Offering its usual entertaining mix of action, visceral black humour and outright savagery and mayhem Issue 10 of the digital anthology 100% Biodegradable has just been released on Drivethru and Comicsy for a measly 69p (that’s 99 cents for our US friends). Feel free to have a peek, if you’re into that sort of thing (but if you’d prefer a picture of a cuddly kitten with an uzi for 69p, I’m sure joint editor Dave Hailwood can work something out).
This issue includes strips from Dave, Jim Alexander, Brett Burbridge, Paul Harrison-Davies, John Kirkham, Jon Haward, Mike Parsons, Stu Smith, Tony Suleri and more.
With a cover by Tony Suleri, this issue features seven strips inside from all sorts of splendid folk, including myself, working with Dave as co-writer on “Death Duty”, drawn with aplomb by Brett Burbridge. Our hero (or is he?) Travis Wilson heads to Earth on a seek and kill mission – but London is no longer a green and pleasant land in the future…
But let’s not dwell on this latest episode of a galaxy-spanning epic, because there’s plenty more to enjoy, including…
“Meals on Wheels”, written by David Hailwood, with art by Tony Suleri and John Kirkham – a Cursed Earth/Mad Max-inspired romp through a devastated wasteland on a mission of mercy… or is it?
“Sideburns”, written by Jim Alexander and dawn by Jon Haward – and frankly, there’s no two ways about it, this strip alone is worth 69p in anybody’s money, because it’s absolutely gorgeous. If you’re a fan of Will Eisner’s later work like A Contract with God, then I’m telling you, you’ll love this story, words and pictures. Utterly brilliant.
There;’s great art, too, from Joe Palmer on “The Lonely Mountain”, written by James Alexander, a tale of a lonely sentinel’s battle against giant killer insects, which is a bit of a “Future Shock” style tale but well told.
And there’s more – because 100% Biodegradable also features several short strips, which we’re not going to spoil here by revealing in their entirety but include a great two pager drawn by the marvellously talented Paul Harrison-Davies, written by Dave Hailwood – “Bunk Mates: Split Milk”.
Dave is also working hard at putting together the first 100% Biodegradable print collection, which will contain the best strips from issues 1-6 of the anthology (every creator who contributed to one of those issues has something inside). More news on a publication date soon.
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.