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Upcoming special: Brit comics rock! What’s coming in 2014

Published On February 28, 2014 | By Joe Gordon | Comics, News, Upcoming

After our long run of Best of the Year posts recently it seemed that after looking back at the previous twelve months it would be good to turn our attention forward now to the forthcoming year’s releases. We try to embrace the wide world of comics here on the FP blog, but of course we have a special interest in and love of the British comics scene. And over the (now nine this very week!) years since we started the blog it seems we’ve just had more and more to report on – new publishers, new titles, those publishers like Blank Slate Books and SelfMadeHero taking their place next to old hands like Knockabout, Rebellion and Cape, while more have emerged into a brilliantly confident, increasingly vibrant UK comics scene, publishers like Nobrow dazzling us with wonderfully designed works, publishers like Soaring Penguin, Great Beast and Improper Books coming forth with some terrific titles.

We’ve gone from lamenting that we had a great small press, self published scene but lacked the good stable of Indy comics publishers the US and Canada had with the likes of D&Q, Fantagraphic, Top Shelf etc, to now having a number of publishers, all producing a real variety of titles and styles. And when we says Brit comics, well, it isn’t just Brit comics, because a lot of those UK publishers are also translating all sorts of intriguing works from further afield, notably the Continent, and we’re seeing works from UK creators and from Europe being published here. And frankly we’re loving it here. We’re seeing everything from enchanting tales for young readers to emotional autobiographical works, hilariously funny works, action comics, political comics, art comics…

So, time then to talk to those publishers and ask them about some of the titles they have planned for us this year. We had another vintage crop in 2013 and 2014′s list of publications looks like it is going to be even better. This isn’t an exhaustive list, of course, there will be more works to be announced later in the year from these and other publishers as negotiations and schedules are worked on and some dates can change, but it’s a good way to give a taster of what we can expect from the Brit comics publishers in 2014 and, I believe shows off just how damned good we have it in comics here in the UK right now. And yes, perhaps I’m indulging in a little bit of flag-waving here for Brit comics publishers, but just check out this sample of upcoming wares from UK comics publishers and tell me that flag waving isn’t justified. Brit comics rock!

SelfMadeHero

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Terra Australis: based on the real-life voyage of discovery of Admiral Arthur Phillip, who became the first Governor of New South Wales and founder of Sydney, this dramatic historical account traces the First Fleet’s journey from London to establishing the initial settlements.  Written by LF Bollée, drawn by Philippe Nicloux, and published to coincide with Admiral Phillip’s bicentenary, this is a 500-page epic bringing history to life. Expected February.

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Vincent: Vincent Van Gogh is arguably one of the world’s most popular artists and a man who led a turbulent, tragic life in pursuit of his dreams.  During his short stay in Arles, Provence, he had one of his most intense, creative periods which is the focus of this biography by Dutch writer and illustrator Barbara Stok. Expected March.

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The Boxer: Sixteen-year old Hertzko Haft is sent to Auschwitz where his formidable fighting skills help him to survive.  Fleeing to America after escaping the death march, he becomes a heavyweight prize-fighter, and is later inaugurated in the Jewish Sports Hall of Fame. A remarkable and gripping true story of heroism and the human spirit.  Written and drawn by Reinhard Kleist. Expected March.

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Celeste: the first original story from I. N. J. Culbard, best known for his H. P. Lovecraft adaptations, Celeste is a compelling piece of science-fiction about the choices we make and the courage it takes to make them. Three tales follow the lives of a lovestruck couple on the London underground, a suicidal comic artist in a demon-haunted Japanese forest, and two strangers stranded on a gridlocked LA freeway. Expected April.

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Weapons of Mass Diplomacy: Award-winning political satire based on the life of former PM and Foreign Minister Dominique de Villepin. Set during the Iraq conflict of 2002-3, Alexandre Taillard de Vorms loves making poetic speeches and cosying up to the elite.  Familiar world leaders are amongst the large cast but they are all given fictional names.  Written by Abel Lanzac, a former speechwriter for De Villepin, and illustrated by Christophe Blain, it belongs to the traditions of TV series The Thick of It and Steve Bell’s If…. newspaper strip. Expected April.

