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Kendal, UK, 25th September 2014: The Edinburgh Festival has its own Fringe, and every major political party conference has its fringe events, both straight-laced and bizarre... and now this year's Lakes International Comic Art Festival (17th - 19th October 2014) has gained its own subversive edge, courtesy of VIZ, Knockabout Comics and other ne'er do wells!

The Magnificent Knockabout White Elephant Emporium is, we're told, suitable for anyone with a keen curiosity and sense of humour: a unique and (mostly) free emporium: offering a miscellaneous and multifarious bazaar of the bizarre and a marvellous mart of the most memorable kind, including appearances by Belgian cartoonist Herr Seele, Britain's homegrown Hunt Emerson (whose new, eagerly-anticipated Calculus Cat collection will launch at the Festival), Graham Dury, Simon Thorp and Barney Farmer from VIZ, the Blackhearted Press gang, Junko Mizuno and many more.

 "I was so impressed by the first Lakes International Comics Festival, easily the best one in the UK, that I couldn't wait to get back to Kendal this year to put a bit more silliness into the event," says Knockabout publisher Tony Bennett.

VIZ Unmasked Exhibition PosterVIZ Unmasked: How a VIZ Comic is Made  - For the last 35 years, VIZ has been produced quietly, and on a more or less monthly basis from the comic's headquarters in the North East of England. In all that time, like Colonel Sanders' blend of herbs and spices, its method of production has been a closely guarded secret. But all that is about to change. All will be revealed in this fully interactive, state-of-the-art, hands-on animatronic exhibition. How is Britain's third or fourth funniest comic produced, from conception to final product? Anyone wishing to visit is advised to arrive early as queueing times, to see what is already being billed as "The Exhibition of the Century", are expected to exceed five hours..... or possibly six.

Get Surreal with Herr Seele (or Dadada is all he wants to say to you!) - All the way from Belgium, making his UK debut, comes Herr Seele co-creator of Belgian iconic half-wit Cowboy Henk for which he and writer Kamagurka won one of the major prizes at the Angoulême Festival in France in 2014. Herr Seele presents the history of their nation, 35 paintings in a style developed by René Magritte, their great predecessor and compatriot... it's fast, it's furious and it's absurd!

She Lives - An audacious comic art experiment that has never been attempted before. Woodrow Phoenix has crafted She Lives, a silent comic story set in California in the late 1940s. In order to make a book as giant as possible he had to bind it himself using the largest paper size available. He took the unprecedented step of actually drawing the story into the bound book itself, so on display is original art work!
Junko Mizuno: Meet Junko Royalty - Horror, sex, chainsaws - what’s not to like? Known for her style of powerful imagery, Junko combines cuteness, gore and eroticism in comics, paintings, animations and toys. On display here is one of her giant Kidrobot Toys, Junko Royalty, but be warned - this is not a toy!animations and toys. On display here is animations and toys. On display here is one of her giant Kidrobot Toys, Junko Royalty, but be warned - this is not a toy!

Hunt Emerson’s Fez Tai Chi Classes - A world exclusive! Bring your own Fez if you have one and spend 15 or 20 minutes loosening up and relaxing while following Mr Emerson’s motivating moves. Plus: Fez Polo - twice a day - come and demonstrate your skills! With more games to come...

The Time Traveller’s Fortune Teller’s Photo Booth - Have your picture taken in the beautiful and mysterious Fortune Teller’s Tent! Get your own personalised Victorian calling cards and see ghostly comic characters appear as if by magic!

The Wonderful World of Ronnie Rigsby - A Saturday night exclusive comedy club, where you will be welcomed by (and, possibly, welcome to) the monstrously-bitter, tired old showbiz hack, thespian, variety artiste, children's entertainer and sock model (Gratton Catalogue, 1973-76). Ronnie Rigsby’s alter ego Logan Murray is one half of the infamous 1990s double act ‘Bib and Bob’ with Jerry Sadowitz. His most proud of a glittering showbiz career was supplying all the voices for The Beano's Dennis the Menace and Gnasher TV Show.

Clockwork Watch - Enter the Steampunk/ Victoriana world of Clockwork Watch. Set in a retro-futuristic London where mechanical slaves, designed to keep the city ticking along, gain sentience and seek their civil rights. Clockwork Watch is an interactive story spanning graphic novels, live events, role- play, online and film written by Yomi Ayeni and illustrated by Jennie Gyllblad.

 The Emporium will also host an almighty exotic and irresistible mix of highly sought after goods.... otherwise known as a shop. Throughout the weekend a carefully-selected group of publishers and creators plucked out of the Comics Clocktower at their behest will be on sale, featuring Knockabout, Hunt Emerson, Blackhearted Press, Ocelot Games, Yomi Ayeni and Jennie Gyllblad. 
 
• The Magnificent Knockabout White Elephant Emporium takes place in Elephant Emporium @ Elephant Yard, Kendal, UK over the Festival weekend only - one of the selling points for Biffa Bacon’s “Fighter Fluid” Limited Edition Festival Beer!  It’s all free (apart from the Photo Booth, which is charging £3 for their calling cards) but the organisers will gladly accept donations towards next year’s festival – so give freely on exiting the emporium! The VIZ Unmasked exhibition and The Photo Booth are a co-creation with Kendal College Theatre and Event Team

• Tickets for all the events at the Lakes International Comic Art Festival (17th - 19th October) are on sale now. For the full guest list, details of events and exhibitions and bookings visit: www.comicartfestival.com

• Full festival programme released! You can now view the full festival programme online here on Issuu

• Sign up for the Festival's newsletter here for the latest news! Web: www.comicartfestival.com 
 
The Magnificent Knockabout White Elephant Emporium Timetable
 
Elephant Emporium @ Elephant Yard, Kendal - For one weekend only - All free but subject to capacity
   
