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Conventions and events / The Birmingham Comics Festival : V For Vendetta
« Last post by Geoff the head Uncle on February 28, 2015, 04:35:01 AM »

CF Begins Today - V For Vendetta at the mac!

The Birmingham Comics Festival season begins today as V For Vendetta becomes the first in a special programme of comics-related films to be screened at the mac Birmingham; one of the country’s foremost art centres for over 50 years. 

V For Vendetta is based on the hit comic book series created by Alan Moore and David Lloyd that began as a strip in the British comic Warrior before seeing print as a comic book series in America by DC Comics, then subsequently collected into graphic novel format, and it has been in print worldwide ever since.

Those who have purchased tickets for The Birmingham Comics Festival convention being held at Edgbaston Cricket Ground on 18th April are entitled to discounted film tickets as part of this special film season, costing only £3 on presentation of their official wristbands at mac Birmingham’s Sales & information Desk for those shows applicable. 

“The Midlands Arts Centre holds a special place in the memories of older comic fans,” revealed one of the festival’s organisers. “The first Birmingham Comic Art Show was held there, and we very much want to forge links with our historic past while also looking forward. That’s why we’re very excited about the involvement of Film Ambassadors, a group of young people who together with mac art tutor Scott Johnson have been putting this special film season together.” While there are still details to be finalised regarding scheduling the following dates and films can now be revealed:

Saturday 28th at 2pm - V For Vendetta

March, date tbc – Batman (1989)

Saturday 4th April at 12 noon - The Incredibles

Saturday 4th April at 2pm - The Incredibles

Saturday 18th April - time tbc – Scott Pilgrim vs The World 

Expect guest speakers to be announced, cosplayers in attendance, and some surprise at these events!

For information about mac Birmingham visit:
Conventions and events / Birmingham Comics Festival April 2015
« Last post by Geoff the head Uncle on February 21, 2015, 04:51:17 AM »

ImageTrading card illustrator and comic strip artist Lee Bradley will be attending The Birmingham Comics Festival on Saturday 18th April at Edgbaston Cricket Stadium.

Birmingham’s Hi8us art programme put Lee Bradley on the right course to develop his classic American superhero styled influences leading to what’s become a seven year career that now finds him putting together his own creator-owned book to be edited by John McCrea, who he began his career with working  in the role of inker and colourist. 

Bradley found an early niche in the modern British youth market, working on a triumvirate of books for Titan Comics, namely Transformers Universe, Transformers Animated,  and Transformers Movie: To Draw Guide alongside issues of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Spider-Man: Tower of Power. Halfway round the world, Middle East publisher Teshkeel employed his services on their superhero series The ’99 while via Mam Tor Publishing he would contribute to London’s Mother Comics.
Image Illustration work has lead to his involvement in the advertising world and film/television storyboarding alongside becoming an accredited Lucas Film artist and producing work for BBC TV’s Blue Peter. However, it is demand for Lee Bradley’s work as a sketch artist that has found him involved in such popular collectors’ trading card series as Mars Attacks and Mars Attacks Invasion, Star Wars Galaxy and Star Wars Galactic Files, alongside Marvel’s Greatest Battles, Women of Marvel, Retro Marvel, Marvel Premiere and this year’s Avengers: Age of Ultron on the superhero front, as well as card series reprising great events and personalities from history. Fittingly an exhibition of his work, Retro Marvel Now – The Art of Lee Bradley, is taking place from 7th March to 12th April at the Forge Mill Museum in Redditch, in the heart of The Midlands.

On Saturday 18th April the Eagle Award winning comic book creator D’Israeli will be at Edgbaston Cricket Stadium for The Birmingham Comics Festival.

