2016’s Thought Bubble convention saw over 100 books making their debut, and we’re hoping to see even more for this year’s festival!
Full details on each book can be found below – click on the boxes to expand for information on titles, creators, and pricing (where available).
Gökhan Ersan / Publikum, Belgrade
84 pages / examination copies and donations only
Advantage is a graphic novel in an edition of 100 copies. The book portrays the use of technological advantage and the consequent pattern of human history in 84 pages. The story is a culmination of the author’s studies on design and technology history, as well as his many years of teaching a graphic design course rethinking comic book storytelling. Advantage envisions geographical advantage; the emergence of mechanical advantage; and inquires on how cultures tend to channel their knowledge in a purely visual narrative in the tradition of Gerd Arntz, Lynd Ward, and Frans Masereel.
The book’s pages serve as a stage for human geography. Humans distributed horizontally on a climactic belt are well-connected, enjoying a broader knowledge capital. Meanwhile, people distributed vertically face climactic barriers and isolation, lacking the benefits of a common knowledge capital. When the two finally meet, civilizational drama unfolds.
Jack RB Kirby (writer) Mat Barnett (artist) Outfield Press (Publisher)
106 pages / £15
Roswell, New Mexico, 1986. 14 year old Joel Horovitz is lonely, bullied and alienated. In an effort to make new friends, he joins the Roswell Rockets – the worst little league baseball team in the state. But Joel’s life and the fortunes of the Roswell Rockets are about to change forever when he encounters a runaway alien who just so happens to have an incredible talent for baseball…
Packed with homages to the best (and worst) of 1980s pop-culture, Alien in the Outfield is a comic book for fans of adventure, comedy, sporting underdogs and sci-fi of all ages.
Following a successful Kickstarter, Alien in the Outfield collects the complete series of the alien sports adventure comic, remastered, expanded and in full colour for the first time! Alien in the Outfield will be available exclusively at Thought Bubble (Leeds) prior to official release in October 2017.
Erato Kondyli(Writer), George Kambadais(writer/artist)
Flo’s working for an evil corporation named Eve Eel Co, who takes people with powers prisoners and use them for science. She hates her job. She just can’t stand there and watch all these wonderful people walking through her inside the building of Eve Eel Co and disappear! So she decided to do something for it and one day, she calls Hope and Raul, her co-workers and friends, and she quits with a bang! Operation Unadon is a go!
Simon Spurrier, Caspar Wijngaard / Image Comics
32 Pages, £3
NEW ONGOING SERIES PREMIERE!
WINGED MONKEYS! TECHNO-DOLPHINS! QUANTUM ALLEYCATS!
Humanity’s long gone. Its memory lingers only as misunderstood rituals among mankind’s leftovers: the genetically-modified animals they used and abused for aeons. But for one young flying monkey, QORA, the routines are unbearable. All she wants is to explore, instead she’s expected to settle down, to become a mother… to lose her wings.
Eisner Nominee Simon Spurrier (The Spire, CRY HAVOC, X-Men Legacy) and rising star Caspar Wijngaard (LIMBO, Dark Souls, Assassin’s Creed) present your new bittersweet adventure obsession: teenage rebellion and animal antics amidst the ruins of civilisation!
Written and drawn by Steve Thompson
20 pages, £3
What would happen if an animal was president? What would happen if a cat made its own internet show, with humans as the butt of the joke? What does an animal believe justice looks like? Why do travellers from another planet hate dogs so much? What does being in an animal’s mind do to the human brain? Do ghosts hate rats? What jokes would a lizard tell? All, or at least some, of these questions are answered by Part 1 of a new series called Animal Magic: Political Animals.
Lorenzo Etherington/The Etherington Brothers
100 Pages, full colour, hardback. £22
The Art of Stranski is a beautiful 100 page, hardback art book on Lorenzo Etherington’s fictional 1940’s illustrated opus, STRANSKI. The book raised £40,000 on Kickstarter and was featured on many sites including BoingBoing and Parkablogs. Each copy includes includes a mind-bending 3D chapter and 3D glasses!
