Friday, 2 November 2007

2000AD artist Ian Gibson on ROK Comics

ROK Comics is delighted to announce the addition of Ian Gibson's comic strip Annie Droid to its comics-to-mobile service.

Working in partnership with Ian, ROK Comics will bringing mobile users worldwide this funny strip written and drawn by Ian Gibson, which was first published in Britain's The Saturday Times.

Annie Droid is just one of many characters inhabiting the mysterious Den City 4, battling Millennium Bugs, Program Errors and many other miscreants.

The strip joins a host of classic British strips and new creator-owned material on the ROK Comics mobile platform, including Garth, Jeff Hawke, Andy Capp and many others.

In addition to the ROK Comics web and wap sites (, Annie Droid will also be offered to ROK telecom partner sites worldwide, reaching new readers of comics in countries such as China, Pakistan, India and more in coming months.

Comics fans will need no introduction to the work of Ian Gibson (, whose many credits include 2000AD's Judge Dredd, The Ballad of Halo Jones and Robo-Hunter, DC Comics Mister Miracle and creator-owned classics such as The Chronicles of Genghis Grimtoad.

Ian is currently developing several creator-owned projects that will employ his unique and much-praised art style at its best.

"Believe it or not, the humble mobile phone may be coming to the rescue of comics," feels Ian. "Comics are now being made available to view as downloads to your multifunction pocket wonder. Now you can catch up with vintage comics strips and some new freebies done by aspiring amateurs.

"Thus, if your pocket starts to throb, glow, play a cutesy jingle or even the soundtrack from Psycho... I may be there - in the shape of some of my creations. So, maybe I'll do some drawing today. Tomorrow it may be on your mobile phone. There is no escape…"

"We're obviously delighted Ian has agreed to try ROK Comics," says ROK Comics Managing Editor John Freeman. "I've been a fan of Ian's work since my time at Marvel UK, when he was drawing Genghis Grimtoad, and Halo Jones is simply an unforgettable comic."

• You can view Annie Droid on ROK Comics at

The first episode of the story is free to view online.

Fav Strip of the Day: Cool Science Stuff

The Sound of Drowning

Comic creator Paul O'Connell, creator of cult comic book The Sound of Drowning, has a brand new issue (#10! double figures! ) out now.

"It's a non-linear comic book inspired by those kids 'Choose Your Own Adventure' stories," he says, "co-written with Laura O'Callaghan-White and just a dash of Harry sauce."

Paul, whose "Air Diana" strip was one of 30 shortlisted in the 2007 ROK Comics Humour Competition, also has some new strips on the soundofdrowning web site.

Paul will be selling the new comic and other bits and pieces in the small presss market at the London ICA Comica event, curated by Paul Gravett.

Wednesday, 31 October 2007

Happy Hallowe'en: Trick or Treat

Mobile Combat launches on ROK Comics

Chuckles advertises Mobile CombatROK Comics creator David Hailwood has come up with a novel way of using our comics-to-mobile format to create Mobile Combat, a new card game -- except the cards are electronic and delivered straight to your mobile.

The first game has been released on time for Hallowe'en.

"Think 'Tim Burton does Top Trumps," David who has been working on the game for several months and busily fine tuning this first wave of the game for the last few weeks, explains.

The card designs feature some terrific and scary art by the likes of Stu Smith and Kerry Santo.

"This brand new game is designed to be highly replayable and infinitely flexible, with many more game decks, rules and sets in the making," he says.

To find out more, check out the strips at, or download a free PDF of the extended user guide and first two sets of rules at

"Read the rules. Download the deck. Play the game," urges David. "It's that easy."

So, what are you waiting for? Grab yourself a game deck and get killing zombies today!