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 are you working on next?
The latest story is a Cinema Detectives one with Ken and Rosa. This is longer than most of the other Cinema Detectives strips. Those others typically concern one incident and its resolution but "Steel Toecaps" has a broader canvas about a lot of different things going on and comes together after a much longer read. Anyway, give it a go and let me know what you think of it!
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Having the ideas come up. Not just the ideas for the story, but the ideas about how to handle something or make something better while the story is actually being written.
A House With a View ... of Danger! Ken and Rosa are making their latest film when they receive complaints from a local landowner about their activities. The landowner lives in a house on a hill overlooking a council estate she has bought - the very estate where she lived as a child. A New Cinema Detectives crime thriller. Add to Cart Now!
When her uncle gets swindled out of big money, Rosa Pleck of the Cinema Detectives gets very angry, but her reaction leads the Cinema Detectives to be as astonished as you will be by the insane events that follow! From well-known cartoonist and author Chris Reynolds, this is a new "Cinema Detectives" novel. Download the free sample now!
Comic Strip Sci-Fi Superhero story. Moon Queen and the Bee. Moon Queen inherits a strange old house. She and her friend The Bee go there to investigate. What secrets will they discover from the old world of the Superheroes? Add to Cart now!
Box-set collection of comic-strip Cinema Detectives tales! Each one a great tale! Love this collection! Cinema Detectives: Drophawk, Cinema Detectives: Cold Comfort Cafe, Cinema Detectives: Battleground, Cinema Detectives: Bull Ring, Cinema Detectives: Crime Wave, Cinema Detectives: The End of Dark Matter, Cinema Detectives: The Lost Mile, Cinema Detectives: The Night Whisperer. Add to Cart now!
Comic Strip Detective Stories. "Cinema Detectives: The October Year". An omnibus edition of Cinema Detectives tales. 1. Cinema Detectives: Cold Comfort Cafe, about Ken's first case; 2. Cinema Detectives: Crime Wave about an exciting business expansion; 3. Cinema Detectives: Broken Windows about a strange situation; 4. Cinema Detectives: The Lost Son ... about Lost Love! Add to Cart now!
Comic Strip Detectives from the West Midlands! Cinema Detectives Rosa Pleck and Ken Prime encounter another Private Eye, the notorious Sammie Penrose-Bates. But why has he come to them for help, and what's happening in his life that he needs Rosa to accompany him to a posh dinner in the centre of Birmingham town? Add to Cart to find out!
Comic strip about walking around... pondering. What do we do when we suddenly feel we're living in the past? And where do we go in the late afternoon? Another mysterious story about times and places by Mauretania Comics author Chris Reynolds. Find out the mysteries. Add to Cart now!
Comic-Strip Detectives! Boss Detective Ken Prime and Money-Man Rudolf Brex have big plans for the Cinema Detectives; a new logo on the building - and another new plan to extend ... countrywide. But it's not all plain sailing and Assistant Detective Rosa Pleck has to deal with the consequences in this story "Broken Windows". Add to Cart now!
Comic-strip sci-fi. Deep in the countryside, strange things are happening. What new machine is this? The Countryside Computer comes to all the local farms along the newly-widened roads! Add to Cart now!
Comic-Strip Detective Fiction. Trouble for the Cinema Detectives! A happy community has survived for many years in one building in Birmingham's Five Ways district, but now there is an unpleasant threat to the happy lives of the inhabitants of Laburnum House. Rosa Pleck and Ken Prime, the Cinema Detectives, investigate! Add to Cart now!
Comic strip detective story. Ken's First Ever Case. During an experiment with interview techniques, Ken Prime of the Cinema Detectives is reminded of the trials and upset of his first ever case. A beautifully illustrated comic-strip by writer and artist Chris Reynolds. Add to Cart now!
Comic strip detectives! Scams, business ideas, money pits, opportunities... Rosa and Ken are in a spot; the detective side of the business is slack and Ken is looking for 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 his big house... What could possibly go wrong..? Add to Cart!
Comic Strip Detectives. The Cinema Detectives of Birmingham in England's West Midlands region. Read a box-set edition containing three Stories; 1. Cinema Detectives: The Dominus Club, about an evil threat; 2. Cinema Detectives: I'm On My Way To Your House, about a troubled dream; and 3. Cinema Detectives: The ABC Fugitive ... which is totally strange. Add to Cart now!
A Superhero, the 'Moon Queen', summons her counterpart from a parallel world to help fight the terror of the deadly Hands from Space. But beyond battling the horror, is there another reason why she has called for help across the gulf between worlds? A doomed romance and a mysterious audio recording of a famous preacher intrigue the Moon Queen in this thrilling story from a world beyond the stars.
Meditative Comic-Strip Sci-Fi Fantasy. 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". Add to Cart!
A detective comic from the West Midlands area! The disappearance of Ken Prime. Rosa blows it on a case ... and Sergeant Mirah of the West Midlands Police is again very critical of the Cinema Detectives. All this... but then Rosa goes on to a much stranger adventure ... Add to Cart!