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The Cigar That Fell in Love With a Pipe: Orson Welles’ latest movie, The Lady From Shanghai, starring his wife Rita Hayworth, is about to be released when he receives a box of his favourite cigars. He loses himself in daydreams of the person who made them, Cuba’s most famous cigar roller Conchita Marquez, whose colourful story unfolds in the plumed smoke. Written by David Camus, best-selling author of Knights of the Kingdom, and UK-born artist Nick Abadzis. Expected May.

Jonathan Cape

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Just So Happens: Yumiko is a young Japanese woman who has made London her home. She has a job, a boyfriend; Japan seems far away. Then, out of the blue, her brother calls to tell her that her father has died in a mountaineering accident. Returning to Tokyo for the funeral and finds herself immersed in the rituals of Japanese life and death – and confronting a decision she hadn’t expected to have to make. This work from Fumio Obata made waves at a preview at Thought Bubble. Expected February.

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Sally Heathcote –  Suffragette: Mary Talbot’s debut graphic novel Dotter of Her Father’s Eyes, collaborating with husband Bryan, was the first graphic work to win the Costa literary award. This second book takes a fictional character as our entry point into actual historical events at a pivotal moment as British society changes. This time Mary is joined by Kate Charlesworth for the artwork. Expect a lot of interest from the mainstream media as well as the comics folks for this. Expected May.

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Woody Guthrie: Nick Hayes, who created the enormous and well-received Rime of the Modern Mariner, returns with a comics biography of Woody Guthrie, surely one of the greatest singer-songwriters of all time (not many have their songs archived in the Library of Congress, that’s how important and influential his work is considered). Expected September.

Knockabout

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Nemo: the Roses of Berlin – Alan Moore and Kevin O’Neill return for another League of Extraordinary Gentleman-related tale, this time set in 1941 it sees Jenni Nemo’s daughter married into the family of aerial warlord Jean Robur. When her loved ones are held hostage in the dark Berlin of Adenoid Hynkler (a nod to Chaplin’s Great Dictator) she is forced to travel there, encountering, among others, a dark Teutonic version of the LOEG. Expected March.

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The Bojeffries Saga: Alan Moore and Steve Parkhouse’s brilliant Bojeffries gets a proper collection at last. In places like an even more dysfunctional British Addams Family, this collection of bizarre misfits causes the sorts of laughs that leave seats damp. You can see a sneak preview here on the blog. Expected April.

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League of Extraordinary Gentlemen Collected Edition: this hardback volume will collect the three connected volumes of Moore and O’Neill’s always ingenious LOEg: Century, which saw the remaining members (Mina, Alan and Orlando) at three different points across a century, trying to avert an apocalypse to be caused by the birth of an anti-Christ ‘moonchild’. Expected July.

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In God We Trust: Five years after the magnificent Pinocchio, Winshluss is back with the hilarious In God We Trust. A guided tour of the Bible, with your guide being a certain Saint Franky, with his very unique reflections on certain biblical events. Following the adventures of God, baby Jesus, Mary, plus all the favourites – including some surprise guests by a musclebound Conan and Gotham’s cities own protector. Divided up into the best of the Bible – from the crossing of the red sea, original sin, the last judgement, to the greatest religious love affair… Our own Wim talked about this when it came out in Europe just a few months ago here on the blog. Expected September.

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Wrinkles by Paco Roca. After his most recent episode from his Alzheimer’s, Ernest is placed by his family in a retirement home. He is must face a new life, as he gets to know the fellow patients and the ins and outs of the home. He uncovers a horrible routine -sleep, eat, sleep, eat and repeat, the medications, and especially the last stage – the top floor, where no one returns from. So Ernest must find a way to fight against the slow loss of his memories… A subject matter rarely touched upon – immerse yourself in story of humility and humour for those that spend their last years in homes. Expected late 2014

Some other works bubbling away in the Knockabout cauldron, hopefully for late 2014 release, include Alan Moore’s massive, years in the making novel Jerusalem (I’m sure all fans of Alan realise dates for the publication of this are subject to change! Worth the wait though!), the great Hunt Emerson returning with Calculus Cat and Mauri Kunnas’ Beatles With An A. Obviously we’ll try and bring you more on those titles later in the year when dates are a bit firmer.

