Tuesday, 11 October 2016

DEREK THE TROLL - reviewed!

The latest title from British humour comic dervish, Lew Stringer, is his collection of 'Derek the Troll'! It isn't, as you might be tempted to think from the title, a Viz strip of his about a loser who spends all his time typing away venom on his bedroom computer attacking people on the internet. The Derek of the title is a more literal troll who appeared in Games Workshop's magazines back in the eighties. This comic collects every episode of the sword and sorcery spoof from Warlock Magazine and White Dwarf. It illustrates what's so great about Lew's work… Not only are his plots very clever with great twists and jokes at the end, but he peppers each strip with fantastic plays on words and sight-gags along the way. (My favourite joke of the whole collection was Derek filling in the grave for Warlock Magazine in the first of the White Dwarf strips!) The second half of the issue collects the complete 'Rock Solid: Space Hero' from eighties' Harrier Comic Swiftsure. Rock is an arrogant Flash Gordon-type who is more dangerous to have on your side than having villains against you. There is a great pay-off to his multi-part 'Brazen Invasion' story, but to reveal it here would be to spoil the surprise. Let's just say it has very serious implications for Lew Stringer's shared universe (known as the Lewiverse!) It's @£3.50… 32 pages, black and white, colour cover, kid friendly... in American Comics format. You can get it from: http://lewstringer.com/page7.htm

Friday, 26 August 2016


Work is in progress on new 'Reverend Cross' comics. More news soon. Remember, issue one is still available to buy from the sidebar on the right! Here's a sneak peek at what's next for the first ever female vicar action hero!

Sunday, 31 July 2016

THE CLOCK's 80th Anniversary! 1936 - 2016!

The Clock was the first masked character in American comic books and he first appeared in 1936 (before Superman and Batman.) Celebrate his 80th Anniversary with our one-shot, self-contained Clock revival... The Clock Strikes! #1! We've kept him in 1936 and gone for a very film-noir style. I (John A. Short) wrote the script and the art is by Vincent Danks. You can buy it by clicking on the BUY button just to your right. Remember to select where you live... (For example, if you live in the US you'll need the OUTSIDE EUROPE button.)

Thursday, 21 July 2016


My latest strip (WESTERN Inc) in Aces weekly is now complete and you can get the whole thing in one huge dose by buying Aces Weekly volume 22! Written by me with fantastic art by Alex Paterson. What's it about? Two words... VAMPIRE CHIPMUNKS! www.acesweekly.co.uk.

Monday, 30 May 2016


Stephen Robert Prestwood passed away on Sunday 22nd May 2016 (only weeks before his 46th birthday) after a short illness. He was a king in the world of self-published, photo-copies stripzines of the nineties and a wonderful artist to boot. You may remember him from his long running 'zine 'Dark Zone' which he created with Jason Falkiner. I loved his art and worked with him a few times... Most notably on my comic 'Armageddon Patrol' where he drew the first issue of the 'Cherries' mini-series. Just weeks before he left us he had agreed to do a short story for an up-coming issue of my 'Reverend Cross' comic. He seemed so enthused for the project, which we will now never see. Here's to Stephen... He was one of a kind.

Friday, 20 May 2016


A new strip written by me (John A. Short) and drawn by Alex Paterson (Rex!/Armageddon Patrol) starts in 'Ace's Weekly' volume 22 week 1! If you've never come across 'Ace's Weekly' it's an on-line weekly comic run by David Lloyd (V For Vendetta.) You can subscribe to it for only £1 a week. Each volume sees five new stories start and build to a complete adventure over seven weeks! Our strip - 'W.E.S.T.E.R.N. Incorporated' tells the adventures of three special investigators charged with combating the supernatural menaces of the wild West in 1888! "When there's something strange in yer neck o' the woods... Who ya gonna telegraph?!" It's fun for the whole family with Alex's best art ever. Check out more at: http://www.acesweekly.co.uk/vol22-issue1 Subscribe to 'Ace's'- it's the way comics will be in the future!

Friday, 13 May 2016

Kult Creations at Comica Comiket in London!

Kult Creations and I will have a table at Saturday 14th May 2016's central London small press event - Comica Comiket! And it's blinking free! Why not come along and check out everyone's lovely comics?! If you cosplay one of my characters you'll get a free comic! See you at St. Martin's college... http://comiket.comica.london/kult-creations-comics/