Thought Bubble 2016 & announcing Zinethology!

Hey everyone!

In a couple of weeks time (5th/6th Nov), I’ll once again be attending the magnificent Thought Bubble Comic Art Festival, where you’ll be able to find me in the Comixology Marquee at Table 71.

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To celebrate what is hands-down my favourite UK comic convention, I’ll be running a few special deals on my books, including all four issues of Exit Generation for just £5!

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Alongside this deal, I’ll have the last few copies of Find as well as Shorts, my collection of stories initially launched last year at the same event, & I’ve priced them in a way that means you can get 6 comics for just £10!

I’m also excited to announce the launch of Zinethology!  Available for the first time at Thought Bubble 2016, this a new comic compilation featuring some fantastically talented creators (& me too)!

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Above is the phenomenal cover by Abigail Harding (Elephantmen), & below you can see the details of the amazing array of talent involved.  You can also find preview art from the three stories included over on the Zinethology Tumblr, & I’ll have copies with me at Thought Bubble for just £2.

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That’s all for now, & I do hope you’ll put a visit to Marquee Table 71 on your to-do list if you’re attending Thought Bubble this year; I’ve got plenty of high-fives for everyone!

Next week I’m going to blog about all the amazing folks you’ll be able to find at the event, but for now; go check out the Zinethology preview, & let it whet your appetite for grabbing a copy in a fortnight’s time!


TBubz, Awesome Comics & Sam Read Sells!

Hey folks!

Been a heck of a week & a half, so here’s an update…

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First up; Thought Bubble was predictably brilliant – met many old & new friends, & had a complete blast.

Thank you to everyone who popped by & said “hi”; was great to see who I managed too!

While at the convention, I had the opportunity to be part of Nerdly’s ‘Pass-It-On’ intervies, which involved me (by proxy) getting to ask creators Kieron Gillen & Jamie McKelvie of Wicked+Divine fame a question about sandwiches; check it out below (& thanks to Mark Allen for getting me involved).

Taking with Awesome Comics!

I also had the great pleasure to sit down for a good ol’ chin wag with the gents from the Awesome Comics Podcast team this week.

We covered topics from Exit Generation, to our shared love of 90s action films, & through to my deep appreciation of Tommy Lee-Jones’ portrayal of Two-Face in Batman Forever.  I’ve embedded it below, so hope you’ll give it a whirl!

http://www.podbean.com/media/player/8u73d-5a5221

Sam Read Sells!

After a few people have mentioned to me recently that they’ve struggle to get hold of my books, I’ve set up a new webstore called Sam Read Sells (yes; on brand, I know…) to help out.

There you can get hold of Find Exit Generation (both #1 & #2), as well as my new collection Shorts, & for a limited time I’m putting on a bit of a sale.

Right now you can get the first couple of issues of Exit Generation for just £2 each, plus postage, as well as Find & Shorts for £2.50 each, again with postage; so, head on over & snag yourself a bargain!

(& if digital comics are more your speed; head on over to my Comixology page right HERE)

Thanks for popping by folks; till next time!

 


Next weekend: Thought Bubble 2015!

It’s that most wonderful time of year again…

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Yes; next weekend (14/15 November) a whole bunch of amazing comic folks will be descending on the Royal Armouries in Leeds for two glorious days of fun… & once again I’ll be tagging along too!

This will be my third year exhibiting at the convention, & my first in the TB Marquee, which is an exciting new experience.

You’ll find me at table 64, & have put together a little map to help you seek me out…

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Nice & close to the entrance, & also right along side several of my pals; it will all be excellent fun.

At Thought Bubble, I will of course have with me copies of Exit Generation #1 & #2, Find (including some signed by artist Alex Cormack; while stocks last), & a brand new comic called (*drumroll*)… Shorts!

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Shorts is a collection of four… well… short comics I’ve written across the last couple of years, which are either hard to find, or have never been in print before.  It includes;

It features a gorgeous cover from lead-slinger extraordinaire Ruairí Coleman, who will also be at Thought Bubble (& tabling right behind me!), so you can get him to sign it all nice too!

I also want to say an extra-big thank you to both Dee Cunniffe, for helping me put it all together, & Rich Hardiman at comicprintinguk.com for the always swift & excellent service; both are kings of men, & you should hire Dee for all your colours, & Rich for all your comic printing!

