Yep, only days to go to Auto Assembly 2015 now, and here’s a little bonus for attendees. It’s no secret that Geoff Senior and I have been working on our own special project, and here it is! Well, it’s not quite here, but the promo poster for it is. And what’s more, it’s FREE, GRATIS and N’OWT OUT OF YOUR POCKET. Get ready for TO THE DEATH, mine and Geoff’s all-new sci-fi opus, which will debut in 2016. As well as handing out (and signing) posters, I’ll have a little teaser sequence (unlettered) from To The Death running on my laptop for passersby to gawk at. And as we get closer and closer to the launch next year, we’ll be leaking out more details, more stuff, and generally ramping up the anticipation to fever pitch. Keep an eye on this blog for more details. Note: I have 300 posters to hand out, so it’s strictly one per attendee and on a ‘first come, first served’ basis. I’ll be holding back 100 for Sunday, so don’t fret if that’s your only day there. You’ll still be in with a shot of grabbing one!
Less than a week to go before Auto Assembly 2015 in Birmingham, and the full schedule of panels and events is now up. In terms of my participation, above and beyond my usual table in the main hall, where I’ll be signing and selling a few bits and pieces (signed RG1 Script/Comic packs, comics & graphic novels, etc), here’s what’s what (and when):
Saturday August 22nd:
12 noon – Transformers UK retrospective with myself and Andrew Wildman, where we’ll be chatting and reminiscing about the halcyon days of Marvel UK and how we both then kind of graduated to Marvel US (and a long stint on the US Transformers comic).
8pm – Andrew and I will be back on stage to judge the ever-wonderful AA Cosplay competition. Trust me, some of the amazing outfits have to be seen to be believed.
9pm – The Script Reading. Once again, I’ve been roped in… I mean, enlisted to script this Auto Assembly mainstay, featuring the vocal talents of special guests, Sumalee Montano, James Horan and Peter Spellos. Expect the usual distinct lack of respect for any and every corner of the Transformers Universe.
Sunday August 23rd:
12 noon – The Fall of Dreamwave and the Rise of IDW, a visual tour through some of the amazing (rare/unseen) art that kind of fell between the cracks as Dreamwave nosedived and IDW picked up the ball for what has become the most spectacular run of Transformers comics in the brand’s 30-year-plus history. Featuring the work of Alex Milne, Don Figueroa, Joe Ng, EJ Su and many more.
Hope to see you at one or more of the above!
Just back from the rather excellent Dublin Comic Con, and thought I’d share a video of the event put together by the good people of Pulse College. Had a great time at what was a smoothly run and very friendly event. Highly recommended!
After a couple of packed convention years, 2015 has been deliberately convention-lite for me. Lot going on work-wise and just enjoying my weekends down here on the Kent coast. But… it’s all systems go for August with not one but TWO convention appearances to shout about.
First up is Dublin Comic Con (Aug 8th-9th) at the Convention Centre in, um, Dublin. One of my favourite cities, so no way was I saying no to this one. Plus, I have it on good authority that it’s a great and growing convention, with guests and dealers galore. I’ll be joining the likes of David Lloyd, Erik Larsen and homegrown talent in the shape of Declan Shalvey and Stephen Mooney, plus many others (from comics and TV/film). I’ll be doing the usual round of panels, one dedicated to 30 Year of Transformers, Q&As, and I’ll be at my table with RG1 Comic/Script packs for sale. Pop by and say hello if you can. For more details and to buy tickets you can check out DCC’s site here.
Then it’s the turn of Auto Assembly, in Birmingham, Europe’s biggest dedicated Transformers convention (Aug 21st-23rd), a two or so day extravaganza of all things robots in disguise. Sadly, this is the last AA for the foreseeable, so do try and come along (especially if you’ve never been before). It’ll be a feast of guests, panels and events, including the amazing cosplay competition (always worth seeing) and the live voice actor drama. There’ll be a host of Transformers comics creators in evidence, and I’ll be doing a panel or two, one of which is my illustrated tour through the fall of Dreamwave and the rise of IDW, featuring some amazing (and unpublished) art. I’ll be bringing plenty of stuff for sale or just signing whatever’s thrust under my nose. Don’t miss out on what’s destined to be its own little Transformers landmark event. For more information or to book tickets check the Auto Assembly website here.
I’m paring right back on my usual in-store and convention appearances this year, just so many other demands on my time at present, but the first of those I have committed to — will soon be upon us. I’m bound for Belfast, where I’ll be attending the Transformers-centric Opticon 1 fan convention at Belfast’s wonderful W5 centre. It’s over the weekend of May 9th-10th, and I’ll be there alongside the ever-fabulous Nick Roche, chatting to fans, signing (and maybe selling) stuff and doing the odd panel/Q&A type thing. If you’re in the area and want to pop along and say hi, you can check out the Opticon 1 Facebook page for more details.
Another shout out for the great Hibernia Comics, who seem dead set on unearthing and breathing new life into every bit of comic strip published (and unpublished) by IPC’s late lamented Scream! comic (on which I cut my editorial and scriptwriting teeth those many years ago). This time (after two volumes of The 13th Floor and a Library of Death collection) it’s the turn of The Dracula File, a bloodsucking tale to which I contributed four episodes back in the mid-80s. Sadly, as with all things Scream!, the strip ended kind of abruptly after only 15 published episodes (with the cancellation of Scream!), but there’s still plenty to enjoy – all 15 core episodes, plus a few published later in Scream! Specials (including some very early Geoff Senior artwork for you completists out there) and rare scraps of unpublished episodes that would have appeared in Scream! #16-18 (or thereabouts). Follow the links to order. You can visit Hibernia here and here. Trust me, there’s plenty to sink your teeth into!
Quick shout out for a Kickstarter campaign that’s well worth a little bit of your hard-earned. Play With This Too is a start-up toy company developing its own line of fully interchangeable sic-fi action figures, under the headline banner of Lost Protectors. There’s a brimming barrel-load of pro toy and comics talent behind this highly ambitious and super-cool project, and I’m even onboard to help flesh out the story and the character bios – should we move on to phase two (if that’s any incentive). So dig deep and get yourself in at the (kick)start of what is sure to be the next big thing. You can read more about the project and PWTT here on their main site, and the Kickstarter campaign is right here. Only 25 days left! Don’t delay.