The Tally Ho talks Titan’s ‘The Prisoner: Original Art Edition’ with David Leach

Welcome to The Tally Ho, a podcast about the classic TV series The Prisoner.

In this special episode we look at the new deluxe hardcover The Prisoner: Original Art Edition based on The Prisoner from Titan Comics. We chat to editor David Leach about how this project came together and what fans can expect from this long-awaited release. He also gives us a sneak peek of Titan’s future plans for The Prisoner.

This new collection features two alternate versions of ‘Arrival’, the first episode of The Prisoner, both previously unreleased, and now presented in full-scale facsimile format. The first adaptation is written and drawn by the legendary Jack Kirby, the second is written by Steve Englehart and drawn by Gil Kane.

Although the main draw is the beautiful presentation of these works, the extra features are a genuine delight that elevate this book to essential status for comic book and/or The Prisoner fans:

  1. A Foreword by Mike Royer, inker/letterer in the Kirby version
  2. A double-page Kirby spread, newly coloured by Mike Allred
  3. Writing The Prisoner, an all-new essay by writer Steve Englehart
  4. A newly lettered version (by Rick Parker) of the Englehart/Kane edition, with the accompanying script transcriptions
  5. A reproduction of the original 1967 The Prisoner ITC Press Book
  6. The Making of a Television Legend: The Story of The Prisoner by Rick Davy from The Unmutual Website
  7. Biographies of Jack Kirby and Gil Kane


Direct download: The Tally Ho talks Titan’s ‘The Prisoner: Original Art Edition’ with David Leach

The Prisoner: Original Art Edition is available from all good comic book shops and through numerous online comics retailers, including Titan Comics. A huge thanks to David for joining us to discuss this new book! Titan Comics have also recently started an all-new miniseries based on The Prisoner. Check out our podcast HERE from earlier in the year when we interviewed writer Peter Milligan and editor David Leach, and our blog Q&A with artist Colin Lorimer.

You can also find out more about Jack Kirby’s life and career at the Kirby Museum.

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Episode 18 – Small Press Day

We’re celebrating Small Press Day on 8 July by interviewing the people behind some of our favourite small press publishers.

We spoke with Mark Toner, co-founder and art director of Shoreline of Infinity about running a genre magazine and putting on live sci-fi cabaret events. We met up with Ian Whates, founder and editor at NewCon Press to talk about how he went from publishing a single anthology to building a small press that plays a vital role in giving a voice to new talent. And we chatted with Nigel Twumasi, co-founder of British Manga brand Mayamada to hear how a university t-shirt enterprise between friends gave rise to a whole universe of characters and stories.

Happy Small Press Day!

Direct download: Episode 18

On a related note, check out recent post on where to find genre SF&F short fiction here which features information about several fanastic small press publishers.

Short form speculative fiction and where to find it

To follow up on our recent podcast about short fiction in SF&F (Episode 15),  we’ve put together a list of some of the sources of speculative fiction that we have encountered. This is not a list of authors of short fiction, but rather the places where one might look to get a feel for genre (short) fiction. Some were mentioned in the episode and several listeners told us that they would like some more information. We have added details for both specific magazines we follow,  and publishers whose catalogue covers an array of formats or perhaps publish genre fiction as part of a broader catalogue. There is occasionally overlap between entries. Click the names of each item to jump to their website and find out more.

This is not meant to be an exhaustive list, but rather the sources we have followed for some time to get the ball rolling. We constantly are looking for new things so we will continually update this post. Maybe you’ve got some recommendations for a magazine we haven’t listed or a publisher you’ve seen consistently produce speculative short fiction. Maybe you’ve been published somewhere and want to give them a plug! We’ve only put a few things on the list so far but we would be especially keen to get some recommendations and a short blurb (not just names!) for magazines, online fiction, flash fiction, and resources for specialist subgenres. If you have comments or suggestions for additions to this list, please get in touch via Twitter or in the comments below. … Continue reading

Episode 15 – a long chat about short fiction

We’ve just returned from Eastercon 2017 where we caught up with author Chris Butler to talk about all aspects of writing, editing and publishing short fiction in the science fiction and fantasy genre. With so much SF&F out there, short stories, anthologies and novellas are a great way to get a flavour of genre fiction. As the convention is home to the British Science Fiction Awards, we also gave our thoughts on the stories nominated for the BSFA Short Fiction award:

  • Malcolm Devlin – The End of Hope Street (Interzone #266, TTA Press)
  • Jaine Fenn – Liberty Bird (Now We Are Ten, NewCon Press)
  • Una McCormack – Taking Flight (Crises and Conflicts, NewCon Press)
  • Helen Oyeyemi – Presence (What is Not Yours is Not Yours, Picador)
  • Tade Thompson – The Apologists (Interzone #266, TTA Press)
  • Aliya Whiteley – The Arrival of Missives (Unsung Stories)

Direct download: Episode 15

Chris has published numerous short stories in magazines (e.g. Interzone, Asimov’s) and anthologies, (e.g. The Best British Fantasy 2014) as well as the novel Any Time Now and the novella The Flight of the Ravens. He recently edited the anthology The World and the Stars. Find out more about Chris and his work, by visiting his website here.