Sunday, 20 December 2015

Competition- FUTURESHOCK- The Story of 2000 AD

FUTURESHOCK- The Story of 2000 AD

Review by Richmond Clements, used with kind permission of the FPI Blog.

2000 AD has been a part of comic’s history since the far of days of 1977. This documentary, now available on DVD and on streaming services, tells of the birth, near death and renaissance of the title.

It does a fantastic job of setting up the historical context of 2000 AD, with news footage from the time. Strikes, riots, recession and punk rock. Nothing at all like today, of course.

From this cauldron of anger and frustration 2000 AD emerged, steered by the indefatigable Pat Mills. As the founder of the feast, Mills gets the lion’s share of screen time here, and he makes the most of it. It’s well known that Mills has had some shaky relationships with publishers and editors in the past, and true to form, he doesn’t hold back here. That is not to say that this is film a soapbox for Mills. I’m not going to go into details about these feuds here. I shall only say that all sides get to make their point.

The film makers have managed to get interviews from an impressive amount of creators. The only noticeable absence being a certain bearded resident of Northampton, but I suspect he has said all he needs to say about the comic many times over. The Halo Jones baton is taken up by Neil Gaiman (who has written a total of 10 pages for the comic, so he just about scrapes in as a script droid!). He recounts how Moore told him the rest of the saga, and that it would have been great – but I think we knew that already!

A vast amount of material was recorded for this – in a recent 2000 AD podcast, director Paul Goodwin said his first cut came in at something like five hours! And oh how I would love to see that version. As it is, there are a great many superb and entertaining stories told.

I have just realised I have barely mentioned the interviewees. Put it this way: think of an artist or writer who has worked for the comic. They’re probably in there. Everyone from those involved right at the beginning, Mills, Wagner, Bolland, Gibbons, to the very newest crop of droids, such as Emma Beeby, get a word in. We also get comments from some super fans – screenwriter Alex Garland and Scott (Not) Ian from Anthrax are amongst those featured. And these interview pieces are intercut with some terrific animations of iconic 2000AD moments.

I cannot praise this film enough. It is an important and amazingly constructed piece of work. This is absolutely required viewing for any comic fan.

Thanks to the kind folks at METRODOME we have 3 copies of the DVD to give away as well as a signed ‘Quad’ poster measuring (according to the internet) 30 inches by 40 inches! just like the one pictured Above.

To be in with a chance at either the poster AND a DVD or one of the other two DVD’s simply buy comics from FQP.

For all sales between now and the end of January 2016 we’ll send you a raffle ticket. Each comic bought is a single raffle ticket so the more you buy the more likely you will be to win. Also, the winners will have the costs of their purchases refunded.

To also help with this, all FutureQuake & Something Wicked apart from the latest issues (FutureQuake #28 & Something Wicked #11) are going to be priced at £1.50 for the duration. Simply ge
t in touch with us here at FQP with an order (for the competition please do not use the shop) and we’ll even combine any postage too.

So, now is the time to fill the gaps in your collection, or even start a new one. All comics currently available are listed HERE.

Wednesday, 25 November 2015

Futurequake #27- now on Comixology!

At LAST! Futurequake is on Comixology!

We are proud to announce that following on from a bit ol' waiting period while the book was accepted, FutureQuake #27 is available for $1.99 or £1.49 via the comixology Submit platform. 

(I thought we were going to be on sale at 0.99c (0,69p) but something might have been pressed wrong)

So, if you have 'ever' dithered over the thought of buying possibly the best UK based 'small press' anthology, take this opportunity to jump on board and discover just why FQP are such a highly regarded stable.

Details of the contents are available here and the entire FQP catalogue are available here.

Tuesday, 24 November 2015

FQP November reviews!

FutureQuake #28- Cover by Steven Austin & Darren Stephens- available now.

As is usual here at FQP, I'll be posting reviews as I see them, and so if anyone out there sees a review for a FQP title that is not mentioned her, please let me know where it is.

