveiled until after publication.
A limited edition, Kickstarter exclusive print version of the comic features a David Hitchcock cover, coloured by Spectrashift. This cover is textless and features David Boxie, Billy Idol, and, with creator Bryan Talbot’s permission, Luther Arkwright, and many other characters from the last 50 years of Octobriana stories.
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.