The Macclesfield From Space – Duck Dare & Hero Hound


Marc Jackson writes;

Last month, I was interviewed by Martin Regan the editor of Macclesfield Today, the new local Newspaper in my hometown of Macclesfield in Cheshire. I'd contacted him awhile back wondering if he'd be interested in writing a piece on my adventures as a cartoonist in the wild world of comics and to possibly talk about my self-published comic MAN FROM SPACE. It seems he runs they a pretty cool paper, interested in what was really going on in the town and focusing heavily on anybody and everybody that was doing something unique to potentially put Macclesfield on the map.


We talked comics, my inspirations, celebrity readers (A certain Mr Jonathan Ross no less) and even my forthcoming MAN FROM SPACE hardcover from Markosia comics next year. Never one to miss out on an opportunity, I even decided to pitch the idea to them that they should go where other local papers would never dare to tread and have a weekly comic strip. Yep, I thought it was high time the 'funnies' made their mark on the good folks of my hometown and local newspapers in general.

After a few revisions of my initial strip ideas and approach, he agreed (to my fan boy delight) to run not one, but four successive four-panel comic strips of my newest creation 'Duck Dare and Hero Hound' The first strip would run alongside the article and the remaining three would appear each week after.


Initially Martin felt the strip might need to reference my hometown, I pitched the idea that this could alienate a potential wider audience and the connection to Macclesfield would be me, the fact I literally lived and produced the strip a stones throw from their very offices. Well, would you believe it, er… true believers?… He agreed! And this month sees the debut of my hapless funny animal heroes in Wednesday's paper. I even get the characters on a splash banner on the front page!!

This my friends is what comic book dreams are made of and for those of you who won't be able to see the paper in the flesh, here are the first four strips for your reading pleasure!…


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Rich JohnstonAbout Rich Johnston

Founder of Bleeding Cool. The longest-serving digital news reporter in the world, since 1992. Author of The Flying Friar, Holed Up, The Avengefuls, Doctor Who: Room With A Deja Vu, The Many Murders Of Miss Cranbourne, Chase Variant. Lives in South-West London, works from Blacks on Dean Street, shops at Piranha Comics. Father of two. Political cartoonist.
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