Wednesday, 20 April 2016
Welcome back to my sadly neglected blog!
Busy as ever behind the scenes, with some news I hope to share soon about my upcoming projects.
In the meantime, this Saturday I will be exhibiting at the Birmingham Comics Festival. First time I will have done this con as I was on holiday last year when it was on.
I will be selling my usual wares, copies of Midnight Man (now onto the 3rd printing!) plus the limited sketchpacks (which include the book, badge, A5 mini-print and an original sketched card), copies of Andy-Thology, prints and artwork.
My good friend and comics/film enthusiast John will be with me to help lend a hand on the day, which is always good!
I've booked more cons for later in the year as well, so far I'm doing:
Cardiff Independent Comic Con, Cardiff - Saturday June 25th
ICE, Birmingham, Saturday 10th September
Nottingham Comic Con, Nottingham - Saturday 29th October
Sadly I didn't get a table for Thought Bubble, although I've kindly been offered to table share with a comic professional (super nice bloke) but I'm still hoping I get something on the reserve list. Hopefully will have news on that later in the year.
A few other cons I'm looking at too, Bristol is a firm possibility, just looking into it.
Mo (Ali, co-creator of Midnight Man) and I have had some more great feedback on the book too from some unexpected people. Hopefully we can share more on that soon too. That book just continues to find more fans, which we couldn't be happier about.
Tuesday, 9 February 2016
Had a couple of great reviews courtesy of the guys at Pipedream Comics.
The review for Midnight Man is here.
The review for Andy-Thology is here.
Alex from Pipedream came over to my table last weekend at the True Believers con, had a good chat with him and it was great to hear how much he liked the books. Thanks so much for the kind words Alex!
True Believers itself was a fun day. Sales were ok, about on a par with last year really. It's such a great venue and carries with a good atmosphere with parents taking their kids (most dressed up as superheroes along with the many cosplayers) that you can't help but not enjoy the day.
The less said about the drive home in truly horrendous rain and windy conditions the better!!
Friday, 5 February 2016
Looking forward to heading back to Cheltenham Racecourse tomorrow for the True Believers comic festival. Had a good time last year and the buzz around this years con has been building and building so I'm hopeful it's going to be a good day.
Be nice to meet up with friends again and get the comic creating buzz back which I've lost of late.
I'll be selling copies of Midnight Man (just took receipt of the third!! printing of the book yesterday again great service by Rich Hardiman of Comic Printing UK - can't recommend this guy enough) Andy-Thology, both Wolfmen books, prints and original art.
Again I'll have special 'limited edition' sketchpacks of Midnight Man available, which, along with the regular comic contain a mini A5 print, badge and an original sketched card. All for just £6!!
Friday, 15 January 2016
Back to business, and nice to notice that Patrick Scattergood over at the Curiosity of a Social Misfit site gave Midnight Man an 'honourable mention' in the best graphic novels of 2015 category for his end of year awards.
Considering the amount of books published, I consider that an award it itself, so thanks very much Patrick!
You can check the post out here!
Nice to see my friends over at Accent UK get a few mentions and a runner up spot for Stephenson's Robot #1 (which features my design work) as best comic book! Well done guys.
Monday, 11 January 2016
I wanted to pay my own tribute here to my dear brother Simon, who sadly passed away November 15th 2015, aged just 45.
My thoughts go to his wife, Elizabeth and his three children, Alex, Benjamin and Joseph.
It was thanks to Simon that I got into drawing, as he was much better than me growing up and I wanted to draw like him. He got me into comics too and he too was very fond of sci-fi, especially Star Trek.
Not a day goes by where I don't think of him, and I wanted to write these words just to say that I miss him terribly. RIP my dear brother.
Monday, 16 November 2015
Just got back from a fab (but tiring) Thought Bubble convention (full report on that later in the week) but just wanted to post the news that 'Andy-Thology' came back from the printers in good time and made its debut at the show.
Rich Hardiman at Comic Printing UK has done a fantastic job on the book, so much so that I had a lot of comments enquiring as to who printed it!
If you want a copy, it's now up for sale on my online shop midnightman.bigcartel.com
Thursday, 5 November 2015
Providing no last minute hiccups (like last year) my anthology book Andy-Thology- will make its debut at Thought Bubble.
Book is now in the hands of Rich Hardiman at Comic Printing UK (who did such a good job of my Midnight Man reprint), new banner & posters on the way. Almost there, just a few more bits to do yet.
The book features reprints some of my most favorite short stories (all re-lettered) that I've done over the years, plus a couple of new strips, along with some pinup and cover art too.
The book's contents is as follows:
'Zombies' by Kieron Gillen
'The Cabinet of Doctor Diablo' by John Reppion & Leah Moore
'Robot' By Kieron Gillen
'The Men Who Built The West' by Kieron Gillen
'Skin Deep' by Mo Ali
'Diablo Undone' (new) by John Reppion & Leah Moore
'Midnight Man: Stitch'n Time' (new) by Mo Ali
I'm very lucky to have an introduction written By Kieron Gillen, and also an afterword by John Reppion too. I'm very happy with how the book looks and can't wait to see printed copies.
Also, my good friend Vince Hunt (creator of the fabulous 'Red Mask from Mars') have collaborated on a special print that is exclusive to Thought Bubble (see above). We've also something else special planned too regarding that artwork, more on that very soon.
You can catch me in New Dock Hall, table 129 on the 14/15 November, see you there where I'll have copies of Andy-Thology, Midnight Man (regular books and limited sketchpacks), prints and original artwork. See you there.