The Quest – First Colour Promotional Image

Crucible. Art © 2011 Smuzz

Art © 2011 Smuzz


Smuzz has just delivered this terrific promotional image for The Quest, which will feature in STRIP Magazine later this year.

There’s still a lot of work to be done – 12 pages are drawn so far, and I’m about to start work on the next part of the script. So far, we’ve had two fights, Smuzz has created more weird creatures than I know what to do with – all of them wonderful – and one of the major baddies has taken its first victim. There will be blood, the artist demands…

Let us know what you think!


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. Working in British comics publishing since the 1980s, his credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine, Star Trek Explorer (previously known as Star Trek 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.

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