COUNTDOWN TO AA2014

July 28, 2014

In just a shade under two weeks I’ll be heading north to attend the premiere (and to be honest, only) UK Transformers convention, Auto Assembly (over the weekend of August 8th-10th). This event just keeps getting bigger and better, and this year’s Transformers 30th Anniversary bash looks to the biggest and best yet.

I’ll be there, as will a host of other Transformers luminaries — voice actors, writers, artists — including fellow Regeneration One-ers Andrew Wildman, Stephen Baskerville, John Paul Bove and Jason Cardy. So what’s happening over the weekend? Well…

The Regeneration One panel: on the Saturday, myself and the aforementioned Regen One-ers will be post-morteming the series now it’s all done and dusted, forensically examining every high and low, giving our final coroner’s verdict on the 20+ issues, and of course answering your burning questions.

The Urban Species signing: on the Sunday, I’ll be doing a special signing at the Urban Species table, where they’ll be launching their Simon Furman Signature range of Transformers T-shirts. Come by and get your SFS T-shirt (see below), which are being offered for sale re-signed by me, exclusively for AA.

TF Regeneration One #100 script & comic packs: on sale at my own table, over the whole weekend, these will be the most covetable script/comic packs of all. Having sold out at London Film and Comicon, I expect these to go quickly. If you want to pre-reserve one or more (at £20 each) before the event, reply to this post and I’ll set one aside. These are only for collection at the event. Sorry.

And of course I’ll be bringing a whole of bunch of other comics, TPBs and scripts for sale at my table, where you’ll find me camped out for the majority of the weekend. Look forward to seeing you there! For more details, check out the Auto Assembly website here.

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SCREAM… AND SCREAM AGAIN!

July 21, 2014

Waaaay back in 1984 I was first dipping my toe in the mighty pond that is the comics biz as assistant editor on Scream!, the tragically short-lived ‘creepy’ comic published by IPC Magazines. Among the amazing strips Scream! showcased was The Thirteenth Floor, written by John Wagner and Alan Grant (under the pen name Ian Holland) and drawn by Spanish artist Jose Ortiz. Featuring Max the computer, an A.I. that creates a virtual 13th floor in the Tower Block it oversees in order to punish wrongdoers, The Thirteenth Floor ran in all 15 issues of Scream! and then transferred to Eagle, another title published by IPC at the time. Well now, Scream! has stirred from its resting place, in the shape of a second collection of the The Thirteenth Floor from Hibernia Press. This quality collected edition is a true labour of love, and — other than the great and now hugely rare strips collected within — features an all-new introduction by yours truly. All Hibernia titles can be ordered through their online shop here. I urge you to check it out.

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ON THE ROAD 2014

June 25, 2014

I know… I know… it’s been a while since I last popped my head above the parapet on the convention circuit, but here we go with a veritable glut of dates over the summer. First up…

This coming Sunday, June 29th, I’ll be at the London Comic Mart at the Royal National hotel in Russell Square. Signing copies of Transformers: Regeneration One TPB 4 (and 1, 2, & 3). I’ll have a few other bits and pieces with me too. Entry is free. For more details, go here.

Then, one week later, over the weekend of July 5th/6th, I’ll be at the Glasgow Comic Con, with my full complement of script packs, scripts, TPBs and comics. Including a very limited run of issue #100 script/comic packs. Amazing array of guests, dealers and more. For more details, go here or here.

Then, one week after that, over the weekend of July 12th/13th, I’m at the London Film and Comicon at Earl’s Court 2, along with fellow RG1-ers Andrew Wildman and Stephen Baskerville. For more details go here.

Then… a slight breather before:

The UK’s premier Transformers convention, Auto Assembly in Birmingham, over the weekend of 9th/10th August. For more details on that, go here.

Hope to see you at one (or more) of the above!

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DRAGONS ON THE LOOSE

May 30, 2014

First off, sorry for the extended absence , lots going on but not that much to post about (yet)… until now anyway. This week sees the publication of the first in a series of graphic novels based on the movie How To Train Your Dragon (and its TV spinoffs, Dragons: Riders of Berk/Dragons: Defenders of Berk). The first (of six) — Dragons: Riders of Berk – Dragon Down — is in bookstores (real and virtual) now, and pits Hiccup and his fellow Vikings (and their dragons) against Alvin the Treacherous. When Snotlout’s overheating dragon, Hookfang, goes AWOL, it becomes a race against time to save him from the Outcasts — and himself! Dragon Down is written by me (‘natch, as I’m plugging it here) and drawn by talented newcomer Iwan Nazif. Perfect for kids… of all ages. You can purchase the book here, or on other perfectly good sites or even actual bookstores. More updates soon on other stuff on my current slate and upcoming. Promise.

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THRASH COURSE OF ACTION

April 14, 2014

With my other, editorial, hat on, I’ve been busy co-editing the rather marvellous Metallica – Nothing Else Matters (published by Omnibus Press), an original graphic novel by Jim McCarthy and Brian Williamson, which hits all good bookstores today (Monday April 14th). Thrash metal’s most successful band comes under the McCarthy/Williamson microscope, charting the band’s highs and lows from pre-Metallica days right up to the here and now, all presented in page upon page of mindblowing graphic design art. If you’re a fan of the band, or just fascinated by the trials and tribulations of life in the music biz spotlight (or if you just want to soak up the dazzling graphic art), then scoot straight to your nearest bookstore, or shop online here.

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IN ORBIT(AL) THIS SATURDAY

March 24, 2014

Just a quick reminder that, this coming Saturday (March 29th) virtually the whole Regeneration One team will be at Orbital Comics in London with our signing pens (and body armour) at the ready. Myself, Andrew Wildman, Geoff Senior, Stephen Baskerville, John-Paul Bove and Jason Cardy are ready and waiting for copies of issue #100 to be thrust under our noses for the barely legible scrawls that we call our signatures. For more details, click on the link here.


(YET ANOTHER) RG1 #100 INTERVIEW

March 19, 2014

Yep, it’s true, I’m not yet tired of flapping my gums and shouting from the rooftops about Transformers Regeneration One #100, which hits stores todayWednesday 19th March. And so, over on ComicsVerse, there I am, blathering away again. If you can stand yet more opining from yours truly, you can find the interview here.


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