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Exit Generation Pin-Up-Palooza!

(Oh, man; I’ve been SO excited to do this post for ages, so here goes…)

As I type this it is only a few days until the Final Cut Off date for retailers to order ‘Exit Generation’ #1, which falls on Friday 18 July.

But even though the deadline is drawing near, there is still time to get your order in!  If you’re at your local store this Wednesday for your new comics, you can ask them to order a copy using Diamond Code JUL151204 – & you can still see a preview of the first issue (along with a bunch of other details) right HERE.

Across the past month both ComixTribe & myself have reached out to hundreds of retailers all across the world to talk to them about the book, & I wanted to put on record my gratitude to all of those stores who’ve already shown their support, & of course a huge “Thank You!” to every single person who has shared information about the book on social media, talked with their friends about it, or even just taken a look – it truly means a great deal to the team & I.

However!  The fun isn’t over just yet…

Across the last little while, several tremendous creators have done me & the ‘Exit Generation’ team the highest of honours & turned their formidable talents to the characters from our little series, so with out further adieu, allow me to welcome you to…

Exit Generation Pin-Up-Palooza!

Yes!  Being a complete sucker for pin-ups, it is my absolute delight to share with you several amazing pieces of ‘Exit Generation’ art from some totally awesome artists starting with…

 Zak Simmonds-Hurn – Hanna & Scrap

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Hanna & Scrap by Zak Simmonds-Hurn

From the brilliant Zak Simmonds-Hurn comes this stunning piece featuring Hanna & Scrap, two of ‘Exit Generation‘s intrepid gang who we meet in issue #2!

Zak is a UK-based comic artist, with work regularly appearing in a number of publications, including The Phoenix for whom he draws the ace comic ‘Sky Drifters’.  You can (& should!) go check out Zak’s website HERE, & make sure you take a peek at his self-penned comic Monstrosity too; you won’t regret it!

Alex Cormack – Jack

Jack by Alex Cormack

Jack by Alex Cormack

From the mega-talented Alex Cormack, my partner-in-crime on ‘Find, comes this tremendous piece showcasing ‘Exit Generation‘s punk music-obsessed, action-movie loving ‘front man’ Jack!

Alex is as prolific as he is skilled, & will soon be exploding back on to comic store shelves once again with ComixTribe‘s new series ‘Oxymoron: The Loveliest Nightmare, so make sure you check that out, & also catch up with all Alex’s art over on his website.

Michael Kennedy – The Gang!

The Gang by Michael Kennedy

The Gang by Michael Kennedy

This phenomenal pin-up of the gang tangling with the fiendish Ruleians comes from the mind of Michael Kennedy; a frighteningly talented gent who needs to be on every single one of your radars immediately!

Currently working on upcoming creator-owned series ‘Spiritus‘ & with a website chock-a-block with eye-popping art (check it HERE), Michael is for my money one of the hottest new British creators around right now; get over & have a gander at his stuff!

Ruairí Coleman & Timothy Brown – Mo & Jack

Mo & Jack by Ruairí Coleman & Timothy Brown

Mo & Jack by Ruairí Coleman & Timothy Brown

With pencils & inks from the most-excellent Ruairí Coleman, & beautiful colours by Timothy Brown, here we see best buds Mo & Jack heading into battle against the alien menace!

Ruairí has worked for a number of publishers, including on ‘Turok: Dinosaur Hunter’ for Dynamite & covers for IDW‘s ‘TMNT Amazing Adventures’, & his Instagram (which you can find HERE) is a treasure trove of spectacular art, while you can also see more of Tim’s gorgeous colours on his DeviantArt page HERE; go take a peek at both!

Jason Copland & Dee Cunniffe – The Chief Taster

The Chief Taster by Jason Copland & Dee Cunniffe

The Chief Taster by Jason Copland & Dee Cunniffe

Behind this delicious (pun fully intended) pin-up of the Ruleian boss-man The Chief Taster is the superlative pairing of Jason Copland on inks, & Dee Cunniffe on colours.

Jason is co-creator of recent series ‘POP’, art mastermind behind ‘Kill All Monsters’ (which is in ‘Dark Horse Presents’ today; go grab it!) & will be working on Marvel‘s just-announced ‘What If: Infinity‘ mini-series later this year.  You can find his work, original art & other info on his site HERE.

Dee works on top titles such as ‘Wicked+Divine‘, ‘ODY-C‘, ‘Granuaile: Queen of Storms’ & ‘MayDay’, as well as many more, & you can see more of his luscious colours over on his ace blog HERE.

Well… Let me be the first to say WOW!

So, so grateful for the time, skill & talent all of the creators above invested in these pieces, & could not be more delighted with them.  Make sure you go follow every single one of them on Twitter, Tumblr, Instagram, & every other platform they might be on, & make sure to go buy all their books & art!

