Hitting crowdfunding today, 29th September 2021, Meanwhile… #11 from Soaring Penguin Press marks the return of fan favourite ongoing stories, as well as new one-shots, bringing together established creators and fresh voices for a truly unique book.
Among those creators featured this time is Gary Spencer Millidge, whose ongoing Strangehaven story has just been optioned for TV or movie development by IDW Entertainment. Other writers and artists include Roger Langridge, Sarah Gordon, Ginny Skinner, Mulele Jarvis, Pierre Yvanoff, Oisin Roche, Pedro Gomes, Francis Deshamais, Jack Redmond and Conor Spielberg, Kari Sihvonen and Robert Stevenson.
Following the successful Kickstarter campaign for Meanwhile… #10, raising over £5000, Soaring Penguin Press is very excited to be bringing the anthology back. The publisher feels the title is especially important because of its ability to provide a platform to creators who would have a more difficult time finding publication elsewhere. Meanwhile… has a unique mission to find the best stories- whatever genre or category they might fit into.
Since expanding into a Crowdfunding model last year, Soaring Penguin Press has used it as a way of increasing creator pay-outs, which remains the target of this campaign.
Elaborating on this, Soaring Penguin Press Co-Publisher John Anderson explains “Our aim is to make Meanwhile… a glorious behemoth of a quarterly anthology where every issue contains unexpected delights from both known professionals and yet-to-be-discovered voices.”
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.