Filed under: Previews | Tags: Art Heroes, Daniel Clifford, Endangered & More Strange Stories, Lee Robinson, Mark E. Johnson, Shaun Balbirnie
There have been some great all ages books released in recent years among the small press books & beyond and Art Heroes has a new one on the way as a followup to their Halcyon & Tenderfoot series.
Art Heroes, a British publisher and comics workshop facilitation team who recently announced the launch of Endangered & More Strange Stories, a full colour, all-ages comics anthology. Written by Daniel Clifford, illustrated by Lee Robinson with colour assists from Shaun Balbirnie and edited by Mark E. Johnson, Endangered & More Strange Stories features a time travelling vet, an outlaw cowboy and a group of Newcastle kids who ought to know better than to tangle with monsters…
“We’ve tried to represent the young readers we meet through our workshops by having a diverse range of stories and characters,” said Daniel. “This comic features stories with a wider appeal than superheroes – time travel, animals, a western and a scary story – and the characters are diverse to represent the young people we meet. There are thousands of young people looking for stories that represent people like them – that’s our aim with Endangered & More Strange Stories.”
In keeping with Art Heroes’ ongoing goal of getting children engaged with reading and creative activities, Endangered & More Strange Stories also includes back matter from Art Heroes workshops designed to encourage kids to pick up a pen or pencil.
“Endangered is the accumulation of years of hard work, late nights scribbling away and always thriving to be a better artist,” Lee commented. “I can say that it’s the first time where I’ve felt I haven’t left anything behind, and I’m immensely proud to put it in people’s hands. Putting it together has been a great experience, and I truly hope that this is reflected with the pages.”
Endangered & More Strange Stories is Lee and Daniel’s third major collaboration. The team have had their work published by the acclaimed British kids’ anthology The Phoenix Comic and have just released a collected edition of their coming-of-age superhero comic, Halcyon & Tenderfoot.
Offering 36 full-colour pages for just £3.50, Endangered & More Strange Stories is available now from their website and will be on sale in select retailers soon. Art Heroes is also holding a special launch event for the comic at Newcastle City Library on Saturday October 25th. Lee and Daniel will be on-hand to hold a free kids’ workshop on time travel and scary comics as well as sign and sketch in copies of the anthology. Art Heroes will also be appearing at the following events, where attendees will be able to get a signed copy of the comic at a discounted rate:
Monday 10th November & Friday 21st November: Northern Children’s Book Festival event
Sat 15th and Sun 16th November: Thought Bubble Comics Festival
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