This year, I’m also lucky enough to be a small part of the Thought Bubble Anthology from Image Comics, having worked with sensational art talent Abigail Harding & letter-lord Colin Bell on a piece called Across My Heart.

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The anthology features some some of the best new & established talent out there, including several of my personal favourite writers & artists, so am completely honoured to share a publication with them.

It will be in shops this Wednesday, 11 November, so you can grab it before the show.  All profits go to the Barnardo’s Childen’s Charity, so I do hope you pick it up (& if you bring it over to Marquee Table 64 on Saturday or Sunday, I’ll happily scribble my name on it for you too)!

Well, I better get back to getting ready; hope to see you all at the weekend!


Exit Generation #2 – Out 28 October!

Hey people!

I’ve only been back from New York Comic Con less than a fortnight (where I had an AMAZING time) & already it’s time for Exit Generation #2 to hit comic book shop shelves & Comixology!  No rest for either the wicked or those who make comics, it seems!

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Next #NewComicBookDay (so… Wednesday) you’ll be able to grab Exit Generation #2 from the shelves of your local shop, or but it online at Comixology, if you’re a digital reader.

Once again, you’ll have a choice between two gorgeous covers; either one by Ramon Villalobos & new series colourist Marissa Louse, or the second of four connecting variants running across the whole series from the fantastic team of Joe Mulvey & Jules Rivera.

As a little taster of what to expect in this second issue, I’ve popped the opening five pages below; not only do you get to see the introduction one of the two new (& very important!) characters, but also the brilliant colour stylings of the aforementioned Marissa Louise – go follow her on Twitter & tell her how awesome her work is!

I hope you enjoy the preview, & hope you’ll consider picking Exit Generation #2 up this week!

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New York, New York (Comic Con)!

It’s been a quiet year on the convention front for me, with only London Super Con & Glasgow Comic Con under my belt.

But next week I’ll be at convention I’ve never exhibited at before, which is…

 NEW YORK COMIC CON!

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Yes!  That’s right!  From Thursday 8 October till Sunday 11 October I’ll be attending New York Comic Con as part of the ace ComixTribe team at booth 1924 (right next to Avatar Press, & across from Oni Press)!

Now, NYCC is a BIG event, so to help you find your way to where I’ll be signing, chatting & generally being overawed, I thought I’d draw a handy map, showing how to find your way from the main entrance;

 

Follow the red arrows!  Or head down from Midtown Comics' MASSIVe booth!

Follow the red arrows! Or head down from Midtown Comics’ MASSIVE booth!

Over the four days, you’ll find a great number of the talented so-&-sos who’ve worked with ComixTribe at the table, including Alex Cormack (‘Find‘, ‘Oxymoron‘), Joe Mulvey (‘Scam‘), John Lees (‘The Standard‘, ‘And Then Emily Was Gone‘), publisher & creator Tyler James (‘The Red Ten‘, ‘Epic‘), Cesar Feliciano (‘The Red Ten‘), Steve Forbes (ComixTribe EIC), & with appearances from Jules Rivera (‘Oxymoron‘) & Rafer Roberts (‘Oxymoron‘).

So make sure you pop over, & either bring or pick up plenty of ComixTribe books to get them signed!

I’ll have copies of Alex Cormack & I’s sold-out one-shot collaboration ‘Find‘, as well as copies of ‘Exit Generation #1‘, & am already looking forward to signing any copies of both that folks have been kind enough to pick up before the show, as well as any people buy on the day, too!

Well, I better get back to packing, as I head out to the airport first thing tomorrow!  But I hope if you’re attending you’ll pop over & say hello!

See you state-side!


Exit Generation #1 – Review Round-Up!

Hey folks!

It just under a week since Exit Generation #1 hit comic stores, & in that time we’ve been lucky enough to have some really lovely people give the book some really lovely mentions!

Before I list the sites, blogs, podcasts & others who were kind enough to review or talk about the comic, I wanted to thank not just everyone who did that, but also anyone who went out & picked up a copy at their local shop, or grabbed it online – you are literally the best!

