Monday, 8 February 2016

DemonCon 11... first Con of the year.

It's become a bit of a tradition that Accent UK start their convention season with a trip down south, and via a number of motorways end up in Maidstone for the Demon Con event run by the local Grinning Demon store.
It's a small event when compared to the MCMs and SuperCons but it is great fun and actually we do OK sales-wise too.
This year, as with previous years, me and Gary Crutchley were the Accent UK team, which we like to call the A-Team. Armed with a good selection of stock, including the newly printed Tales Of WesterNoir #2, we were set up by 10.30 and had time to wander around the event before the doors opened to a decent sized crowd at 11am.
We took the customized Lego with us again as this tends to interest the kids but left the Standees at home as the table was quite busy and last year were forever knocking them over.
The were actually very few points in the day when we had nobody in front of the stall. It would be interesting to know how the percentage of 'idle' time at this show compared with the MCMs, I think favourably would be the answer.
One young lad picked up a copy of Stephenson's Robot only to come dashing back less than 10 minutes later for issue 2. He admitted that he hadn't finished reading issue 1 yet but said that he loved the artwork and didn't want to miss getting the next comic, which is all you can ask really in terms of feedback.
WesterNoir continues to sell really well. The sketchpacks of 'Season 1' flew off the table but we also had a number of customers returning for more after picking up some issues last year.
We'd almost hit last years total by lunch time and sales continued into the afternoon.
I also caught up with someone who had been so inspired by our discussion over my customized Lego figures last year, and his superpower that enables him to tell which figure is in which MiniFig bag, that he had his own stall and now sell Lego MiniFigs. I picked up a couple for future modification.
I had time to catch up with Dean Beattie who does a great comic called Random Trials (and the Con poster above) and share views on the comic book convention scene, and then it was time to stop.
We had a really great day.
We sold a good number of books.
We talked about our books with a lot of the people of Kent.
We talked Lego and had fun with families trying to link figure with comic book.
We talked SteamPunk (and the new conventions in Kent (find out more by emailing GreatKentSpectations@hotmail.co.uk)).
We even had time for Earl Grey Tea and a toasted sandwich.
See you all again next year.

Saturday, 23 January 2016

Move Over Moriarty.

It seems to be traditional now that Accent UK take a trip to Waterside Arts Centre to catch up with the two ladies, Maggie Fox and Sue Ryding, that are Lip Service, for their latest two woman show.
This year the ladies turn their attention to bring a Sherlock Holmes tale to the stage.
As we have come to expect they each tackle many roles (so there are plenty of costume changes), they poke fun at the subject matter and they enjoy themselves.
What I love about these ladies is that they look to be enjoying themselves as much as the audience and there are moments when they 'seem' to improvise to great comedic effect. I say 'seem' as it is so funny that it feels like these moments should be part of the play (and maybe they are).
With all the rushing around and costume changes Watson came on stage without his moustache. I think everybody noticed it, Sherlock certainly did on the stage.
'Ah,' he said, 'you've shaved'.
'Err ..', Watson looks at the audience a moment,' Yes, but I have the kind of hair that grows back very quickly. in 12 hours you wouldn't know I had shaved at all.'
Watson then quickly disappears through the door and returns almost immediately with moustache.
'See', he says.
It's a very British act and I'm not sure that it would travel well abroad but young and old in the audience enjoyed every minute.
Can't wait to see what the ladies come back with next year. A Sci-Fi adaptation would be cool.

Monday, 18 January 2016

Tales of WesterNoir #2 and a review of WesterNoir #3.

Tales of WesterNoir Issue 2 (and not book 2 following a few comments... rightly made) has arrived and it looks great.
Both stories in this issue feature Jim Wilson, the monster hunter before Josiah Black, and who Josiah killed in WesterNoir Issue 1.
My story 'Lure for a Monster' has been illustrated by the very talented Mal Earl and Gary Crutchley's 'A Righteous Man' by the equally talented Joe Campbell who brought my Missing : Have You Seen The Invisible Man? story to life a couple of years ago. Two very different styles make for a very interesting book visually.
Tales of WesterNoir Issue 2 will be launched at the DemonCon event in Maidstone on the 7th February.

WesterNoir Issue 3 got a great review over at IronShodApe.wordpress.com, from a new reader of the series.

Saturday, 16 January 2016

2016 Convention Dates.

I've just popped the Convention Dates for 2016 up on the blog, just check the list on the right -->
It's great to be heading back to Helsinki, and whilst we are returning to a lot of the Cons we enjoyed last year, we have added a couple of new ones too.

Winter is here.

Forget 'Winter is coming', it's arrived and the last two days have seen me defrosting the gate before I even get to try to defrost the car.
I did see this though, a strange little ice formation in one of the cow bowls that we have in the front garden, to water the birds and hopefully not any wandering cows...
It's stunning and I have absolutely no idea how it could have formed, standing perpendicular to the ice that had formed on the water in the bowl.
Beautiful though.

Thursday, 14 January 2016

Comic Heroes #26.

WesterNoir gets a good mention in the latest issue of Comic Heroes thanks to Mike Garley.
Mike needed to talk to an independent creator about the implications and challenges of producing an ongoing series and thought of us.
Following on from the issue before Mike continues his Creating Independent Comics feature and it is well worth reading if you're starting off. Well, actually there's insight to be gained even if you've been creating them for a good few years.
It was great to see the cover of issue 1 of WesterNoir looking at me as I turned the page...
 I look forward to reading where Mike goes next with this.

Friday, 1 January 2016

WesterNoir #1 is now available on Comixology.

Josiah Black would have looked very different
had I been illustrating it rather than Gary Crutchley.
The great news is that I finally managed to get WesterNoir issue 1 up on the Comixology site.
Previously I had tried to get our comics available through the LUSH Comics digital comics site but this has now ceased trading and Comixology really is the place to be.
You can find it at www.comixology.co.uk and  www.comixology.com.
Some kind soul has already given it a five star rating, which is a great start to the year.