Gosh! Restocked with London Horror Comic 4 and life snapshot

The comic so good they stocked it twice:

London Horror Comic 4 is now back in stock at Gosh! London.

It’s on their small press wall so be quick before they run out again.

Right, with business out of the way, it’s time to take stock.

December and January have been furiously busy months. Getting a book printed, reviews, distribution, new site; there’s nothing like a bit of MO-men-TUM to keep the bite of the winter months at bay.

I hit the trail with the first convention of the year in Wales at the end of this month and I am looking forward to it. Never been to Wales, so it’ll be a new experience. I’m aware that there’s a convention in London that same week, but I’m keen to take London Horror Comic to new readers.

I’m not sure how many comic shops there are spread across the UK. Forbidden Planet tend to have one in major cities, but if you’re slightly to the left of them, just what do you do for comics?

After that, things go quiet for a bit as I get my head down for London Horror Comic #5. With each issue I want to do something different, so at this stage I’m toying with the idea of making number five one complete story. We’ll see.

After that it’s April and I hit waters international for MoccA in Nooooo Yaaaaaaawk. Really looking forward to flying the flag for the UK along with my fellow travelers.

Then the marathon of events in May with Kapow, Bristol and MCM. I doubt there will be much left of me.

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posted by JP at 10:51 pm  

Orbital Comics and Gosh Comics –stock updates

Just a quick note today to say that Gosh! Comics in London has sold out of its initial stock of London Horror Comic 4.

But fear not! Because they will have more copies in stock on Wednesday 1st February.

Look out for it in its small press section, which is on the first floor near the top right of the store just as you face the start of the stairs leading down.

In other news, Orbital Comics are now carrying a limited edition 3-pack of issues 1,2 and 4 of London Horror Comic, so you can kill your journey home for a steal or get a friend hooked on it, like drugs, only with more vivid colours.

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posted by JP at 10:18 pm  

Urban Gothic (TV Series, Channel 5) – then and now

For the uninitiated, Urban Gothic was a 30 minute British horror show shown in the UK on Channel Five past the watershed.

In that sentence alone there are thirty good reasons why the odds were stacked against it right from the get go.

The show premièred in 2000 and was riding the crest of the wave of a resurgence of hip-horror (Scream 1-3 came about between 1996 and 2000 as did I Know What You Did Last Summer and Buffy was well into its fourth season).

What made Urban Gothic unique was that it was a horror show without morals. There isn’t any horror as a metaphor here. This lent the show a bit of an edge in that nothing needed to be tied to an anxiety resolved or a lesson for living.

The series was uniquely London, from its opening credits and punk title music, to using a cast of then unknowns and up and coming actors (Robert Webb makes an appearance in one epsiode) which lent the series a freshness.

Not all the shows were perfect although there were some hidden gems such as “Ritual Slaughter” and dark piss-takes on Friends and Dawson’s Creek with “The One Where…” and “Necromance”.

All the episodes were original plays on traditional horror tropes. Truly new stuff was going on here. This was also five years before Dr Who brought back science fiction to the fore and before geek-chic was recognised as a force to be reckoned with.

I don’t think you could get a show like Urban Gothic on network TV today. Even if you did, stories would have to conform to some bloody over-arching theme which would overshadow the stories told in individual episodes and shows would have to promise not to give the censors anything major to worry about.

Which is a bit arse-backward when you think of it: self-contained, episodic and original programming lends itself well to platforms like iTunes and YouTube. Whether the show is a hit or not on network TV is likely to become neither here or there. Critical mass and following can be gained on the web now.

Food for thought.

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posted by JP at 10:29 pm  

London Horror Comic Info for Retailers

Do you own, run or work in a comic shop?

Would you like to stock copies of London Horror Comic?

If so, visit our retailers page where you can find out more info on how you can buy direct from us. We ship comics worldwide.

If you’re a comics buyer and would like to order London Horror Comic via your local comic shop, then you can print out this handy coupon to hand in to them.

Remember, as always, you can order copies of London Horror Comic online via PayPal through our website using your PayPal account or credit card via PayPal.

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posted by JP at 1:55 am  

Orbital Comics re-stocks London Horror Comic 4

A quick one for all the Londoners out there:

Orbital Comics have just re-stocked their supply of London Horror Comic #4, so if you had trouble finding a copy, do go seek it out.

