The latest issue of the subscription-only weekly British comic The DFC features Jason Cobley and Andrew Wildman’s Frontier on the cover, as heroes Mitch and Daisy find themselves cornered by werewolves in the weird Wild West.
“It’s an absolute privilege to be involved in The DFC,” says artist Andrew Wildman in a post on the downthetubes forum. “… It really is forging ahead in a country that offers little to younger readers other than licensed material.
“[There’s] nothing wrong with licensed material, I have worked on much of it, but it is nice to think that comics can stand on their own two feet as a creative medium. We all remember those days when comics contained original material and it was ours. That sense of ownership as a reader is something that has been rekindled by The DFC and long may it continue…”
Also in the issue are Phillip Pullman and John Aggs’ John Blake, in which an old scientist has an enlightening story to tell Blake; Super Animal Adventure Squad by the ever-brilliant James Turner; Wilbur Dawbarn’s Bodkin and the Bear; mayhem involving a character called Countess Sheepula in John Gatehouse and Dave Windett’s Lazarus Lemming; stories from the Stone Age in Ben Heggarty and Adam Brockbank’s Mezolith; more fun from Pickle Rye in the talented Sarah Macintyre’s Vern & Lettuce; Dave Shelton’s Good Dog, Bad Dog; Mirabilis, in which hero Jack gets an astrology lesson, and we meet a “crazy” wizard!; and Simone Lia’s Sausage and Carrots.
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.
Categories: British Comics