Monday, 23 September 2013

Robot Shorts Blitz Marketing Campaign!

I see that Steve Holder has blown Accent UK's marketing budget for the next decade on his and Dave West's second printing of their quirky science-fiction fun book, Robot Shorts, there's really no escape from it, so the best you can do is catch us at our forthcoming shows or order from our site, you know it makes sense!

Sunday, 22 September 2013

Manchester Mart Coming Up


We've been lucky enough to squeeze into the forthcoming comic mart in Manchester this Saturday the 28th September. Run by Gez and his Golden Orbit team these are popular informal comic gatherings been going for years and years and a great place to pick up a few bargains or that elusive back issue.

The Manchester ones are held centrally at the Thistle Hotel on Portland Street about 4 times a year and Gez regularly hosts other marts in Birmingham, Liverpool, Leeds, Newcastle, Nottingham and Sheffield, check out his site for dates and details.

Dave and I take a table every now and then as an opportunity to clear some of our own comic and graphic novel collections as they can take over your bookshelves and lofts if left unattended too long. It's always quite therapeutic to clear out some 'stuff' which you know you won't get round to reading again and of course to create room for some new purchases!

Friday, 20 September 2013

Scottish Scoff!

With all my attention during the recent trip 'home' taken with football and comics, I failed to bring back a single item of traditional Scottish fayre much to everyone's disappointment. I'm pleased to report then that the far more diligent Mrs M has done us proud with the very impressive haul above delivered after her trip North helping Adam get settled in at uni.

Everything pictured comes with a government health warning as most tasty Scottish treats are unfortunately bad for you! Rest assured though that the haggis and mealie puddings will go to a good home as we and our freezer indulge ourselves over the coming weeks.

Sadly the very impressive gallon of whisky (gulp!) is not directly for us but very kindly donated by Mrs M's father for a forthcoming Scouts auction, if you feel lucky?

Oh and I had been thinking of upgrading my laptop for a tablet so Mrs M brought back a couple of these interesting Scottish ones for me to try!

Thursday, 19 September 2013

See the Invisible Man!

Lucky folk at our recent shows were able to see advance copies of our "Missing: Have You Seen the Invisible Man?" and pick themselves up a quality read and now you can too as its listed in the current Previews catalogue from Diamond Comic Distributors.

It's set in the same "Blessed/Cursed" thematic universe as the earlier Eagle award winning "Whatever Happened To The World's Fastest Man?" as it shows that there isn't always a silver lining to having a special power or ability.
A panel of Joe Campbell's artwork - can you see the Invisible Man, well can you ?
The tale again comes from the pen of our own Dave West and expertly illustrated by artist Joe Campbell and the advance copies have already received excellent reviews here and here and has spotlighted by Paul Gravett so here's your chance to look into matters for yourself to see if you can indeed truly see the Invisible Man?

Order through your Comic shop retailer using order code STK623409 before the Invisible Man disappears for ever......

Tuesday, 17 September 2013

Moments in Glasgow!

Well that was a blast! I don't get to Glasgow very often let alone get a chance to combine two of my most favourite things, football and comics but the other weekend it somehow all came together. I was unusually accompanied by my younger son Adam, (after whizzing up to Aberdeen where he's shortly starting uni), who would not normally embrace either football or comics culture, (unlike older son Scott of course!) but I think even he enjoyed what turned out to be a very special weekend together.

The football came about thanks to comics writer, Jim Alexander's top tip at the recent Carlisle show, realising that the match was the night before the planned MCM Scotland comic and that was that, booked our tickets and on a stormy overcast Friday night in Glasgow, Adam and I made our way to Hampden Park to watch the World Cup qualifying game between Scotland and Belgium!

A group of Belgian fans - photo taken from our 18th floor hotel window - really!

We decided to go early to get a bit of atmosphere but in reality the atmosphere started as soon as we arrived at our hotel as reception was chaotically crammed with colourful, singing Belgian fans and so it continued all round Glasgow, through central station, bouncing on the train and then of course making the walk down the fabled Hampden concourse where it got busier and busier with the equally colourful Tartan Army hordes competing with their Flemish counterparts, all good humoured banter which sadly I missed capturing, not bringing my camera with me - Duh!

The build up inside the ground was equally breathtaking as some 36,000 fans filled the stadium and Adam and I couldn't help but be swept along with the infectious fervour and I have to say that standing side by side with my son, singing Flower of Scotland along with the Tartan Army is a memory I will long treasure. The atmosphere brought back many happy memories of being a wee boy growing up and following the ups and downs of Scotland's previous World Cup dreams watching the likes of Dalglish, Miller, McLeish, Strachan (now manager of course), Gemmill, Mason, Jordan, McQueen and more!

There used to be so many talented Scottish players, sadly not now as reflected in the matches result, a not unexpected 2-0 loss . In fairness Scotland performed better than I'd hoped and Belgium were not as strong as they may have been, probably not helped by the weather with the rain teeming down before kick-off and not stopping during the weary walk and long, long, queue for a train afterwards.

Despite this I wouldn't trade the match for anything and Adam and I took great delight in recounting our experiences when we later met Dave in the hotel bar (who had himself had a torturous drive up through the elements). We may have been tired, drenched and shoeless but we had been a small part of Scotland's Tartan Army and that was enough.


Up early the next day, collecting Dave and Jemma, Adam drove us to the SECC where already things were starting to fill up with many cos players in attendance. Dave as always has beaten me to it with our Accent UK report of the show which is here and it was indeed a crazily busy show, especially considering it was the first one, with reports suggesting some 20,000 came and stories of 3 hour queues to get in - absolutely amazing!
We were able to catch up with a few familiar faces not least of which was Jim Alexander who we were able to talk footy with and hear about the great reception his new comic Savant is receiving, also caught up with Sha Nazir of Black Hearted Press,and old friends Jenika Ioffreda, Genki Gear, Sumyra of Lucky Target Comics and a few others but only briefly, as everyone was just so busy with customers, what a wonderful feeling!

Dave and Colin make sure that Adam can't escape the Accent UK table!

We had record sales for a one day show (MCM have announced it will be a full weekend next year!) selling to mainly new customers, many who had not come across our work before so it was a great event for finding a new audience and well worth the long haul North.
As for Adam? I think he enjoyed himself, he may not be a total convert quite yet but even he was beaming when he met a familiar face, whispering in a very Scottish drawl, "It's a Trap!"

Wednesday, 4 September 2013

Glasgow here we come!

Still buzy, buzy, Carlisle was good fun, quieter than last year but still good to catch up with a few familiar faces, we did okay but we'll see if they run the show next year? As ever, Mr West is far more timely than me so has a little write-up at Accent UK's blog here.

I've been very lucky to have had a great little holiday trip (maybe some pics to follow!) and am now zipping up to Scotland, firstly Aberdeen then this weekend we're exhibiting at the first MCM show in Scotland at the Glasgow SECC which if its anything like the recent Manchester show will be a blast!

This of course follows on from my earlier 'solo' outing at Dundee earlier this year but with Dave in attendance will be the very first time that the full Accent UK team and range of books will be available North of the Border!

And if that wasn't reason enough to be excited I'll also be making my very first trip to Hampden Park to watch the mighty Scotland take on Belgium in a World Cup Football qualifying match ! Okay so Scotland can't qualify but I'm still excited!