Apart from winning “Prettiest Village in the British Empire, 1897” Milford Green is a normal village in the rolling hills of Southern England. That is until on one summer’s evening, Alfie Fairfield, a socially awkward inventor, sees some kind of flying vehicle shoot across the sky and crash land into a field.
Being a curious fellow who is interested in any type of machinery, Alfie investigates to find out that we are not alone in this universe…
Milford Green is the complete one-shot graphic novel revealing what happened one night in 1897, the brainchild of Hampshire-based comics writer Samuel George London, who came up with the idea of Milford Green last summer which, if funded, will feature some really nifty looking art from Finnish artist Mikael Hankonen. If you’re not familiar with the name, he’s the creator of a fantastic webcomic called Year In Hereafter.
“I joined up with Samuel to work on Milford Green as the artist after hearing of his intentions to mix sci-fi and Victorian history together,” says Mikael. “Being quite fond of both genres, I was keen to be involved. During the conceptual process and planning I’ve found Samuel to be very professional and have enjoyed working with him. I can’t wait to draw these characters in action!”
“I was walking in the hills of Hampshire when a vision of an alien spacecraft shot across the sky right in front of me,” says Samuel of the book’s origins. “I couldn’t get this image out of my head, and over the following months a story about where this vision came from formed in my head.
“November I wrote a script for the story, and by December I found Mikael, artist who is a perfect fit for the art of both the Victorian era and aliens.”
Looking to raise £3000 to pay Mikael for his art and print a first run of the 48-page book, I think the samples indicate what a nice-looking book this is and with its Victorian setting it may well sit well with steampunk fans out there. Give it a look…
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.