East of Constantinople, West of Shanghai

Beware what you wish for…


As the saying goes… because your wishes might come true.
And no more that six weeks ago I was saying to myself what a damn chore – not to mention the expense – would be trying and putting together a decent collection of The Rise and Fall of the Trigan Empire. A decent collection, mind you, not a complete one.

And now I found out Rebellion Publishing will issue the first 340 pages volume of the Trigan Empire in 2020. Finding the stuff is no longer a problem – but expenses might become critical. The series, written by Mike Butterworth and drawn by Dan Lawrence, ran between 1965 and 1982, and this means a lot of pages.

Sort of a sword-and-planet/space opera story, The Rise and Fall of the Trigan Empire is one of the great science fiction epics in comics history, and it always remained at the edge of my perception – I knew it existed, I saw a few issues, and was mostly fascinated by the Dan Lawrence artwork, but never got the opportunity to read it properly.

A few weeks back, after viewing a gallery of illustrations from the series, I discovered how hard it would be to find a few collected stories.
Foolishly, I wished for a reprint.
Now it comes, and I’ll have to find a way to sell my brother in order to buy it.
But I’ve got time – first I need to find a buyer for my cats, in order to buy the Mobile Suit Gundam hardbacks.

I chose the wrong time to star reading comics again…

Author: Davide Mana

Paleontologist. By day, researcher, teacher and ecological statistics guru. By night, pulp fantasy author-publisher, translator and blogger. In the spare time, Orientalist Anonymous, guerilla cook.

2 thoughts on “Beware what you wish for…

  1. Man, the artwork looks just terrific! Never heard of this series. Going to tale a look to my dictionnaire encyclopedique des heros et auteurs de bd in thrree volumes by henry Filippini!


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