Friday, 16 August 2019

Return To The Asylum.

Our second anthology comic, telling tales about those characters created by people attending the Steampunk events in the UK is now available on Kickstarter. IT features a rather striking looking gentleman on the cover :o )

Return To The Asylum on Kickstarter

This issue features the post apocalyptic rock bank,V2A, in a 10 page story illustrated by Gustaffo  Tataje.

It also offers the opportunity to pick up the steampunk series, Stephenson's Robot. All 5 issues currently in print of the 7 issue mini series.

Oh, and after a great first day it was tagged as a Project We Love on Kickstarter which is great.


Jason Cobley enjoyed 'Boy Abducted By Aliens Returns'.

It means a lot to me when a fellow creator praises one of my stories.
Jason Cobley has just done so on facebook and it made my day.
Thanks Jason.

Wednesday, 14 August 2019

Asylum XI is fast approaching.

Well, the biggest Steampunk event in the UK, if not the world, takes place every year over the Bank Holiday Weekend at the end of August.

Last year, due to my focus on the new steampunk anthology Enter the Asylum, I failed to get my Stephenson's Robot Issue 5 out. Not so this year.
Yesterday I received the boxes from great printers @CPUK (you can contact Rich via Twitter).
They look fabulous...
Andy Bloor has done his usual great job designing the comic and giving it a colour that allows it to fit in with but stand out from the other issues.
INDIO! has worked his usual crazy magic, each page I receive makes me smile.
The Back story this issue is by the equally talented David Hitchcock. working his own kind of pencil and ink magic on a tale set in the time period that's he loves, Victorian. I've done something with the colouring on this that I'm really happy with. Subtle but effective, I hope.
That doesn't mean that the next Asylum anthology has been put on the back burner though, oh no. Return To The Asylum (see what we did there) is with the printer as I type this.

Tuesday, 23 July 2019

Manchester MCM

Accent UK will be at this weekend's Manchester MCM, pop over and say 'Hi' if you're at the Con.

Sunday, 9 June 2019

Boy Abducted By Aliens Returns - Reviews

It's difficult getting reviews these days and to be honest, I'm rubbish at sorting them out.
I have Gustavo to thank then for sending out PDFs of the comic and getting the book reviewed by the following:-

The first from Pipedreams :- www.pipedreamcomics.co.uk

then Devils and Warriors :- www.daredevilsandwarriors.com

then Mass Movement Magazine :- www.massmovement.co.uk

and finally in the latest issue of Comic Scene :-

All in all they are pretty good.
Some seem a little put out by the misleading title and some wonder at the science (I linked the power to his Y chromosome connecting to another Y chromosomes, so it wouldn't effect women), but I like that.
I like that people have a think about it and question what they've read.
Yep. Happy with these.
Thanks to the reviewers for taking the time to read our comic, and to Gustavo for sending them review pdfs in the first place.
Oh, and if you're a reviewer and would like to review the comic then please email me or contact me through Twitter.

London MCM

The last Con of a very busy May was the London MCM.
Last May's event hadn't been great. We'd had one table, which was stuck in the middle of a row of mostly artists selling prints and we were effectively invisible when approaching from one side due to the wall of prints that the table next to us had put up dividing the tables.
Still, I'm not one to complain and we took this in our stride.
Some Cons are better than others.
This time around we had two tables again and Jemma and I were joined by Colin and Scott.
We were hoping that this May's MCM would be better than the last.
In short, it was.
It certainly got off to a fun start when, on arriving, I found this on my table..

Gary Erskine is a constant at the MCMs and always fun.
Friday was it's usual very slow affair, and really isn't worth a day off work.
Saturday made up for it though and Sunday was almost as solid, so overall we did pretty well.
MCM is under new management and there have been a number of improvements over recent Cons. 
This time around the Stewards were much better organised and attentive.
I liked the way the professional comic creators were placed around the Comic Village so the punters looking for them had to wander a little, and maybe notice something of interest that hasn't had any involvement from Stan Lee.
Yep.
MCM is still a huge corporate monster of a Con.
It still attracts more people looking to spend £70 on 2 seconds and a signed photo from some extra in some Star Wars movie or other.
It still has loads of Cosplayers who just aren't interested in the source of the character that they are dressed as.
But, because it's so big there are still plenty of plenty coming around the Comic Village to see what's on offer.
I think it's trying to raise the profile of Comics and it's not doing a bad job.
The rest is down to us to produce quality comics, engage with browsers and look to build a reader base.
Can't really ask for much more than that.

Saturday, 8 June 2019

TCAF!!!

Yep.
Accent UK went to Toronto's TCAF event.
Toronto.
Canada.
These trips are more about meeting completely new creators and making new connections than we were expecting to sell the number of comics needed to turn a profit, but we try to do at least one Convention abroad every year.
It's also about seeing what the independent comic scene is like in other countries.
And how do our books stand up in comparison.
In Canada it's also about the Maple Syrup.
We arrived a day or so before the convention with the intention of just wandering, which is what we tend to do. Checking out the comic shops, in this case the rather impressive Beguiling Comics (who are involved with the Convention itself) and books stores and just, well, wandering.
I like Toronto.
I like the feel of the city.
On Friday we attended a few of the lectures, by other independent creators and registered.
It all took place as billed and was pretty professionally managed.
It all bode well for the Convention itself.
Saturday saw us walking the streets of Toronto again but this time pulling our suitcases, loaded with comics. We took advantage of the underground and it was all pretty straight forward.
The Convention itself was in the Library, on a number of floors, and the range of quality books was very impressive.
And there we were on our own little table in the corner.
Saturday was a slow start, and we did OK sales-wise. We had a lot of fun chatting with the Canadians and surrounding creators and also had the chance to wander around the Con a little ourselves.
Wow.
What a fabulous Convention.
Saturday night we decided to just chill and found, typically, a British themed restaurant where we had a good laugh with the waitress about some of the things that they hadn't got quite right.
Sunday was a better day, we sold out of a number of things and got low on the rest.
Had it been a Con in the UK we would have classed it as a good one for sales.
But it was in Canada.
So we classed it an excellent one.
We met a load of great people, met a lot of new people who now have a copy of at least one of our comics in their homes and had some fun with the creators on adjoining tables, and across the aisle.
Monday's flight back was in the late afternoon so we decided to go and say goodbye to The Thing..
Oh, and try to pay a visit to the Museum of Illusion...
although for some reason we never did manage to find the entrance...