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Comics get a Red Eye

01/12/2003. Contributed by Jessica Martin

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New publication launches to cover the Indy Comics scene.

A new publication has just been launched by Accent UK, the comics collective, to support the Indy Comics scene.

Redeye is aiming to focus on the places other magazines miss and promote the UK talent that sometimes goes unseen.

Dave West of Accent UK and Redeye contributor says: "Anybody who has attended a Comic Festival in the UK over the past few years will have noticed the increase in both the numbers and quality of independent UK based comics. From Springheeled Jack through The O-Men to anthologies and other output from the likes of Accent UK, the feeling you get from all of these publications is one of health and vitality.

"So no surprise then that this fringe comic world now has it's own 'newspaper'. While the excellent Comics International focuses on mainstream comics, and pays tribute to independent titles, REDEYE will be inverting this strategy."

The magazine's first quarterly edition launched at London's Comic Festival on November 1 2003 and was sold out by the end of the event.
"The first issue has interviews with Warren Ellis (Planetary), Ian Gibson (Halo Jones), Martin Eden (The O-Men) and Terry Moore (who produces Stranger in Paradise in the USA)," said West. "Alongside the interviews, which focus on current work and perceptions of the industry, the publication also contains convention reports of Angouleme, comICA and Raptus, reviews of UK independents, and a number of Retrospectives including a homage to the legend Don Lawrence (Trigan Empire and Storm) by his once apprentice Chris Weston (The Filth).

"All articles are produced by people who not only care about the industry but are passionate about it's future. The quote that sums everything up nicely comes from Ian Gibson himself, who in his interview states 'I think the energy in the independents is a good sign for the future.'"

Redeye issue 1 is 56 pages, colour cover, 3 cover price, edited by Barry Renshaw.

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