Friday 17 October

 1.00pm - 6.00pm Pop Up
 2 - 4.00pm Live Draw with VIZ – Graham Dury and Simon Thorp
 4.00pm She Lives page-turning sessions by Woodrow Phoenix

 Saturday 18 October

 9.45am Hunt Emerson’s Fez Tai Chi classes
 10.00am - 6.00pm Pop Up
 10.30am, 1.30pm & 5.30pm She Lives pageturning sessions by Woodrow Phoenix
 10.30am - 12.30pm Live Draw with Duncan Fegredo (Hellboy, MPH) and Peter Doherty (Jupiter’s Legacy)
 2.00pm - 4.00pm Live Draw with VIZ – Graham Dury, Simon Thorp and Barney Farmer
 2.00pm - 4.00pm Here Come the Frogs - official signings - The Hartlepool Monkey Wilfrid Lupano and Jeremie Moreau
 8.00pm Wonderful World of Ronnie Rigsby Comedy Club

 Sunday 19 October

 10.30am – 5.00pm Pop Up
 10.30am 12 noon - Here Come the Frogs - official signings - The Hartlepool Monkey Wilfrid Lupano and Jeremie Moreau... Plus look out for some special ad hoc signings by other Knockabout friends!
 10.15am Hunt Emerson’s Fez Tai Chi classes
 11.00am, 3.00pm and 5.00pm She Lives page-turning sessions by Woodrow Phoenix
 11.00am - 1.00pm Live Draw with Boulet (French comics rock star!) and Junko Mizuno
 2.00pm - 4.00pm Live Draw with VIZ – Graham Dury and Simon Thorp
 
About the 2014 Lakes International Comic Art Festival
 The Lakes International Comic Art Festival (17th – 19th October 2014) is a new kind of comic art event in the UK. Modelled on a European-style festival it aims to take over the market town of Kendal, on the edge of the Lake District, with comic art presenting the widest range of genres. Events include a 24 Hour Comic Marathon, children’s comic workshops, talks, signings, Great War in Comics art exhibition and a Comics Fair.   
 The huge line up of guests at this year's Lakes International Comic Art Festival include the acclaimed comics creator and newspaper strip artist Nick Abadzis (author of Laika); Walking Dead artist Charlie Adlard; Storm Dogs and UNITY artist Doug Braithwaite; Fables and Sandman artist Mark Buckingham; The Mire and Wolves creator Becky Cloonan; Alec and From Hell artist Eddie Campbell; veteran publisher Dez Skinn; Watchmen co-creator Dave Gibbons; digital comics pioneer Scott McCloud; Japanese artist Junko Mizuno; Drowntown co-creator Robbie Morrison; leading US comics writer Gail Simone; the creator of the multi-award winning Bone Jeff Smith; and Grandville and Luther Arkwright author Bryan Talbot, one of the Festival's patrons alongside Sean Phillips and Mary Talbot and Emma Vieceli, will also join other comic creators for Kendal's second comics extravaganza.

• Visit the Festival web site for the full guest list announced so far
 
 24 Hour Comic Marathon
 The 24 Hour Comic Marathon creative team is: Dan Berry, Marathon curator and producer; Kristyna Baczynski (NME), Warwick Johnson Cadwell (Tank Girl), Joe Decie (The Accidental Salad) Sarah McIntyre (Oliver and the Seawigs, shortlisted for the Blue Peter Book Awards 2014), Fumio Obata (author of the graphic novel Just So Happens) and Jack Teagle.

• For more information about the 24 Hour Comic Marathon visit: www.comicartfestival.com/competitions 
 
Festival Sponsors and Benefactors
 The Patrons of the Festival are comic creators Sean Phillips, Bryan Talbot, Mary Talbot and Emma Vieceli.
   The Festival is supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England, with funding from South Lakeland District Council and Kendal Town Council working in partnership with the Brewery Arts Centre and Kendal College.
 
 Commercial sponsors include the Westmorland Shopping Centre, SEQUENTIAL and Knockabout. 
 
Recent Releases
  Full Lakes International Comic Art Festival programme released: You can now view the full festival programme online. Full festival programme click here

• VIZ UnMasked: Go Behind the scenes on Britain's top adult humour comic

• Lakes Festival’s “Family Zone” Events – Great Fun for all Ages!

• Bryan Hitch joins Lakes Festival line-up, Emma Vieceli announced as patron

• Comic creators and locals team up for Lakes Festival’s “Windows Trail”

• Dobby to Dark Knight: Concept Artists in Action

• Niffenegger, Fegredo, Boulet and Stok join Lakes International Comic Art Festival Line-Up

• Creators set to assemble in Lakes Festival’s “Comics Clock Tower”

• Digital Comics Under the Spotlight at Lakes International Comic Art Festival 
 
Tickets for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival (17th - 19th October 2014) are on sale now. Sign up for the Festival's newsletter here for the latest news! 
Web: www.comicartfestival.com

For further information contact: Julie Tait - [email protected]

Images of most announced guests, Festival poster and mascot images can be found here:

Web Resolution: www.flickr.com/photos/116459003@N07
 
 

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With tomorrow seeing the release of 2000 AD’s special 1900th edition, two of the legendary weekly anthology’s biggest creators are joining the alien editor of 2000 AD, Tharg the Mighty, for a very special ‘Ask Me Anything’ on Reddit’s comics forum.

On Wednesday September 24th from 1pm GMT (8am EST) , Dan, Ian, and the green-skinned alien being known only as Tharg will be taking questions from Earthlets to mark the publication of Prog 1900, the perfect jumping on point for new readers. This is a rare opportunity to grill the editor of the Galaxy’s Greatest Comic about the line-up for this special issue and his plans for future Thrills!

