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So what's stopping you buying a copy of one of the best small press comics around? I'm not asking you to fund a Kickstarter, just buy a comic I'm sure you will like. Roughly the same price as one of your American comics you can buy from your local comic shop, the difference is, PARAGON will take you longer then five minutes to read! Go on, try it.
Anyone else seriously impressed by the reprint of One Eyed Jack by Rebellion? British comics were full of that sort of thing back in the 70s. Relive those halcyon days of British anthology comics by buying the latest PARAGON
It barely takes twenty minutes to read an American comic these days but for much the same price you could have a lot more fun reading a good old fashioned British anthology. This isn't an homage or a pastiche. This is a continuation of the fine style of comics I grew up reading in the 70s and 80s
You know, there are professional publications that don't last this long and yet here we are with issue 20, still going strong with a fantastic line up of stories. Recurring characters in stand alone stories so you don't need to know what has gone before as long as you know the basic premise;
Jikan - a double length episode - what if the time-hopping demon-hunting samurai landed on the Titanic? And he's not there to ice his drink... Spencer Nero - Spencer Nero in India, and as enlightened and sympathetic to the people whose country it actually is as you'd expect an agent of the British Empire to be... Bulldog - the anthropomorphic protector of the skies of Blighty! Bulldog has been going for over twenty years now - PJ Holden is a previous artist for his adventures. This issue, the Queen is dead and there's a search for a successor...
Not only do we have the regulars this time around but a one off, light hearted quest for a ragtag bunch of adventurers in A Star Falls
How many other small press comics can boast it has had contributors of the calibre of Si Spencer, Shaky Kane, PJ Holden and Garen Ewing? (I can only think of one!) Pro letterers Jim Campbell and HdE give it a professional sheen and the likes of Chris Askham, Steven Denton and Matt Soffe have all worked on covers over the years.
As one blogger said,
"No, it's not mainstream, its not glossy, its not full colour, it doesn't feature superhero types in gaudy-coloured spandex costumes pounding 50 shades of inconsequential sh*t out of each other, or female characters who have nothing going for them other than big tits and improbable asses. What it IS, is an old-school, no-bullshit, boys-own action/adventure comic reminiscent of the 2000ads and Eagles and Warlords and Battles and other glorious black-and-white comics that were so, so cool in the 80's. Its hard to find a comic nowadays that inspires the same kind of feeling picking up one of those comics back then did, but Paragon comes pretty close and it keeps on getting better. If nothing else, its got a lot of heart and its clear everyone involved has a great passion for the medium. If you don't like the stories, you might like the art. If you don't like the art, you might like the stories. If you don't like the stories OR the art, you might appreciate the effort and enthusiasm that has gone into every page. If you don't like that either, well, hey, at least you can say you tried!"
The ongoing Bulldog story will return next issue - after the shocking death of regular contributor Stephen Prestwood last year I had to find an artist to continue his great work and all will be revealed very soon.
In the meantime, here's a story from the vaults written as always by Jason Cobley and illustrated in fine cartoony style by Paul Harrison Davies.
Twenty issues of any comic is an achievement these days and for a small press book to reach such a milestone is astonishing! Grab a yourself a copy and see why it's continued so long. PARAGON means a fine example - and this comic is certainly that!
Jikan - the time-travelling demon hunting samurai lands on the Titanic - and he's not there to ice his drink.
A special double length story, written by Dirk Van Dom and illustrated by Matt Soffe, James Cocoran, Mike Kennedy and Dave Snell
You know, there are professional magazines that don't reach twenty issues and yet here we are still going strong with such a fantastic line up of stories; Jikan - the time travelling demon hunter, Bulldog - the anthropomorphic protector of the skies above Blighty, Spencer Nero - the British agent who gains power whenever he dons the mask of Janus, and Ganesh - the adventures of the elephant headed Hindu god. And that's just the regulars!
This issue also sees a 10 page self contained story from HdE and Dan Harris, where adventurers join forces to fight an extra-terrestial threat to their way of life.
PARAGON isn't an homage or pastiche of the British anthologies that I grew up reading but a continuation of that fine style and with this issue I thought I'd nail my colours to the mast and try and emulate the type of covers that comics like Warlord, Battle and Eagle had way back when.
#20 will be out next month, chock full of rip roaring adventures and antics - be sure to buy it!
Feeling inspired by giving my old House of Hammer magazines a re-read, I've decided to resurrect the horror comic again in homage to that fantastic publication. Here's the cover illustration (without the copy - I don't want to give the contents away just yet!)
If you love Hammer films, comic strips or tales with a twist, you are going to love this!
Look at that selection; two horror comics, four hardback annuals, three Jikan Chronicles, four collected editions and an astonishing nineteen issues of the regular comic. How many do you have in your collection? All bar the very early issues are available from lulu.com (and quite a few are free to download). It is an utterly fantastic anthology comic so if you are a fan of British comics of the 70s/80s this is the one for you.