Saturday, 31 December 2011
Saturday, 24 December 2011
Thursday, 22 December 2011
Tuesday, 20 December 2011
Sunday, 18 December 2011
Saturday, 17 December 2011
Next up, WESTERN.
Thursday, 15 December 2011
So ... the first one is the ZOMBIES anthology, and required no modification at all.
Wednesday, 14 December 2011
PREDATORS can be found at http://www.starburstmagazine.com/reviews/comic-reviewscomics-a-graphic-novels/1587-comic-review-predators
and a review of both of the Wolfmen books can be found at http://www.starburstmagazine.com/reviews/comic-reviewscomics-a-graphic-novels/1586-comic-review-the-wolfmen-a-fall-of-the-wolfmen.
Sunday, 11 December 2011
Co-created by myself, Andy Bloor and Gary Crutchley, this is to be a 4 issue mini-series that will be edited by Colin. It is a merging of the Western and Film Noire genres and follows the story of central character Josiah Black as he follows the expansionism of the pilgrims in the Old West.
The first issue is well on the way thanks largely to the passion and talent of Gary, and is hoping to see print early in 2012.
Wednesday, 30 November 2011
Comics Anonymous is not a website I've come across before, but it has some interesting reviews up there.
Sunday, 27 November 2011
I managed to pick up a copy of the latest Louis book from Metaphrog as well as the latest copy of Tozo from David O'Connell. I've not read Louis yet but Tozo, now on issue 4, is building up into an intriguing and very nicely illustrated little classic ... and it has giant robots now as well as a couple of tiny ones ... who could ask for more.
Owen was busy both days talking to artists, who had come to show us their portfolios, with a view to getting artists lined up for our concept anthology, Who On Earth Is Thaddeus Mist?, and I think we've got everything covered now, so hopefully we'll be able to announce the line-up in a few weeks. Rhys L. Reed will be illustrating a story, and I'm really looking forward to seeing his take on the script.
So, all in all we had a great Con, and a big 'Thank You' to all those who stopped by to chat, buy or both. It was a great end to the Con year for us, 'Thanks' also to the organisers for running a great show...
Sunday, 13 November 2011
I think I came off best...
As always there was a wealth of talent selling a whole range of interesting and attractive books. And as always a lot of it was new to us, even though we attend a good number of shows ...
New to this even, and any other I've been to, was a continuous line-up of artists drawing underneath a camera which captured their every stroke for all to see ... I can only imagine how nerve wracking that would be to do, but it was fabulous to watch.
Nick Wadley's stall, next to ours, had a great range of amusing cards...
and I bought this one as it's my kind of humour...
A really great day ... great venue, great organisation, great conversation and great sales... what more could you ask?
Friday, 4 November 2011
Saturday, 29 October 2011
You can find out more about LUSH Comics by following the link on the right.
Saturday, 15 October 2011
We've done a few of these now and they really are different to any other event that we attend in the UK. Much smaller and more personal, with a lot of time available for both creators and punters to chill and chat about all manner of things.
You can find out more about the event over on their website at www.comicafestival.com,hope. Hope to see a few of you there, especially those living in or around London.
In other news, the ZUMBIS GN is moving ahead at pace, check this out http://twitpic.com/70asbx.
Thursday, 6 October 2011
I can't wait to get them both on my iPAD.
Justin is still busy and I believe that Apps now exist for Android ...
Sunday, 2 October 2011
Due to a favour done by Andy Bloor for Mark Millar, Mark has given us a page advert in Issue 4 of Kick Ass Vol 2. It's great exposure for us and we're really grateful to both Andy and Mark. We're lucky that Andy is such a talented designer type person ... as well as damn fine artist. In other news, Owen Johnson (writer up My Maker & I, which is a fabulous full colour one shot that is in production, with artwork by none other than Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles' Dan Duncan and colours by Matt Soffe) has been interviewed in Issue 1681 of Comic Buyer's Guide. It's always a challenge to fit everything into these interviews and mention everything but Owen does a great job. You can see more over on Owen's blog.