Abnett is known not only for creating Sinister Dexter and Kingdom for 2000 AD but also for having his reinvention of Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy turned into the summer’s biggest movie. Edginton is the New York Times bestselling writer behind Hinterkind and Leviathan.

Tharg the Mighty is originally from Quaxxann in the Betelgeuse system. He landed in the UK in 1977 and established 2000 AD as the Galaxy’s Greatest Comic to bring Thrill-power to the people of Earth, and combat Thrill Suckers everywhere. His teams of creative robots, called Droids, put together every issue of 2000 AD from the Nerve Centre, deep in the heart of Oxfordshire.

The Reddit comics forum can be found here: www.reddit.com/r/comicbooks/

2000 AD Prog 1900 has three brand new strips by our biggest creators and it’s the perfect issue for new readers looking to start collecting 2000 AD! Inside the brand new Judge Dredd cover by Greg Staples, sporting a new logo by 2000 AD’s lead designer Pye Parr, Prog 1900 will feature:

Judge Dredd: Block Judge – Dredd co-creators John Wagner and Carlos Ezquerra return as Dredd takes on the problems of a single city block - but is Mega-City One's toughest lawman up to the challenge of 'community policing'?

Kingdom: Aux Drift – by Dan Abnett and Richard Elson. In the far future, mankind has been all but destroyed and genetically-modified dogs fight giant insects in a post apocalyptic Earth. Abnett and Elson team up again to bring you the ballad of Gene the Hackman!

 Stickleback: The Thru’Penny Opera – by Ian Edginton and D'Israeli. In London at the end of the 19th Century, Stickleback is the master criminal who pulls the strings amidst the denizens of the capital's underworld, and leads a gang of freaks, oddballs and semi-supernatural entities that have got the city under their thumb. But what is his darkest secret? And can he keep it hidden 'til the very end?

It’s never been easier to start reading this powerhouse of British comics and you can download a review copy of Prog 1900 right here: https://app.box.com/s/6btmntkbkfilczn5ufuh and the cover from here: https://app.box.com/s/q4u995zfkm74t1m2idvb

2000 AD Prog 1900 will be available from all good stockists on Wednesday 24th September, as well as worldwide DRM-free digital from the 2000 AD webshop and through the 2000 AD iPad app.

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Press Releases / Apex Magazine Editorial Announcement
« on: September 19, 2014, 03:09:37 AM »

Apex Publications' owner/publisher Jason Sizemore made a big announcement today is regard to Apex Magazine. You can read it below:
 
Dear Apex Magazine Readers,

Within a few months, I will be making an occupational transition that will allow me to focus more on Apex Books and Apex Magazine. This is a huge opportunity, one I’ve been working toward for quite awhile. As part of this transition, I will be stepping in as Apex Magazine‘s editor-in-chief. Sigrid Ellis, by any measure, has done a fantastic job during her tenure as editor-in-chief. She’s a joy to work with, and I have no doubt she will have many great opportunities ahead of her.

Apex will publish the issues as planned and purchased through December 2014. Beginning now, I will be selecting our 2015 magazine content. I will be looking for the same kind of diverse, groundbreaking content that Apex Magazine has become known for publishing.

Apex will honor its commitment to publish the short stories that Sigrid has placed in our inventory for 2015, where and when to be announced soon.

Additionally, Bianca Spriggs will be taking over as our poetry editor. Elise Matthesen has done a wonderful job, and I thank her for giving us her time and talents over the past year.

I hope to keep Sigrid and Elise in the Apex family. In fact, Sigrid and I are discussing various project ideas, and hopefully we’ll have something to announce on that front soon.

If you have any questions or comments, feel free to email me at [email protected].

Thank you for supporting Apex Magazine in the past, the present, and the future!

Sincerely,
Jason Sizemore

APEX PUBLICATIONS (www.apexbookcompany.com) is a small press dedicated to publishing exemplary works of science fiction, fantasy, and horror. Owned and operated by Jason B. Sizemore, Apex publishes the twice Hugo Award-nominated Apex Magazine. The Apex catalog contains books by genre luminaries such as Tom Piccirilli, Catherynne M. Valente, and Lavie Tidhar.

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Summer is nearing its end, and the time has come to banish the beach towels to the back of the cupboard - so we here at Eurospan are fighting the autumn blues with a very special deal!

 Whether you are getting ready for the new academic year, need to prepare for a busy period in the office, or want to stock up your library – you can now get all* your essential reading at a fantastic 25% discount AND with free worldwide delivery!

 Simply visit www.eurospanbookstore.com to claim your discount, but hurry up!
Offer ends at midnight on Sunday 21st September 2014.

It's now gone up to the 28th so they must be doing well.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: MILWAUKIE, OR—  Join Dark Horse Comics at Rose City Comic Con! We’ll be at the booth handing out giveaways and offering free signings with comics creators! Come check out our comics, books, and products for sale!

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

Certain restrictions may apply. All events are subject to change.

SIGNINGS

Below are featured comics and the writers and/or artists who will be signing them. Free comics, prints, or posters will be available at each signing while supplies last. Comics will also be available for sale, availability pending.

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 20

10:00 a.m.–10:50 a.m.  NEVERBOY Tyler Jenkins, Kelly Fitzpatrick

11:00 a.m.–11:50 a.m.  THE VICTORIES Michael Avon Oeming

12:00 p.m.–12:50 p.m. NEXUS Mike Baron, Steve Rude

1:00 p.m.–1:50 p.m.  HELLBOY AND THE B.P.R.D. Alex Maleev

 2:00 p.m.–2:50 p.m.  POP Jason Copland

3:00 p.m.–3:50 p.m.  STAR WARS Jeremy Barlow (Darth Maul), Corinna Bechko and Gabriel Hardman (Legacy)

4:00 p.m.–4:50 p.m.  DREAM THIEF Jai Nitz
 
 5:00 p.m.–5:50 p.m.  SUNDOWNERS Tim Seeley
                                   LADY KILLER Joëlle Jones, Jamie S. Rich
   
 6:00 p.m.–6:50 p.m. FIRE AND STONE Chris Roberson and Patric Reynolds (Aliens), Joshua Williamson (Predator), Christopher Sebela (Alien vs. Predator), Paul Tobin (Prometheus)

6:00 p.m.–6:50 p.m.  BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER Nicholas Brendon*
 *This is a ticketed event. Only Buffy the Vampire Slayer comics or materials provided by Dark Horse Comics, please. Two items per person. No photos. Wristbands will be distributed on Saturday at show opening at the Dark Horse booth.

