NEWS & FEATURES
ROK IS GO!
All through Lockdown the Rok Team has
been beavering away, thanks to your
many generous contributions on our
Kickstarter, and now - sound the
Arkadiian trumpets- Rok the God the
Graphic Novel has at last gone to press!
Yes, copies of the latest adventures of
our loveable footballing extra-terrestrial
will be available from late August, 2020,
and can be ordered from our Rok Shop
Kyle Dixon, simply the best.
Did Reds triumph in the Cup Final? Can they now win
Who are the slimy Sliths? Why are they peddling religion?
How does Rok become a God? And why does it mark him for death?
The answers to these and many more Earth-shattering
questions will be revealed!
All this, and some stunning Dan Cornwell art --
Rok of Arkady, he's a hugger.
He spins me right round baby!
-- all beautifully coloured by Abby Bulmer and new man Jim Boswell.
It's 123 pages of thrills and laughs, a fitting sequel to the award-winning Rok of the Reds.
Dan will be making a special trip to join John in Shropshire for a marathon signing session, so signed copies
will be available through our shop. The whole Rok Team is so looking forward to holding our copies in our
hands. It's been a real joy to see a project everyone's worked so hard on finally coming together and looking
THE TOOL CONNECTION
The rocky road to Rok the God has been made so much smoother by the participation of hundreds of Rok fans and especially our new shirt sponsor, Laser Tools.
MD at the Midlands company is Martin Smith, an old schoolfriend of John Wagner. The go-ahead outfit is no stranger to sponsorship,
backing their own highly successful
Laser Tools Racing team, and when Martin turned up at a convention in Leamington and offered to back lowly Radford Reds you could say the Rok Team was 'over the moon'.
We think it's a fantastic logo, just right for our ambitious little Radford battlers. To celebrate our new connection we've produced these uber-stylish Home and Away shirts. Check them out at our shop. Be the envy of your street - your town- planet Earth!
When pressure of work forced Rok colourist Abby Bulmer to bow out after chapter 2, we turned to the bench and found a ready sub in Jim Boswell. Jim has coloured a lot of Dan's Judge Dredd art and the two of them work brilliantly together, as you'll see from the glowing pages of Rok the God.
We hope to welcome Abby back in future. Meanwhile she's hard at work on multiple projects, and you can check out her delightful art on her website.
He's got an eye for colour has our Jim.
One of Dan's recent Dredd pages coloured by Jim.
Some of Abby's recent art for The Phoenix and Sonic The Hedgehog which she's a frequent contributor.
NEW JIM ON THE BLOCK
It’s time for Roktober!
Rok is back with a bang this autumn with the launch of the Rok the God Kickstarter Campaign, kicking off 2 October, 2019! Yes, the big red alien is back for his second season and he needs you to join the team!
Fan of Rok of the Reds? Then you’re going to love Rok the God! Radford Reds are struggling for promotion, but Rok’s formidable mother Vorga has decided to extinguish and Rok must travel to Arkady to receive her dying command - that is that he must become a God!
It’s the last thing he needs. Being a God will make him a target for assassination by the murderous Skrel – not to mention hampering his exploits on the football field!
Back on Earth the Reds have a new problem in the form of a hostile take-over by ruthless American asset stripper Malcolm Greidy. And if that’s not enough, there’s a crazy pint-size buddy movie going on when miniature Kyle Dixon and referee Bull go on the run.
With an awesome story illuminated by Dan’s gorgeous art and Abby’s beautiful colouring, Rok the God is truly out of this world. So check out our Kickstarter where you can not only pick up the new graphic novel, you’ll also be in with the chance of bagging some seriously cool rewards, including:
• Special BRIAN BOLLAND variant COVER
• Exclusive Kickstarter Only POSTER by SIMON BISLEY
• ORIGINAL BISLEY ART – only one, better hurry!
• COMMISSION SKETCHES by DAN CORNWELL – character of your choice
Get ready for Roktober! Other Kickstarters may be great, but only one Roks!
