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Next weekend: Thought Bubble 2015!

It’s that most wonderful time of year again…

Thought Bubble!

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


“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!


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


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!