Thursday, 07 March 2013 19:59
Okay, so maybe things have fallen by the wayside on the blogging front. Just maybe…
I could spend a great deal of time recapping all the events and excuses that led to Winter 2012 being something of a fallow season on the productivity front – but I won’t. Instead let’s just sum it up as the following:
Kickstarter, Thought Bubble, book launch, aikido grading, illness, extended sick leave, Xmas holidays, brief recovery, relapse, super relapse, casualty, CT scan, MRI scan, panic, relax, small sick leave, gradual recovery, swifter recovery, Kickstarter rewards (production and delivery), full recovery, house hunt, house move, London Super Comic Con… and stop.
Long story short: I’m recovered. I’m back on my feet. I’m gradually regaining my joie de vivre. Somewhere along the line something just… went wrong in my head. And while it was a little scary for a time, in hindsight it can probably be chalked up to nothing more than exhaustion. And while my writing may have suffered over this period, things are now progressing nicely (more on that later!)
So, drawing a line neatly under that debacle, let’s move forward into 2013… starting with an important announcement!
Last year I had the honour of exhibiting at the first ever Melksham Comic Con, a small indie affair in the heart of Wiltshire that managed to punch far above its weight in terms of sheer entertainment. Under the leadership of Hayley Spencer, visionary CEO of Melksham’s own Komix superstore, the Melksham Con is looking to return in 2013, bigger, brighter and with an even more dazzling array of guests and exhibitors. But to make this much-anticipated sequel a reality, Hayley, Melksham and the entire team of volunteer Brians (long story) need YOUR help.
Melksham Comic Con 2013 has turned to Kickstarter to make their dream a reality. To check out the full story and hear firsthand the words of those wonderful people behind the scenes, why not watch out the official Kickstarter video here.
We had an amazing time at Melksham in 2012 and I can’t wait to return this year. There’s a great list of guests lined up – including, among others, Kieron Gillen, Paul Duffield, Mike Collins, Simon Spurrier and Rob Williams – not to mentions the usual suspects such as myself, Nich Angell, Disconnected Press and other charming exhibitors.
Melksham Con isn’t a charity, but it is Not-For-Profit, and in order to deliver a great show it needs all the support we can give. As one of the most enjoyable cons of the year, and perhaps a model for future shows, Melksham is definitely a worthy cause. Only 7 days remain to raise the £3500 needed, but with 83% of this amount already pledged, the end is very nearly in sight. Any help you might be able to give would mean the world.
And also, remember this?
Yeah baby, THE HEAVENLY CHORD Part 1, the world-shattering crossover between Afterlife Inc. and 7STRING will be debuting at Melksham 2013! How’s that for incentive? Seriously, without Melksham, what else are we going to do with this?
Phew! So anyway, as a brief summary of recent excitement, two weekends ago we were at the London Super Comic Con, our first show of 2013, easing back into the Afterlife Inc. roadshow. Having debuted Dying To Tell there one year ago, it felt great to return – just that little older and wiser – and with two new books to present: Near Life and… dun dun dunnn… The Six!
It’s been building for a long time but finally Afterlife Inc. has a companion on the site. An entirely new story. An entirely new world. Chapter 1 of The Six can be read for free here. Alternatively you can download a free PDF of the book here. We’ve also had our first review thanks to the fine folks at Pages & Panels, a cracking new comics review site that deserves your attention. I hope you enjoy.
Aside from the joyous release of new books, LSCC was of course a marvellous opportunity to catch up with friends both new and old. We were particularly lucky in the con-neighbour department: Jack “Wacky Prankster” Tempest on the left, Lewis Terry and Kayleigh Powis on the right. Lewis is responsible for a gloriously disturbing and enthralling book called Royal. Well worth checking out. He also produced this rather snazzy picture of Nuriel. And that’s… that’s just fine.
We were also lucky enough to hook up with Neil and his daughter Bethan. As one of our highest Kickstarter backers, Neil has been immensely supportive of Afterlife Inc. It was nice to finally have the opportunity to chat and thank him in person.
So, I guess that’s my blog itch scratched. Now that my brain appears to be firing again on something approaching a normal level, I look forward to keeping this updated more often. And with Lifeblood storming along, I’ll be sure to post plenty of updates and samples like the ones below. Ooh, teasers!
Cheers for the time, gang. It’s good to be back.
P.S. what does everyone think of the site update?
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