We’re at Booth B11, but we know from previous years that a booth smack bang in the middle of the show floor is surprisingly hard to find, so here’s a plan of the venue on which the location of our booth has been subtly highlighted.
You’ll also be able to find Ian Sharman and Holly Rose at the Ray Gunn & Starburst panel at 4pm in Panel Room 3 on Saturday 20th February.
Ray Gunn & Starburst: An Adventure Through Kickstarter
Saturday 20th March, 4-5pm, Panel Room 3, London Super Comic Con
Nic Papaconstantinou (of the We Have Issues podcast) interviews the cast and crew of sci-fi/comedy audio series The Adventures of Ray Gunn & Starburst. Writer/director Holly Rose will be answering questions alongside the show’s stars, Dominic Westerland, Georgia Humphrey, Ian Sharman and Alyson Leeds. Find out how they successfully Kickstarted the series which recently received a glowing 9/10 review from Starburst magazine.
You can find the Facebook event page for the panel here.
We’ll be selling copies of Ray Gunn & Starburst on CD, which includes the exclusive to CD outtake reel, at the booth and you can also listen before you buy.
We hope you can all join us at the show on March 15th and 16th 2014 as we release two eagerly anticipated new books – Hero: 9 to 5 – Quietus and The Intergalactic Adventures of Zakk Ridley!
To celebrate these spectacular new releases we have a range of exciting special offers for you at the Orang Utan Comics booth (B11).
Buy Hero: 9 to 5 – Quietus or The Intergalactic Adventures of Zakk Ridley and get a free Eagle Award nominated anthology!
Buy any two graphic novels and get a free comic (Shrapnel: Case Files #1 or The Intergalactic Adventures of Zakk Ridley #1 Convention Exclusive Edition)!
The Alpha Gods: Emergence Special Edition hardback will be available at the special LSCC price of just £10 (regular price £12.99). Further special discounts across our range of graphic novels, see the list below for details.
Special convention offer Five Book Deal: Alpha Gods: Emergence HC, The Intergalactic Adventures of Zakk Ridley LSCC Exclusive HC, Hero: 9 to 5, Hero: 9 to 5 – Quietus and the Hypergirl Ltd Ed HC for just £60! (Regular price for all five is £68.92).
Free set of cosplay art cards with ANY purchase!
And, yes, these offers stack! So if you buy the Five Book Deal you will also receive the Eagle Award nominated anthology, a free comic and a set of art cards, a total value of £83.87 for just £60!
All offers are while stocks last, visit Orang Utan Comics at booth B11 early to avoid disappointment!
We’re also launching the first print collection of our thrice weekly regular web comic, Spacescape.
‘Peruse – that’s a good word. Put that in your report.’ Holly Rose nudges me conspiratorially. ‘Peruse our comics,’ we coo alternatingly, scanning the milling convention crowds for another victim to be ensnared by our sales pitch. Happily for Orang Utan Comics, the event is the London Film and Comic Con and the eager and the willing comic aficionado is in rich supply. The bright and beautiful covers of our books do half the work for us.
It’s three o’clock on Saturday and the Olympia Grand Hall is heaving. A neon-green dreadlocked cyberpunk glides past a Dovahkiin. Elsewhere, a father clutches a life-size Gremlin replica, letting his bright-eyed sprog steer him towards Star Trek merchandise.
‘We only have three Hypergirl hardbacks left,’ Ian Sharman, the co-writer of the science fiction fantasy adventure, states, marking the sales book. That Hypergirl has drawn positive public response isn’t at all surprising; the art and the vivid colours are bright wrapping for a package that delivers adventure and optimistic encouragement to the reader. It’s a coming of age story, detailing how the plot’s protagonist, the teenage Charley Matthews, lost in foster care finds her inner hero and the bravery to hold her own in the bizarre world of Weirdsville.
David Wynne, the comic’s artist sharing the writing duties, would later tweet “7 year old girl just came to table (with mum, obv) & basically fell in love with Hypergirl. Which is kind of the point of all this” At this particular moment, however, he has barely time to nod an acknowledgement; he’s half-way through his three-minute speed sketch challenge. The dark knight of the OUC table is a mysterious specimen, seemingly fuelled solely by coffee. It’s a busy weekend; needs, musts.
‘What if you don’t finish it in three minutes, what happens then? Do I get my money back?’ jokes a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle enthusiast, watchful of the timer on his iPhone and the flurry of pencil and marker a few feet away.
‘It hasn’t happened yet,’ David signs a headshot of Donatello with a flourish. Another happy customer. The speed sketches are attracting a lot of interest. Mr Wynne would later reflect that challengers with a wilder, more elaborate request often get a less finished and less detailed sketch than those with simpler orders. Aside from xenomorphs, ninja turtles and Batmen (it’s always a plural for David) it was the Borg Locutus who was the trickiest to fulfil.
