Broken Frontier http://www.brokenfrontier.com Exploring The Comics Universe Mon, 29 Jun 2020 13:13:12 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.1.6 53049596 We’re on a Short Hiatus for Essential Maintenance but Broken Frontier Will Be Back Very Soon! http://www.brokenfrontier.com/hiatus-broken-frontier/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=hiatus-broken-frontier http://www.brokenfrontier.com/hiatus-broken-frontier/#respond Mon, 29 Jun 2020 01:18:58 +0000 http://www.brokenfrontier.com/?p=94012 Hello to our loyal Broken Frontier readership! As of today, Monday June 29th 2020, Broken Frontier will be on hiatus for a few days while some essential maintenance on the...

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Hello to our loyal Broken Frontier readership!

As of today, Monday June 29th 2020, Broken Frontier will be on hiatus for a few days while some essential maintenance on the site takes place. You’ll still be able to access all our content to date but we won’t be posting for a short period of time.

We’ll be back before you know it though. This is the first step in BF’s next evolutionary phase and we can’t wait to share our plans for the site’s next incarnation in the coming months.

Keep exploring the entirety of that comics universe for the brief time we’ll be away…

Andy and the Broken Frontier Team

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“Rebellion is Now the Longest Serving 2000 AD Publisher in the Title’s History” – Editor Matt Smith and Company on Celebrating Two Decades of ‘2000 AD’ at Rebellion in this Year’s Sci-Fi Special http://www.brokenfrontier.com/2000-ad-sci-fi-special-matt-smith-red-seas-ant-wars-kingdom-shako/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=2000-ad-sci-fi-special-matt-smith-red-seas-ant-wars-kingdom-shako http://www.brokenfrontier.com/2000-ad-sci-fi-special-matt-smith-red-seas-ant-wars-kingdom-shako/#respond Mon, 29 Jun 2020 01:03:34 +0000 http://www.brokenfrontier.com/?p=93996 2000 AD has been a Great British institution for over forty years. This thrill-packed anthology, the home of numerous classic British comic strips – including Judge Dredd, Nemesis the Warlock...

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2000 AD has been a Great British institution for over forty years. This thrill-packed anthology, the home of numerous classic British comic strips – including Judge Dredd, Nemesis the Warlock and The Ballad of Halo Jones – has been wowing readers since 1977, its weekly output supplemented by many one-off specials, yearbooks and annuals. The latest of these, the recently released 2000 AD Sci-Fi Special, finds the team behind the comic in celebratory mood, as Editor Matt Smith reveals.

“With Rebellion marking 20 years as 2000 AD publisher come 1 July 2020, it seemed a good idea that we’d use this year’s summer special to celebrate the fact. Rebellion is now the longest serving 2000 AD publisher in the title’s history, soaring past the IPC and Egmont years. We thought we’d make it a bumper, 100-page issue and give it a real sense of a special occasion”

Rebellion has its fingers in many pies, including book publishing, comics, computer games, board games and the development of film and television projects. But why is their involvement with the self-styled Galaxy’s Greatest Comic worthy of celebration? What difference has Rebellion’s ownership of 2000 AD made to the comic going forward?

“It allowed 2000 AD to continue, and it allowed it to prosper,” says writer Dan Abnett, who has two stories (Kingdom and a Sinister Dexter reprint) in the Sci-Fi Special. “It’s been the custodian and guardian of a true British institution that’s worth preserving and still has things to say and do. And I would single out Matt Smith. As (I believe the longest-serving) Tharg, he has done extraordinary things as editor. His responses are brief and minimal, but always right on the money. I’ve never questioned why he’s asked me to tweak something, because his suggestions are always so perceptive. When, from time to time, Matt sends me a note, I never grumble: I face-palm that I didn’t see it for myself, and then execute the tweaks eagerly. Because he is too often invisible behind the mask of Tharg, I don’t believe Matt gets the credit or recognition he deserves. He’s truly, quietly, brilliant at what he does.”

 

In the case of the new 2000 AD Sci-Fi Special, Smith’s creative edict has been for his writers and artists to mix old and new. So, for example, Ian Edginton and Steve Yeowell have taken Red Seas, their fantastical pirate series, and collided it with Ant Wars, one of 2000 AD’s earliest offerings, a ‘creature feature’ populated by viciously violent giant ants.