Soaring Penguin Press

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Mengelmoes #1: the first of South African creator Willem Samuel’s autobiographical series, detailing growing up in SA in the 90s, a very turbulent time as the nation changed (not least with the end of the loathsome Apartheid and release of Mandela), it goes from painfully honest (your mum finding your porno stash in your teen age bedroom) to flights of fancy to escape humdrum life and school (imagining Judge Dredd clearing a traffic jam for his dad to drive through). New talent to watch for. Expected March/April, with the next installments due spring, summer and autumn; check out a preview here on the blog.

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The Black Feather Falls Book Two: Ellen Lindner, who we’ve admired since her Whores of Mensa work, is back with this period piece, this time seeing our intrepid lady sleuths off to a very remote island community on Scotland. Expected March/April, with books three and four due summer and autumn.

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Meanwhile #1: Expected May, with the second and third volumes due summer and autumn, a new bi-monthly anthology from Soaring Penguin which , as we’ve blogged before, will include the very welcome return of Gary Spencer Millidge’s Strangehaven as well as David Hine and Mark Stafford’s Bad Bad Place.

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Newt: Nicolas Mahler and Heinz Wolf. A dark murder mystery involving strange hairdos, kidnapping, broken hearts and serial killing. Expected May.

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To End All Wars: Jonathan Clode and John Stuart Clark (aka Brick) edit an anthology of unusual takes on World War One to mark the centenary of the start of that dreadful conflict, with a mix of established hands and new talents (including, he added immodestly, me) – a book we suspect Michael Gove will not approve of! Expected August.

Rebellion/2000 AD

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ABC Warriors: The Solo Missions: Mills, Moore, Flint, Dillon and more bring us tales of the ABC Warriors, the crack robotic combat team, but here revealing how each operate on his own. Expected February

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Judge Dredd: Complete Case Files 22: The series collecting every Dredd tale in chronological order (must have series!) continues, seeing Dredd sent back to New York City in 2001 and back in the future competing with judges from other cities to extract a downed Justice Department craft. Expected March.

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Devlin Waugh: Swimmming In Blood – a welcome return to print for this classic. Meet Devlin Waugh, the Vatican’s best freelance supernatural operative: an aesthete, bon vivant, and expert athlete whose verbal barbs are just as vicious as his talent for fisticuffs. Expected April.

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Sláine: Lord of the Beasts -having united the Tribes of the Earth Goddess to battle the hoards of Fomorian sea demons determined on enslaving them, Sláine was appointed as the first High King of Ireland. After protecting the tribes for seven years, he was put to death so that he could serve Danu in the afterlife. Due May.

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ABC Warriors: The Mek Files 01 (hardcover) – Atomic Bacterial Chemical, the robot soldiers who took over when war got too tough for mere humans… Expected May

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Nikolai Dante: The Great Game - Long unavailable this is a new edition of the second volume of the Nikolai Dante series. Having discovered his heritage and bio-bonded with the awesome weapons crest, Dante is getting to know his aristocratic family a little better. Ordered to act as his father Dmitri’s agent, Nikolai accompanies his siblings on a tour of family duty – spying, murder and intrigue. But does he have what it takes to be a true Romanov? Expected June.

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Judge Dredd Day of Chaos: Fallout – After the Sov viral attack, Mega-City One is a mere shadow of its former self. The population has fallen from 400 million to 50 million and the infrastructure is devastated. Inundated with the problems that come with a large scale disaster, a hugely depleted Justice Department are barely able to maintain control. Legendary lawman Judge Dredd is on the frontline, distributing order amongst the chaos – but will the guilt he feels for what has happened finally lead to his demise? Expected June

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Rogue Trooper: Tales of Nu-Earth 04 – As the Norts and Southers wage war on the battletorn world of Nu-Earth, the genetically-engineered soldier, Rogue trooper, continues his one-man mission to make survive the unending conflict about him. This volume completes the Rogue Trooper series, collecting the final adventures from the orginal character’s run, including the most recent strips from 2000 AD. Expected June.

