|PROGENITOR By Phil Hester & John McCrea © 2012 John McCrea & Phil Hester|
David Lloyd (V for Vendetta, Kickback) empowered the world with his iconoclastic Guy Fawkes mask in V for Vendetta. Today, comic conspirator Lloyd is changing the world with his publishing launch of an ambitious new online magazine called Aces Weekly.
Acesweekly.co.uk is a sequential art magazine, available exclusively through on-line subscription which will be released as seven weekly issues which form a volume. Each issue will have at least three landscape pages from six contributors (18 pages per issue), plus many pages of extras such as artists sketches etc.
Readers subscribe to volumes which cost £6.99/$9.99 per seven issue volume. Aces Weekly will be available exclusively on-line and feature all new material. Stored online, readers now have access to their magazine wherever they have web access.
|PARADISE MECHANISM By David Hitchcock © 2012 David Hitchcock|
What makes Aces Weekly special? The creators have more control then ever before.
“The aim was to create something very much like a traditional weekly English comic but without limiting the subject matter,” says Lloyd explaining the origin of the magazine. “We asked a range of creators who we knew to be excellent – the reason for the ‘ aces ‘ of our name – to do whatever they liked within certain bounds of taste, and they just came up with a great mix of stories.
|© 2012 Yishan Li|
“Creators in this business rarely get asked to do whatever they like, so that’s part of the pull of the project for them. And they’re enthused by the newness of the project and its potential for growth.”
“Most comic companies use creators to make money for the company, this company has been set up to make money for the creators,” says Bambos Georgiou, the managing editor. “This time readers will know their money is going direct to the creators.” All strips are creator owned.
Lloyd, who along with writer Dave Jackson has created Valley Of Shadows for Acesweekly.co.uk, has gathered together some of the top names in the comic industry to appear, such as Kyle Baker (Smash Mannix versus The Mob, the story of Detective “Hottie” McDaniel’s quest to find out who’s wiping out mobsters in unusual ways), Steve Bissette, Colleen Doran, Bill Sienkiewicz, Billy Tucci and Herb Trimpe, including, alongside him in the first volume; Phil Hester & John McCrea (Progenitor), JC Vaughn & Mark Wheatley (Return Of The Human) Alain Mauricet & Alexandre Tefenkgi (Shoot For The Moon) and David Hitchcock (Paradise Mechanism) who all contribute twenty-one page stories serialized over the first seven issue run.
Also included in the first volume are stand alone three page strips by Lew Stringer (Combat Colin), Carl Critchlow (Thrud The Barbarian), David Leach (Psycho Gran), Esteban Hernández (Harmony), Phil Elliott (Gimbley) Rory Walker (Chloroform) and Mychailo Kazybrid & Bambos (Dr Queer).
Contributors lined up also include Marc Hempel (The Love Brothers).
The website goes live on 30th September 2012.
• Official Aces Weekly Web Site: Acesweekly.co.uk
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.