“I was trying to think of something special we could do with the new stories,” explains Smith, “and came up with the idea of Rebellion-era characters (The Red Seas, Storm Warning, Kingdom, etc) facing off against 2000 AD characters that originated from before the millennium (Judge Dredd, Ant Wars). It’s the sort of thing you can do in a special where you get to have a bit of fun and mix things up. I picked characters I thought fitted in each other’s worlds.”

“Jumping back into the world of Red Seas was a blast!” reveals writer Ian Edginton, “I didn’t realise quite how much I’d missed it. Crossing over with Ant Wars also seemed like such a natural fit, after all Jack and the boys had cracked heads with Kraken, Norse Gods and Harpies so giant ants fitted the bill perfectly.

“We made mention of the boys’ previous exploits,” he continues, “but trying to cover the backstory of Red Seas and Ant Wars wasn’t possible given it’s only a ten-page yarn this time. I think we set up enough for the story to make sense to readers new to Red Seas. Sometimes you just have to jump in at the deep end!”

Artist Steve Yeowell was similarly enthused about returning to the strip.

“Ian and I had been chatting nostalgically about Red Seas in a couple of phone conversations we’d had, so the special was a great chance not only to work with Ian again, but also to get back together with Jack and the boys! More technically, I enjoyed the opportunity the 1970s setting provided to take an approach to the story and art reminiscent of that used in the British classics I grew up with.”

Dan Abnett and artist Richard Elson, meanwhile, have taken their strip, Kingdom (set in a future where the human race has genetically engineered dogs to use as soldiers in a war against insectoid critters of uncertain origin) and given a guest-starring role in it to Shako, another character from 2000 AD’s early days. Shako cut a bloody swathe through the comic in an eponymously titled series that saw him become the only polar bear on the C.I.A.’s death-list! Having inadvertently swallowed a top-secret capsule in the opening episode, Shako then spent his time being chased by the C.I.A. (with even the K.G.B. eventually getting involved too) and dispatching almost everyone unfortunate enough to come across this white ‘blizzard’ of violence and death!

“Matt suggested combining Kingdom and Shako,” Abnett reveals, “[and] I was very happy to do it – I could immediately see how they might mesh. I’m particularly fond of Shako – it’s such an off-beat and curious idea for a series, very old school and very redolent of the early days. It occurred to me that what both strips had in common was a strong and distinctive narrative voice, and perhaps the best way to combine them was to use both narrative voices and mingle them together. As for how the cross-over happens, we play that very matter-of-fact. It just does. But the clues are all there in the background for sharp-eyed readers, just little visual hints that explain the ‘time frame’ difference and suggest there might be some shared continuity.”

The original strip content in this special (which also contains new episodes of Storm Warning and Judge Dredd) is supplemented with reprints and features. The reprints (which include superstar writer Al Ewing’s debut in 2000 AD, a Terror Tale from 2002 and a masterful Judge Dredd by the dream team of John Wagner and Carlos Ezquerra) have all been specially chosen by Matt Smith, who has written an introduction for each one explaining his choice. The features meanwhile are both focussed on Rebellion.

“I used to enjoy the features in the annuals and specials as a reader that offered a peek into the process behind the comic, and these are no different,” says Matt Smith. “They add an extra dimension to the strip content. In this year’s summer special we’ve got an interview with Rebellon CEO Jason Kingsley – who with his brother Chris was responsible for acquiring 2000 AD and the Judge Dredd Megazine twenty years ago – plus Karl Stock picks twenty standout strips from the last twenty years, from Cradlegrave to Trifecta. Of course, readers will have their own favourites, so it’s a good opportunity to argue and evaluate what’s been published in the Rebellion era.”

The 2000 AD Sci-Fi Special is available from the 2000 AD Shop online as well as comic shops and newsagents now.

Interview by Matt Badham

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Biggol #1 – Ioan Morris Spins the Densely Humorous History of a Lost Fantasy TV Classic http://www.brokenfrontier.com/biggol-ioan-morris-cpe-carp-publishing-endeavours/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=biggol-ioan-morris-cpe-carp-publishing-endeavours http://www.brokenfrontier.com/biggol-ioan-morris-cpe-carp-publishing-endeavours/#respond Mon, 29 Jun 2020 01:02:20 +0000 http://www.brokenfrontier.com/?p=93735 Way back when, Otto Von Bismarck famously said something along the lines of “laws are like sausages – it is better not to see them being made”. I’ve no doubt...