Limited numbers of the book are available for the launch of the book at Thought Bubble 2017.
32 Pages, Full Colour
Barnabee, a young but all be it very intelligent boy befriends the most unlikely of creature while intruding in his strange neighbours back garden. Will this new encounter turn his life upside down? And will he ever find out the curious story behind this new discovery?
Barnabee is a 32 page full colour indie comic based around a quiet young boy, with a curious interest in science and nature.
Emma Vieceli, Malin Rydén / Soaring Penguin Press Trade Edition
(Paperback): 160 pages, £15.99; Limited Edition (hard cover): 180 pages, £27.99
Bringing the world of LGBT young adult fiction into the realm of comic books, and collecting the first arc of the acclaimed weekly web series (2014-2016), Breaks is the story of two young men discovering who they were, who they are, and who they will become.
It’s a love story…but a bit broken.
Writer: Jon Laight Artist: Phil Knibbs Inks: Luca Cicchitti/Steve Horry Colours: Chris Jenkins/Santiago Ramos; Published by Level 8 Comics
32 Pages, £4
The third instalment of the Brethren Born mini-series is here launching at Thought Bubble 2017. The sci-fi conspiracy adventure continues as Newton’s past is revealed following his escape as a child from the evil General and finding safety with the mysterious ‘Fan Jin’. Witness the first superpower fuelled battle as our hero fights the fierce new villains for the first time and meets the one evil man he’s being hunting for most of his life.
Pick up all three issues of Brethren Born in a special triple pack including a free art print at Thought Bubble and catch up this indie comic sensation!
Script: Chris Mole, art: Melissa Trender, letters: Nikki Foxrobot (self-published)
36 pages, £5
Brigantia, a Romano-British goddess from the north of England, is betrayed by her brother Veteris and tricked into travelling through a one-way time portal to contemporary Britain. While on her quest to seek vengeance on Veteris, she befriends Pravin, a bookish historian who specialises in Celtic paganism. But how far will the sadistic Veteris go to preserve the dominion that he has spent centuries cultivating? Brigantia must adapt quickly to a time that has forgotten her and break Veteris’ control over the people of Britain, so that she can return to her own time.
Brigantia is a fantasy adventure story which addresses questions about equality and the state of the modern world. It weaves together history and mythology to create a world where the ancient gods are real, but depend on the belief of humans to maintain their power.
Funded through an independent Kickstarter campaign.
Ally Shwed, creator; Little Red Bird Press, publisher
30 Pages, 2-colour Risograph, $10
Carpe Diem is the story of a hungry cat who happens upon a little lost fish. Upon taking the fish home, our protagonist is soon faced with the problem of what to do when your canned tuna runs out and your fishy little friend is the only food left in your house.
Richmond Clements, PJ Woods, Paul Mclaren
72 pages /£9.99
Three organisations vying for control. Two women with nothing to lose. One relic of immeasurable power. Winner takes all.
When a crashed World War II plane is discovered in the Antarctic a United Nations covert unit, led by Major Stephanie Connisbee, is sent to investigate. Unbeknownst to Steph another team, headed up by ruthless adventuress, Victoria Sullivan has also been dispatched to the crash site.
Beneath the snow and ice Steph and Victoria discover a relic of mass destruction that should have stayed buried. Now the two mismatched warriors must work together to stop a shadowy organisation from using the relic to plunge the world into chaos. There’s just one problem; Steph and Victoria want each other dead and the relic for themselves.
Saving the world has never been more messy.
Dan White – Milk the Cat Comics
24 pages, full colour, £5
The new Cindy & Biscuit is a collection of 2 page vignettes detailing a year of Sundays in the irrepressible pair’s life, featuring more monsters than you can hit with a stick, and the usual mix of bittersweet poignancy and full-on action. Dan White’s Cindy & Biscuit have been twice nominated for the British Comic Awards.
Published by Panels Comics. Written by Erin Keepers, Art by Letty Wilson
26 pages, £4
Rinnette is settling into life in on Earth with the help of her new friends. Maybe she can learn to live as a human, and even enjoy it! But there are still others looking for her, and she will be forced to ask if she is putting her friends in danger… or if they are even really her friends?