After all that excitement there isn’t much more for me to say other that I hope you all enjoyed the beautiful art, please consider ordering ‘Exit Generation‘ #1 this week (Diamond Code JUL151204 – see a preview HERE) & thanks again for popping by!

Till next time; take care!

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It’s… All… Happening…

Hey gang; long time no see! But while I’ve been away from here, nothing (literally nothing) has slowed down on the comics front, believe you me. Four bit of news things to update you all about, but let’s start with next weekend’s BIG event… DICE!  DICE!  DICE! DICE_Logo Yes!  It’s that time again! In only a week, my regular comic-flogging accomplice Harry French & I will be over in the lovely city of Dublin in Ireland to attend that most brilliant of comic cons; Dublin International Comic Expo!

Check out the list of guests; it’s awesome! Really excited about making the journey over, & this time as an exhibitor (we’re under RF Comics, yo).  Looking forward to introducing Exit Generation (click to see a preview) to a whole new country… or at least those who’ve not grabbed the first couple of issues at Big Bang already (I’ll have issues #1, #2 & #3 for sale at DICE)! Hope to see you all there; it’s gonna be epic.

Rose for my Rose (City Comic Con)

Ok, next piece of top news is that this very weekend (20/21 September) both the wonderful Marissa Louise, our brilliant colourist on Exit Generation, & editor extraordinaire Adam P. Knave will be in attendance at Rose City Comic Con in Portland, Oregon.  Marissa will be at table F14 & at table N-3/N-4; Adam even made a map for his table! adam & in some AMAZING news, both will have copies of Exit Generation issues #1, #2 & #3 to sell; Go, snap ’em up, my American friends!

But, wait; there’s more!

Floating away…

I’m incredibly grateful to Marissa for also arranging for the mega-wonderful Floating World Comics in Portland to also get hold of the first three issues of Exit Generation!

This means that if you can’t get along to Rose City this weekend, hit them up & they can sort you out!  Am not sure exactly when they’ll be in stock, but it’ll be mighty soon (if not already!), so get one pre-ordered if they’re not in just yet. fwc-e1390296184684 I’m so jazzed & humbled that Floating World would want to stock Exit Generation, so I hope my state-side pals make it worth their while, & turn it into a sell out for them!  Go, go, go! & speaking of where you can buy Exit Generation

North, Both West & East

My local branch of Travelling Man here in York has kindly stocked Exit Generation for a while now, but as of this moment, people can also find them at the Newcastle, Manchester & Leeds stores too! travellingman So, if you’ve perhaps been hearing about the book, but been unable to pop along to one of the stores that already stocks it, such as OK Comics (who still have copies, & for mail order too, so don’t miss out!), now you have the opportunity to get them at a shop local to you.  & I hope you all do!

I’m very grateful to Ben & CJ at the York branch for organising this, so if you see either of them; give ’em a high-five from yours truly!  😉

Ok… so I think we’re done for now. Don’t forget to head into all the comic stores mentioned, & along to the cons too, & get yourself some Exit Generation, then jump on Faecbook &/or Twitter & tell me about it! Till next time, folks!


New Comic Day = FREE COMIC DAY

Hey!

You!

Yeah, ALL of you!

It’s New Comics Day again (which some people still insist on calling Wednesday…), & as I sat pondering all the awesome books coming out, I got thinking about how I might get in on the action.

So, I’ve decided that for a limited time only, I’m gonna give away digital copies of Exit Generation #1 for absolutely nothing, right HERE!

Yup; GRATIS!

Yup; GRATIS!

If you enjoy it, you can pop over to the ReadFrench Webstore, where physical & digital copies of the whole series are available to purchase.  Plus, hard copies are available from a selection of stores, including OK Comics in Leeds (UK), Big Bang Comics in Dublin (Ireland), Travelling Man in York (UK) & Nostalgia Comics in Birmingham (UK); go give them your business, folks!

As I mentioned, this is only be for a limited time.  So, go & spread the word, before my inner Scrooge McDuck forces me to subdue my generosity!

Hope you all enjoy it, & please drop me a line with any thoughts.

Till next time!

 

PS – Because our webstore won’t let us give stuff away, Exit Generation #1 is currently 5p there, but there is a link in the description on how to get it for free, so don’t buy it; nap it for nothing instead!  😉


I’m back (in more ways than one…)

Hey interworld.

It’s been a while.

I renewed this domain name months back when I was on the brink of finding time to blog again, but things kinda went wild since then.  Having just come to the end of a two month cycle of crazy I thought I really should sit down and write up quite what’s been keeping me away.

Grayhaven Apprentice

First off; since way back in late July, all the way up till the last weekend I had been taking part in Grayhaven’s Comic Writers Apprentice.  This was a competition run by the Grayhaven Comics, pitching 18 aspiring writers against one another via a series of both group and individual challenges, the winner getting the opportunity to publish a 22-page one-shot comic with them next year.

