|A sketch of BOX characters Karlita and Nero
by Stephen Downey
Print Media Productions has announced that Stephen Downey will be joining the STRIP – The Comic Magazine creative team – as a guest artist on two upcoming episodes of Black Ops Extreme.
Stephen, who’s temporarily stepping up to the plate in place of the series regular artist PJ Holden, is already at work on the first story set in Eastern Europe, the first BOX tale written by Richmond Clements. Richmond will be the regular writer on the series from the title’s first news stand issue, on sale 31st May, taking over from John Freeman.
Belfast-based artist and game maker Stephen has worked with Insomnia Publications, Titan Publishing, AAM/Markosia, Heske Horror, Comic a Gael and Beserker to bring his comics and artwork to the masses.He is the co-creator of Cancertown and Slaughterman’s Creed, both with Cy Dethan and has worked on the Torchwood comic strip for Titan Magazines.
Most recently, he’s been busy with the historical mystery adventure Jennifer Wilde, an original three-part comic book series published by Ireland’s Atomic Diner, from a story by Robert Curley and Maura McHugh, with a script by Maura McHugh. Stephen provides art, lettering and covers.
Richmond Clements, from Larne, County Antrim, is a writer, editor and colourist for the small press publisher FutureQuake Press. He has also written Wild West Wendy, a supernatural western drawn by Vicky Stonebridge, and Turning Tiger, a two-part science fiction comic drawn by Alex Moore, for Renegade Arts Entertainment.
Richmond is also writing Operation Inferno for STRIP – The Comic Magazine, drawn by Nick Dyer, a steampunck action adventure starring the ninja secret agent Ryuu who debuted in STRIP Issue 3.
Operation Inferno is part of the new line-up for the title when it goes news stand in the UK at the end of May. Recovery Inc. by Michael Penick and Dean Deckard also makes a welcome return and completing the new strips in the first issue is a new science fiction tale, Crucible, by John Freeman and Smuzz.
• Stephen Downey’s web site: www.stephendowneygallery.com
• Twitter: http://twitter.com/stephenmdowney
• Richmond Clements’s Blog: http://richwriting.blogspot.co.uk
• Twitter: http://twitter.com/richclements