|From Dark Vibes issue 1|
Beautifully printed in extreme colour on glossy paper with card covers, these 32 page tales of cosmic weirdness have echoes of Moscoso from the old underground Zap comics, of Steve Ditko's Dr Strange at its most outlandish and of what we used to call Saturday Morning cartoons, but which now seem to be on 24 hours a day. His colour palette threatens to burn out your retinas and his figures are bold and unique.
The scripts are anarchic, wild, violent and cosmic. Like Robert Crumb and Jim Starlin working on the Beano with a colourist recovering from some long strange trip he took in the sixties. It came as no surprise to hear that he cites Leo Baxendale as an influence on his style and remembers laughing hard at Leo's Bash Street Kids. He also talks about Mike McMahon and Kevin O'Neil from 2000AD and Robert Crumb as other artists who have had an impact on his work.
Oh and watch out for the 'Easter eggs'. Lyrics from a few old Prog Rock bands seem to appear here and there, adding to the air of sixties psychedelia that permeates the whole project. So, if you like what you see here, take a look at Andrew's Kickstarter Page and his GalaXafreaks web-site (links below). This is the kind of high-quality production that deserves our support.
To try out the series issues 1 and 2 of the original series available as free downloads from the GalaXafreaks website. And if anyone has a physical copy of issue 1 going spare, I'd like it to complete my collection.