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Books & Comics / The Mansion of Madness
« on: 31 October, 2018, 08:32:46 am »
How many out there remember 'this' from back in the day...

Yeah, it's a new comic for Mansion of Madness!

I'll declare up front that I've lettered the strips, but the whole package is so good I wanted to share it here too!

Press release:

The classic British studio has been resurrected under new ownership and releases a one-off special of their classic horror comic Mansion of Madness

United Kingdom, 2018: After almost forty years, the classic British studio Mallet Productions is back, with new owners and a brand new edition of the classic horror anthology Mansion of Madness, featuring the stories from some of the best and brightest creators in the comics world today.

A 48 page digital only collection, Mansion of Madness contains six brand new spine-tingling tales of terror, guaranteed to leave you sleeping with the lights on.

Featuring work from Andi Ewington, Maura McHugh, Maan House, Alex Paterson, Dan Hill, Alfie Gallagher, Clay McLeod Chapman, Adam Kindred, Bryan Coyle, Matt Soffe, Paul Moore and Jasper Bark, Mansion of Madness also marks the comics debut of fantasy author Ruth Frances Long.

“I’m beyond thrilled to be able to work with such a fantastic roster of people,” co-editor Lee Robson said. “Seeing what each of them brings to the table has been a rare honour, and being able to work with them hand-in-hand, to tell these stories, has been a truly amazing experience.”

The comic also features an exclusive extract from the forthcoming book about the history of Mallet Productions by noted comics scholar Colin Smith.

The collection will be available via Comixology from October 31st, priced $3.99 (£2.49 in groats)

ComiXology link: Mansion of Madness

About Mallet Productions:

Founded in 1935 by Jonathan Williams, Mallet Productions (later known as Mallet Studios) was a small British film company based in London that became home to some of the most critically acclaimed films to ever come out of the United Kingdom.

Initially concentrating on challenging social dramas, such as The Glass (1937), the story of pub landlord who’s determined to give his daughter a better start in life than he ever had, and The Factory (1936), a gritty tale of class war in a munitions factory in the Midlands, Mallet branched out into war films, detective mysteries and even comedy (1939’s All Aboard! was one of the most successful British films of that year).

However, it was the release of The Girl In The Room (1941) that Mallet finally tapped into a rich vein of unsettling, psychological horror that would come to define their output over the next several years. Building on the critical and financial success of such outstanding movies as 23 Holborn Terrace (1951), Mallet eventually began to turn their attention to more mainstream horror and, before long, science fiction. With classics such as The Horror Of Ward 13 (1953) and The Silent Planet (1955), Mallet’s position in the cinematic landscape of the UK became assured.

In the 1970’s Mallet branched into TV, with their acclaimed anthology series Mansion of Madness. While the series only ran for five of its six episodes (ITV received a record number of complaints following the airing of the still disturbing The Devil’s Run and, as such, decided not to air the final episode of the series), Mallet used its success to branch into publishing with their comic series of the same name.

While the Mansion Of Madness comic only lasted a few issues, it burned so very, very brightly, leaving an indelible mark on the British comics landscape, and inspiring a whole generation of creators – and it’s that same anthology that Mallet’s new owners, George Fairlamb and Lee Robson plan to use to re-establish the Mallet brand.

“We’re beyond excited to be able to bring Mallet back to forefront of the cultural discussion,” Fairlamb said. “As fans of the films, this is a dream come true. We’re going to make sure we remain true to the ethos of the original brand we grew up with.”

Mansion of Madness will be the first release under the new digital imprint, with The 13th Stone by Lee Robson and Bryan Coyle to follow. More titles will be announced later.

Find out more about Mallet Productions and our future plans at http://www.malletproductions.co.uk

Help! / Help me Hive Mind, you're my only hope...
« on: 22 August, 2018, 09:37:02 am »
... and here I am asking for help because I'm at work and an artist on a strip has asked about ref.

Can anyone conform for me that TEK judges have two std pads (no eagle) and that the badge says 'TEK'?

