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Comichaus Meets: Samuel George London

Today we meet creator, writer & podcaster, Samuel George London.

/media/blog/library/samuel-george-london---true-believers.jpg(Picture courtesy of True Belivers Comic Festival)

Please introduce yourself and your team (if you have one).

My name is Samuel George London, and I'm a comic book writer from Hampshire in the UK. I'm most well-known for my Victorian alien adventure comic, Milford Green (which you can read right here on the Comichaus app) and the newly-Kickstarter-funded Beyond Milford Green. For both comics I've worked with the fantastic Finnish artist, Mikael Hankonen. Who also has a great fantasy webcomic called Year In Hereafter.

I also, host a weekly podcast called Comics For The Apocalypse. Where I interview guests about what comics they'd take into a apocalypse, and how they'd survive a randomly allocated apocalypse situation. To date we've had the likes of PJ Holden (Judge Dredd), Sarah Millman (NPC Tea) and Dave Cook (Killtopia) on the show. People, and myself, have really enjoyed it, so be sure to give it a listen when you can.

What are some of the comics that inspired you to start creating your own? Any creators in particular?

Like most British kids I read the Beano a bit, but comics didn't properly start for me until a few years ago, when I picked up The Walking Dead. I had watched the show and really enjoyed it, then found out it was a comic, and 3 compendiums later I was hooked. Then I looked into other comics by Robert Kirkman and devoured Invincible, which somehow introduced me to Jupiter's Legacy by Mark Millar. After that, I delved into Millarworld and then started scouring Image Comics. Today, I'm particularly enjoying Blackbird by Jen Bartel and Sam Humphries, as well Redneck by Donny Cates and Lisandro Estherren.

How much of your own personality goes into your character(s)?

I think it depends on the character but if we take Milford Green for instance, Alfie has little bits of me in him or at least little bits of how I was when I was younger. It's probably unavoidable not to put yourself in some characters, but for others like Lord Katov, who is a maniacal alien general in a dictatorial empire, there is very little of me or at least I hope there's very little of me in there. 

/media/blog/library/milford_green_interior.pngWhere did you draw your inspiration from?

For Milford Green, I was actually hill walking when I saw a vision of a spacecraft shoot across the sky and crash land in front of me. I didn't think much about it until a couple of weeks later, when I visited a mock-up Victorian village with my family, and a vision of aliens and Victorian villagers hit me. From there, I let the story brew, then learnt about story structure and scripting, and before I knew it, I had written a 40 page script about a Victorians alien adventure.

What struggles have you faced with the creation of ….. and producing the final release?

I've been very fortunate with the Milford Green series, as both Kickstarters have funded and people really enjoyed the first one. So, I haven't had many struggles with that comic thus far, but my other Kickstarter comic that I ran back in September 2018, The S Factor (a superhero dating reality TV show), failed to reach its funding goal. I'm still trying to work out how to move forward with that but the artist, Chris Panda, and I have some ideas and we're hoping to get it out to the world at some point soon.

What do fans need to know going into their first issue of your comic?

Milford Green is a Victorian alien adventure, and is my first full comic, so I kept the story simple. Readers shouldn't expect any dramatic twists or anything, but should expect a fun adventure that is about a PG rating in terms of any violence or language. You could enjoy it with your 12 year old child for instance.

What have you got coming up in the future? Are you working on more issues?

As I mentioned before, we just newly-Kickstarter-funded the sequel to Milford Green, called Beyond Milford Green, which I can't wait to finish and deliver to our backers in July. However, if you missed out on the Kickstarter, folks can pre-order on the Signal Comics website here. Then, in September, I'll be returning to the Milford Green series for the third and final instalment of the story, so be sure to follow me on Kickstarter to be notified of that when it goes live.

Aside from Milford Green, I've got two all-ages comics in the works with Fair Spark Books. One will be Kickstarting in April and the other will be in June. I wish I could say more, but you'll just have to wait and see.

You can read Samuel's titles over on the Comichaus App now, or purchase a print copy from the Comichaus Marketplace by clicking on the cover images below.


Milford Green 2018

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