Saltire sequel announced as accolades grow for new comic book.
For nearly forty years, the Eagle Awards have been the most prestigious awards in the UK comic book world, and Scots have had their fair share of winners and nominees. Now, rebranded as the True Believers Comic Awards, for the first time, a Scottish superhero is nominated in the prestigious “Best British Comic” category, alongside such famous names as 2000AD.
Saltire Invasion was created and written by Glaswegian John Ferguson and is the first in a series based on a pseudo-history of Scotland and the adventures of a big, blue, ginger superhero. Ferguson says “We are delighted to be nominated for Best British Comic and the reaction of readers and critics has been amazing. Scottish folklore has always had a great narrative that lends itself to superhero mythology. We’ve reinvented it with a few twists for today’s market and people seem to like it.”
John will be one of the guests at this weekend’s Glasgow Comic Con where he will be announcing details of the much anticipated sequel and unveiling the cover art for the September release. “It’s going to be an exciting weekend, meeting some fans and talking about the books” says Ferguson. “We like to use new talent for our books artwork and have a close relationship with DJCAD to help us find the freshest, most dynamic illustrators out there. The new book is simply stunning and we are really looking forward to showing it off.”
Ferguson and his company Diamondsteel Comics, which publishes the Saltire series, have also just announced that Saltire Invasion is to become the first superhero comic book to be translated into Scots and Gaelic language. “We felt it was important after the success of the English version that we released Scotland’s first superhero in all three languages of the country. There’s been great enthusiasm for it from fans and we don’t expect to find Batman or Spiderman speaking in Scots anytime soon, so it’s unique.”
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