Crucible – More teasing….

Behind the scenes on this project I’m happy to report we have three episodes drawn and part four scripted: the story runs to eight episodes in total and looks like it will be around 56 pages in length – maybe a bit more, maybe a bit less.

I think we’re on course for a mid-2012 launch in Strip Magazine in the UK.

Last week, a casual conversation with ace artist John Ridgway added a new dimension to this book – his invaluable help and advice on some technical aspects of the world in which this story is set. I can’t, yet, say what that advice is – it would spoil many surprizes – but I’m very grateful to him for his input!

Meanwhile, here’s another unlettered page from part 1 – art by Smuzz, colour by Kris Carter… I hope it appeals.


Crucible Book One - The Quest Part 1, Page 2. © John Freeman & Smuzz

Crucible Book One – The Quest Part 1, Page 2. © John Freeman & Smuzz

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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