The latest Kickstarter for The77 launched earlier this evening and is just under £250 from achieving its £2777 target in under four hours.
Offering a regular cover from John Roydon, co-creator of the strip “Penny Pentagram”, and a variant from Beano artist Lew Stringer featuring many of The77’s characters in a suitably snowy scene to tie in with its planned release date.
This British anthology comic, launched in spring 2020, and has fast become the UK’s breakout title. For those who came in late, its editorial team continue to commission brand new strips by well known British comic creators who helped shape their childhood love of comics with the work… but they don’t stop there.
This rapidly developing title also offers a platform to many of today’s hottest creators and the stars of tomorrow – and for that, deserves the level of support it’s getting through Kickstarter.
Strips in this latest Issue include “Bounty on the Mutie” by Bambos Georgiou and Neil Sims; “Trackless Depths” part 2 by Dave Bedford and Ben ‘Mac’ Macleod; “The Cell” part 3 by Bambos Georgiou and Andrew Sawyers; “Division’77” Part 4 by Dave Heeley and Sinclair Elliott; “Penny Pentagram” part 2 by David Thomas and Jon Roydon; “A Demon For Dinner” by Jim Tomlinson and Rupert Lewis Jones; “Martian Law” part 3 by Brendon Wright; “Undertow” part 3 Joe and Jeremy Dunn; “Sgt Shouty of Moon Force!” Episode 4 by Lew Stringer; the welcome return of “Prodigal” (part 3) by Mal Earl; “funSShun” by Paul Duncan and Robert Wells; and a “Scarred for Life” feature by Stephen Brotherstone and Jo Heeley.
With a great mix of strips and styles, plus perks including prints and a limited edition T-shirt designed by Paul Williams, there’s plenty in the mix to entertain – so do check out the campaign and give it your backing if you can!
The77 Issue Three features a stunning cover by Ade Hughes featuring Anat from ‘V’ | Available for priced £6.95 for 64 pages in oversized format.All editions and back issues, posters and other merchandise available from Get My Comics here
Contributors include Dave Bedford, Conan, Conor Boyle, Steve Bull, Joe and Jeremy Dunn, Phil Elliott, Sinclair Elliott, Anna Evert, Filippo, Bambos Georgiou, Morgan Gleave, Dave Heeley, Ade Hughes, Kek-W, Hal Laren, Mac, Leonardo Manco, Sarah Millman, Michael Powell, Jon Roydon, Andrew Sawyers, Neil Sims, Lew Stringer, David Thomas, Dan Whitehead, Brendon Wright
The77 is also available from these UK comic stores: Atomic Comics, Bath; Calamity Comics, Harrow & Hatfield Castle Bytham; the Community Village Store, Lincolnshire; Gobsmack Comics, Horsham; Heroes, Isle of Wight; Krackers, Taunton; Mega City Comics, Camden, London; Millennium Comics, Northwich; Not Just A Comic Shop, Eastbourne; Ryhall Village Store and Post Office, Rutland; Scorch Comics, Eastbourne; Sheffield Space Centre, Sheffield; and Wow Comix Bury LLP, Sale and Stockport
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.