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OiNK CARTOONiSTS ASSEMBLE!: NEW ACES WEEKLY STRIPS

Who wants some brand new Psycho Gran from David Leach and brand new Combat Colin from Lew Stringer? That made you sit up and take notice, didn’t it? Well that’s exactly what you can get by tapping those trotters over to the Aces Weekly website.

If you’re unfamiliar, Aces Weekly is the brainchild of David Lloyd (V for Vendetta, Wasteland, Knight Rider) and Bambos Georgiou (The Real Ghostbusters, Knights of Pendragon, Spider-Man) and is an online only anthology comic containing a variety of strips from across the spectrum of creators and genres.

Each volume consists of seven weekly issues and costs only £6.99. That’s only £1 per issue! The current volume is their 50th, meaning the title has clocked up a mighty impressive 350 issues to date. As ever, it’s chock full of brilliant content, not least of which are strips starring OiNK‘s Psycho Gran and Transformers/Action Force‘s Combat Colin. Both characters have appeared a few times before in Aces and have been invited back for this celebratory volume.

Below are the first pages of the two different Psycho strips from David Leach. A fan favourite since her first appearance in OiNK #15, these new additions to her story do not disappoint.

The first is called Dog Toffees and the little old dear is taking Archie for a walk in the park when someone approaches her to ask for a doggy bag. An innocuous tale to anyone not familiar with her appearances in OiNK perhaps, but for fans we know better and you won’t be disappointed. The second one is titled Fantastic Voyage II and as you can see it’s a rather topical outing. Believe me when I say even those of us who grew up with her won’t see this one coming.

Psycho appears in #6 and #7 of the current volume of Aces Weekly.

Currently over on the blog’s Instagram feed I’ve been reading Marvel UK‘s Transformers in real time (started on the old blog, these will be getting monthly round ups from the first issue this September) and one of the highlights every week is Lew’s Combat Colin. So it’s a thrill to read a brand new Combat adventure in the final issue of the volume.

Two of the madcap supervillains also return, namely Professor Madprof whose name I have always found hilarious, as well as Bankrobber Man. Anyone who grew up with these loonies will take one look at the preview above and feel right at home.

All three of these strips are three pages apiece and are only a small part of the quality reading material gathered within these issues. But that’s not all, because both Psycho Gran and Combat Colin have had their own series of independent comics released over the last few years from David and Lew. Look out for reviews of all of those over the coming months on the OiNK Blog.

So there you go, a quick preview of brand new strips from two OiNK legends, featuring fan favourite characters from two comics this very site covers. So what are you waiting for? Nip on over to the Aces Weekly website where you can buy the complete 50th volume for just £6.99. Hop to it!

WHERE ARE THEY NOW?: SPECKY HECTOR

If you’re not already following Lew Stringer‘s blog then let this be your official instruction to do so. Not only will you be kept up to date on the latest comics work of Lew’s seeing publication in titles such as Doctor Who Magazine, Beano, The Dandy Annuals and Rebellion‘s Cor!! Buster Specials, followers also get a look into his extensive back catalogue, glimpses into how some fondly remembered creations came to be and, in the case of OiNK and Buster character Specky Hector, a look at what some characters are up to these days.

Specky first appeared in #20 of OiNK and popped up now and again in both it and the comic it merged into after its run came to an end. Well, fast forward a couple of decades to the present day and Lew has shown us how Specky is doing. I’m very happy to see he hasn’t changed one bit.

Drawn as an A4 piece to help raise money for the War Child charity via an auction run by Enniskillen Comic Fest organiser Paul Trimble on the Battle Comic Fans Facebook page, it shows everyone’s favourite comics collector is still very happily collecting comics. In the end this one drawing raised £105 for the charity which is great news too!

Fans of the character may like to know he also made an appearance in 2020’s new Battle (of Britain) Special where Lew brought back one of his classic strips in a new colourised form. The special is still available on the 2000AD online shop at the time of writing.

Thanks to Lew for his kind permission to share this image here on the OiNK Blog.