– Magic of Myths was chosen as a highlight book for the Comics should be good blog for its Month of African-American Comics. (Yes, we’re aware it’s a mild misnomer given neither Sergio nor I are African American, but the column stated that black people from across the globe were eligible, and the mirror didn’t hold any surprises for me the last time I looked in it, barring a few more grey hairs, so…)
Naturally we’re delighted to have been picked among the many, many entries and the columnist, Brian Cronin, had lots of kind things to say about the series:
“In this series, Brotherson does a strong job with the concept of myths, especially modern myths, like the ones that we make up about ourselves and our lives. Are they any less powerful than the ancient myths? I suppose we will find out as the series continues.
“Calvet’s work evokes a nice Kirby-esque feel to it that lends the comic a good deal of charm. (…) This is an engaging series with charming artwork from the main artist. I hope to see more of Eve’s heroic journey in the future.”
So we’re happy bunnies indeed. Read more here: http://goodcomics.comicbookresources.com/2014/02/11/month-of-african-american-comics-magic-of-myths-seasons-1-2/
– We’ve also announced a new Magic of Myths book, called Magic of Myths: Faerie. This is to help fill the gap of Magic of Myths: season three‘s delay (sorry). The story will be revealed in due time, but it involves William Shakespeare‘s A Midsummer Night’s Dream…
An artwork preview fresh from Sergio’s drawing table? Sure, why not:
– After January’s (seemingly successful) guest teaching slot at a Birmingham junior school, I’ve just been asked to do another in a secondary school, this time on creating comic books. Very cool. Also, scary. But mostly cool. Should be a lot of fun.
– A secret project I’m currently putting together is progressing. After a friend and very well respected creator/editor made a few edits/suggestions, it’s time for a re-write. Which is exciting – it frames the story in a new, refreshing way. Hoping to have something to actually *give* – yes, give – to you come San Diego Comic-Con…
– Oh, yes, San Diego Comic-Con. We (myself and Clockwork Watch creator Yomi Ayeni) have been accepted once again to grace their wonderful, busy halls. Which is bloody amazing as it seems even those who have attended a couple times haven’t got in this year. We may even get a panel. We’re super grateful. Hopefully we can drag our super talented artist friend, Jennie Gyllblad, along with us.
– Zombie anthology Dead Roots is on the verge of release [which includes my story ‘Black, White and Red (All Over)‘ – drawn and lettered by the talented Andy W Clift and Mike Stock, respectively] , with a launch party set for 22nd March at the Coach and Horses on Great Marlborough Street. Come on down for book signings and drinks!
That’s it for now. More to come soon. Promise.
Let’s start with Clockwork Watch.
Since the launch of the first book (The Arrival) in 2012, we’ve managed to push the concept across the globe, launched a second event (Clockwork Underworld) and now two more books, Breakaway and Tick Tock IPA.
You can buy Breakaway – which is our The Empire Strikes Back to the shiny, clean optimism of The Arrival‘s Star Wars: A New Hope – here: www.comicsy.co.uk/clockworkwatch/store/
Tick Tock IPA launches at San Diego Comic-Con next week, but you’ll be able to get your hands on it soon after…
– Launching and selling Magic of Myths: 2013 preview
– Selling Magicof Myths: season one
– Playing the Magic of Myths card game with showgoers
– Launching and selling the Clockwork Watch 2013 preview book
– Selling Clockwork Watch: The Arrival
– Talking at the Clockwork Watch panel on Sunday at Alea Cinema Room, 1.10pm – 2pm
– Supporting the launch of Tales of the Forgotten and Unseen Shadows: Year One
– Talking at the Unseen Shadows panel on Sunday at Alea Cinema Room, 12.10pm – 1pm
I’ll be in the Royal Armouries Hall (tables 81 -82) with Jennie Gyllblad andYomi Ayeni: http://thoughtbubblefestival.com/royal-armouries-hall-floor-plan/. Hope to see you there!
When truth must be stolen from the mouths of the wicked, it falls beyond the reach of mere heroes.
Liars, loners, losers – trapped on the outskirts of a war fought in silence and shadow. Drawn into darkness, they flee it, they study it, they make it their home.
They are the Forgotten – a flickering circle of torchlight in an expanding world of Unseen Shadows.
Read the preview here: http://unseenshadows.com/tales-of-the-forgotten/
After getting a one page article in Bizarre magazine earlier this year, we went to work on securing a larger feature in the alternative magazine. Lots of emails, late nights and worked related sweat later, this was the result – a massive six page feature in Bizarre‘s October issue, talking about the project’s origins, how the graphic novel team was built, and more. Jen’s artwork features on every page, which is fantastic.
You can read the full article in Bizarre (we’re after the Bianca Beauchamp Q&A), which also has a great feature on Judge Dredd as well if you’re looking for more comic book related stuff in the issue. Woot!
Barry Nugent, author of Amazon best selling novel Fallen Heroes and the forthcoming sequel, Forgotten Warriors, has signed myself and super-artist Jorge Oliveira to create a short comic called Fight or Flight. Set in the Unseen Shadows universe, the story will be released alongside audio drama Empire of Blood and features the origin of feisty Icarus Foundation investigator Victoria Sullivan.
Fight or Flight has been a great little project to work on, so I’m looking forward to its release, along with my other Unseen Shadows story, Stolen, which features art by the talented Cormac Hughes.
Clockwork Watch has been featured in Bizarre Magazine this month, which has left us all very happy:
We get a lovely write-up – many thanks to the Bizarre team – so head over to your local newsagent and pick up a copy!
So sorry for the lack of write-up on the Bristol Comic and Small Press Expo. It went very, very well thanks to some brilliant people in and out of the comic book industry, but there’s been a total lack of time to even think too much about it…
…because I’m heading off to the star-studded Kapow convention in London this weekend. Bayou Arcana figurehead Jimmy Pearson very generously offered part of his exhibitor’s table to the Clockwork Watch team; simply an offer we couldnt refused. So now I’m packing up my stock, preparing a bag and off to my second con in as many weeks.
Wish us luck!
So, what’s next?
Ah, yes. The Bristol Comic and Small Press Expo.
This weekend on 12th and 13th May, I’ll be joining the comic book community and industry for the annual event in Bristol. Last year I was there to launch Magic of Myths: season one – this year I’ll be there to help launch:
– Bayou Arcana: Volume 1. Songs of Loss and Redemption (with all the other Bayou Arcana creators)
– Clockwork Watch: The Arrival (with fellow creators Yomi Ayeni and Jennie Gyllblad)
– And selling more copies of Magic of Myths: season one.
On top of that, I’ll also be doing talks at three panels. One each for Bayou Arcana and Clockwork Watch at the rather special Markosia Showcase at the Ramada (where we’ll be selling and signing the books), and another will be a Transmedia panel on Saturday at the Ramada at 11.45am, along with Barry Nugent, Stephen M Downey and Scott Grandison. There I’ll be talking about my experiences on Unseen Shadows: Stolen, Clockwork Watch and plans for Magic of Myths, along with some other goodies from the above talented creators.
In short, the busiest and convention I’ll have ever been at. But should be great fun.
You can find us all at the Markosia Showcase at the Ramada, so come over and say hi!