Here's a breathtaking picture by the ridiculously talented Mr Martin McKenna showing what a day out on the English south coast looks like once Brighton's carnival folk have got hold of a few (more-or-less) tame dragons. This painting is the alternative cover for issue #3, which you won't see on the Mirabilis iPad app but you will get with our forthcoming release on Comics+ and Graphic.ly.
Martin is still at work on his hush-hush children's book project, which is shaping up to be something truly wondrous. I've seen the storyboards for this and I know it's destined to be the kind of magical classic kids will love, grow up and then give to their kids. We'll bring you news or a sneak peek as soon as he'll allow. And of course we hope to get some more Mirabilis cover art from him before too long, as we're now gearing up for the third graphic novel (the first half of Spring). Meanwhile, if you pop over to Martin's site you can take a look at some of his awesome character concept drawings of Estelle, Jack and the Kind Gentleman.
In case you thought that fiction was stranger than fact, take a look below at Magnus Volk's Electric Overland and Submarine Railway, which began running up and down the Brighton seafront in 1883. Volk took it all the way out to Rottingdean, by way of the sea, in 1896. And he didn't have a magical green comet to back him, either - it was all pure, unassisted British eccentricity. God save Queen Titania!
John H. Duos - Full credit to my mate John Herrington for the following discovery. In Al Hubin's Crime Fiction Bibliography there is a short entry for one John H. Duos, wh...