Independent British comics publisher and distributor GetMyComics has announced some of its publishing plans for 2022, its delayed bumper SHIFT Special due to hit stores very soon – and new strips for the anthology title, including Richard Starkings brilliant SF adventure, Elephantmen, and more.
2022 releases kick off with SHIFT Issue Ten, cover yet to be revealed, is expected in WHSmith and comic shops from 10th February. It’s another bonus sized 100-page flipbook, introducing a new indie publisher. This issue wraps up the “Kora” story by Chris Geary, and the current “Killatoa” insert run.
Online purchasers buying from the GMC store will get a bonus print again this issue.
Out in April, SHIFT Issue 11 is now SHIFT Volume 2 Issue 1 – and the 80-page issue, with a cover by Liam Sharp, available to pre-order now, includes his new creator owned series, “Lib LaRoche”.
Set in 2239, at a time when Africa and China are at war, and Europe is a virus-devastated kill zone, even in the face of blistering resistance, it seems that nothing can stop the advance of MAPPO’s Elephantmen across France, to the North. But as Hip Flask – possibly the only Elephantman who dared to ask questions during his childhood education – comes face to face with the last vestiges of humanity in the frozen Scandinavian wastes, he discovers that only the dead see the end of warfare…
SHIFT Volume 2 Issue 2 follows in May, with an Elephantmen cover by Ian Churchill and the debut of “Elephantmen: War Toys” by Richard Starkings and Moritat.
“Volume 2 Issue 2 offers more new stories, which keeps us packed throughout volume 2,” teases publisher Adrian Clarke, who’s also working on the next SHIFT Presents collection, which “will be popular with fans of ‘Kora’, with at least two more specials lined up for the year… plus a special mini series run in between.”
As for the delayed SHIFT Special (formally known as the Winter Special), a vital strip integral to GMC’s wider plans for SHIFT through 2022 delayed in the delivery due to unexpected issues beyond the world of comics, that will be shipping in the next couple of weeks.
“With luck, this Special will be in newsagents for a much longer period with some new arrangements,” Adrian reveals, which is good news, “so you’ll see three or four SHIFT-related titles on the shelves at the same time!”
Part crowdfunded, backers of the SHIFT Special should be getting some extras to compensate them for delayed arrival.
Running to 128 pages, the SHIFT Special features all-new stories by the best indie creators in the UK and beyond and is offered with a wraparound Clint Langley cover, or variant limited edition cover by Barry Kitson.
Stories include an all-new “To The Death” story, “The End of the Beginning”, as created by Simon Furman and Geoff Senior; and an all-new adventure, “Bring the Rayne”, by Simon and Barry Kitson, back together 30 years after their first work together, on Marvel UK’s Transformers. Plus, stories by creators that include Mike Carey, John Charles, Dave Clarke, Christopher Frank, Chris Geary, Noel K Hannan, Alan Langford, Hal Laren, Lee Milner, Scott Morse, Tom Newell, Andrew Sawyers, Ian Stopworth, Lyndon Webb and John Welding.
Finally, don’t forget SHIFT Issue Nine is still available in selected newsagents, through your comic shop or direct from the SHIFT online store, but you’ll need to order the terrific Shift Presents… Empire! by Mark Waid and Barry Kitson direct from GMC.
Shift Presents… Empire! is the latest in the line of SHIFT special editions, GMC working with a number of publishers and creators to highlight their work, and bring it to an unsuspecting public.
Long out of print, Empire is now back in print in a standard, oversized SHIFT format, this showcasing Barry’s stunning art and Mark’s brilliant storytelling, sporting an all new cover by Barry.
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.