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London Calling…

Thought Bubble was predictably excellent.  Thoroughly, completely & epoch-shatteringly EXCELLENT.

I met many wonderful, talented & inspiring people, & am so grateful to be able to call Thought Bubble my ‘local’ considering quite how astoundingly excellent it is every single year.

Yet, as is often the way, the subsequent return to ‘real’ life, coupled with some interesting threads leading from the that weekend meant the aftermath lingered, & has really only been cleared up now.  I think.  Possibly.

But enough of this long-winded excuse for not doing a proper report (sorry); on to more pressing matters!

Friends, Londoners; You Can Buy My Comics!

You heard CORRECT, good people of The Big Smoke; as of right NOW you have not just one but TWO excellent funny book slinging establishments stocked to the gills with Exit Generation #1, #2, #3 & #4!

Both the fantastic Gosh Comics & the brilliant Orbital Comics have been kind enough to place Exit Generation on their excellent shelves, so GO GO GO: snap ’em all up!

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While you’re at it, make sure you check out some of the other top stuff each store has in stock, such as Gosh’s range of amazing exclusive book-plates, & get along to Orbital’s awesome Becky Cloonan signing next week, or one of the other great events both they & Gosh regularly put on.

But also don’t forget to grab some Exit Generation while you’re there!  & tell your friends too!  🙂

& hey; drop me a line on Twitter or the RF Comics Facebook if you do, as I love to hear what people think!

That’s it from me folks; back to the comic mines…

Till next time.

Sam


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