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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

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FIND – UK Release; Reviews round-up; US/Can retailers!

Hey there folks!

UK Shop Release 

First up; it seems that the crazy-pants weather in the US has stalled shipping for Find to Europe, & possibly rest of the world.  Which sucks.

As soon as I know more details, I’ll throw them up here, on Facebook & on Twitter so you can know when to run out & get it!

THIS WEDNESDAY, my European comic folks; promise!

Sorry for the delay, my European comic people.

But even though Find might not be out quite yet, Comixtribe are releasing the collected edition of And Then Emily Was Gone, which you MUST check out!  All those involved (John Lees, Iain Laurie, Megan Wilson, Colin Bell) have dropped career-best work on this, so make sure you get involved.

Review Round-up

Since Find hit the shelves in North America & online we’ve been lucky enough to garner a bunch of super-nice reviews!

I’ve collected them all here, including those I’ve posted before, with the latest (I think…) at the top;

  • Jeff Marsick for the mighty Newsarama‘s Best Shots said HERE of Find; “one of the best books of the year so far” & awarded it 9 out of 10 (!!!), which completely blew everyone involved in the book away!  Thank you so much, Jeff!
  • On Reading With a Flight Ring, Find was called “the one shot story to beat for the remainder of the year.”  Whoa; awesome!
  • At Need To Consume, JCDoyle commented that “Find is a totally enjoyable read“, & you can read the rest of his lovely review HERE.
  • Graphic Policy‘s Brett Schenker recommend Find as a ‘Buy’, & that it “stands out as my favorite debut of 2015 so far“; you can read more of Brett’s really kind words HERE.
  • Rodrigo Lopez over at Major Spoilers included Find in his Staff Picks of the Week; you’ll see it just next to the awesome Gotham Academy!
  • In Comics Bulletin‘s 140 Character Reviews Aaron Meyers said of Find “Enjoyed the art and a great story that is familiar and fresh at the same time.”
  • John Amenta for Pop Culture Uncovered gave Find 4 out of 5 stars in his review HERE, saying of Alex & me; “These are two names to keep an eye out for.”  Thanks, John; really appreciate that!
  • Enjoyed a great chat with Paul Mirek about Find for Broken Frontier which you can read HERE, & Paul also chose Find as one of his staff picks of that week too.
  • On Comics AnonymousGary Watson said Find was “a great one-shot”; you can read his review HERE.
  • Craig Neilson for Big Comic Page reviewed Find HERE, calling it “highly, highly recommended“.
  • I also spoke with Craig about Find, my other comics & a whole lot more; you can read all that HERE.
  • Brad from Bag & Bored reviewed Find HERE, & said that with it that “ComixTribe once again hits the ground running.
  • On Comic Crusaders Adam Cadmon said “If you’re in the market or a feel good story, something light-hearted to take a break from the more intense subject matter, you won’t find a better book” in his review that you’ll find HERE.
  • & Steve Morris was kind enough to review it for his site The Spire just HERE, saying “I was really impressed by the way the creative team chose to tell the story“; thank you very much, Steve!

Phew; that was a lot of articles!

As always; I want to extend my gratitude to all those who took the time to review Find & speak with me, & am so pleased that everyone seemed to really enjoy it.  & if you know of, have done or are planning to review Find; hit me up, & I’ll share it around!

On top of these great articles, Nick & Gary at Bill’s Books & More in Canton, Ohio USA had some kind words about Find in their video round-up of this week’s releases, with Nick selecting it as his pick of the week; thanks, Nick!

Make sure if you’re in their neighbourhood you pop into Bill’s Books & More, grab some of the good stuff, & tell them I sent you!

& all this talk of retailers leads nicely to…

North American Stockists!

Yes, while the horrid weather might have held up Find‘s arrival in the rest of the world (apart from for digital readers), comic fans in the US & Canada have been able to pop down their local shop & see Find waiting for them on their shelves!

Thanks to my pals across the pond I’ve been able to compile a list of CONFIRMED locations that are stocking us, so I hope you’ll all get down to or use mail order to sell these lovely folks out of Find!

  • The lovely folks at the aforementioned  Bill’s Books & More, Canton, Ohio (USA) – Twitter & Facebook
  • Jesse James Comics, Glendale, Arizona (USA) – Twitter, Website & Facebook (these guys do free hotdogs on Wednesdays?!  Awesome!)
  • Merrymac Games & Comics, Merrimack, New Hampshire (USA) – Facebook 
  • The ace-sounding Dragon’s Lair, San Antonio, Texas (USA) – Facebook & Website
  • Gotham Central Comics, Mississauga, Ontario (Canada) – Twitter, Website & Facebook
  • & Midtown Comics, New York City, New York have Find listed on their site HERE, so should be available there too!

A huge, HUGE thank you from me, & all those involved with the book to all the stores listed above, & anyone else who has stocked it too – if you’ve seen it in your local store, or are a store who are getting it in, wherever you might be in the world; get in touch, & I’ll get the word out.

Working in comics retail, I realise the chance taken by stores in picking up Find, & want to make sure they sell out wherever they’ve been ordered; I hope the positive reviews & any interested customers we can point towards those who’ve got it in can help that!

So, there you go; a mammoth post for this chilly season.  Hope you all can root out some Find over the weekend & next week, & if you do; hit me up on Twitter & Facebook (heck; I’m even on Instagram now) to tell me what you think!

Till then; adiós muchachos!


FIND out TOMORROW!

So, the time has arrived…

Find is out TOMORROW!

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 Yes!  That’s right; from tomorrow you’ll be able to grab Find in comic stores all across the world.

It will also be online at Comixtribe‘s Comixology page, so if digital comics are more your style, head on over there!

