Monday, 23 March 2015

Celebrity Endorsements

 Pictured above: Yel Zamor

So, London Super Comic Convention 2015 is in the rear view already. Indifference Engine 2 is officially a thing that exists, is out there and has actual human people touching it with their bodies or allowing the light reflected from it to strike their retinas. Book launches are always fun, and Nic and I had a great weekend of catching up with old friends and making new ones.

Meeting Indifference Engine 2 artist, Russ Leach, was always going to be a highlight, and in-between signing slots we were able to talk a bit about our next Markosia book, Phantom Lung and the Garden of Dead Liars. No time frame on that yet, as Russ is very much in demand these days, but I'll post updates as and when.

I finally managed to score a copy of Moon #3 from Beyond the Bunker, although Dan Thompson and Steve Penfold were nowhere to be found, and it's basically one of the purest, most undiluted reading pleasures available. I also picked up a copy of Bloodfellas, the new Markosia book from Jasper Bark and Mick Trimble. I've spoken briefly to Jasper at previous conventions, but this was my first real chance to chat with one of the most unusual and interesting writers on the indie circuit. Already looking forward to seeing what he comes up with next.

This was the first convention I'd been to where the Groot cosplayers outnumbered the imperial stormtroopers (side note: about the best fun you can have at a comics con is stopping a passing Groot and asking, "...and who are you again?"). In fact, there was probably a wider diversity of cosplay choices on display at this con than at any other event I've been to. A particular high point for me was comic-colouring rock star Yel Zamor's stunning Asterix transformation (shown above), which was so good we didn't even recognise her until we were tipped off.

All told, it was a fun weekend where pretty much anywhere you looked revealed something you'd never seen before. The atmosphere was positive throughout, and everyone seemed to be having a good time of it. Ten minutes before we left, Sam Gardner from Cape Fear Comics showed me the next digital evolution of his highly experimental Sioux Warrior book, which adds some really intriguing features to a comic that already boasts a fully musical issue using singing birthday card technology and another that included a functional utility belt. Amazing and inventive stuff, and I'll be watching to see what comes of it.


Wednesday, 11 March 2015

London Calling

With London Super Comic Convention 2015 looming and Indifference Engine 2: The Suicideshow a heartbeat from deployment I thought this might be an opportune moment to drop some more Russ Leach art on you, with Mike Summers colours.

Russ and I'll be signing copies of the book at the Markosia stand both days, between 1pm and 3pm on Saturday and from 3pm to 5pm on the Sunday. If you have the faintest clue who either of us is, then feel free to stop by and say hi.


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