Markosia Spotlight On: Stuff That Happened

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This week it’s the turn of Stuff That Happened.

This book is a collection of comic strips created between 2013 and 2014 by artist Vicky Stonebridge, who lives and works in the Scottish Highlands. At the time this series of unrelated anecdotes were originally created as occasional blog posts. They were designed to be drawing exercises, to entertain friends and later they became therapeutic, capturing funny or poignant “Stuff that Happened” as she went about her business as a fire-fighter, art tutor and community worker.

Vicky was travelling between her home in the wild, rural, West coast to Inverness for work and then to the sandy beaches of the East coast to spend time with the new man in her life, Andrew. Her constant companion was her dog Bruno. Both dog and mother of three were coming to terms with an empty nest and dealing with a range of anxieties and PTSD. For Bruno the answer was simple, to never leave Vicky’s side. Vicky had to worry about how to carve out a new life and new identity without other people to look after. But she didn’t have time to really come to terms with these changes, before a much bigger, more dramatic change forced itself into the narrative. She became seriously ill. This story covers the period of time when she became symptomatic with her illness, and was in and out of hospital for tests and emergency treatment.

Would she be able to work again? How would she survive financially? How ill was she? Would she be able to go back to fire fighting? It seems a person’s body can only undergo so much physical work and stress before something has to change, and this period in Vicky’s life was where change was forced upon her. It has taken her three years since this time to be able to finish the original pencilled roughs. When we are living in the moment, it is difficult to see the thread which binds events as they happen – we are too close to it. But with hindsight, this book is an honest and personal tale of a life changing illness, stress, worry and more importantly, the little moments in life that make it worth living no matter what stuff happens.

Written and illustrated by Vicky Stonebridge, click the links below to order or download Stuff That Happened now!

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Markosia Spotlight On: Clockwork Inc

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This week it’s the turn of Clockwork Inc.

It is often said that God created Heaven and Earth in just six days and nights, this explains two things…

1. How and why he did such a shoddy job and…

2. Why Clockwork Inc must work tirelessly to stop the very fabric of the galaxy from tearing itself apart.

Its employees have all been attracted to Clockwork Inc. by the promise of adventure and living a life full of ‘what ifs’ and ‘who knows?’ But Roger Hanover’s journey to this conclusion and reasons for working for the company are somewhat different to his colleagues.

Join Roger Hanover on an all-new adventure from across space and time, and ask yourself, “What would I do?”

Clockwork Inc. – don’t leave the past without it!

Written by Stu Perrins with art by Ron Gravelle, click the links below to order or download Clockwork Inc now!

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Markosia Spotlight On: Mi Sweethart

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This week it’s the turn of Mi Sweethart.

Mi Sweethart is easily the world’s greatest secret agent, it’s really no contest. But a holiday would be nice, so for the first time since she was eighteen, Mi is taking a break … or she would be if it weren’t for the sword-wielding assassin in her back garden. Thanks to Mi’s unihemispheric sleep pattern (it’s a real thing, look it up!), Mi never has to stop.

While some would squander this extra time watching acclaimed TV drama, Mi has spent it becoming the best at everything, but will being the best be enough for what’s coming? Mi Sweethart could beat up your Dad. #nodadissafe

“Head and Nutkins craft a mighty fine tale of espionage mixed with excellent tongue in cheek humour. They clearly had a blast making it.”
Rob Guillory – Chew

“A fantastic new anti-heroine: violent, terrifying, and hilarious.”
Zander Cannon – Kaijumax

Written by Sam Head with art by Rachel Nutkins, click the links below to order or download Mi Sweethart now!

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Markosia Spotlight On: Bloodfellas

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This week it’s the turn of Bloodfellas.

“When there’s no room left in hell, the dead will turn to crime.”

Boardwalk Empire meets the Walking Dead. Zombie Gangsters take over the streets of Prohi-bition era USA. A horror-crime mash up available from Markosia in 2015.

Written by Jasper Bark with art by Mick Trimble, click the links below to order or download Bloodfellas now!

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Markosia Spotlight On: Also Known As

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This week it’s the turn of Also Known As.

Imagine losing the one you love, only to find that everything you believed about them was a lie. That’s what happens to Cavalry Officer Lucas Wilson, as he watches his wife Elizabeth murdered before his very eyes, just moments before he’s hanged by his corrupt commanding officer Nathaniel Monroe.

Offered a chance to redeem his broken soul by the Reaper Jemma, Lucas is recruited by Charon the Ferryman, otheriwse known as Death to reap souls for him, on the condition that once he’s finished, Lucas can join his wife in Heaven. And for a hundred years, Lucas does this – working in a race against time to gather souls for Heaven before Charon’s ancient enemy Cerberus and her demonic Rogues can drag them to Hell.

However, a century later, Lucas finds himself facing his long-dead wife, now reincarnated into a new body – Faith Jones. Realising that everything they’ve been told is a fallacy, Lucas and Jemma go against their orders, saving Faith and starting a journey to learn the real story behind Charon and Cerberus, one that not only reveals the truth about them, but more importantly the truth as to where the souls really go when they’re claimed.

