Crowdfunding Spotlight: SHIFT Magazine Winter Special

Back in October 2020, independent comics distributor and publisher GetMyComics released the first issue of SHIFT Magazine to newsagents and comic shops… and now, they’re seeking crowdfunding support for an awesome Winter Special!

Continuing to release new issues throughout 2021 – despite the ongoing lockdowns and pandemic – SHIFT has garnered both critical acclaim and the appreciation of its growing audience.

As well as several ongoing series – Soulwind, Foot Soldiers, To The Death, Kora, Crucible, Shifter and Tiny Acts of ViolenceSHIFT has also showcased a variety of one-off short stories and articles. It continues to push the boundaries of the anthology title with bold storytelling techniques, including such innovations as large gatefold widescreen strips (Foot Soldiers), augmented reality (Shifter) and telling the origin story of To the Death‘s Killatoa as a newspaper strip insert.

Now SHIFT is offering you the chance to get a copy of its amazing SHIFT Winter Special … ahead of general release!

“As it’s our birthday, it seems apt to go live with the Kickstarter for our Winter Special,” enthuses publisher Adrian Clarke.

This 128-page opus is packed with only the finest sequential blockbusters, including…

An all new To The Death story, “The End of the Beginning”, as created by Simon Furman and Geoff Senior. Simon and Geoff are joined by their Marvel UK Dragon’s Claws teammates Steve White on colours and Richard Starkings on letters.

“This is set after the events detailed in our ongoing series in SHIFT, is exclusive to our winter special,” Adrian says.

“To the Death” by Geoff Senior
“To the Death” by Geoff Senior

A new sci-fi thriller, “The Key” by Christopher Frank with art by Andrw Sawyers, promising action, adventure and big guns!

“The Key” by Christopher Frank with art by Andrw Sawyers
“The Key” by Christopher Frank with art by Andrw Sawyers

Andrw’s action packed, vibrant art was first seen working with Bambos Georgiou on “The Cell” in The77, and has gone from strength to strength.

“He’s turned out his best work ever for this special,” Adrian enthuses, “and we can’t wait for you to see the rest of the story from this technicolour wizard!”

Plus, there’s virtual reality, mind-bending sci-fi in “Another Time and Place” by Hal Laren.

“Another Time and Place” by Hal Laren
“Another Time and Place” by Hal Laren

Simon Furman and Barry Kitson are also back together after 30 plus years! The team that brought you the stunning episodes of “Dinobot Hunt” and “Second Generationin Marvel UK’s Transformers create an all-new fully painted story, “Bring the Rayne”.

Barry Kitson's designs for main character Rayne in his one off story with Simon Furman - “Bring The Rayne”, which will be a fully painted strip
Barry Kitson’s designs for main character Rayne in his one off story with Simon Furman – “Bring The Rayne”, which will be a fully painted strip

Secret History” is a beautiful one-shot by Lyndon Webb (Perfect Shot”, SHIFT issue #8) and SHIFT #8 cover artist Lee Milner.

Secret History by Lyndon Webb, art by Lee Milner
“Secret History” by Lyndon Webb, art by Lee Milner

2000AD veteran and acclaimed artist Alan Langford, creator of the recently self-published, stunning graphic novel The Secret of the Aesir, brings you “The Star-Drake of Dumnonia”, lettered by Robin Jones.

“The Star-Drake of Dumnonia” by Alan Langford
“The Star-Drake of Dumnonia” by Alan Langford

Black Train” by Dave Clarke and Ian Stopworth is a mind-bending tale – as told in beautiful, fully painted art – interpreting the story from the epic song of the same name.

Art from “Black Train” by Ian Stopworth
Art from “Black Train” by Ian Stopworth

“Ian has been producing incredible painted strip work on ‘Extinction 2040’ in The77,” Adrian notes, “and now brings us the truly magical ‘The Black Train’, based on the 20-minute rock epic by The Mighty Bard, and scripted by guitarist/songwriter Dave Clarke.

Art from “Black Train” by Ian Stopworth
Art from “Black Train” by Ian Stopworth

“The Black Train is truly special and will be accompanied by an upcoming vinyl release of the track.”

The Hypersonic Subatomic Super Sci-fi Symphony” is the work of Chris Geary (“Kora”, Aces Weekly).

“The Hypersonic Subatomic Super Sci-fi Symphony” by Chris Geary
“The Hypersonic Subatomic Super Sci-fi Symphony” by Chris Geary

A Wakefield Winters Tale”, featuring Victorian war robot Chuffin Billy, Hero of the Martian War, is written by Noel K Hannan and illustrated by John Welding.

Art by John Welding for “A Wakefield Winters Tale”
Art by John Welding for “A Wakefield Winters Tale”

Finally, there’s “Technofreak” as written by Mike Carey (Lucifer, Hellblazer, X-Men), created by John Charles (2000AD) and brought to life by brilliant artist Tom Newell.

“Technofreak” by John Charles
“Technofreak” by John Charles

This Kickstarter comes with a variety of as yet unrevealed variant covers, including one by Barry Kitson, plus SHIFT back-issues options, slipcases, hoodies, signed prints and even mugs to choose from, our pledges and add-ons that offer something for both new and devoted fans of SHIFT.

Barry Kitson’s Work in Progress variant cover for the SHIFT Winter Special 2021
Barry Kitson’s Work in Progress variant cover for the SHIFT Winter Special 2021
A limited number of prints signed by 2000AD artist Alan Langford are being offered as one of several perks
A limited number of prints signed by 2000AD artist Alan Langford are being offered as one of several perks

The special will be printed and sent to Kickstarter backers ahead of general release elsewhere.

Plus, for the first time for SHIFT, a digital option will also be available. Any backer of physical copies will receive access to the digital version. (And GetMyComics will also follow up with digital back issues of the main title soon).

“A number of rewards are limited – original art, signed items, commissions,” Adrian notes. “When they’re gone, they’re gone.

“The standard cover will be in stock for ordering after the campaign finishes. Barry’s variant cover will not be.”

Check out the SHIFT Magazine Winter Special crowdfunder here on Kickstarter

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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