The Scottish Book Trust Roks!
We’re excited and honoured to announce that Rok of the Reds has been shortlisted by the Scottish Book Trust for Teenage Book of the Year 2020, proving once again that when it comes to comics, the Scots Rok!
Set up to promote the most popular teen and children’s fiction authors in Scotland, it’s the first year that comics and graphic novels have been eligible for the award, a major move for the industry and a great step forward in getting kids into comics of which the Radford Reds would 100% approve! Voting is open to kids throughout Scotland until 7 February, with the winner announced at the end of the month. For more information check out The Scottish Book Trust - we’ve got our fingers and horns crossed!
SCHERZINGER CONGRATULATES REDS' NEW RECRUIT
As soon as the news leaked that Castleton's Dan Burgess would be the replacement for Reds' captain and stalwart central defender Phil Morgan, American icon Nicole Scherzinger felt impelled to rush to his side to offer congratulations in person.
Burgess, nicknamed 'Dan the Hatchet Man' by Castleton wags, is renowned as a fearsome competitor who doesn't give an inch. He was, he said, ready to give his blood to the club. "There was talk of the monster inside Kyle Dixon last season," he snarled. "Well this season they'll be seeing a real monster on the pitch - me." Opposition forwards watch out! "I'm looking forward to the coming season and plenty of clean sheets," Burgess went on.
Well, clean sheets is what you won't see a lot of with Ms Scherzinger around. Asked what his relationship with the American star was, Burgess gave his trademark scowl and threatened this reporter with violence.
ANOTHER SPONSOR FOR THE MIGHTY REDS!
Here's a second sponsor for Radford Reds' ground. A big alien hug to committed Rok fan Colin Davies - and he should be committed for writing something as wild and fantastical as the excellent Mathamagical! It makes maths fun. Check it out on Amazon and at all good book shops.
RADFORD REDS FIRST SPONSOR!
The Rok Team is pleased to announce our first SPONSOR for the Radford Reds' ground - Comichaus, the Comic Book Marketplace and old friend of the big red alien. Their Logo will be proudly emblazoned pitchside when Rok and the Reds take the field for their second season. Big thanks from the team for their support. Check them out at www.comichaus.com
YOU TOO could BE A SPONSOR for Radford Reds vital promotion season. See your company name boldly displayed on the ground or even become a shirt sponsor. It's fun, it's cheap (in comparison to Manchester United, for instance) and it's a huge help to indigent comic creators!
For Season 2 Team Rok is splitting with original publisher Black Hearted Press to go it alone. We've enjoyed our relationship with Sha Nazir and his crew and wish BHP well with their growing list of titles and creators. They'll still be selling Season 1 and the Trade, of course.
Season 2 - Rok the God - will again be a six issue mini-series and will be published under the Rok of the Reds logo.
ON ALIEN SEAS
This November Kelda Wood will set off from West Africa to row solo across the Atlantic Ocean as part of the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge. She's doing this in aid of her charity Climbing Out, which works to help rebuild the lives of young people facing life-changing injury, illness or trauma. Rok much admires such acts of human courage and selflessness and so has decided to become one of Kelda's many sponsors. Indeed, he will be at the very front of her doughty little boat Storm Petrel when it braves the waves. And we'll be keeping you abreast of Kelda's progress all the way across.
Meanwhile you can learn more about the Atlantic Challenge and donate to this good cause at rowtoraise.com.
SCULPTING A LEGEND
If you're anywhere in the north east and fancy a new tattoo you could do no better than make an appointment with Neil Blackbird Sims in his South Shields studio.
Neil's tattoo work is special, and his brilliance with the needle is equalled if not surpassed by his skill as a sculptor and his love for Rok of the Reds, as we saw when he carved this fabulous bust of the big red alien. Neil's going to do a limited series of 13. If you weren't lucky enough to book one of these don't despair - we'll be giving one away as a prize when we launch season 2.