Time Bomb Comics’ Spectrum Anthology smashes Kickstarter Goal
Time Bomb Comics’ Spectrum Anthology has surpassed its Kickstarter funding goal for pre-orders within its first four hours, as well as meeting its first stretch goal. Featuring three popular titles from the mind of prolific creator Gerry Anderson, the enthusiasm of backers is testament to the enduring appeal and continued relevance of these classic properties.
Gerry Anderson’s work was a huge part of the British television landscape from the 1960s to the 2000s, and his shows remain popular with sci-fi fans across the globe. The three titles included in Spectrum (New Captain Scarlet, Space Precinct and Terrahawks) span the genre from alien threats to space-based police procedural, and bringing them together in one book creates an exciting and unique comic book event.
New Captain Scarlet was a reboot of the original 1960s show broadcast in the 2000s. Using CGI as an evolution of the original Supermarionation puppetry, the show followed the titular Captain Scarlet in his battle against the invading Mysteron aliens. Terrahawks used an altered version of the Supermacromation style, refined with 1980s technology and incorporating latex hand puppets. The series sees a ragtag group of humans defend Earth after the destruction of NASA. Finally, the 1990s Space Precinct was a live-action series that incorporated puppetry in creating realistic and sophisticated alien characters. A police procedural set in space, it was renowned for its groundbreaking special effects.
The creative teams behind the new anthology are Steve Tanner (writer), Pete Woods (artist) and James Grey (letters) on New Captain Scarlet; Richmond A Clements (writer) and James Gray (art and lettering) on Space Precinct; and Dan Whitehead (writer), Ste Pickford (artist) and James Grey (lettering) on Terrahawks. The cover will be drawn by Steve Pugh, known for his work at Marvel, DC, Dark Horse and 2000AD.
As a publisher focused on exciting, modern comics with an old-school feel this partnership is perfect for Time Bomb Comics. Indeed, every aspect of the publication has been personally approved by Jamie Anderson, Managing Director and CCO of Anderson Entertainment, and son of Gerry Anderson. This collaboration is also perfectly timed as it coincides with Time Bomb Comics’ 15th Anniversary Year and the annual Gerry Anderson Day celebrations on April 14.
Time Bomb Comics chief, Steve Tanner told the media:
“Spectrum marks the first licensed title released through Time Bomb Comics and I’m delighted it features characters and concepts that are truly warmly recognised around the world. Like many of my generation I grew up enjoying the television shows created by Gerry Anderson and I’m thrilled that we’ve partnered with Anderson Entertainment to create new stories featuring some of his most iconic shows. Captain Scarlet, Space Precinct, Terrahawks and Time Bomb Comics – what a combination!”
Anderson Entertainment chief, writer, producer and director, Jamie Anderson added:
“Seeing these three Anderson titles getting a new lease of life is a real thrill for me. The Time Bomb team has done a fantastic job of building out the worlds, keeping an authentic feeling to the stories, and making stunning looking strips. I can’t wait for Anderson fans across the globe to enjoy these new stories”
The 44-page anthology is the first publication to come out of a new partnership with Anderson Entertainment in a deal brokered by Larkshead Licensing. Spectrum is live on Kickstarter now and can be found here.
Larkshead Licensing are a brand licensing agency and an Anthology Group company. Founded by Bob Benton, the Anthology Group champions media and entertainment through development, distribution and funding of all forms of content across a wide portfolio of media – from feature films to factual entertainment, documentaries and theatre.
Anderson Entertainment is a content production company set up by the late Gerry Anderson, creator of Supercar, Fireball XL5, Stingray, Thunderbirds, Captain Scarlet And The Mysterons, Joe 90 and The Secret Service, along with live-action productions Doppelgänger, UFO, The Protectors, Space: 1999 and The Day After Tomorrow, as well as the more recent Terrahawks, Dick Spanner, Space Precinct, Lavender Castle and New Captain Scarlet.
Today, with Gerry’s son Jamie, a respected writer and producer, as its managing director, the company develops its own IP and projects from Gerry Anderson’s personal archive and manages Gerry Anderson’s estate and existing works. Anderson Entertainment has also developed brand-new content for delivery across a variety of viewing and audio platforms and has an ecommerce offering – the Official Gerry Anderson Store – which makes official and exclusive merchandise available to Anderson fans across the globe.
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