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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!

 

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Next weekend: Thought Bubble 2015!

It’s that most wonderful time of year again…

Thought Bubble!

Yes; next weekend (14/15 November) a whole bunch of amazing comic folks will be descending on the Royal Armouries in Leeds for two glorious days of fun… & once again I’ll be tagging along too!

This will be my third year exhibiting at the convention, & my first in the TB Marquee, which is an exciting new experience.

You’ll find me at table 64, & have put together a little map to help you seek me out…

SRMQmap

Nice & close to the entrance, & also right along side several of my pals; it will all be excellent fun.

At Thought Bubble, I will of course have with me copies of Exit Generation #1 & #2, Find (including some signed by artist Alex Cormack; while stocks last), & a brand new comic called (*drumroll*)… Shorts!

SHORTS cover for blog

Shorts is a collection of four… well… short comics I’ve written across the last couple of years, which are either hard to find, or have never been in print before.  It includes;

It features a gorgeous cover from lead-slinger extraordinaire Ruairí Coleman, who will also be at Thought Bubble (& tabling right behind me!), so you can get him to sign it all nice too!

I also want to say an extra-big thank you to both Dee Cunniffe, for helping me put it all together, & Rich Hardiman at comicprintinguk.com for the always swift & excellent service; both are kings of men, & you should hire Dee for all your colours, & Rich for all your comic printing!

This year, I’m also lucky enough to be a small part of the Thought Bubble Anthology from Image Comics, having worked with sensational art talent Abigail Harding & letter-lord Colin Bell on a piece called Across My Heart.

tbantho

The anthology features some some of the best new & established talent out there, including several of my personal favourite writers & artists, so am completely honoured to share a publication with them.

It will be in shops this Wednesday, 11 November, so you can grab it before the show.  All profits go to the Barnardo’s Childen’s Charity, so I do hope you pick it up (& if you bring it over to Marquee Table 64 on Saturday or Sunday, I’ll happily scribble my name on it for you too)!

Well, I better get back to getting ready; hope to see you all at the weekend!


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!

goshlogoweb3

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


Exit For The Masses!

After a stonkingly successful weekend at Thought Bubble (full write-up later this week), it is now time to unleash Exit Generation #4 on the entire world!

Come & get me!

Come & get me!

Yes; as of this very moment, you can find Exit Generation #4 on sale in both physical & in digital format on the Read French webstore!

A PDF copy will set you back just a single UK pound (£1), while plush, physical copies go for three bob (£3) plus postage (domestic just £1; rest-of-the-world £4.50).  All the other issues of the series are also still available at the same rates.

So, if you didn’t get the chance to head down to the convention this past Saturday & Sunday, now you can grab up all the issue!

Also, if you are in the Leeds/West Yorkshire area; the brilliant OK Comics now has ALL FOUR issues of Exit Generation in stock, meaning you can get kitted out with the full set from them, either in store or via mail order.

Photographic evidence of Exit Generation 1-4 at OK Comics!

Photographic evidence of Exit Generation 1-4 at OK Comics!

& if neither the webstore or OK Comics are a possibility, don’t forget that the following locations also stock the earlier issues (#1-3);

Big Bang Comics (Dublin, Ireland), Gosh! Comics (London, UK), Nostalgia & Comics (Birmingham, UK), Excelsior Comics (Bristol, UK), all Travelling Man stores (Manchester, York, Leeds & Newcastle, UK) , Floating World (Portland, Oregon, USA)

I hope to expand the number of stores carrying Exit Generation in the near future, & if you are a retailer; please don’t hesitate to contact me about stocking the book!

On that note, I’ll leave you with a couple of beautiful pieces of Exit Generation art produced by the fantastic Steve Beaumont, who’d painted a sinister Chief Taster, & ruff-&-tuff Hanna.

Steve dropped these over the last few days & I was both surprised, delighted & utterly humbled; I hope you guys enjoy them as much as I do, & go follow Steve on Twitter & tell him how excellent he is!

Just a light snack...

Just a light snack…

Think Scrap'll be having a word about the naughty word...

Think Scrap’ll be having a say about the naughty word…

As mentioned; Thought Bubble report very soon – watch this space!

Till then; take care!


ONE WEEK AND COUNTING!

Exit Generation #4 will debut at Thought Bubble 2014!

EG4_COVER

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!

new-dock-map

No excuses for missing us now!  😉

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

Sam


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!  😉


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!  😉