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Way back when, Otto Von Bismarck famously said something along the lines of “laws are like sausages – it is better not to see them being made”. I’ve no doubt someone has paraphrased that to include comics by now, and also, probably, TV series. 

Biggol by Ioan Morris (Carp Publishing Endeavours)Fortunately, Welsh cartoonist (and composer for Doctor Who audio drama) Ioan Morris has disregarded that hypothetical advice with the launch of Biggol – “a documentary comic” that mines the strata of vintage British TV to come up with a very enjoyable comic gem.

The opening issue – the first of five – takes us into the genesis of the family fantasy drama Biggol – “one of the greatest and most influential television series every broadcast”. We see its origin in the strange creative process of Cecil McRae (visionary head of drama at British Television) and its chaotic casting process.

However, in this issue at least, the show becomes a bit of a McGuffin as Morris spins his own history of British film and TV in the 1950s and 60s. He skips back and forth with great energy, including teasing excerpts of shows like Come Hither My Lad, Call Me a Cobbler and Bobbies, as well as the kitchen sink/new wave film The Broken Lintel. His affection and enthusiasm for the medium and the period are clear, and pay off in a steady string of gags.

We trace the progression of various characters before, during and after the show. As well as McRae, they include the egotistical star of the show, Peter Webb; lily-livered story editor Percy Francis; and – the undoubted star of the issue – producer Evelyn Morley, a hard-bitten force of nature who blows her way through the story like a hurricane.

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Morris uses a very clean, high-contrast style that seems a little more confident and fluid than his previous comic, the more mainstream Best Imitation of Myself. The bold art and offbeat tone of the humour make Biggol reminiscent of Michael Kupperman, albeit with a very British spin. 

This is a densely packed and inventive opening issue, with Morris getting the tone and the voice of the book spot on from the opening page. Even if you’re not an aficionado of vintage genre TV, there’s enough dry humour and bite in this debut issue to put a smile on your face. I can’t wait for the drama – on and off the screen – to unfold.

Review by Tom Murphy

Follow Ioan Morris on Twitter here. For more on his work visit his website here. You can buy Biggol #1 from Carp Publishing Endeavour here, priced £3.50.

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We Served the People: My Mother’s Stories – Emei Burell Recounts the Stories of Her Mother’s Disrupted Childhood During the Chinese Cultural Revolution http://www.brokenfrontier.com/emei-burell-served-people-archaia-boom-studios/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=emei-burell-served-people-archaia-boom-studios http://www.brokenfrontier.com/emei-burell-served-people-archaia-boom-studios/#respond Mon, 29 Jun 2020 01:01:16 +0000 http://www.brokenfrontier.com/?p=93971 In We Served the People, Emei Burell shares her stories of her mother, Yuan, growing up in China during a time when childhoods were being interrupted by the Cultural Revolution....

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In We Served the People, Emei Burell shares her stories of her mother, Yuan, growing up in China during a time when childhoods were being interrupted by the Cultural Revolution. Schools stopped teaching students, classes became useless and then the ‘Down to the Countryside’ movement began – where children were told to go to the countryside to work, leaving their families and friends behind in place of manual labour and a misplaced education.

Emei Burell’s linework is exquisite; her lines flow across the page appearing soft and care-free but are clearly brimming with skilful intent. The palette, mainly consisting of light blues and beige, is reminiscent of faded photographs and a humid, stagnant temperature. This stagnation reinforces the interruption contained within her mother’s stories – a disrupted childhood. The book is also interspersed with actual photographs of Burell’s mother, taken during the Cultural Revolution. These act as reminders of the actuality of the stories being told and ground their oftentimes comical undertones with the harsher realities these children were forced to endure.

Burell remarks in the beginning that it is her mother’s childhood memories that become a big part of her own childhood, as she remembers being told her mother’s stories of the Cultural Revolution. The fact their childhoods now converge in this way allows Yuan to reclaim her childhood through these retellings. Her mother’s story is also empowering in and of itself, as Yuan is determined to get the education she was forced to abandon and her ambition to achieve academic success motivates her through tough times – battling with strict superiors and unrelenting work.