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 21

10:00 a.m.–10:50 a.m. PROJECT BLACK SKY Joshua Williamson (Captain Midnight), Christopher Sebela (Ghost)

10:00 a.m. .–11:50 a.m. LEAVING MEGALOPOLIS, TOMB RAIDER, CONAN RED SONJA Gail Simone

11:00 a.m.–11:50 a.m.  EMILY AND THE STRANGERS Cat Farris

 12:00 p.m.–12:50 p.m. TERMINATOR SALVATION Pete Woods
                                      TREKKER Ron Randall

1:00 p.m.–2:50 p.m. LEAVING MEGALOPOLIS, TOMB RAIDER, CONAN RED SONJA Gail Simone
   
 1:00 p.m.–1:50 p.m.  CONAN RED SONJA Jim Zub
                                   BAD HOUSES Sara Ryan     

2:00 p.m.–2:50 p.m.  BANDETTE Paul Tobin, Colleen Coover
                                   PLANTS VS. ZOMBIES Paul Tobin, Ron Chan

3:00 p.m.–3:50 p.m.  GRENDEL VS. THE SHADOW Matt Wagner, Brennan Wagner
                                   FEAR AGENT Tony Moore
                                   DREAM THIEF Jai Nitz

PANELS

Check out these panels featuring our creators!

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 20

Spotlight: Alex Maleev

Room: Panel Room 7

Time: 11:00 a.m.–11:50 a.m.
 Alex Maleev, best known for multiple collaborations with Brian Michael Bendis for Marvel comics, is returning to the world of Mike Mignola’s Hellboy this fall. In December, Dark Horse will launch Hellboy and the B.P.R.D., Maleev’s first work on the beloved beast of the apocalypse since 2003’s “Still Born” from the anthology series Hellboy: Weird Tales. Join us for an exclusive first look at the upcoming series, as well as a career-spanning discussion.

Spotlight: Greg Rucka

Room: Panel Room 7

Time: 1:00 p.m.–1:50 p.m.
 Eisner Award–winning writer and novelist Greg Rucka has made a name for himself by crafting powerfully complex and human stories that can make the most fantastical characters feel real. Sit in on a conversation with the writer of Lazarus, Stumptown, Whiteout, and Veil that gets to the heart of how he gives characters souls.

Demented Heroes: The Dark Side of Superhero Comics

Room: Panel Room 2

Time: 2:00 p.m.–2:50 p.m.
 While film may favor the classic depiction of capes and cowls, many of today’s comics continue to push the definition of “hero.” Some of the industry’s biggest and brightest have taken the superhero concept and turned it on its head. Many are creating characters and worlds that revel in a much darker vision of high-powered heroes and villains, making it hard to determine whom the reader should be rooting for. Join us for a discussion about the darker take on costumed characters with writers Tim Seeley (Sundowners), Jai Nitz (Dream Thief), and writer/artist Michael Avon Oeming (The Victories), moderated by Dark Horse editor in chief Scott Allie.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer Panel

Room: Panel Room 1

Time: 3:00 p.m.–3:50 p.m.
 The heart of the Scooby gang and one of the most powerful big bads join forces for a panel guaranteed to slay the audience. Join Nicholas Brendon (Xander Harris), and Clare Kramer (Glory) as they give you all the details and answer every question about working on one of the greatest shows in pop culture. Moderated by the editor in chief of Dark Horse Comics, Scott Allie.

Baron and Rude: 30 Years on Nexus

Room: Panel Room 6

Time: 3:00 p.m.–3:50 p.m.
 Join writer Mike Baron and artist Steve Rude, the award-winning creators of the long-running comic series Nexus. After three decades and three publishers, the creators reveal for the first time the behind-the-scenes trials involved in creating such an enduring book.

Spotlight: Tony Moore

Room: Panel Room 7

Time: 3:00 p.m.–3:50 p.m.
 Tony Moore is an Eisner-nominated artist and the cocreator of The Walking Dead and Fear Agent. He’s worked on some of the biggest characters in comics, including the Punisher, Ghost Rider, and Deadpool. Join Tony to find out what it takes to be one of the most influential comic artists of the last decade.

A Universe of Terror Drawn to One Panel: Prometheus, Aliens, Predator, and Beyond!

Room: Panel Room 2

Time: 5:00 p.m.–5:50 p.m.
 Nearly thirty years ago, Dark Horse rewrote the rules of licensed comics with the release of Aliens, continuing the story of Ridley Scott’s iconic film franchise! Predator and the iconic crossover Aliens vs. Predator followed. Now, the publisher partners with 20th Century Fox again, to bring sci-fi epic Prometheus to comics! Two months away from the launch of the ambitious and highly anticipated crossover Fire and Stone, join Dark Horse editor in chief Scott Allie, writers Paul Tobin (Prometheus), Joshua Williamson (Predator), Christopher Sebela (Alien vs. Predator), and the Aliens team of writer Chris Roberson and artist Patric Reynolds, to discover what’s in store for this grand universe!

