Mid December – I put out a twitter call for new work from UK comic people that would see the light of day in 2012. It’s not more than halfway through January 2012. I’m late, and at least one book here has already been released. Apologies.
Likewise, if I’ve missed your book, apologies again. Get in touch – tell us all about it! Here’s a little list of self-published or one-off comics coming your way in 2012. I’ll get around to some of the UK publishers very shortly.
Right, lets start with one I’m really looking forward to……
My love of Martin Stiff’s comic The Absence has meant it made my best of year lists for both 2010 and 2011. Issue 4 has been a long, long, long time coming. But it’s going to be released in 2012. This is great news.
Al Ewing and Brendan McCarthy:
The Zaucer Of Zilk in 2000AD at some point in 2012 – details and interview at Newsarama:
“The Zaucer of Zilk strip is a phantasmagorical psychedelic extravaganza that features fanciful fantasy rather than hard-core techno sci-fi. It’s something a little bit different for the jaded palettes of the typical “2000AD” reader, I hope.”
(Zaucer of Zilk promo image by Brendan McCarthy)
The curator of Solipsistic Pop promises a return to actually making comics for himself this year, which is definitely a good thing. His new title Ellipsis is due to begin in April/May 2012. But he’s not finished with Solipsistic Pop. The now annual anthology will return in November with Solipsistic Pop Book Five.
(Solipsistic Pop Logo from issue 4)
Sounds like a busy year planned for Cheverton – there should be two new issues of West (hooray) – Points West in May and the provisionally-titled September for the autumn. West Book 2 will also be released mid-year. Meanwhile, Cheverton has three new series starting - The Whale House (art by Chris Doherty), The End (FH Navarro) & Month of Sundays (David Frankum). Wow.
And if that wasn’t enough, he also has a story in the new Accent UK anthology with a difference – Who On Earth Was Thaddeus Mist? (Details at the Accent UK blog)
(West Volume 1 cover by Cheverton and Keable)
The long-awaited third and final volume of Rainbow Orchid is released in April
Cobley reports that his children’s tale (originally proposed as a comic with Paul Harrison Davies) is now a book by Cobley, and has a publisher. On the graphic novel front – Classical Comics publish the Cobley adapted An Inspector Calls in March 2012 whilst the first collection of Cobley and Wildman’s Frontier is very due from Print Media:
There’s also a little mystery from Jason Cobley and the brilliant David Hitchcock – they’re doing Dicken’s Signal Man:
“Oh, yes… Early days, can’t say exactly how it will be published yet, but David Hitchcock and I have begun some work on an adaptation of Charles Dickens’ classic ghost story The Signal Man. He has the original art of this image for sale, by the way!”
(Signal Man image by David Hitchcock)
Paul tells us that his online Thunder Brother: Soap Division returns in 2012, along with a physical “something else“.
(Paul Rainey’s Thunder Brother: Soap Division)
The second issue of Jackson’s “It’s a man’s life in the ice-cream business” is actually out right now – told you this round up was late! He’ll also have a new comic later in the year – “a family history comic with boats“.
Volume 2 of Mirabilis should get released around May 2012:
“The green comet looms closer and the boundaries of reality are starting to crumble. Suddenly the strangest elements of myth and fantasy are just across the street. Telepathic brains, flesh-eating plants, warrior saints, flying machines and a magical auction where you can buy anything from Mercury s sandals to King Arthur’s sword if the price is right. Join Jack Ember, reluctant troubleshooter, and Estelle Meadowvane, aristocratic astronomy genius, whose adventures for the Royal Mythological Society take them to the far corners of a world where ancient wizardry is becoming part of everyday life. The Year of Wonders is here, and nothing will ever be the same again.”
…. and finally this time, saw this just as I was finishing off the post…. a legend with news of an interesting sounding project
“I’ve finally got going on Kestrels, mine and Ben Dickson’s comic about evacuees in World War II. I’m currently inking a poster to be used for various nefarious purposes, once that’s done I’ll be starting the story art.
Here’s a sheet of thumbnails for pages one to ten (out of sixty four), plus a concept sketch of Kestrel Katie (her legs need sorting, if that’s not too indelicate!), and a first pass of an idea for a postcard featuring Kestrel Ethan. More soon!”
Okay, that’s your lot. Now there’s got to be something in there to tickle your fancy?