We Served the People informs readers of the realities of growing up in China during this turbulent period of history and tells the story of perseverance and determination. It is inspiring and entertaining, painful, yet uplifting. It is painful to imagine the helplessness felt by children who had no choice but to leave their youth behind them, but also uplifting to see Yuan not let these difficulties get in the way of her ambition.

Emei Burell (W/A) • BOOM! Studios/Archaia, $24,99

Review by Rebecca Burke

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Shortlist Announced for the Myriad First Graphic Novel Competition 2020 http://www.brokenfrontier.com/first-graphic-novel-competition-shortlist-myriad-editions-2020/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=first-graphic-novel-competition-shortlist-myriad-editions-2020 http://www.brokenfrontier.com/first-graphic-novel-competition-shortlist-myriad-editions-2020/#respond Fri, 26 Jun 2020 08:57:40 +0000 http://www.brokenfrontier.com/?p=93957 Online voyeurism, risky sex, dementia, suicide, racism, murder and selling the earth: topical and contemporary issues dominate the shortlist for Myriad’s First Graphic Novel Competition and show that the graphic...

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Online voyeurism, risky sex, dementia, suicide, racism, murder and selling the earth: topical and contemporary issues dominate the shortlist for Myriad’s First Graphic Novel Competition and show that the graphic novel is very much alive and kicking in Lockdown 2020.

Works by Denise Dorrance, Ed Firth, Veronika Muchitsch, Pete Shearn, Pietro Soldi, Anthony Smith & Tobias Taitt, and Myfanwy Tristram were selected from a very strong longlist that had the judges scratching their heads over their Zoom session.

The competition offers the winner, or winners, the opportunity to have their completed graphic novel published by Myriad. It is open to all cartoonists, writers and artists who are UK residents, individually or as a team, who have not previously published a full-length graphic work. Entrants are asked for 15-30 pages of a graphic work-in-progress, fiction or non-fiction.

This year, the judges include cartoonist and GP Ian Williams, whose graphic novel The Bad Doctor was shortlisted in 2012; chef and contributor to Myriad bestseller New Daughters of Africa Zoe Adjonyoh, curator and chair of New Contemporaries Sacha Craddock, Director of the Lakes International Comic Art Festival Director Julie Tait, and Myriad Creative Director, Corinne Pearlman. There were 118 entrants from England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, over half from outside London, and just over half with women’s names.

The winner will be revealed at an event online in October, as part of the 2020 Lakes International Comic Arts Festival, supporters of the competition since 2018.

Myriad’s graphics list include the three previous competition winners Gareth Brookes (The Black Project, 2012), Jade Sarson (For the Love of God, Marie!, 2014), and Jenny Robins (Biscuits, 2018), to be published by Myriad in November 2020. Myriad has also gone on to publish six other books by shortlisted authors, as well as works by authors longlisted for the competition. Its latest book by Hannah Eaton, Blackwood, whose first graphic novel Naming Monsters was shortlisted in the inaugural competition in 2012, is Myriad’s next graphic publication in
September.

The shortlist is below.

Cyberman

Veronika Muchitsch

Ari lives in a small town in Finland, streaming his life online twenty-four hours, seven days a week. Non-fiction graphic novel about the transgressive act of online voyeurism.

Chillout

Ed Firth

What promises to be an indulgent orgy of hedonism turns into an uncomfortable confrontation. Interconnected queer stories taking place in London.

Everything I Ever Knew Is on Earth

Pietro Soldi

You walk into a bar and accidentally meet a stranger who tells you something unexpected: the deal is done, the Earth has been sold.

Black

Tobias Taitt and Anthony Smith

A dysfunctional family life, and a childhood spent mostly in care: Taitt’s story touches on themes of class and race as he gravitates from care to crime.

Satin and Tat

Myfanwy Tristram

Ella returns to the fishing village where she spent her teen years, but can she address the emotional fallout that followed her boyfriend’s suicide thirty years before?

Polar Vortex

Denise Dorrance

A daughter escorts her mother with dementia across the US Midwest during a harsh snowstorm, while placating her estranged sister and unwanted visits from The Grim Reaper.

