There will be lots to see and do in the Comic Zone at the London Film and Comic Con this coming weekend, but be sure to check out the free preview of The Featherhood, a new project from award-winning writer Paul Goodenough, featuring art by Brazilian illustrator Fabio Guimarães, lettered by Jim Campbell.
Not only is there a free preview of this intriguing tale up for grabs – the story of three abandoned birds as they struggle to stay alive in starving world, where they’re the main course – but you could get yourself a smart bird-inspired tattoo for yourself, too.
It’s all a cunning scheme from creator Paul (who’s far from bird-brained about such things) to raise awareness of the project, and the preview comic should certainly whet your appetite to find out more about this Incredible Journey meets the Apocalypse-inspired tale.
“With The Featherhood, what I’ve done is fund a preview comic, and the idea at LFCC will be to raise some awareness about it,” Paul tells downthetubes. “We’ve hired a wonderful henna artist, Henna For Hire to give people free killer temporary tattoos, as well as giving out a free 12-page preview comic.
The Featherhood is the story of three unwanted birds facing the apocalypse. Here’s the synopsis:
Britain is landlocked, cut off from the rest of the world. Nothing comes in, and nothing gets out. When the volcano in Gulfoss exploded, it made the seas of the world in-traversable, and the skies a wall of dust. No-one dared travel anywhere. It’s every country, and everybody for themselves.
With no food coming into the country, and large swathes of farm land underwater or ruined, everything is starving. Cherished pets become a square meal, and eating anything weaker than you is the only way to stay alive.
Like all animals, birds are under constant attack from humans, and other animals. With a cloud of choking dust, Flying was harder than ever, and food impossible to come by. So they chose the only option open to them – relocation.
They’d heard that the raised land height, and densely forested areas of Canada offered their only hope for survival, so a last, desperate, plan was hatched, for all birdkind to band together and traverse the Atlantic in hope for a new life.
They knew most would die, but anything was better than the slow death they faced in Britain.
But some, the weak and unwanted, got left behind…
The Featherhood follows the story of three abandoned birds as they struggle to stay alive in starving world, where they’re the main course.
To grab your free preview comics, just come head to the the Comic Zone at London Film and Comic Con on Saturday 28th July at the Olympia in London, or Sunday 30th. Paul will be on table 35, next to the wonderful Simon Furman and Geoff Senior.
“There may also be another surprise/ giveaway for lucky punters, so please spread the word,” Paul asks. Any and all donations for RSPB Love Nature on the day are welcome.
Also at London Film and Comic Con will be a host of other comic creators, as follows (in order of billing): Marv Wolfman (Crisis On Infinite Earths, Teen Titans, Blade), Tommy Yune (Robotech, Speed Racer, Voltron), Andy Diggle (The Losers, 2000AD, James Bond, Daredevil), Geoff Senior (Death’s Head, Transformers, Judge Dredd), Rantz Hoseley (Comic Book Tattoo,Heavy Metal), Simon Furman (Transformers, Death’s Head), Jessica Martin (Doctor Who, It Girl, Vivacity), Ben Templesmith (30 Days of Night, Doctor Who, Fell), Will Simpson (Game Of Thrones, Hellblazer, Vamps), Amrit Birdi (Username: Evie, Assassins Creed), Paul Cornell (Doctor Who, Wolverine, Saucer State), John-Paul Bove (Transformers, TMNT, GI Joe), Jess Bradley (The Phoenix, Squid Bits), David Hine (Batman, X-Men, Spider-Man), Ian Edginton (X-Force, Red Seas, Scarlet Traces), Tim Pilcher (writer, UK Liaison, Humanoids Publishing), Marco Turini (Robotech, Heavy Metal), Dan Boultwood (Doctor Who, It Came, The Phoenix), Mike Collins (Doctor Who, X-Men, Batman), Lee Townsend (Spider-Man, Avengers, Dredd), Andi Ewington (Freeway Fighter, Dark Souls II), Ian Livingstone CBE (Freeway Fighter, Fighting Fantasy), Emma Vieceli (Back To The Future, Doctor Who, Breaks), Kevin Enhart (Warhammer, Anno Dracula, Vikings), Nick Roche (Transformers, Death’s Head, Monster Motors), David Leach (Anno Dracula, Psycho Gran, The Blacklist), Lew Stringer (Beano, Dandy, Doctor Who), Andy Briggs (Tarzan, Ritual, Kong, Hero.Com), Lee Sullivan (Doctor Who, Rivers Of London, Robocop), Kieron Gillen (Wicked + Divine, Darth Vader, Iron Man), Martin Fisher (Star Wars: Rebels, Transformers), Andrew Cartmel (Doctor Who, Rivers of London), Al Ewing (The Mighty Avengers, 2000AD, Ultimates), Guillermo Ortego (Batman, X-Factor, Original Sin), Dani Strips (2000AD, Dirk Gently), Martin Griffiths (Thundercats, TMNT, Action Man), Ian Richardson (Nobel Causes, Sinister Dexter, Halo), Mark Buckingham (Fables, Sandman, Miracleman), Leah Moore (Witchblade, 2000AD, Doctor Who) and John Reppion (Witchblade, 2000AD, Doctor Who), Joe Glass (Bleeding Cool, The Pride), Aneke (Red Sonja, DC Bombshells, Damsels Attending: Friday, Saturday & Sunday), Emmeline Pidgen (The Guardian, Small Stories), Rich Johnston (Bleeding Cool, Doctor Who), Verity Glass (Doctor Who, Torchwood, Vikings), Frazer Irving (Batman, 2000AD, The Mighty Thor); plus publishers Markosia Publishing, The Phoenix
London Film & Comic Con is organised by Showmasters. Web: www.londonfilmandcomiccon.com
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.