The first issue of The77 – the great new British retro comics anthology – 64 pages from new talent and established creators – is available to order now from GetMyComics.
Shipping next week for release on 16th May. The77 will be released quarterly, and the next issue is already underway.
downthetubes has had a sneak peek at the debut issue and it has some fine strips in its lineup, which include “Temporal Anarchy”, by Alan Holloway, Neil Sims and Bolt-01, “Tinkling Triangles”, featuring planet Earth’s sonorous superstar family by Steve MacManus, Brendon Wright and Fillipo Roncone, the dark but entrancing fairy story “The Prodigal” by Mal Earl, “TechnoFreak” by Joe Assi, John Charles, Tom Newell and Nikki Foxrobot, the brilliant “The Screaming Hand!” by Kek-W, Conor Boyle and Annie Parkhouse – and much, oh, so much more! Look out for a review soon.
GetMyComics has some other fine independent comics on offer, too, including ComicScene Magazine #13, a Dan Dare 70th anniversary celebration, that won’t be in newsagents till July at the earliest; and Sentinel, a new digest sized sci-fi/ horror/ fantasy series of single issue stories – an homage to Commando comic’s much-missed SF counterpart, Starblazer (Issue two is coming next month – you can read the downthetubes review of #1 here).
Plus, don’t forget To The Death – the Coronavirus Pandemic-inspired “Iso-Pack” of the complete 10-issue series from Death’s Head creators Simon Furman and Geoff Senior is only available till the end of the week. A storming cerebral action adventure!
Two gorgeous-looking slipcases to house the complete run will also be available separately at the end of the week.
• Find more independent comic releases here on GetMyComics – look out for two big graphic novels, Kora and Tiny Acts Of Violence, coming soon. Read all about them, and get a sneak peek here
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.