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Spirit of Hope – for Japan

If you were thinking it’d be good to do something to help after the Japan Tsunami, but didn’t know how to get started, here is a cool way, which will also expand your mind and enrich your cultural life! No kidding 🙂

The Spirit of Hope, a book put together by the Comic Book Alliance and masterminded by Tim Pilcher and Alan Cowsill, contains specially produced comic strips, from an amazing variety of creative people.

Spirit of Hope cover 1

Spirit of Hope/Comic Book Alliance

We all recall the day we heard about the Tsunami. I had to sit my son down with a globe of the world and try to show him how the big wave could not make it across to Cambridge. Of course, you feel helpless in the face of such a catastrophe, but in a small way the proceeds of this book will help. ORDER HERE:


Mike Alredd cover

I have been immersed in writing Candle Man recently – in fact I even swore off comics for a bit. But being asked to join the Spirit of Hope was a great excuse to bring a couple of my favourite characters back to life in my Temptation strip. I had not drawn with my scratchy old pen for so long, my ink had reverted into two component parts, and inside the glass pot was a black rubber ball and a thin grey watery mist. When I went down to the art shop to get some more, the store had changed its name! And a famous name it wuz too. Such things happen when you abandon comics for a time…

Please don’t expect this collection to be a ‘downer’ there is so much beautiful and uplifting work here. I especially love  ‘A Light’ by Akiko Shimojima, and it’s cool to be in print alongside friends like Liam Sharp, John Ross and Nick Abadzis. 

Akiki Shimojima

It was great fun drawing Temptation, and I want to mention a certain Wookie artist who helped me out: Dan Rachael. In the mysterious circles of publishing that I haunt, and in the dread coffee bar known as ‘Rep Blic’, Dan is famed for his talent with computer colouring: recreating, updating and generally face-lifting classic comic art. When I drew my strip I immediately thought of Dan to colour it, as we nearly speak the same language sometimes. Dan has done a great job here – for once on an artwork which isn’t over 30 years old! (Yet).

I can’t believe what a great job editor Alan Cowsill has done on pulling this together, and he’s scripted an intruiging piece of work here too. No mug, he got Rossy (mentioned above) to draw it.

Wow I am selling this thing so hard I almost signed off with Make Mine Marvel.

I hope you’ll all be getting the spirit of hope, dudes!


About Glenn Dakin

Glenn Dakin is a writer, cartoonist and editor. He is author of the Candle Man series of fantasy novels for Egmont. His best-known comics are Abe - an autobiographical strip (Top Shelf);Temptation (Penguin Books and Active Images); Spider-Man heroes and Villains (Eaglemoss);the Rockpool Files (With Phil Elliott, Slave Labor/Marvel UK); Robot Crusoe (Funday TImes); Plasmer (Marvel UK); Clan Destine (Marvel USA).

4 responses to “Spirit of Hope – for Japan

  1. Laura ⋅

    Such a great thing you and Comic book Alliance is doing. I hope it receives a lot of support. Seeing your artwork takes me back to Sunday mornings when my Dad and I would read B.C. Such a great and simple art style. Also last week Candle Man 1 and 2 made it on our bestseller list for kids.

    • BC is right – I am big fan of Johnny Hart, you can see it in the way I draw the noses! Also I love his dry wit. That’s great news about Candle Man! Thanks Laura!

  2. John Ross

    Cheers, Glenn, look forward to seeing your strip!

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