Soaring Penguin are the publishers of David Hine and Mark Stafford's The Bad, Bad Place. It is an amazing comedic, horrific creation, with roots in The Addams Family and The BoJeffries Saga, but from an outsiders point of view, more like the approach of Twin Peaks, but in a run-down part of Britain, somewhere in the late twentieth or early twenty-first century.
Today they are doing a special offer – but not for you. Every copy sold by Soaring Penguin today will see £5 donated to Resonance FM, an independent arts radio station who broadcast cultural and pop cultural programmes to the world, including the work of friend-of-Bleeding Cool Alex Fitch.
I could have bought my copy at Thought Bubble a week or so ago. But I thought I'd wait until today. So I have.
Who are Alex Fitch, Panel Borders and Resonance FM?
Alex Fitch presents the UK's only monthly broadcast radio show about comics – Panel Borders – on the Arts Council Radio Station, Resonance 104.4 FM / DAB in London. The show has been running for over 13 years, taking in nearly 500 episodes, following a weekly run of broadcasts from 2006-2015, and guests including Alan Moore, Audrey Niffenegger, Neil Gaiman, Hannah Berry, Howard Chaykin, Simone Lia, Mike Mignola, Marjane Satrapi, Becky Cloonan, Chris Claremont, Rutu Modan, Gerald Scarfe, Karrie Fransman, Raymond Briggs and many more.
Soaring Penguin alumni who have featured on Panel Borders include Emma Vieceli, Laura Howell, Sarah Gordon, Boulet, Ellen Lindner, Estelle Bachlard, Tim Pilcher and Sean Azzopardi. You can hear David and Mark interviewed about The Bad Bad Place on Panel Borders here (31:10 in)
Resonance FM has been running on a shoestring budget since 2002, with funding from the Arts Council to cover basic costs, but every year has to run a fundraising drive to pay for new equipment, and shortly pay for its second relocation following redevelopment of its original studio on Denmark Street and now the imminent loss of its current home in Borough. It covers all arts and forms of radio production not heard on mainstream channels and offers a community based outlet for a variety of subjects and programme makers.
And as for The Bad Bad Place, well, here's a preview…
BAD BAD PLACE HC GN
SOARING PENGUIN PRESS
(W) David Hine (A) Mark Stafford
It seems that Faraway Hills, the modern community built on the site of the far, far older Crouch Heath, did not satisfy all the needs of the community. When the Castavette Estate reappeared on the edge of town, years after it had been demolished, those needs, those urges, those cravings were satisfied. But at what price? David Hine and Mark Stafford, the team responsible for The Man Who Laughs and Lip Hook, bring a new tale of Urban Unease, a horror tale of dreams turned dark, and a mother's soul blackened with revenge. In Shops: Nov 27, 2019 SRP: $19.99