Missing People

Pete Shearn

Brian would love to move from Morecambe. Becky, a successful professional, thinks otherwise. The couple rebuild their lives in the wake of a traumatising incident.

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Preview: The Spider’s Syndicate of Crime – The Treasury of British Comics to Collect Early Adventures of the Classic British Character by Ted Cowan, Reg Bunn and Jerry Siegel http://www.brokenfrontier.com/spider-siegel-rebellion-tresury-british-comics/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=spider-siegel-rebellion-tresury-british-comics http://www.brokenfrontier.com/spider-siegel-rebellion-tresury-british-comics/#respond Thu, 25 Jun 2020 23:04:28 +0000 http://www.brokenfrontier.com/?p=93937 My first exposure to classic UK comics character The Spider was in the pages of the short-lived curiosity Vulcan (look it up – it’s an intriguing footnote in UK comics...

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My first exposure to classic UK comics character The Spider was in the pages of the short-lived curiosity Vulcan (look it up – it’s an intriguing footnote in UK comics history). While the character’s exploits have seen some reprints in recent years from Titan he’s set to return in definitive reprint editions via Rebellion’s Treasury of British Comics. And if you’re unaware of this anti-hero and his world then the fact that a certain Jerry Siegel helped chronicle his adventures may just grab your attention. Press release and preview art below…

After Superman there was The Spider – Siegel’s classic ’60s super-crook to get new collection

Featuring work by Superman co-creator Jerry Siegel, the definitive reprint collection of The Spider will be published in Spring 2021.

The Spider’s Syndicate of Crime will be the first archival-quality reprint of the adventures of this influential and popular British comic book character from the 1960s.

Due for release on 15 April 2021, retailing at £14.99, the collection will be released in North America as Jerry Siegel’s The Syndicate of Crime on 13 April 2021, retailing at $19.99.

A special limited hardcover edition will be available exclusively from the Treasury of British Comics webshop with a cover by fan favourite artist Chris Weston (The Invisibles).

Fully remastered and collected for the first time, this 144-page paperback volume presents the super-crook’s earliest exciting adventures that appeared in the pages of Lion, and were later reprinted in Vulcan. This is the first in a planned four-volume series collecting the entire series.

Created by writer Ted Cowan and artist Reg Bunn, the bulk of The Spider’s stories were written by Superman co-creator Jerry Siegel.

Bunn’s astonishing art has been re-mastered by Rebellion’s dedicated reprographics team and the character’s first annual story is presented in its original colour.

Dubbed ‘The King of Crooks’, the arrogant and cunning criminal mastermind was one of the most popular British comic book villain of the ‘60s – equipped with a razor-sharp mind, superb athletic ability and a vast array of cutting-edge gadgets, The Spider set his sights on taking over the New York underworld and establishing a ‘Syndicate of Crime’! This first collection sees him recruiting other fiends into his fledging empire and seeing off competition from other villainous foes, including the master of illusion, Mirror Man!

The Spider eventually turned away from his criminal roots and became a crime-fighter, alongside reluctant allies, the criminal ‘Prof’ Pelham and safecracker Roy Ordini.

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Preview: The Autumnal #1 – New Horror Series by Kraus, Shehan, Wordie and Campbell Launches from Vault Comics in September http://www.brokenfrontier.com/autumnal-vault-comics-kraus-shehan-wordie-campbell/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=autumnal-vault-comics-kraus-shehan-wordie-campbell http://www.brokenfrontier.com/autumnal-vault-comics-kraus-shehan-wordie-campbell/#respond Thu, 25 Jun 2020 22:37:38 +0000 http://www.brokenfrontier.com/?p=93910 Autumn may seem a long way off but in this nebulous time of lockdown where time no longer has any meaning it will arrive sooner than you’re expecting. Something to...

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Autumn may seem a long way off but in this nebulous time of lockdown where time no longer has any meaning it will arrive sooner than you’re expecting. Something to look forward to as the nights start drawing in then, with a new horror series from Vault Comics. Full details on The Autumnal below.

Vault‘s Nightfall Imprint Returns with THE AUTUMNAL, a New Horror Series by Daniel Kraus, Chris Shehan, Jason Wordie & Jim Campbell. 