Reviews for small press titles are rare- so we tend to treasure them. Even the bad ones...

First up is a review received by email from Martin Feekins- 
Just thought I’d drop you a note to say how much I enjoyed the issues of FutureQuake and Something Wicked (nos 28 and 11 respectively) that I picked up at Thought Bubble in Leeds.
It’s great to get a glimpse of the huge array of talent out there. With opportunities limited within mainstream British comics, FQP is invaluable.
In FutureQuake 28, I particularly enjoyed the art of Neil Sims and Steve Austin and the writing of Mike Yeoman and Michelle Wilkinson. In Something Wicked 11, I’d say the highlights were the art by Bryan Coyle and Shaun Speight and the scripts of Ryk Brink and JJ Robinson. But that’s just because I felt I had to pick a few highlights – it was all interesting, at the very least. 
Anyway, future (and at some point past) issues of FutureQuake will be on my “to buy” list.
Best wishes,
Martin Feekins

Thanks Martin. 

Next up is a review by 'Judge Tutor Semple'  over at his blog- many thanks for the unbiased opinion.

Thanks to Andrew Girdwood over at Geek Native for this review of FQ#28.

Saturday, 21 November 2015

Something Wicked #10- SOLD OUT

SOLD OUT! Something Wicked #10 is no longer available from the FQP webshop.

Plans are afoot to enable the long term availability of older comics from FQP, but if you were waiting for your chance to sample the amazing quality of stories from FQP, take my advice - don't. As a rule we do not support the comics past the initial print run, so once they are gone- they are gone for good.

Thanks to all the creators involved with this issue, for a full listing of the strips, visit the FQP website page.

Something Wicked 07: SOLD OUT!

SOLD OUT! Something Wicked #07 is no longer available to buy in print.

Plans are afoot to enable the long term availability of older comics from FQP, but if you were waiting for your chance to sample the amazing quality of stories from FQP, take my advice - don't. As a rule we do not support the comics past the initial print run, so once they are gone- they are gone for good.

Thanks to all the creators involved with this issue, for a full listing of the strips, visit the FQP website page.

Saturday, 7 November 2015

Thought Bubble 2015

It is almost time for possibly the biggest comics gig in the UK- Thought Bubble.

As usual FQP will have a table at the party and we have some fantastic new comics for sale. 

FutureQuake #28- Cover by Steven Austin & Darren Stephens heads the table.

next we present issue #11 of Something Wicked, cover by Matt Sandbrook.

Rounding out the new comics for this year we have the astounding Zarjaz #25, with a cover by Daniel Dwyer, who was the winner at the 2000 AD competition at Thought Bubble 2014.

This will be the seventh time that FQP has had a table at the gig and as this is the tenth anniversary of the first year of FQP we've decided to drop the price of all bagged back issues. Yup. Whether you want to fill your gaps in your Zarjaz collection, or dip your toes into the astounding worlds on show in FutureQuake, all back issues (the bagged ones) are going to be available for 50p off cover.

This year FQP are in the New Dock hall, and can be found at table #133 (The link goes to a map- nifty, eh?)

Still wanting more? Well we also have the amazingly good value collection of the NEROY SPHINX stories from the pages of FutureQuake.

This collection, reviewed extensively here, is starting to become limited in numbers, so if you want to read what all the fuss is about, make sure you pick up a copy. Available for a paltry £5.00

News Just in: I've been sent some copies of 'El Bigote- La Noche de los Muertoads' issue 01 courtesy of the creative team. I've got 10 copies of this book, all available for £1.00.

Remember, all purchases over £10.00 get to choose a complimentary mini sketch, as drawn by Bolt-01 over the last few months. At the Edgbaston comic expo in April, we gave away 100 of these with the premier goody bag. 

If I can think of anything else, I'll mention it here in the run up to the gig! Drop by and say HI!