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 21

Dark Horse Manga: An Afternoon with Carl Horn

Room: Panel Room 2

Time: 12:00 p.m.–12:50 p.m.
 Dark Horse’s history with Japanese comics can be traced back to the company’s earliest years, with a legacy that includes such legendary series as Oh My Goddess!, Lone Wolf and Cub, Berserk, and many more! Today Dark Horse continues to publish some of the industry’s best-selling titles, like Neon Genesis Evangelion, Oreimo, and the works of the creative powerhouse CLAMP. Join Dark Horse’s resident manga guru and editor extraordinaire, Carl Horn, for a look at the past, present, and future of manga at Dark Horse.

Spotlight: Matt Wagner

Room: Panel Room 7

Time: 1:00 p.m.–1:50 p.m.
 Writer/artist Matt Wagner began his career in 1982 with the publication of his most well-known character, Grendel. Since that time, in addition to his own creations, he has lent his talents to the likes of such notable characters as Batman and the Shadow, along with many others, and is currently pitting Grendel against the latter in an upcoming series copublished by Dark Horse and Dynamite Entertainment. Join us for a look back at Wagner’s storied career, as well as current and future projects.

30 Years of Masters of the Universe

Room: Panel Room 2

Time: 3:00 p.m.–3:50 p.m.
 Next year, one of the most beloved toy and entertainment franchises of the 1980s will receive a deluxe hardcover treatment from Dark Horse chronicling thirty years of the powers of Eternia! Now, we invite you to join writer Tim Seeley, original series animator Tom Cook, and more for a sneak peek of the upcoming The Art of He-Man and the Masters of the Universe, and a discussion of what makes He-Man one of the most enduring cartoon legacies of all time!

Spotlight: Ethan Nicolle

Room: Panel Room 7

Time: 3:00 p.m.–3:50 p.m.
 Ethan Nicolle is one half of the dynamic duo that brought you the hit comics series and animated series Axe Cop. Sit in on this already-legendary panel that is all about the world he and his little brother made. If you’re lucky, you’ll even get to ask some questions.

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Kendal, UK, 16th September 2014:  With just a month to go before this year's Lakes International Comic Art Festival (17th - 19th October 2014), Kendal is already abuzz about comics as local galleries and businesses host a number of free comic-related exhibitions.

While art by Festival patron Sean Phillips has been gracing the walls of local cafe Baba Ganoush for a while now, two major comic exhibitions are now open at the Brewery Arts Centre, the Festival's lead venue.

"Drawing on Japan" featuring the work of Glyn Dillon, Junko Mizuno and Fumio Obata has taken over the venue's Intro Bar and Warehouse Café, while "The Universe Within", an exhibition focusing on the work of top Marvel and Image artist Doug Braithwaite, is on display in the Brewery's Sugar Store Gallery.

 "The exhibition is a retrospective of my career,' says Doug, whose recent credits include Storm Dogs for US publisher Image and UNITY and Armor Hunters for Valiant, "from my first foray into the comic book business through to some of my current projects.

 "You can see my progression as an artist through the years and there will be examples of work displayed that should give the viewers a bit of an insight into my working process."

"The Great War in Comics" opens at the prestigious Abbot Hall Gallery on 28th September (running until 6th December), featuring art from 'Charley's War' by Joe Colquhoun, 'White Death' by Charlie Adlard and 'Ghosts of Passchendaele' by Ivan Petrus. While you'll be able to visit this terrific exhibition for free over the Festival weekend if you have a ticket for any Festival event, there is an admission charge to the Gallery at any other time.

"The Magic of Metaphrog" featuring the work of one of Scotland's most innovative comic art teams opens in Kendal Library on 1st October, exhibiting pages from their hand-painted graphic novels Louis – Night Salad and Louis - Red Letter Day, along with brand new material from their forthcoming graphic novel to be released by Papercutz in 2015.

At the end of this month, comics will take over shop windows across the town with the "Windows Trail", involving both business and locals with the creation of fun displays of comics and comic-related ephemera. The aim of this is to draw the local community into the enthusiasm visiting comic creators have for their art, echoing similar ‘outreach’ work that is part and parcel of long-establish European comic festivals such as Angouleme.

Over the Festival Weekend, Ruskin's Bar will celebrate 75 Years of Batman with artworks inspired by the character, designed by students of Kendal College; art by Oliver East will grace the Brewery's Studio Theatre, created as part of the Festival-backed "Cumbrian Yarn" project; and the VIZ comic team will be exhibiting work from the comic as part of "VIZ UnMasked" in Elephant's Yard.

Artist Doug Braithwaite has high praise for the Lakes Festival after being one of the guests last year, and is looking forward to returning to the town in October.

 "For those trying to break in to the industry, festivals and cons are great for meeting other creators who are also trying to break in," he feels. "Writers meet artists they can collaborate with, ideas get bandied about, they’re places of creativity where you’ll make some lifelong friends.

 "They’re also places where you can meet the established creators and talk to them and, if you’re lucky, you might get your work looked at by an editor. They are great places to network, make friends and contacts and generally absorb some of what the industry is about."
 
• Tickets for all the events at the Lakes International Comic Art Festival (17th - 19th October) are on sale now. For the full guest list, details of events and exhibitions and bookings visit: www.comicartfestival.com

• Full festival programme released! You can now view the full festival programme online here on Issuu 
 
Exhibition Dates, Information and Venues
 
Sean Phillips at Baba Ganoush
 Unit 4, Berrys Yard 27, Finkle Street, Kendal LA9 4AB. Web: www.baba-ganoush.co.uk
 Please check Baba Ganoush website for opening times. Free
A selection of images from last year's fantastic The Art of Sean Phillips exhibition in one of Kendal's top cafés, to help raise local awareness of this year’s upcoming Festival

More Info www.comicartfestival.com/sean-phillips-baba-ganoush

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The Universe Within: The Art of Doug Braithwaite
 The Sugar Store Gallery, The Brewery Arts Centre, Kendal. Web: www.breweryarts.co.uk
 Runs until 26th October 2014. Free

Explore top comic artist Doug’s working process, as well as see some of his finished artwork, and find out why he is considered to be a truly “fine” artist both within and beyond the comic art world.