The writer behind THE SHAPE OF WATER and TROLLHUNTERS brings THE AUTUMNAL to Vault

Vault Comics is thrilled to announce THE AUTUMNAL, a terrifying new horror series by NYT bestselling author Daniel Kraus (The Shape of WaterTrollhunters), rising star artist Chris Shehan, colorist Jason Wordie, and letterer Jim Campbell. THE AUTUMNAL is the first title under Vault‘s 2021 NIGHTFALL horror imprint.  

Daniel Kraus is the New York Times bestselling author, who, with Guillermo del Toro, co-authored The Shape of Water, based on the same idea the two created for the Oscar-winning film. Also with del Toro, Kraus co-authored Trollhunters, which was adapted into the Emmy-winning Netflix series. Kraus’s The Death and Life of Zebulon Finch was named one of Entertainment Weekly‘s Top 10 Books of the Year, and he has won two Odyssey Awards (for both Rotters and Scowler) and has been a Library Guild selection, YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults, Bram Stoker finalist, and more.

In THE AUTUMNAL, following the death of her estranged mother, Kat Somerville and her daughter, Sybil, flee a difficult life in Chicago for the quaint–and possibly pernicious–town of Comfort Notch, New Hampshire.

“In ten novels, I’d written about a lot of monsters, but most were humans, or lighthearted, or greatly sympathetic,” said Daniel Kraus. “I still had a hankering to create an original, frightening, supernatural thing that had a shot at being iconic. While discussing horror with friends, I stumbled upon the concept of fallen leaves being like stepping stones for some kind of forest monster — a pathway it could use to follow you home and so forth. It was such a visual idea to me that I thought it’d be the perfect story to be my comic debut. I’m a gigantic fan of EC Comics, but I wanted to go in the opposite direction here, and make something sophisticated and sad.

“I’ve been a devotee of folk horror since I saw The Wicker Man on late-night TV as a little kid,” continued Kraus, “and coming from a rural area, I’ve always been especially keyed into the isolating dread of small towns. You whiz by them on interstates in a flash, but you never really know what’s going on inside all those little houses, do you?”

“When you write novels without pictures, you have to be good at giving the reader strong visuals through your words, and Daniel is very good at that,” added Chris Shehan. “For this comic, I’m drawing the visuals (along with outstanding colorist Jason Wordie), but before I drew a single line, I could see this entire story in my head beautifully and that’s thanks to a great writer like Daniel. My goal with this book is to move you, scare you, make you laugh, and make you cry with my art. This story has haunted me in the best way and I’m excited and grateful to be able to pass that on to you.”

NIGHTFALL is Vault‘s annual fall horror imprint. Every year as the weather turns brisk and autumn sets in, NIGHTFALL comes. As Vault continues its usual line, select new series introduced from September to December will bear the NIGHTFALL icon, promising genuine horror. Past NIGHTFALL titles include THE PLOT by Tim DanielMichael Moreci, and Joshua Hixson, and BLACK STARS ABOVE by Lonnie Nadler and Jenna Cha. More 2020 NIGHTFALL titles will be announced very soon.

THE AUTUMNAL #1 hits store shelves in Setpember 2020, and will launch with two variant covers, both by Nathan Gooden and Tim Daniel. The official synopsis can be read below:

Following the death of her estranged mother, Kat Somerville and her daughter, Sybil, flee a difficult life in Chicago for the quaint–and possibly pernicious–town of Comfort Notch, New Hampshire. From NY Times best-selling author, Daniel Kraus (The Shape of Water, Trollhunters, The Living Dead), and rising star Chris Shehan, comes a haunting vision of America’s prettiest autumn.

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The Gosh! Comics and Broken Frontier Drink and Draw Returns Online – Join Us Thurs, June 25th with Guest Artists Yetunde Ekuntuyi, Mica Murphy and Amanda Q http://www.brokenfrontier.com/gosh-comics-broken-frontier-drink-draw-returns-online-join-us-thurs-june-25th-guest-artists-yetunde-ekuntuyi-mica-murphy-amanda-q/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=gosh-comics-broken-frontier-drink-draw-returns-online-join-us-thurs-june-25th-guest-artists-yetunde-ekuntuyi-mica-murphy-amanda-q http://www.brokenfrontier.com/gosh-comics-broken-frontier-drink-draw-returns-online-join-us-thurs-june-25th-guest-artists-yetunde-ekuntuyi-mica-murphy-amanda-q/#respond Wed, 24 Jun 2020 22:06:58 +0000 http://www.brokenfrontier.com/?p=93900 The online version of our monthly Gosh! Comics and Broken Frontier Drink and Draw returns this Thursday June 25th at 7.30pm GMT on Twitter. To the day, this will be the...

