Strawjack – The Terror of Romney Marsh drops anchor, a new steampunk-tinged graphic novel by Keith Page, steeped in piracy, smuggling and general skullduggery!
Crucible Comic Press has announced the arrival of its first graphic novel, Strawjack: The Terror of Romney Marsh, written and drawn by Commando and Eagle comic artist Keith Page.
Available now in print and digitally, Strawjack: The Terror of Romney Marsh is written and illustrated by Keith Page, lettered by Robin Jones and edited by John Freeman, with invaluable support from David Hailwood and a smashing series logo created by Jim Campbell.
Set in an almost-historical Britain at the turn of the nineteenth century, the story concerns the dark doings of a gang of ex-pirates, now operating as smugglers on Romney Marsh, a place of deep waters and deeper secrets, where the supernatural is wont to knock on the door at any moment. Altogether a grand spot for a gang of smugglers to make their hideout!
During one smuggling trip, the opening of a cursed treasure chest leads to the release of a terrifying evil spirit, who quickly begins to wreak havoc. Suddenly finding himself in the unaccustomed role of hero, can Strawjack, aided by mysterious and unexpected allies, defeat this unholy terror…before it claims more than his soul?
Strawjack: The Terror of Romney Marsh is the creation of Keith Page. Inspired by the great British comics artists of the past such as Frank Hampson, Don Lawrence and Joe Colquhoun, he’s worked full-time in comics and illustration for almost 30 years. Subjects have ranged from television-related material such as Thunderbirds, science fiction, and war stories of all periods for Commando.
Keith is also the creator of several The Adventures of Charlotte Corday projects, some available online as well as those previously released in print. His published works also include The Casebook of Bryant and May: The Soho Devil, written by Christopher Fowler.
The all-new story is the first “Strawjack” adventure from Lancaster-based independent comic publisher Crucible Comic Press, run by comics editor and writer John Freeman. A second story, Figgerty’s Gallop, is already in the works, written by Commando and Charlotte Corday writer, Stephen Walsh.
“I’ve been working with Keith on various projects for over ten years now,” notes publisher and editor John Freeman, “starting out with the graphic novel The Iron Moon. I simply love his enthusiasm for comics, his sheer inventiveness and the unstoppable energy of his art.
“With many of his fans clamouring to see his work in print, how could we disappoint them?”
In addition to helping deliver new Charlotte Corday and Strawjack adventures, John is also working with Keith and Stephen on a 270-plus page graphic novel, Hancock: The Lad Himself, which will be published by B7 Comics later this year.
• Strawjack – The Terror of Romney Marsh is available now from Crucible Comic Press, from AmazonUK, in print and as a digital edition | Paperback: 44 pages | ISBN-13 9798531575012 | Also available from Amazon.com
Declaration: Crucible Comic Press is owned by John Freeman, editor and publisher of downthetubes
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.