UK – The Wicked & The Divine Signing

fpukWriter Kieron Gillen and artist Jamie McKelvie launch their new comic, The Wicked & The Divine – with an exclusive Forbidden Planet variant cover, at the our London Megastore at 6:00pm on Wednesday 18th June.

Every ninety years, twelve gods incarnate as teenagers. They are loved. They are hated. In two years, they are dead.

The team behind critically thermonuclear floor-fillers Young Avengers and Phonogram reunite to start a new ongoing superhero fantasy with a beautiful oversized issue. Welcome to The Wicked & The Divine, where gods are the ultimate pop-stars. But remember: just because you’re immortal, doesn’t mean you’re going to live forever.

Kieron Gillen came to attention as a comic writer with his collaboration with Jamie McKelvie, Phonogram. Since then, he’s worked for publishers including Marvel, Image and Avatar, on books as varied as Iron Man, Uber, THREE, Thor, Journey Into Mystery, Uncanny X-Men and a load more. He reunited with Jamie for several projects, most notably Phonogram: The Singles Club and Young Avengers. His achievements include not being found out.

Jamie McKelvie came to attention as a comic artist with his collaboration with Kieron Gillen, Phonogram. Since then he’s worked as a comic artist, illustrator and costume designer. The mind behind modern iconic designs like Captain Marvel, Ms. Marvel, and Miss America, his comic work includes a run on Defenders with Matt Fraction and the critically adored Young Avengers. His achievements include putting up with Kieron for over a decade.

Forbidden Planet London Megastore
179  Shaftesbury Avenue, London, WC2H 8JR

UK – 2000AD Mega-Signing

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Join Rob Williams, Trevor Hairsine, Laurence Campbell, and Ben Willsher as they hit Orbital Comics for a 2000 AD mega-signing on Saturday June 7 at 2:00 pm. The signing coincides with the release of the new Dredd collection FALLOUT (which comes out later in the month) – but you can pick up a pre-release signed copy that day. Don’t miss out!

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

UK – Elephantmen & Monsters Signing

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Press Release:

Orbital Comics is pleased to welcome the Star King himself, Richard Starkings, who will be joined by Shaky Kane to sign ELEPHANTMEN and their other work on Saturday 31 May at noon. In addition, we’ll be selling an Orbital-exclusive print by Shaky, which the two will sign as part of the Elephantmen & Monsters exhibition. Don’t miss the opportunity to meet these two giants, grab a limited print and get your comics signed!

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

UK – Ordinary Launch Party

ordinary.jpg.size-230Rob Williams and D’Israeli will be launching their new comic ‘Ordinary’ at the Forbidden Planet Bristol Megastore at 5:00 pm on Wednesday 28th May.

What if everyone woke up with superpowers – and it was the worst thing in the world?

When a strange plague gives every human being on the planet special powers, it’s seen as the next step in human evolution. But hope quickly turns to terror, as every war, terrorist attack, every crime, every simple street argument escalates to a truly horrific point.

The plague must be cured if humankind is to survive. The key lies in the blood of the only human being who didn’t get powers when the plague hit: A downtrodden, recently divorced New York plumber named Michael Fisher. The most ordinary man alive has suddenly become the most extraordinary person on Planet Earth. Giant baseball players, grannies ageing in reverse, a talking Grizzly bear. That’s nothing out of the Ordinary!

Rob Williams is a British comic book writer. Among a huge list of credits, he is a regular writer of JUDGE DREDD for 2000AD, including the hit series’ ‘Titan’ and ‘Trifecta’, he writes THE ROYALS for Vertigo, and recently was one of the writers on the ‘Into The Light’ official tie-in comic for Namco Bandai’s DARK SOULS II computer game.

D’Israeli – aka artist Matt Brooker – has created Future Shocks for 2000 AD, and Consequences, a one-off sequel to Timulo. He has drawn Judge Dredd, worked as a colourist on Miracleman and 2000 AD, and as an inker on Neil Gaiman’s Sandman and Grant Morrison’s Kill Your Boyfriend.

Forbidden Planet Bristol Megastore
Units 4&5 Clifton Heights Bristol BS8 1EJ

 

UK – MPH Launch Party

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Join comic superstars MARK MILLAR and DUNCAN FEGREDO to launch their new comic, MPH, at the Forbidden Planet London Megastore on Saturday 24th May from 1:00 to 2:00pm.

