Monkey fans will have another reason to celebrate on December 12th.
Not only does the day see the launch of Ack-Ack Macaque the novel in paperback, it also marks the character’s debut in comic form.
Yes, the smoking monkey has his very own five page strip in the 2000 AD Christmas Special, which also happens to be published on the 12th December.
(Honestly, you’d think all this had been planned, or something.)
So, if you’re coming to the launch of the book (6pm at Forbidden Planet in London), or the subsequent book signing in Bristol on the 15th, you’ll also be able to pick up a copy of the comic at the same time as the novel!
I’ll even sign it for you.
The 2000 AD strip is a WWII romp, and serves as a ‘prequel’ to events in the novel. It sees our hirsute hero going up against three German tripods and a plethora of ninjas, accompanied by his teenage sidekick, Mindy Morris.
On the right of this post, you’ve probably already noticed that I’m giving you a sneaky peek at the fantastic artwork, which has been lovingly rendered by Judge Dredd artist Nick Dyer, and which I think looks amazing.
My parents gave me my first 2000 AD annual for Christmas in 1979. Now, almost exactly 33 years later, it really means a lot to me to have something I’ve written grace the pages of the magazine. It’s a childhood ambition fulfilled.
But if all that wasn’t enough, the paperback novel also contains an added extra: the original ‘Ack-Ack Macaque’ short story, first published in Interzone in 2007, and now reprinted in the back of the book with a new introduction from me, explaining how I first came up with the character.
All of which means that, if you’re coming to the launch or signing, you’ll be able to get your paws on all of Ack-Ack Macaque’s adventures to date – book, comic and short story – in one fell swoop (and just in time for Christmas, too!).