Wednesday, 17 December 2014

The first Stephenson's Robot review.

Issue 1 of our new book Stephenson's Robot has been reviewed over on travellingman.wordpress.com, and it's great to see that the first issue has hooked at least one person into our new little universe.
A fair comment has been made about us not fully explaining the abilities of one of the characters... all I can say is that you'll learn more as the story continues... about his abilities and those of the strange characters that surround him.
The design of Stephenson's Robot himself came straight out of Indio's mind ... as we collaborated on a tale in the Robots anthology a few year's back ... I was so stunned by Indio's art that I felt compelled to tell the robot's story and enjoy the pages of artwork as they hit my inbox.

WesterNoir and Tales of WesterNoir reviews.

A couple of popular website, Starburst and Travelling Man, have posted reviews of the WesterNoir books up on their websites.
Both are great, with www.starburstmagazine.com reviewing all of them in one posting and travellingman.wordpress.com reviewing issue 4 of WesterNoir at Westernoir - Book 4 and then Tales of WesterNoir over at Tales of Westernoir - Issue 1.
Both are very positive and it's always interesting reading where reviewers think the story is going and what it's about. I'll say no more than that, you'll find out more in Issue 5 which'll be launched at next year's DemonCon event in Maidstone.

Sunday, 14 December 2014

WesterNoir has been spotted by Weird West Jonny.

We came across interest in WesterNoir from a posting over on a Facebook Group called Weird West Jonny from the 24th November.

I never knew that groups like this existed but it's great that they do. I'll have to keep an eye on this one for other Weird West titles/books/films and the like,

Stephenson's Robot On Sale In Millennium Comics, Northwich.

I delivered 10 copies of Stephenson's Robot #1, and ten Tarot Cards for those wishing to purchase the Tarot pack, to Millennium Comics in Northwich yesterday.
Dan wasn't around but Miles told me he'd read Dan's copy and that he loved it, which is always good to hear.
We'll try and get some copies into Geekbox Comics over the coming weeks, but other than that it'll be available at Cons or through emailing me at accentuk@btinternet.com.

Tuesday, 2 December 2014

Accent UK titles on display at Geekbox comics in Newcastle-Under-Lyme.

Dave Stevens over at Geekbox Comics sent me these great photos...
It's great to see the Accent UK titles in such good company...

Sunday, 30 November 2014

First Mini Review of Stephenson's Robot and Lego Kingdom.

I took a copy of Stephenson's Robot to my local comic store, Millennium Comics in Northwich, and Dan (the owner) has posted some nice words about the comic on his Millennium Comics Facebook Page ... scroll down to the 27th November... as well as an order for 10 copies. Not sure about the Hellboy crossover though...

And, keeping with tradition, here's Stephenson's Robot, Kingdom himself, in Lego.


...and in case you can't access Dan's Facebook Page, here's what he thought...

    ''I just read 'Stephenson's Robot' #1 from AccentUK, it's the first of seven issues and I can't wait to read more! �� Written by Dave West and Jon Ayre the story introduces a colourful cast of characters, including asylum escapee Jimmy the wolf boy, the carnival master Mr Cruikshanks (with psychic powers and a sinister plan), the Jigsaw Girl (a nice spin on Ray Bradburys The Illustrated Man) and Kingdom - the steampunkish robot himself.
    Featuring gorgeous art and colour from Indio! and Marleen Starksfield Lowe.. I'm looking forward to stocking this so I can recommend it to my customers, I know they will enjoy it as much as I did. Bring on the Hellboy crossover!''

Friday, 21 November 2014

The last Convention of the year.

You may have got a sense of it from reading Convention reports on this blog, 2014 has been the best year yet for Accent UK.
We've made record sales at Conventions and our on going series WesterNoir has really begun to gather more and more readers with each Con we do, as well as bring existing readers to the table to pick up the latest instalment.
Before WesterNoir however Stephenson's Robot was going to be our first on going series, well a 7 issue mini-series, and it's a very ambitious project for us which meant it has taken longer to get to print. But it did. And Thought Bubble saw it on the Accent UK table in all its splendour.
It's a very different book to WesterNoir and there's always the slight concern that readers of one wouldn't naturally be interested in the other.
So, with two new books and one of them, Tales Of WesterNoir, extending an existing series, we felt well placed to do well at this Convention too.
Driving over and setting up the morning of the first day of the Con is nothing new to us and we made it in plenty of time for 'doors opening'.
We were joined once again by WesterNoir co-creator Gary Crutchley (and you can read his report over on his blog) and Scott (Colin's son), so we had enough cover to allow us all to take time out from behind the table and wander around.
It was great to bump into Bridgeen Gillespie again after so many years and I of course picked up her great little collection of short stories, Flash Fiction.
This year we had Andy Bloor on his own table sat next to us, selling his own self published book Midnight Man. It's a very different book to Wolfmen, being written by Mo Ali and is a frantic fast pace actioner from beginning to end. It looks great with Andy's moody style jumping at you from every panel.
The organisers of Thought Bubble had changed things once again, this time adding a large Marquee to the square sat between the Main Dock hall and the Armouries. And it worked really well. This then was where most of the professional guests were sat and this is where the fan boys queued for signings and sketches. I was one of them for a while and spent a nice half hour chatting with Brian Hurtt as he drew a great sketch in my collected The Sixth Gun. We handed him a copy of the WesterNoirs as a thank you.
A typical slow start soon turned into a busy day, with repeat customers, Facebook friends, new customers and interested folk coming in waves.
WesterNoir being very well established now got the most interest but Stephenson's Robot had more than its fair share of sales as people were drawn to INDIO's wonderfully crazy artwork. It really is a gem of a comic.
So, by the end of the day we realised this was our best Thought Bubble ever, and that we'd already sold more books than we had over both days last year.
A nice evening spent talking comics over a burger and beer, and it was the perfect end to a great day.
Sunday started slower than Saturday. it always does, but unlike previous years, rather than sell half as many books over the day we actually sold nearly as many as we had on Saturday.
This was turning into one of our best ever Cons.
All books sold well but newer books sold better than the others, which is to be expected.
The Tarot Card edition of Stephenson's Robot went down well, as hoped, and we'll certainly continue producing a new card with each issue.
Andy Bloor, next to us, also had a good con with plenty of sales.
So, all in all it was a great two days and certainly just what we needed to keep us energised over XMas to continue working on the next issues of WesterNoir, Tales Of WesterNoir and Stephenson's Robot, as well as a number of other projects.