- Bacchus (comics)
Bacchus is a
comicscharacter created by Eddie Campbelland based upon the Roman god of wine and revelry, known to the Greeks as Dionysus.
Bacchus first appeared as a character in "
Deadface" (March 1987)fn|1, a Harrier Comicstitle which lasted eight issues. In issue five Campbell spun the character out of that book and into his own comic, the eponymous "Bacchus", a book that lasted two issues, focussing the "Deadface" comic on Joe Theseus, an updated version of Theseus. When Harrier Comicsceased publication, Campbell managed to sell stories containing the character to numerous publishers; the American publisher Dark Horse, where the character appeared in their anthology title " Dark Horse Presents", and who also collected the "Deadface" comics in the "Deadface:Immortality Isn't Forever" collection published November, 1990; and two British publishers, Trident Comics, where the stories appeared in their black and white anthology, " Trident", and Atomeka, appearing in "A1", another black and white anthology.
Dark Horse then collected these short stories and serialised them in
comic bookform as the three issue mini-series "Deadface: Doing The Islands With Bacchus" ( 1991), as well as serialising the adventures of another character from the mythos, The Eyeball Kid, grandson of Argus"all eyes", in " Cheval Noir", which was later extended and repackaged as a three issue mini-series, "The Eyeball Kid" in 1992.
After these collections and repackaging, Dark Horse commissioned the new storyline, "Deadface: Earth, Water, Air, & Fire", a four issue mini-series published in
1992. Following this in May 1993came "1,001 Nights of Bacchus", a single issue comic book compilation of various other previously uncollected storylines which Campbell had placed with various publishers but which he had also created within a unified framing sequence.
The next storylines related to the Bacchus mythos were again serialised, this time in
Dark Horse Presentsas "Hermes vs the Eyeball Kid" ( 1993- 1994) and "The Picture Of Doreen Grey" ( 1995), the former also collected as a three issue mini-series in 1994- 1995.
The final work in the Bacchus mythos to be published by Dark Horse was also the first time Bacchus appeared within a comic published in colour, "The Ghost In The Glass", published in
1995. At this point Campbell decided to self publish his own comic, "Eddie Campbell's Bacchus", in which he published two new storylines featuring Bacchus, "King Bacchus" and "Banged Up", while concurrently revising and reprinting the material already published, and also adding new stories to the "1,001 Nights of Bacchus" sequence. The Bacchus character's stories came to an end after the "Banged Up" storyline, and although Campbell eventually finished the reprinting of the previously published material, he continued publishing "Eddie Campbell's Bacchus", updating the name to "Eddie Campbell's Bacchus Magazine" to reflect the growing number of text pieces he was running, before cancelling the book with issue sixty.
Campbell also published these revised storylines in the
graphic novelformat in collaboration with the publisher Top Shelf.fn|2
The entire Bacchus saga is to be published in two 500 page volumes by Top Shelf Productions. These volumes are currently scheduled for release in 2010 (Vol 1 ISBN 978-1-60309-026-1, Vol 2 ISBN 978-1-60309-027-8).
Campbell worked with numerous collaborators on the many series and appearances Bacchus made, beginning with
Phil Elliott, whom Campbell approached to colour the "Deadface" and "Bacchus" covers. Ed 'Ilya' Hillyerworked as inker on the last four issues of "Deadface", before taking full art chores on "The Eyeball Kid" series initially serialised in "Cheval Noir". Wes Kublickcollaborated with the writing on some of the short stories which made up "Deadface: Doing The Islands With Bacchus", and Stephen Bissette, Phil Elliott and Pete Mullinscollaborated on the art on other stories in this sequence. (Mullins helping to redo Elliott's story which was reworked and retitled.)
Kublick again helped Campbell with the writing on the first two issues of the "Deadface: Earth, Water, Air, & Fire" series.
"1,001 Nights of Bacchus" saw collaborations on the writing front with Kublick,
Marcus Moore, Daren Whiteand Mark Campbell (comics), with Mark Campbell also writing one story in this sequence solely. Artistic collaborators on this sequence were Steve Stamatiadis, Dylan Horrocksand Pete Mullins, who all collaborated on one story each.
"Hermes vs. The Eyeball Kid" is credited as being written by Eddie Campbell and Wes Kublick and drawn by Eddie Campbell, Pete Mullins and
April Post, with Mullins again assisting with the art on the latter two thirds of "The Picture Of Doreen Grey". "The Ghost In The Glass" featured art by Teddie Kristiansen.
Mullins again assisted on "King Bacchus", with another credit for April Post on part 9. The final serial, "Banged Up" saw Marcus Moore again assist with some of the stories and Mullins assist on almost all of the art with a little help from
Steve Francis (comics)on part 8. fn|3
Other notable characters
Notable characters within Eddie Campbell's Bacchus mythos include:
*The Eyeball Kid
*The Stygian Leech
* "Bacchus Vol 1: Immortality Isn't Forever" (
1995) ISBN 0-9585783-6-2
* "Bacchus Vol 2: The Gods of Business" (with Ed Hillyer,
1996) ISBN 0-9585783-1-1
* "Bacchus Vol 3: Doing the Islands with Bacchus" (
1997) ISBN 0-9585783-7-0
* "Bacchus Vol 4: The Eyeball Kid - One Man Show" (with Ed Hillyer,
1998) ISBN 0-9585783-2-X
* "Bacchus Vol 5: Earth, Water, Air, Fire" (with Wes Kublick,
1998) ISBN 0-9585783-0-3
* "Bacchus Vol 6: The 1001 Nights of Bacchus" (
* "Bacchus Vol 7/8: The Eyeball Kid Double Bill" (with Wes Kublick,
* "Bacchus Vol 9: King Bacchus" (with Pete Mullins,
1996) ISBN 0-9585783-8-9
* "Bacchus Vol 10: Banged Up" (with Pete Mullins and Marcus Moore,
* "Bacchus: Two Volume Omnibus Vol 1 (2010) ISBN 978-1-60309-026-1
* "Bacchus: Two Volume Omnibus Vol 2 (2010) ISBN 978-1-60309-027-8
The character of Bacchus was nominated for the Squiddy Award for Favorite Character in 1990, 1991, and 1992.
* [http://www.tabula-rasa.info/AusComics/EddieCampbell.html An Interview with Eddie Campbell by David Carroll] accessed
August 22 2005
* [http://web.archive.org/web/20030212050530/www.eddiecampbellcomics.com/bacchus/index.html Internet Archive February 1 2003 version of Bacchus | Eddie Campbell Comics] accessed
August 22 2005
* [http://www.weisshahn.de/bacchus/bacchus.htm Eddie Campbell's BACCHUS - The Web Comicography] accessed
August 23 2005
* [http://users.rcn.com/aardy/comics/awards/index.html Comic Book Awards Almanac]
* [http://www.weisshahn.de/bacchus/bacchus.htm Eddie Campbell's Bacchus - A fan site]
* [http://www.artbomb.net/profile.jsp?idx=2&cid=12 Artbomb Eddie Campbell page - Links to reviews of first five Bacchus volumes]
* [http://www.topshelfcomix.com/catalog.php?type=14.html Info on Future Eddie Campbell Publications]
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