  • Jeff Marsick on Newsarama gave Exit Generation #1 a whopping 8/10, saying it is “a fun book and a great read by a terrific writer and artist combination” – Thanks so much!  Read it all HERE.
  • Stephen on Comicbuzz said it was “a good issue with a lot of further potential for the ongoing series” – You can read the full review HERE.
  • James Blundell for Pipedream Comics awarded the issue 4 out of 5,  mentioning“the premise behind the book as well as the beautiful artwork is incentive enough for any reader to give this comic a chance” – I really appreciate that!  See the rest of what James said HERE.
  • Aaron Golden of Living Myth Magazine hailed Exit Generation as having “one of the best concepts for a comic, ever” – Wow!  Stunned by the compliment!  See this among the rest of Aaron’s weekly recommendations HERE.
  • Iñigo Sáenz on Comic Book Invest marked this issue as “absolutely recommended”, & you can find those kind words alongside the rest of CBI’s choices HERE.
  • Brett Schenker of Graphic Policy said Exit Generation sets-up “a fascinating concept that could turn into a hell of an exploration and idea” & gives it a solid 7/10; see the rest Brett’s review HERE.
  • On Spartantown, Enrique Rea says the series “is off to a great start with intriguing characters, an explosive cliffhanger, and fantastic storytelling potential” – thanks!  See the full article HERE.
  • Alex J for The Beat named Exit Generation #1 as one of four underdog books to back last week; really grateful for the mention!  Check it out alongside the other three HERE.
  • I sat down for a nice email chat with Inter Comics Podcast, which you can read HERE.
  • Need To Consume recapped their coverage of the self-published version of Exit Generation to coincide with the direct market release HERE.
  • Danny Rivera for Comicsverse described the first issue as “a masterful début and a title to which we should all be paying very, very close attention” – Humbling!  See the full article HERE.
  • For Mightyville, Joe Katch said Exit Generation “a fresh concept with an interesting Sci-Fi take” & gave #1 both a full review (HERE) & mentioned it in their ‘Number One Bullets’ review column (HERE).
  • Ain’t It Cool News called the issue “one of the best new comics of the year” – Completely blown away by that!  See the entire review HERE.
  • Ceej for Big Comic Page says Exit Generation is “a raucous, frenetic dose of sci-fi insanity with some genuine emotion at its core” & gave it 4/5; you can see his thoughts HERE.
  • On Nerdly, Dean Fuller called it “a comic with a good premise, a well developed back story, and a group of characters that will develop as the plot progresses” – Thanks!  See the rest of the review HERE.
  • Paul Mirek of Broken Frontier observed “a kinetic energy to this first issue that should be familiar to anyone who’s ever turned their headphones up loud to escape from reality, mundane or otherwise”, & reviewed the issue HERE, while recommending it as a pick-of-the-week HERE.
  • Pop Culture Uncovered‘s John Amenta awarded the issue “5 Expendables DVDs of 5” & said Exit Generation #1 “is the best kind of first issue a reader could hope for” – Awesome!  See the full article HERE.
  • Brad Gischia over on Bag & Bored said this series is “one that you should be keeping your eye on” – See the rest of the review HERE.
  • Josh On Comics called Exit Generation #1 “a charming little read, from start to finish, with superb, expressive artwork to boot” – Thanks, Josh!  You can read the full review HERE.
  • You can see Nerdover talk about Exit Generation on their show this week HERE.
  • The team at House To Astonish gave a really positive review of the book on their show this week; give it a listen HERE.
  • On Meltdown Comics‘ Meltcast, Exit Generation #1 was a pick of the week; thanks so much, guys!  Hear their thoughts HERE.
  • The folks on the Awesome Comics Podcast also enjoyed the book; give a listen to this weeks show HERE.

Wow!  That’s a LOT of mentions!  Both the team & myself are really grateful for all the attention people have given the book, & I hope that if you’ve not yet picked it up, some of the nice things said about it from the people above might persuade you!

So, pop on down to your local comic store, or dive into Comixology (HERE, if you’re looking) & take a peek!

Till next time; take care!

Sam


Exit Generation Pin-Up-Palooza!

(Oh, man; I’ve been SO excited to do this post for ages, so here goes…)

As I type this it is only a few days until the Final Cut Off date for retailers to order ‘Exit Generation’ #1, which falls on Friday 18 July.

But even though the deadline is drawing near, there is still time to get your order in!  If you’re at your local store this Wednesday for your new comics, you can ask them to order a copy using Diamond Code JUL151204 – & you can still see a preview of the first issue (along with a bunch of other details) right HERE.

Across the past month both ComixTribe & myself have reached out to hundreds of retailers all across the world to talk to them about the book, & I wanted to put on record my gratitude to all of those stores who’ve already shown their support, & of course a huge “Thank You!” to every single person who has shared information about the book on social media, talked with their friends about it, or even just taken a look – it truly means a great deal to the team & I.

