Described by writer Chris Lynch as a “psychological supernatural super-hero-horror story”, The Magpye will be solicited in late 2008.
“I’ve been watching the guys at MWM for a while now and have been impressed with their vision,” says Markosia’s Harry Markos on securing the deal. “When Chris Lynch got in touch a while back I told him that we were looking for new titles for late 2008 – early 2009, which led to the pitch for The Magpye and a couple of other exciting ideas which we’ll be discussing at a later date.
“The Magpye is just the kind of exciting property which we want to be associated with, and to develop further. I explained to Chris what we have in mind for the future and things developed into a full blown negotiation. Everything happened quite quickly, and we decided that the Birmingham International Comic Show would be a great place to seal the deal, which we did.
“I’m looking forward to seeing the story unfold; I think a lot of people are going to be surprised with what we’ll be putting out there!”
Established in 2005 by Chris Lynch and Stu.Art, Monkeys with Machineguns have become stalwarts of the UK independent press through their eponymous horror anthology; most recently described by Silver Bullet Comicbook’s Regie Rigby as “a hugely entertaining, strangely haunting and dangerously thought provoking book”; as well as their 2005 charity anthology The Hammer of Time and their work for a range of other publishers both in the UK and America.
“We’re delighted to be working with Markosia on The Magpye,” said Magpye co-creator and writer Chris Lynch. “They have all the tools to help us bring the story to as wide an audience as possible, and we’re looking forward to a long and rewarding partnership”.
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.
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