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Hello,

My first posting about my Lego Comic strip The Guard by me, Banff. 

Current issue - October 2019, just published is the second part of The Guard's adventures on Seabase Alphahttps://www.victorhornetcomics.co.uk/guard 

What's it about? It's about the adventures of Albert Copperwaite, a railway guard who fights crime as The Guard!   The series also tells the stories of other characters.  Quite a lot thinking about it.  Which is why I have created biography cards for all of the characters and an index, so readers can check on characters, events and so on.  Most of the stories has a Behind the Scenes page, explaining certain points about that months story.  Mainly to remind me how I achieved a certain effect and other pointers.  The series has been running almost six years now.  Gulp!  Stories tend to be slice of life, crime, some horror, but always with humour.  That is how my brain works apparently when I'm writing scripts.  I have to be very disciplined if I'm trying to tell a series story, with little humour. 

Where is the series based? In the City of Yorkton, England, but also in other parts of the world.  For example, Australia, Ninjago City West Central 1953, America, Canada, Jamuda, (a fictional island name using parts of Jamaica and Bermuda to create the island's name), Egypt, the Arctic, Ireland and other locations.  The series is set in 1953, but in a parallel time to our own.

Why was the series created?  I've read comics (British, American, European and Manga) for over forty years and decided it was time to have a go at creating my own comic.  One big problem though.  I can't draw!  After a very, very long think about it, I hit upon using Lego and photography as the art.  I'm a big fan of Will Eisner, who amongst other creations, created The Spirit.  Eisner enjoyed experimenting in using different techniques to tell a story.  And that's what I try to achieve.  Badly probably.  There's no way I can match the master, but it's fun having a go.  Readers who start at the beginning with the earlier issues, should hopefully notice that the stories tend to get better script wise and photography wise in later stories, as I learn on the job, so to speak.  More on this on the Guard's main page link above and at https://www.victorhornetcomics.co.uk/article 

How difficult is it to create a monthly comic? Some months it is easy, the creative juices fully flowing, other months I think, AAAAAGHHH!  Overall, though it is enjoyable.  There are always problems to overcome.  For example, I may have an idea about a scene I would like to shoot, but think there is no way I can recreate that using Lego, but surprisingly there is usually an answer. 

That's enough rabbiting on by me for now I think.  Please enjoy the comic.  If anyone has any questions, I shall try and answer them for you.

Thank you

Banff.

 

These links might be better - http://www.victorhornetcomics.co.uk/guard.html 

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Hello, 

The Guard November story has now been posted at http://www.victorhornetcomics.co.uk/guard.html in which we follow our hero on an underwater adventure, diving for treasure.  In addition there is a (now late) Halloween short story, originally published in the 2017 Winter Special and which has never published on the web before.  Plus, a story from the archives with a bonfire fire night flavour.  

Apologies for the late update this month, this was due to the webhosting site I'm with, moving its servers and the in the process causing FTP password issues.  Now fully resolved.  Thank you. 

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Guard December update 2019. This month, it may be cold and snowy if your living in the Northern hemisphere, so its time to think about booking your next holiday destination in the sun!  And where better than the island of Jamuda, situated south of Bermuda, in the South Atlantic ocean.  Courtesy of a Jamuda Tourist Information film.

And from the archives, a Christmas panto, A Spot of Bother at the North Pole.  Seasonal greetings.

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Happy New Year!  Guard January 2020 update.

Story number 76:- The Mean Streets of Yorkton. Also this month from the archives, have you ever wondered about the history of the Guard comic? Of course you have! Issue 25, A Guard's comic history part one is available to read via the link below.  If you are reading my comic, thank you.  I hope people find it entertaining and interesting.  Any comments or questions please let me know and I will also do my best to answer any questions about the comic, the characters and the Guard's world in general. Thank you. 

http://www.victorhornetcomics.co.uk/guard.html 

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Hello,

The Guard February comic issue 77 update is now available to read.  This month's issue tells a story in one way and next month, will be told in a different way, but using the same images (more or less).  http://www.victorhornetcomics.co.uk/guard.html   

This month's story from the archives, tells a story in a poem format.  If you are reading my comic, thank you.

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Hello,

March's issue 78 of The Guard comic is now available to read.  This month using the same images (more of less), that were used in the last issue, a different story is told.  This one pokes fun at those heroes of TV series.  Also this month from the archives, the story about how the murderer featured last month was caught.  Thank you for reading my comic.

http://www.victorhornetcomics.co.uk/guard.html 

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Greetings,

The April issue of The Guard has been published.  Issue 79 features The Grey Shadow, whose story is set against the background of a flu epidemic in the Guard's world, mirroring the current situation we all find ourselves in the real world.   Thank you for reading my comic.

http://www.victorhornetcomics.co.uk/guard.html  

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Hello,

The May edition of The Guard (issue 80) United We Stand has now been published at http://www.victorhornetcomics.co.uk/guard.html 

This month we conclude our special two part story set against the background of a flu epidemic.  For background notes on these two stories, please read the main page for issue 79.

