Soaring Penguin Press and Mark Stafford have raised over £1,500 for London’s cash-strapped Cartoon Museum.
Soaring Penguin donated the entire proceeds of 50 signed copies of their latest graphic novel, The Bad Bad Place by David Hine and Mark Stafford, to the museum, but Stafford went the extra mile by creating 50 unique paintings for every copy.
Fortunately, the Cartoon Museum has just received a National Lottery Heritage Fund grant, meaning that it will be able to open again safely, but as The Cartoon Museum’s Steve Marchant commented, “Many, many thanks for all the congrats and good wishes regarding our funding success. We’re not out of the woods yet – income has always been an issue – but we can see the sky.”
Anyone who makes a purchase on the Soaring Penguin Press website can also make a donation to the Museum when they check out.
Soaring Penguin Press has announced that Mark Stafford and David Hine will be teaming up again, post The Man Who Laughs, their critically acclaimed adaptation of the Victor Hugo novel.
Their new, original story, The Bad Bad Place, will be serialised in Meanwhile…, Soaring Penguin Press’s bi-monthly anthology series which will begin May 2014.
The series follows the sordid and mysterious history of Faraway Hills, a typical modern-built small town in middle-England, seemingly left deserted and abandoned by its citizens – apart from a madman.
The madman, the town’s former Town Crier, reveals story by story the various individuals that disappeared into a mysterious sprawling Victorian manor at the border of the town.
This story will appear alongside the continuation of Gary Spencer Millidge‘s Strangehaven, a superb self-published series from the nineties and noughties, returning to print after an eight-year absence to complete the final chapter.
Meanwhile will also the available digitally via the Sequential app.