Crowdfunding Spotlight: Man In A Suitcase: The Haunting Graphic Novel by Brian Gorman

Award-winning actor and artist Brian Gorman has launched a crowdfunding campaign for a new graphic novel featuring the hero of the cult 1960s TV series Man In A Suitcase, working with the family of legendary script writer Roger Marshall.

In the late 1960s, British television brought us a glorious variety of weekly action-adventure series: The Saint, The Champions, Department S, Randall & Hopkirk (Deceased), The Prisoner, and many more. An exciting mix of secret agent, private detective, and sci-fi fantasy, one of the most under-rated series was Man In A Suitcase, starring American actor Richard Bradford.

A scene from “Man from the Dead”, the pilot for Man in a Suitcase. “The first time we see McGill, outside White City Underground station,” notes author Rodney Marshall. “Richard Bradford brought a moral ambiguity to the 1960s action-adventure series. In addition to a unpredictable, magnetic screen presence.”
Man in a Suitcase starring Richard Bradford is available on Blu-Ray and DVD

Lasting only one series, we saw McGill, a disgruntled, world-weary but caring, ex-CIA agent making a living as a private detective in Swinging Sixties London. He has a moral compass, and his clients always get the McGill they deserve.

The Haunting is a brand new adventure for McGill, a graphic novel based on an un-filmed original script by legendary writer, Roger Marshall, who worked on many top TV series, including The Avengers, The Sweeney, The Professionals, created the TV series Zodiac, Mitch and, with Anthony Marriot, also created the long-running and hugely popular Public Eye.

The Haunting finds McGill investigating strange goings-on in a sleepy English village, and will be adapted by Roger’s son, Rodney Marshall, with original artwork by Brian Gorman.

The crowdfunder campaign for Man In A Suitcase: The Haunting gives fans a fantastic opportunity to be part of an exciting team, resurrecting one of British television’s most iconic, and much-missed cult heroes.

Perks for contributors include signed copies of the book, their names immortalised in a special ‘Thanks To’ section, an opportunity to be drawn as a supporting character, original sketches, original pages of artwork from the book, and an invitation to a special launch party.

Brian Gorman’s previous graphic novels include Everyman: A Celebration Of Patrick McGoohan & The Prisoner, New Dawn Fades: Joy Division & Manchester, Animus, and Borderliners: True Realties. He’s also an award-winning actor for his stage production, One Man Bond: Every Bond Film In 60 Minutes.

Rodney Marshall has produced nine books about the iconic 1960s television drama The Avengers, including Subversive Champagne. He’s also the editor of the acclaimed critical guides to classic British television series, including Day of Execution, about Man in a Suitcase, and more.

Check out the Man In A Suitcase: The Haunting crowdfunder here on Indiegogo

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Man in a Suitcase starring Richard Bradford is available on Blu-Ray and DVD

Public Eye – Frank Marker Investigates – a guide to the show

There’s a great three-part interview with Roger Marshall here, conducted in 2012, on Spaces of Television

The founder of downthetubes, John works as a comics editor, writer, as Creative Consultant on the Dan Dare audio adventures for B7 Media, and on promotional work for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival. Working in British comics publishing for over 30 years, his credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine, Star Trek Magazine and Babylon 5 Magazine. 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 “Crucible”, a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz, published on Tapastic; and “Death Duty” and “Skow Dogs” with Dave Hailwood for digital comic 100% Biodegradable.



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