Paul Rainey’s Thunder Brother: Soap Division returns

Not a dream, not a hoax, not a shameless boast that creator Paul Rainey hopes if enough people believe will come true; his marvllous web strip Thunder Brother: Soap Division returns in a new story called The Two Ronnies this Sunday (4th March).

And that’s not all; Paul says his much-praised TBSD will not break between stories as it has been but appear every Sunday, without fail, until the whole saga has run its course in who knows how many weeks, months, years time!

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Why the delay to the strip? “Some people have been asking me when will Thunder Brother: Soap Division return and I answered them, ‘soon, soon,’ he says. “I’ve been rethinking my strategy for the strip.

“Previously, I would release a page twice a week until the story is finished whereupon I would take a break for a couple of weeks or so before serialising the next tale in the same manner. I have decided instead to release a page every Sunday without any breaks between episodes at all.

“I hope you won’t see it on a break before the entire saga has run it’s course. Unless I go on holiday. Or somebody offers me a deal to publish it. Or I die.”

If you’re new to Thunder Brother Soap Division then you still have a chance to catch up on the story so far for free for a limited period. Read The Apprentice here and Going Straight here.

Remember, the first page appears at the bottom and you need to read upwards for it to make sense!

Cartoonist, illustrator and Panic Coordinator to Breakfast television since 1992, Paul Rainey is all this and less. He is the creator of online hit diary comic strip Book of Lists, a full colour book collection of which is now available. He recently completed his graphic novel There’s No Time Like The Present and a collection of that will be published during 2012. 

He’s also just been told this morning that Body Pop, a short story created with Robert Wells, will feature in STRIP Magazine Issue 6, on sale in April. Which we think made him rather happy.

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Read Richard Bruton’s review of the first two stories on the Forbidden Planet Blog: “Rainey perfectly plays off the bizarre and incredible with the mundane and down to earth stuff, and it’s a lovely concept, all executed with flair and style”. 

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