Currently creating a sensation illustrating Ordinary, a tale about superpowers, a divorced New York plumber and a talking grizzly bear, published by Titan Comics; this master craftsman is similarly co-responsible for fuelling steam punk’s engine with series such as Stickleback for 2000AD and a trio of graphic novels inspired by H.G. Well’s War of The Worlds;  his strip work having appeared in numerous British periodicals from Deadline to the Judge Dredd Megazine, while over in the USA he has embellished the pages of DC Comics’ The Sandman among others.

This very English creator has taken European bande dessinée influences and partnered them with a consummately classic storytelling style and exemplary sense of page design; one that sometimes makes his work look effortless but reveals a gift for surrealism and leavened humour, while at others is  simply breath taking in its scope and imagination. 

“D’Israeli doesn’t follow trends, he creates them,” said The Birmingham Comics Festival’s organisers. “Critically lauded, commercially successful that’s the kind of creator any show would be proud to have as a guest!”

D’Israeli will be signing copies of his books, sketching, offering original art and talking about his work at The Birmingham Comics Festival that is taking place on Saturday 18th April at Edgbaston Cricket Stadium.
Conventions and events / The Generation Of Z: Apocalypse coming to London
« Last post by Geoff the head Uncle on February 19, 2015, 04:48:39 AM »
The Generation of Z: Apocalypse, an immersive, terrifying interactive theatre experience, is coming to London after sell out seasons in New Zealand and at the Edinburgh Fringe

see the trailer here:

To be able to get tickets before anyone else your users must go to And enter the access code EXTINCTIONISNOW - Tickets can be bought using this code on Thursday (tomorrow) – 24hours before general release on the Friday 20th

Your users can also get the £25 preview rate and the Early Bird reduction on standard pricing (which is strictly limited)  before anyone else in that 24hr period.

Go to www.TheGenerationof for exclusive pre-sale access for 24 hours on Thursday.  Use the access code EXTINCTIONISNOW To get your tickets first
I've been reviewing film books from the Michael Weise Publications for little over a year now.

There currently is a 75% discount on their books until 22 March 2015 so if you were only interested before, then there is no excuse now.

Join Dark Horse Comics at Wizard World 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!

 Special appearance in the Dark Horse booth from our friends at Happymatic Photo Booth! Come by with your friends or in cosplay and get your picture taken as a souvenir – for FREE!


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


Below are featured comics and the writers and 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).


6:00 p.m.–6:50 p.m. BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER, ANGEL & FAITH Christos Gage, Rebekah Isaacs


10:30 a.m.–11:15 a.m. BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER, ANGEL & FAITH Christos Gage, Rebekah Isaacs

12:00 p.m.–12:50 p.m. MASS EFFECT Jeremy Barlow 

2:30 p.m.–3:30 p.m. LADY KILLER Joëlle Jones, Jamie S. Rich

3:45 p.m.–4:30 p.m.  MISFITS OF AVALON Kel McDonald


12:00 p.m.–12:50 p.m. PLANTS VS. ZOMBIES Jeremy Vanhoozer (franchise creative director at PopCap Games), Paul Tobin, Ron Chan

1:00 p.m.–1:50 p.m. BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER, ANGEL & FAITH Christos Gage, Rebekah Isaacs

2:30 p.m.–3:30 p.m. BANDETTE, COLDER, PROMETHEUS, THE WITCHER Paul Tobin, Colleen Coover (Bandette)



Getting Respect: Comics Go to College with Dark Horse’s Diana Schutz, Too Much Coffee Man’s Shannon Wheeler, PSU’s Susan Kirtley, and PSU’s Jon Holt

Room: C120

Time: 6:30 p.m.–7:15 p.m.
 Comics and graphic novels have come into their own as subjects worthy of—indeed, demanding—attention from academia. Historians and cultural theorists teach courses, hold conferences, and publish books on various aspects of sequential art, and colleges and universities teach courses in comics as literature and social history as well as how to make them. Here to give an overview of various ideas about and approaches to comics studies are a cross section of comics scholars and teachers, including Diana Schutz (longtime Dark Horse executive editor and instructor at Portland Community College), Shannon Wheeler (creator of Too Much Coffee Man and instructor at Portland State College of the Arts), Susan Kirtley (director of rhetoric and composition at Portland State University; author of Lynda Barry: Girlhood through the Looking Glass), and Jon Holt (assistant professor of Japanese literature and manga at Portland State University). The panel is moderated by Danny Fingeroth (Superman on the Couch, Disguised as Clark Kent).


