Sentinel Issue 6 – Pocket Book – Live in Kickstarter – Spoiler Light Preview

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Sentinel Issue 6
Bad Kitty

Self Published via Kickstarter

Previous Issues available on Etsy

Writer:
Alan Holloway
Artist:
Morgan Gleave
Book Design:
Ed Doyle

I’ve been backing Sentinel on Kickstarter for most of their issues. Kickstarter is a great place to find Comics. This was the case before Covid but for some it has become more important. 

On Kickstarter you can find Creator Owned comics from well known names. You can also find books like this which Publishers may be reliuctant to take risks on due to sales of similar products.

Sentinel is inspired by DC Thompson’s ‘Starblazer’. 64 Page Pocket Books were very popular in the 1970s, few still exist. Commando is probablyt the best known which has continued through the years. 

Sentinel was planned quite a while before Issue 1 was launched in May 2020. I am aware Alan Holloway had already scripted several issiues and had Artists lined up in advance.

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The77 Issue 4 Kickstarter live until 13 December 2020

Screenshot_20201128-174617_Kickstarter.jpgThe77 Issue 4
Live on Kickstarter until 13 December 2020

Previous issues are available on Get my Comics

Conrtributors include:
Steve Bull, Ade Hughes, Bambos Georgiou, Neil Sims, Dave Bedford, Ben ‘Mac’ Macleod, Andrew Sawyers, Dave Heeley, Sinclair Elliott, David Thomas, Jon Roydon, Jim Tomlinson, Rupert Lewis Jones, Brendon Wright, Joe and Jeremy Dunn, Stephen Brotherstone, Jo Heeley, Lew Stringer, Mal Earl, Paul Duncan, Robert Wells

Standard Cover – Jon Roydon

The77 is a UK Anthology Comic in the style of the mainstay tradition of UK Comics – especially from the 1970s.

It is fair to say that many UK Comic Readers of a certain age started reading these sort of titles. 1977 was the year of Star Wars and 2000AD, might be a bit of a link there to the title of this comic (there is a link… obviously).

I’ve reviewed and backed previous issues, link above to where to find them. I attended a special Launch Party on Friday 27th Movember 2020 to hear news about this issue and a few things about upcoming plans. Continue reading

Block Mania Board Game reprinted – Available from Friday 27th November 2020

Block Mania pairingLimited-edition replica printing

Available from 2000AD.com from 12noon on Friday 27 November
And Asmodee UK

Block Mania Board Game was for two Players.

The expansion Mega Mania added two nore Playboards and more pieces so that Four Players could take part.

There is no mention of Price in the Press Release I received and I can’t see one on the 2000AD site.

Back in the 1980s I had a very active group of friends to play with and one bought this.

There were 6 of us, with a few extra people around the sides, so it was a bit frought who would get invited to play this. Out of our core six only two, me included, were regular 2000AD readers. But everyone enjoyed this game.

I was the biggest Dredd fan among us. I loved this game.

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The77 Issue 3 – Spoiler Free Review

The77 is an anthology comic in the British tradition. Styled on the kind of comics available in the 1970s. 2000AD launched in 1977, might be a link there (there’s a link there).

This title draws in Creators from Small Press and further.

Comics used to be vdery accesible in the UK now they are mostly in Comic Shops not in Newsagents. And to be found in a Supermarket they more or less are only Licensed material with plastic connected to the cover.

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Sentinal Issue 5 – all colour special – live on Kickstarter

Sentinel 5 cover.jpgSentinel Issue 5
Self Published via Kickstarter

Kickstarter currently live
Story:
Ed Doyle & Chris Atkins
Script:
Alan Holloway
Artist & Letterer
Ed Doyle

Kickstarter is a cool place to find things. I’ve backed quite a few Comics on there now. I recently did as YouTube video for Thought Bubble Fringe about comics on Kickstarter.

This series of books looks so great physically in paper. They come from the creators’ love of Starblazer published by the UK publisher DC Thompson between April 1979 and January 1991,

20201031_194241.jpgSquarebound pocketbooks the same scale as Commando, also from DC Th0mpson. There were variations of format but the widest recalled is a full length SciFi or Fantasy story.

Ed Doyle is behind the design and the printing really delivers. The Lego Star Wars Advent Calendatr didn’t come with Issue 4.

These would stand out in a Newsagents.

Launched through funding on Kickstarter you can get previous issues through Get My Comics. I think Isue 1 may be current,y unavailable but not sure.

There are a few preview pages at the end of this areticle

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Kicking Off Comics – My Input to Thought Bubble Comic Festival – Online 9th to 15th November 2020

Fringe logo titlesThought Bubble is, to the best of my knowledge, the largest Comic Converntion in UK. Other Conventions may be larger but are mixed Film, TV and Comics.

Due to Covid19 we can’t attend Conventions at the moment. I only regularl ayyend two Conventions. Lawless in Bristol, where I Moderate Panels, and Thought Bubble.

Thought Bubble has a weekend Convention and the preceeding week usually has Fringe events such a Comics Workshops.

This year Thought Bubble asked for people to offer their input to Thought Bubble Fringe online. I am particpating with a Video which i will be uploading to YouTube on Thursday 12th November 2020. My Guests are Shea Proulx, Montyneo and Umar Ditta.

