In a very special episode of X-Band: The Phantom Podcast, we travel to Norway!
In this podcast instigated and facilitated by Norwegian comics journalist and lecturer Kristian Hellesund, we hear from the author of The Masks of The Phantom Arild Wærness. Arild tells us about his history with The Phantom, his collaborative writing process, and his great friendship with artist Mike Collins. It may be the first time we've heard from Norwegian creators on the podcast, but hopeful
Kristian Hellesund works both as a comics journalist and comics lecturer in Norway. Among other things he writes a weekly comics column in the Sydvesten newspaper. Where he writes reviews, comments on current affairs and report from events and comics conventions. This week’s column is about The Phantom coming back to Norway after a horrible 2018 which saw the Egmont Fantomet Magazine along with the Aftenposten newspaper all being cancelled. The good news is that a new Phantom
The Irish publisher Lightning Strike Comics has promised and produced great things on a Phantom-front, but have they delivered? Phantom phans from around the world are sharing their frustration that comics they have paid for not being delivered when promised. We at Chronicle Chamber are receiving word and complaints from places around the world, including Australia, Europe and North America. Phantom phans by nature are patient. We are used to being given the rough end of the
Last week a group of Norwegian phans met to celebrate the 54-year run of Fantomet magazine, and commiserate its demise at the end of 2018. Arranged by phan Kristian Hellesund, the wake took place in the cellar of Barbarista, the pub run by May Vik Medås (partner of Lightning Strike Comics author Arild Wærness). The venue features an open space in front of a stage, as well as a bar. With a Phantom cosplayer and a number of The Phantom and Fantomet creators on deck, the mood wa
Lightning Strike Comics released issue #2 in their new Phantom regular series just before Christmas, featuring a striking cover image by Australian artist Jamie Johnson. You can purchase the issue here on their website. ChronicleChamber has been fortunate enough to view an advance copy of the story and overall, we loved it. We enjoy seeing artists push their style, and after seeing Jamie’s more gritty and dark covers for Frew, his use of Copic markers for this cover is a poin
Lightning can indeed Strike in the same place more than once, in the case of a small publishing company in Ireland making waves with their published Phantom works. The team behind Lightning Strike Comics is Eoin McAuley and David Williams, two fans who took a chance with their 80th anniversary celebration Phantom comic Tales of the Ghost Who Walks back in 2016, then followed it up with a standalone book The Phantom: Scarlet Sapphire in 2017. We reported back in February that