Being aware of Grayhaven as a great publisher of new writers, thanks to one of my own pieces having been accepted into an upcoming anthology of theirs (which I’ll be blogging about soon…), I jumped at the chance to take part.  I though I might make it a few round, and was sure to learn a tonne of new skills, regardless of how I faired.

To my surprise, via a combination of a little hard work, luck and a distinct lack of sleep for two months, I managed to make my way right through to the final, culminating in my coming in overall 2nd place to eventual winner Jared Moore.  I am delighted to have made it so far, mainly because with every passing round I learnt more and more, both from the interactions with my fellow contestants and the advice of the judges.  All the work conducted, and the feedback on it, was made public, and if you click HERE and follow the links at the bottom, you can check out all the projects I and the other contestants submitted.

Though I was disappointed to not make it all the way over the line, this experience taught me many valuable lessons about writing that it would probably have taken me years accumulate outside of the intense environment of the competition, and I am very grateful for having had the chance to compete.  Grayhaven have stated they intend to run the contest again next year, and I urge anyone with an interest in writing for comics to take part.  You won’t regret it.

Dublin International Comic Expo

This brings us to the second meaning of this blog post’s title.  I was lucky enough to be able to head over the Irish Sea last weekend to the wonderful city of Dublin to attend Dublin International Comic Expo, or DICE for short.  Having never visited Ireland, despite travelling to some pretty far flung places, it was great to finally do so, and the show was absolutely mega.

There was a fantastic line up of guests from across the comic world, including Greg Capullo and Scott Snyder of ‘Batman’ fame, alongside a rich roster of closer-to-home talent, such as Declan Shalvey, Jordie Bellaire, Si SpurrierKieron Gillen and many more.  It was a brilliantly intimate affair, with creators generous with their time, and an excellent selection of interesting panels across the weekend.

I was fortunate enough to be staying with one of the guests Ruth Redmond, a ludicrously talented colourist and artist who I am very fortunate to be collaborating with on an upcoming book (more on that later…).  I had also been introduced via my own boss at OK Comics to John Hendrick, DICE’s mastermind and manager of the fantastic Dublin comic store The Big Bang, who was very kind in making me feel welcome.

Across the two days I was able to spend a very decent amount of time socialising and chatting with the professionals in attendance, both in and out of the convention, and was given much excellent advice for my own writing career, as well having some seriously good fun.  I look forward to bumping into many of those I met again at Thought Bubble in nearby Leeds this November.

What is ‘Exit Generation’..?

Speaking of Thought Bubble, this year is the first time I will be exhibiting proper at the event, having assisted friends there previously.  This is because I am using the occasion to release the first issue of what is my début comic series, ‘Exit Generation’.  It’s a project that has been swirling around in my mind for quite some time, but has really come together in the last six-to-eight months, and I am tremendously excited to finally get the opportunity to share it with the world.

It is a four part series and I’m lucky to be collaborating with an extraordinarily talented bunch of people it.  ‘Exit Generation’ features art by Caio Oliveira (‘No More Heroes‘), colours by the aforementioned Ruth Redmond (‘Imagine Agents‘), letters/design by Colin Bell (‘Detective Spacecat‘) and covers by Ramon Villalobos (‘Abstact3‘).  It is all coming together nicely, and nearer release I’ll be doing a special preview of the book right here, so keep your eyes open.

I’ve one or two other projects bubbling away in the background, and I hope by the time the first issue of ‘Exit Generation’ is out there I’ll be able to talk a little more about a few of them.

‘Dead Roots’  – A zombie anthology with a difference

One project I can now talk about is ‘Dead Roots‘, an anthology featuring stories from a number of different writer artist teams, which is currently on kickstarter HERE..  These all look at a zombie outbreak from a range of different perspectives, with the tales ranging from horrific to heart-warming to comedic.  I’m fortunate to have a four page story in the project called ‘Boxes’, drawn by the brilliant Leonie O’Moore, who produces beautiful art and comics that I insist you go and check out.

The brain behind ‘Dead Roots’ is Mike Garley, founder and editor of online anthology comic VS Comics,.  With just three days gone of its month-long funding period, ‘Dead Roots’ has already raised over 50% of its target, so it looks like Mike has put together another winning project, and I’m proud to be involved.

So… that update proved to be a lot more substantial than I intended!  However, I’m planning on keeping the content flowing significantly more frequently here in future, so watch this space for more news of projects I’m involved in, some reviews/recommendations of comics/graphic novels I’m enjoying, and also some general thoughts about whatever is on my mind.  I aim to keep you interested…

Till next time, keep safe and enjoy yourselves.

Sam