Alt-Comix Veteran Phil Elliott Signs with

Modern Tales, the leading publisher of subscription-based webcomics, announced this week that cartoonist Phil Elliott will be producing weekly installments of Pool Tales for the avant- garde online webcomics anthology

According to Elliott, his weekly POOL TALES series, which is exclusively available to readers is “a kind of road-movie, in comic-strip form….and marks the re-appearance of an old friend of mine, Dave Gimbley, travelling with his cue and meeting new folk…some friendly, some not-so. You don¹t need to know how to play pool or enjoy going to pubs, but along the way you may learn a few things about the game, the sights and smells of a British pub, and Gimbley himself.”

Phil Elliott has been creating comics for almost two decades, appearing in various magazines and papers around the globe – Escape, NME, Punch and Real Ghostbusters in the UK; Fox Comics in Australia; Cheval Noir and Prime Cuts in the US; L¹Echo des Savanes in France…and etc. “I’ve even drawn my token Judge Dredd story for 2000AD,” he adds.

A long -standing self-publisher, way back from his first venture, Elipse, back around 1976, through Fast Fiction and !GAG!, which he edited in the mid-80¹s, and up to the recent Absent Friends comic. Along the way, he’s also had comics published by Fantagraphics, KitchenSink and Slave Labor Graphics. This summer sees the release of the trade paperback, Illegal Alien by Dark Horse and the mini-series, Tupelo by Slave Labor. He also colors Paul Grist¹s Jack Staff comic for Image.

“I¹m really excited to be doing this comic for, ” Elliott says. ” I haven’t tackled a regular strip in ages. The last one being a monthly thing for The Magistrate (the magazine of choice for British JPs!) which I did for a couple of years. Before that was the weekly Suttons comic strip which ran for almost four years and before that, the various stories I did with Eddie Campbell every week for the UK music paper, Sounds.

“I¹m excited, and slightly intimidated, about creating something every week. I¹ve ideas already in motion, even if I don¹t know how the whole thing’s going to pan out, and I hope some people will enjoy coming along for the ride.” editor Tom Hart adds “I’ve always seen what we’re doing on the web as an extension of enterprises begun by Elliott and his compatriots at Escape and Fast Fiction 15 years earlier. Quality work, distributed DIY, circumventing the more mainstream and bland culture. I’m thrilled to have an artist of Elliott’s caliber and history contributing to the experiment. And I can’t wait to read more of his stories!”

Other recent addtions to include Gabrielle Bell, Author of “When I Am Old” published by Alternative Comics, and Neil Fitzpatrick, creator of Neil Jam at

All these and more can be found at


Joey Manley

Joey Manley (b.1965–d.2013) was the author of the novel The Death of Donna-May Dean (1992), entrepreneur, and founder of Modern Tales and WebcomicsNation.

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  1. this is awesome news. seems like serializer keeps on getting better and better.

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