It’s on sale on the main wall of comics, second shelf from the bottom and under “Last Week’s Comics” banner. Or ask for it by name and someone should be able to point you in the right direction.

Orbital Comics
8 Great Newport Street
London WC2H 7JA
info@orbitalcomics.com
0207 240 0591

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posted by JP at 12:00 am  

Ain’t it Cool News Reviews London Horror Comic

“Walking the line of the realm of wrong, but always entertaining…this anthology is highly recommended “

Over at Ain’t it Cool News
(Hit the link and then scroll down to near the bottom. Under the “Indie Jones” banner.)

Available to buy Online here.

Or pop down to Orbital Comics or Gosh! Comics in London and ask for London Horror Comic by name.

Orbital Comics
8 Great Newport Street
London WC2H 7JA
info@orbitalcomics.com
0207 240 0591

Gosh London
1 Berwick Street
London W1F 0DR
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info@goshlondon.com
020 7636 1011

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posted by JP at 12:00 am  

Dreaming of hurdles

Nearing the end of the month of January and there’s still a hell of a lot to do.

In February I’m off to Wales (never been before) and then in April it’s New York (first international con).

In between that I’m spreading the good word about the London Horror Comic to new readers and putting together the start of issue 5.

A key part of putting together the next issue is reviewing your own previous work. When you’re self-publishing there’s a danger that the process of making and distributing the comic distract you at the expense of reviewing your own output.

Creatively, you also need to set yourself new challenges, to keep the process of writing fresh.

Dream of hurdles you’d like to jump.

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posted by JP at 1:40 am  

London Horror Comic 4 Advance Review

“Despite having these horror elements in the stories, London Horror Comic does come with it’s own little sense of humour, which suits mine perfectly.”

Over at noratings.net

Available to buy here.

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posted by JP at 8:36 pm  

Where I’ll be in 2012

Come say hello at:

Cardiff International Comic & Animation Expo:
25th — 26th February 2012
Cardiff International Comic & Animation Expo

Mocca Festival 2012, New York:
28th — 29th April 2012
mocca

Bristol Comic Expo:
12th — 13th May 2012
Bristol Small Press Expo

Kapow Comic Con:
19th — 20th May 2012
Kapow Comic Con

London MCM Expo:
25th — 27th May 2012
London MCM Expo

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posted by JP at 9:00 am  

The Fall of Kodak and the Future of Comics

Stand up and take note: the news about Kodak filing for Chapter 11 comes as a warning about how seemingly established businesses can be drastically affected by innovations in the digital world and has much closer links to the future of comics than you might think.

Kodak had about 90% of the market and was one of the world’s five most respected brands.

Compare that with an organisation like Marvel or DC where you have two big players with the majority of the market shared between them and control of some of the world’s most recognised brands associated with the medium and you begin to see the similarities.

Kodak had a vested interest in sustaining the film market just as Marvel and DC do in sustaining the direct speciality market.

The direct speciality market, or comic stores to use the down-to-earth term, is where a lot of their upfront revenues come from. It’s also still the place where the majority of comics community still choose to trade.

Tablets, which are the nearest devices to being able to read comics on, aren’t as pervasive or low-cost as mp3 players are to music quite yet. A comic’s appeal still lies with being a disposable medium that you can pick up relatively cheaply—you don’t need a credit card or bank account to buy a comic book. At the lowest level you just need pocket change.

The reading experience with comics on a tablet isn’t quite the same as reading a paper copy, unlike printed words on a page, which makes it a different proposition to e-books. But only slightly.

But perhaps the most pertinent question to illuminate the future of comics is this: just what business are comic publishers actually in?

See, if you’d asked Kodak what business it was in, they might have said making film for cameras. But actually they were involved in the business of creating and sharing memories. The value of an end product like a photo comes in being to recall and share a memory. The medium that best suits that purpose is digital, which is not only a format but also a communications channel.

Framed in that light (no pun intended) Kodak might have drawn plans to cope with a digital future far better than we know it did.

So, just what business are comic book publishers in? The creation of pulp fiction, designed to kill a few minutes in-between bus stops? Possibly. The business of perpetuating a nostalgia that adults today enjoyed as kids. Maybe. Or are comics publishers involved in something special? Do they provide a unique reading experience using words and pictures and best served by ink and paper. Hopefully.

But then again, I’m probably not the type of person who would have been very much good at saving Kodak.

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