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John AndersonBy John Anderson
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John AndersonBy John Anderson
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About

Who we are? 

Based in London, Soaring Penguin Press is one of the most exciting independent graphic novels and comics publishers around. We’re passionate about supporting emergent British comics creators, and we have a great track record for introducing international talent to English-speaking readers. Over the past few years, our eclectic line up has included French artist Loisel’s extraordinary take on Peter Pan (UK & Europe:2013; USA & Canada: 2014); the WWI graphic anthology To End All Wars (2014), featuring over 50 contributors from 13 different countries; and Newt (2014), originally a German comedy-murder graphic novel.

In late 2014 we launched our new bi-monthly comics periodical, Meanwhile, which has been universally praised as a platform that showcases some of the most innovative and talented comics creators out there today.  

We are a beautiful team of five: John Anderson at the helm, the creator of our brilliant operation; Cheryl Anderson, our manager, making sure we all actually get our work done; Nora Goldberg, the Igor to the mad scientist publisher; Jon Purves, spreading word of our comics across the world; and Jessica Kemp, ensuring our lovely titles are available in your local shop.

Why Kickstarter? 

2015 is our biggest year yet! We have our on-going anthology series, Meanwhile, and SIX new titles! Very exciting (and kind of scary!). During one of our recent meetings we broke down the costs of the titles, and it really hit us how much initial investment we needed to make it all happen. It’s important that we support our creators both financially and creatively. At the same time, there are many significant costs involved in getting our titles out there long before the books hit the shop shelves. So a little help from our amazing comic readers will make all the difference, and enable us to continue putting out the kind of graphic novels and comics that people have been crying out for.

This is also the most diverse and varied line-up we’ve ever planned; three of our titles are by unbelievably talented female artists, and we’re also very excited to be introducing some amazing French-language graphic novelists to the English-speaking world for the first time!

So here’s what we’re proposing: we would like to offer you this special one-time opportunity to invest in these titles early. This helps Soaring Penguin Press by providing us with much needed financial resources when it's most needed in the early stages of publication. We want to do justice to the hard work of our writers and artists, and continue to put out the beautiful editions for which we're becoming known. You benefit by ensuring that you secure your copies of these amazing books with the option of some exclusive bonus goodies!

Have a look at our rewards which range from pre-ordering each title individually or subscribing to the entire list, with lots of cracking bonus options in between. The total reward cost includes UK P&P. For shipping to the EU and Rest of the World an additional charge will be added at checkout.

Have a look at our rewards which range from pre-ordering each title individually or subscribing to the entire list with lots of bonus options in between. The total reward cost includes UK P&P. For shipping to the EU and Rest of the World an additional charge will be added at checkout. 

Thank you! 

The Titles

THE BIZARRE ADVENTURES OF GILBERT AND SULLIVAN

by Laura Howell 

72 pages  

21.0 x 14.8 cm

June 2015

The Bizarre Adventures of Gilbert & Sullivan
The Bizarre Adventures of Gilbert & Sullivan

Everyone knows Gilbert and Sullivan were peerless as composers of light opera. But fewer people are aware of their dual identities as super-powered, dapper defenders of the realm! The very model of a modern mirthful comic book, this collection is easily readable while retaining the articulation, intelligence and playfulness that distinguished the work of Arthur Sullivan and W.S Gilbert. Based on historical facts and characters, including Oscar Wilde and Mad King Ludwig, Laura Howell conjures a delightful collection of madcap, topsy-turvy stories.

Laura Howell is a Birmingham based illustrator and comic creator. Find more of her work on her website or follow her on Twitter.


THE EROTIC ADVENTURES OF SPACE BABE 113

by John Maybury

236 Pages 165 x 220mm

July 2015 
The Erotic Adventures of Space Babe 113
The Erotic Adventures of Space Babe 113

The collected edition of John Maybury’s tongue-in-cheek series following a ditsy sex-obsessed catering officer (she really wanted to be a fashion designer!) Space Babe 113. Follow her titillating adventures armed with artificially intelligent knickers – naughty, surreal and, above all, fun, this is one for fans of Barbarella and pop-culture kitsch!
John Maybury is an Eagle award nominated comic creator based in London. Follow more of Space Babe 113's adventure’s here or follow John Mayburys' own adventures on his Twitter.


THE BLACK FEATHER FALLS

by Ellen Lindner

120 Pages 180 x 245mm

 September 2015

The Black Feather Falls
The Black Feather Falls

 (Not final cover)

The complete volume of the Ignatz nominated series follows the tenacious Tina Swift as she tries to solve the murder that everyone else wants to sweep under the rug. Set in the alluring, dangerous London of the 1920s, and beyond, this charming mystery series from Ellen Lindner is unlike anything else out there today. 

Ellen Lindner is a former Londoner now New York based comic creator, illustrator and editor, of such anthologies like The Strumpet. Find out more on her website and on her Twitter.


IT'S HARD TO BE A GIRL

by Bach 

160 Pages 180 x 255mm

November 2015 

It's Hard to be a Girl
It's Hard to be a Girl
 
Estelle: a fashion addict and a shopaholic, particularly for shoes. Estelle shares her life with Charles, who works with her in the video gaming world. Despite this common interest, Charles often has trouble following Estelle in her various misadventures. Her taste for style that sometimes leads to behaviour that is somewhat… unique. Armed with a great sense of observation of her peers – men and women alike – and a good dose of self-deprecation, Bach’s first graphic novel is a memorable debut. 

It's Hard to Be a Girl
It's Hard to Be a Girl

Bach is a Quebec based illustrator and comics creator, you can see more of her work on her Facebook.


PERFUME OF LILACS

by Samuel Leblanc 

128 Pages 165 x 235mm

November 2015 

Perfume of Lilacs
Perfume of Lilacs

Summer, 1996. Nicolas is staying with his Aunt Rose, who is in mourning. To pass the time, Nicholas helps her look after her garden and discovers a passion for botany. As with many teenagers, he is searching for his identity, and asks her many questions. But Nicolas has quite a way to go before he realises the extent that this summer will have changed him… with Samuel Leblanc’s Perfume of Lilacs, readers are submerged into the mind of a teenager in the full throes of puberty and his emerging sexuality. At times shocking, this thoughtful book questions the taboos of our society.

Perfume of Lilacs
Perfume of Lilacs

Samuel Leblanc is a Montreal based comics creator and designer, check out more of his work on his Behance or on his Twitter.

TO END ALL WARS (paperback)

Edited by Jonathan Clode & John Stuart Clark

320 Pages 170 x 260mm

August 2015

One of the most important comics releases of 2014 will be released in a paperback edition. This stunning WWI anthology received national media attention when it came out last summer, and features 26 stories based on historic events from the Great War, with more than 50 contributors from 13 different nations involved. As with the sold-out hardback edition, a portion of the proceeds from every book sold will go to Médécin sans Frontiers /  Doctors Without Borders.

You can find out more about the contributors of To End All Wars and about the project on the official website or on the Twitter account.

Risks and challenges

It's always possible there might be a delay with any of the books. Printers can run out of paper stock. Postal services might decide to send your order by way of Mars Colony One. But we have the pages for 4 of the 6 books to hand, and are working on the translations of the two Quebec books now. If there are any delays, we will keep you informed of what's happening and what we're doing to deal with it. 'cause the sooner you get your books, the sooner you can tell all your friends how brilliant they are, and don't they wish they'd backed our Kickstarter campaign too!

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