Comics: the GHOSTS collective debut CULT….

Published On April 18, 2014 | By Richard Bruton | General

I am WAY late putting this out here. Apologies to all concerned. Timely news is a good thing, but sometimes life….



Yep, GHOSTS is the new comics art collective featuring seven extremely talented individuals, all of which we’ve featured on the FPI Blog at some point (with the exception of Jon Lock, whose Afterlife Inc. is STILL waiting for me to review it – sorry Jon). They are….

Nich Angell (7String), P M Buchan (BLACKOUT), Owen Michael Johnson (Raygun Roads), James Lawrence (Dangerine), Jon Lock (Afterlife Inc.), Mark Penman (Peabody and D’Gorath) and Andrew Tunney (GIRL & BOY).

The GHOSTS launch event is happening right now, down in London’s Orbital Comics store, with the exhibition CULT. The exhibition, collecting a number of specially selected pieces from the artists involved, runs until Sunday 20th April (THIS Sunday). At the exhibition you’ll have chance to purchase specially created prints, original art, and new comics created for the occasion.


There will be a special signing at Orbital on Saturday 19th (TOMORROW) where all seven members of GHOSTS will be in attendance from 2pm until 5pm, following which there will be a special party “Combining subversive music, special guests, live-painting and punk, this is an exclusive opportunity to witness an occult explosion of underground comics and meet the creators involved.

Saturday 19th will also be the first time you’ll be able to get hold of a copy of the Matinee ashcan edition, the first 12 pages of the final 28 in the first issue of a new series from Owen Michael Johnson, Mark Penman and Andrew Tunney, on sale exclusively at CULT. We have an exclusive preview of the ashcan of Matinee HERE.

The party’ music is provided by a very special guest… Raygun Roads….


More biographical info below, but here’s a little from the GHOSTS PR piece…

CULT – Seven young friends, art from below, an unholy union. An underground event launching comics art collective GHOSTS
New comic art collective, GHOSTS, comprising seven of the UK’s most promising emerging comic creators, begin their arcane assault on the publishing world at CULT on April 19th 2014 in London, a multimedia event fusing comic-books and live music in a black mass of creativity.
CULT will consist of a group art exhibition at Orbital Comics from the 14th to the 20th of April, including exclusive comic launches, boutique merchandise and signings. At the heart of the exhibition will be a signing and party on Saturday April 19th.
“We’re thrilled to offer a different kind of event,” said Owen Michael Johnson. “One you don’t see a lot of anymore. Mischief in the grand tradition of underground comix. We’ve assembled what I believe to be a collection of progressive and visionary British artists, people that I’m proud to call friends. It’s going to be a riot.”
P M Buchan said: “Modern comics place too much emphasis on maintaining the status quo and propping up the establishment rather than encouraging innovation or true creativity. It doesn’t have to be this way. Break rules, make great art and have fun doing it. That’s what CULT is all about. Come along and discover new comics, meet an eclectic range of artists, step outside your comfort zone and embrace the occult.”

For more information about CULT events or interview requests with GHOSTS you can contact either P M Buchan ( or Owen Johnson (

About GHOSTS comics art collective – all bios taken from the GHOSTS press release…


Nich Angell, from Salisbury, is the creator of 7STRING and co-creator of The Heavenly Chord. One customer described 7STRING: “With wicked cool musical instruments/weapons and a totally unique fusion of Eastern manga and European styles, I found 7STRING to be a brilliant story for all ages.”


P M Buchan, from Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, is the co-creator of BLACKOUT and La Belle Dame Sans Merci. Brett Schwaner on Bleeding Cool called the first issue of La Belle Dame Sans Merci: “Beautiful and brutal, elegant and eerie… one of the best horror comics of 2012.”


Owen Michael Johnson, from Penrith, is the co-creator of Raygun Roads and Who On Earth Was Thaddeus Mist?. Laura Sneddon of The Beat named Raygun Roads Best Alt/Indie Comic of 2013 and said: “It’s social commentary and satire by way of complete insanity and a genuinely clever infinity loop in both fiction and reality.”


James Lawrence, from the Isle of Man, is the creator of Dangerine and co-creator of The Waste. In his review of Thought Bubble 2014, The Beat’s Steve Morris called Dangerine: “One of my favourite comics of the convention.”


Jon Lock, from Cheltenham, is the creator of Afterlife Inc. and co-creator of The Six. SFX magazine’s Alasdair Stuart said: “Afterlife Inc. remains one of the most consistently imaginative, fun books on the market.”


Mark Penman, from Manchester, is the creator of Peabody and D’Gorath and co-creator of The Waste. Eric Whitman, from Gotham News, said of Peabody and D’Gorath: “With British sensibility in comedic timing and a smart approach to action, the relic hunter story is definitely worth a look. The script is tight and witty using the absurdity of its supernatural subject matter to great effect.”


Andrew Tunney, from Manchester, is the creator of GIRL&BOY and co-creator of The Waste. Nominated for the category of Best Comic for the British Comic Awards 2012, Forbidden Planet International’s Richard Bruton said: “Andrew Tunney is a major talent waiting to happen.”



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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.