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The online version of our monthly Gosh! Comics and Broken Frontier Drink and Draw returns this Thursday June 25th at 7.30pm GMT on Twitter. To the day, this will be the fifth anniversary of the Drink and Draw which debuted on Thursday June 25th, 2015 at the John Snow pub in Soho. An achievement deserving of celebration, so on that note thank you to the Drink and Draw community who have been with us through the five years we have worked to bring this event to you every month.

Here is how it works.

We’re using our regular pub format, adapted for a digital platform so if you’ve never attended one of our monthly sessions this is how it will work. Our guest artists will each choose a drawing theme for three sessions across the evening. We’ll post each of these prompts with the hashtag #GoshBFDD in three batches at 7.30pm (GMT), 8.15pm and 9.00pm from both the Gosh! Comics Twitter account and the Broken Frontier Twitter account. You have 30 minutes to draw something fitting that theme, after which we’ll spend 15 minutes picking a winner before the next round begins. Don’t forget to post your drawings with the #GoshBFDD hashtag so everyone can see and join in. And also so we can easily retweet!

The guest artists this time around are Yetunde Ekuntuyi, Mica Murphy and Amanda Q.

Yetunde Ekuntuyi is an illustrator whose colourful work explores “emotional themes through narrative and fantasy”. You can see more of her comics on her site here.

Amanda Q is a London illustrator who describes her art as “stylised, colourful and consisting of both line and line-less art.” You can find out more about Amanda’s practice here.

Mica Murphy is a designer, illustrator and art director whose clients have included The Wizarding World, Penguin, Puffin and Ladybird Books, and the BBC, amongst others. You can find out more about Mica’s work here.

Whether you’re a regular or a newbie all are welcome so please do join in and be part of the event. And if you enjoy this event why not check out the Gosh! Comics webstore here.

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Preview: 2000 AD Sci-Fi Special – Classic Characters Return as Rebellion Celebrates Two Decades Since Acquiring the Galaxy’s Greatest Comic http://www.brokenfrontier.com/2000-ad-sci-fi-special-ant-wars-rebellion-red-seas-judge-dredd/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=2000-ad-sci-fi-special-ant-wars-rebellion-red-seas-judge-dredd http://www.brokenfrontier.com/2000-ad-sci-fi-special-ant-wars-rebellion-red-seas-judge-dredd/#respond Tue, 23 Jun 2020 20:52:33 +0000 http://www.brokenfrontier.com/?p=93878 With this year’s 2000 AD Sci-Fi Special imminent we have a preview today at BF and if you’re a long-time fan of the comic this promises to be a treat,...

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With this year’s 2000 AD Sci-Fi Special imminent we have a preview today at BF and if you’re a long-time fan of the comic this promises to be a treat, mixing contemporary faves with blasts from the past like Shako and Ant Wars. Enjoy the preview below and stay tuned for a special feature on this one-shot very soon at Broken Frontier.

Celebrating two decades of Rebellion!

New 100-page special marks two decades since Rebellion acquired the legendary 2000 AD

Twenty years ago, a new phase in the history of the legendary 2000 AD began – and a brand new special is set to celebrate the Rebellion era!

The 2000 AD Sci-Fi Special is out Wednesday 24 June, focusing on the 20 years since games developer Rebellion acquired the Galaxy’s Greatest Comic.

This 100-page special features brand new work from superstar comics talent including Jock (Batman), Al Ewing (Immortal Hulk), Dan Abnett (Guardians of the Galaxy) and more!

As well as classic cuts from the archives, the special pits some of the biggest characters and series from past and present against each other in explosive, thrilling, humorous, and brand new adventures! It also dives into the archives to explore Rebellion’s tenure as the publisher of 2000 AD.

Originally launched by publishing giant IPC in 1977, 2000 AD’s unique blend of innovative and hard-hitting sci-fi, fantasy and action saw it survive and thrive, despite the declining fortunes of the UK comic publishing industry. After being moved to IPC’s Fleetway comics subsidiary, it was sold to Robert Maxwell in 1987 and then to Danish publisher Egmont in 1991.

