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The PARAGON comic thread
« on: 24 April, 2017, 03:14:58 pm »
Let's just start with a few previous covers...























Don't they just look fantastic?

That's just a few of covers from past issues.
Not only have we had 19 regular issues but THREE Jikan Chronicles - collecting the stories of the time-travelling demon-hunting samurai,
TWO Spencer Nero Compendiums - the British agent who finds astonishing strength whenever he dons the mask of Janus,
collected editions of the complete stories Undertow and Cushing & Sons, four hardback christmas annuals and two horror comic spin-offs.

Now we are back with issue 20 and a swish new title masthead.



You know, there are professional publications that don't last this long and yet here we are, still going strong with a fantastic line up of stories. Recurring characters in stand alone stories so you don't need to know what has gone before as long as you know the basic premise;

Jikan - a double length episode - what if the time-hopping demon-hunting samurai landed on the Titanic? And he's not there to ice his drink...


Spencer Nero - Spencer Nero in India, and as enlightened and sympathetic to the people whose country it actually is as you'd expect an agent of the British Empire to be...


Bulldog - the anthropomorphic protector of the skies of Blighty! Bulldog has been going for over twenty years now - PJ Holden is a previous artist for his adventures. This issue, the Queen is dead and there's a search for a successor...


Not only do we have the regulars this time around but a one off, light hearted quest for a ragtag bunch of adventurers in A Star Falls


Over 40 pages for £2.99 (plus p&p)

It barely takes twenty minutes to read an American comic these days but for much the same price you could have a lot more fun reading a good old fashioned British anthology. This isn't an homage or a pastiche. This is a continuation of the fine style of comics I grew up reading in the 70s and 80s.

Buy your copy from the blogspot  http://paragoncomic.blogspot.co.uk/
or, if overseas, via lhttp://www.lulu.com/spotlight/PARAGONcomic

Contributor Dirk van Dom put it better than me when he said on his blog;
"No, it's not mainstream, its not glossy, its not full colour, it doesn't feature superhero types in gaudy-coloured spandex costumes pounding 50 shades of inconsequential sh*t out of each other, or female characters who have nothing going for them other than big tits and improbable asses. What it IS, is an old-school, no-bullshit, boys-own action/adventure comic reminiscent of the 2000ads and Eagles and Warlords and Battles and other glorious black-and-white comics that were so, so cool in the 80's. Its hard to find a comic nowadays that inspires the same kind of feeling picking up one of those comics back then did, but Paragon comes pretty close and it keeps on getting better. If nothing else, its got a lot of heart and its clear everyone involved has a great passion for the medium. Yes, I contribute to the comic so I may be a little biased... but I am just one of 10 people (writers, artists and letterers) whose work is featured in this issue, and every one of them deserves to have their work seen. If you don't like the stories, you might like the art. If you don't like the art, you might like the stories. If you don't like the stories OR the art, you might appreciate the effort and enthusiasm that has gone into every page. If you don't like that either, well, hey, at least you can say you tried!"
 
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Re: The PARAGON comic thread
« Reply #1 on: 24 April, 2017, 05:42:05 pm »
20 issues of a small-press title is something to be very proud of, Davey.

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Re: The PARAGON comic thread
« Reply #2 on: 24 April, 2017, 08:30:17 pm »
Just gotta say - I'm really grateful for Davey giving A Star Falls another airing in the pages of Paragon. It was previously published a few years back in the Metaverse anthology, which I'm not sure has had a much wider distribution than being for sale at the convention it debuted at. A crying shame, that.
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Re: The PARAGON comic thread
« Reply #3 on: 25 April, 2017, 02:31:39 pm »
20 issues is a good milestone, Davey!

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Re: The PARAGON comic thread
« Reply #4 on: 25 April, 2017, 03:06:55 pm »
Ordered :)

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Re: The PARAGON comic thread
« Reply #5 on: 26 April, 2017, 04:08:58 pm »
I'm proud to have been a small part of this - 20  issues plus extras is a spiffing record and I really must get my arse in gear to contribute more!


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Re: The PARAGON comic thread
« Reply #6 on: 28 April, 2017, 04:41:51 pm »


Thanks for the comments chaps, very much appreciated - especially those who have ordered a copy. They should be with you soon. Be sure to let me know what you think of the latest issue  :)
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« Reply #7 on: 07 May, 2017, 07:59:12 am »
It was Free Comic Book Day yesterday - let's join in the fun;
order a copy of the latest issue either from the paragoncomic.blogspot.com or via Comicsy and I'll throw in a back issue for FREE!!
That's a helluva lot of comicy goodness for just a few quid!!
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« Reply #8 on: 29 May, 2017, 05:34:19 pm »
When small press stalwart Stephen Prestwood died last year I almost gave up on PARAGON as he had been the backbone of the comic for so long. It was only the enthusiasm of the other contributors that encouraged me to continue. Stephen had the final episode of Bulldog in his inbox to work on but never got to it. I've now found an artist who can finish the story off - all will be revealed next issue - but in the meantime, here's one from the vaults;
Bulldog has been going for over twenty years and here's a classic story, drawn by Paul Harrison and written by Jason Cobley



How many other small press comics can boast it has had contributors of the calibre of Si Spencer, Shaky Kane, PJ Holden and Garen Ewing? (I can only think of one!) Pro letterers Jim Campbell and HdE give it a professional sheen and the likes of Chris Askham, Steven Denton and Matt Soffe have all worked on covers over the years.

PARAGON is a continuation of the fine British tradition of action adventure anthologies. If you are a fan of such things, why not give it a go?
Buy a copy from http://www.comicsy.co.uk/paragoncomic/store/products/paragon-20/ or visit the blogspot http://paragoncomic.blogspot.co.uk/2017/04/paragon-20-out-now.html
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Re: The PARAGON comic thread
« Reply #9 on: 04 June, 2017, 09:00:59 pm »
I got a genuine lump in my throat reading that last post, Davey.

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Re: The PARAGON comic thread
« Reply #10 on: 20 June, 2017, 10:39:33 pm »
Anyone else seriously impressed by the reprint of One Eyed Jack?
British comics were full of that sort of thing back in the 70s.
Relive those halcyon days of British anthology comics by buying the latest PARAGON - and it's FREE P&P if you quote BOOKSHIP17 at checkout from http//www.lulu.com/spotlight/PARAGONcomic
But not for long - so hurry!
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« Reply #11 on: 08 July, 2017, 07:09:35 pm »
It's SMALL PRESS DAY!
Why don't I show you a bit of art from the next episode of Bulldog?
I was so grateful that my first choice artist to take over from the late, great Stephen Prestwood agreed to do so - and here's a page from the brilliant Dunk!
While you're about it, why not grab a copy of the latest issue of PARAGON? Not many small press comics reach twenty issues - hell, these days not many comics from the big boys reach twenty issues!

http://paragoncomic.blogspot.co.uk/2017/04/paragon-20-out-now.html

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Re: The PARAGON comic thread
« Reply #12 on: 08 July, 2017, 07:28:39 pm »
Superb art - looks like a great fit for Bulldog. I look forward to reading that one.

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« Reply #13 on: 10 July, 2017, 11:24:24 am »
Dunks drawing Bulldog? Agh! Even more reason to read Paragon!

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« Reply #14 on: 27 July, 2017, 05:30:34 pm »
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