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« on: September 21, 2011, 12:47:05 PM »
Diary Date: CAMBRIDGE: Saturday 1st October 1 – 2pm
 LONDON: Wednesday 5th October 6 – 7pm

Forbidden Planet is pleased to announce two signings by NICK SPENCER for Morning Glories Volume 2. He will be at the CAMBRIDGE store on Saturday 1st October from 1 – 2pm and the LONDON MEGASTORE on Wednesday 5th October from 6 – 7pm.
 Morning Glory Academy is one of the most prestigious prep schools in the country... but something sinister and deadly lurks behind its walls. When six gifted but troubled students arrive, they find themselves trapped and fighting for their lives as the secrets of the academy reveal themselves! Collecting the second story arc of the smash series in one volume, here you learn some of the secrets in the Glories' lives as the stories delve into their past and show how it affects their present. Each chapter focuses on a different Glory while maintaining the narrative and moving the mystery forward.
 Nick Spencer is a comic book writer known for his creator-owned titles at Image Comics. While in college, Nick wrote three pitches to Marvel Comics soon after the Marvel Knights imprint launched in 1998. According to Spencer, ‘Joe [Quesada] didn’t like the first two but the third one was a Black Cat pitch that was a Jackie Brown kind of Tarantino-esque thing. He said he liked that one but they weren’t going to do anything with anybody new at the time.’ Nick went on to work in other fields, including politics and music, before he successfully pitched Existence 2.0 to Jim Valentino of Image Comics. The first issue was released in July 2009. Nick has also written THE INFINITE VACATION, ULTIMATE COMICS X-MEN, CLOAK & DAGGER, VICTOR VON DOOM, T.H.U.N.D.E.R. AGENTS and THIEF OF THIEVES.
 Forbidden Planet is the largest store of its kind in the world. Some of the biggest names in Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Comics and Cult Entertainment have come to our London Megastore for signing events, including: Neil Gaiman, Terry Pratchett, Terry Gilliam, Simon Pegg, William Gibson, Mark Millar, Guillermo Del Toro, Brian Froud and Stephen King.


 Meet the creators of some of the newest titles at Image ComIcs with BLUE ESTATE’s Viktor Kalvachev and the team from BENAROYA PUBLISHING: MARKSMEN's David Baxter, RED SPIKE's Jeff Cahn & SAMURAI’S BLOOD's Owen Wiseman!!!
 The Benaroya Publishing and Blue Estate event will take place in Los Angeles at Golden Apple Comics on September 21st, 2011 from 6-8 P.M. at 7018 Melrose Avenue in Hollywood. For more information, please call 323-658-6047.
Golden Apple Comics has been the premier comic book & pop culture store in Los Angeles for over 30 years.Always cutting edge & proactive in the community, Golden Apple views this as a great opportunity to attract new readers to our thriving industry. A place in LA for anything groundbreaking in the comic world.

With art and design credits ranging from DMZ, The Nocturnals and Penthouse to video games like The Incredibles: Escape from Nomanisan Island, Viktor is also the creative force behind the graphic novel Pherone and the massively multiplayer online virtual world, VIE.

Founded by Michael Benaroya in 2009, Benaroya Publishing is a comic book and graphic novel production company dedicated to thrilling and compelling storytelling. A subsidiary of Benaroya Pictures, Benaroya Publishing is based in Los Angeles, California and launches their debut titles this Spring under the Image Comics label. With David Elliott (FALL OUT TOY WORKS and co-founder of RADICAL PUBLISHING) at the helm as in-house Editor-in-Chief, Benaroya Publishing promises to bring fresh new ideas, and uniquely told stories to the comics literary world. For more information, visit

David Baxter is a writer/producer whose first feature film, Shooting Lily, won the 1996 SXSW Film Festival. Dave is making his comic book debut with Benaroya Publishing and Image Comics on the title MARKSMAN. Dave is also the recipient of the 2004 Alfred P. Sloan Foundation/Tribeca Film Institute screenwriting grant for two science themed film projects he currently has in development.

