The exciting new kids comics publisher Bog Eyed Books will be at London’s GOSH Comics store on Thursday 5th October to officially launch themselves, with appearances by the whole talented team – Gary Northfield, Nicky Evans, Jim Medway, Alexander Matthews and Wilbur Dawbarn.
The launch will be followed up by further appearances across the UK (including a Big Comic Draw on Saturday 7th October, also at Orbital Comics in London, and the Lakes International Comic Art Festival) to promote a range of great books that includes Gary’s hilarious Derek the Sheep and Jim Medway’s stories of Sgt Chip Charlton, a marvellously deranged mountie and his horse/ dog.
The brainchild of Julius Zebra creator Gary Northfield and Nicky Evans, Bog Eyed Books is dedicated to bringing the finest of kids comics to the shelves of good bookstores and tasteful book readers everywhere. And first out the gate are three great titles to tickle your funny bones:
Derek the Sheep: Let’s Bee Friends by Gary Northfield
Bog Eyed Books brings you the very best Derek The Sheep stories from Gary Northfield’s archives. Between 2004 and 2011 Gary Northfield created over 60 Derek the Sheep stories for British children’s comic The Beano. Although some have previously been collected, as far back as 2008, Many have not seen the light of day since their original fleeting appearances in the famous weekly comic, but this collection puts that right, with some bonkers and utterly inspired silliness. Move over, Shaun, This sheep is not to be messed with!
• Sgt Chip Charlton and Mister Woofles of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police by Jim Medway – From the pages of The Phoenix!
Scared of horses but driven to fight crime and seek justice, what is a young Canadian to do? Chip Charlton joins the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, picking his daschund buddy over the conventional equine sidekick. Sgt Chip soon proves the naysayers wrong, and time after time, crime after crime, demonstrates how even a weak stomach is no obstacle to following your dream. Three cheers for Sgt. Chip Charlton and Mr Woofles of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police!
This is an insanely daft, hugely inventive title, with all sorts of crazy ideas, a mashing of spoof detective fiction and Monty Python-style off the wall comedy. Recommend!
• Useleus: A Greek Oddity by Alexander Matthews & Wilbur Dawbarn
Embark on the craziest odyssey through Ancient Greece, alongside its most hopeless hero, Useleus and his long-suffering teacher, the legendary Minotaur! An Asterix for the 21st Century, Useleus is skilfully written by Alexander Matthews and nimbly drawn by Wilbur Dawbarn.
Leaping from the hallowed pages of popular children’s weekly comic, The Phoenix, Useleus channels Ancient History through the madcap eyes of two renowned Beano and Dandy creators.
So get on down and meet the whole crew and support this great Project. The line up is terrific and the creators well worth meeting.
Signatures! Sketches! Possibly cake? Definitely drinks! What more could you want from a Thursday night?
• Bog Eyed Books Launch Party 7.00 – 9.00 pm Thursday 5th October GOSH Comics, London Web: www.goshlondon.com| You’ll also be able to catch many of the same creators at Orbital Comics on Saturday 7th October
If you can’t make it down but would like any books signed, drop us a line to email@example.com to arrange a reservation or mail order
• Bog Eyed Books are online at www.bog-eyed-books.com
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.