This is the fourth instalment of the SICBA award-winning sci-fi series that follows alien-human hybrid Rinnette as she faces alien invasions, shadowy government organisations, and tries to understand her own identity!
Suitable for all ages.
Pedro Mendes (Artist), Andre Mateus (Writer), VMComics (Publisher)
24 pages – £4
A fantasy/horror one-shot set in the Viking Age, “Deiciders #1 – Of Wolf and Man” follows three seasoned warriors facing their biggest challenge yet… a God!
Online edition available at:
68 pages / £8.99
Dirty Rotten Comics has been described as ‘a beautiful encapsulation of the diversity, experimentation, eccentricity and brilliance of our ever inspiring small press scene’ (Broken Frontier) and ‘a great chance to see some interesting short pieces and to discover new artists’ (The Quietus).
Issue 11 contains strips by some of the most exciting new and up-and-coming indie talent in British comics and will be debuting at Thought Bubble for a discounted price as a thank you to all of our supporters over the past 3 years.
8 Pages / £5
Poppy was a dog like any other, a bundle of joy that was always ready to cheer up her owner. Until one day, as Poppy ran freely at the park, a magical object caught her attention. Before her owner Jamie could notice, such mysterious item disappeared in Poppy’s mouth, and subsequently in her tummy. What follows is an incredible phenomenon where every time Poppy farts, anything that a human in her presence wishes for, becomes reality.
Al Davison and Yen Quach. Published by Liminal Comics an imprint of BrainMill press.
Approx 55 pages, £16.99
Harlan is a brilliant scientist who follows his own path. A man who refuses to let anyone tell him how to live just because he uses a wheelchair. He has only one passion, to prove that there is no such thing as the supernatural. He doesn’t believe in ghosts anymore than he believes in love. But one night in the old Vine Mansion could change Harlan’s mind… and his heart, if he survives. Because even though no one’s lived in this place for over a century, he’s not alone anymore.
1st Comixology issue available on 9/12/2017
2nd Comixology issue available on 10/10/2017
3rd Comixology issue available on 11/14/2017
Book published on 12/12/2017
We will be selling advance copies of the book exclusively at Thought Bubble.
36 pages, price TBC
A bear and a dog in a caravan. What could go wrong? Jammo likes to make things, G Bear just stands back and prepares for the worst. Their actions attract the attention of the surrounding community, local media and Melvyn Smedley III, Leader of the Evil Mog Army.. An all ages comedy-adventure written and drawn by Jaime Huxtable.
India Swift, Michael Doig, Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou, JP Jordan
56 pages, Price TBC
13 year old Bridgette is nervous enough about her family’s move to Fort Harbour – but when an unexpected arrival from the sky coincides with her own, it makes finding friends at her new school even trickier than she feared.
The Girl and the Glim: Book one tells the first part of a larger story that deals with how fear can bring people together in a positive way. It’s also the first long form comic made by India Swift and Michael Doig, with the efforts of Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou and JP Jordan. We’re excited to finally debut the book and share it with you at Thought Bubble Festival!
26 pages + extras; £4
The cast and crew of the Glorious Wrestling Alliance — the greatest fake fighting organisation the world has ever seen — are going on a financially motivated and extremely ill-advised tour, and it probably won’t be pleasant! Bickering! Ennui! Soiled bus upholstery! Josh Hicks’ latest grapple opus has it all. Lovingly printed in finest riso.
Darryl Cunningham / Myriad Editions
One month before publication, get your advance copies here of Darry Cunningham’s latest book!