Next month, we return to strip's regular schedule with what would have been April's issue, with a selection of entries from the Yorkton Book of Days by Iver Pen.

If you are spending a few minutes reading my comic, I hope it provides some distraction from the world's current predicament.  Thank you.

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June 2020 update

The start of a new month means a brand new story from the Guard's world.  This month issue 81 features The Yorkton Book of Days.  Extracts from events over the centuries from the City of Yorkton, England.  The story from the archives this month is a humorous space tale of the Guard as he visits Tranquility Base.  And if you are following the adventures of the Guard, thank you for reading my comic.

Edited by Banff

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Hello,

July's update of my Guard comic issue 83 is now available to read and features the return of our hero, The Guard, in a three part story entitled, A Mysterious Disappearance, part one.

This month's story from the archives is one of the Guard's very early stories, concerning the dangers of trespassing on the railway network. Don't! Issue 3 - Jack and Jill.

Hope everyone is safe and well in these unsettled times.  Thank you for reading my comic.  Banff.

http://www.victorhornetcomics.co.uk/guard.html  

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Greetings, I hope everyone is well and isn't worrying too much about you-know-what.  It's the start of a new month so that means a new Guard story has been posted. 

This month, part two of A Mysterious Disappearance.  Our story from the archives is The Tarmac Merchants, my attempt at trying my hand at creating a comic in the style of a silent film. 

 Thank you for reading my comic and stay safe.  Banff.

http://www.victorhornetcomics.co.uk/guard.html  

Edited by Banff

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Hello, September's Guard story has been posted and its the final part of the current storyline, A Mysterious Disappearance.  The story from the archives this month relates the story of how the feud between the Guard and Addison Knight began. 

If you are reading my stories, thank you.

Banf

http://www.victorhornetcomics.co.uk/guard.html

 

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Yay, my first anniversary here on Eurobricks!  It's September and its therefore time for a new story from the Guard's world.  This month featuring Yorkton P.I. Hudson House in a text story.  Issue 85 - It's a Dirty Business.  This is a 'jumping on issue'.  That is, a recap of events of what has gone on previously.  With some clues and red herrings for what might happen in the future.   And as the late comedian, Kenny Everett would say, 'All done in the best possible taste!'

This month's story from the archive is #40 Past, Present and Future, as we view glimpses of The Guard's past, present and possible future.

Thank you for reading my comic and stay safe. 

Banff.

http://www.victorhornetcomics.co.uk/guard.html    

 

 

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November 2020 - 

This month's November 2020 Guard issue is one in which I have no control over! I'm dicing with trouble! Story no. 86 The Six Wise Men.

  The story from the archives this month features a certain troublesome painting...issue 23 The Coffin Ship, part one.
   

Thank you for reading my comic and as the UK looks like heading into its second lockdown, stay safe and build Lego. 

Banff.

http://www.victorhornetcomics.co.uk/guard.html    

 
   
 
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December 2020 - 

In this month's issue of The Guard we find out more about Albert Copperwaite's (The Guard), army career during the Great War, in story number 87 The Desert Railway, part one, The Beginning.  

Note - in The Guard's world the Great War was between 1930 and 1935.  Festive greetings.

Banff.

http://www.victorhornetcomics.co.uk/guard.html   

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Happy New Year!  2021 starts with the continuation of our hero Albert Copperwaite's Great War adventures in the Sahara Desert, part two.  Issue 88.  

This month's archive story is another war adventure, but this time featuring troops from the First Battalion of the Yorktonshire Fusiliers. 

Thank you for reading my comic.  Banff.  

http://www.victorhornetcomics.co.uk/guard.html    

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February 2021 update - Issue 89 - Desert Railway - Held Up.  Prive La Zaar and Medical Orderly Singh are stuck in the desert, but that's not their only problem.  

Also this month we have a story from the archives of a motorcycle chase around Yorkton featuring The Guard - Spinning Wheels.

Thank you for reading my comic.  Stay safe in these strange times.  

http://www.victorhornetcomics.co.uk/guard.html

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Hello,

March and April's editions of The Guard comic are now ready to read.  (I had computer problems which prevented March's issue being posted in the latter half of the month).  Issues 90 and 91 see the continuation and finish of The Desert Railway story arc, for our hero Albert Copperwaite's war in the Sahara desert.   Please follow the link below to read the two issues.  If you are reading my comic thank you.  And stay safe.

ttp://www.victorhornetcomics.co.uk/guard.html

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Hello,

Apologies for no message being posted last month, this was due to being sidetracked by outside factors.  So this month readers now have three new adventures to read, as we follow Robin Guard in an adventure in Battenburg and catch up with Albert Copperwaite in a British Intelligence operation during The Great War, again set in the Principality of Battenburg.  Plus a story from the Autumn Special 2017, never before posted on the www.  Thank you for reading my comic. 

http://www.victorhornetcomics.co.uk/guard.html   

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A belated Happy New Year.  This is it! Issue 100 of the Guard has been posted and is ready to read.  Cue music, light the fuse...

http://www.victorhornetcomics.co.uk/guard.html  

 

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