“Going Back to My Roots…”

Hey there folks!

Last summer I wrote a blog (which you can read HERE) about how important my time as part of a community of like-minded & mutually supportive comic-making folks in Glasgow had been to my development as a creator.

What had prompted this reflection was seeing several friends of rising stature in Scottish (& worldwide) comics being recognised at Glasgow Comic Con.  Their receiving richly deserved praise, attention & in certain cases awards to go with their hard work & talent was wonderful to see.

At the time I said I aimed to be at the 2015 event, & being a man of my word, that is exactly where I’ll be this weekend!

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In fact, I’m honoured to have been given the chance to talk on a panel alongside several of my fellow Glasgow League of Writers (GLoW) alumni, all of whom are guests at this year’s convention.

I’ll be alongside Garry Mac, Gary Chudleigh, John Lees, Colin Bell & Harry French on the ‘GLoW Goes Global’ panel, Sunday 5 July at 1415 in the Workshop Room which folks can find in the convention’s central hub at the Centre for Contemporary Arts.

Be there, or be... well, you know.

Be there, or be… well, you know.

We’ll be talking about how we’ve all found our way in comics, since starting out all swapping scripts & providing feedback on each others nascent efforts back in a lil’ room in Hope Street Studios, what this taught us, & what we’re ail doing now.  Hope you’ll pop over & take a look, & give us a listen.

I cannot recommend the convention enough, & if you’re in town you should definitely head over.  There are a bunch of ace guests such as David Hine, Shaky Kane, Al EwingKarrie Fransman, Mark Millar & a tonne of other ace folks, along with all sorts of events & activities spread across two days & three venues.

I’ll be wandering the hall, so say “hi”, & I’ll likely push one of the flyers below into your hands…

EGflyer1If you click on the above image, it’ll take you to a version that you can print out & hand to your local retailer to have them reserve you a copy – share it around!

Hope to see some of you at the con this weekend, and until next time; take care!

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Exit Generation hits Previews!

Hey folks!

Well, it’s been a really exciting week for me.

“Why?” I hear you ask?  I’ll tell you why…

Because Exit Generation #1 went up for preorder in Previews Magazine!

Yes, that’s right; you can now head down to your local comics emporium & ask them politely to order a copy (or two; we’ve got variants!) of the first issue of Exit Generation when it drops in September!

Said retailers can find it on Page 316 of Previews Magazine July, with the order code JUL151204, & below you can see our lovely entry (spotlighted, no less) in all its glory!

“That’s me in the corner; that’s me in the spot-light…”

To celebrate this occasion, I’ve popped up a 5-page preview of the book over HERE!  So please go & check out Caio’s beautiful art, Ruth’s gorgeous colours, Colin’s snazzy letters, Ramon, Joe & Jules‘ wonderful covers, & perhaps consider putting it on your pull list!

On that note; for those folks out there who are unfamiliar with why people need to go order a comic that isn’t out for two months, a lil’ explanation…

What We Talk About When We Talk About Comic Preorders

Most monthly comics arrive at market through Diamond Comic Distributors, who solicit comics to retail (i.e. your local store) on behalf of publishers (i.e. ComixTribe) via a monthly magazine called Previews, which features releases scheduled to come out in two months time (hence July Previews containing books for September).

Previews July 2015 Magazine in all its glory!

Previews July 2015 Magazine in all its glory!

With this in their hands, retailers then use their hard-won knowledge & well-honed intuition to make choices on what to preorder, based on what they believe will sell for them.  It also helps publishers decide what the demand is for their books, so they can fulfil the orders retailers make by printing enough/not printing too many.

Now, when it comes to books like Batman, Avengers etc retailers can expect a certain level of sales, thanks to the prestige & profile these types of book enjoy, & so take risks on them.  But with smaller names (i.e. me!) retailers need your help in deciding if it is worth taking a chance on them, or even to be aware of them, because there are a lot of comics in Previews competing for their attention.

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Previews (left) next to a graphic novel; a BIG read…

In raising retailer awareness of a title you would like, or better yet preordering, this both ensures you get your coverted copy, & avoids the unfortunately all-too-common situation where folks head out on release day to check out a book, only to find their retailer didn’t know about it, let alone order it in for their shelves.

A peek at just one page i a Previews order form; that's a lotta books!

A peek at just one page of a Previews order form; a whole lotta books for retailers to choose from!

But you can help avoid that situation!  Head to your local store (or if you shop online; your website) & tell them about the books you’ve seen & ask for them, because unless the book you’re looking for is also a TV show or movie, there exists a chance that however tuned into the comics grapevine your retailer is, they may not have heard about it.

This why every single copy of Exit Generation #1 that you order means a tremendous amount to us; retailers have a tough job, & any help they can get deciding what might do well for them is so important.

