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Conventions and events / Tharg the Mighty meets Dragons’ Den!
« on: September 27, 2011, 12:38:59 PM »
Tharg the Mighty meets Dragons’ Den!

Announcing the first official 2000 AD® convention portfolio session in years –
culminating in a Dragons’ Den-style show off!

2000 AD has teamed up with the annual Thought Bubble convention to create a very special event for budding comic book artists.

Thought Bubble is the UK’s largest annual event which celebrates sequential art in all its forms, including everything from superheroes to independent and small press comics. Thought Bubble 2011 will take place in Leeds with a centre-piece two day convention on Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th.

Tharg demands that budding artists prove their worth before he will let them enter the Galaxy’s Greatest Comic – and this special portfolio session is not for the faint-hearted!

To take part in the first Tharg’s Thrill Challenge, artists should view the free sample five-page script – the Terror Tale ‘Patch Pea Podlings’ by Arthur Wyatt – available on the Thought Bubble website, draw their own version of it, and bring their efforts to the Saturday portfolio sessions being held at the 2000 AD stall.

The six best efforts chosen by Tharg himself will then go before a panel on the Sunday, where some of 2000 AD’s top-name talent will pass judgement in front of a live audience!

Only the brave-hearted need apply, earthlets – dare you bring your wares before the searing gaze of Tharg the Mighty?!



Diary Date: Saturday 15th October 1 – 2pm

FORBIDDEN PLANET are delighted to be hosting a triple signing with Adam Nevill, Mark Charan Newton and Adrian Tchaikovsky on Saturday 15th October at the Forbidden Planet Megastore, 179 Shaftesbury Avenue, London WC2h 8JR.
 ADAM NEVILL is a graduate of the University of St Andrews Masters programme and the author of Banquet for the Damned, an original novel of supernatural horror inspired by M. R. James and the great tradition of the British weird tale. In his working life he’s endured a variety of occupations, including both nightwatchman and day porter in the exclusive apartment buildings of west London.
 Adam will be signing the new paperback of THE RITUAL.
 MARK CHARAN NEWTON was born in 1981, and holds a degree in Environmental Science. After working in bookselling, he moved into editorial positions at imprints covering film and media tie-in fiction, and later, science fiction and fantasy. He lives and works in Nottingham.
 Mark will be signing the third book in the sensational RED SUN series, THE BOOK OF TRANSFORMATIONS.
 ADRIAN TCHAIKOVSKY studied psychology and zoology at Reading. He subsequently ended up in law and has worked as a legal executive in both Reading and Leeds, where he now lives. Married, he’s a keen live role-player and occasional amateur actor, has trained in stage-fighting, and keeps no exotic pets of any kind, possibly excepting his son.
 Adrian will be signing the new paperback of the seventh book in the SHADOWS OF THE APT series, HIERS OF THE BLADE.
 Forbidden Planet is the largest store of its kind in the world. The biggest names in Sci-Fi, Fantasy and Comics have visited us for signing events, including: Guillermo del Toro, Sam Raimi, Terry Gilliam, Simon Pegg, Christopher Lee, Neil Gaiman, Terry Pratchett and Stephen King.

Sarah Pinborough, Christopher Priest, Paul Meloy

and more launch this autumn’s scariest read

Foyles, Charring Cross Road, London – Tuesday 27th September, from 6.30pm

Tomorrow, something scary will be haunting Foyles book shop on Charing Cross Road, London!

The writers and editors of the upcoming House of Fear anthology of haunted house stories will be celebrating its launch and we'd like you to join us.

House of Fear is the new anthology of haunted house stories featuring terrifying tales by nineteen scribes of terror: Lisa Tuttle, Stephen Volk, Terry Lamsley, Adam L.G. Nevill, Weston Ochse, Rebecca Levene, Garry Kilworth, Chaz Brenchley, Robert Shearman, Nina Allan, Christopher Fowler, Sarah Pinborough, Paul Meloy, Christopher Priest, Jonathan Green, Nicholas Royle, Eric Brown, Tim Lebbon and Joe R. Lansdale.

You can RSVP and spot who'll be there at the Facebook page, but don't forget to reserve your free ticket through the Foyles website!


Feedback / Daisy sentient sentences
« on: September 25, 2011, 12:15:45 PM »

I don't know if this will work, simply because so many lurk and not enough add replies, but let's see if there are any creative juices out there.