Owen Wiseman writes graphic novels, screenplays, and prose. Owen was raised by hippies in the Pacific Northwest, and fed a steady diet of appropriate books and inappropriate movies. In seventh grade, he was accidentally put into a Japanese class, and the venerable Furado-sensei convinced him to stay. He taught Owen about the language, culture, and fascinating history of this complex and beautiful island nation, and Furado-sensei’s passion for the Japanese culture triggered Owen’s love for it as well.

After graduating from Pomona College, Jeff Cahn returned to his hometown of New Orleans, where he interned on the set of The Curious Case of Benjamin Button for Digital Domain’s Oscar winning visual effects team. Once the shoot wrapped, he returned to Los Angeles and now works at Benaroya Pictures and Publishing as a story developer and writer of both screen and comics.


Do you live in the UK and regard yourself a critical fan of any particular fantasy writers - they don't have to live in the UK by the way - and fancy developing your reviewing talents, you might want to contact me.

Email address in my profile or on the main page or in the monthly editorial.



Toronto, Ontario (September 15, 2011) The Sunburst Award Committee is pleased to announce that the winner of its 2011 adult award is Under Heaven by Guy Gavriel Kay (Penguin Group Canada, ISBN - 0670068098) and the winner of its 2011 young adult award is Bookweirder by Paul Glennon (Doubleday Canada, ISBN - 0385665482)

The awards were presented last night during an Authors at Harbourfront Centre event following readings from each of the short-listed works.  For more information and to view photos of the ceremony please see:

About Under Heaven, the Sunburst jury said: "This is a beautifully-written, fascinating, epic alternate history with engaging, believable characters; evocative, moody, lyrical, emotionally touching, with cleverly elaborate plotting."

About Bookweirder, the Sunburst Jury said: "This story evokes what the first few years of real reading were like - tumbling into story after story and losing track of the boundary between oneself and the books for a while. A must for any book-lover of any age."

The jurors for the 2011 award were Kate Freiman, Mark Leslie, Christopher Roden, and Alison Sinclair.

The other shortlisted works for the 2011 adult award were:
Robert J. Sawyer, Watch: (Penguin Group Canada, ISBN - 0670067423)

Douglas Smith, Chimerascope: (ChiZine Publications, ISBN - 0981297854)

S.M. Stirling, A Taint in the Blood: (New American Library, ISBN - 0451463412)

Hayden Trenholm, Stealing Home: (Bundoran Press, ISBN - 0978205251)

The other shortlisted works for the 2011 young adult award were:
Holly Bennett, Shapeshifter: (Orca Book Publishers, ISBN - 1554691583)

Erin Bow, Plain Kate: (Scholastic, ISBN - 0545166640)

Charles De Lint, The Painted Boy: (Penguin Young Reader Group, ISBN - 0670011916)

Robert Paul Weston, Dust City: (Penguin Group Canada, ISBN - 0670063967)

Guy Gavriel Kay lives in Toronto. Paul Glennon was born in England but has lived and worked in Ottawa since 1975.

The 2012 Award jurors will be Douglas Barbour, Zsuzsi Gartner, Daniel Justice, Lorna Toolis and Halli Villegas.

The Sunburst Award for Excellence in Canadian Literature of the Fantastic is an annual award celebrating the best in Canadian fantastic literature published during the previous calendar year.

The winners receive a cash prize of $1,000 as well as a hand-crafted medallion which incorporates the Sunburst logo. 

The Sunburst Award takes its name from the debut novel of the late Phyllis Gotlieb, one of the first published authors of contemporary Canadian speculative fiction.

Forbidden Planet is delighted to be presenting an autumn of top signings, by our favourite authors, for the very best of the season’s new titles.

On Thursday 29th September, we’re delighted to welcome CHRISTOPHER FOWLER for BRYANT & MAY AND THE MEMORY OF BLOOD, signing at our London Megastore from 6 - 7pm.

On Monday 3rd October from 6pm, our London Megastore will be hosting a Night of Horror, one of our trademark multi-author signings, featuring JOHN AVJIDE LINDQVIST signing his new title LITTLE STAR.
He’ll also be signing the anthology A BOOK OF HORRORS alongside some of the best-known and loved names in the genre. Forbidden Planet are delighted to welcome renowned editor STEPHEN JONES, and authors RAMSEY CAMPBELL, PETER CROWTHER, LES EDWARDS, REGGIE OLIVER and ROBERT SHEARMAN.

