I had my copies of The77 arrive this morning. It's a brand new creator-owned UK comic I've contributed to and it's all turned out very nicely.
With comic shops closed this might not be the ideal time to launch a new comic, but credit to editor Ben K Sy for sticking to his plan to get The77 published and copies are available to buy via mail order. Details at this link:
The77 was funded via Kickstarter, ably supported by generous fans who were eager to see a new British comic published. Inspired by (but not imitating) the comics of a few decades ago, The77 dubs itself a "new retro anthology" and contains strips by a variety of creators, from newcomers to established pros. Here you'll find stories by Steve MacManus, Brendon T. Wright, Mal Earl, John Charles, Kek-W, Phil Elliott, Baden James Mellonie, Marc Jackson, and more. The youngest contributor is 11 year old Drew Marr, producing his strip Key Runners.
As mentioned on this blog before, my contribution is a new creation, Sgt. Shouty of the Moon Force, and he'll be back in issue 2 as well. It's a parody of strips such as Valiant's Captain Hurricane and the SHOUTY dialogue from early issues of 2000AD. In subsequent chapters I'll develop Sgt. Shouty's supporting cast too.
As with any new anthology venture some material is stronger than others but overall it's a good looking package and a nice chunky comic at 68 pages! Most of it is in full colour and I was pleased to see that the interiors are on matt paper, so you can read it in the sunshine with no irritation of it reflecting the light.
The77 is a nice way to escape for an hour in these difficult times and it'll be good to see the comic grow. Give it your support!