Friday, May 11, 2007

Zombies Land at British Con!

All Not Yet Eaten, But Give Them Time...


Just got a couple of emails this week from Accent UK's Colin Mathieson -- the Zombies anthology arrived hot from the presses from the printer, and Colin is overjoyed.

He wrote Thursday, "Just a quick note Steve to let you and the CCS students know that Zombies is back from the printers and looks absolutely awesome!

The print quality and new UK format is really effective and showcases everyones work a treat and as for the cover, well with the standout red and white on top of your image, it really is something and guaranteed to stand out at Bristol this weekend."

Yep, Zombies makes its world debut this weekend at the Bristol International Comic Expo in Bristol, England. (For those who care, this marks my 'return' to comics for most folks, though my retirement from the US comics industry stands.)

"We'll take plenty of photos and post a report on our site afterwards which I'll forward to you," Colin writes, "and there should also be some of the Danish guys from last year's Copenhagen festival (where Zombies of course was given life!) so will pass on your hellos too."

Thanks, please do, and as you read this Colin and his Accent UK compadre Dave West are already en route or setting up at Bristol. Here's the scoop, for any of you reading who are in the UK:

The UK's premiere comics event, THE BRISTOL INTERNATIONAL COMIC EXPO, returns for its ninth year on the 12th & 13th May 2007 at the British Empire & Commonwealth Exhibition Hall and Ramada Plaza Hotel, Bristol, UK.

Home of the Eagle Awards, panels, workshops, cream teas and scones with many guests including Dave Gibbons, Kurt Busiek, Brian Vaughan, Jeffrey Brown, Ian Gibson, Bryan Talbot, Charlie Adlard, Duncan Fegredo, Jean-Pierre Dionnet and many more.

Loads of indie creators including of course Accent UK's much anticipated launch of Zombies, a bumper 168 page anthology of all things Zombies from a host of European and North and South American creators who prove there's still 'life' in the undead genre yet!

Accent UK are also releasing
Wolfmen, an original tale of Gangsters, London, Horror, intrigue and surprises from Dave West and Andy Bloor.

Zombies will retail for $10 and Wolfmen's 56 pages at $5 with very limited sketchbook editions also available at the show.

  • Further details on Bristol are posted here, at this link,
  • and here's the Accent UK site.

  • Ah, there 'tis. Zombies is out at last, and I'm eager to see it -- the copies for CCS and myself and my son Dan will be on the way next week. I'll have some copies to sell via my new website (its debut 'US exclusive') -- More info soon!

    Have a great Friday, one and all...

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    10 Comments:

    • Did Nutman pose for that?

      By Marky Mark, at 5/11/2007  

    • Wow...a little hate speech from Pumpie! If I had said that I would just be mean old bitter Dobbs attacking one of the Beautiful Creative People.

      Or perhaps Pumpie and Nutman are so close this is just the kind of razzing one might expect from fine fellows!

      Now I undertand that "idiot" is a term of endearment!

      Actually I thought the zombie had more hair than Nutman.

      By Mike Dobbs, at 5/11/2007  

    • I in no way endorse any comment posted ever on this blog, except my own.

      (PS: Wait until you see the zombies I based on YOU guys...!)

      By SRBissette, at 5/11/2007  

    • Off Topic but of interest:

      De Mol revives Hammer horror
      East and Sinclair join studio board
      By PAMELA MCCLINTOCK

      Dutch producer John De Mol is reviving famed British horror studio Hammer Film Prods., which built its name on a string of pics released in the 1950s and 1960s under the Hammer House of Horror label.
      Private equity firm Cyrte Investments, led by de Mol, has acquired the rights to Hammer's library, home of roughly 300 titles featuring the likes of Count Dracula, Frankenstein and the Mummy as well as the popular "Quatermass" franchise.

      Reinvigorated Hammer studio --which hasn't done any production to speak of since the mid-1980s -- will be run by former Liberty Global execs Simon Oakes and Marc Schipper. Oakes played a leading role in brokering the deal.

      "Hammer is a great British media brand that has lain dormant but lived on in people's imaginations. It is more intelligent and character-driven than traditional American 'goreography,' and we intend to capitalize on this and make it a global brand," Oakes said in a statement.

      Guy East and Nigel Sinclair of L.A.-based Spitfire Pictures have joined the Hammer board and plan to produce two to three horror pics or thrillers a year for the U.K.-based studio.

      Production house will pursue both film and television. It is said to already be in talks with a U.K. broadcaster about a Hammer Horror TV series.

      Founded in 1934, Hammer Films commenced its successful horror run in 1955 with "The Quatermass Experiment." Hammer went on to dominate the horror market with its low-budget titles, even in the U.S., where the studio inked deals with American distribs, including Warner Bros.

      Hammer Films toppled from its perch with the saturation of the horror market in the late 1960s and 1970s and the loss of disturb deals. While Hammer continued to produce, its once-lucrative formula began to tarnish.

      Cyrte was set up by de Mol, one of the founders of reality TV powerhouse Endemol and creator of "Big Brother."

      Cyrte bought Hammer Films from Hammer Entertainment, owned by a consortium of investors who relied on the back catalog and merchandise for revenue instead of new productions.

      Hammer Films will rely on an investment of $50 million to ramp up production. Oakes and his team are expected to announce their first projects at the Cannes Film Festival.

      INteresting to see what happens.

      The Other Mark M.

      By dogboy443, at 5/11/2007  

    • Mikey - I'm serious -

      I'm worried about you.

      We'll talk.

      By Marky Mark, at 5/11/2007  

    • Well, call me and express your concerns.

      By Mike Dobbs, at 5/11/2007  

    • After much thought, I apoligize to all the people I've offended with my remarks that were done in the best smarmy intentions. I'll just keep my yap shut. Obviously I'm not allowed to be a wise ass.

      By Mike Dobbs, at 5/11/2007  

    • welcome back kotter..i mean bissette... yesdearb

      By Anonymous, at 5/11/2007  

    • Attention WWW:

      Nutman did not pose for that, but will be honored if he ever reads that I noticed the uncanny resemblance.

      Dobbsy is allowed to be a wise-ass.

      In no way is this comment endorsed by srb.

      By Marky Mark, at 5/12/2007  

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