Print Media Production has published an online version of STRIP Magazine Issue Zero, which outlines some of the comic strips they plan to publish and the ‘Strip Spotlight’ Challenge for comic creators.
Sadly, the print version of STRIP Magazine Issue Zero – which was to have been be given away free to Bristol International Comic Expo visitors this weekend – has been caught up in an industrial dispute at Charles de Gaulle airport, France.
The promotional magazine was a victim of a walkout by staff at the airport’s FedEx depot – and there is no indication of when the walkout might end. (Full details here on the STRIP Magazine blog)
As you can imagine, as the title’s editor, this left me feeling pretty gutted this weekend – but we put the STRIP Magazine table to good use with Lawless artist Kev Hopgood cheerfully joining me to draw sketches for Expo atteedees.
There will still be a STRIP Magazine panel at the Expo on Sunday afternoon and I’ll be around to talk about our plans at other times.
Wrapped in a cover by Smuzz, Issue Zero features background on key strips in the new comic magazine such as Black Ops Extreme by me and PJ Holden, Warpaint by Phil Hester and John McCrea, Age of Heroes by James Hudnall and John Ridgway, Savant by Jim Alexander and Ferrer and Carlos Vila – plus some highlights of the upcoming Print Media Productions graphic album range.
There’s also a special competition in the Sampler which will offer comic creators the chance to have their work in the title when it launches later in 2011.
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.