From Silver Bullet Comic Books :
Across the Pond Studios has picked up the comic rights for Rob Grant and Doug Naylor’s BBC sci-fi comedy, Red Dwarf. The print version should hit some time next year, but a web comic will be launched on October 28th at the official Red Dwarf website, with daily updates until the DVD release of Red Dwarf Season VIII. The way I hear it, the story is supposed to take place in continuity and help pave the way for the Red Dwarf movie. However, there’s no word on whether the comic will address the infamous season eight cliffhanger…
Now, check out one of the names on the front cover. Hmmmmmmmmm.Interesting one, this. Completely out of the blue, for starters (and I wonder if TOS might be annoyed about a comics gossip site gazumping their announcement?)
The artwork looks pretty decent, I think. Alright, I know you’re all going to say Kryten looks crap, but that doesn’t mean he’s going to look crap in the whole thing. The art’s nicely stylised, and the other characters look pretty good – Lister looks less Craigish, and more how you might imagine him from the books, and I love the hologram effect on Rimmer. And, as John has (predictably) pointed out – ORIGINAL SHIP!
As OD’s resident comic book nerd, I’m not familiar with the studio (they look new), nor any of the creative talent involved (it’s hard to tell, from that cover, whether or not this is all Ellard-written with the others being artistic team, or if they’re co-writers – perhaps the man himself could shed some light?). It strikes me as quite similar to the sort of thing that 88mph Studios did with Ghostbusters – after picking up a few 80s movies properties, rather than diving in with all of them (I presume they have a BTTF license, given the name), they spent some time putting a good but untested creative team onto the project, and ended up with something really, really good (a four-part miniseries, set just after the first movie but bringing it into the year 2004).
I also like the idea of doing webcomics, in addition to the print stuff, assuming they will get properly updated. Webcomics are an exciting medium, and well worth using the profile of something like Red Dwarf to experiment with. Scott McCloud would approve…
Also, Andrew – becoming a published comics writer? YOU JAMMY GOIT.