Not one but two Brian Bolland announcements here – with GetMyComics bringing Bolland’s The Actress and the Bishop to their Shift anthology as well as releasing a complete The Actress and the Bishop collection.
Back in 2020, we told you about the new British anthology comic, Shift. It’s now up to Volume 2, issue #5 and has a very special end-of-summer special featuring a certain Mr Brian Bolland amongst the other goodies on offer.
More on that in a moment, but first, even more of Bolland with Shift presents… The Actress and the Bishop, collecting every single one of Bolland’s The Actress and the Bishop stories so far, in b&w, plus two new prose strips with Bolland illustrations, covers, pin-ups, and a new interview with Brian.
The Actress and the Bishop is a long-running, albeit very infrequent Bolland creation, told in rhyme, that began all the way back in 1989’s A1 anthology. After that, the strip would appear here and there before a 20-page story appeared, in 2005, in Knockabout Comics’ Bolland Strips!
This new collection will include everything Brian’s done with The Actress and the Bishop – The Actress and the Bishop Go Boating and The Actress and the Bishop Throw a Party, from A1 issues 1 and 3, plus The Actress and the Bishop and the Thing in the Shed from Bolland Strips! Also included will be two previously unpublished prose stories with illustrations from Brian – The Actress and the Bishop go Shopping and The Actress and the Bishop take up Sport.
But it’s also going to include the 14-page story we showed you a while back in our Art For Art’s Sake strand, The Actress and the Bishop go to the Seaside, which hasn’t been collected before. It’s in b&w here, but Strip Vol 2, Issue #5 will have it in full-colour.
It all comes from the phrase (or some variation of it), “As the actress said to the bishop”, a wonderful bit of vulgarity, the classic double entendre, playing with words and ideas that can pretty much be used anywhere in an attempt to make something as rude as possible, all based on the idea of the pure Bishop and the impure Actress (from a time when actress and prostitute were considered by too many to be the same thing.)
So, in between doing things like Camelot 3000 and The Killing Joke, and so many gorgeous covers, Bolland decided to take the idea literally, putting an Actress and a Bishop into a series of wonderfully silly rhyming strips.
And now, it’s all together in one place. We are lucky, lucky people indeed. But that’s not all…
Whilst that The Actress and the Bishop collection has all the strips in gloriously detailed Bolland b&w, the new 116 page Shift Vol 2 issue 5, features the entire 14 pages of The Actress and the Bishop go to the Seaside in full colour.
Of course, that’s not all, as the anthology also has the finale to Shifter, the second and final part of Stewart Kenneth Moore’s excellent Thrawn Janet, and the end of the current run of Elephantmen: War Toys.
Adding to the line-up, Darren Pearce and Stuart Jennett bring us a new spy thriller Elena: Divinity Rising, and we have the start of a reprint of the excellent Terminal City by Dean Motter and Michael Lark, originally published by Vertigo.
And whilst every one of those strips is worth the price of admission, the biggest draw is obviously Bolland’s The Actress and the Bishop go to the Seaside… looking resplendent in colour…
Shift Presents… Brian Bolland’s The Actress and the Bishop is available to pre-order for release in early October, with an option for a version with a signed limited edition print, from the SHIFT store.
Now, because you’re so nice… a little bit more from The Actress and the Bishop go to the Seaside…
Not one but two Brian Bolland announcements here – with GetMyComics bringing Bolland’s The Actress and the Bishop to theirCOMICONRead More