Buffy Birthday Party!

Room: C120

Time: 1:30 p.m.–2:15 p.m.
 Dark Horse Comics is hosting a party celebrating Buffy Summers’s birthday (just a bit belatedly—her birthday is January 19)! At this special panel, there will be Buffy trivia, Buffy “Hush” Pictionary, and more—fun times with PRIZES! Plus, find out what it’s like to continue the Whedonverse in comics with Dark Horse editor Sierra Hahn, writer Christos Gage, and artist Rebekah Isaacs! Happy birthday, Buffy!

Dark Horse Manga: An Afternoon with Carl Horn
Room: C123

Time: 2:30 p.m.–3:15 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 the publisher continues to print some of the industry’s best-selling titles, including Neon Genesis Evangelion, Oreimo: Kuroneko, Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt, Satoshi Kon’s Opus, Unofficial Hatsune Mix (as seen on David Letterman), 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!

Dark Horse Builds Characters
Room: C120

Time: 4:30 p.m.–5:15 p.m.
 Dark Horse Comics kicks off 2015 at Wizard World, right here in Portland! Join Dark Horse president and publisher Mike Richardson, editor in chief Scott Allie, publicist Aub Driver, and special guests for a sneak peek at some of the year’s most newsworthy comics and programs, including Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Archie vs. Predator, The Strain, and more!


Plants vs. Zombies!
Room: C120

Time: 1:30 p.m.–2:15 p.m.

Ready your PEASHOOTERS! Dark Horse Comics brought you the official Plants vs. Zombies comic series as well as The Art of Plants vs. Zombies, released in a partnership with PopCap Games, creators of the smash-hit video game. Now meet some of the people behind these hilarious, all-ages, action-filled zombie romps—Jeremy Vanhoozer, creative director of Plants vs. Zombies at PopCap; Paul Tobin, PVZ writer; PVZ artist Ron Chan; and Dark Horse PVZ editor Philip Simon!
Conventions and events / Edge-Lit 4, Derby
« Last post by AlexDavis on January 20, 2015, 02:55:53 AM »
Morning all,

Delighted to announce that we are back! Yes, Derby's annual SF, fantasy and horror extravaganza will be returning for a fourth year in 2015, running on the 11th July and presenting a fantastic blend of panels, workshops, readings, author Q+As and an awful lot more, including the ever-popular Edge-Lit raffle and the ever-challenging Edge-Lit quiz.

All the details on the event are below, and we'll be announcing stacks of speakers, Guests of Honour and much more in the near future! Hpe to see you there...



Saturday 11th July, 10am-10pm approx
QUAD, Market Place, Derby
Tickets £30 including access to all sessions on the day and goodie bag

Edge-Lit returns for its latest instalment with the biggest year yet!

An essential day out for any writer or reader of science-fiction, fantasy or horror, Edge-Lit 4 brings together a superb range of UK writing talent for a heady blend of panels, readings, workshops and booksales, as well as the now infamous Edge-Lit raffle and the devilishly difficult Edge-Lit quiz.

Edge-Lit 4 is your chance to get an insight into the worlds of writing and publishing, hear from some of the biggest and most talented names in the field, gain inspiration and ideas in our workshop sessions (expanded for 2015 due to popular demand) and get yourself an incredible book haul to take home with our freebies, bookstalls and phenomenal prizes!

Your ticket for the event gives you access to all the activities on the day, offering incredible value for the best Edge-Lit experience ever!