Overlooked, sidelined, excluded, discredited: key figures in scientific discovery come and take their bow in an alternative Nobel prize gallery curated by award-winning cartoonist Darryl Cunningham. Our man from Keighley presents his new book Graphic Science ahead of its October publication by Myriad: graphic biographies of seven scientists whose discoveries have changed our lives but have not achieved a high level of fame: Mary Anning, Antoine Lavoisier, George Washington Carver, Nikola Tesla, Alfred Wegener, Jocelyn Bell Burnell and Fred Hoyle. ‘[His] judicious use of facts and evidence mirrors that of the scientists whose stories he so compellingly relates.’ Larry Gonick, author of The Cartoon History of the Universe
Written and drawn by Mr. Picto
16 pages long, £3
After escaping an unhealthy relationship, Pete is beset my misfortune. Is he just unlucky in love, or are there sinister forces at work?
Tillie Walden/Avery Hill Publishing
68 pages, £12.99
Winner of the Ignatz Award for Promising New Talent 2016 and Eisner Award Nominated. The Tillie Walden classic in a brand new hardback edition!
Two girls in a small town in the USA kill time together as they try to get through their days at school. They watch videos, share earbuds as they play each other songs and exchange their stories. In the process they form a deep connection and an unexpected relationship begins to develop.
In her follow up to the critically acclaimed The End of Summer, Tillie Walden tells the story of a small love that can make you feel like the biggest thing around, and how it’s possible to find another person who understands you when you thought no-one could.
28 Pages/ £10
The illustrated series of really good dogs will show you a collection of admirable dogs that frequently work hard to improve your everyday life. Whether capitalism is damaging your mental health, the patriarchy is affecting your career or prejudice is making socialising a lot harder, these excellent dogs are doing their best to help.
28 pages (inc covers) / £3.50
A story about pregnancy and the end of the world. A sci-fi inflected, slice of life tale about relationships & important choices.
Matt Crehan, Jon Slater, Declan Montgomery and Mike West – Cog Life Comics
24 pages – £3
A silent grave amidst a storm. A silhouette, looming behind a curtain of a fierce blizzard. A dilapidated home, darkened by the surrounding moors. The whirring gears of your own mind.
Three short stories, spanning different genres, are brought together in the premier collaboration from Cog Life Comics.
Writer: Jed McPherson; Artists: Fabio Silva Guimarães, Joseph Velasquez, André Stahlschmidt, Chris Shehan, Francesco Iaquinta, Diego Guerra, David Tomas Cabrera, Juanfrancisco Moyano Guerrero, Emily Pearson and Anna Wieszczyk; Cover by Becca Carey
84 pages, £10
At Lifeline they’re used to talking people down from the edge but when Cathy started her shift she never thought she’d have to stop a murder… Tom’s in trouble. Someone has his daughter and they won’t let her go unless he robs a bank. At least that’s what he’s telling the cops… Zoe is missing and her mum is going out of her mind, sure it might be nothing but when a strange parcel arrives her worst fears are confirmed… And Jacob, well, Jacob is an odd one.
Writer: Chris Denton Artist: Neil ‘Bhuna’ Roche Colours: Darren Stephens Lettering: Bolt-01
Back at Though Bubble 2015 PigDog Press exclusively released our first comic, Killing Moon issue 1. At Thought Bubble 2016, we released issue 2 for the event, and you’ve guessed it – this year we will be exclusively launching Killing Moon issue 3 at this year’s convention.
With orcs and humans fighting over their mountain homeland, Killing Moon are hired to take out one group and bring back the mountain to their client… but who’s side are they fighting for and who is ‘The Man in the Mountain’?
So if you like your sword and sorcery and fantasy comics come and see us in the Millennium Square marquee and pick up a copy. What have you got to lose!! Issue 1 and 2 will also be available too.
24 pages / £2.50
As La Mariposa takes a little break from adventuring, we proudly present a tale from the archives of premier superteam The Sons Of Justice! Summoned to exorcise a pernicious presence from a small cemetery, the Sons find themselves sore beset by a hulking homunculus of horrific… horrendousness!
Can our heroes prevail? Find out in: The Grip Of The Gruesome Grappler!
20 pages, £10
A signed collection of my illustrations of women, full colour & printed on textured gesso paper.
20 pages / £8
Artbook containing highres prints of paintings, all color, printed on watercolour rembrandt paper.
