Monday, 31 March 2014

Issue 4 Preview - Sideburns

With issue 4 of the 100% Biodegradable anthology launching in May, it's time to start showing previews of the strips appearing inside.

First up, 'Sideburns: Conjoined Sins' by Jim Alexander, Jon Haward and Nigel Dobbyn (artwork (c) Jon Haward).

This strip first came to my attention when it appeared in Issue 2 of the short lived Bulletproof comic anthology from Matt Yeo (which was also Marren Kane's first home, and featured the likes of Alan Grant, John Freeman and Alan Burrows).  As well as enjoying Jon's dark and gritty artwork, the quirky elements of Jim's script (such as reverse strippers) made it stand apart from your average detective story.

Anyway, they very kindly agreed to let me republish the strip and it's well worth a read if you didn't catch it the first time around (sadly their other Sideburns strip has been tricky to track down, otherwise I'd reprint that one as well).

A bit more about the creators:

Jon Haward is the artist and co-creator of Tales of the Buddha, who has worked on other iconic material such as Judge Dredd, 2000ad, Dan Dare, Spider-man, Shinobi, Warhammer and Mutant Chronicles. He's also worked on graphic novels for Classical Comics that have won awards; Macbeth, The Tempest and Frankenstein.

Keep your eyes peeled for his new Simba Khan series coming soon to Aces Weekly, which is written by the rather talented Paul H. Birch (who has also contributed to this issue of 100% Biodegradable)

http://hawardarthouse.blogspot.co.uk/

Jim Alexander has written Judge Dredd - Calhab Justice, O'Rork and Pandora for the Judge Dredd Megazine, and The Grid for 2000 AD. He has also worked for Marvel, DC, Tokyopop and
Metal Hurlant. He currently writes Ben 10 and Generation Rex for Cartoon Network Action Pack.

In 2012 he set up a small-press label called Planet Jimbot.  Its publications include Amongst the Stars
(drawn by Mike Perkins), Wolf Country (drawn by Luke Cooper), the anthology Amazing & Fantastic Tales and Savant (drawn by Will Pickering and Fin Cramb; originally conceived for Strip Magazine).

He is also involved in several projects for Metal Hurlant Chronicles, which will air in the US this April on Syfy.  The trailer for Whiskey In The Jar, starring Michael Biehn and James Marsters, can be viewed here. It's based on a comic script by Jim Alexander and Gerald Parel, and adapted for TV by Guillaume Lubrano and Jim.

http://jimalwriter.blogspot.co.uk/

Nigel Dobbyn has worked professionally as an illustrator since 1988, producing comic strips for 2000ad, Sonic the comic, The Dandy, The Beano and Warhammer.

Check out his full bio here: http://www.nigeldobbyn.co.uk/portfolio/


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