Well it’s now a week on from Thought Bubble 2011 and I figured it was high time we got our pics up online. In all honesty I was sceptical about TB when we booked it. I was pretty certain that the social side would be fun but the cost of trekking up to Leeds for 2 days had me worried about whether it would prove to be a very expensive holiday rather than a smart venture for the book. I’m happy to say that my fears were unfounded. Not only was the social aspect of the show everything we’d hoped for, but the good people of Leeds took Moon into their hearts with as much relish as their Southern cousins. The event itself was incredibly well organised and the general vibe was amazing too. We returned smiling, exhausted and very happy to have not only helped launch Tales of the Fallen but to have brought Moon to a whole new audience.
But enough of that, on to the pictures!
One of the real highlights of the show was getting to walk around Leeds itself. It's a genuinely lovely city.
The full set of collectable Moon badges that we debuted at the con. These are only available at live shows.
One of several sketches that Steve drew for our awesome fans.
Unseen Shadows: Tales of the Fallen rolls off the press.
Me holding down the fort while Steve wandered the freezing streets, handing out flyers. (Photo by Jon Lock)
Gloriously under-dressed at the Casino on Saturday night.
Myself, Martin Conaghan and Peter Rogers during the Unseen Shadows panel. (photo by Vicky Stonebridge)
Band of Butchers being discussed in the Unseen Shadows panel. (photo by Vicky Stonebridge)
Picked up some great books at the event but my favourite take away was this gift from Rob Carey: an original page from Band of Butchers. It's going on my wall.
The local Roller Derby team gets their skates behind Moon.
The girls were a huge help in drumming up interest in the book over the weekend. We repaid them by ruining this perfectly good photo with the addition of our idiot faces.
Thought Bubble has without a doubt become one of our favourite experiences of the year and it’s a con we’ll definitely return to. Lovely city, lovely people, lovely comic con.
Now onwards to 2012!
As many of you know, Steve and I have a couple of new books coming out in November. “Tales of the Fallen” is a set of four one-shot comics based on the Unseen Shadows series of books by Barry Nugent. To celebrate the upcoming release of the comics, we’re going to be previewing one of them each week in October. If you want to be one of the only people in the world to pick up signed copies of Tales of the Fallen you’ll need to buy a ticket to theThought Bubble convention in Leeds so you can be there for the grand launch. Enjoy the previews:
Fragments of Fate
Pete Rogers (Writer), Roy Huteson Stewart (Artist), Paul Mclaren (Lettering)
Mythical artifacts tied to an ancient legend. A demonic cult obsessed with determining destiny. Professor Napoleon Stone’s latest research project is about to take him on a dark and perilous journey into the unknown. Beaten, broken, terrorised and tortured. It’s time to discover what’s worse, being haunted by your past? Or being tormented by your future?
For more information check out Unseen Shadows on the WEB, on FACEBOOK and on TWITTER
Page 2 of the upcoming second issue of Fallen Heroes, due to be released at Thought Bubble in November. Work continues apace on the collected edition of Unseen Shadows, featuring 5 of its central characters (Ben Ashodi (The Hand), Clancy Wallencheck, Napoleon Stone, Stephanie Connisbee) in one shot stories in one tome. Featuring work from Dan Thompson, Pete Rogers, Richard Clements, Cy Dethan, Corey Brotherson, Roy Huteson Stewart, Rob Carey, Conor Boyle, Cormac Hughes, Gat Melvyn, Vicky Stonebridge, Paul Mclaren, Nic Wilkinson and myself (Steve Penfold).
Check out www.Unseenshadows.com for more deets.
Getting back into the game I’m already playing catch up. Unseen Shadows is now well underway with pages already in for Stephanie Connisbee: Operation Solomon and Clancy Wallencheck: Band of Butchers. Scripts will be ready soon for Napoleon Stone and the Fragments of Fate. Cy finished Reverend: Wrath of God some time ago. Myself, Gat and Barry are agreed it can be done and if it is – then Wrath of God may well be our proving grounds.
We have a long way to go but we’ve got our driving caps on and the engine is revving. Check back here for updates every Thursday about progress on all Unseen Shadows and Fallen Heroes titles…. Cheers
The Reverend: Wrath of God by Cy Dethan, Steve Penfold and Gat Melvyn
Napoleon Stone and the Fragments of Fate by Pete Rogers and Roy Huteson Stewart
Stephanie Conisbee in Operation: Solomon by Richmond Clements & Conor Boyle
Clancy Wallencheck: Band of Butchers by Dan Thompson, Robert Carey and Vicky Stonebridge
Apologies for the flagrant use of the third person in that blog title, wasn’t sure what else to call this post. We’ve been teasing you guys with promises of big announcements for a while now so it’s really nice that I can finally reveal one of them at long last.
Earlier this week I agreed a deal with Barry Nugent (author of the Fallen Heroes novel and mastermind of the whole venture) to write a one shot comic based on one of the characters from the Fallen Heroes comic book series. The book will be entitled “Clancy Wallencheck: Band of Butchers” and (as the name might imply) it’ll be all about FH’s resident gun-for-hire and professional badass, Clancy Wallencheck.
Clancy makes his appearance in the very first issue of the comic (he’s even on the cover) and he’s a pretty major player all the way through the story. In “Band of Butchers” we’ll be diving headlong into the psyche of one of the world’s most dangerous men as well as revealing the secret origins of Clancy’s elite mercenary unit “Blacklight”.
Clancy's the one on the right. You can tell he's a badass because he has a beard. Almost all people with beards can kill you. Fact.
The book will be out sometime later in the year and will be available as part of the “Tales of the Fallen” anthology where it will sit alongside stories by Pete Rogers, Richmond Clements & Cy Dethan. I’m extremely excited to be working alongside creators of this caliber and to have a crack at a character as interesting as Clancy. Obviously there’s still a lot of bits and bobs to work out but rest assured that we’ll keep you as up to date as we can over the coming months.
Now if you’ll excuse me, I need to go research pictures of guns…lots of guns.