UK – Fighting Fantasy 35th Anniversary Signing

Press Release:

August 2017 is the 35th Anniversary of the first publication of the iconic The Warlock of Firetop Mountain by 
Steve Jackson and Ian Livingstone. To celebrate, Steve and Ian will be signing at the Forbidden Planet London Megastore on Friday 4th August from 6:00 – 7:00 PM.

Ian will be signing the new Fighting Fantasy title, The Port of Peril. In this brand new addition to the multi million-copy-selling books, you – the hero – must travel all over Allansia, from old haunts like Darkwood Forest and Port Blacksand, on a dangerous quest!

And Ian and Steve will be signing the 35th Anniversary re-releases of the first five titles of the original series.

In 1982, Ian Livingstone co- authored The Warlock of Firetop Mountain, the first interactive gamebook in the Fighting Fantasy series, and wrote 15 of the titles, including City of Thieves, Forest of Doom and Deathtrap Dungeon. When serving as Executive Chairman at Eidos, he launched video games blockbusters including Lara Croft: Tomb Raider. He currently chairs nine video games companies. He co-authored the influential Livingstone-Hope Next Gen review published by NESTA in 2011, working with government to introduce the new Computing curriculum in schools in 2014. He has been awarded a CBE and a BAFTA Special Award.

Steve Jackson co-founded the videogame developers Lionhead Studios with industry legend Peter Molyneux. He wrote a weekly column on games and puzzles every Saturday in the Daily Telegraph, wrote and directed the F.I.S.T. series of telephone games, designed ‘Battlecards’ the first collectable card game series and his Sorcery series was converted to an app by Inkle Studios in 2013, with over 3 million paid downloads to date. Ex- Professor of Game Design at Brunel University Steve co-created the UK’s first MA game design course. And in 1993 he was awarded title of European Games Champion at the international games fair at Essen, 1993.

Forbidden Planet London Megastore
179 Shaftesbury Avenue, London, WC2H 8JR
0207 420 3666

UK – Minecraft: The Island Signing

MINECRAFT: THE ISLAND by Max Brooks

Author Max Brooks signs MINECRAFT: THE ISLAND at the Forbidden Planet London Megastore on Saturday 12th August from 1:00 – 2:00 PM.

Be immersed in the Minecraft universe in a thrilling new adventure. In the tradition of iconic stories like Robinson Crusoe and Treasure Island, MINECRAFT: THE ISLAND tells the story of a new hero stranded in the world of Minecraft, who must survive the harsh, unfamiliar environment and unravel the secrets of the island.

Max Brooks is a best-selling author, public speaker, and non-resident fellow at the Modern War Institute at West Point. His books include The Zombie Survival Guide and World War Z, which was adapted into a 2013 movie starring Brad Pitt. His graphic novels include The Extinction Parade, GI Joe: Hearts and Minds and the #1 New York Times bestseller The Harlem Hellfighters. New York.

Forbidden Planet London Megastore
179 Shaftesbury Avenue, London, WC2H 8JR
0207 420 3666

UK – Spiritus #1 Signing

Michael Kennedy will be signing SPIRITUS #1 at the Forbidden Planet Birmingham Megastore on Saturday 5th August from 1:00 – 2:00 PM!

A champion fighter convicted of murder, Kinju Dayal faces automated confinement: The transfer of her consciousness into a state programmed labour machine. But a ruthless underworld boss diverts Kinju into a vessel unshackled from its rigid programming. Only Federal Marshal Rueben Reveles stands between the armoured warrior and sanctuary.

Michael Kennedy is from Tamworth, Staffordshire. He studied Film and Animation in Birmingham and his comics work include Spiritus, Neon Noir, MAD DOG and Putrefaction. He played the flute for seven years as a boy.

Forbidden Planet Birmingham Megastore
74 Bull Street, Birmingham, B4 6AD

UK – BPRD: The Devil You Know Signing

Artist Laurence Campbell and cover artist Duncan Fegredo appear at Orbital Comics on Wednesday 26th July beginning at 5:00 PM to celebrate the launch of the third story arc from Mike Mignola’s B.P.R.D. series The Devil You Know from Dark Horse.

Orbital Comics
8 Great Newport Street, London WC2H 7JA, United Kingdom
020 7240 0591

UK – U.S. Avengers Signing

Writer Al Ewing will be signing U.S.AVENGERS VOL. 1 at the Forbidden Planet London Megastore on Saturday 21st July from 1:oo – 2:oo PM.

In a world beset by danger, the United States of America needs heroes they can rely on. Welcome to American Intelligence Mechanics! A.I.M. will protect the nation from the wildest, weirdest threats of all. And the most patriotic super-group ever will do it all while looking tried and true in the red, white and blue!

But when the Golden Skull launches his takeover bid, how will the team respond to the looming threat? With tuxedos. Really well-fitted tuxedos. It’s socialism gone wild as the U.S.Avengers literally punch the business leaders of tomorrow right in their faces!

Plus: Monsters galore – including Red Hulk! American Kaiju! Vandoom! And, would you believe, Dedd-Puul, the Mercenary That Walks Like a Man! But when Steve Rogers gets serious, so must A.I.M. And where does that leave Roberto Da Costa?

Al Ewing began his career writing Judge Dredd and Future Shocks for 2000AD. He’s contributed to Solar Wind, FutureQuake and The End Is Nigh, and is the creator of the comedic blog The Diary of Ralph Dibney. Breaking into American comic books, Ewing was picked by Garth Ennis to provide a six-issue arc on Jennifer Blood, and a spin-off series The Ninjettes. Ewing’s debut novel was published in 2007 by Abaddon Books. He currently writes Mighty Avengers and Loki: Agent of Asgard for Marvel Comics, and co-writes the new Doctor Who title with Rob Williams.