The all-new Millarworld Universe kicks into high gear with the launch of Millar and Fegredo’s fast and furious miniseries. When a group of hard-luck teens in Motor City stumble upon a street drug called MPH, they gain the power of super speed. Will they use it to save the world? Hell no! Not when there’s dolla, dolla bills to be had, y’all. A high-octane urban adventure, MPH brings you super speed like you’ve never seen before!

Mark Millar is the award-winning writer/ creator of Wanted and Kick-Ass and worked as an executive producer on their subsequent movie adaptations. He is also the Creative Consultant for 20th Century Fox in Los Angeles, overseeing their upcoming Marvel movies. His ten years at Marvel produced Civil War, the biggest-selling series of the decade, and The Ultimates, credited by screen-writer Zak Penn as his inspiration for The Avengers movie. His Millarworld company has expanded in the last few years to include Kick-Ass 2, Hit-Girl, The Secret Service, Nemesis, War Heroes, American Jesus, Supercrooks and Superior. In 2012, he was awarded an honorary doctorate by Glasgow Caledonia University for his services to film and literature.

Duncan Fegredo is best known for collaborating with Mike Mignola on his signature creation, Hellboy. Previously Fegredo created a bunch of fabulous books at Vertigo with Peter Milligan and the hilarious Jay & Silent Bob with writer/director Kevin Smith. He was also lead story artist on Darren Aronofsky’s NOAH.

PLEASE NOTE: Due to time restrictions, Mark Millar & Duncan Fegredo will only be signing copies of MPH and The Art of Millarworld – and Duncan will be unable to sketch at the event.

Forbidden Planet London Megastore
179  Shaftesbury Avenue, London, WC2H 8JR

UK – Boba Fett Appears

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Actor Jeremy Bulloch appears at the Ritz Cinema for Star Wars Day on Saturday, May 10th from 10:00am – 4:00pm!

Tickets are available at the link!

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The Ritz Cinema & Theatre
143-147 High Street, Lincoln LN5 7PJ
United Kingdom

UK – Murder Most Magical Signing

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Paul Cornell, Ben Aaronovitch, and Jasper Fforde sign at Waterstones oin Bristol on Friday, May 16th from 7:30 pm till 9:00 pm!

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Three of the biggest names in crime/fantasy are coming to Bristol for one magical night. Ben Aaronovitch (Rivers of London, Doctor Who), Paul Cornell (London Falling, Doctor Who, Marvel and DC) and Jasper Fforde (Thursday Next, Last Dragonslayer) will be in conversation courtesy of BristolCon. This is a huge opportunity to see three genuine greats sharing their thoughts on fantasy/crime writing. Event is ticketed. Tickets are £3, available from the shop.

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Waterstones Bristol
11A Union Street, BS1 3XD Bristol, United Kingdom

UK – By Chance or Providence Tour

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Becky Cloonan and special guest Richard Starkings appear at three Travelling Man stores on 18th and 19th May 2014!

MANCHESTER SUNDAY 18th MAY 1300-1500
LEEDS 18th MAY 1700 -1800 ish!
NEWCASTLE MONDAY 19th MAY 12 noon – 1400

The fantastic BECKY CLOONAN (artist on TRUE LIVES OF THE FABULOUS KILLJOYS, CONAN, BATMAN, DEMO and the amazing self published WOLVES, THE MIRE and DEMETER) will be signing with us on Sunday 18th in Manchester and Monday 19th in Newcastle to promote BY CHANCE OR PROVIDENCE. Come along and get your books and comics signed and check out exclusive in store deals!

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UK – The Severed Streets Signing

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Join Paul Cornell launching ‘The Severed Streets’ at the Forbidden Planet London Megastore on Wednesday 21st May from 6 – 7pm!

Detective Inspector James Quill and his wily squad of supernatural crime-busters are coming to terms with their new-found second sight. They have a handle on the ghosts and ghouls, but the rest of London’s supernatural underworld is still unknown. When a seemingly invisible murderer kills a top cabinet minister in unusual circumstances, the team knows this is a case for them.

Attempts to learn more about this mysterious figure are hampered when their chief detective goes missing, and a core member of their team becomes more focussed on bringing her father back to life than finding their missing detective. Soon the team seems to be falling apart as each member pursues their own interests. Throw in an ancient and vengeful spirit and a Rat King, and their mission soon becomes a trip to Hell – literally.

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Forbidden Planet London Megastore
179  Shaftesbury Avenue, London, WC2H 8JR

UK – By Chance or Providence Signing

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Becky Cloonan signs at Gosh! Comics on Friday May 23, 2014 from 7:00 till 9:00 pm! Details at the link!

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

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