Please and Thankyou.

Books & Comics / GRIND- Digital one shot by Joe Palmer
« on: 04 June, 2018, 12:40:35 pm »

The above is the cover to a new 'one-shot' digital comic by Joe Palmer (FutureShocks and before that, FQP) that he's released today over on Gumroad for £1.00

Link to Buy!

There is also a dropbox link to the first four (of twenty) pages- please take a look as this is great fun.


Hi Squaxx- the reason for this post is pretty simple-- I'm looking for someone prepared to go on-record with a positive review of 'The Final Solution'.

Regular readers of Dogbreath (which should be all of you) will know that Leigh Shepherd has been working his way through every single case and has provided erudite, balanced opinions throughout.

However, he feels that there needs to be a balance to his opinion of 'the final solution' as he had some issues with it.

So, if any of you out there feel that you are up to the task, and that you possess the necessary skillset to deliver the goods- get in touch. This is to appear in the end of year issue of Dogbreath.


Books & Comics / Journey Planet
« on: 13 March, 2018, 02:12:57 pm »
Journey Planet is a occasional fanzine themed around whatever takes their fancy.

Issue 39 has just been launched and the theme for this issue is: JUDGE DREDD.

The editor for this issue is none other than Michael Carroll and there is even a pair of features on the fanzines Zarjaz and Sector 13. There is loads of other stuff too, but I've not read it all yet as I'm enjoying taking my time with it.



News / The Dark Judges in NEW SCIENTIST- This week
« on: 20 December, 2017, 04:17:06 pm »

Link to the 2000 AD website news item.

link to the New Scientist News piece

Not a hoax, not a dream, not an imaginary story. I'll be stopping by the newsie tomorrow to look for this!

News / Durham Red- Born Bad!
« on: 20 December, 2017, 09:37:52 am »
As seen on Down The Tubes, Durham Red is back from Alec Worley & Ben Willsher.

And it looks to me like this is covering the time period when the Doghouse is shut- so further removing the Strontium Dogs stories from current canon. It may also be an indicator as to whether Red will be back in the main S/D strip- unlikely...

Set to start in prog 2073.

Broken link fixed – IP

Events / Small Press Day 2017
« on: 07 July, 2017, 01:16:32 pm »

Tomorrow is small press day 2017!

Visit comic shops all over the country to pick up quality comics from the very folk that create them!

Site: Small Press Day!

There are quite a few folk here who got started in small press, from the mighty PJ Holden and Michael Carroll right on through to newcomer Dan Cornwell so you never know who is going to be providing the comics you are reading.

I'll be part of the fun at Nostalgia & Comics in Brum, but there are many more events all up and down the country!

I'll specifically be pimping FutureQuake 2017 but will also have copies of some of the other, excellent books we produce.

Hopefully I'll see a few of you there!

Events / Birmingham comics Festival- June 24th 2017
« on: 05 May, 2017, 10:39:50 am »

A new locale for a new gig and it is FREE! entry

Visit the Birmingham comics Festival page to get your free ticket and keep an eye on the page for more info.

Events / Birmingham Comic Festival- Edgbaston
« on: 25 April, 2017, 02:29:12 pm »

The Comic Festival returns to Birmingham this weekend.

This is the third year for this event and will see some 2000 AD creators in attendance:
Nick Percival
Alan Grant (health allowing)
Greg Staples
Rufus Dayglo
Ryan Brown

Also in attendance will be the mighty FQP, selling the latest issues of FutureQuake & Something Wicked as well as all the issues available for the galaxies greatest fanzines ZARJAZ & DOGBREATH!

Creative Common / FutureQuake Help wanted
« on: 24 April, 2017, 02:10:00 pm »
Hi, I've got a seven page strip for FutureQuake that is all drawn, but I'd like to see the pages with grayscale on.

If there is anyone out there who would be interested in doing this, please get in touch. I 'could' do it myself, but I would prefer someone with actual talent...

