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Owen Pomery Gets the Best Fan Mail

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Owen Pomery, creator of the brilliant The Megatherium Club, recently received some fan mail.  Obviously this in itself is far from an unusual event (maybe), but the writer of said email was of particular interest to Owen and the rest of us at AHP Towers, for it was Lorin Ottlinger, Assistant Director at The Grove National Historic Landmark.  As I’m sure you all know, this was the boyhood home of none other than Megatherium Club member Robert Kennicott!

Kennicott

Robert Kennicott

1835 – 1866

Bloody loved a field mission, so much so that he

died on one. He has a glacier, a river and

a valley named in his honour. 

Still resides at the Smithsonian, in skeletal form.

Lorin has kindly allowed us to print truncated excerpts from a couple of her emails below.  This is all genuinely exciting to us, but then we’re basically geeks.

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Reads Vol.2 #1

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36 pages in US comic format, mainly b&w with some colour pages

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Reads Volume 2 begins here.  4 stories, in 4 parts over 4 issues.

 Featuring:

Tim Bird, Luke J. Halsall, Ricky Miller, EdieOP and Owen D. Pomery

 Cover by Eleni Kalorkoti

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To kick things off we have Luke J. Halsall and Tim Bird’s ‘The Bullpen’.  A story set in the offices of a comic book publishing company at the dawn of the Silver Age of comics.  Think Mad Men but with Stan Lee instead of Don Draper.

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Our second strip sees Owen D. Pomery return to the characters from his hit comic, ‘The Megatherium Club’. ‘Skeleton Crew’ is the first in a series of standalone adventures pitting the club against the same “villain”, a rival scientist who looks like he might just beat our “heroes” at their own game.

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Our third strip, ‘Hitchcock & Film’, is brought to you by Ricky Miller and (that man again) Tim Bird.  They begin their look at four different periods in the life of Alfred Hitchcock along with a whistle-stop history of the development of film during his lifetime for good measure!

27. Lucius Jellybean

EdieOP rounds things off with a full-colour strip featuring ‘The Story of Lucius Jellybean’, an orphan germ, born from the union of a slug and a virus.  You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll probably want to leave off eating until afterwards.

 

REVIEWS

“An essential platform for a healthy representation of the creative voices that make up the AHP stable, and a true testament to the continuing evolution of this important micropublishing presence on the UK scene.”

Andy Oliver, Broken Frontier

“Great anthology, variety and quality throughout.”

Richard Bruton, Forbidden Planet International

“This is EdieOP’s first contribution to Reads, and the story shows her sense of humour and a clever mixture of innocence but blatant danger as well. Very entertaining.”

Mark Russell, A Place to Hang Your Cape

“This collection is a primer / advert for the fledgling (set up in 2012) Avery Hill Publishing, whose publications so far, I have found to be of impeccable merit! Keep up the good work!”

Jonathan, Page 45

Metroland #1 by Ricky Miller, Julia Scheele, Rebecca Strickson & Jazz Greenhill

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Metroland by Ricky Miller, Julia Scheele, Rebecca Strickson & Jazz Greenhill

36 full colour pages, 239 x 168mm, perfect bound.

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No one seems to notice that things aren’t quite how they should be. What was lost has now been found, those dead before their time are alive and events from history that we know took a wrong turn have somehow been set right. It should be a golden age, but if everything is so great, why is there a growing theory that something cataclysmic is coming?

Meanwhile, on London’s outskirts, in a small castle in Greenwich, lives the indie band Electric Dreams.  In the midst of their triumphs, failures, loves and losses, founder members Ricky Stardust and the mysterious Jessica Hill are constantly going AWOL.  Are they slacking off on drink and drugs induced lost weekends?  Or is there a clue to their disappearances in Stardust’s recurring dream of a magical place outside of time and space called Metroland?

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18. metroland01_16finalMiller & Scheele’s soap opera of music and time-travel launches with ‘Electric Dreams – Part One’, the 20 page lead strip in which we’re introduced to Ricky Stardust as he recovers from what appears to be another epic drunken incident and has to deal with inter-band rivalry, a gig, another night out and a reunion with Jessica.

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In ‘Sunday’ we travel back in time to the very first meeting between Ricky Stardust and Jessica Hill on a beach in Worthing, beautifully drawn by renowned illustrator, Rebecca Strickson, in her first ever comic strip.

Becky Metroland

Finally we travel far into the future to listen in on an old man in a nursing home telling stories about music in the old days to a young girl.  ‘Memories’ is drawn by Jazz Greenhill, writer/artist of the acclaimed ‘The Festival’, also available from Avery Hill Publishing.

Jazz Metroland

 

REVIEWS

“It’s a brilliant, brilliant comic”

Richard Bruton, Forbidden Planet International

“And characterisation is where Miller and Scheele’s creative connection is most obviously emphasised. While Miller’s dialogue is often snappy and playfully witty – underlining the casual confidence of Jessica or the roguish indifference of Ricky – it’s the subtler, visually-led moments of character definition where Scheele shows us the people behind the facades they project: a haunting dream sequence, or a quiet moment of poignant contemplation, employing a deceptive air of understatement to speak volumes about the book’s protagonists.”

Andy Oliver, Broken Frontier

“Lovely example of how you can do something bubble-gum fun yet also thought provoking, and indeed stylish if you put your mind to it.”

Jonathan, Forbidden Planet International