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Fiefdom: A Kingdom Novel – New York Times best selling author Dan Abnett is to write an original novel set in the world of his hit 2000 AD comics series Kingdom. Co-written with Nik Vincent, Fiefdom is set one hundred years after the events of Kingdom, in which a genetically-engineered dog-soldiers fought giant marauding insects in a post-apocalyptic future. Kingdom took us to the isolated wastelands of the southern hemisphere, where Gene the Hackman and his fellow Aux listen to the voices of The Masters as humanity hibernates, awaiting the destruction of the alien Them. In Fiefdom the action moves into the northern hemisphere, where Them are now a folk memory and the Aux war with one another in the ruins of what was once Berlin. Inspired by the legends of Gene, young Evelyn War begins to question the Aux’s situation as she hears the first rumours about the return of Them… Expected July.

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ABC Warriors: The Volgan War Volume 04 (hardcover) - Mars, the far future. War droids created for a conflict that ended centuries ago, the A.B.C. Warriors are resistant to Atomic, Bacterial and Chemical warfare. Recruited to bring peace to the civil war-ravaged frontier colonies on Mars, the Mek-nificent Seven have to bring all their skills to bear on the intractable conflict, with friends and enemies hanging sides, there’s no knowing how this will end. Expected July.

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Judge Anderson: Psi Files 04 - Cassandra Anderson is Psi Division’s finest Judge. This is the latest collection of her classic adventures. Featuring Judge Death! From deep space to a savage, alternate Earth, Cassandra Anderson continues to uphold the law in her own unique way. Judge Death and his vile ‘sisters’ have created the Half-Life virus, unleashing a wave of homicidal behaviour in Mega-City One that can only be stopped by everyone’s favourite Psi Judge! Expected July.

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Return to Armageddon - Space battles, zombies, demonic children, the ultimate embodiment of evil – this epic, crossgenre tale from the early days of 2000 AD has long been sought after by fans of the Galaxy’s Greatest Comic. When the crew of a deep space transport  hip extracts a devilish-looking alien corpse from a frozen world, they unwittingly unleash a destructive force upon the galaxy! Only one man – the twin brother of the ‘Destroyer,’ has the power to stop the total annihilation of existence! Expected August.

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Judge Dredd: Complete Case Files 23 - Mega-City one: the future metropolis bustling with life and every crime imaginable. Keeping order are the Judges, a stern police force acting as judges, juries and executioners. Toughest of all is Judge Dredd. He is the law and these are his stories. Volume 23 in this best-selling series sees Judge Dredd having to team up with his two greatest foes – Judge Death and Mean Machine Angel – in order to carry out a high stakes mission in the harsh lands of the Cursed Earth.  Expected August.

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Aliens vs Dredd vs Predator – the first complete collection of Judge Dredd’s crossovers with both the Predator and Aliens characters in one volume!  Expected September

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ABC Warriors: The Mek Files 02 (hardcover) – this hardback collection continues the new series collecting up the complete A.B.C. Warriors stories in a highly collectable hardback format. This is the same size as the sell-out hardback Volgan War series! This second volume collects the material from the long unavailable Kronicles of Khaos and Hellbringer volumes, along with additional material  Expected September

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Nikolai Dante: Love and War – it is the year of the Tsar 2668 AD and the sound of wedding bells is in the air. Jena Makarov, the daughter of Tsar Vladimir the Conqueror, is betrothed to Mikhail Deriabin, media tyrant and patriarch of the House of Bolshoi. Nikolai Dante is less than happy with the announcement. Now, assigned to be Jena’s bodyguard, Dante has to protect her from more than his own passions as those who would seek to bring about war set their sights on Russia’s fairest… Expected September

