Hot on the heels of its successful crowdfunding campaign, those that missed out can now pre-order the first issue of The77, the brand-new, 64-page quarterly anthology which launches at the Lawless convention in May and goes on general release the following month.
400 people backed the Kickstarter campaign for the project which includes strips by British industry veterans such as former Tharg Steve MacManus and a back cover poster by “The Ballad of Halo Jones” co-creator Ian Gibson’s promoting his “Lifeboat” story, alongside established independent talents such as Mal Earl and Phil Elliott, and a host of terrific rising comic stars.
The full line-up features below.
The first issue of The77 costs £6.95 for the standard print edition with a cover by Ade Hughes (£4 PDF), or £7.77 for the Variant Cover edition by Nick Percival.
Also offered are a copy of the comic, plus a signed writer’s script (£17); a copy of the comic plus an A3 signed cover print by Ade Hughes (£17); comic plus T-shirt (£20); or the comic plus A3 Ian Gibson signed “Lifeboat” print (£27).
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THE77 #1 – THE LINE UP
• Temporal Anarchy
Dark myths set in 1977, brought to you by Philthy Luka, the original punk rocker – Alan Holloway and Neil ‘Blackbird’ Sims
In the future they’ll fight to become history – Ade Hughes and Steve Bull
• The Only One
Where Psycho meets They Live! – Karen Holloway and Dave Heeley
• The Screaming Hand!
Trapped in a web of para-anatomical terror – Conor Boyle and Kek-W
By Steve Austin and Baden James Mellonie
• The Last Man
Brexit in space with killer robots – Phil Elliot and Michael Powell
• The Prodigal
Enslaved for three centuries by the Dark Fae, mankind awaits their liberator – Mal Earl
• Key Runners
Loyal secret agents, whose mission is to defeat organised crime and government corruption – Drew Marr
Criminals, robots and Maurice the cat – John Charles and Tom Newell
A poster of Ian Gibson’s unpublished Masterpiece
• Penny Pentagram
London’s Grooviest Occult Detective – Jonny Roydon and David Thomas
• The Tinkling Triangles
As featured in The SheerGlam Conspiracy – by Steve MacManus and Brendon Wright
• Have Blaster, Will Travel
‘When The Stranger hits town, it stays hit!’ – Paul McCollum and Ed Doyle
• SGT. SHOUTY of the Moon Force
In space everyone can hear you shout! – Lew Stringer
• Tempered Curse
1312AD: the last days of the Knights Templar – Dave Bedford and Morgan Gleave
Plus exclusive features on ROK! The God by John Wagner, Alan Grant and Dan Cornwell, ComicScene magazine and Edge of Extinction by Baden James Mellonie and artwork by Ryan Brown
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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.