Lying in the Gutters columnist Rich Johnston has posted his final column for Comic Book Resources this week, but he isn’t finished with the industry, because he’s about to launch a whole web site devoted to comics comment. The site, Bleeding Cool, will launch on 1st June.
“A good gossipmonger never dies,” says Rich over on Warren Ellis’ Whitechapel site today. “He just goes from a weekly column to a daily blogsite.
“Bleeding Cool will feature everything you love and hate about Lying In The Gutters, but every day, reacting to topical news and featuring a host of columns, features, interviews, reviews, previews and… let’s go with familiar names. Expect real innovation.”
The site is funded by Avatar Press, who have promised a hands-off editorial process, but whom Rich says he’ll give an Avatar Plug Of The Week to to keep them happy. It will also feature other contributors, including Warren Ellis.
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.