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ACES WEEKLY features 6 comic strips every week for 7 weeks. This will form a volume. ACES WEEKLY will be published in a series of volumes. Once a volume is published there's a 2 week break before the next 7 week volume starts. I know it sounds complicated but it's worth it. This whole thing has been put together by David Lloyd of V For Vendetta fame, who's the publisher, and Bambos Georgiou, who's the editor. Now here's the exciting part, the creators involved include David Lloyd, Kyle Baker, John McCrea, Phil Hester, Mark Wheatley, JC Vaughn, Steve Bissette, Alain Mauricet, Alexandre Tefenkgi, Billy Tucci, Herb Trimpe, David Hitchcock, Dave Jackson, Dave Hine, David Leach, Marc Hempel, Lew Stringer, Colleen Doran, Bill Sienkiewicz, Carl Critchlow, Henry Flint, James Hudnall, Val Mayerik, Shane Oakley, Esteban Hernandez, Paul Maybury, Dylan Teague, Dan Christensen, Mychailo Kazybrid, Phil Elliott, Shaky Kane, Arvell Jones, Rory Walker, Hunt Emerson, Roger Langridge, Kev Hopgood, Ferg Handley & Mindy McPeak, Yishan Li, Algesiras, Paul Peart, Ben Dickson, Gavin Mitchell, Antonio Bifulco, Giuseppe Rungetti, Antonio Baretti, Louis Shaeffer, Warren Pleece and Batton Lash. That's just the list so far. More names to come....ACES WEEKLY creators come from UK, USA, Belgium, France, Italy, Spain, China, the Philippines and New Zealand. We're very international.
Anyway, it was the vision of doing that kind of comic again that led me to publish digitally – and EXCLUSIVELY digitally – Aces Weekly – which is just like the weeklies of old except not theme or gender limited ; is dedicated to good serials and shorts of all kinds ; and is produced by top talent, both well-known and new, from all over the world ; i. e. ‘ ace ‘ creators. We go direct from the creator to the buyer via subscription – no repro, no printers, no wholesalers, no retailers taking most of the money that should go to the creators, without whom there would be nothing but blank pages to sell. And the contributors split all the proceeds after subtraction of basic set-up and running expenses.Bearing in mind that Aces was going to be a completely new concept – even though adapting an established form – I wanted to make Aces as appealing a product as possible by recruiting as many well-known creators as possible to it, and in that I was very blessed. Great guys and girls responded positively to the idea of Aces, and responded just as enthusiastically to a major selling point of ours for them – which is that we ask them to do almost anything they want to. Few publishers give creators such leeway, and the reaction we’ve got from giving creators such freedom is a collection of some beautiful art and great stories.
Valley Of Shadows is about a future California where the sun doesn’t shine anymore ; where climate change by Man has been ignored – as we all know it is being, and will continue to be – and where the elitist, well-heeled of the population look after themselves in a fenced-off gated community that is like a city in itself. It doesn’t have the glamorously decrepit backdrop that Blade Runner depicted for a future LA – it’s grey like the worst of days in our dear old Britain when the sun deprives of us of it’s presence. The story concerns a night security guard in the less fortunate area of town who becomes a hero by accident and rescues a little girl from abduction after her mother is killed by kidnappers. It’s about someone finding worth in themselves by finding worth in doing something for others.