Feedback / Re: Daisy sentient sentences
« Last post by Geoff the head Uncle on January 19, 2015, 04:30:54 AM »
The world provides a wealth of information for any kind of story.
Eisner Award-nominee Ian Edginton is the latest guest to be announced as attending The Birmingham Comics Festival that is taking place on Saturday April 18th 2015 at Edgbaston Cricket Stadium.

The Birmingham comic book writer has become renowned in recent years as a man whose keyboard fingers know their way out of a cliffhanger adventure set in the past,  and frequently in a past one step removed from the ones you read about in history books  - From his graphic novel adaptations of the adventures of that master detective Sherlock Holmes to his extrapolations on H.G. Wells’ War of the Worlds in a trilogy of books, and authoring his own such alternative history sagas with the likes of Leviathan and Stickleback, both originally serialised in 2000AD then subsequently collected into their own volumes.

Such themes are but a single string to his creative bow, having written gamely for Marvel Comics The X-Men spin-off X-Force and Blade: The Vampire Hunter, and the superhero sagas of Stormwatch for WildStorm, Witchblade for Top Cow, plus the likes of Batman for DC Comics.

Ian Edginton established his career writing hit comic book series based on popular film and TV franchises like Aliens, Terminator, Xena: Warrior Princess and Planet of the Apes for Dark Horse Comics, with further such scripting triumphs elsewhere including Star Trek for Marvel and Touchwood for Titan. He has co-written comic books and worked for a number of publishers, the results of this work finding him nominated for several Eisner Awards (Best Short Story in 1998 for The Willow Warriors featured in  Weird War Tales #1, published by DC Comics’ Vertigo imprint for whom he created the recent post-apocalyptic series Hinterkind, and as Best Writer and for Best Limited Series in 2007 for The Great Game, that was published by Dark Horse).   

“Ian Edginton is becoming a veritable viscount of Victoriana steam punk, and we’re all relishing his work as he develops such wonderful creations as Stickleback,” said the festival’s organisers. “And while he may have rewritten the past fictionally it’s at The Birmingham Comics Festival where he’ll be revealing the truth about what the future has in store!” 

Fans of Ian Edginton can look forward to meeting the writer who will be signing copies of his books and talking about his creative exploits with other guests at The Birmingham Comics Festival on Saturday April 18th 2015 at Edgbaston Cricket Stadium.

Alpena, MI (December 31, 2014) – World Weaver Press (Eileen Wiedbrauk, Editor-in-Chief) has announced the anthology Far Orbit: Apogee, the second volume of the science fiction adventure series edited by Bascomb James, will be open to submissions January 1 – March 31, 2015.

World Weaver Press is looking for modern space adventures crafted in the Grand Tradition to be included in the second volume of the acclaimed Far Orbit science fiction adventure series. Editor Bascomb James is seeking stories that establish a new tradition in the much maligned sci-fi adventure genera -- smart, modern stories built around the classic traditions; stories that are creative, readable, and memorable; midnight indulgences; exciting stories that transport you from the everyday grind and leave you wondrously satisfied.

For full submission guidelines and details, visit:

Bascomb James is a clinical virologist, author, and editor who lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan. He has authored a hat-full of scientific papers, authored or edited four scientific textbooks, contributed numerous textbook chapters, and presented countless scientific lectures and workshops. A science fiction fan since childhood, Bascomb credits his interest in science, engineering, and invention to the sci-fi stories he read as a child. Stories matter. They shape our lives, expectations, and dreams. They are the warp and weave of our human existence, binding us into a fabric far stronger than any individual element.

World Weaver Press is an independently owned publisher of fantasy, paranormal, and science fiction. We believe in great storytelling.

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Saying hello / Re: Hello, compatriots!
« Last post by Disreputable_Stave on December 21, 2014, 10:17:20 PM »
God School is now out on Kindle and paperback. Right now I'm hosting a giveaway for a signed copy. Just head on over to to enter. And yes, it's open to readers in the UK.
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