It Looks So Beautiful! Ian Livingstone’s Freeway Fighter: The Graphic Novel

One of my favourite game books Freeway Fighter, penned by living legend Ian Livingstone, which was adapted into a comic book series thanks to writer Andi Ewington and Titan Comics.

Now Available in Trade Paperback from Forbidden Planet

This is a new post-apocalyptic road-trip series based on the world famous Fighting Fantasy gamebooks, which will be roaring into comic stores in the spring of 2017.

Critically acclaimed writer Andi Ewington (Just Cause 3, The Six) teams up with original creator Ian Livingstone and artist Simon Coleby for FREEWAY FIGHTER – a furious, three-part road trip like no other – with colours by Len O’Grady and lettering by Jim Campbell.

Fans of the original Fighting Fantasy gamebook will also be pleased to learn that the comic features a dedication to Kevin Bulmer, the book’s original, distinctive interior artist.

An unknown virus has wiped out over 85% of the world’s human population. Former I-400 Driver Bella De La Rosa is one of the 15% – living every day as if it were her last. Now, eighteen months after the collapse of civilization, faced with a new world order where violence and chaos rule the Freeway, she must hone her racing skills and survive any way she can!

We spoil you here is a small but very impressive gallery of pages and teaser art for the comic

Freeway Fighter Comic Launch Video

Fighting Fantasy Update.

This week saw the 35th Anniversary releases of the Fighting Fantasy (FF) series of books. To celebrate this anniversary Publisher Scholastic have taken on the licence and not only re-published 5 classic Fighting Fantasy books they have also published the first new FF book from series co creator Ian Livingstone since Blood Of The Zombies 5 years ago.

For those who don’t know, The Fighting Fantasy series of books was launched in 1982 by the publication of The Warlock of Firetop Mountain, written by Games Workshop founders Ian Livingstone and Steve Jackson. The books launched the ‘Choose Your Own Adventure’ style game book, where the readers can make decisions for the main protagonist during the course of reading the book and influence the events and outcome.

The initial run of the books lasted from 1982 until 1995 with a massive 59 titles, a relaunch in 2002 saw another 30+ titles a mixture of new editions of classic books and completly new adventures.

So now with new publisher on board and new title The Port Of Peril now available to buy, we also have second volume of the Fighting Fantasy, You Are The Hero, successfully funded on Kicksarter what is next.

The Fill List of August 2017 35th Anniversary Fighting Fantasy releases from Scholastic

  • The Warlock of Firetop Mountain
  • City of Thieves
  • House of Hell
  • The Port of Peril
  • Forest of Doom

All available from AMAZON or your friendly local book shop.If you are lucky you may be able to pick up signed copies from Forbidden Planet.

Fighting Fantasy Fest 2

Well first there is Fighting Fantasy Fest 2 which is held in London on the 2nd February (full details and tickets)

Guests of Honour Steve Jackson and Ian Livingstone who will be giving a talk, and signing books, on the day.
Fighting Fantasy Fest 2 will also feature other talks, gaming sessions, comics, signings, a Fighting Fantasy exhibition, traders, a cosplay competition, and numerous other special guests.
Food and drink will be available on the day from an onsite cafe and bar.
Price of entry includes a collectable programme and autograph book.

Fighting Fantasy Reprints and News Of The Brand’s Future

FF2017 MASTER YELLOWBefore gaming gripped the imagination of children worldwide, Fighting Fantasy was the bestselling fantasy brand that made the reader the hero of every story. In its 35th anniversary year, Scholastic UK is proud to announce the acquisition of Ian Livingstone and Steve Jackson’s classic series of adventure gamebooks which will be republished, repackaged and reignited for a new generation. Furthermore, Scholastic UK will publish a brand-new gamebook for 8+ readers by Ian Livingstone, The Port of Peril, into the series and future titles are planned.