More Info: www.comicartfestival.com/brewery-arts-centre

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Drawing on Japan
 Intro Bar and Warehouse Café, Brewery Arts Centre, Kendal (usual opening hours)
 Runs until 26th October 2014. Free

Three acclaimed international artists exhibit work which draws on Japan for their influence, style and inspiration : Glyn Dillon, Junko Mizuno and Fumio Obata.

More Info: www.comicartfestival.com/drawing-japan-glyn-dillon-junko-mizuno-fumio-obata

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The Magic of Metaphrog
 Kendal Library, Stricklandgate, Kendal (usual opening hours)
 1st – 31st October 2014. Free

Multiple-award-nominated Metaphrog will be exhibiting pages from their hand-painted graphic novels Louis – Night Salad and Louis - Red Letter Day, along with brand new material from their forthcoming graphic novel to be released by Papercutz in 2015.

More Info: /www.comicartfestival.com/metaphrog-kendal-library

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Oliver East :The Homesick Truant’s Cumbrian Yarn
 Studio Theatre, Brewery Arts Centre and The Factory, Kendal
17 - 19th October 2014. Free

Oliver East is one of a new wave of comic creators who takes both art and comics in uncharted directions. East gets his energy from being out on the road, from following a predetermined path and taking what chance and the elements throw at him. During the harsh winter and of 2014 Oliver began his most ambitious project to date.

Commissioned by the Lakes International Comic Art Festival, East walked over 140 miles in 10 stages from Arnside train station to Carlisle train station taking in the 30+ train stations that form the Cumbrian Coastal Train Line. Keeping as close as possible to the train line and intently observing his surroundings but without taking photos or making detailed sketches, East focused on the humdrum incidentals of the landscape and human activity. Later he drew and made comics, one for each stage of the journey. The end results, in dramatic monochrome, are not documentary but revelatory.

More Info: www.comicartfestival.com/oliver-east-homesick-truants-cumbrian-yarn

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Windows on Comic Art Trail 2014
 Taking over the windows of over 30 businesses stretching across the town, from Youdells to Kendal Fisheries and Oxfam to Waterstones
 3rd to 24th October. Free

More Info: www.comicartfestival.com/windows-comics-art-trail

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The Great War in Comics
 Abbot Hall Art Gallery, Kendal. Web: www.abbothall.org.uk
 28th September – 6th December 2014, Monday - Saturday 10.30am - 5.00pm, Sunday 19 October noon - 4.00pm. Free entry with any festival ticket 17-19th October (Entry fee applies outside of festival allowing access to all exhibitions)

Marking the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War, Abbot Hall Art Gallery and the Lakes International Comic Art Festival bring together for the first time the work of three internationally-acclaimed artists who have shed new light on this conflict through the medium of comic art: Charlie Adlard, Joe Colquhoun and Ivan Petrus.

More Info: www.comicartfestival.com/abbot-hall-gallery

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VIZ UnMasked
 Elephant's Yard, Kendal, 17th - 19th October. Free

The ever-irreverent VIZ team are promoting their Lakes Festival exhibition plans with this satirical take on the British Library’s recent Comics UnMasked poster by Jamie Hewlett.

More Info: www.comicartfestival.com/viz-unmasked

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The Batcave at Ruskin's Bar
 Ruskins Bar, Yard 2, Stricklandgate, Kendal LA9 4ND. Web: www.ruskinsbar.com
 Opening Times: Friday 17th October 5.00 pm - 1.00 am | Saturday 18th October 10.30am - 1.00am (family-friendly until 5.00pm) | Sunday 19th October 11.00am - 1.00am (family-friendly until 5.00pm)

Quickly... To The BatCave! Celebrate the 75th Anniversary of the weird and wonderful world of Batman where the Lakes Festival goes a bit batty with an installation created by the multi-talented creative arts students (past and present) of award-winning Kendal College. Experience the mystery and atmosphere of the BatCave, come and meet the Dark Knight himself and some of the characters that make up this legendary story.

More Info: www.comicartfestival.com/ruskins
 
• Sign up for the Festival's newsletter here for the latest news! Web: www.comicartfestival.com
 
About the 2014 Lakes International Comic Art Festival
 
The Lakes International Comic Art Festival (17th – 19th October 2014) is a new kind of comic art event in the UK. Modelled on a European-style festival it aims to take over the market town of Kendal, on the edge of the Lake District, with comic art presenting the widest range of genres. Events include a 24 Hour Comic Marathon, children’s comic workshops, talks, signings, Great War in Comics art exhibition and a Comics Fair.   
 
The huge line up of guests at this year's Lakes International Comic Art Festival include the acclaimed comics creator and newspaper strip artist Nick Abadzis (author of Laika); Walking Dead artist Charlie Adlard; Storm Dogs and UNITY artist Doug Braithwaite; Fables and Sandman artist Mark Buckingham; The Mire and Wolves creator Becky Cloonan; Alec and From Hell artist Eddie Campbell; veteran publisher Dez Skinn; Watchmen co-creator Dave Gibbons; digital comics pioneer Scott McCloud; Japanese artist Junko Mizuno; Drowntown co-creator Robbie Morrison; leading US comics writer Gail Simone; the creator of the multi-award winning Bone Jeff Smith; and Grandville and Luther Arkwright author Bryan Talbot, one of the Festival's patrons alongside Sean Phillips and Mary Talbot and Emma Vieceli, will also join other comic creators for Kendal's second comics extravaganza.