Forbidden Planet London Megastore
179 Shaftesbury Avenue, London, WC2H 8JR
0207 420 3666

UK – The Mummy: Palimpsest Signing

Writer Peter Milligan will be signing THE MUMMY: PALIMPSEST at our London Megastore on Thursday 6th July from 6:00 – 7:00 PM!

The timeless horror icon excavated for a brand new tale The first in Titan’s new collaboration with legendary Hammer Films.

Once every 34 years, members of the sinister Sect of Anubis gather to drink the blood of a human sacrifice, used as a vessel to contain the imprisoned spirit of a long dead Egyptian High Priestess called, Nebetah, thereby gaining immortality. As the time draws near for the next sacrifice, the Sect’s chosen victim, a young Ukrainian woman called Angel, has already begun to transform into Nebetah. It is a process that will see the young woman transformed into a rotting mummy as the spirit of Nebetah consumes her soul. However, there exists an ultra secret society, called the Pyramid Club, who are dedicated to eradicating the evil of the Sect. At the height of the ritual the club attack the secret headquarters of the Sect and in the confusion Angel escapes into the streets of London, half consumed by the soul of Nebetah. Forced to accept the help of Duncan, a young rising agent for the Pyramid Club society, the two of them must team up and take the fight back to the Sect of Anubis before the sands of time run out and the failed ritual claims the lives of everyone!

Peter Milligan is an award-winning London-based writer of comic books and graphic novels, published in many languages throughout the world. His work includes ground-breaking titles such as the psychedelic Shade The Changing Man and SKIN, about a skinhead suffering from the effects of Thalidomide, up to Greek Street, an homage to Greek myth seen through the prism of violent modern-day London. His work also includes the more mainstream, from Batman to the successful and critically acclaimed re-imagining of the X-Men myth: X-STATIX, described by Kevin Smith as “the most well-observed scholarly analysis of media-manipulation filtered through a pop-culture lens ever committed to the page”. He has also had two films produced: Pilgrim starring Ray Liotta and An Angel For May, starring Tom Wilkinson.

Forbidden Planet London Megastore
179 Shaftesbury Avenue, London, WC2H 8JR
0207 420 3666

UK – Jeff Parker Signing

Press Release:

Orbital is delighted to welcome Jeff Parker to the shop on Saturday 24th June! Jeff will be joining us for a signing followed by an after-hours talk.

Writer and artist Jeff Parker has worked on titles such as Agents of Atlas and Hulk from Marvel, his Eisner nominated The Interman and more recently Batman ’66 and Future Quest from DC. Jeff will be signing with us from 5:00 – 7:00 PM so come on down and bring your favourite comics to get signed!

After the signing, Jeff will then be hosting a talk called Writing for Drawing, so if you’ve come for the signing, stick around a little longer to hear from one of the masters of their craft.

Orbital Comics
8 Great Newport Street, London WC2H 7JA, United Kingdom
020 7240 0591

UK – Broken Frontier Small Press Yearbook 2017 Launch Party

Rebecca Bagley, Kim Clements, Jey Levang, Danny Noble, John Riordan, Ellice Weaver, and more sign at Gosh Comics on Saturday, July 8th at 7:00 PM.

RSVP on Facebook!

Gosh Comics
1 Berwick St, SoHo, London W1F0DR
United Kingdom

UK – Spider-Man: Homecoming Signing

Meet Jon Watts, the director of Spider-Man: Homecoming, at Forbidden Planet’s London Megastore on Friday 16th June at 6:00 PM.

A young Peter Parker/Spider-Man (Tom Holland), who made his sensational debut in Marvel’s Captain America: Civil War, begins to navigate his newfound identity as the web-slinging super hero in Spider-Man: Homecoming. Thrilled by his experience with the Avengers, Peter returns home, where he lives with May (Marisa Tomei), under the watchful eye of his new mentor Tony Stark (Robert Downey, Jr.). Peter tries to fall back into his normal daily routine, distracted by thoughts of proving himself to be more than just your friendly neighbourhood Spider-Man – but when the Vulture (Michael Keaton) emerges as a new villain, everything that Peter holds most important will be threatened.

Jon Watts will be signing FREE Spider-Man: Homecoming mini-posters! Free posters while stocks last – one per customer.

PLUS: Joining Jon Watts will be stunt performer Chris Silcox. Chris was Tom Holland’s double in the movie and will be wearing the actual Spider-Man costume – so come and grab a selfie with Spidey!

Forbidden Planet London Megastore
179 Shaftesbury Avenue, London, WC2H 8JR
0207 420 3666

 

UK – Rick & Morty: Pocket Like You Stole It Signing

Artist Marc Ellerby will be signing Forbidden Planet’s exclusive new Rick and Morty variant comic at 1:00pm on Saturday 8th July.

Rick and Morty: Pocket Like You Stole It is a new comic book miniseries inspired by the Pocket Mortys mobile game!

In this five issue series, Morty is on a quest to free himself (and all the other Mortys) from the clutches of Ricks, who collect Mortys and force them to battle one another for schmeckles and glory.

Along the way, he will discover the grisly history of Morty battling, the dastardly lengths that Ricks are willing to stoop to in order to win, and perhaps the strength in himself that is needed to free the Mortys once and for all?

Marc Ellerby is an illustrator based in Essex, England. He is the creator of the cult comic Chloe Noonan: Monster Hunter, and has also worked on licensed products such as Doctor Who as well as Rick and Morty.

Forbidden Planet London Megastore
179 Shaftesbury Avenue, London, WC2H 8JR
0207 420 3666

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