David Broughton’s “Shaman Kane” heads Stateside, thanks to Antarctic Press

Independent comic creator David Broughton, whose work has appeared in many British independent comics, has secured a publishing deal to take his SF/ horror character Shaman Kane stateside.

Shaman Kane - Antarctic Press 2023 Promotion

Ben Dunn, cofounder of Antarctic Press, has announced that Shaman Kane will start to be published in the United States in Planet Comics #21, an upcoming edition of their monthly SF anthology title, on sale in July, and available to pre-order soon.

The creator-owned strip centres on Shaman Kane, a gadget-carrying bounty hunter who goes where he is needed. Hard as nails and with a couple of supernatural abilities in his arsenal, he’s regularly against the mystical and monstrous in space, the story developing over time to introduce an entire universe of mystery and mayhem.

“I am so excited,” enthused David recently, “and would like to thank Ben Dunn and Antarctic Press for bringing Shaman Kane to a whole new audience.”

Shaman Kane - Antarctic Press 2023 Promotion

San Antonio-based Antarctic Press, comic-booking since 1985, incorporated in December 1984, has published some big hits like Ben Dunn’s Ninja High School, Warrior Nun Areala (Check it out on Netflix- #SaveWarriorNun), Fred Perry’s Gold Digger, and over 5000 other creator owned comic titles.

We’re longstanding fans of Shaman Kane here at downthetubes, Tony Esmond of the Awesome Comic Podcast and Never Iron Anything the ardent fan who gave the strip deserved attention right from the character’s debut in David’s self-published title, back in 2015.

While clearly inspired by characters and strips such as “Strontium Dog”, David quickly developed the character and storyline of “Shaman Kane” into something unique, bringing us a dangerous, unsettling future plagued by evil rooted in the past, Kane’s battle an eternal, and dangerous endeavour.

David tells he’s hoping to do some rework on the early Shaman Kane stories for the American audience.

David Broughton at work
David Broughton at work

The character’s appearance in a US comic title brings David deserved and welcome exposure in a new market for him, and we wish this talented creator every success.

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Read Tony Esmond and John Freeman’s reviews of Shaman Kane here on downthetubes

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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. Working in British comics publishing since the 1980s, his credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine, Star Trek Explorer (previously known as Star Trek 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.

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