Neil Gaiman is a phenomenon, with an international fanbase, nearly two million Twitter followers and a string of best-selling books and graphic novels to his name. Today, Knockabout Comics, publishers of comics legends including Gilbert Shelton, Robert Crumb and Alan Moore, and SEQUENTIAL, the digital graphic novel iPad app, have announced the release of an exclusive – and totally free – digital collection of Neil Gaiman’s ‘lost’ comic strips from the 1980s, in aid of charity Malaria No More UK.
The collection features Gaiman’s collaborations with Bryan Talbot, Dave McKean and others, and includes a very rare interview from 1988, Gaiman’s original typed notes for Sandman, sample scripts, project proposals, rarely seen early photos and more. Also included is an original cover by British underground comics great Hunt Emerson, specially commissioned for this collection, plus comment from Knockabout publisher Tony Bennett and comics historian Paul Gravett.
Neil Gaiman’s Lost Tales collects stories from the long out-of-print Outrageous Tales from the Old Testament and Seven Deadly Sins – both of which caused outrage upon publication – as well as SF tales from Trident Comics and a favourite from 2000AD, plus several others.
The free collection, which runs to over 100 pages, is exclusively available via the SEQUENTIAL iPad app from today, and a donation of $0.50 will be made to Malaria No More UK for each download before 31st December 2013.
SEQUENTIAL and Knockabout aim to raise up to $15,000 (over £9,000) for the charity’s work to bring an end to malaria, a preventable disease that is tragically one of the biggest killers of children in Africa.
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.