There’s also been a few more nice reviews & interviews to share;

You can read other reviews via my previous post HERE, & if needed any more details about Find, take a look at the page I’ve set up for it HERE.

Wanted to also share the awesome pin-up that the sensational And Then Emily Was Gone art team of Iain Laurie & Megan Wilson have produced for Find, & that you’ll find in both the print & digital editions.

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I think we can all agree that is completely gorgeous, & if you like that, you’ll love their work with writer John Lees & letterer Colin Bell on And Then Emily Was Gone, the collected edition of which hits shops next week (4 February); make sure you check it out!

So, I hope that if you are planning on grabbing a copy tomorrow, once you’ve had a read you’ll pop on over to Twitter & tell both me & Alex what you think; we’d love to hear from you!

Take care, & hope you enjoy Find!


Launching in T-Minus 36 Hours! And… CHEAP COMICS

Hey everyone!

Wow; it has been a BUSY week.

Yes, Thought Bubble 2013 is less than 36 hours away, & everything is falling into place for the launch of ‘Exit Generation’.   

Today, the boxes of comics finally landed on my doorstep (printed by the brilliant Stuart Gould of UK Comics Creative)  & I’m not afraid to admit; I was a little overwhelmed. *sniff*

But as I put together my stuff to take to Leeds, & I wanted to make one last announcement …

See, a little while ago I heard a guy called Sam Humphries (writer of ‘Sacrifice’ & ‘Uncanny X-Force’)  talking about making indie comics.  He said the following;

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This made a BIG impression on me, & working in a comic shop it also made a lot of sense;  No one gives gold stars for effort; they want value & some quality for their money.

I was reminded of this quote other day while reading a blog post by Nev Coleman.  He coined the term ‘The Netflix Test’, making the point that (for good or for ill) indie creators must recognise they compete with mainstream entertainment sources, when it comes to asking for people’s hard earned cash.  Got have a read, it’s really interesting.

So… in the spirit of ‘practising what you preach‘ for the Saturday & Sunday of Though Bubble ONLY

Exit Generation #1 will be just £2 a copy

Yep, that’s right FOR THOUGHT BUBBLE ONLY you can get hold of the first issue of the series for less than a cup of (decent) coffee!

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I’ll be at Table 2, Royal Armouries Hall (see map below), alongside my pals John Lees, Harry FrenchColin Bell, who all have awesome books debuting, & John has put together a great run down of what will be available on his blog, which you can find HERE.

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Make sure you come down & say hi!

You can still see the preview HERE, & below I’ve linked to the sites & podcasts who’ve been kind enough to talk about ‘Exit Generation’ over the last two weeks.

– Ceej at The Big Comic Page said “This is one that’s well worth getting your hands on” in his review.

– The Beat incluided Exit Generation on its list of recommended books at Thought Bubble.

– G-Man at Comic Anonymous called the first issue a “stellar opener” in his review.

– Multiversity both previewed the issue & reviewed the book, saying it had a “genuinely unique premise“.

– Geek Syndicate featured Exit Generation in its countdown to Thought Bubble.

– Andy over at Geek Pride put together an insightful preview piece.

– Rob at Inter-Comics blog said Exit Generation has “a lot of promise” & was kind enough to do a short interview with me.

– Mike from the brilliant ‘Give Me Comics or Give Me Death‘ pod reviewed the first issue on their latest show, mentioning he enjoyed it & will be picking up the next one!

Check ’em out!

Well, that’s me; back to getting ready for the con.

See you in Leeds!

Sam


Submissions, both future and past…

Hey again everyone.

Having left it a loooooong time between updates before last week’s I’m now planning on being a lot more frequent for the foreseeable future.

So, what’s been going down this week?

Grayhaven Presents

When talking about my involvement in the Grayhaven Comics’ Writer Apprentice last update I mentioned in passing that I had a short story appearing in one of their publications.  Well, finally the anthology I’m going to be featured in has been announced.  It is titled ‘Grayhaven Presents Sci-Fi/Horror’ and features a range of stories touching on this crossover of genres.  You can take a look at the cover art and list of stories HERE.

My short is titled ‘The Answer to Question M‘ and the art comes from the outrageously talented Garry Mac, who as well as being a brilliant artist and excellent human also manages to somehow find time to be the top man at Unthank Comics, a Glasgow-based publisher.  You can check out Garry’s work HERE and follow him on twitter at @garrymacl and highly recommend you do so, as he has got an excellent project coming soon in the shape of ‘Gonzo Cosmic’, a comic you truly will not want to miss.  I’ll definitely be talking more about that nearer its release.

And while we’re on the subject…

I first got involved with Grayahaven during one of their previous submission periods, where they allow writers to pitch for space in their anthologies, regardless of previous experience or portfolio.  This led to my first experience of working with an editor, and taught me a great deal of different tips and skills I still utilise today.  I mention this as Grayhaven have just opened for submissions again, with over five different volumes looking for stories.  You can take a glance yourself right HERE, and I strongly urge anyone with even a mild interest in writing for comics to have a go.  I did so when I had literally no experience, so there really is nothing stopping anyone chancing their arm.  Good luck to all who submit!

Reviews and Articles 

Finally… I’ve added a new page to my blog where you can find links to all those articles I’ve written for other sites.  You can find this via the main page or visit it HERE.  Most are reviews of comics/graphic novels or interviews with creators, and currently all are hosted on the excellent Geek Chocolate.  I hope to keep managing to squeeze in reviews, interviews and maybe some other stuff between my own writing, but also please do check out what is there already.  I hope you find some of the articles interesting, and do tell me what you think; always happy for feedback!

Well, that’s me done for now, but will be back soon.

Till next time ladies, gents and household pets!

Sam