"Omni-Vista-Scope" - 1. A device upon which all things may be viewed. 2. The Omnivistascope Corporation, a universal broadcaster.
The Omnivistascope (OVS) Science Fiction annual (published for seven years between 2005 and 2011) is written by myself, Paul Scott, and illustrated by a stellar cast of artists, the best of the British Small press scene, and now many of them professionals. It is a high quality perfect bound A4 book, often featuring well over 100 pages of comics strips and features and designed to be a more European looking comic book, aided in no small part by the beautiful covers.
Within the umbrella of SF, OVS contains a wide range of material, both strips and articles. There is humour, horror, romance, speculation, adventure, action, intrigue and satire. All inspired by my love of British SF literature, comic and TV, 70's science fiction films, 2000AD and real world events. It's dark, funny, clever and stylish. There are robots, monsters, men and women. Disasters, murders, mysteries and more. The stories are largely self-contained, with the same characters recurring from issue to issue.
Almost too many too mention, but here goes... 54 Jones, Alberon, Auto-Muto, Brabblepap, Dirk Despair, Dracula - Undead Detective, Juggerman, Keegan Jask, Lubatek, Misfits, Ohmigawd Man, One Girl and Her Chaindog, Quisling, Rathbone, Space Lord, Survivors, Warlock Holmes plus numerous one-shot tales and guest strips by other writers.
OVS is fortunate to have had so many fantastic artists working on it. Peter Anckorn, Chris Askham, Julia Bax, Bryan Coyle, Mike Donaldson, Chris Geary, David Goodman, Matt Herbert, James Kircough, Paul McCaffrey, Johnny McMonagle, Duncan Nimmo, Simon Penter, Oliver Redding, Leigh Shepherd, Darren Stephens, Ian Stacey and Matt Timson.
The classic logo was designed by author, Michael Carroll. Jeremy Briggs, Ben Clark, Ed Berridge (and myself) provided articles. Anonymous wrote the Rantmaster Articles (no, not me!), Lee O'Connor helped set some of the articles. Ben Clark and Chris Geary wrote guest strips. Very special thanks to Terry Marcel and Kim Newman for allowing themselves to be interviewed.
Omnivistascope has received a lot of fantastic reviews from well-respected journals and websites.
SFX Fanzine of the Month- (5 Times) “What’s that you say? You didn’t know fanzines came this professional looking? No, neither did we, hence why we’re so impressed with Omnivistascope.”
Silver Bullet Comics – 4 Bullets out of 5! “Omnivistascope is a highly polished and highly professional book, and is well worth a look by any fan of science fiction” – Kelvin Green
Down the Tubes - Pick of the Week!“It’s a great collection… featuring some great strips and art” – John Freeman
Comics International – 8, 9 and 10 out of 10! “Resplendent self-published Sci-Fi Anthology” – David Knight
Visit the website Shop for issues 1-7 or drop by one of the comic shows Omnivistascope attends. If you want your books signing, just ask, there is no charge!
While due to a lack of free time, OVS will no longer be produced annually, some of these strips are being collected in their own volumes such as Keegan Jask and Warlock Holmes, with new additional material. More collections are currently being worked on for release in the future. Hope to see you there!