LAUNCHED in 1999 at the Cannes Film Festival, the independent comic-book publishers Rough Cut Comics have established themselves as one of Britain's most ambitious creative businesses.

Founding publisher Ed Murphy had been working with London-based film production The Film Development Corporation developing the science-fiction thriller The Surgeon.

Murphy had established himself as a film journalist and publicist throughout the nineties, writing for Melody Maker, NME and Film Review - and collaborated with Latham (producer of Circus and The Brylcreme Boys) and sales agent Vic Bateman (Death Machine, Dog Soldiers) to produce a slate of low-budget feature films.

He established Rough Cut Comics with graphic designer Colin Barr, music promoter David McBride, and comic-book artist Jaeson Finn to create a publishing house to produce comic-book projects based upon - and to inspire - feature film and video game packages.

Their first comic-book title The Surgeon - based on the feature film script - sold 8000 copies an issue and has been translated into French, German and Italian.

Since its launch, Rough Cut Comics have produced comic-book titles based on low-budget horror films, including Brian Yuzna's outrageous satire Society.

They also produced the industry-popular Freedom Collective, which has collected kudos from Grant Morrison, the Jack Kirby Collector and Wizard.

Their graphic novel title Rose Black, created by Ed Murphy and Tom Campbell in 2003, has been reprinted three times in the United Kingdom and the States. The film rights to the project were acquired in 2005 by British development producer Mark Wooding, who worked on Don Coscarelli's Bubba Ho-Tep and the remake of The Toolbox Murders, directed by Tobe Hooper.

Rough Cut Comics are currently working on a number of film-related projects.