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Digital Only Releases from 2000AD for 2021

Rebellion Publishing have announced a number of Digital Only releases coming in 2021. They previously increased the Digital Only releases in March when the UK went in to Lockdown. Deciding to increase releases in 2021 instead of adding to those already sceduled for Print they would continue Digital Only releases.

At times Rebellion have done some Digital First releases, there is nothing official regarding whether that may continue.

Mike Molcher, Rebellion PR says:

“Featuring work by Garth Ennis (Preacher, The Boys), Sean Phillips (Criminal, Reckless), Al Ewing (Immortal Hulk), John Wagner (Judge Dredd), Alan Grant (Batman), and Pat Mills (Marshal Law), the new series of digital collections will bring together thrills old and new – including some that have never been available digitally before!

The new digital releases will be available from the 2000 AD app for Apple, Android, and Windows 10 devices, as DRM-free PDF/CBZ downloads from the 2000 AD webshop, and on Amazon Kindle devices.”

Ben Smith, Head of Film, TV and Publishing at Rebellion, said:

“This new series of digital-only collections available from our app and webshop are a fantastic dive into 2000 AD’s incredible backlist. Our archives are bursting at the seams with hidden gems that have either never been collected or just haven’t been digitised before, so it’s great to be able to make them available. The advance of digital-only collections is that we can bring these classics direct to the readers without having to add even more books to our already bumper publishing schedule.”

Titles being release as Digital Only come from thoughout the variety of 2000AD stories. A full list of those currently announced follows. Most are currently out of print, some are seeing publication for the first time since being in the weekly Prog.

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2000AD Prog 2206: Regened – Spoiler Light preview of the All Ages issue (preview pages)

Rejuve cover.jpg2000AD Prog 2206
Published in the UK by Rebellion

Subscription release Saturday 31st October 2020

General release in print & digital Wednesday 4th November 2020

Available in all good stockists, 2000AD iOS AppAndroid Ap & 2000AD Shop

Cover: Alex Ronald

Genre – Sci-Fi

This week’s line-up:
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2000AD started out as a comic aimed at children, though it [pushed boundaries and though my parents though I was mature enough for the content some parents were less sure. The comic has overall aged with the readers and is now aimed at older teens and Adults.

Every now and then 2000AD put outr a bumper weekly issue with one-off stories for ‘Allm Ages’ that bdoesn’t strictly mean ‘for Children’ but refers to low violence and straightforward storylines.

Unlike my regular Previews of 2000AD all the Preview Pages are at the end of the article.
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Death Squad by Alan Hebden, Carlos Ezquerra and Eric Bradbury – spoiler light (6 preview pages)

DeathS CoverDeath Squad
Published by Rebellion

Writer: Alan Hebden
Artists: Carlos Ezquerra & Eric Bradbury

UK and DIGITAL: 
RELEASE DATE: 24 November
PAPERBACK, 128 pages
PRICE: £14.99
ISBN: 9781781087688
Avai;lable from mast stockists 
Treasury of British Comics Website, & apps for iPadAndroid and Windows 10

There is an introduction from Alan Hebden to this book. I think I need to mention part of that because if you look at the Preview pages at the end of the article youn may spot that Alan is not credited.

Published weekly in Batle from July 1980nti June 1981 the story started Alan had another story in Battle. Historically there were no Credits in British Comics but by this time that had changed. Editorial didn’t want to show the same Writers too often so they decided to use a Psuedonym. – 

Challenging the usual narrative the heroes of this story are the Germans. Punishment regiments were thrown at the Eastern Front, in some ways disposble units. Their enemy were the allies of Britain, the Russians.

Language in this book includes negative racial comments and reflects both the time it was printed as well as the period it is set. Soldiers after all speak like Soldiers.

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Jim Killen joins Rebellion as Editor-at-Large in USA.

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Bio image from Twitter

Jim Killen may not be a name every Comic Fan knows but his influence on Publishing is quite extensive. He joins Rebellion on Monday 19th October 2020 as Editor-at-Large, based out of New York.

After joining Barnes & Noble in 1979 as a Storeb Manager he became a Buyer in October 1987. In 1998 he became Science Fiction, Fantasy, Role Playing Games and Graphic Novels buyer. Under his direction the store was influential in the success of many well known names. He also doubled the floorspace for Graphic Novels in Barnes & Noble.

With a background of formal training in Illustration and Graphic Design at the School of Visual Arts in New York from 1979 to 1982 he was well placed at Barnes and Nobel. Among those who have benefited from his patronage include Neil Gaiman, V.E. Schwab, Marjorie Liu, Kim Harrison, and George R.R. Martin.

Joining Rebellion, described by BBC as a “British Media Giant”, he brings a massive amount of influence and knowledge of the US market, an area Rebellion has had mixed results with over the years.

Famous as a Game Developer Rebellion are the publisher of  2000AD, Judge Dredd Megazine and a range of SciFi and Horror Novels. They are also now TV & Film Production Company with current projects in development including Rogue Trooper movie by Duncan Jones and a TV series set in the world of Judge Dredd. Rebellion also own the largest back catalogue of Britrish Comics under the trading name of Treasury of British Comics. Continue reading