Filed under: Events, Features | Tags: 7String, Ammar Al Chalabi, Chris Welsh, Dan Harris, Dan Thompson, Eclipse, Ivanna Matilla, Jessica Jimerson, Jim Bampfield, Josh Sherwell, Kris Carter, Lou Scannon, Luke Parker, Merrick, Mike Garley, Mike Stock, Moon, Nottingham Comic Con, Peter Raymond, Steve Penfold, The Kill Screen, Tom Ward, Trevor Talbott & Scott Meier, Wart
With Nottingham Comic Convention just a week away I thought I’d take a look at some of the small press that’ll be in attendance that I’d recommend folks keep an eye out for.
Eclipse – is the story of a young man named Keith, who loves his father as any son should, however his father’s mental disabilities put Keith in a situation where he must grow up faster to take care of himself. It also makes him an easy target for bullies and thugs. Jumping ahead to present times the pressure models an honorable super hero (Eclipse), who’s battles have heartfelt cause, mixed with a taste of vengeance.
Story by Trevor Talbott & Scott Meier, art from Peter Raymond and colouring & lettering by Jessica Jimerson.
The Kill Screen – is a brand new creator owned comic written by Mike Garley, with artwork by Josh Sherwell, and letters by Mike Stock. Set two years after ‘The Kill Screen’ event, humanity is left on the brink of extinction leaving the remaining survivors caught in a deadly 8-Bit fight for survival. No one knows what caused computer errors and technological faults to infect our world, but with a wide range of different dangers, threatening the lives of the survivors on a daily basis, no one cares. Surviving is all that matters.
Written by Mike Garley, with artwork by Josh Sherwell, and letters by Mike Stock
Review of issue #1
Wart – It is the story of Wart, a man comfortable eking his way through life, living on his father’s grand state. One fresh, winter morning he takes a walk to the nearby boating lake so he can read some news sent to him by a girl. Just when you think the story will veer into romantic territory, a castle-sized, Lovecraftian beast with teeth in its palms and more tentacles than an octopus convention smashes through the frozen lake.
Written by Chris Welsh with art by Ammar Al Chalabi
Review of issue #1
Merrick: The Sensational Elephant Man – Joseph Merrick fucks up the occult, in a Victorian tale of gin joints, black magic and carnival freaks. A gaslamp tale set in 1880’s London which steps between historical facts and figures and turn of the century folklore juxtaposed with the American superhero comic conventions of super powers, masks, secret identities and fantastic adventures.
Written by Tom Ward with art by Luke Parker
Moon – In the year 12AD a group of Celtic Druids attempted to summon the Moon to Earth and bind it into human form, an eternal guardian to defend our isle from all who would do her wrong. 2000 years later and he’s still doing that job: suited, booted and ready to investigate any crime deemed too strange for the regular police. A detective story like no other, Moon is the tale of one astral body’s quest for revenge, justice and shandy!
Written by Dan Thompson with art from Steve Penfold & Ivanna Matilla on colours.
Review of issue #1 & #2
Lou Scannon – For millenia, the Union oversaw the galaxy until it was usurped by the Galactic Coalition Police Force. The unrest caused by this upheaval is a fertile breeding ground for space pirates and mercenaries… Lou Scannon is one such pirate. A GCPF soldier turned space mercenary (it says so on his business cards), Lou travels around in the starship “Raging Hormone”, his pride and joy. His crew-mates are an eclectic mix of disturbingly sexy pilots, grouchy engineers, genetically modified gunners and a werewolf bodyguard – and we don’t mean a bodyguard enlisted to protect Lou from werewolves…This being sci-fi, Lou has a robot too. Obviously.
Created by Dan Harris, Kris Carter & Jim Bampfield
7String – an explosive graphic novel adventure set in a universe where music is everything. A once tranquil planet of 4 peaceful Clefs is threatened by the ambitions of a dictator who seeks to rule at any cost. This is the story of the adventure of 4 young people, complete strangers to each other who will find their destinies intertwined and their strength and emotion tested by an epic adventure across an amazing fantasy sci-fi world, in the onset of a musical war.
I’m pretty sure there will be something at every table to grab your attention and I’ll be picking up as many issues as I can – Check out the full list here and I’ll see you there.
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