However!  The fun isn’t over just yet…

Across the last little while, several tremendous creators have done me & the ‘Exit Generation’ team the highest of honours & turned their formidable talents to the characters from our little series, so with out further adieu, allow me to welcome you to…

Exit Generation Pin-Up-Palooza!

Yes!  Being a complete sucker for pin-ups, it is my absolute delight to share with you several amazing pieces of ‘Exit Generation’ art from some totally awesome artists starting with…

 Zak Simmonds-Hurn – Hanna & Scrap

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Hanna & Scrap by Zak Simmonds-Hurn

From the brilliant Zak Simmonds-Hurn comes this stunning piece featuring Hanna & Scrap, two of ‘Exit Generation‘s intrepid gang who we meet in issue #2!

Zak is a UK-based comic artist, with work regularly appearing in a number of publications, including The Phoenix for whom he draws the ace comic ‘Sky Drifters’.  You can (& should!) go check out Zak’s website HERE, & make sure you take a peek at his self-penned comic Monstrosity too; you won’t regret it!

Alex Cormack – Jack

Jack by Alex Cormack

Jack by Alex Cormack

From the mega-talented Alex Cormack, my partner-in-crime on ‘Find, comes this tremendous piece showcasing ‘Exit Generation‘s punk music-obsessed, action-movie loving ‘front man’ Jack!

Alex is as prolific as he is skilled, & will soon be exploding back on to comic store shelves once again with ComixTribe‘s new series ‘Oxymoron: The Loveliest Nightmare, so make sure you check that out, & also catch up with all Alex’s art over on his website.

Michael Kennedy – The Gang!

The Gang by Michael Kennedy

The Gang by Michael Kennedy

This phenomenal pin-up of the gang tangling with the fiendish Ruleians comes from the mind of Michael Kennedy; a frighteningly talented gent who needs to be on every single one of your radars immediately!

Currently working on upcoming creator-owned series ‘Spiritus‘ & with a website chock-a-block with eye-popping art (check it HERE), Michael is for my money one of the hottest new British creators around right now; get over & have a gander at his stuff!

Ruairí Coleman & Timothy Brown – Mo & Jack

Mo & Jack by Ruairí Coleman & Timothy Brown

Mo & Jack by Ruairí Coleman & Timothy Brown

With pencils & inks from the most-excellent Ruairí Coleman, & beautiful colours by Timothy Brown, here we see best buds Mo & Jack heading into battle against the alien menace!

Ruairí has worked for a number of publishers, including on ‘Turok: Dinosaur Hunter’ for Dynamite & covers for IDW‘s ‘TMNT Amazing Adventures’, & his Instagram (which you can find HERE) is a treasure trove of spectacular art, while you can also see more of Tim’s gorgeous colours on his DeviantArt page HERE; go take a peek at both!

Jason Copland & Dee Cunniffe – The Chief Taster

The Chief Taster by Jason Copland & Dee Cunniffe

The Chief Taster by Jason Copland & Dee Cunniffe

Behind this delicious (pun fully intended) pin-up of the Ruleian boss-man The Chief Taster is the superlative pairing of Jason Copland on inks, & Dee Cunniffe on colours.

Jason is co-creator of recent series ‘POP’, art mastermind behind ‘Kill All Monsters’ (which is in ‘Dark Horse Presents’ today; go grab it!) & will be working on Marvel‘s just-announced ‘What If: Infinity‘ mini-series later this year.  You can find his work, original art & other info on his site HERE.

Dee works on top titles such as ‘Wicked+Divine‘, ‘ODY-C‘, ‘Granuaile: Queen of Storms’ & ‘MayDay’, as well as many more, & you can see more of his luscious colours over on his ace blog HERE.

Well… Let me be the first to say WOW!

So, so grateful for the time, skill & talent all of the creators above invested in these pieces, & could not be more delighted with them.  Make sure you go follow every single one of them on Twitter, Tumblr, Instagram, & every other platform they might be on, & make sure to go buy all their books & art!

After all that excitement there isn’t much more for me to say other that I hope you all enjoyed the beautiful art, please consider ordering ‘Exit Generation‘ #1 this week (Diamond Code JUL151204 – see a preview HERE) & thanks again for popping by!

Till next time; take care!