Thursday, 22 November 2012

Nic's Sticky Notes: Thought Bubble 2012

Once again, Thought Bubble proved why it is the premier convention in the UK and the perfect gateway to the holiday season.

So many people meeting up to share a love of comics is a wonderful thing to behold and the atmosphere is always fantastic - welcoming, friendly and inclusive. We made lots of new friends, caught up with all the old ones and sadly missed the ones who couldn't be there this year.

So, on to business.

This was our stand before the convention doors opened, complete with lovely new banner.

Those sticky blisterman eyeball sweets did not last long - neither did those piles of books!
Cancertown 2: Blasphemous Tumours had its launch at the show this year and what a launch it was, selling out of all the stock we had well before the end of the event. Luckily, we now have our very own Comicsy shop so the people who came back to the table hoping to get books on Sunday did not have to go away disappointed, even though there were no books left!

A huge thank you to everyone who supported the books and came by the table to talk about them. It's still slightly unbelievable that they exist out in the real world where people have read them!

Pete Mason, colourist extraordinaire, made his convention debut on the creative side of the table and was loved by one and all who met him.

Graeme Howard is selling the original art pages from the book and you can contact him through his blog.

Unseen Shadows: Tales Of The Forgotten was also launching and our table was in a row with several other creators on the book, which was great for signing and sketching, and possibly slightly overwhelming for anyone who bought the book!

The team were on a panel on Sunday looking back over the first year of this mind blowing experiment in transmedia storytelling and collaborative creation.

Several new Unseen Shadows project were announced including Blood Cries Out, a full length Reverend graphic novel from the same team that brought you Wrath Of God.

If you weren't there you can watch the whole thing right here (with Corey Brotherson, Cy Dethan, Barry Nugent and Richmond Clements, hosted by Yomi Ayeni):

Even more plans were hatched for future Unseeen Shadows projects that night, so watch this space!

We got our hands on the Porcelain preview  (by Benjamin Read and Chris Wildgoose) from Improper Books, which is stunning. This is definitely a must buy when it comes out. Judging by the excitement on the day it's going to be a huge success.

The hotly anticipated Moon 2 (by Dan Thompson and Steve Penfold) was on sale for the first time, so we snaffled one of those up as quickly as possible. If you haven't read Moon yet, then sort that our immediately!

Storm Dogs, the new series from David Hine and Doug Braithwaite was also one of the first things into the bag, and I am not sure how we are going to wait until the next one.

In the Royal Armouries Hall, we had a long chat with the team responsible for the wonder that is Clockwork Watch. It is an incredibly interesting experiment in immersive participatory storytelling set in a retro-futuristic world where various narrative media cross over with real world events, and is helmed by Yomi Ayeni. If you want to read all about it or, even better, get involved, head over to their website for more details.

One of my favourite little gems of the entire con was a tiny mini comic called Trevor The Ant's Enormous Escapades In Time by Dan Fish. It is a little piece of perfection.

Although I didn't get to see David Wynne in person all weekend as we were glued to our respective tables, he sent me over a beautiful Frankenstein print. You should check out his work and buy one!

You should check out some of the lovely new work from Disconnected Press, too, and don't forget to check out writer Lizzie Boyle's short prose stories, they are great. I already began the pestering campaign to get them collected in print. Join me!

Congratulations to all the new British Comics Awards winners (and judges and organisers) it was a great list and shows the wealth of talent we are lucky to have in our chosen medium.

We heard about and saw so many interesting projects it's impossible to list them all, but the creativity and diversity on display is tremendously inspiring.

On the weary Sunday night, the con was perfectly ended with Richmond Clements, Lizzie and Conor Boyle, Dion Winton-Polack and Vicky Stonebridge. I think we laughed more than is healthy and it was not all mad hysteria.

Wednesday, 14 November 2012

Thubble 2012

As I write this, I'm just two days from heading up to Leeds for the Thought Bubble convention. This is only the second time I've had a table of my own at the Bubble, and I've got two more full-length books and a couple of anthology stories to my name since the last one. All in all, it's been a good year.

Nic and I'll be set up on table 15 in the New Dock Hall venue, about half-way down on the left-hand side, judging from the floor plan. We'll have as many copies of Cancertown 2 as we can carry (which won't be many as we're coming by train) and very limited numbers of White Knuckle, Slaughterman's Creed, The Indifference Engine and the first volume of Cancertown. As always, we'll be running various bundle deals on all the books.

I've always had great experiences at Thought Bubble. This time around, in addition to spending as much time as possible on the table with Nic Wilkinson and Cancertown 2 colourist, Pete Mason, I'll be appearing on the Unseen Shadows panel (Sunday 12:10 - 1pm in the Alea Cinema Room) with Barry Nugent and a cross-section of the creators involved in his blossoming transmedia empire. Speaking of which, Barry's launching his new Tales of the Forgotten anthology at the convention, featuring The Immaculate Abortion of Dina Leigh, a short story that re-unites me with my White Knuckle collaborator, Valia Kapadai.

Over the weekend, I'll also be spazzing around trying to track down the various artists I'm currently developing projects with. Food and sleep will be secondary and tertiary considerations, respectively.

So, if you're going to Thought Bubble, stop by table 15 and say hi. If you don't know me, pretend you do and you'll probably find I'll do the same.

Failing that, I'll see you on the other side...

Friday, 9 November 2012

The Truth Must Be Told: Tales of the Forgotten Launching at Thought Bubble

As just reported on the Unseen Shadows website, the upcoming Tales of the Forgotten anthology reunites me with my White Knuckle collaborator, Valia Kapadai for The Immaculate Abortion Of Dina Leigh - a Bob Kelsey Story.

We'll be at Thought Bubble next weekend, where the book has its launch and a number of the creators are taking part in the Unseen Shadows: Year One panel in the Alea Cinema Room, 12.10pm – 1pm on Sunday for a discussion about the first year in an evolutionary experiment in co-creation and collaborative character development.

You can reserve a copy of the book by contacting Barry Nugent directly, and reviewers wanting a PDF should get in touch with Sara Westrop.

Here is the four-page preview for the story:

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