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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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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!


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


Exit Generation goes GLOBAL!

I’ve been sitting on this news for a little while, but now it is finally public knowledge…

EXIT GENERATION is going worldwide!

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Yes, that’s right; the brilliant ComixTribe (publishers of my direct market début Find) have picked up the series, & will be taking it into comic stores all across the planet later on this year!

So, so delighted for the opportunity to share Caio, Marissa, Ruth, Ramon, Colin & Adam’s work with a wider audience, & grateful to Tyler James & the whole team at ComixTribe for their enthusiasm & support for the book.

The first issue will be available to pre-order in the summer for a September launch, & you can keep tabs on the road to release over at the Exit Generation Facebook page HERE, where you’ll get a first look at exclusive new art  & information on how to pick up the direct market editions when it becomes available.

& one of the exciting new additions to the direct market editions will be a stunning set of connecting (yes, you heard right; CONNECTING) variant covers by the one-&-only Joe Mulvey, writer/artist of the sensational Scam, & you can see his initial outline for these below.

One word; WHOA!

One word; WHOA!

Tremendous, right?  I know that I cannot wait to see them, & along with a few more special little things we are cooking up, I’m very excited for all the new elements we’re bringing together for the series.

I hope you’ll jump aboard out Facebook page, & follow us all the way to the shelves of your local comic book shop (or preferred digital comic retailer, of course), & help bring the adventures of Jack, Mo & the rest of the gang to the world.

Until next time; take care!

 


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


ONE WEEK AND COUNTING!

Exit Generation #4 will debut at Thought Bubble 2014!

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Yes!  You heard right!

After launching issue #1 at Thought Bubble 2013, the series comes to its SHOCKING conclusion at this year’s event!

Both Harry French & me (the FULL RF Comics roster, yo) will be in attendance, at Table 99, New Dock Hall.

We’ve got a Facebook event set up, so for more details on what books we’ll have with us, special offers & more, give it a click.

&, hey; I made map!

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No excuses for missing us now!  😉

I’ll be posing more details here & on the Facebook group, so keep them peeled!

Sam


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!