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It’s been a whirlwind couple of months here at London Horror towers. But here’s the abridged version:
First up, and without further ado: issue 3 of the London Horror Comic will be the final issue of the current series.
We’ll be going out with a bang with an oversized 40-page limited print run that will only be available to order on-line through the store in August.
Here’s the glorious cover:
In keeping with the tradition of releasing issues 1 and 2, we’ll be featuring one complete story in the previews section of our site for you to enjoy.
Believe me when I say that the story we plan to preview is perhaps the sickest thing we’ve published – the last page will have you howling with laughter or closing your pdf viewer faster than a speeding bullet. You’ve been given fair warning.
Issue 3 will also feature the very first story published by the London Horror Comic, which featured as part of the Film Four Frightfest Programme way back in 2006, when credit cards were still worth the plastic they were printed on.
So, why is issue 3 the final issue? Well, despite both issues 1 and 2 getting rave reviews, trading conditions remain tighter than the inside leg room in Gordon Brown’s trousers right now. The raising of Diamond’s minimum order levels is completely understandable.
As a general trend, I predict the US style of single issues or “floppies format” will remain feasible mainly for larger companies – the big two – with licensed properties taking up the bulk of shelf space labelled “independent” – this is anecdotal by the way. Take a walk in your own comic shop and I’d be happy for you to tell me I’m wrong.
Good independent work in the single format is still being published though. It’s out there. But if you want it, you’ll have to dig harder.
The decision to actually go ahead with publishing issue three took some serious thought. But because so many people have enjoyed issues 1 and 2 and were bothered enough to say nice things, I figured, what the hell. Do it.
Which, in an ironic way, makes sense, since it was exactly that kind of reasoned decision making that spurred me on to publish my own horror comic in the first place. Funny how things work out, eh?
Anyway, more, much more, to come on a frequent basis now that plans are a bit firmer.