Yes! The day has finally arrived, my friends. David Lynch and Mark Frost’s Twin Peaks returns for a new series on Showtime in 2016. But until then, you’ll have to amuse yourself with all-new episodes of Strangehaven which returns in the new British anthology Meanwhile…
According to my sources, Meanwhile…#1 has been printed and is even as I type finding its way through various distribution and shipping systems to early bird subscribers, reviewers and, hopefully, contributors. To everyone but me apparently.
For those of you who are unable to attend the festival, please enquire at your friendly local comic book shop, and point them towards my publisher. You could also order this momentous first issue directly from the publisher’s website yourself, or even take out a four-issue subscription. Official on-street publication date is 17th October 2014 which un-coincidentally falls during the Lakes International Comic Festival in Kendal which I will be attending, and at which I will be signing copies at my publisher’s table – Soaring Penguin Press, in the Comics Clock Tower.
So here’s what you’ll get for your money: Sixteen pages of Strangehaven in colour. I’ll repeat that; in colour. It’s the first part of the fourth volume which is due to be serialised over the next couple of years in the pages of Meanwhile…and it’s the first time you’ll have seen any Strangehaven stories in anything other than shades of grey. How about US distribution I hear you cry? Well, I hear ya, and the news is good – Diamond Distributors will be carrying the book stateside and it will be listed in the December cover dated Previews under the Soaring Penguin heading.
This first issue also contains first episodes of two other continuing series: The Bad Bad Place by the dynamic duo of David Hine and Mark Stafford, neither of whom should be unfamiliar to the comics cognoscenti, and both of whom have been around for at least as long as I have, creating great comics. There’s also 10 Minutes by Yuko Rabbit, an exquisitely drawn mangaesque fairy tale.
An interesting late addition to the package are the three winners of this year’s British Library Comics Unmasked competition, each of them exciting new talents. There are also a wordless one-off strip by Sally Jane Thompson, “Heavy” and a sci-fi spy adventure starring Melody Baker by Chris Geary. All fifty-six fantastic pages wrapped up in an all-new Millidge cover.
There are other Strangehaven-related developments to be announced in due course, but for now, see if you can pick yourself up a copy of Meanwhile…#1.