44 pages / £10
Every night Maeve lights up her house with lamps to keep the wilderness away. But the more light she creates the greater the shadows she casts. Only when her lights go out is she able to see how bright the night really is. ‘Lost Light’ is an exploration of the effects of light pollution in an age where we can’t see the stars for the street lamps.
Maghrib was recently Highly Commended by Faber and Faber in the FAB Prize 2017. Muj Shah (Casualty, Citizen Khan) is a professional Actor who stars in the new Comedy Series ‘Coconut’ currently airing on BBC3. Muj eventually grew tired of auditioning for bad guys and terrorists. With a noticeable lack of positive Muslim characters and role models in the media and tired of the negative ways they were often depicted; He decided to create a Superhero who just so happens to be Muslim.
‘After Asim Ahkbar is left for dead that’s when his life begins to change. Saved by a secret organisation known as Jin. Asim must carry the mantle of Maghrib, the first to do so in over 700 years. He must continue to do good at night in order to survive through the day. Sharing a huge power that has corrupted all that have come before him.’
Neill Cameron, David Fickling Books
96 pages, £9.99
Alex and Freddy are brothers. ROBOT brothers!
When duty calls, they’re agents of R.A.I.D., an elite government unit that protects the world from ROBOTIC ATTACKS. Now they’re facing NEW and TERRIFYING threats: a GIANT drill-bot is destroying London, Freddy gets FAMOUS, and even worse, a MYSTERIOUS ROBOT twisted with rage is intent on ruthlessly exacting his REVENGE on R.A.I.D….
From the pages of The Phoenix, the second volume of writer-artist Neill Cameron’s British award-winning all-ages adventure MEGA ROBO BROS is here!
Emma Reynolds Illustration
16 pages / £3
Love a Sunday afternoon murder mystery drama with a cuppa tea and a biscuit? Who doesn’t! A tribute to what makes them special and ridiculous in equal measure, pick up this TV comic guide to Barners, the Herb Women and more!
240 pages, £15
Nyx in the Overworld is an all-ages queer-inclusive fantasy comic that plays around with classic hero quest narratives, feat. gnarly monsters, useless sidekicks, loot, dumb jokes, sweet magic powers and video game references.
After funding on Kickstarter in less than 24 hours, the complete story will be available as a full-colour book for the first time, with improved text, colours, and exclusive art extras.
76 pages / £12
A young prince (the Infante, his noble title) is assigned a young squire around his age to protect and serve him as a child. The boys grow together, and despite their different backgrounds and statuses, end up falling in love with each other.
Mike Medaglia / SelfMadeHero
This is the fourth book in the best selling One Year Wiser series. It is an illustrated chapter book using comics to explore and explain mindfulness. This is a very practical guide that can be used directly in day to day life!
Creators: Jasper Bark (writer), Alfa Robbi (artist), Bolt-01 (letters); Publisher: Markosia Enterprises
64 pages, £8.99p
Three futures hang in the balance. Two end in total annihilation. One assassin’s bullet will decide. On the planet Sedulon, a rogue band of renegade time travelers and scientific misfits fight to save the futures of two worlds.
Doc Hydrabus – a brilliant scientist whose body splits into a crowd of his past and selves, he lives in one present and many futures all at the same time.
Cassindra – 900 years old, impossible to kill and every bit as deadly as she is beautiful. She’s travelled back in time to change the world.
Rushaar and Shartara – alien beings made entirely of gas with one simple plan, to use time travel to assassinate the leader of Sedulon and save their planet Eidolonia.
The Parassassin – he will take the shot that decides the destinies of everyone in the galaxy.
Politics and parody collide on the bleeding edge of science fiction, in the most shocking and unexpected thriller you’re going to read this year.
36 pages, £10
PollQuest is a choose your own adventure/D&D style comic made through a series of twitter polls. Within each poll is a list of choices the main character ‘BACON THE ADVENTURE DOG’ can potentially follow. The people of twitter then cast a vote for what they think is best for Bacon’s next move! Once the results come in, I draw the next panel! This is the very first campaign. It is also Exclusive to Thought Bubble!
72 pages, £10
A collection of four panel comics answering all of your questions about life, the universe and how to use the internet.