Almost 20 million copies of Fighting Fantasy have sold worldwide in 32 languages and the series has a legion of high-profile fans, including Charlie Higson, who says: “Before there were video games, before kids could get lost in the labyrinth that is the Internet, before The Lord Of The Rings films, Game of Thrones and the reboot of Doctor Who turned everyone onto fantasy and sci-fi, there were the Fighting Fantasy books. A new way of telling stories and in many ways the birth of modern gaming, these books captured the imagination of a generation of kids – and locked them in the Deathtrap Dungeons. It’s great to think that a new generation of kids are going to be similarly captivated.”

World Rights for the original series and new book were acquired by Lauren Fortune, Editorial Director at Scholastic UK, from Philippa Milnes-Smith at Lucas Alexander Whitley Agency.

With appeal for fans of high-octane fantasy brands from Percy Jackson to Assassin’s Creed, Fighting Fantasy gamebooks also spark ever-more important skills of problem-solving, critical thinking and creativity. Scholastic UK’s launch campaign will be focussed on reaching new readers whilst also celebrating the 35th anniversary with the passionate existing fan base.

Ian Livingstone says: “Fighting Fantasy has survived the test of time, and I’m thrilled that Scholastic are reimagining our gamebook series for a new generation of fans. Starting with five classic titles, including The Warlock of Firetop Mountain, I hope readers will have enough SKILL and STAMINA to survive the challenges of The Port of Peril, my brand-new adventure.”

Steve Jackson says: “It was 35 years ago that the first Fighting Fantasy gamebook appeared in UK bookshops and readers became heroes as they explored the caverns of Firetop Mountain. And now, after all those years, it is particularly exciting for FF to be embarking on a new publishing partnership with Scholastic, the world’s largest children’s books publisher. May their Stamina never Fail!”

Lauren Fortune says: “A whole generation of children grew up reading the Fighting Fantasy series in the 1980s and 1990s, often reluctant readers for whom this was an important gateway into books. There is so much here to appeal to today’s young readers: the best monsters, the chance to create your own pathway through the story, the empowering, compelling set-up that in the Fighting Fantasy world, YOU are the hero. As a huge fan of these books from childhood, I couldn’t be prouder to be republishing them this year.”

In August 2017, Scholastic UK will publish The Port of Peril, the new gamebook by Ian Livingstone, along with five classic titles, including The Warlock of Firetop Mountain. A further tranche of titles will publish in spring 2018.

Fighting Fantasy Companion Vol 2 Funds on Kickstarter in Under 24 Hours

Fighting Fantasy You Are The Hero Vol2 Kickstarter

The follow up to Jonathan Green’s 2014 You Are The Hero has just completed funding on Kickstarter within 24 hours.

You Are The Hero celebrates the Fighting Fantasy game book and the culture around them. Approaching the 35th anniversary this new volume covers the more recent developments in the Fighting Fantasy brand. These include the Graphic Novel interpretations of Steve Jasckson’s Trolltooth Wars and Ian Livingstone’s Freeway Fighter (available from Forbidden Planet).

Another twelve chapters of new content planned and would like to be able to fill the book with as much original artwork from the series as possible. Legendary fantasy artist Chris Achilleos – who painted the covers of Out of the Pit, Titan – The Fighting Fantasy World, Space Assassin, Temple of Terror, Armies of Death, and the novel The Trolltooth Wars – has agreed to produce the cover art for YOU ARE THE HERO Part 2

You can check out the Kickstarter page here will full details.
You can check out Jonathan Green‘s back catalogue of work on Amazon here.

You can check out other Fighting Fantasy titles on Amazon here.

Fighting Fantasy You Are The Hero Vol2 Kickstarter
Fighting Fantasy You Are The Hero Vol2 Kickstarter

New Fighting Fantasy book Blood Of The Zombies

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Blood Of The Zombies

We are delighted to share the cover of?Ian Livingstone?s Blood of the Zombies.

It was painted by renowned comic book artist Greg Staples who is best known for his work on?2000AD,?particularly?Judge Dredd.?Ian wanted a cover that had a future-retro look.
Blood of the Zombies will be published in the first week of August.