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TBubz, Awesome Comics & Sam Read Sells!

Hey folks!

Been a heck of a week & a half, so here’s an update…

TBubz!

First up; Thought Bubble was predictably brilliant – met many old & new friends, & had a complete blast.

Thank you to everyone who popped by & said “hi”; was great to see who I managed too!

While at the convention, I had the opportunity to be part of Nerdly’s ‘Pass-It-On’ intervies, which involved me (by proxy) getting to ask creators Kieron Gillen & Jamie McKelvie of Wicked+Divine fame a question about sandwiches; check it out below (& thanks to Mark Allen for getting me involved).

Taking with Awesome Comics!

I also had the great pleasure to sit down for a good ol’ chin wag with the gents from the Awesome Comics Podcast team this week.

We covered topics from Exit Generation, to our shared love of 90s action films, & through to my deep appreciation of Tommy Lee-Jones’ portrayal of Two-Face in Batman Forever.  I’ve embedded it below, so hope you’ll give it a whirl!

http://www.podbean.com/media/player/8u73d-5a5221

Sam Read Sells!

After a few people have mentioned to me recently that they’ve struggle to get hold of my books, I’ve set up a new webstore called Sam Read Sells (yes; on brand, I know…) to help out.

There you can get hold of Find Exit Generation (both #1 & #2), as well as my new collection Shorts, & for a limited time I’m putting on a bit of a sale.

Right now you can get the first couple of issues of Exit Generation for just £2 each, plus postage, as well as Find & Shorts for £2.50 each, again with postage; so, head on over & snag yourself a bargain!

(& if digital comics are more your speed; head on over to my Comixology page right HERE)

Thanks for popping by folks; till next time!

 


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


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


Back in (a different) Orbit…

Hey again everyone!

Been a while, but a LOT going on, especially with it being just ONE MONTH (!!!) until Exit Generation #1 hits Previews & is available for pre-order.

One Month & Counting…

I’m cooking up a few surprises for when that takes place, so watch this space… or this space; Exit Generation’s Facebook page, where you can see sweet reveals like… THIS AMAZING JOE MULVEY VARIANT FOR EXIT GENERATION #1!

WOOOOOOOAH, right!?

WOOOOOOOAH, right!?

This simply AMAZING piece is coloured by the fantastic Jules Rivera, & is the first of four linking (yes, you read right; LINKING) variants that Joe & Jules are producing.

Trust me when I say; they are creating something really special with these, & I’m really excited to have both these brilliant creators involved with the book!

Orbiting Once More!

Last time I mentioned having had the privilege to have spoken with the lovely Chris Thompson of the Orbital in Conversation podcast (the results of which you can still hear HERE), and I also sat down recently with the most excellent Robin Harman of the Orbiting Pod for a good ol’ natter about Exit Generation, punk music & a whole lot in between (mainly comics).

You can catch our chat HERE, & hope you like it; I certainly had a blast talking with Robin!

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That me for now, but until next time; take care!


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!