We closed out British Comics Month, our four-week dedicated celebration of UK-based four-colour goodies, with a final batch of top-notch events and this cracking piece from our Andrew to cap things off.
On Wednesday we marked the arrival of Prog 1874 of 2000AD by inviting Dan Abnett, Tom Eglington, Simon Coleby, Simon Davis & Smudge to come along and sign copies of the new issue.
This Prog features starting episodes for all the stories and is designed as a jumping on point for new and lapsed readers.
It seemed to work a treat, with a good crowd gathering for some Thrill Power and a chance to meet the team behind it.
Friday saw us launching Bump, a new book about conception, pregnancy and childbirth from Kate Evans.
Kate did a nice talk on how she sees her role as a creator and activist and signed books for the assembled throng.
Then on Saturday we tied a bow on our British Comic Month event schedule by having Kevin O’Neill drop by to sign Nemo: Roses Of Berlin, the latest volume in the epic League Of Extraordinary Gentlemen cycle.
As is traditional for a League signing it was a blockbuster with the queue running into the far distance but Kevin was a trooper, signing for the masses who turned up and signing a healthy stack of books for us to have in the shop. Drop us a line if you want one stashed for you.
Of course, the end of British Comics Month is far from the end of our ongoing efforts to bring you the chance to meet amazing creators.
This Wednesday sees us welcoming Tom Humberstone into the shop for one of our regular Process sessions. Tom will be talking about his career as a comic creator, his role as the editor of Solipsistic Pop and his work on In The Frame, his weekly strip for The New Statesman. It all kicks off at 7pm and is open to all. Come along!
Then on Friday we’re delighted to be launching Bazoik, the latest slice of comicky delight from Gosh! favourite Lord Hurk.
It’s a fantastic new book from a brilliant creator so pop along, grab a copy and meet the man behind the madness.
Another creator we’re always delighted to see new work from is Gilbert Hernandez and this week we get a hardcover collection of Fatima: The Blood Spinners, his own twisted take on a zombie apocalypse.
There’s a lovely new kid’s book out this week from Matthias Picard called Jim Curious: A Voyage To The Heart Of The Sea. It is, as you’d imagine, tale of underwater exploration but has the added bonus of being in glorious 3D! There’s even TWO pairs of glasses to save arguments…
The novelisation of Jim Henson’s Labyrinth is written by A.C.H. Smith but is probably more notable for the illustrations, which are provided by the legendary Brian Froud.
Talking of adaptations there’s a hardcover collection of the early issues of the brilliant Batman ’66 out this week as well.
On the other side of the street we have an original graphic novel, Amazing Spider-Man: Family Business, written by Mark Waid and James Robinson with fully painted art from Gabriele Dell’Otto. Despite the artist’s surname I think the adjective in the title tells you who’s doing the wall-crawling in this one…
Star Lord: Tears For Heaven has a cover from Sara Pichelli, the current artist on Guardians Of The Galaxy but actually features material from Star Lord’s adventures in the 70′s. However, given they were written by Doug Moench and illustrated by Bill Sienkiewicz, the contents aren’t too shabby either.
Chris Lackey is the writer and artist of Transreality, a new Sci-Fi story that tells the story of a man with a rare form of amnesia that means he will fail to recognise people and then throws him into a world of virtual reality and hive minds that threaten to engulf him.
First Second do a tremendous range of all ages titles and their latest is Hidden: A Child’s Story Of The Holocaust by Loic Dauvillier and Marc Lizano. It’s a challenging subject but, when handled deftly, incredibly powerful.
The Secret Service: Kingsman collects the Mark Millar and Dave Gibbons espionage tale that is currently in production as a feature film.
With a cover from Michael DeForge, contributions from the likes of Carla Speed McNeil and an acknowledgment of influence from the likes of Taboo, Uzumaki and Black Hole, it sounds like Sleep Of Reason is a Horror comics anthology that’s worth a look.
In terms of new comics out this week we’ve got Inhuman #1 from Charles Soule and Joe Madureira which charts the transformation of the Marvel Universe following the release of Terrigan Mists among the populace.
Harking back to a previous event we have What If? Age Of Ultron #1 which has Joe Keatinge and Raffaele Ienco showing us another version of a world without a founding Avenger.
Ed Brisson and Simon Roy bring us Field #1 which opens on a man waking in a field in just his underpants with no memory of who he is or how he got there and a nothing else around except a mobile phone that keeps sending him texts warning him that he’s in danger. Sounds promising. (Not for him obviously.)
Caliban #1 is written by Garth Ennis with art from Facundo Percio and is a blend of Horror and Sci-Fi very much in the vein of Alien.
It’s quite the week for amnesiacs as we also have Dead Letters from Christopher Sebela and Chris Visions which sees Sam Whistler wake up in a hotel he doesn’t recognise with his arms bandaged and some angry people banging on the door of his room.
Finally, this week’s Self Obsessed one shot collects some of Sina Grace’s autobiographical comics.
See you next week!