Friday, 13 January 2017
The digital version of my book about cult, underground, public domain, communist super-heroine... OCTOBRIANA... is now on sale. Over forty-five years of Russian Devil Woman history all in one place for the first time! Available for kindle or any device with the free kindle app (available from Amazon's own site.) Tracking the full history of the character from her secret beginnings in the legendary 1971 book through to her live action appearances! Read a hidden comics history!Just go over to Kult Digital blog - link to your right - (http://kultdigital.blogspot.com) or buy the limited edition print version below!
Monday, 9 January 2017
As I have mentioned before on the blog... Last year artist and small press genius, Stephen Prestwood, passed away long before he should have done. I worked with him a few times and was a big fan of his fantastic artwork. In 2003 he drew issue seven of my 'Armageddon Patrol' series and provided me with a cover to use. Only one problem, at the time neither he or I knew how to colour stuff and to be distributed by Diamond Comic Distributors the cover of our comic had to be in colour even if the inside was in black and white. Another fantastic small press artist, Chris Askham, ended up doing the cover as he knew how to produce full colour artwork. Much as I love what Chris did... I don't really approve of comics which have a different artist on the cover to the one inside... On the one hand it seems like a snub to the interior artist and on the other hand it seems like a con on the readers who might think they are getting one thing, but are really getting something else. However, at the time we didn't have much choice. After Stephen sadly died last year I chanced upon his black and white cover for AP7 and realised that I now had the skill to colour it in photoshop and bring it back to the world. This is my small tribute to a great artist and a really nice bloke. First a version done up with the logos and lettering on and after that a version where the artwork can be seen 'clean'.
Friday, 6 January 2017
The 'Reverend Cross' 3-pack is now available for kindle and any device with the kindle app over on the Kult Digital blog (http://kultdigital.blogspot.co.uk - or link to your right!) That's along with many of our other titles like... The Clock Strike! The Sixpenny Murder and Savage: Jungle Princess Book 1! You can also watch especially made promo videos for these titles over on youtube! (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCr2g_cboZPKf84aVOylAs5w)
Friday, 30 December 2016
'Savage! Jungle Princess' Book 1 - collecting all four issues of the series is now available as a digital comic for download as well as the print version! Over a hundred colour pages drawn by Gabby Noble and written by John A. Short. AND it's cheaper than the print version! Take a trip to Death Island for only @£7.99! Just click the link for our digital store (to your right.)
Saturday, 17 December 2016
John A. Short reviews Hellbound Media's Shock Value Presents: The Disease. A one-off, self-contained, full-colour American sized comic. Adapted by Paul Kane from his own prose story and painted in water colour by Pawel Kardis. This is a glossy, serious and professional product that wouldn't look out of place coming out of some big American comics company. Hellbound's stories have always been a little more straight-faced than most of my work (where humour nearly always creeps in), but this is another step in that direction. It belongs to the long horror tradition of 'body horror'… Where someone's very body is invaded and subsumed (Cronenberg's 'The Fly' for example) – in short, where your body becomes… monstrous. It's no secret that 'body horror' is so disturbing because it's a metaphor for disease. Here the metaphor is stripped away and Kane just goes for the visceral horror of the tale of a man overtaken by a terrible illness that warps his body. This probably wouldn't be as effective (and infecting) as it is without Kardis's shocking, photo-realistic painted art. No word of a lie – This is as good as anything produced by Alex Ross. He is as confident depicting the beauty of the semi-naked female form as he is the contents of a toilet bowel! His work is both hideous and gorgeous at the same time. Not for children or the faint hearted. If you care about comics as a medium for storytelling, do yourself a favour and pick this up at: http://www.hellboundmedia.co.uk/comic-book/the-disease-shock-value-presents
Friday, 16 December 2016
John A. Short reviews: Wrench Productions' WINGS OF TERROR #1 by Cliff Jones & Andrew Richmond. Part one of a two part mini-series. This American sized comic must surely share some inspirational DNA with Kult Creations' own SAVAGE! JUNGLE PRINCESS… Both comics feature vile Nazis up-against dinosaurs (not to mention strong, sexy heroines.) Wrapped up in a great, full-colour, fully painted cover by Grant Richards in the style of some 1970s Doug McClure movie poster, there eighteen interior story pages drawn in black and white pen and ink by Andrew Richmond with furious energy. Cliff Jones' story relates the events surrounding the launch of an experimental Nazi airship four times the size of the Hindenburg. British spy and femme fatale, Lady Elizabeth Thomas is on board to keep her eye on whatever strange experiment the Third Reich is up to. I can't tell you any more of the plot as loose lips sink ships… But suddenly dinosaurs! Andrew Richmond is particularly good at drawing pterosaurs – whether in savage detail or in fantastic negative silhouettes. The title is probably not suitable of young children, even though it doesn't feature explicit nudity it does allude to sexual matters (Lady Liz will stop at nothing to get the information the Brits want!) Recommended for anyone who wants to see goose-steppers eaten by dinosaurs. Roll on issue two! You can get your copy from: http://wrenchproductions.bigcartel.com/products