PREDATORS has hit the shelves of UK Comic shops, I've seen it with my own eyes, so if it's not in yours and you want to pick up a copy then have a go at the store manager. Sales were a little down on the books that have come before it, due I think to it clashing with DC's relaunch of all of its titles, so chances are you might not find it very easily. We will have copies for sale at the Leed's Thought Bubble event but it would help us out a lot if you'd get your comic retailer to get some copies through Diamond Distribution.
Sunday, 18 September 2011
I'll keep you posted on progress, the full list of UK contributors can be found in a previous posting.
PREDATORS is getting good feedback from the contributors who have now received their copies, and the Small Press Big Mouth podcast has reviewed it already, you can hear what they think of it in Episode 33.
Monday, 29 August 2011
Yep. A great day.
Sunday, 14 August 2011
We will have copies of PREDATORS for sale and look forward to discussing forthcoming projects with readers and creators alike. If you've been itching to see your work published, or just fancy seeing your work in one of our anthologies, then by all means pop along to our table and show us your portfolios.
The table will be manned by myself, Colin, Andy and Owen Johnson this year, and we hope to see some other Accent UK regulars on the day. If you're a PREDATORS contributor then be sure to stop by and collect your free copy of the book itself, and sign my copy.
Thursday, 4 August 2011
Following a few months of problems at Diamond, with new staff etc, our latest anthology, PREDATORS is in issue 275 of PREVIEWS (August cover date) on page 224.
A great cover image from Kev Mullins with overall design by Andy Bloor accompanies the blurb by Colin, and it all looks very nice indeed.
Sunday, 31 July 2011
It's been a bit a repeating theme of the year for us, this clashing of event dates. We had committed to the St. Helens event before we got any confirmation from MCM though and so it was to St. Helens and not into Manchester that we set off on Saturday morning.
Tom-Tom and Col-Col permitting.
It was our first event of this type. We'd presented as the sadly missed Borders before, but we've never really been put infront of 16 kids and been set the task of explaining how to make comics and from there get them to have a go. But there we were, having done plenty of preparation and having sounded out my daughter Jemma, who was the average age for the day, we were in fact pretty confident we could pull it off. And we did, I think. Keeping to a 3 panel story we had all of them thumbnailing, panelling, penciling, colouring, inking and lettering their efforts. And for those who had finished we had them designing super-hero costumes. All of the fids were very attentive, all the styles and stories were very different, and a good reflection on the industry as a whole, and all of teh efforts were very impressive. We had a great day.
A big 'Thank You' to the staff at the Central Library in St. Helens for treating us so well, and to the kids for making the event so enjoyable. We'll be doing more of these in the future I'm sure.
In other news, my old laptop has died, formal ceremonies take place next week, and so I've had to set everything up on a new one. Not a problem from a 'files' perspective as they're all on external disks, but it has caused a problem for the wesbite, as I'm having trouble getting CuteFTP to talk to the web provider. I'm working on it, and am now using their support services, but it has resulted in no website updates for a few weeks, which includes Strange Times. Apologies for that.
It's a good job we now have this blog ... and I'm therefore provided with another way to communicate, along with emails of course.
Friday, 15 July 2011
Something that I've been looking to do for a year or so now, and through a new independent comics app available through iTunes you can now download Whatever Happened To The World's Fastest Man?
The Lush Comics app for the iPad can be found by either browsing http://lushcomics.com/ipad, which will redirect you to the app, or by just searching for "Lush Comics" in the iTunes App Store. The iPad version is "Lush Comics HD" as opposed to the iPhone version, simply called "Lush Comics".
Justin, who created the app etc, is a keen supporter of Independent Comics and created this app as he saw a gap in the market and wanted to allow us to have a presence in the digital world that didn't find us hidden amongst the countless X-Men titles.
It is our intention to put our entire back catalogue up there over the coming weeks. If you're a contributor to one of our anthologies can you please give me your permission to use your work for this purpose. As is the case with the paper versions, there will be no actual payment for this, any funds will be put into future anthologies, but we will keep the price very low, to encourage as many people as possible to see your work. If you don't provide permission then we'll keep your contribution off of the app, not a problem, just let me know.
It'd be great to see more UK comics up on iTunes, if you would like me to connect you with Justin then let me know.