All of this – and we’re very pleased to have with us top-ten bestselling author PETER F HAMILTON, signing in our London Megastore for his short story collection MANHATTAN IN REVERSE on Thursday 6th October 6 – 7pm.

We have many more events happening this season – to make sure you catch them all, please check out our events page!

Tomorrow and Sunday is the annual Small Press Expo in Bethesda, in the Washington DC area and as every year, we’ll be there with some exciting new stuff, including our SPX Special, Buy 3 get 20% off!

We’ll have a good choice of recent books. Find us at G7-8, come say hello! Publisher Terry Nantier will be there and happy to chat with you.

Ted Rall was originally going to appear, but had to cancel, unfortunately overwhelmed with all the cleanup post Irene at his place and won’t be able to come.

About NBM Publishing
NBM is a leading critically acclaimed graphic novel publisher showcasing the diversity of comics from North America and Europe.

Founded in 1976 by publisher Terry Nantier, NBM has grown to become the second largest indie comics press after Fantagraphics with close to $3MM in yearly retail sales on over 200,000 graphic novels sold a year plus tens of thousands of comic books and magazines.

Hello everyone

This isn't particularly in our remit but we like helping out publicists when we can. If you look like Jason Stratham and wanna see one of his films for free in London then keep reading.


This is a little break from the usual ‘this DVD is coming out on this date’ email to ask for your help in spreading the word about a special screening of BLITZ (starring Jason Statham, Paddy Considine and Aidan Gillen) in London on Thursday, September 22.

We’d like to fill out a cinema with Statham look-alikes and there’ll be goody bags for those happy to get involved. There’s more information below and on the WANTED poster attached.

If you feel like spreading the word in a tweet, news piece, blog post, facebook update etc. it’d be greatly appreciated.


Ever watched an action movie and thought; ‘wouldn’t the world be a better place if there were more heroes like him?’  Well now’s the chance to help make that happen – Lions Gate is looking for some burly men who have that typical rough-cut, no-nonsense look about them for a special cinema screening of BLITZ, the latest action packed movie starring Jason Statham as a hardnosed London cop.

There’s a plan to pack-out a central London cinema with square jawed, stubbly, balding blokes who look like the star himself – and they’re putting out the word, they need a few willing extra-chiselled faces to fill the seats.

If you – or someone you know - have the vital characteristics (cropped/balding head, a five o’clock shadow and a wicked glint in your eye) and are able to get yourself to central London on Thursday 22 September for 6pm, then you could be going home with a bag-a-swag, stuffed with DVDs for your effort.  All you need to do is email a headshot of yourself and contact details to: [email protected] as soon as possible, or check out ‘Stath Screening’ on Facebook.

It’s not quite a part in the movie itself – but it’s certainly something that you can growl about to the gran-kids in the years to come.



Feedback / Monthly Chat
« on: September 04, 2011, 12:48:39 PM »
Hello everyone

Let's be generic, use this page for any comments you want to raise about the monthly update and any questions you might want to ask.

This is for September by the way.


NBM Publishing Announces SPX Debuts and Creator Appearances
In anticipation of next weekend's Small Press Expo held on September 11th & 12th in Bethesda, Maryland (near Washington DC),  NBM Publishing has announced the company's plans for their annual appearance and special releases. 

NBM can be found at table G7-8.
We will be premiering hot off the press our very first manga, the moving and inspiring Japanese best-seller Stargazing Dog. It’s sold over a half million copies in Japan and been made into a movie there just released this summer. See the preview of pages.
 Daddy is down and out. Life has conspired against him, everything coming undone.

  Fed up, he sets out with his car to just get away from it all to nowhere in particular.

All people around him have abandoned him in indifference but as we discover along with him, the one companion he can count on utterly and completely is his dog who follows him blindly, faithfully and completely, to the end.

The other special we’ll have for the show is a preview of Ernie Colon’s Inner Sanctum with signed copies including a free signed sketch by Colon for the 1st 20 to buy!

A revered veteran of comics brings to comics life one of the most fondly re membered mystery and horror radio shows in history.