Hunted by Charon’s psychotic enforcer Thade and the reanimated Nathaniel Monroe, Lucas, Jemma and Faith must place their lives in the hands of long believed dead allies, chivalrous knights and traitorous friends as they try to find a way to not only stop Charon and Cerberus, but to save every soul ever taken by them.

But at what cost?

Written by Tony Lee with art by Christopher Jones, click the links below to order or download Also Known As now!

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Markosia Spotlight On: Away

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This week it’s the turn of Away.

An ordinary man is ripped from his family and life time after time and thrust into the multiverse to learn the skills and abilities he needs to save not just our world, but our entire universe from an impossible invading force.

“Swords, sci-fi and the British Fire Service mix it up in this smartly written and beautiful looking time-bending space adventure. Plenty to fall in love with in this book!”
Martin Simmonds, artist on Black Crown’s “Punks Not Dead”

“An 80-page extravaganza from Jon and Grant that marks some of their best work so far with the added bonus of a creative team in Darren and Rob with all of them surfing the same wavelength. Like binge watching Quantum Leap.”
Gary Watson, Comics Anonymous

Written by Jon Laight with art by Grant Richards, click the links below to download Away now!

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Markosia Spotlight On: Ritual

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This week it’s the turn of Ritual.

A series of ritualistic murders in the small town of Black Root all have one thing in common: they’re reminiscent of ancient witch trials.

The FBI are on the case and soon realise that a supernatural killer is on the prowl – condemning his victims to diabolical ordeals.

Written by Andy Briggs & Steve Horvath with art by Shawn McCauley, click the links below to download Ritual now!

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Markosia Spotlight On: Harker: The Graphic Novel Sequel to ‘Dracula’

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This week it’s the turn of Harker: The Graphic Novel Sequel to ‘Dracula’.

Although his body is destroyed, Dracula’s dark spirit survives, and only his last remaining “Bride of Dracula,” the Countess Dracule can avenge and save him – as she arrives in London to take brutal vengeance against the Hunters and their families.

With un-living allies including the late Renfield beside her, the Countess is ready for war. But her opposition is fragmented, with Seward in love again, yet addicted to morphine; Arthur distracted by visions of his dead love Lucy Westenra on a London street; Van Helsing haunted bu memories of his son; Mina finding herself aline with Dracula in her dreams – and Jonathan visitied by the ghost of Quincey Morris, warning him of dangers yet to come.

As the devious plans of the Vampire Countess and her allies come to pass, Harker and his friends must find strength to fight back from the brink of despair, taking on a quest that forces them through a variety of familiar locations including Purfleet, Piccadilly, Whitby, Munich, and ending with fire and blood on the Borgo Pass, the very place that Bram Stoker’s novel began.

Updated and re-released to celebrate the anniversary of the debut of Dracula in 1897, Harker is written by British writer Tony Lee (Doctor Who, Pride & Prejudice & Zombies, Spider-Man) and drawn/coloured by the acclaimed South African art team of Neil Van Antwerpen and Peter-David Douglas (Starship Troopers), this original graphic novel is a faithful and ‘in canon’ return for the original characters, set six months on from the Count’s grizzly death, and six months before the birth of Jonathan and Mina’s son, Quincey.

And for Vampire afficionados it has three introductions – one from noted Sherlock Holmes and Vampire scholar Leslie S. Klinger, author of The New Annotated Dracula, and two more from Ian Holt and Bram Stoker’s Great-Grand Nephew Dacré Stoker, authors of the official Dracula sequel, Dracula: The Un-Dead, as well as never seen before articles on both the Vampire and Bram Stoker by award winning and acclaimed Dracula historians Elizabeth Miller and Alexander Galant.

Written by Tony Lee with art by Neil van Antwerpen & Peter-David Douglas, click the links below to order or download Harker: The Graphic Novel Sequel to ‘Dracula’ now!

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Markosia Spotlight On: Breathe

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This week it’s the turn of Breathe.

China – the late 1700’s. High up in the mountains, in a poverty stricken village, lives a young girl. On a bright sunny day she’s called back home to discover that her whole family have been slain in a vendetta attack.

Could it be the local Bao Gang, known for their bullying antics, opium smuggling, and em-ployed by a wealthy farmer to stop the village from rebelling — or someone closer to home?

Written by John Sheridan with art by Kit Wallis, click the links below to order or download Breathe now!

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Markosia Spotlight On: Androsaurs

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This week it’s the turn of Androsaurs.

What is the price of arrogance? Even the greatest warriors struggle with hardships. Life can throw things at you that will test the content of your character. The universe is indifferent to us all. Chaos is the only true master. None of us has control. Some will try but they always fail…

Androsaurs is a fantasy story about a young prince who must come to terms with his own limitations. He must check his privilege and learn some humility in the face of overwhelming opposition the likes of which his world has never seen! Oh, and its full of kick ass medieval fights and sci-fi action for all ages! Crack it open and sit back. Let yourself be transported to the other side of the Universe. Brace yourself; it is going to be a bumpy ride!

Written and illustrated by Christopher Hanchey, click the links below to order or download Androsaurs now!

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