Chris Reynolds writes the "Mauretania Comics" series of stories, also the Cinema Detectives series and "Moon Queen and The Bee". He wrote and illustrated the graphic novels “Mauretania” and “The Dial and Other Stories”. He was a co-creator of the “Mauretania” series of comic books.
What's the "trouble", Chris?
The "trouble" is that whenever I watch a programme or read a book I immediately know how the story is being "set-up" and that I am being set-up about who to "root for". I'm fed-up with it. My stories aren't like that and I hope that I and others can feel refreshed by reading them.
What's the story behind your latest book?
The next comic to come is a Cinema Detectives story, "Drophawk". I'm trying a new narrative style which approaches "radio". Don't you get fed-up with cartoonists who say you can do more with comics than with films because you can draw anything without having to worry about a budget? So what are they going to do when computer graphics advances mean that films can show anything? Go home? No. The whole point about comics is that comics are their own thing. And they can be re-read - you can go back, they can be taken-up, and put down at the reader's leisure. You can have readers join in. Fill in the gaps. They are part of the creative process by actually reading the thing.
An ideal community seems to have survived for many years in Birmingham's Five Ways district. But now there is a subtle threat to the inhabitants of Laburnum House. Rosa Pleck and Ken Prime, the Cinema Detectives, investigate!
Scams, business ideas, money pits, opportunities... Rosa and Ken are in a spot financially. The detective side of the business is slack and Ken is looking for other work. Any kind of a sales job seems like a good idea. But then there's the spoilt rich-kid with his life-size 3d printer. He's scanned Rosa's face. They are alone in the big house... What could possibly go wrong..?
Why has the Moon Queen of Earth 2 summoned our Moon Queen to her side, and what has gone so terribly wrong there? Our Moon Queen finds out about her counterpart's life, her interests, her lost love, finds out about some early recordings of the sermons of John Wesley, and about the terrible invasion that set these things in their course. "They Killed... Then Came To Live Among Us..."
Space Hero “Monitor” visits a small town near the desert, but someone he knows, someone we never quite find out about, has been there before him. A beautifully-illustrated story from Mauretania Comics. This is the story mentioned by Jerome LeGlatin in his review of Chris Reynolds' "Planet 4".
Revised Edition. The disappearance of Ken Prime. Rosa blows it on a case, and Sergeant Mirah of the West Midlands Police is critical of the Cinema Detectives - again! But then Rosa goes on a much stranger adventure ...
Rosa Pleck is attacked in the Cinema Detectives building. With Rosa hospitalised, Ken Prime must investigate a growing web of intrigue, alone. Another beautifully-illustrated comic mystery from the Cinema Detectives!
Spaceman “Monitor” remembers, back in his childhood, lying in the snow and dreaming of a trip to the Moon. Today he embarks on a real-life Lunar voyage using Apollo and Space Shuttle technology, via the International Space Station and Lunar Base. But then what's this other place he finds... and how does it all fit with that old dream? Enjoy this wonderful story from Mauretania Comics.
Marilyn and Eric are on a strange holiday which we don't quite understand. They search through a series of abandoned villages for lost songs which have been recorded on “Musicubes”. What has happened here? Why do they keep meeting a series of detectives – and what is the mysterious Sector Seven? Discover the secret of the hidden music in this beautifully-illustrated detective book story.
This “Cinema Detectives Omnibus” contains Four Original Cinema Detectives Adventures; “Beware The Egg,” “Crossroads,” “The Whispering Estate Agent,” and “The Dark Lady.” More beautifully-illustrated comic book mysteries from the Cinema Detectives.
Important people have been going missing on the Motorway to the North, so Birmingham detectives Rosa Pleck and Ken Prime are hired to help – by MI5. But when Rosa's contact at MI5 is killed in a car crash she finds herself on a dangerous journey! See how Rosa's powers as a detective grow and learn the secret of - The Highway of Fear - in this beautifully-illustrated story.
PROGRAMMER David “D.Z.” or “Dizzy” Zune was the computer programmer who installed proprietary software into the newly-acquired Manual Handling Ltd. “EM - Earth Mother” robot series to prevent a renationalisation attempt. During this work, he notoriously extended the Earth Mothers' vocabulary. This new vocabulary included the alternative meaning of how to “take care” of someone...
A Cinema Detectives Omnibus Edition, “The Third Woman” contains three Cinema Detectives stories. The first woman was Kathy Baier, who began to hear strange music from the old cinema next door. The second woman was Professor Grisl, administrator of a Midlands university who had things to protect. Then the third woman was Stephanie, who tried to take Rosa's place with the Cinema Detectives.
Can you really turn a tennis ball inside-out using your bare hands, or was that just something Moon Queen and The Bee saw once on a trashy TV channel? Who is Kev Karoom? Why did he repeatedly travel in time between the 1980's and the 1990's? More importantly, why is he here today? And what's the connection with the planet Mars? One of our wonderful Moon Queen and The Bee comic and graphic novels.