Sunday, 3 July 2011
Diamond UK have been very apologetic, and have promised the do everything that they can to get the book listed in the next PREVIEWS, so look out for it in August's edition.
Because of the delay, we've decided to print ahead of Diamond numbers, so that we can make sure the book can be launched at this years Thought Bubble event in Leeds, and Andy is just making a few very minor adjustments (perfectionist that he is) before sending the files off to the printers this week (or early next).
Sunday, 26 June 2011
Sunday, 19 June 2011
Worry not, ZOMBIES 2 is still being built and it's looking (amazingly) even better than the first one, our intention is to have this printed and in shops before the end of the year, although the PREDATORS Diamond listing moving to July has challenged that, we are still aiming for ZOMBIES 2 to hit the stores as soon as possible.
If you are a contributor, and I've not received your finished pages then please send me an update as I will be closing the book on it very soon and getting the image files to Andy Bloor so he can build the print files as soon as possible.
On another note, I've now finished my Wolfmen 3 script update and Andy has it is his possession. It just involved a couple of additional lines that Andy correctly pointed out would add to the story.
Monday, 30 May 2011
Sunday, 15 May 2011
The Concept :-
'In a land where imagination can take physical form, one faithless preacher man walks alone. After a woman from the stars crash-lands in his path, these two most impossible of companions journey together through a perilous landscape in order to confront The Administrator – a mysterious and powerful figure who they believe responsible for society’s collapse. Through Neverland Mall and into The Library At World’s End, The Pilgrim and Eve – along with Toto the Gecko from Mars – travel to discover what rot lies at the heart of their planet. It is there that they will discover what they truly believe in'.
As you can see from the above image it's going to be a full colour book, with art from the very talented Dan Duncan brought to even greater life through the colouring efforts of Matt Soffe. Andy Bloor has stepped in to do the lettering, which leaves myself to do a very easy job as Editor, as it's all coming together better than I could have hoped. This is gonna be one hell of a book :o)
A Preview of the book has been posted exclusively over on the Tales From The Parent's Basement website, so pop over have a look and leave a comment. We're very interested in your views.
There's also a Facebook Group that you are welcome to join and keep up to date with progress. We're also looking to use this to show of some of the processes behind to book, have some competitions and more as we get closer to the launch date.
I'm still waiting on a few ZOMBIES 2 contributions, please send me an update if you haven't already done so. If I've not heard from you by the end of this week then I may have to cut your contribution from the book. If I'm already aware of your progress then by all means send me an update please as we are compiling running order, page balance etc and will need to leave space etc.
The digital version of Whatever Happened To The World's Fastest Man? is getting closer, I hope to have an update on this in the next week or two that'll mean people can download the comic onto their iPad. I know I will be :o)
Sunday, 8 May 2011
Marleen's visit was a fleeting one, but she did drop of pages of her artwork for me. I aim to get pages from all of the books that I write and it's great to add pages from Marleen to those I have of Andy's work on The Wolfmen.
Gary was able to stay longer and we ended up having a burger and larger after the Mart (we didn't take him to McDonalds!!) and talk comics for... well who's counting.
Once we finished on comics we moved onto books, films and even TV shows before coming back to comics again. It'd be great to do this after every Mart, so next time we're in Manchester pop in if you're in the area, and hang around afterwards for a beer and comic chat. It always amazes me how the comic book back issue market seems to have almost collapsed in recent years. I can remember to days when Valiant was hitting its stride and whilst their titles were demanding astronomical prices, there was good demand for all manner of back issues and so pretty much all of them cost more than when they first appeared on the shelves. Today, the Marts are full of 25p and 50p boxes, and there are plenty of bargains to be had.
I think now, more than ever, comics should be seen as something to enjoy rather than as an investment... unless they are Accent UK titles of course :o)
Monday, 2 May 2011
I've got one more story to letter, and will be emailing out my lettered versions to the respective creators to make sure they are happy. Then I'll be chasing the stragglers... there are always a few :o)
Sunday, 24 April 2011
Sunday, 17 April 2011
You can see my personal write up over on my blog, as well as find report on Maurice's blog, and the blog of Olivia Pelaez, both of whom will hopefully be contibuting to future anthologies.