Move over, Adam Eterno, Doctor Who, Garth and “Kelly’s Eye” – Hubert John is the new time travel comic strip character in town… and he’s in a bad mood.
Since 2017, Ant Jones, one of the team maintaining the Garth Facebook Page and a comic strip writer to boot, has run Lavender Sweep,Records, his own DIY record label, mainly releasing music on obscure formats such as microcassette, DAT, Zip 750MB. They’ve even released a one inch record!
Since the start of 2020, the team have also been producing out a limited edition print A5 zine, Beyond The Bleak, which features articles on the paranormal, music reviews, art, photography and all that is weird and wonderful.
Issue Three, available now to celebrate Cassette Week, includes a free cassette compilation with the zine – and sees the launch of a new comic strip, “Back In Time”, about a grumpy time traveller called Hubert John, who is lost in time.
Written by Ant and Lloyd Evans, with art by Paul Moore, coloured by Ant, we will start to learn why he’s in such a grumpy bad mood as the story progresses.
The strip will usually run for two pages, but to get things started the team have started Episode One with five. The story starts with an entertaining bang (literally), and Paul’s art has a nice nod to strips such as “Jeff Hawke” about it – and definitely has me wanting to know more about this fractious time traveller.
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.