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Age of the Wolf: In this debut graphic novel collection for writer Alec Worley and artist Jon Davis Hunt, humanity’s days are numbered. On a quiet day in London the peace is shattered as ravening werewolves appear from nowhere to rip the city and its populace apart. Rowan Morrigan is one of the few to reach safety and it is with dawning apprehension that it becomes clear she is our only hope, the last witch who, untrained as she is, may be able to hold the wolves back. In a story full of unexpected twists and turns that stretches across Rowan’s lifetime, nothing can be taken for granted.  Expected October

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Zenith Phase 1: Berlin, 1945: The allies unleashed the second world war hero Maximan upon the German super soldier Masterman. Maximan’s defeat was only kept secret by the nuclear bomb which destroyed both men. Forty-plus years later, and twenty years after a generation of ’60s British superpowered heroes came and went, the teenage pop star Zenith is the only superhuman left – and his only interest in women, drugs, alchohol and fame. So when he is contacted about the threat from the many-angled ones and the impending destruction of our world, his first reaction is to steer well clear. But the superhumans of the past have other plans…  Expected October

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Stickleback: Number of the Beast – the warped and twisted master criminal mind from underground Victorian London returns because he’s too damned good a character not to bring back. Expected November

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The Daily Dredds Volume 1: From 1981 to 1986 the Daily Star ran a Judge Dredd comic strip written by John Wagner and Alan Grant and illustrated by Ron Smith. Appearing in collected forms only haphazardly well over twenty years ago, this is the first time the entire collection has been reprinted and assembled in one volume. This will be a must-have purchase for Dredd fans, a massive readership  who have purchased over 50,000 copies of Judge Dredd: The Complete Files 01. This collection includes the daily and weekend strips.  Expected November

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Zenith Phase 2: Zenith is the only superhuman popstar. He’s saved the world, had a number one record – but his only interests are women, drugs, alchohol and fame. But Peter St. John and the unexpected reappearance of Ruby forces the superbrat to take off and tackle a nuclear threat to London – from his own creator!…  Expected December

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Brass Sun: the Orrery is a fully functional, life-size clockwork solar system, a clutch of planets orbiting a vast Brass Sun via immense metal spars. But the once-unified collection of worlds has regressed into eccentric fiefdoms, and ice is encroaching on the outer planets as the sun is dying. Wren and Eptimus must find the key to restart the sun, but first must escape the world known as The Keep…. This is a wholly original new SF-clockpunk series from the NYT bestselling artist of New Deadwardians and the writer of Scarlet Traces and Stickleback.  Expected December

Great Beast

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Blood Blokes #4 by Adam Cadwell – (apologies, lacking art from issue 4 I’ve pinched some from previous work) Adam’s unusual and well received vamp series continues. Adam tells us “deadpan Douglas teaches young pup Vince some old school vampire skills. BB4 will be out in time for our 2nd Birthday on the 17th April and we’ll be announcing lots of exciting news that week too.” Expected April

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House Party: Rachael Smith’s 92 page graphic novel where three lost 20-somethings are feeling disillusioned after being shoved into the real world since feeling like superstars at university. In an attempt to get their carefree composure and happiness back they throw a massive house party, just like they used to. Instead of reconnecting them with their younger selves, however, things go a little differently and the three of them must decide how to move forward in lives that none of them really asked for. Expected June

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Tall Tales & Outrageous Adventures: the second in the series by the brilliant, the stories being adapted here are still under wraps, but it’s Isabel Greenberg, so we already know we want it, and hopefully it’s ready in time for ELCAF (again apologies, under wraps so make do with some lovely art from the first volume above). Expected June

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Hitsville UK #3: John Riordan and Dan Cox continue “the off-the-wall adventures of their motley crew of musical weirdos and geniuses” again hopefully in time for ELCAF Again too early for cover art so pinching some cool art from the previous volume). Expected June

Nobrow Press

 

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Hilda and the Black Hound by Luke Pearson – The fourth installment of the award-winning Hildafolk series is back! The Eisner nominated author, Luke Pearson, delivers a fresh dose of adventure as our favourite blue-haired explorer gets dragged into the strange world of the Nisse. Meanwhile, on the streets of Trolberg, a dark specter looms… Due March 2014

