The ever-expanding range of Professor Howe books – Doctor Who parodies published by Long Scarf Publications, written by talented amateur and professional authors in aid of Children in Need – now has a presence on the subscriber service Patreon.
Through the service you can subscribe to the range and get extra benefits, exclusive content and behind the scenes info, depending on what level you choose to support the project at.
Patreon powers membership businesses for creators by giving them the tools they need to acquire, manage, and energise their paying patrons. With a subscription-style payment model, fans pay their favourite creators a monthly amount of their choice in exchange for exclusive access, extra content, or a closer look into their creative journey.
A number of creators working on Doctor Who-related podcasts and more use the service to generate additional income, and artists known for their Doctor Who work, such as Graeme Neil Reid, are active on it.
The Patreon page is being launched as their eighth novel, Professor Howe and the Furious Foam, written by Doctor Who novelist Simon Boucher-Jones, heads to the printers – is a hilarious take on the events from the story Fury from the Deep, with a signature Professor Howe twist.
“This is the beginning of a very exciting time and a busy and expanding year in the Professor Howe range,” says publisher Chris Stone. “There will be three further titles this year, with a further four in 2021.”
Out in in May is Professor Howe and the Crafty Count, the third book written by Jamie Hailstone, the Seventh Doctor story The Curse of Fenric given the Professor Howe treatment – with fantastic results. The tenth release will be Professor Howe and the Chaotic Courtroom, written by Professor Howe newcomer, Don Klees. The title of the third novel for 2020 has yet to be announced, book at the end of the year.
As ever, all profits from the Professor Howe project, both through the Patreon site and the books go to Children in Need.
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.