Comic Strip Detective stories. This is one of the Cinema Detectives' strangest-ever cases. Where is Ken Prime? He seems lost to Rosa and to the world. What will Rosa do now - and what's really going on here? Find out. Add to Cart!
Detective comic strip. In a nightmarish attack, Rosa Pleck is assauled 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! Add to Cart!
Sci-Fi Comic Strip. Spaceman “Monitor” remembers lying in the snow and dreaming of a trip to the Moon, but today he embarks on a real Lunar voyage using Apollo and Space Shuttle technology, via the International Space Station and a Lunar Base. But then what's this other place he finds... and how does it all fit with that dream? Enjoy this wonderful story from Mauretania Comics. Add to Cart now!
Wonderfully Eerie Sci-Fi Comic Strip. 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 detectives – and what is the mysterious Sector Seven? Discover the secret of that hidden music in this excellent story. Get it now!
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.
Devastating Sci-Fi Comic strip. Programmer David 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 extended the Earth Mothers' vocabulary. This new vocabulary included the alternative meaning of how to “take care” of someone. Add to Cart!
Comic Strip Variety! Three stories by well-known comics creator Chris Reynolds. One from each series! From "Mauretania Comics" you get "The Beginning of Empires"; from "Moon Queen and The Bee", "Potatoes! Potatoes! Potatoes!"; and from the "Cinema Detectives", "Battle Ground". Explore them all. Add to Cart now!
Three great detective comic strips: Three women. The first woman was Kathy Baier, who began to hear strange music from the old cinema next door, the second was Professor Grisl, administrator of a West Midlands university who had things to protect. Then the third woman was Stephanie, who tried to take Rosa's place with the Cinema Detectives... Add to Cart now!
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.
Free strip about great British Girl Superheroes Moon Queen and The Bee! When our heroes 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.
Comic strip, originally from U.S publishers JamBooks in 1994. Jenny's unhappy life. Jen feels trapped by her awful life in Stringtown. If only she could get away... Then she gets a job at the garage... and a new boyfriend. But see what bossy Aunt Alice has in store ... Add to Cart Now!
Like an Illustrated children's book ... Like a children's story for adult readers ... Like an Evening Star. A rocket launches into the stratosphere in this childhood dream of animals, time travel and space flight. What will be the fate of our favourite pet animals in the far future? What is the strange secret of the capsule - and where will our flight end? Add to Cart now!
Darkly Humorous Business Techniques! Straight from the mouth of the dodgy end of the dental industry, this is a sweet little book 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 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!
Detective Comic Strip where 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. What is this strange dream she has about moving among the old houses and the streets? Does Rosa still carry a torch for her old flame on Wells Street and can she now get him out of her heart? Add to Cart Now!
Sci-Fi Comic Strip ... about the end of someone's world! Spaceman/Comic hero 'Monitor' visits his old home and finds that a girl from school he never knew is now a fortune-teller. He investigates her prophies. What is the ultimate source of these revelations? And why should he believe the soothsayer? Another beautifully-illustrated story from Mauretania Comics. Add to Cart now
Military Sci-Fi Comic Strip. Roman the Mercenary is injured. But instead of being sent to a regular military hospital he is taken to an eerie and weird mountain spa ... so that his military skills can be "preserved"... He begins to wonder why... (This package includes a free extra "Roman the Mercenary" story, "Taboo Trail".) Add to Cart now!
Eerie comic strip about a child in 1940's England. A girl sends letters. But her brother and her friend have moved 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 ever arrive? Will she see either of them again? One of the fine graphic novels from Mauretania Comics. Add to Cart Now!
Comic Strip detectives from the West Midlands! 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"! Add to Cart now!
Meditative comic strip science fiction. Spaceman “Monitor” explores Planet 4, encountering feelings from reality and memory. How to deal with the future without letting it destroy the past? Another beautifully-illustrated story from Mauretania Comics. Add this to your bookshelf now!
Comic-strip detective adventure in the West Midlands! Rosa Pleck gets fed-up on a long stakeout and asks Ken Prime a very personal question. Also, who are that mysterious family - and why are there now three extra? Follow the investigations of the Cinema Detectives in this strange mystery. Add to Cart now!
Science fiction comics! 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 superb comic strip from Mauretania Comics. Add to Cart now!
A truly spooky detective comic. When Kathy Baier starts to hear music from the films of her youth at night it marks the beginning of a new comic mystery for the Cinema Detectives. Is the old cinema next door 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? Find out what happening! Get this book!
Wildly unusual detective comics. 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 at the University?
Such a sinister Detective Comic! Rosa Pleck of the Cinema Detectives is annoyed when her boss hires her out to go and meet a young fan of theirs in Wales. Rosa travels to a picturesque Welsh castle town and meets the boy. But this visit leads Rosa to investigate the reality behind some of the boy's strange beliefs. What is really happening in the garden near the castle on the hill? Find out now!
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... A super comic strip mystery from the Cinema Detectives!
Get your copy of this classic Noir Detective Comic. 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.