I worked in comics retail for several years, & I know that it is the readers who make comics.  It is their passion & enthusiasm that is the cornerstone of the industry; something never more clear than when it comes to the ‘art’ of preordering.

I hope that helps demystify the whole deal with preordering a little, & explains why I’m asking those people interested in the series to request Exit Generation #1 (JUL151204!) from their local comic book stores.  The whole team is grateful for your support.

Take care ’till next time, people!

Sam


Back in (a different) Orbit…

Hey again everyone!

Been a while, but a LOT going on, especially with it being just ONE MONTH (!!!) until Exit Generation #1 hits Previews & is available for pre-order.

One Month & Counting…

I’m cooking up a few surprises for when that takes place, so watch this space… or this space; Exit Generation’s Facebook page, where you can see sweet reveals like… THIS AMAZING JOE MULVEY VARIANT FOR EXIT GENERATION #1!

WOOOOOOOAH, right!?

WOOOOOOOAH, right!?

This simply AMAZING piece is coloured by the fantastic Jules Rivera, & is the first of four linking (yes, you read right; LINKING) variants that Joe & Jules are producing.

Trust me when I say; they are creating something really special with these, & I’m really excited to have both these brilliant creators involved with the book!

Orbiting Once More!

Last time I mentioned having had the privilege to have spoken with the lovely Chris Thompson of the Orbital in Conversation podcast (the results of which you can still hear HERE), and I also sat down recently with the most excellent Robin Harman of the Orbiting Pod for a good ol’ natter about Exit Generation, punk music & a whole lot in between (mainly comics).

You can catch our chat HERE, & hope you like it; I certainly had a blast talking with Robin!

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That me for now, but until next time; take care!


In Orbit(al)…

Hey folks!

Just a quick one today; wanted to share a link to my first ever podcast interview, which took place at the recent London Super Comic Convention, & found me chatting with the awesome Chris Thompson of Orbital in Conversation.

We chatted about both Find Exit Generation, & a whole other load of comics stuff, so pop on over & take a listen HERE.

I’m on second, after my pal Alex Paknadel, writer of the excellent upcoming Arcadia from BOOM Studios, which you should absolutely check out when it hits the shelves in May.

Hope you find it interesting, & don’t forget to give the Exit Generation Facebook Page a ‘Like’!

Till next time!


Exit Generation goes GLOBAL!

I’ve been sitting on this news for a little while, but now it is finally public knowledge…

EXIT GENERATION is going worldwide!

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Yes, that’s right; the brilliant ComixTribe (publishers of my direct market début Find) have picked up the series, & will be taking it into comic stores all across the planet later on this year!

So, so delighted for the opportunity to share Caio, Marissa, Ruth, Ramon, Colin & Adam’s work with a wider audience, & grateful to Tyler James & the whole team at ComixTribe for their enthusiasm & support for the book.

The first issue will be available to pre-order in the summer for a September launch, & you can keep tabs on the road to release over at the Exit Generation Facebook page HERE, where you’ll get a first look at exclusive new art  & information on how to pick up the direct market editions when it becomes available.

& one of the exciting new additions to the direct market editions will be a stunning set of connecting (yes, you heard right; CONNECTING) variant covers by the one-&-only Joe Mulvey, writer/artist of the sensational Scam, & you can see his initial outline for these below.

One word; WHOA!

One word; WHOA!

Tremendous, right?  I know that I cannot wait to see them, & along with a few more special little things we are cooking up, I’m very excited for all the new elements we’re bringing together for the series.

I hope you’ll jump aboard out Facebook page, & follow us all the way to the shelves of your local comic book shop (or preferred digital comic retailer, of course), & help bring the adventures of Jack, Mo & the rest of the gang to the world.

Until next time; take care!

 


I’ll take you to foggy London Town…

Hey folks!

Coming up this weekend sees the return of what was one of my favourite conventions of 2014…

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I’m really excited to be heading down, & also to once again be sharing a table with one of my favourite humans Colin Bell; letterer, writer & general comics bon vivant!

We shall be shilling our receptive funny book wares in Artists Alley at Table A95, including the likes of Colin’s multi-award guzzling Dungeon Fun (1, 2 & 3), Exit Generation (1, 2, 3 & 4), & I will also be selling copies of Find, so if you are one of those who has not managed to get hold of the latter in your local shop; you can grab it up from me this weekend!

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Oh, look!  A handy map!

We do hope that if you are down at the event you’ll pop on over & say hi; we’d love to see you.

Colin will also be on Titan Comics’ Dr Who panel over the weekend, so if your a fan of time lords; make sure you catch that, for sure!

Till next time…

 

 


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!