Here’s the start of an eye-opening, three part exclusive look at UK comic book publisher Orang-Utan Comics, and what they have coming up for the London Super Comic Convention!
The company has two books premiering at the show. The first is a follow up volume of the successful superhero satire romp Hero 9 to 5: Quietus, and the other is a new space adventure called The Intergalactic Adventures of Zakk Ridley.
The LSCC will take place in London on the 15th & 16th of March. You can find out more and order tickets here.
Here’s a look!
The Intergalactic Adventures of Zakk Ridley
Writers: Ian Sharman/Peter Rogers
Artist: Ewan McLaughlin
112 pages – Full Color
Zakk Ridley is just your average smuggler and rogue until he and his robotic partner, Dan, get caught up in an intergalactic conspiracy. Zakk dreams of an easy life roaming the galaxy and making a fast buck or two, but as they say, in space no one can hear you dream…
Hero 9 to 5: Quietus (vol.2)
Writer: Ian Sharman
Art: David Gray
96 pages – Full Color
$15.99 / £11.99p
Welcome back to a world where the rich can afford the best in super hero protection, but the poor have to get by with the heroic equivalent of third party, fire and theft. The “Lone Knight” returns from the pages of Hero: 9 to 5, but how will The Loner and the finest men and women that publicly funded super hero protection can supply cope when a mysterious figure leaves a trail of unconnected corpses in his wake?
How will a young hero deal with the loss of his mentor? And, more importantly, how will Thunder Woman get her groceries when she runs into Lash Lady at the store? In a world where being a super hero is just another job, what happens when there’s nobody left alive to pay the bill? Quietus – some men just want to watch the world die.
Never heard of Orang Utan Comics? Let them tell you a bit about themselves:
So what or who are Orang Utan Comics? Well, to cut a long story short, we make comics…that generally aren’t actually about orang utans.
What we are is one of the UK’s leading independent comics publishers. Founded in 2007 by Ian Sharman and Peter Rogers, we hit the UK comics scene running with the launch of Eleventh Hour, an anthology title which picked up an Eagle Award nomination for Favourite Black & White British Comic Book after its initial two issues.
Since then we’ve gone on to release several popular series, including Alpha Gods, FTL, Particle Fiction, Shrapnel: Case Files and the Comixology Comixologist’s Choice Award winning Hypergirl. We’ve also worked with Matt Dyson and Mike Georgiou to produce trade paperback collections of their comics, Moo & Keo and Elemental Micah.
We work closely with AAM/Markosia, who handle most of our digital distribution, and we have also developed a number of titles that have been or will be published by them, including Eleventh Hour, Hero: 9 to 5, Hypergirl and the forthcoming Intergalactic Adventures of Zakk Ridley and Shrapnel: Case Files.
Are we a publisher? A studio? A collective? If we’ve learned anything over the years it’s not to define ourselves. We are what we need to be.