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Forming II by Jesse Moynihan – Forming II by Jesse Moynihan returns with the long-anticipated sequel that encompasses all; mythology, theology, hermaphrodites, super-alien gods and the simple task of creating the cosmos. It’s an impressive sequel that is as funny, sophisticated and mind-blowingly beautiful as the first part of Moynihan’s unique trilogy. Expected May 2014

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Moonhead and the Music Machine – meet Joey Moonhead. A normal kid in every way. Except one… He has a moon for a head. Andrew Rae’s graphic novel is an imaginative and visually poetic take on the stock American high school drama. It’s a subtle blend between Ovid’s Metamophoses and Napoleon Dynamite, a place where music reigns supreme. Expected June 2014

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Dalston Monstazz by Dilraj Mann – (apologies, no cover yet but here’s a great Dalston scene from Mann’s blog) Dilraj Mann will be releasing a striking new graphic novel set in the heart of East London’s blackening centre; a place where Monstazz lurk… Below the city’s creaking pavements, where the slabs sag from the weight of soulless new glass fronted apartment blocks, chain coffee shops and hoards of real estate agencies, the earth is beginning to crack. And from these fissures, like woodlice crawling from under ancient stone, the Monstaz emerge… Expected October 2014

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(In a Sense) Lost and Found by Roman Muradov – (In a Sense) Lost and Found is a surreal tale told in the mould of the best American comics. Roman Muradov explores the theme of innocence by treating it as a tangible object – something that can be used, lost and even mistreated. Muradov’s crisp, delicate style conjures a world of strange bookstores, absurd conspiracies and wordplay. Due October 2014

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Artschooled by Jamie Coe – Artschooled follows the life of Daniel Stope, a small-town guy who dreams of becoming an artist. His enrollment at art school and consequent move to the city opens up a world of exciting possibilities. Unsurprisingly, Daniel struggles with his new-found independence… Coe’s penchant for films and graphic novels manifests itself in his expert ability to craft beautifully structured and atmospheric illustrations. Due September 2014

Blank Slate Books

Exact dates to follow, but these should be due roughly in the first half of 2014, I’m sure we’ll update you when dates are firmer.

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Alby Figgs by Warren Pleece. A collection of Warren’s first year of strips with his talkative Londoner, Alby Figgs, as he wanders around town giving everyone the ‘benefit’ of his vast array of tales of the old times and his philosophical musings about life. But who is the unfeasibly similar Lenny Knowles? Where did he spring from? Is he going to snatch Alby’s crown as King of the Gabbers? This collection features 52 strips, plus sketches and other special features.

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Beetroot by Barnaby Richards. When Barnaby Richards was a child, his parents announced to him one day that the family were to be moving to Beirut, where his father had found a new job. Young Barnaby did not know what Beirut was and in his head he substituted the word ‘beetroot’ instead. Beetroot, a graphic memoir is about the stories that a child tells himself when he doesn’t quite understand the world around him, stories dreamlike and distorted through the mind of a slightly confused and highly imaginative little boy.

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Coney Island Baby by Nine Antico A translation of the popular GN by French author Nine Antico, she describes it as a ”part of my reflection on women and how they deal with their powers of seduction. The choices they made that follow them for a lifetime, and that they eventually deny,” The scene is Hollywood USA, the Playboy mansion, in 1968, where the smooth porn magnate Hugh Hefner meets two young women who want to be Playmates. But do they really understand what they are letting themselves in for? Hef gives them a tour of the mansion, introduces them to the staff, buys them ice cream and shows them the grim side of the glamorous Playboy lifestyle, as experienced by first Bettie Page and then Linda Lovelace, two famous women separated by many years whose lives nonetheless followed very similar bleak trajectories. Darkly funny, shocking, sexy and sometimes scary, Coney Island Baby is a visual feast and a thought provoking time bomb.