Rozi Hathaway, Self Published
40 pages / £4
In a Hathaway first, the Njálla and Cosmos & Other Stories creator delves into autobiographical work with Self Care & Vegetables; a zine about breaking up in your late 20’s, a time when you still have to put on a brave face and go to work, and not hide eating junk food in drunken hysterics.
Isolation, anxiety, neurosis and plenty of multivitamins, Self-Care & Vegetables is a candid look at how one person can begin to recover and repair her fractured life.
122 / £10
Serious is the story of an ambitious young rabbit named Blake. His goal? Success in the Jungle, a fierce city where rest is for the weak. That’s not enough to scare a kid from the poor – but tough – town of Serveton though. Blake sets off on a quest to bring together a talented business team and meet the challenge head on. However, he won’t won’t get far before learning a hard lesson: to make it in the Jungle, you have to be Serious.
85 pages, £10
The Shattered is the second book in the Eimurian Tales series. It focuses on Malwynn a young man with a troubled life who meets a creature from another world. Malwynn had always known these creatures as enemies to humanity however his perceptions change when he finds that this supposed enemy shows him more compassion than his fellow humans ever have.
Christopher Sebela(writer), George Kambadais(aritst), Lesley Atlansky(colorist), Two Headed Press
Fresh from a successful Kickstarter campaign, Short Order Cooks is a self-published series about crime, cooking and bad decisions. This first issue introduces us to Rockwell Granger, a would-be cook who finds himself up to his eyes in debt and struggling to make ends meet. And, when the low-grade criminals who loaned him the money to start up his food cart business come calling, Rock finds himself grudgingly agreeing to do a little ‘freelance’ work for them, sparking off what looks set to be a jaunty crime caper packed with humour, excitement and mouth-watering tacos.
28 pages, £10
A YURI!!! ON ICE doujinshi. A sweet short story between Yurio and Otabek on Yurio’s birthday. Originally debuted at Comiket 92. Title and inspiration losely based on the american movie “Sixteen Candles” (1984) by John Hughes.
20 pages / £10
A signed collection of my illustrations from the past few years of my career. Including pop culture, pin-ups and concept design.
Full colour & printed on textured gesso paper.
18 pages, £6
‘Star Stuff’ is a collection of drawings from the many sketchbooks of Jessica Leslau from 2015-2016.
28 pages, £5
Street Dawgz are back in a brand new story following more of their musings on class struggle, celebrity culture and life in a box.
Wine & Zine
20 pages, £7.50
Swap is a modern look at gender representation in pop culture, in this zine five unique artists take on the task of reversing the gender identity of characters from a number of well-known books, games, musicals and movies to subvert gender portrayal in media and show just how fun and interesting it could be!
Featuring the likes of the Maria Sisters, Rikki and Morticia, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Harriet Potter and the Husband of Frankenstein! The Wine & Zine Collective are: Bryony Evans, Claire Spiller, Jessica Leslau, Gemma Roberts and Zara Williams.
Written by Aaron Fever, Drawn by George Kambadais, Coloured by Rebecca Nalty, Lettered by Hassan Ostmane-Elhaou
30 pages, €4
Shawn Hill is a teen who just wants to paint in his room and be left alone. When he finds out he has gained a super-power this doesn’t really change the fact that he wants to paint in his room and be left alone. Can Shawn follow in his father’s footsteps into the family business? Should he? He has to figure this one out for himself.
Ottilie Hainsworth / Myriad Editions
Discover this debut graphic novelist one week before the publication of her funny, heart-breaking and disarmingly honest memoir. Talking to Gina is a love letter to a dog who came into a family’s life and turned it upside down. Beautiful, moving, funny, poetic, it will make you laugh and cry. It will appeal to anyone who has ever had a dog, cat, budgie – or even a fox. Ottilie Hainsworth is an amazing new voice in comics.
