Bristol Comic Expo 2012 Countdown – Launches Galore!

Just what new comics can we expect to find this weekend at the Bristol Comic Expo?

So with less than a week to go until we hit the Expo I thought that I would focus today’s countdown on some of the new releases at the convention. Of course I’m being a little bias here and picking some of my faves but hopefully there will be some stuff here for everyone to check out.

1895. Members of the East Coast elite have died under mysterious circumstances. To investigate this delicate problem, Richard Clayton—against the wishes of the President—calls upon a man named Morton Chapel for his unorthodox methods and peculiar associates. As they begin to uncover strange, vanishing marks on people’s bodies, unexplained changes in behaviour and hints of widespread corruption, the team reforms around the name Ulysses S. Grant himself gave it years earlier: his SPecialists in the Odd and the OCcult—his SPOOKS.

To be honest it’s difficult to out pick one thing from the guys at Cinebook so this is more of a ‘check out their new releases’ plug. I’ve loved everything I’ve bought from their table over the years at various conventions. In fact it’s got to the stage where I actually try to avoid their table if I’ve got no cash left as it’s just way too tempting otherwise.

If you’re a novice to European comics then I can think of no better guides to that world than Cinebook. Upon my first visit to their table (which seems to get bigger every year) the guys were patient, asked me about the stuff I was into and the genres I like rather than just throw comics at me. They then tailored their recommendations according to my responses.  You can’t say fairer than that really.

So what’s caught my eye well it’s a book they’re launching called ‘Spooks’. The premise of mixing the western genre with the occult and a crack team which deals with the things that go bump in the night with a six-shooter sounds way to good to pass up. More info here

If you ever called yourself a Tintin fan whether that’s of the comic or you’ve come onboard thanks to the recent film then I would suggest you check out Rainbow Orchid by Garen Ewing who will be there promoting the launch of the third and final volume of the adventure of Julius Chancer and his hunt for the mysterious Rainbow Orchid. I daresay that you will be able to pick up the first two volumes at Garen’s table as well. I can’t recommend this enough as a globe-trotting, action packed and all ages adventure. More info here

The Arrival is the first of three graphic novels, setting the scene for a three-year long transmedia experience.

London 1899. Steam billows out from every corner of the city while huge Zeppelin airships float in the sky overhead. Enter the world of Clockwork Watch, a place where Victorian values are coupled with anachronistic technology, not least of which are the clockwork servants – the mechanical slaves that keep this society ticking along – this is the world of Steampunk.

Technological and social change is in the air – human-clockwork hybridisation is the talk of the town; the unwise employment of science has led to amazement and outcry – the public wants to know whether Science is about to play God.

Now although this was reviewed by another member of the GS team I’ve now read Clockwork Watch and I can say that not only is it a beautiful comic to look at but it has an intriguing premise with an entire Transmedia world spinning out of it.  I read this comic in a digital format but something tells me the printed version is going to look even better.  Corey Brotherson, one of the writers on the project, will be taking part in a panel on Transmedia being held on the Saturday to talk more about the  project. More info here

Forty years ago, Seth Rigal was a man to be feared – a serial strangler with a string of victims. Now nearly seventy and tormented by a lifetime of monstrous violence, Rigal lives on the verge of poverty and quietly waits for the death he knows he deserves.

Tortured and confused, still tormented by the drives that made him a killer in his youth, Rigal finds himself almost unconsciously stalking the daughter of his final victim – only to have his precious anonymity snatched from him when he accidentally saves her son’s life.
Seth Rigal, formerly known as the Gripper, just became a local celebrity. The bodies won’t stay buried any longer.

White Knuckle is a complex and intense psychological thriller, distorting the ever-popular “retired gunslinger” motif into a rain-slick urban fantasy of murderous men and the needs that drive them.

Last and by no means least we have White Knuckle by Cy Dethan. I’ll keep this short…if you’ve not read a story by Cy then stop what you’re doing and go and pick up one of his stories (Cancertown or Slaughterman’s Creed are my personal faves) and read it now, don’t worry I’ll wait………


………..bloody good right? Now Cy’s latest work White Knuckle is being launched at the Expo as part of the Markosia Showcase and after reading the first issue, when it was being previewed and seeing some of the reviews I think this will be another well written piece. I must give a quick mention to the evocative and stunning art from Valia Kapdai who will also be at the convention(I sense a sketch request coming). I also understand that there will be a preview I believe on hand for Cancertown 2 at Cy’s table. I really enjoyed the first Cancertown although it did create a deep seated fear of being crushed by a giant eye so will need to brace myself for a look at the preview pages for the sequel . Find out more here

See you tomorrow for another countdown…not long to go people.

Source:Bristol Comic Expo
GS Reporter: Nuge

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