in the limelight
by Andrew Green
the Hog is the hero of a comic drawn by Burngreave graphic artist
Alex Coward. Six issues of this resourceful animal’s exciting
adventures have so far been published, and Alex is now working on
a graphic novel, Prisoners of the Sun.
Alex has been
drawing comics since 1998, with stories provided by his brother
Jamie. Despite high praise from reviewers, they find it difficult
to sell their comics because distribution is dominated by an American
company, Diamond Distributors, and they want to distribute their
They are optimistic
that the novel will break through the distribution barrier, since
it will be available in bookshops, as well as specialist comic outlets.
You can get
copies of Hardly the Hog comics from Sheffield Space Centre on the
Wicker, Forbidden Planet on Matilda Street, or direct from the producers
by writing to PO Box 1446, Sheffield S3 9YA, and sending £2.25
per issue (price includes postage).