Comics: Johnson, Penman, Tunney…. Ghosts Collective presents Matinee….

Published On April 18, 2014 | By Richard Bruton | Comics, Previews

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The GHOSTS comics art collective are currently exhibiting at their CULT show at Orbital London (see here for a detailed run-down of that), but the first release from the collective comes on Saturday, when Owen Michael Johnson (Raygun Roads), Mark Penman (Peabody and D’Gorath), and Andrew Tunney (Girl & Boy) release a 16-page ashcan edition of the first issue of their new 5-issue series Matinee.

The Matinee ashcan is on sale exclusively at CULT art exhibition running 14th-20th April at Orbital Comics, Leicester Square. Johnson, Penman & Tunney will be signing copies 2pm-5pm at the shop on 19th April, and at 6:30pm during a party hosted with the other members of GHOSTS art collective.

Johnson describes Matinee as:

“a pulp adventure; a romance with a capital ‘R’ about the spell of Hollywood, and what happens when the spell is broken.”

As for what it’s all about…

Golden Age silent film star Gable Sabreheart is the world’s most noble and adored screen idol. But you don’t get a name on a billboard without making enemies. Bored at his own premier and kidnapped by slimy studio executives, Sabreheart battles to remain a masked mystery in a dirty town where shadows shrink under the glare of spotlights.

We have a short preview after this, but I have to say, having read the ashcan already, that I couldn’t help but be impressed.

Penman’s artwork is lovely here, subtly different for the two realities we see; that of Gable Sabreheart’s onscreen reality, where he’s the impeccable, unbeatable hero, and of his offscreen reality, where life is nowhere near as glitzy and glamourous, where he can’t have all he wants, where he may not be able to get the girl anymore, and where the bad-guys are far more dangerous and difficult to beat than his onscreen foes.

Johnson’s story crackles, paced just so, exciting, intriguing…. 16-pages is nowhere near enough.

Encore. Encore.

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Richard Bruton
- Started in comics retail aged 16 at Nostalgia & Comics, Birmingham. Now located in Yorkshire, he's written for the Forbidden Planet International Blog since 2007. Specialising in UK Comics and All-Ages comics, Richard's day job in a primary school allowed him to build the best children's graphic novel library in the country.

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