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“Orson Welles: Special Agent by Gordon Rennie & Woodrow Phoenix. Actor, writer, raconteur, impresario and director, Orson Welles was legendary for his larger-than-life roles in radio, theatre and film, but perhaps even more celebrated for his off-screen exploits. Performing magic tricks, preparing speeches for President Roosevelt, penning a regular op-ed column for the New York Journal American newspaper, travelling as an envoy to foreign countries, staging controversial plays and supporting ‘radicals’, he was often AWOL from his day jobs for weeks at a time. One particular week has Welles scholars stymied. In June 1944 the USA was at war. Where was Orson Welles during the battle of Cherbourg?

2000 AD regular Gordon Rennie cleverly answers the mystery of that missing week of Welles’ life. What was he up to? How about: saving Hollywood from a Nazi takeover? Drawn in a crisp film noir style by Woodrow Phoenix, “Orson Welles: Special Agent” is an atmospheric black and white romp through 1940s Hollywood, evoking a lost era with wit, brio and machine-guns! Formerly a lost project itself, the original version of this book was begun in 1995 and then lay unfinished in a drawer, seemingly never to see the light of day until exhumed and completed this year for Blank Slate.

Improper Books

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Briar by Benjamin Read & Chris Wildgoose - Trapped behind an impassable wall of enchanted briar, Layka has been cursed by the shadow-sorcerer, Celik. Her one hope lies with Kaye, The Knight of Thorns, who searches for a way to break the curse and set her free. Due late spring/early summer 2014. Inspired by European myth and folklore, Briar is an episodic series of nested stories woven into the fabric of Layka and Kaye’s ceaseless quest.

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Night Post by Benjamin Read & Laura Trinder - Night Post is the story of the other mail service; the one you haven’t heard of, the one that starts work at midnight and delivers to all the creatures of the night. Whether ghost or ghoul, witch or werewolf, or just downright odd things with tentacles, they all have post and someone has to deliver it, no matter how terrifying it might be to do so. Offering a fascinating glimpse into a midnight world, Night Post is a wordless story, an illustrated book for All Ages. Expected Autumn 2014

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Porcelain: Bone China by Benjamin Read & Chris Wildgoose – (apologies, there’s no art quite ready for public view yet so instead there’s a lovely example of Chris Wildgoose’s art from the first Porcelain book) more than a decade has passed, and Child has grown into Lady. The sole inheritor of Uncle’s alchymic secrets and vast estate, she alone knows how to breathe life into the Porcelain. Isolated by her wealth and judged for her humble beginnings, Lady finds herself pursued by those who want the Porcelain for themselves. With secrets of her own to hide now, she strives to correct the dreadful mistakes of her past, and forge her own future. A sequel to the widely acclaimed Porcelain: A Gothic Fairy Tale, Bone China explores what happens after the end of fairy tales, when the Child grows up. Due Winter 2014

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Joe Gordon
Joe Gordon is ForbiddenPlanet.co.uk's chief blogger, which he set up in 2005. Previously, he was professional bookseller for over 12 years as well as a lifelong reader and reviewer, especially of comics and science fiction works.

6 Responses to Upcoming special: Brit comics rock! What’s coming in 2014

  1. John Freeman says:

    Great round up – thanks for posting, Joe!

  2. John says:

    ‘Brit And Scottish Comics Rock!’ – doesn’t sound too bad. We could get used to it, Joe.

  3. Tim Pilcher says:

    What?! No Humanoids titles?! What about Final Incalculable in July?

  4. Reuben says:

    And no Titan comics either?

    Anyway an exciting list. Looking forward to finally seeing Special Agent: Orson Welles. I remember seeing it in that impressive list of comics Tundra UK were going to publish back in 1992 in the ad in the debut issue of Comic Collector.

  5. Joe Gordon Joe Gordon says:

    Tim, I love Humanoids range, but they’re not British publishers so didn’t fit the post.

    Reuben, I spoke to two folk at Titan who were going to get info to me for this piece but it still hadn’t appeared by the time I finished, after many hours putting this together, so sadly no, no Titan in it, I did ask…

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