Tag Archives: 2000AD

“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!

GCC

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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Fantastic Festive Festivities

Back again, and MUCH sooner than usual!

Had a great time last night at OK Comics‘ Christmas shindig.  Was an honour & pleasure to share a table with Messrs Darryl Cunningham & Jame McKay, both of whom were absolute gents.  Also was brilliant meeting a bunch of people who came on down & were interested in all our respective books, & generally enjoyed the vibe at the late opening event.

From Left-to-Right: James McKay, Darryl Cunningham & myself (Picture courtesy of Jared at OK Comics)

From Left-to-Right: James McKay, Darryl Cunningham & myself
(Picture courtesy of Jared at OK Comics)

It’s was really interesting to talk to Darryl about his latest book, Uncle Bob Adventures & to James about his work with Pat Mills on ‘Flesh‘  for 2000AD.  James also casually produced a bunch of astounding sketches at the table across the evening, which made me as the only non-artist present feel utterly inadequate, being that all I could conjure up was some chat!

OK Xmas 2

I wanted to extend a massive ‘Thank You’ to Jared, Oliver & Zainab at OK for hosting us, Joe & Harry at Hepworth Kitchen for providing fantastic mulled wine & mince pies, & also the crew at Welcome Skate Shop for providing the tunes!  Everyone I spoke with had a great time, & I’m very grateful to have had the chance to bring ‘Exit Generation‘ to the event.

Though the evening is now past, if you couldn’t get down you can still get your hands on a copy of ‘Exit Generation #1‘ from OK, either in store or via their webshop, which you can find HERE.

As the image below shows, you can currently find it on the ‘New Releases‘ rack, next to the brilliant Dungeon Fun‘, a couple along from Deadpool dressed as a pirate, & just below the latest issue of  ‘Batman’.  So, I hope anyone interested in having a look in the West Yorkshire area (or even from further afield) will pop in & check it out!  Remember; if you’re curious there is is a 4-page preview of issue one HERE!

'Exit Generation #1' on the shelves at OK Comics, Leeds

Exit Generation #1‘ on the shelves at OK Comics, Leeds

New Paths To ‘Exit Generation’…

As well as there being copies on the shelves at OK Comics, I am also pleased to announce that digital copies (PDF) are still available from the webstore HERE, & that physical copies are also NOW AVAILABLE too HERE.

The UK postage is just £1, making it a total of £4 for comic and P&P, so if you are keen to get your hands on the book, fire on over & pick yourself up a copy!

Well, that is me for now.  Been a busy week (isn’t every week?) but will be back very soon with more news on ‘Exit Generation’ & other comic projects I have on the horizon.

Plus, in the near future I’m planning to start blogging about some of the comics/creators I read, admire or generally would recommend, so keep your eyes peeled.

Till next time, take care!

Sam


The (not really that) Late Show

Hey all!

Post-Game Analysis…

It’s been a couple of weeks now since I took Exit Generation #1 to Thought Bubble, & right now it feels like the convention was both a long time ago & only yesterday!

Having been BusyBusyBusy (all Bs in capitals for good reason) since that weekend I’ve not had an opportunity to report on how things went, &  looking back I’m pretty pleased.

Over the two days 70 amazing people (I know, I don’t believe it either) picked up a copy of ‘Exit Generation #1‘, & I cannot stress how grateful I am to each & every one who did.  

My tablemates John, Harry & Colin were an absolute riot to hang out with, & it was a total pleasure to get to spend time around such brilliant, talented & enthusiastic fellow comics people.  I cannot wait to for the chance to do it all again at another event with these guys!

Messrs French (centre, reppin') & Lees (right, distracted) in front of our Thought Bubble table.

Messrs French (centre, reppin’) & Lees (right, distracted) in front of our Thought Bubble table.

I was also lucky enough to meet a bunch of great pros & fellow aspirant creators at the event.

Finally met internet acquaintance Chris Lewis, the mad-talented writer of the upcoming ‘Mixmancer‘ & the awesome ‘Drones‘, of which I am a lucky owner of a delicious variant cover edition, with art courtesy of the oft-mentioned round these parts Ramon Villalobos (check it out here).  You really should be taking a look at Chris’ work, as he’s going to be writing all your favourite comics in the near future, so I recommend getting in at the ground floor.

Another crazy-talented gent I was very lucky to meet up with once again was the indomitable Iain Laurie.  Artist on a slew of incredible (& often terrifying) indie comics, including his own ‘Horror Mountain‘ (recently rendered in brain-melting digital fashion here), Iain’s current project is with my good friend John Lees on the Scottish-set supernatural thriller ‘And Then Emily Was Gone‘.

Iain’s is a unique & bewitching style, & at Thought Bubble he was kind enough to sketch Jack from ‘Exit Generation’, so I hope you all enjoy what is the first piece of ‘fan art’ for the book (I know I do)!

The dedication refers to an 'incident' both Iain & I have sworn to never speak of again...

The dedication refers to an ‘incident’ both Iain & I have sworn to never speak of again…

Plus, if any artists out there had fancied chancing their arm at sketching Mo, Jack, Ruleians… heck, anything from ‘Exit Generation’; go for it!  I know everyone on the team would love to see it!

But just as one opportunity to shill my comic in the West Yorkshire vicinity passes, another arrives…

*Insert Amusing Christmas-related Title*

Now, unlike those office ones that end up with people getting fired for photocopying … erm … ‘themselves’ & pinning it to the boss’ door, the Christmas bash at my esteemed place of employment (the magnificent OK Comics of Leeds) is a less lascivious, yet twice as nice affair, & the best part is you are ALL invited!

Ok Comics Xmas

Yes, this coming Thursday evening (12th December) OK Comics, along with the other fantastic independent retailers of Thornton’s Arcade, Leeds, are opening late, laying on entertainment & food, & giving customers some special one-night-only offers, with the festive fun running from 5pm till 8pm.  I’ll be there with copies of ‘Exit Generation#1‘ & a big smile on my face , & that ladies & gents is a Christmas guarantee!

Also in attendance will be author of the fantastic ‘Science Tales‘ & ‘Psychiatric TalesDarryl Cunningham ,who will be signing his new book ‘Uncle Bob Adventures‘, as will artist James McKay who as well as currently drawing the excellent Pat Mills’ scripted ‘Flesh‘ in the pages of 2000AD Prog, is one of the minds behind Leeds University’s graphic novel ‘Dream of a Low Carbon Future‘, which he’ll be distributing at the event.

You can check out all the details as they emerge, & holla that you’ll be heading down on the Facebook Event Page & follow the updates from OK’s Twitter too.  It should be a really great event.

Well, that’s me off now, but I hope to see some of you down at OK Comics on Thursday!  I’ll be posting an update following the event (& not waiting two weeks like with Thought Bubble, promise…), so hope you’ll head back here at the close of the week, as I should have a little more news to share…

Until next time, take care!

Sam