• Visit the Festival web site for the full guest list announced so far
 
 24 Hour Comic Marathon
 The 24 Hour Comic Marathon creative team is: Dan Berry, Marathon curator and producer; Kristyna Baczynski (NME), Warwick Johnson Cadwell (Tank Girl), Joe Decie (The Accidental Salad) Sarah McIntyre (Oliver and the Seawigs, shortlisted for the Blue Peter Book Awards 2014), Fumio Obata (author of the graphic novel Just So Happens) and Jack Teagle.

• For more information about the 24 Hour Comic Marathon visit: www.comicartfestival.com/competitions 
 
Festival Sponsors and Benefactors
 The Patrons of the Festival are comic creators Sean Phillips, Bryan Talbot, Mary Talbot and Emma Vieceli.
 
 The Festival is supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England, with funding from South Lakeland District Council and Kendal Town Council working in partnership with the Brewery Arts Centre and Kendal College.
 
 Commercial sponsors include the Westmorland Shopping Centre, SEQUENTIAL and Knockabout. 
 

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Press Releases / Eurospan special deal for a limited time.
« on: September 15, 2014, 03:37:42 AM »
For those of you who read my reviews of the McFarland books and reference to Eurospan who are their distributor in Europe, up until the 21 September 2014, they are offering 25% off all their books and free postage.

http://www.eurospanbookstore.com/?utm_content=gfwillmetts%40hotmail.com&utm_source=VerticalResponse&utm_medium=Email&utm_term=&utm_campaign=The%20Big%20Eurospan%20Autumn%20Sale%20is%20now%20on%21content

  If you're after any of their books, this isn't a bad time to get something.

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Press Releases / GOG.com Celebrates 6th Birthday With a Huge, Week-Long Sale
« on: September 08, 2014, 01:20:33 PM »
GOG.com Celebrates 6th Birthday With a Huge, Week-Long Sale
 
Hot on the heels of the inclusion of movies into its catalog, the DRM-free digital distributor launches a week-long celebration of its games. Titles from each of the past six years of GOG.com's operation are up to 80% off!

8 September 2014 – GOG.com, the DRM-free home to all that is good in gaming, kicks off its sixth birthday celebration in style with day one of its week-long Birthday Sale. To honor the games that have left an imprint on gaming's history, each day GOG.com will put a selection of gems on sale, changing the lineup completely every 24 hours. We'll kick things off with games from GOG.com's Year One (released on GOG.com between September 2008-August 2009), including titles like Heroes of Might and Magic 3: Complete Edition (70% off, $2.99), Simon the Sorcerer (75% off, $1.49) and Duke Nukem 3D Atomic Edition (66% off, $1.99).

Gamers might want to be on the lookout for magnificent titles like Deus Ex GOTY Edition, S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Shadow of Chernobyl, Hotline Miami, Banished, and, obviously, The Witcher 1&2, which will be featured during the next days of the 6-years-spanning sale. The promo runs until Monday, September 16, at 9:59AM GMT.

With the recent addition of movies to its offering, a major website level-up with gamer-friendly features and an ongoing 6th-Birthday Promo, GOG.com is the place to be this fall for gamers everywhere.
 
 
 
 

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Conventions and events / Steal the Spotlight Micro Fiction Contest
« on: September 01, 2014, 12:59:44 PM »
Apex Publications is happy to announce a micro fiction contest just in time for Halloween. There are vampire and zombie stories galore. Witches and ghosts revel in the Halloween festivities. But what about the banshees, demons, and sea monsters? Too often they are left in the wings, never to shine on the stage. 

After hitting Twitter to see which monsters the Apex readers would like to see more often in stories, we’ve come up with five categories: sea monsters, black dogs/Hellhounds, banshees, science experiments gone wrong, and demons. From September 1st through October 15th, we’ll be open to submissions for micro fiction stories in these categories. Submissions must be 250 words or less, and will be read by Jason Sizemore and Lesley Conner. 

Full submission guidelines can be found here: http://www.apexbookcompany.com/blogs/frontpage/15268661-steal-the-spotlight-micro-fiction-contest.

Each person who submits a story will receive one free issue of Apex Magazine of their choice. The five winners – one for each category – will be announced on the Apex blog on Halloween. Their stories will appear in the November issue of Apex Magazine. They’ll also be paid 6 cents per word, receive a free 12-month subscription to Apex Magazine, and a short story critique by an Apex editor. 

Pull the sea monsters from the deep. Push the demons from the shadows. Give them a chance. Tell their story and let them steal the spotlight. 

APEX PUBLICATIONS (www.apexbookcompany.com) is a small press dedicated to publishing exemplary works of science fiction, fantasy, and horror. Owned and operated by Jason B. Sizemore, Apex publishes the thrice Hugo Award-nominated Apex Magazine. The Apex catalog contains books by genre luminaries such as Tom Piccirilli, Catherynne M. Valente, and Lavie Tidhar.

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EXTRA DATES ANNOUNCED FOR SECRET CINEMA PRESENTS BACK TO THE FUTURE

London: 19th August, 2014 – Following a sold out show and rave reviews, an extra 2 dates for Secret Cinema presents Back to the Future have been added to the production. Tickets for the Bank Holiday Monday 25th August and Wednesday 27th August will be available from Wednesday, 20th August 1pm on www.secretcinema.org/tickets.

Secret Cinema Presents Back To The Future has reinstated the film in the Top 10 Box Office for the first time since its initial theatrical release in 1985. The film’s writer and producer Bob Gale paid homage to the show’s success by visiting London’s Hill Valley on multiple occasions and hailing the production as “one of the finest BTTF experiences in history”.

In a generous gesture by Virgin Trains, those who were affected by the cancellations of the first four shows, and are eligible to travel on a Virgin Trains route, will be offered complimentary Standard Class travel.  Secret Cinema is proud to announce this partnership and would like to thank Virgin Trains for this fantastic contribution. All those who have been in touch with Secret Cinema will be contacted individually with further details.

