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Striker comic and strips to end

Updated: Sep 3, 2019

By Striker creator PETE NASH

It’s with sadness but also optimism that I have to announce the end of Striker as a comic and newspaper strip after 34 memorable years. I made the decision after The Sun explained that while they were happy to keep Striker, they were unable to increase their fee to a level that would have made continued production worthwhile.


There was an offer from another newspaper group but it fell short of what was needed.


Despite two successful crowdfunding campaigns to re-launch Striker as a weekly comic, retail sales failed to reach our required target, mainly due to a lack of capital but also because many fans were unwilling to buy the comic when they were getting Striker free in a newspaper.


Potential investors were waiting in the wings - but they were more excited by the animation possibilities of Striker rather than a comic.


For a while, things looked promising when we partnered with a gaming company to show the football in Striker as animated weekly highlights. But the animation wasn’t well received - and the partnership has now ended after the gaming company sold its assets.


Final edition


While a few people may feel Striker should have ended before now, I know most of you will be wondering if there is some other way to keep Striker going. But given the circumstances, I believe the time is right to finally bring the curtain down on the comic and newspaper strip.

I’ve done my best to make it work, but when the writing is on the wall after so many stops and starts, it’s important to read the signs. In the absence of sufficient funding, it’s far better to go out on a high than try to manage an inevitable decline.


And go out on a high we will. I’ve decided to give the 34-year saga a fitting end by publishing a 52-page commemorative issue next month called Striker: The Final Whistle. More on this very soon.


Psycops


There’s another silver lining in the cloud. Now that I’ll have some time on my hands, I’ll finally be able to publish a complete compilation of my Psycops comic strips that were featured in The Sun between 1994 and 1999 and have never been seen since. There are 18 adventures from start to finish that will easily fill a 300-page book.


I mentioned in my intro that I was optimistic despite the decision to end Striker. That’s because I have no intention of putting my feet up. Striker will have run its course as a comic strip but I will be writing a screenplay in the hope of turning it into a TV series that would start with Nick’s move to Warbury in 1994.


The comedian Jim Davidson hired a couple of writers to try and bring Striker to the small screen back in 2003, but I didn’t feel the script was right. This time I’ll have a crack at it myself and hopefully find a production company to push it.


There is no guarantee the script will be commissioned, but it’s the first thing I will be working on after the publication of Psycops and the last Striker comic next month.


Thank you to the fans


Before signing off, I'd like to make another appeal to the VIP Kickstarter backers who didn’t respond to our emails asking for their reward preferences. Your generosity is much appreciated but I would feel a lot better if I could do something in return before Striker ends, so please get in touch.


I seem to recall a VIP backer saying on Facebook that he did respond, but unfortunately we didn’t receive his email. I think he wanted an ad for his business, so please get in touch so I can fulfil that request for the final issue.


So a final word for Striker’s loyal and patient fans: you haven’t just followed Striker, you’ve been a part of it and done everything you can to support it and keep it going, for which I’ll always be grateful.


I’m sorry I couldn’t bring you better news, but I promise to keep you updated on any developments with the screenplay. Thanks again for all your support.

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I think and end can also mark the start of a beginning. It's been an uphill battle for many a year and putting the comic to bed is I think the correct decision. Sad and end of an era but sometimes these things are just meant to be. I look at Twin Peaks that ended in 1992 and then came back for a huge successful relaunch in 2017. It goes to show that in time, anything can come back and I would love to see how Romeo and Todd grow up, with an older Nick and perhaps Fabian at some stage. But the script sounds good, I am sure there are resources out in StrikerWorld to assist. Thanks for decades…

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tonyg180
tonyg180
Jun 05, 2019

I have read Striker since it began. I have mugs, all comics in binders and all the hardback books released so far signed. I love it. Very sad to hear that it is the end. I know you guys have tried hard to keep it afloat. And your heads should be held high.

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Mike Punter
Mike Punter
Jun 05, 2019

Hi Pete, sorry to hear this, you may not remember this but, when my Wife and me started our Art Studio in Bristol, where I teach art for a living, you phoned me at our shop with such encouraging words.

I had contacted you before Striker came out as a weekly comic to ask if there was any chance of drawing for you. You phoned to say there wasn't, but took the time to have a chat, which meant a lot.

The shop and studio are doing great 18 years into it, and I took part in funding the first set of Striker comics, and again recently, so have every one in my collection.

So thank you again for your…

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Paul Hannan
Paul Hannan
Jun 05, 2019

Sad news but thanks for the entertainment over the years. I will continue to support you with the purchase of all future books. After all when a new book lands it brings a great feeling inside me, reading stories from when I was younger.


I wish I was rich to self fund you, I hope everyone who works on striker all the best.


Kingpab

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Ray Grey
Ray Grey
Jun 05, 2019

Hi after reading striker for since the start I am sorry to see it end . But wish you all the luck with the tv series and the next chapter in your career .

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