A Distant Beacon was set up in 2001 to publish re:VOX, an Ultravox (and related artists) magazine. Since then I've become involved in a number of other projects, some of which are directly related to A Distant Beacon, some of which not so much. The aim of this blog is to bring all my various activities under one (electronic) roof!
Although I provided an overview of my work on a reference book about Marvel UK back in March 2012 (A Distant Beacon blog - March 2012), with the sudden announcement of the release date for a hotly anticipated new album by Ultravox I then found most of the rest of the year was taken up with the release of no less than four editions of my magazine (re:VOX). In all honesty was probably one issue too many to fully cope with, but a topical magazine will always have to respond to the times its published in, and that was one rollercoaster ride of a year we were never going to miss!
All this activity naturally meant that something had to give, and so work on From Cents to Pence ground to a halt. Fortunately, when Michael Eury from Back Issue magazine requested an article outlining the (surprisingly complicated) history and development of Marvel's own line of British comics to head up a special "British Invasion"-themed edition, there was just time to write one for #63 before switching tracks.
A year later, and this will be shortly available in comic stores this spring. I'm thrilled to have been given an opportunity to share a tiny portion of my work with a larger audience for the first time. They've done an outstanding job on the feature, and I'm very much looking forward to seeing all the other British-related goodies they've come up with. You can advance order a copy directly from (Twomorrows) own web site right now.