â€œIâ€™ve wanted to do something that hearkened back to the great British newspaper strips for years,â€ says Broxton, â€œand admitted as much to Guy who was as enthusiastic about the idea as I was.â€
â€œThereâ€™s something really magical about the form,â€ agrees Adams, â€œthree panels of rich, mad storytelling, slapped into the eyes of people who probably didnâ€™t usually read comics outside their daily newspapers. They were mad, engaging and subversive.â€
Adams and Broxton have been working together for the last year on THE ENGINE, a digital book released by the innovative new company, Madefire.
â€œObviously,â€ says Adams, â€œJimmy was already a solid name in comics after his work on books like KNIGHT & SQUIRE and SAUCER COUNTRY but Madefire gave me a chance to finally break into a medium Iâ€™ve loved for years. Working with Jimmy on THE ENGINE has been such fun that it was always going to be just a matter of time before we came up with something else we wanted to do together.
Adams is mainly known as a novelist, his books THE WORLD HOUSE and its sequel RESTORATION having been followed by brand new Sherlock Holmes novels for Titan Books, adaptations of classic movies for Hammer Books, weird westerns THE HEAVENS GATE CHRONICLES for Solaris and THE CLOWN SERVICE, a horror/espionage series forthcoming from Del Rey UK.
â€œItâ€™s such a relief to only be doing half the work now Iâ€™m collaborating with Jimmy,â€ he jokes. â€œHe suggested we come up with a â€˜lostâ€™ strip, something that had been devised as competition for MODESTY BLAISE but cancelled due to its content. Originally we were going to present it completely anonymously, the story of the stripâ€™s creators, Antonio Barreti and Louis Schaeffer being as much a part of the overall effect as the newspaper strip itself. Having decided to go the Kickstarter route weâ€™ve had to be a bit more open about it though…â€
â€œGod knows what the repercussions would have been otherwise,â€ agrees Broxton, â€œwhen people realised there never was a Goldtiger strip.â€
â€œItâ€™s a shame in a way,â€ says Adams, â€œit would have been fun to maintain the illusion. But the background to the stripâ€™s creation, and the way it sent its artist mad is a major part of the overall story. We hope to do a series of these books and readers will realise that the fiction and â€˜non-fictionâ€™ elements will soon begin to blur, itâ€™s all part of the one big story.â€
Of course, if the Kickstarter project isnâ€™t successful, life may imitate art. Could Goldtiger become â€˜lostâ€™ once more?
â€œWeâ€™re really hopeful,â€ says Broxton, â€œpeople have been amazing in their enthusiasm for the idea. But yeah, itâ€™s all a bit nerve-wracking until the fundingâ€™s in place.â€
To find out more about the project:Â http://www.kickstarter.com/