Wednesday, 18 January 2017

2017 Tour to be announced!


Well it's been a real hive of activity at Accent UK Towers these last few weeks as our 2017 'tour' schedule is taking shape with much computer stress, checking of schedules and journey logistics, it's not a cup of tea I can tell you.

However it looks likely that we'll equal if not beat last year's record breaking number of 16 shows, although with much duplication of dates etc, one or two shows will sadly be missing from our final schedule while others require us to 'split the band' and attend two shows the same weekend such is the current state of the crammed UK & European comic convention circuit!

In all though, quite a nice problem to have as Dave and I enter our 15th year of comics creating under the Accent UK banner! Watch this space for confirmation of our 2017 dates and in the meantime here's a few random scenes of our encounters on our travels! 




Ha! And if you've made it this far you may, from the top, Belfast, Aberdeen, Birmingham (2), Copenhagen, Helsinki, Dundee, Blackpool, New York, Copenhagen (3), Glasgow, Lincoln, Helsinki & New York!!

Thursday, 12 January 2017

More Moments of Adventure!

Hee! Hee! Yes a little reveal of the cover of the forthcoming Moments of Adventure: Collection Two, containing four short self-contained comic strip stories featuring Robots! Pirates! World War Two! Scottish GhostHunters & more!

More details to follow but all being well MOA#2 will be released at Copenhagen Comics Festival end of February 2017 and all subsequent conventions and festivals Accent UK attend!

Monday, 9 January 2017

The Next Day

Happy New Year to all, various family commitments and fun have kept me away from here for a little while but hope is well out there?

I would normally do a wee round up of last year but time has perhaps marched on a bit for that, but on a personal level I'll just say that 2016 was pretty good, family achievements, good health and bits n bobs. Creatively, finally releasing a comic of mine which seemed to be well received and Accent UK releasing several titles and attending more events than ever before, not always successfully but always with fun and purpose :)

There were of course some things unfinished and aims to do better this year so we'll see.

There were disappointments and sadness within our circles but that's the same for everyone and of course 2016 had its own upheavals and sadness, its how we remember and what we do next that counts.

Good Luck and Goodnight Blackstar 

* Title photo an outatke from Masayoshi Sukita's Heroes Photoshoot

Wednesday, 21 December 2016

Season's Greetings!

Since the last posting dates for the UK have now passed and you may have been waiting for a Christmas card from my good self, please accept this as your festive greeting!

With Best Wishes :)


Tuesday, 13 December 2016

On The Lookout?

Ha! What could this mean? Is Colin nowhere to be seen? Or has he been spotted? Or is this a clue to the contents of his next finished comic? All will be revealed at some point soonish, but best wishes to all in the meantime :)

Monday, 21 November 2016

MacBeth's Second Act?

Well if you've already picked up Moments of Adventure: Collection One, you'll have been introduced to a certain Cornelius MacBeth who may just be having a bad day - see above! If you don't know who I'm talking about then you can grab yourself a copy direct from the Accent UK website here or make sure you catch us on the comic convention circuit next year.

Mr MacBeth is one of my oldest comic characters, created a long time ago, so I have been particularly pleased that many folk have picked up on him and let me know that they particularly enjoyed Come and Buy My Toys, the story he features in Moments of Adventure, and are intrigued to find out more.

One of my early Cornelius MacBeth drawings!

I have several further adventures planned and plotted so hope to have a dedicated comic for our Scottish Napoleonic Ghost Hunter in the near future, just don't hold your breath quite yet! I can confirm though that a further short story featuring Macbeth will be included in the forthcoming second Moments of Adventure Collection! This story is called Neighborhood Threat (yes that is the American spelling!) in which MacBeth has to decide whether a wrongdoer is ready to face the consequences of their actions.

This story has again been expertly coloured by Serbia's finest, Aljoša Tomić who has a very sympathetic palette for our hero. Find out more when the issue is released in early 2017!

Monday, 14 November 2016

Thought Bubble 2016

TB16's lovely banner artwork by Emmeline Pidgen

Phew, where does the time go? Already a week since the wonderful experience that is Leeds in
November for the Thought Bubble Comic Art Festival's Comic-Con! Dave, as always, has already done his own overview of the show and other recent events, which you can find here, so mine will maybe be briefer than normal, let's see!

This perp's says he's at Thought Bubble looking for comics!

We have been fortunate enough to attend each one of TB's ten shows so have witnessed first hand their growth from Leeds City Hall basement to the three hall sprawl at the Royal Armouries and more as it has deservedly taken it's pole position as the UK's premier event for celebrating the art of comics and graphic novels and the joy of the medium itself.

When TB started it was one of only a handful of dedicated 'pure comics' shows on the UK circuit and was clearly the new kid on the block compared to the established Bristol Comics Expo and the growing Birmingham International Comics Festival ('BICS') which, along with Paul Gravett's Comica, had filled the void by the demise of UKCAC, the previously long running UK event. Over the intervening decade though both Bristol and BICS ceased, (although both recently resurfaced in smaller guises), allowing TB to establish it's own identity, contrasting markedly from the various 'pop culture' shows which appeared, by retaining comics and comics art as TB's centrepiece.

Kim Jung Gi's live drawing was very popular....
....all done feehand in ink!!

This approach and some savvy organisation know how and industry contacts from the committee has seen TB grow and embrace the comics medium to become what it is today, a showpiece event that everyone with an interest in comics can enjoy. It's audience has similarly grown to what must have been only a few hundred back in 2007 to the several thousands, who now enjoy the show and the various programmes of events during the week of the festival. While other 'comics-centric' shows have appeared since 2007, TB is now firmly established as the premier one that everyone wants to be at and it's a great place for seeing so many familiar faces from today's comic scene and make new discoveries amongst the many exhibitors, which despite the high demand, the committee carefully curate to give space to new talent.

Always a delight to catch up with ACE Comic's Mr Biff!
Mr Kennedy & friend!
Sara & Matt and MULP #3!

I won't list the many folk I saw and spoke to or the sadly equally many that I didn't, due to the size and scope of the event, but TB16 was, I think, a successful year for most, including ourselves. Like previous year's, sales were concentrated on debuting books and new titles with several returning customers 'hoovering up' everything we'd released since TB15, thank you! My wee Moments Of Adventure sold well, particularly on the Saturday, and generated some lovely comments and the new WesterNoir trade also doing very well, becoming our top seller of the show, despite many folks already having the individual issues - Dave and Gary's sales patter and the bonus story & pin ups being too much to resist!

David, Andy, Neil & Stuart, the prolific Treehouse Crew - 3 new issues since TB15!

Like previous TB's though, the competition for attention and sales is huge - some 350 tables across the three venues - and many browsers understandably spoke about watching what they spent as there was just so much amazing work to see. This may be the hidden 'achiles heel' for TB as it's not a cheap show to attend and while very busy it doesn't have the infinite crowds that the 'pop culture' style shows attract but TB attendees are on the whole dedicated comic fans and will buy what interests them, it's just that their purses and wallets can't keep up :)

Scott takes The Pith at TB16 - note the lovely luggage display!

In the end, despite a couple of titles selling very well our overall sales matched last year, almost to the £, which was initially disappointing considering how busy the event was but we were pleased that our new releases had found an audience and also that our - Asylum inspired - luggage display was well received - we may even consider a Haberdashery Department for next year! That said, TB really is an essential showcase for UK comics and we are already planning next year's new releases accordingly, hopefully see you there!