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Last year’s Thought Bubble UK 2015 saw Sarah, Kate and myself rock up with a new Cthulhiad book and two other collaborative comics projects.

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We had (as always) a great time meeting old friends and new collaborators and all of you who came up and chatted, looked through the books and took books away (Thank you all!).

We have been at the event for the last four years (it’s our only convention so far, though we hope to show further afield this year) and we have, over those four years, had 9 books on the stand, at least two new books each year, with most of them being 48 page books.

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Previous years saw Beached Rockets / The Indian Fighter / The Boatman / The White Ship / Severed Head Cult & Vanitas

Whilst 2015 saw us touting the follow up to The White Ship, called Drakon (pt 2 of The Lance Askelon), a 48 page comic continuing the story of Georgius of Lod and his journey from a monastery retreat on Cyprus to the cities, deserts and mythological temples of North Africa, and to the creature that awaits him there.

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There were also copies of “The Kings Leap” with art by me (Gareth), and written by Rob Jones of Madius Comics (our neighbours at TBF15), which got some great reviews…

“Hugely clever, very nasty and one of the best comics you’ll pick up at Thought Bubble.” – Travelling Man

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Since then Book 2 of Horrere has already been made, and again has been hitting the cons this year, debuting at Glasgow Comicon in June 2016 where issue 1 also was shortlisted for a SICBA award for “best single issue”, a great follow up to our Ghastly Award nomination earlier in the year).

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“Smart, pacy, nasty stories… ‘You Are What You Eat’ continues that strong run with art from King’s Leap’s excellent Gareth Sleightholme. His Geof Darrow-esque style is great…” – Travelling Man

“…fun and unique short stories. These talented writers and artists have created a must for the horror comic fan.” – Starburst

We also had some great publicity and  comments outside the comics press, this interview on the horror comics we recommend for the Herald Scotland was great fun to be involved in.

You can find copies of the book online via the official Horrere twitter feed.

So at this year’s Thought Bubble (we are in the New Dock Hall again this year), we will have all the books mentioned above, plus (I hope) a couple more new books, I’m currently working on Ake’s Trial (with Rob Jones of Madius plotting and writing), which is an extension of the world (rather than a direct follow up) in which The King’s Leap was set.

So more Vikings, this time pitting their wits and steel against Giants rather than Draugr…

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In addition I hope also to have another instalment (at least one) of The Cthulhiad. Lets see how I get on. There may yet be some other surprises along the way…

If you have stopped by the table at Thought Bubble in previous years you may have spoken to any one of us:943018_10151735050791373_562800227_n

Photos from 2013 with the full table crew…

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We are… Gareth@hesir, Sarah – @wildflowerfaery, Damian – @DamianStreet, Andrew@Cosmonautilus and/or Alex – @AlexWeinle.

We also are also still holding out, hoping for possible future contributions from the great Mr Clarke (@SimonsBrain).

So,

If you picked up one of the books, and liked what you saw/read, or just have something to say about the books/art/writing/us, please, please, please let us know! …It really helps!

We love feedback. You can always tweet us (see above) any links to reviews, comments or selfies with the books (I don’t know, people might do that, people are crazy about comics), yours, or ones you’ve seen by other people, or email me (Gareth) at: hesir@hotmail.co.uk.

On that note:

The lovely guys over at Inter Comics Podcast – @InterComics – can be heard being very nice about both “Vanitas” and “Horrore 2” on their great comics review podcasts, so thanks guys, much appreciated.

…So, what now?

Well, for the time being, why not go have a look at what we’ve been doing so far, with work in progress scans and the like in the posts below… Cheers, g (@hesir),

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UPDATED – NOVEMBER 5th

The Lance, Ashkelon” is the over arching story that contains both The White Ship and the new book Drakon (see below)…

It’s essentially the story of St. George as told by one of the characters from my Cthulhiad storyline, in this instance it becomes an origin story for an organisation of monster slayers…

The pages below follow on from the first arc told in the The White Ship – The book is different in style from some of my more recent comics work on Horrere (see previous post) in that I’ve opted to return to a brushed ink finish again.

The images below (with the exception of one spoiler free page) are pre-speech balloon, text etc. The book Drakon will be 48 pages, and will culminate in a third book, potentially available in the spring.

I hope you like the way its going so far, g.

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I posted this over on my main blog page, but it is of course (probably more) relevant here:

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Okay… So that’s the second #comics project completed (all artwork completed and sent that is) ready for Thought Bubble…

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You can find out more about this and the other stories for this great indie horror anthology over at the official pages:

Web:http://www.horrere.zone/  & Twitter: https://twitter.com/horrerecomic

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It’s been great working alongside everyone, and I’m looking forward to working on issue two if they’ll have me…

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And though I seemed to drag my feet a little there I’m pretty pleased with some of the outcomes.

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Prior to that short for “Horrere” (a co-production between Madius Comics and Horrere Comics), I was working on “The King’s Leap” with Rob Jones of Madius Comics

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A tale of Vikings and Monsters…

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Both Projects are debuting at Thought Bubble this year, but you may well get some previews at Nottingham Comic Con at he Madius Comics table… So go up and…

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