What happens is I type in a creative sentence and see what you think is the next line. Someone else follows and so on. Occasionally, I'll look in and add one of my own to what has gone before.

This particular subject matter should be able to be kept going as long as there's a little co-operaton from you, the enlisted.

The sentence:-

Paradoxically, things are back to front depending on how you look at something.

Good hunting

Feedback / As an SF fan do you see yourself as an obsessive on the subject??
« on: September 24, 2011, 11:43:09 AM »
So are SF fans really obsessive. Let's confuse the non-believers with the truth.

SEGA® of America, Inc. and After Dark Films have partnered up for an exciting giveaway. Ten copies of the newly released game, Rise of Nightmares, for your Xbox 360® with Kinect™ is up for grabs on our Facebook page and Twitter account (one game per winner).
If you can’t wait to have the Rise of Nightmares game now, we don’t blame you!!! Please visit to purchase.

This exclusive giveaway runs from Thursday, September 22nd to Wednesday, September 28th @ 11:59pm on Facebook and Twitter.  Five Facebook winners and five  Twitter winners will be notified via e-mail by October 5th for a total of ten winners.  Here are the details:
Go to our After Dark Films Facebook page, and if you haven’t done so already, be sure to “like” us.  On the Rise of Nightmares tab you will find the sweepstakes rules, and the email address where to enter. On the subject line please write: Rise of Nightmares Giveaway. Five winners will be randomly selected by Oct 5th. 
To win, first make sure you're following us on Twitter. Then, tweet a response to this question:  What is your worst nightmare?
Be sure you include @afterdarkfilms and the URL  Limit one (1) entry per person and/or per Twitter account. You must be following us on Twitter to win. Five winners will be randomly selected by Oct 5th. One tweet per day.
Here’s a sample tweet:
@afterdarkfilms My worst nightmare was when all my ADF movies were destroyed

Press Releases / Multiple Signings at Forbidden Planet
« on: September 22, 2011, 12:44:56 PM »
It’s all happening at Forbidden Planet!

We have one our busiest and most exciting months for signings ever – with some fantastic names coming to see us.
 Make a note in your diary and make sure you don’t miss: -
 Peter F Hamilton signing Manhattan in Reverse
Peter F Hamilton, master of space opera and top-ten bestselling author will be signing his short story collection MANHATTAN IN REVERSE at the Forbidden Planet Megastore, 179 Shaftesbury Avenue, London, WC2H 8JR, on Thursday 6th October 6 – 7pm.
 American McGee signing The Art of Alice: Madness Returns
Legendary games designer American McGee will be signing: THE ART OF ALICE: MADNESS RETURNS at the Forbidden Planet Megastore, 179 Shaftesbury Avenue, London, WC2H 8JR, on Saturday 8th October 1 – 2pm.
 John Landis signing: Monsters in the Movies
Top director John Landis will be signing MONSTERS IN THE MOVIES at the Forbidden Planet Megastore, 179 Shaftesbury Avenue, London, WC2H 8JR, on Tuesday 11th October 6 – 7pm.
 Warwick Davis signing Size Matters Not
Actor Warwick Davis will be signing his fantastic biography Size Matters Not at the Forbidden Planet Megastore, 179 Shaftesbury Avenue, London, WC2H 8JR, on Wednesday 21st April 6 – 7pm.
 Triple Signing with Paul Cornell, Gareth L Powell and Justina Robson

In anticipation of BristolCon, we’re delighted to be hosting a triple signing with Paul Cornell, Gareth L Powell and Justina Robson on Friday 21st October at the Forbidden Planet Megastore, Clifton Heights, Triangle West, Bristol BS8 1EJ.
 Richard Morgan signing The Cold Commands in Bristol and in London
Richard Morgan, the King of noir SF will be signing THE COLD COMMANDS, the follow-up to the sensational THE STEEL REMAINS at the Forbidden Planet Megastore, Clifton Heights, Triangle West, Bristol, BS8 1EJ on Friday 21st October from 2:30 - 3:30pm and at at the Forbidden Planet Megastore, 179 Shaftesbury Avenue, London, WC2H 8JR, on Saturday 22nd October 1 – 2pm.
 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: Guillermo del Toro, Sam Raimi, Edgar Wright, Jonathan Ross, Neil Gaiman, Terry Gilliam, Simon Pegg, William Gibson and Stephen King.
 For more news about our signings please go to:

« 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.


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