When Moon Queen and the Bee make an off-colour joke about the new Royal Baby on live TV it spells big trouble – but then why is HRH the Queen not so unamused? And what will the new Government with all its sinister training schemes make of the pair?
See the mightiest hero of them all – T-Man – come to the rescue in this stunning adventure!
Superheroes Moon Queen and her friend The Bee meet with Chief hero T-Man and they are told of a recently rediscovered lost island. Then another friend sends Moon Queen a copy of a famous novel. But in this copy of the novel there are a lot of extra pages, some inlaid with gold! What is the connection? Another wonderfully-illustrated Moon Queen adventure.
Jenny feels trapped by her quiet life in Stringtown. If only she could get away... Then she gets a job at the garage... and a new boyfriend. But see what horrors her Aunt Alice has in store for her! Originally published by JamBooks.
Like a children's story for adult readers. Evening Star. Our hero “Monitor” launches himself into the stratosphere in this childhood dream of animals, time travel and space flight. What will be the fate of his favourite pet animals in the far future? What is the strange secret of the capsule - and where will Monitor's flight end? Another beautifully-illustrated Mauretania Comics adventure!
Straight from the mouth of the dodgy end of the dental industry, this is a sweet little ebook to get your teeth into. Inci-dental-ly, this bite-size book only nibbles at the subject. It does not xray it or give the whole drill, but a small injection of humour flosses things off quite nicely! Another beautifully-illustrated (very short) story from Mauretania Comics.
Superheroes Moon Queen and The Bee are arrested by the authorities following the Chinese takeover of Britain... Do they fight? Do they collect a Hero team to reassert British independence? Or what? See the British Superhero Response to the new Chinese Takeover in this beautifully-illustrated story!
Rosa Overcomes Lost Love. When Rosa Pleck of the Cinema Detectives messes-up filling-in her timesheets it marks the start of a weird few days for her and her boss, Ken Prime. Does Rosa still carry a torch for her old flame on Wells Street and - if she does - can she now get him out of her heart?
Spaceman 'Monitor' visits his old home and sees a fortune-teller at work. He then investigates her sources of prophecy and prediction. What is the ultimate source of these revelations? And why should he believe the soothsayer? Another beautifully-illustrated story from Mauretania Comics.
Roman the mercenary is injured. But instead of being sent to a regular military hospital he is taken to a mysterious mountain spa - so that his military skills can be preserved...
(Includes free extra Roman story, "Taboo Trail")
A girl sends letters. But her brother and her friend have gone away – so she posts their letters through holes in the walls – through open windows – and out of moving trains! How can her letters to her brother and her friend arrive? Will she ever see either of them again? One of the beautifully-illustrated comic and graphic novels from Mauretania Comics.
When Ken Prime hires a new girl, does Rosa Pleck have a future with the Cinema Detectives? Why is Ken doing this? Surely Rosa is the only operative he needs? Meanwhile, there's trouble at the bank. See what happens when the new girl takes over the office in this comic book mystery - "Cinema Detectives: Unrivalled"!
Rosa Pleck gets fed-up on a long stakeout and asks Ken Prime a very interesting question. Also, who are the mysterious family - and why are there three extra? More adventures for the Cinema Detectives in this comic mystery!
Because of the international situation, our hero, “Monitor”, and his friends are forced to join the army. After they convene at the local shopping centre, signs on the walls sort them into different groups. So Monitor follows the signs. But surely he himself is being sorted into a rather special category? Another beautifully-illustrated comic strip book from Mauretania Comics.
When Kathy Baier starts to hear music from the films of her youth in her bedroom at night it marks the beginning of a new comic mystery for Rosa Pleck and Ken Prime, the Cinema Detectives. Is the old cinema next door to Kathy's flat really abandoned? Who is calling to Kathy in the night? And why are the sounds of those old movies always followed by the sounds of screaming?
The Theory of Dark Matter is fundamentally flawed – according to Kenny Kraze – and he explains why. But when a local University's funding for their new “Dark Lab” gets cut as a result, it spells trouble. Why do Professor Grisl and Kenny Kraze both visit the Cinema Detectives office, each seemingly for no reason, and what is the other new scheme that's being cooked up at the University?
Rosa Pleck of the Cinema Detectives is annoyed when her boss, Ken Prime, hires her out to go and meet a young fan of their films in North Wales. Rosa travels to a picturesque Welsh castle town and meets the boy, Gerry Crotty. But this visit leads Rosa to investigate the reality behind some of Gerry's strange beliefs. What is really happening in the garden near the castle on the hill?
When Inspector Newton from the Fraud Squad comes to arrest Ken, only Rosa's quick thinking saves the day. Then, on the run, Rosa and Ken infiltrate an unusual charity warehouse owned by a dubious organisation who hold strange “parties” on the roof... An early comic strip mystery from the Cinema Detectives!
Inspector Rockwell is perplexed by the strange disappearances of buildings in his city, so Rosa Butler of the English Cinema Detectives Agency comes to assist. This beautifully-drawn comic mystery is one of the earliest Cinema Detective comic strips and takes place some time before the main run of Cinema Detectives comic and graphic novels available on this website.