In 2000, the title, its characters, and its legacy were purchased by brothers Jason Kingsley and Chris Kingsley, the owners of games developer Rebellion. In post as ‘Tharg the Mighty’ since 2002, editor Matt Smith is now the longest-serving editor in 2000 AD’s history and the title has gone on to win multiple domestic awards, as well as being nominated for an Eisner Award in 2013.

The 2000 AD Sci-Fi Special is available from Wednesday 24 June from all good newsagents and comic book stores, as well as in print and digital from 2000 AD’s webshop and apps!

The 2000 AD Sci-Fi Special full-line:

Judge Dredd: The Immigrant by Al Ewing (w) Jake Lynch (a) Jim Boswell (c) Annie Parkhouse (l)

Terror Tales: Scene of the Crime by Al Ewing (w) Dom Reardon (a) Tom Frame (l)

Kingdom: Shako’s Kingdom by Dan Abnett (w) Richard Elson (a) Simon Bowland (l)

Sinister Dexter: Bullet Time by Dan Abnett (w) Andy Clarke (a) Chris Blythe (c) Ellie De Ville (l)

Storm Warning: Black Storm by John Reppion (w) Clint Langley (a) Jim Campbell (l)

Nikolai Dante: A Farewell to Arms by Robbie Morrison (w) Simon Fraser (a) Gary Caldwell (c) Annie Parkhouse (l)

The Red Seas vs Ant Wars by Ian Edginton (w) Steve Yeowell (a) Jim Campbell (l)

Dreams of Deadworld: Fear by Kek-W (w) Dave Kendall (a) Ellie De Ville (l)

Judge Dredd: Leaving Rowdy by John Wagner (w) Carlos Ezquerra (a) Tom Frame (l)

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Classic ‘Major Eazy’ Strips to Be Collected by the Treasury of British Comics in 2021 – ‘Battle’ Star to Return in a Two-Volume Set http://www.brokenfrontier.com/classic-major-eazy-strips-collected-treasury-british-comics-2021-battle-star-return-two-volume-set/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=classic-major-eazy-strips-collected-treasury-british-comics-2021-battle-star-return-two-volume-set http://www.brokenfrontier.com/classic-major-eazy-strips-collected-treasury-british-comics-2021-battle-star-return-two-volume-set/#respond Mon, 22 Jun 2020 07:12:10 +0000 http://www.brokenfrontier.com/?p=93870 Continuing with their mission of preserving the legacy of classic British comics for a new generation, Rebellion have announced two volumes of the fondly remembered Major Eazy strip from the...

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Continuing with their mission of preserving the legacy of classic British comics for a new generation, Rebellion have announced two volumes of the fondly remembered Major Eazy strip from the pages of 1970s/’80s weekly comic Battle. Full details below.

Take it ‘Eazy’ with ‘major’ new collection of classic war comics

Early (mis)adventures of iconic British war comics character, Major Eazy, to be collected in order for first time!

It’s still important to take things Eazy, even in the middle of a war! Next year the Treasury of British Comics will publish the remastered earliest (mis)adventures of one of comics’ most iconic characters.

Sauntering from the pages of the groundbreaking Battle comes Major Eazy, whose earliest stories to be collected in order for the first time.

Created by Alan Hebden (Stainless Steel Rat) and Carlos Ezquerra (Judge Dredd), Major Eazy is a laconic, laid-back British Army officer during the Second World War who has a total disregard for authority or protocol. Based on actor James Coburn’s performance in The Magnificent Seven, Eazy was one of the most popular characters from Battle, his irreverence and coolness under pressure earning him legions of fans as he went on to command the band of convict commandos know as the Rat Pack.

Major Eazy: The Italian Campaign will take readers from the pulse-pounding invasion of Sicily to the German surrender at Brenner Pass, collecting all of his adventures in the Italian theatre. Rebellion’s experienced reprographics team has also restored all of the strip’s colour pages, which have never before been reprinted.

This 128-page paperback collection is the first in a two-volume series that will collect Eazy’s campaigns, and will invade shelves on 4 March 2021, retailing at £14.99.

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