Just out now is Heroes #1, a brand new comic featuring all-new stories of the world’s most beloved characters from fairy tales, myths and legends, edited by former Marvel Comics editor Tim Quinn, published by Phoenix Press.
In the new comic, suitable for boys and girls of all ages, find out what happened next to Jack of the Beanstalk, Tom Thumb, Cinderella, Aladdin, and Snow White… and, no, they did not live happily ever after but continued to have ever more thrilling adventure after adventure!
“Our amazing artists bring these extraordinary characters back to their European roots with astonishing illustrations that will pull in even the most stubborn non-reader,” Tim enthuses.
This isn’t the only Quinn-related project from Phoenix Press, a new children’s division set up by New Haven Publishing, who work out of Norway.
“They are a fabulous set-up with a great line of books,” Tim tells downthetubes. “As well as Heroes, they have also just bought in my comic on the Queen’s life story. Plus a novel written by my brother Jason and I, working as ‘The Brothers Quinn’, that goes out under the delightful title, The Jolly Bloodbath, a piratical yarn for the children of today who have strong stomachs.
These titles are all available to pre-order now, for release in September 2022.
Tim Quinn was born in Liverpool in 1953, the very same year Beryl the Peril first appeared in The Topper. Coincidence? We think not. Educated by Irish Christian Brothers whose prospectus boasted, “We will instill a fear of God into your child”, it was little wonder Tim chose a life in entertainment.
Starting his career as a clown at Blackpool Tower Circus he then leapt back in time to work on BBC TV’s The Good Old Days music hall series, where he started writing scripts for top comedians. It was a small jump into the world of comic books where he spent many happy years as scriptwriter, illustrator and editor on such noted titles as The Beano, The Dandy, Sparky, The Topper, Buster, Whoopee!, Bunty, Jackie, Doctor Who Magazine and Whizzer & Chips, before heading Stateside to work for the mighty Marvel Comics Group on the world famous Spider-Man, X-Men and the Incredible Hulk.
Tim has also worked as a writer for the Guardian newspaper, editor for America’s oldest publication The Saturday Evening Post and producer for LWT’s The South Bank Show (amongst others producing a show on the history of Marvel Comics).
Today, he is on a lecture tour of the UK discussing the humour and nostalgia of comics, runs a management company for recording artists, conducts workshops on cartooning and literacy, creates way too many charitable projects, and dreams of the day he will be bitten by a radioactive giraffe so that he can finally take over the universe.
New Haven Publishing Ltd was incorporated in 2012 by author and freelance music journalist Teddie Dahlin. Since then, the company has added two more imprints, Phoenix Press Ltd for crime fiction and New Haven Publishing US LLC as a presence in the US with offices in Nashville.
The company publishes the work of some 70 authors, both books and deluxe magazines, mainly in the music and entertainment genre, but they also publish history, childrens books, health and beauty.
Their books are distributed worldwide with Ingram, and work with Gardners Wholesaler for the UK.