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Plok Volume 4 book launched

Press Release posted by Ste Pickford on Wed, 05 Oct 2016
Subject: Plok comic strip

Video game designers and comic creators The Pickford Bros have launched the fourth volume of the collected editions of their weekly webcomic, Plok The Exploding Man, starring the hero of their cult-classic 1993 SNES game published by Nintendo.

The 64 page comic book is available as a trade paperback, in Kindle and iBooks digital editions, and via Comixology.

At the end of his Super Nintendo game Plok fell asleep in his comfy chair. All of his enemies were defeated, and all of his precious flags were back in place. Twenty years later he wakes up in a comic strip, not quite sure where he is, what year it is, or why he never got a sequel.

Comic adapatations of video game characters are nothing new, but Plok is a little bit different. Firstly, Plok knows he's a video game character. Secondly, he's also aware that's he's now in a comic strip, and he isn't too happy about it. Thirdly, and perhaps uniquely, the Plok comic strip is created by the same people who made the Plok video game.

The Pickford Bros, veteran video game designers from the UK, revived their creation in the form of a web-based comic strip in 2014, and new episodes appear (almost) weekly on the Plok website.

Plok is joined in his adventures by an expanding cast of characters from other video games created by John and Ste, and even actual games consoles.

This fourth collection - Volume 4: Destination Z - contains episodes 77 to 101 of the comic strip, along with exclusive extras including seven beautifully illustrated character biographies, a brand new cover, and a thirteen page 'sketchbook' containing notes and layout sketches and pencils from each of the 25 strips, giving a detailed insight into the creative process and explaining some of the references and in-jokes.

"The fourth volume is the best one we've put out yet," said Ste Pickford, Plok artist, "and I can see that my art and the storytelling have improved steadily with each episode."

"We're really proud of the Plok comic strip," said John Pickford, Plok writer, "and hope our readers and players enjoy Plok continuing his adventures on paper rather than on screen."


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