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Orang Utan Comics Coming to the States

Any of you folks over on the other side of the Atlantic know anything about Orang Utan Comics?  I was sent a couple press releases.  You know me, always willing to help the little guys out.  More new comics from more new publishers will keep the big guys from getting stale.  More competition is good for the readers.  Keeps everyone on their toes.  Makes sure they strive to put out the best product possible.  And I've made sure they're added to our data base so when you get an issue from them, you can add it here!

So here's some info:

After a very successful 2007 Orang Utan Comics announced today that they are branching out into the US with the appointment of Trey Wickwire as their “North American Representative”.

Wickwire joined Orang Utan Comics in September 2007 bringing with him his military sci fi series “Mamluk” and a number of other projects in the development stages. He will be combining writing and editing with a PR and talent scout role essentially making him OUC’s man on the ground in America.

Founder Peter Rogers said “We made a splash in the UK last year, launching two issues of our anthology title Eleventh Hour. We were also very active on the convention circuit over here too. With Trey onboard hopefully we can make the same kind of impact on the other side of the pond”

Wickwire has already assembled an impressive team for his own Mamluk title. Pencils are by rising star Steven Yarborough (Matriarch), inks by Chad Blakley (Koni Waves/10th Muse), colours by Melissa Kaercher (Loaded Bible) and letters by Richard Nelson (After the Fall, Lethal Instinct). Mamluk is an Orang Utan Comics Studio project and they will be looking for a publisher for the book in 2008. You can see the Mamluk Rescue 6 page preview (with inks by Dylan Johnson) here: www.comicspace.com/trey/comics.php.

Wickwire had this to say about joining Orang Utan Comics and taking on this new expanded role “I was very excited to be accepted into the Orang Utan Comics studio and when they asked me to be the North American Rep I jumped at the chance. Representing a group of professionals like this is more of a privilege than a job. I'm looking forward to getting out there and meeting more people on the convention circuit so keep an eye out for the Orang Utan and watch those shelves for Mamluk!"

For more information on Orang Utan Comics and what else they have planned for 2008, visit them online at www.orangutancomics.co.uk


Further Information

Orang Utan Comics
Starting life in 2007 as an International Comics Collective Orang Utan Comics has since evolved into a studio and publisher. Orang Utan Comics publishes anthology series Eleventh Hour and develops ongoing titles for publication with other publishers. For more information about Orang Utan Comics visit www.orangutancomics.co.uk.

Eleventh Hour
Eleventh Hour is a 36 page black and white anthology book with a twist in the tale. Issue 1 and Issue 2 are now available to buy from orangutancomics.co.uk.

Mamluk

Mamluk is a military science fiction story set in the far future. The basic premise is that the human race has been kidnapped off the earth and turned into a military force for an alien empire. The term Mamluk is from the Egyptian warrior slaves that eventually overthrew their masters and took over the kingdom. Like the Egyptians, the aliens will learn that it isn’t wise to give your slaves all the weapons. http://www.orangutancomics.co.uk/mamluk.html

And here's another one.

Orang Utan make Babies go BOOM!

Baby Boomers is twisted fun in two tiny packages.

UK independent publisher Orang Utan Comics announced a new title today which they are describing as “Calvin and Hobbes meets Spy vs Spy”. Baby Boomers is a heartwarming tale of two adorable infants and their ongoing desire to cause each other as much physical pain as possible.


Join writer Richard McAuliffe and artist Chad Cicconi as they do their part to convince the next generation of comic readers that perhaps having children might not be the best option to take. While at the same time reassuring those who have already spawned that things really could be much worse.


“As soon as I saw the sample pages I new this was a title that we had to get out there” said Orang Utan Comics founder Peter Rogers. “No Universe, no continuity, no convoluted backstory. Just two babies fighting with Jerry Bruckheimer producing and John Woo in the director’s chair. Baby Boomers is as high concept as it gets and that’s why it works. Simple but never stupid, Baby Boomers is like a classic newspaper humour strip on steroids.”


McAuliffe and Cicconi are both relative newcomers and Baby Boomers is their first published work. McAuliffe had this to say about the title “I just hope people like it and find it funny (if they do its all in the writing, if not... blame the artist, he won't mind). I'd like to thank all the people who saw snippets of this online and gave us so much encouragement to make the move into print.”


“I had a great time working on this book, and I'm excited to see it in print” added artist Chad Cicconi. “Thanks to Orang Utan Comics for agreeing to publish this crazy thing, and to our friends on the Comic Geek Speak and Geek Syndicate forums for their input and comments, and for giving us their enthusiasm to push forward with this project.”

Baby Boomers is scheduled to launch at this year’s Web and Mini Comix Thing in London http://ukwebcomixthing.co.uk/ . And it will also be available to buy online at the Orang Utan Comics site from March.

 

 

 

 


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