Rainbow Orchid, a wonderful acrion adventure strip which makes an affectionate tip of the hat to Tin Tin (and has a loyal French comics fan following) has been honoured by Silver Bullets contributor Regie Riby as joint winner of his Fool Britannia Webcomic of the Year 2006 (with Gun Street Girl, which I’ve not read before but looks great).
“The plot is like a Faberge Egg,” says Regie, “beautiful to behold even at the most superficial glance, but so exquisitely intricate that the closer you look the more you see.” He’s not wrong: check it out for yourself at: www.garenewing.co.uk/rainboworchid.
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.