‘A loving tribute…beautifully drawn in every way, understanding the power of love for a dog.’—Joanna Osborne, co-author of Best in Show
‘A must-read for anyone who’s ever loved or been loved by a dog.’—Meg Rosoff
‘Broke my heart in the very best way. Funny, poignant and just perfect.’—Nikki Sheehan
‘A funny and enchanting story that clutches at the heart. Wonderfully touching…I’m still talking to Gina.’—Lesley Thomson
32 pages / £4
Templars of the Shifting Verse follows four immortals in a post fantasy world struggling to come to terms with their impact and legacy, as well as the dark mysteries that they haven’t been able to solve.
The third part of Templars of the Shifting Verse will be available in print format, including bonus content, exclusively at September’s event – alongside parts one and two. A terrible murder sends shockwaves through Aurion City, the perpetrators: Wizards in service to a long dead sorceress known as Methesdula. The same sorceress whose tower – now a tacky tourist trap – was the scene of a horrifying apparition a few days earlier. Vigil DiCaslo, captain of the Preternatural Response Team is dispatched to find out how the two events link to the mysterious Templars of the Shifting Verse.
Creator – Mosi Publisher – Polvo
24 pages, price TBC
Luísa and Rita have been best friends since they’re kids. As they’re in their early teens, something strarts to grow between them. It’s up to them to decide either it will pull them together or tear their friendship apart.
Time May Change Me is an auto-bio comic which explores loss, longing, grief, childhood, music, and leaving behind a city that you love, but you know it’s the right thing to do. It’s a comic for my mum, and it’s a comic for David Bowie.
It’s a basic story – A Hero, A Victim, A Villain. But what happens when archetypes join forces to catapult their timeless narrative beyond the confines of beginning-middle-end and into a realm of consciousness that transcends the roles they were born to play? Triskelion follows a goddess of Wisdom, a sea-witch with immeasurable power, and an innocent girl and her cat as they unite ancient story with a post-modern quest for persona. Gnothi Seauton!
Triskelion Issue #5: Queen of Cups is the final installment of the series, as Circe, Athena, and the victim they have each laid claim to are ushered beyond History’s temple. A mystical and much misunderstood feminine force awaits them: woman whole unto herself.
Self published by: Card Shark Comics
Creator/writer: Dave Cook; Art: Rafael Desquitado Jr.; Colours: Dennis Lehmann; Letters: Micah Myers
40 pages, £5
Vessels is set during the final days of a dying dark fantasy world. One day the fabric of reality itself snaps, causing our modern world to collide headfirst with theirs. As both worlds decimate each other, a young warrior and her band of misfits leads a charge against a destructive demigod at the heart of the cataclysm.
36 pages, £3.50
The second part of my new trilogy of comics ‘The Volunteers’ will go on sale at Thought Bubble. It is set amongst the volunteers at a preserved steam railway and contains romance, intrigue and a lot of drawings of trains.
Written by: Allen Cordrey (Harken’s Raiders), Rachel Deering (Amelia Cole); Art by: Darryl Banks (Green Lantern), Matthew Waite (Deadpool) & Craig Rousseau (Perhapsnauts); Exclusive cover by Laura Braga (DC Bombshells, Witchblade)
The Weeroes is an all ages comic book that follows the adventures of four young heroes as they protect Weecago Lil’inios. The team is led by super genius Callie Cueles and features the fashionable weather caster, Princess Cloudburst, Puppy Lad, who can turn into any dog provided they aren’t scary and the boy with the magic blanket, Woobie.
You can read one of their adventures free on-line at http://www.vanbreed.com/Comics/Weeroes?page=1
Roger Langridge / Self-Published (under the “Hotel Fred Press” imprint)
40 pages plus covers, £5
Originally published by Fantagraphics in the early 1990s, Roger Langridge has returned to his roots by self-publishing a brand-new issue of Zoot!, the title once described by the Comics Journal as “a wonderful comic that nobody ever read”. The single-creator anthology features gag strips, self-contained short stories, new escapades of old characters such as Art d’Ecco and The Fez, the first chapter of a new western-themed Fred the Clown graphic novel entitled “Arizona Daisy”, and new autobiographical material in which Langridge explores his sense of belonging and contemplates his place in the world.