In striking black & white as only Colon is well known for, we are swept into 4 chilling mysteries including: The Horla, Death of a Doll, The Undead and Alive in the Grave.

Also, appearing at our booth:
Brooke A. Allen with A Home for Mr. Easter

Ted Rall

The irrepressible Rick Parker signing the Papercutz spoofs of Harry Potter, Twilight and Percy Jackson

We’ll have a good choice of recent books available there as well. Find us at G7-8, come say hello! Publisher Terry Nantier will be there and happy to chat with you.

About NBM Publishing

NBM is a leading critically acclaimed graphic novel publisher showcasing the diversity of comics from North America and Europe.

Founded in 1976 by publisher Terry Nantier, NBM has grown to become the second largest indie comics press after Fantagraphics with close to $3MM in yearly retail sales on over 200,000 graphic novels sold a year plus tens of thousands of comic books and magazines.

I try not to dominate putting things in and comments and leading subjects but it would help if you folk could also add comments yourself y'know.

Let's see what you can say as well as look. All it takes is a tick to show that you're at least a sentient.



Diary Date: Saturday 10th September 1 – 2pm

PAT MILLS and JAMES McKAY will be signing the Graphic Novel FLESH: THE DINO FILES, at the Forbidden Planet Megastore, 179 Shaftesbury Avenue, London, WC2H 8JR, on Saturday 10th September 1 – 2pm.
Think that a meteorite collision with our planet was responsible for making the dinosaurs become extinct? Wrong! By the 23rd Century, man has drained the planet’s resources bare, but thanks to time-travel technology, the Trans-Time Corporation send rangers to the days when dinosaurs ruled the Earth. The rangers round up these magnificent creatures and get real flesh back on the menu!
Writer Pat Mills is usually described - quite correctly - as 'the godfather of British comics'.  His work includes the acclaimed Charley's War, Vampire Knight and Marshall Law as well as ABC Warriors, Slaine, Nemesis The Warlock and a host of others for 2000AD.
James McKay has been an illustrator for several years, working on creature designs for computer games and the interactive BBC programme, Fightbox. His comics work includes several short stories for various independent publishers and the fantasy series La Cité des Secrets with French publishers Mosquito Editions.  Having been nominated as one of four finalists for the 2010 Arts Fellowship Award, Pat Mills (who was one of the judges) chose to collaborate with James on his return to the Flesh series.
 Forbidden Planet is the largest store of its kind in the world. Some of the biggest names in Sci-Fi, Fantasy and Horror have come to our London Megastore for signings including: Neil Gaiman, Terry Pratchett, Terry Gilliam, Simon Pegg, William Gibson, Mark Millar, Guillermo Del Toro, Brian Froud and Stephen King.
 For more news about our signings please go to:

Feedback / Is the current 'Doctor Who' series running out of steam?
« on: August 29, 2011, 01:37:08 PM »
Viewing figures for Doctor Who have dropped off lately. Let's see if we can find out why.

Have a go at answering the survey. It won't bite you to tick one of the choices or let me know if you want another option added for anything I might have missed.


Doctor Who – Let’s Kill Hitler

   A bit of a misnomer of a story title when it’s really the origin, or part origin, of River Song. I’m being very careful not to give too many spoilers here so come back after you’ve watched the episode for whenever I become too cryptic below. I’m not giving away anything per se about the plot.

   It’s interesting to note that Rory is actually a little younger than Amy when she first knew him and now because of the previous season is actually a couple thousand years older now if you’re keeping count.

   I wonder why the Nazi imposter couldn’t grow its own pair of glasses?

   Since when does the TARDIS have a voice interface? If we’re not careful, the Doctor will be able to fly the TARDIS by remote control.

   As we’re all likely to wonder what the first question was, let’s put my answer into the bowl: Why?

   River Song’s saving of the Doctor looks like a way of giving the Time Lord ten or eleven more regenerations. I wonder if writer Steven Moffat is going to remind us of that later? More so, considering the Doctor knows something of his own fate. There’s a lot of things in this story that could be used to get around that. In a writer’s sense of plot, especially in Science Fiction, to show how to beat the smoking gun and I think it’s tucked away here. Just because you see an event, it doesn’t mean the end result is actually what it seems.

   Alex Kingdom is a scene-stealer with the sexiest voice.

