July 29, 2015
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two, one of which is my illustrated tour through the fall of Dreamwave and the rise of IDW, featuring some amazing (and unpublished) art.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.
April 8, 2015
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.
March 31, 2015
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!
March 4, 2015
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.
January 28, 2015
Last year, as a kind of sub-strand to Urban Species’ line of Transformers/Simon Furman signature T-shirts, I sat down with the Urban Species team to discuss all things Transformers and my career in general. That interview is now a fully edited piece over on You Tube. Enjoy.
January 23, 2015
Quick shout out for the latest issue of Eaglemoss’ excellent Marvel Fact-Files, a growing A-Z of every Marvel character, from the renowned to the obscure. To which, as it happens, I’m a regular contributor. The current issue (#97) is dedicated wholly to Marvel UK characters and strips from company’s rich history of publishing originated material, including The Hulk, Death’s Head, Dragon’s Claws, Captain Britain (the Parkhouse/Stokes era when he was teamed with the Black Knight) and Sleeze Brothers. I’ve duly contributed to the two I co-created (Death’s Head & Dragon’s Claws) as well as turning my beady eye on the fabulous Black Knight strip that co-starred Captain Britain (though before my time, I was later assistant editor on Captain Britain Monthly, and diligently read all that had come before). Some newsagents do stock Marvel Fact-Files, but it’s more a subscription thing or you can order direct from Forbidden Planet. Grab a copy while you can – it’s sure to be a collector’s item.
December 6, 2014
Quick shout out for an exciting auction that’s happening now over on ebay, one that’s in a great cause too. Up for grabs are copies of Transformers: Regeneration One #100, signed by a veritable host of Transformers creators. All monies raised will go to the care of writer Bill Mantlo, who was involved in an accident, suffering both physical and mental injuries, and left in need of constant care. As Transformers fans know, Bill was one of the first people involved in the comic, and also the creator of Rocket Raccoon and many more. You can check out the auctions here.