As usual for FQP, we cannot afford to actually pay, but a contributor pdf of the entire comic will be your reward- alongside my respect and gratitude.

You can get me with a PM here or reply and I'll PM you.


Events / 40th Birthday party- Boarders & Lurkers?
« on: 06 February, 2017, 03:07:28 pm »
As I'm sure almost no-one here has missed, there is going to be a little get together for Tharg and his minions this weekend. I'm more than ridiculously excited- frankly I've looked forward to this more than anything in the last year.

So as not to derail the main thread- I'm starting this one to see how many of us who frequent this place are going to be there.

Back in the day we managed to get a pretty awesome board photo at one of the Oxford Dreddcons, and more recently there was a sizeable group up at Hi-Ex, but this is potentially the greatest gathering of the Hive- ever.

So, who is coming?

I'm not just after current boarders- I'm also very interested to see if we can tempt any old boarders who may now just lurk to de-cloak and say hi.

So, I'll start.

Bolt-01 & Nano-Bolt (She hates that name so please use it all day :))

Who else?

Books & Comics / The 13th Stone- Comicstrip
« on: 29 October, 2016, 01:58:48 pm »

It's become something of a Halloween tradition for Bryan Coyle and Lee Robson to do a short comic, but this year (with the help of Bolt-01), we've gone one better and done a full blown 22 page one-shot, called The 13th Stone.

"Taking a job in the small English village of Argleton, archaeologist Joy Lambton finds herself wiling away her spare time investigating the ancient stones that stand on the outskirts and trying to solve one particular mystery that surrounds them: why the few sources she can find claim there are only eleven stones, when there are clearly twelve.

But when she learns of a thirteenth stone, Joy begins to uncover the strange and sinister connection they have to the village..."

You can find more about the comic (including links where you can buy it) here: Imaginary Stories

Sellfy: https://sellfy.com/p/7Vlk/

Gumroad: https://gumroad.com/l/13thstone

Books & Comics / The Class Of '79- Archive edition.
« on: 26 October, 2016, 08:20:53 pm »
Greetings Squaxx.

Following on from the untimely passing earlier this year of Stewart, we at Zarjaz were asked about putting out a Co'79 special. While this was a really good idea, and something we would have really enjoyed, Tharg did it better by putting Harry Heston in the Meg.

However, what we 'are' doing is beginning work on a 'Archive edition' of both classic 'zines.

What I've done is get a set of scans from my print copies, and I'm using those as a basis for what amounts to rebuilding them. Where possible I'm matching fonts, but I'm also building what I believe the cadets would have if they were putting the work out now.

I've had permission from as many folks who worked on '79 as I can so all being well in the mid-future the Class Of '79- Archive edition will be available to download, for free, for all.

This is a pretty sizeable job, as you can imagine, so I'm asking for some help.

First, can someone help me with a 'clean' scan of:

and are there any squaxx oout there who want to transcribe a few articles for me? There are some astounding articles in these pages, and I'd love to be able to present them in a 'perfect' form once again.

If you are able to help, then please get in touch by PM.

Thanks all.

Books & Comics / The Zarjaz, Dogbreath & FQP comics thread
« on: 25 June, 2016, 08:06:16 am »
The time has come for Zarjaz, Dogbreath, FutureQuake & Something Wicked to all sit together.

Over the last ten years we have brought you fine Squaxx some of the finest talents in the small press and some of our creators have gone on to work for Tharg himself.

Kicking off this new thread is the cover reveal to the new Zarjaz, by none other than Nigel Dobbyn.

Presenting the Zarjaz summer special 2016, available July 1st, this A4 sized special is a 48 page celebration of all the house of Tharg can offer.

Over the next few days I'll post details of the contents to further whet your appetite!

Don't forget about The Daily Zarjaz either. Free daily strips featuring the cast of 2000 AD.

For a full archive of the Daily Zarjaz, as well as all other news, visit The Quaequam Blog

Remember- It's not called Zarjaz for nothing!

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