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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!


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!


Announcing… ‘Find’!

Hey there folks!

You may recall that back in May I teased a new project.

Well, now I’m delighted to finally announce …

'Find' #1 cover

With art from the profoundly talented Alex Cormack (Future Proof, I Play The Bad Guy) & letters by Tyler James (The Red Ten, Epic), Find is my own writing début in direct market comics.

Published by the excellent Comixtribe, home to great titles such as Scam, Oxymoron & current horror sensation And Then Emily Was Gone, Find will be hitting stores in January 2015, & you can head out & pre-order it now from your lovely local comic book shop using Diamond code NOV141188.

Telling the story of a young boy who finds a strange, otherworldly object one night & embarks on an incredible adventure, Find is a all-ages one-shot in the tradition of 80s/90s ‘coming-of-age films’, & an ode to the boundary-defeating power of comics.

Whether this is the first time you’ve encountered Alex’s or my own work, or if you’ve already enjoyed the likes of Exit Generation, Future Proof or the many quality titles Comixtribe put out, I really hope you like the look of Find, & will consider pre-ordering the book from your local comic book shop.

& to help you do just that, Alex & Tyler have put together the natty pre-order handbill below (click on the picture for a larger, print-friendly image)!

Print me!

To make sure you don’t miss out, print the above image, & either take it to your regular comic shop or find one near you via this link, & have them order in your very own copy (or copies, if you fancy) of Find!

You can even email them the image (it saves trees & shows off you’re good with computers…),  & please don’t hesitate to share it with your friends, either; they’d want to know!

But in all seriousness; with books such as ours, pre-ordering really is very important.

Alex, Tyler, the guys at Comixtribe & myself have put a lot into Find, & I’m really proud of what we’ve put together.  However, unlike those books featuring characters such as Batman or Spider-Man, or even those established independent titles like Walking Dead, ours isn’t a comics retailers will likely be looking out for in their catalogues, so for them to take a chance on us they need you to let them know you want them to order it in.

So everyone involved would be really, really grateful if you would be so kind as to support us & pre-order; it’s the BEST way to back new comics, & we’d be humbled & grateful.

I’ll be making loads & loads of noise about this over the coming weeks, but you can catch all the relevant details on a special page I’ve set up on the site HERE once new blog posts overtake this one.

Oh, & one last thing; Find will also feature an exclusive pin-up by Iain Laurie & Megan Wilson, art team for the magnificent And Then Emily Was Gone, the trade paperback of also hits stores in January 2015 (Diamond Order Code NOV141187), so make it a Comixtribe double, & snap that up too!

Lots of news in the build up to Thought Bubble 2014 coming up from me over the next week, so keep checking back (maybe we’ll even have some Exit Generation #4 news; you never know…).

But until then; get pre-ordering Find, you lovely people!  😉


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