‘How are the commissions going so far?’ I ask him later. His answer is a satisfied pat of his coin and note laden pocket.
The OUC is doing well too, with such a variety titles on offer the Indy label manages to tick a box for every corner of geekdom. There are zombies and horror in Dead Men and superhero satire in Hero: 9 – 5 (‘political boobs’ as one recent review described it), there’s futuristic science fiction with Alpha Gods: Emergence.
This weekend another title joins the roster, as Shrapnel: Case Files issue one (brought to you by the imagination of Holly Rose, art of Katrine Rasmussen, colours by Yel Zamor and letters courtesy of Ian Sharman) leaps onto the OUC scene. The story inhabits Hypergirl’s universe, albeit with a distinctly darker and grittier twist, and introduces Shrapnel; Weirdsville’s boy vigilante and, Lalla Olivier; a bored young secretary who stumbles across more than she has bargained for.
“…you’re about to jump as gracefully as possible into the wonderful, wacky world of Weirdsville; you’re about to learn all about Shrapnel.” Writes Holly Rose in the preface. “You are also about to learn that as much as superheroes and beating thugs up is fun, people and their little lives are far more interesting and important.”
Truly, there is more than meets the eye for Shrapnel and we invite you to take your first steps into his world with Case Files #1.
It’s late afternoon on Saturday and it’s time to depart; more comic work awaits at home. But, as I cast a glance back at our OUC base, I see more than books and banners flying high above them, what I see is a group of cyberspace drifters, creatives who have gravitated towards each other through a shared passion for art and storytelling. Ask many of our comrades and they will agree that comics is a nutty place to call home, but its rewards are like nothing else.
The remaining hardback copies of Hypergirl all found their homes on Sunday.
Orang Utan Comics are pleased to announce the forthcoming hardcover collection of their award winning comic Hypergirl!
Hypergirl introduces us to the strange and unusual world of Wierdsville, a city where almost anything can happen. We meet bored teenage girl Charley Matthews who has no idea that a chance encounter with the dying Doc Hyperpower is about to change her life forever. Will she rise to the occasion and defeat the evil of Pharaonicus, or will she lock herself in her bedroom and listen to The Cure? Find out in the senses shattering debut of Weirdsville’s newest hero – Hypergirl!
“With Hypergirl we’ve tried to do something a little different,” explains co-creator, Ian Sharman. “She’s a teenage girl, but you won’t find any cheesecake in the pages of this comic, and her costume doesn’t have any convenient holes in it to show off her assets. She’s a regular girl, someone I think any reader can identify with. I think anyone, young or old, male or female, will find something to enjoy in the pages of Hypergirl.”
Hypergirl was co-created by two veritable giants of the UK indie comics scene, Ian Sharman (Alpha Gods, Hero: 9 to 5) and David Wynne (Particle Fiction), and originally appeared as part of Orang Utan Comics’ acclaimed monthly web comic, Particle Fiction. It was initially conceived as a sixteen page story, just like every other Particle Fiction story, but the tale grew in the telling, and became the 32 page Hypergirl #1, and once Markosia saw it, a 128 page collected work was soon commissioned. The hardcover includes 96 full colour story pages, plus a whole wealth of background material detailing the history of Weirdsville.
Hypergirl creators Sharman and Wynne were given a huge boost on New Year’s Day when they awoke to find that they had beaten out the likes of Justice League Dark, Takio by Brian Michael Bendis and Kirby Genesis by Kurt Busiek and Alex Ross to tie in first place with The Strange Talent of Luther Strode for the Comixology Comixologist’s Choice Award for Best Debut Comic Series, as voted for by Comixology’s twitter followers.
This signed and numbered, strictly limited edition collectible hardback edition of Hypergirl will only be available directly from Markosia, and at the Markosia and Orang Utan Comics stands at various comic conventions around the UK while stocks last. To ensure that you don’t miss out please pre-order the book for pick up at the Bristol Comic Expo and Kapow, or for delivery via UK and International mail order, from the Markosia website now. You’ll find all of the ordering details here.
Markosia/Orang Utan Comics‘ own Hypergirl, created by Ian Sharman and David Wynne has walked away with the Comixology award for Favourite Debut Comic Series released digitally. Beating Justice League Dark, Takio by Brian Michael Bendis and Kirby Genesis by Kurt Busiek and Alex Ross to tie in first place with The Strange Talent of Luther Strode. Hear it being announced on the Comixology podcast here and you can download the book from Comixologyhere, and order it in print here.
Comixology also reviewed the book on their podcast here, saying, “Good all ages fun book…get down with it!”