Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Webcomic Beacon #111 – Octobriana

Last week, there was a recording session, the topic was Octobriana (see previous post).

Following this podcast, I thought it would be useful to have a dedicated page retracing the comics time line of Octobriana's publication from the 70s until now - you'll find this new page  above the headline (just below the banner).

NB: I still can't find more information about the Chris Jones comics - (only 3 pictures) ?!

Of course if you find any mistakes on this page, you're very welcome to comment.

The podcast (mp3) is available at The Webcomic Beacon

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

#Octobriana and the #Beatles

Hello, dear reader - this is Roy, with some updates :

Last Sunday around 1am our artist (Mr P or Peileppe) had the privilege to join a podcast about Octobriana hosted by Fes Works at the Webcomic Beacon ; the main topic was Steve Orlando's new comic (see previous post) - the podcast will be available soon there so stay tuned.

Anyway I would have been glad to participate but it was too late for me - Peileppe was kind enough to volunteer and he told me afterwards a bit of what was told during the session.

There was a lot of cool anecdotes about Petr Sadecky and Peileppe mentioned the art of Shaun Bryan (thinking there already was a post about him in the blog- since we've stumbled upon Shaun's website back in January 2010).

But except a few comments on facebook, and twitter ... there never was a proper post here - until now.

But it's something that can be fixed easily - here goes :

Shaun Bryan reached awesomeness in this comic featuring "Octobriana, Petr Sadecky & the Beatles" based on script by John A. Short -  that (unfortunately) was never published (because of a missing page 4 ?!) -

But rejoice the remaining 5 pages can be find on Shaun's website here.

NB : There is a variation of this comic with the same funny title "if you remembered the 60s, then you weren't really there" that was published in the Octobriana "30th anniversary special" - same script but with a different artist.

Illustration of "Octobriana experiencing a sugar rush" - credit : Shaun Bryan
Used with permission (Thanks Shaun)

Friday, March 5, 2010

Bryan Talbot and #Octobriana

As far as I know Bryan Talbot was the first to relaunch Octobriana on the comic scene in the 80s - after the first publication of "Octobriana and the Russian underground" in the 70s (1971) by Petr Sadecky ... John A. Short was the second one with his limited series of Revolution comics back in the 90s and many others followed (Larry Weltz, Karel Jerie ...)  until the recent comic in preparation by Steve Orlando.

Therefor in my quest of gathering Octobriana comics ; I had to have a look. But Bryan Talbot being a very productive author - the challenge for me was to find Octobriana in all his books with his main character Luther Arkwright.
I didn't want to purchase books where she wouldn't appeared (not that I have anything against Luther of course, but ... my main focus is Octobriana).
Now there was some "out-of-stock" publication that had Octobriana on the cover with "Firefrost" in the title, and that's where I contacted James Robertson and asked simply where could I be sure to get all the books where Octobriana appeared in the Adventures of Luther Arkwright.

His answer was simple and smart - I quote "check out the Heart of Empire CD-Rom: it has ALL of Arkwright on it, as well as the sequel Heart of Empire for only 12GBP! - the info for it is here: "

The payment process is made through Paypal and a couple of days later I had the cd.

Here's what you get in the package :

Now, I was a bit puzzled browsing through the cd - and couldn't easily find Octobriana there - since it's a collection of html (1724 files) and jpg (1487 files)  ; at first I wished it would be organized as a wiki (allowing search on multiple pages) and the comics would be in pdf format (would be then possible to have 2 pages on screen and easier to browse) ... but after a while I figured how it was organized and got fine, I think the format chosen by James made sense for compatibility purposes.

Anyway long story short - there is the first page, where you'll find Octobriana on the cd :

That's "cd/arkwright/two/colour37.html"

Now the funny style of the cd - (it has many surprises) - intrigued me and the story depicted by Bryan is quite dark and wicked (also for mature audience) - making his hero Luther an interesting character who fights against disruptors and can navigate through parallel universes - (no wonder that Octobriana fell for this guy).

The 30 pages magazine provided with the cd contains the 7 pages of the first adventure of Luther (from 1976) "The papist affair" and get you in the tone immediately since it has semi-naked nuns fighting along with Luther against a crazy bishop which started to disrupt this particular universe - a few other articles follow and even a role playing game scenario is there.

Underground comics as it finest hour.

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Exciting comic on Kickstarter #octobriana

They're back (read my previous post)

More details on this exciting and promising comic "Octobriana and the strike of the contagious brain" :

  1. The author "Steve Orlando" is very knowledgeable - (he even wrote a Thesis on Octobriana)
  2. The drawing is done by Chaz Truog - check some samples of his work on Steve's blog 
  3. You can read some more about this project here and here.
  4. And last but not least you can be part of the adventure, since the project is posted on Kickstarter
There's a dead line, though ... 81 days (as of this post's date) - (I understand that's part of the Kickstarter process) - the bottom line is this project will only be funded if at least $5,262 is pledged by may 24, 2010.
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