Secret Cinema presents Back to the Future

Secret Cinema Presents Back to the Future runs from 31st July to 31st August. The numbers it has drawn have made it the largest outdoor event in London this summer.

Secret Cinema has built the town of Hill Valley in a secret London location, transporting audiences into a richly detailed imagined world. Audiences travel back in time and become citizens of Hill Valley living between 1955 and 1985 with secret alleys and entrances in the town that will allow them to travel to 1985 and 2015.
 
Tickets for the additional shows on August 25th and August 27th are available here: www.secretcinema.org/tickets

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Press Releases / Haffner Press has a 40% sale on
« on: August 05, 2014, 01:21:59 PM »
Special-Sale

 







ENDS AUGUST 6th!

We’ll have a newsletter in July with updates on the goings-on here at the Secret Moon Base, but we want to capitalize on the number of good notices the Press and our authors have been getting recently:


   •  Leigh Brackett inducted into the Science Fiction Hall of Fame

   •  Edmond Hamilton’s REIGN OF THE ROBOTS reviewed in the September issue of Asimov’s Science Fiction

   •  Back Issue #74 highlights the comic book work of Edmond Hamilton with a nice pic of CAPT. FUTURE Vol. 3

   •  C.L. Moore’s JUDGMENT NIGHT is blogged at SF Mistressworks   

   •  Author Howard Andrew Jones blogs on Leigh Brackett

   •  Henry Kuttner’s “The Time Trap” nominated for a Retro Hugo Award (and available in our collection, THUNDER IN THE VOID)

   •  Not to be outdone, Jack Williamson’s THE LEGION OF TIME has also been nominated for a Retro Hugo Award for Best Novel (the 1938 magazine version is in the 4th volume of JW’s Collected Stories, SPIDER ISLAND.


 Striking while the iron is hot (so the saying goes), we’re offering the following seven titles at a 40% discount until August 6th.The only catch: we’re asking for a  minimum of four books per order (you may order multiple copies of the same title):

   
was $40, now $24 was $40, now $24 was $40, now $24 was $40, now $24
   
was $50, now $30 was $40, now $24 was $32, now $19.20 Not on sale, but
 still a deal at $35

Shipping via Media Mail is $2.00 per book. Because of the Paypal ordering system, you’ll see this $2/book already added to the ADD TO ORDER button on each book’s ordering page. *AK, HI, and International orders should contact us for a shipping quote.
 
http://www.haffnerpress.com/news/special-sale/
 
 
 
 
 
 

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SECRET CINEMA PRESENTS BACK TO THE FUTURE

SHOWS TO COMMENCE ON THURSDAY 31 JULY

 London: Tuesday 29th July 2014 – Secret Cinema announces that Secret Cinema Presents Back to the Future will open this Thursday 31st July.

Founder of Secret Cinema, Fabien Riggall said: “We are happy to announce that Secret Cinema Presents Back to the Future will go ahead. We are extremely sorry for the delayed communications of last week. We know we let our audience down and will do everything we can to make it up to them.”

For all 24-27 July ticket holders, to reschedule tickets or to get a full refund including booking fee, please contact See Tickets directly with your order number to the following email address: [email protected]

- Indicate the date you would like to swap your tickets to.

- You will receive an email confirmation as soon as possible to confirm the transfer with your new tickets.

If you have any queries or concerns, please email: [email protected]

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Unfortunately we have no choice but to cancel tonight’s performance.
 

Secret Cinema has been running safe arts events for 10 years and on this occasion we have come across a number of difficult issues.
 

As you can imagine we are hugely disappointed and share the immense frustration you are all feeling.

The site is looking spectacular and we are working around the clock to ensure that all issues are ironed out as soon as possible in order to give ticket holders an amazing night. We would like to offer you tickets to another date. Should you not be able to attend you will receive a full refund for tonight's ticket.

To reschedule your tickets or to get a full refund, please contact See Tickets directly with your order number to the following email address [email protected]

- Indicate the date you would like to swap your tickets to.

- You will receive an email confirmation as soon as possible to confirm the transfer with your new tickets.

Again, we apologise for the inconvenience, and appreciate your support. We will be in touch with news as soon as this is possible and if you have any queries or concerns, please let us know on [email protected].
ALTERNATIVE SHOW DATES

14th August                       

15th August                       

16th August                                       

17th August                       

21st August                       

22nd August

23rd August                                       

24th August                                       

28th August                       

29th August                       

30th August                                       

31st August

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SECRET CINEMA PRESENTS BACK TO THE FUTURE ANNOUNCES THAT FIRST SHOW IS CANCELLED

London: Thursday 24 July 2014 - Due to extenuating circumstances, Secret Cinema is unable to receive guests at tonight's show of Secret Cinema presents Back to the Future. We are devastated to make this announcement and sincerely apologise for having to announce it at this late a stage.

We are working tirelessly to ensure that this spectacular event will go ahead tomorrow evening. We will be in touch at 11am tomorrow morning with a further statement for all attending guests.

For those who were due to attend tonight's Opening Night, we understand that this is hugely disappointing and we are offering you to come back on another show night. We guarantee all ticket holders that their tickets will be re-allocated to one of the below dates, and that all will be given their first choice to reschedule.

 

To reschedule your tickets, please contact See Tickets directly with your order number to the following email address [email protected]

 

- Indicate the date you would like to swap your tickets to.

- You will receive an email confirmation as soon as possible to confirm the transfer with your new tickets.

 

Again, we apologise for the inconvenience, and appreciate your support. We will be in touch with news as soon as this is possible. If you have any queries or concerns, please let us know on [email protected].

 

ALTERNATIVE SHOW DATES

14th August                       

15th August                       

16th August                                       

17th August                       

21st August                       

22nd August

23rd August                                       

24th August                                       

28th August                       

29th August                       

30th August                                       

31st August                       

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