   A great start back into the second part of the 2011 season. A bit odd going to Nazi Germany but neatly avoids asking too many questions. Logistically, it must be one of the points in human history that mustn’t be changed. Does make you wonder how many others there are but considering the number of invasions and so forth that the Doctor circumnavigated makes you wonder how many other points are there really. Of the top of my head, considering the Doctor appears after the hibernation on the Ark does suggest that is another one of them. Put your thinking caps on, folks.


Read about some of the places Arcana will be in the coming months.

Fan Expo Canada kicked off today, August 25th, and runs through Sunday the 28th at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. Sean Patrick O'Reilly, the owner of Arcana Comics, will be appearning at the Harper Collins booth, 220, at 1:00 PM Friday and 2:00 PM Saturday. He'll be there signing the new Harper Collins printing of The Clockwork Girl (ISBN:9780062080394). If you didn't know, not only is The Clockwork Girl an amazing graphic novel, it's being made into a 3D Animated Feature as well! Stop by for an autograph and Sean will be there with free comics! Read more about Fan Expo Canada HERE.

Cola-Con runs on September 2nd at the Columbia Museum of Art in Columbia, SC. The convention is where hip-hop and comic book culture intersect and will be an event of comic book artists, vendors, visual artists, lectures, panels, and music. Stephen Prouse, creator of Coin Operated Boy / Coin Operated Girl will be on hand for the event. Read more about Cola-Con by CLICKING HERE.

Arcana Comics is expanding its convention schedule this year by appearing at the Comikaze Expo at the Los Angeles Convention Center on November 5th and 6th. So far, the following Arcana Creators will be appearing at the Convention: Sean Patrick O'Reilly (CLOCKWORK GIRL, KADE), Erik Hendrix (SIDESHOWS), Mike Kalvoda (BANSHEE / STRAW), Scott Milam (KILLING MACHINE), John Barker (DEAD CELL), Siike Donnelly (HEAVEN'S ECHO), B. Alex Thompson (KILLING MACHINE, BLOOD SHELLS & ROSES), Matthew R. Adams (KORD AND HARLEY), Matt Wilson (SCROOGE & SANTA), Josh Kenfield (SCROOGE & SANTA), and more! Be sure to come by, meet the creators, get books signed, and check out many books debuting at the convention! Read more about Comikaze Expo HERE.   

 Sean Dulaney, creator of 51 Delta will be appearing at Comic City Tennessee, which runs on October 1st and 2nd at the TN State Fairgrounds with over 30,000 square feet of comic goodness. Read more about Comic City TN by CLICKING HERE.

New York Comic Con runs this year from October 13th through the 16th at the Javits Center. Arcana Comics' Creators will be appearing at the convention in various locations. As the convention approaches, we will give you a list of names!

Conventions and events / Summer of Steampunk 2011
« on: August 24, 2011, 12:52:06 PM »
Summer of Steampunk

Longest running steampunk series raises the heat in fortnight-long genre celebration

Break out your top hats and holster your Tesla Mark Seven blunderbuss, the Summer of Steampunk from Abaddon Books is here!

To mark a major new direction for the world’s longest-running series of steampunk novels, Pax Britannia, Abaddon is running two weeks of steampunk shenanigans at the new dedicated Pax Britannia Facebook page.

From free eBooks and competition giveaways to debate and word from our authors about what makes steampunk so much fun, join us for two weeks of celebration of this most charming, exciting and ever-growing line of books.

The event will culminate in a major announcement about a surprising new book which throws away the rulebook of how genre publishing works.

A must for any fan of steampunk or pulp adventure action, Pax Britannia is set in a radically different version of the late 20th Century where the age of the Victorians never ended and Queen Victoria remains alive thanks to steampunk technology.

From Jonathan Green’s swashbuckling agent of the Empire, Ulysses Quicksilver, to Al Ewing’s ultra-violent El Sombra, Pax Britannia takes steampunk adventure to a new level.

Jonathan Oliver, editor-in-chief of Abaddon Books, said:

“Pax Britannia is one of the longest running steampunk adventures in publishing, and our Summer of Steampunk will bring a host of goodies bound to appeal to new and old readers of the series alike.”

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