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Competition for 2000AD

19/07/2010. Contributed by Jessica Martin

Buy The Rise of the Iron Moon in the USA - or Buy The Rise of the Iron Moon in the UK

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Bosnian-based comics publisher PrintMedia has announced plans to move into the UK scifi comic-book market with a new comic magazine later in 2010.

The title, which is still in development, will include new strips by creators such as PJ Holden (2000AD, Battlefields, Judge Dredd: The Megazine), Michael Pennick, John Ridgway, James Hudnall, Jon Rushby and former Marvel UK and Titan Magazine editor John Freeman, who will also be the title's UK editor.

The magazine will feature a mix of action, science fiction and humour.



The line-up of the title is still being finalised, but PrintMedia, which publishes three comics-related magazines including Strip Magazine and a localized edition of Metal Hurlant, plans to preview the magazine at the British International Comic Show in October.

"I am really excited about this project," publisher Ivo Milicevic told SFcrowsnest. "There is no certain formula for success, but the Magazine will have some good stories and really great art, I can promise that.

"I am hoping that we could fill the gap between 2000AD and superhero stuff," he added. "I grew up with the Steel Claw and The Spider, but as kid I also like Black Archer and Jet Ace Logan. Later, I was blown away with the work of Frank Hampson, Don Lawrence and Jim Holdaway. I never liked superhero stuff, but really appreciate old US newspaper strips and authors."

Ivo has been working in publishing for 20 years. After college, he worked as journalist, and later as a publisher. Printmedia's business centres on print for the comic industry.

Complementing the new magazine will be a series of UK comics albums. One title is already in development, a creator-owned steampunk adventure, Tales of the Iron Moon, by Commando artist Keith Page, and PrintMedia has secured rights to James Hudnall and John Ridgway's fantasy tale Age of Heroes, which will be published in colour for the first time.

We should point out that despite its strange similarity to the tile of Stephen Hunt's best-selling steampunk-flavoured fantasy novel 'The Rise of the Iron Moon', the new 'Tales of the Iron Moon' isn't actually based on Stephen's Jackelian fantasy series.

Stephen is kind of amused by this, but says he won't be reaching for his lawyers, as if he does, Terry Pratchett might come calling about Stephen's next fantasy book - kind of a fantasy comedy thing. 'Unseen Academics: A Coilworld Novel'. You'll love it, he'd got an entire world worked out, carried on the back of an iguana.

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