Thought Bubble 2014.
Well, that was a bit good. Thought Bubble has always been a personal favourite for me. I first attended back in 2009 so this was my sixth time behind a table there. This year we were in the New Dock, and as you came through the doors we were in the top left corner (the actual top left was Dave Broughton with his astoundingly prolific selection) meaning that the good folk had to make it past a lot of high quality product to make it to the FQP table.
We are in the top left corner!
The new comics all went down well, with Something Wicked 10 selling almost as many as Zarjaz & Dogbreath (I actually only made it back with 5 Zarjaz left out of the stock I took) which was a very nice surprise.
The Saturday part of the weekend was very possibly the busiest single day we have ever had, and so the Saturday night was very much looked forward to.
The trip to the all you can eat Chinese we have visited for the last 3-4 years has now been dubbed the FQP Christmas party, and this year saw the birth of the five plate challenge, which saw two victors (you know who you are) eat their way to everlasting glory (and a full belly). After that we headed off to meet up with the conventions premier cosplay for a drink before intending to gatecrash the convention party.
Judge Jimp (What a man)
Sunday is always a time for reflection at a convention- what did I Eat/Drink/Dance to, etc as well as the opportunity for many of the stallholders to actually take a walk around and pick up the comics they came for.
I, personally wanted to collect copies of Cross, Daves new book, and a replacement for my Dredd sticker that lives on my ‘phone. I also picked up Wisher from Cinebooks, a copy of Cindy & Biscuit and finally I managed to get a copy of Hellraisers after seeing a copy two years ago.
Sales on a Sunday are normally only half of a Saturday, so we were settled in for a quieter day, allowing for more time to catch up with friends and to admire the entries for the annual 2000 AD art comp (congratulations to all who entered, and to the winner Daniel Dwyer) before a last meal with friends and the drive back to FQP towers.
Overall the weekend was a massive success. New friends were made, old friends were hugged and several new artists were encouraged to get in touch for scripts to work for us.
Thought Bubble is a definite for me for next year, and massive thanks are due to the small army of ‘red-shirts’ that were on hand all weekend. These folks work all weekend for nothing, deal with everything that is thrown at them by exhibitors, public and guests alike, yet they are always pleasant to speak to and eager to help in anyway. It is a testament to this that I fully intend to get both my youngsters to volunteer one day.
Integra returned as Judge Anderson with the good folk from Planet Replicas
Next we return to the usual pimpery and previews as 2014 comes to a close. Stay tuned for the first chances to see the strips that will be in FQP titles next year.
Comicsy is the place to go for digital content from FQP, recently we opened the FQP archive to present Something Wicked 01-03 under a single cover for only £2.00! Now we are announcing that the archive edition of FutureQuake 04-06 has a new cover, to stylistically match the Something Wicked edition, and it is also now available for a single earth pound.
Don’t miss your chance to take advantage of this- all six issues available for £3.00- it’s almost too good to be true.
SOMETHING WICKED reaches issue 10 in fine style! Behind the wraparound cover by Jon Taylor we present 10 strips filled with that much horror, that 10 out of 10 is the only score possible! Caution is recommended as you read this issue. 48 pages for only £4.00
A Jagged Piece Of A Broken Heart by writer Robert Lefebvre and artist Justin Wood
Angler by writer Richard Pearce and artist Jack Davies
Copper Trap by writer Mike Lynch and artist Johnny McMonagle
Graveyard Shift by writer David McCluskey and artist Sam Weller
Schrodingers Hat by writer Derek Hamill and artist Jon Taylor
So Your Spouse Has Become A Zombie by writer Umar Ditta and artist Adam Caudill
The Fifty Yard Fox by writer David McCluskey and artist Scott Twells
The Last by writer Jimmy Furlong and artist Andrew Hartmann
Available now from the link on the right.
Behind the superb cover by PJ Holden & Steven Denton featuring Chopper, following on from the strip which features art by Jake Lynch (with special thanks to Pye-01) we present 8 tales charged with so much Thrill-power it caused the seasons to slide! 48 pages for the amazing price of £3.00.
Judge Dredd- Aggressive Deportment by writer Tom Proudfoot and artist Astrom Chang
Judge Dredd- Sunday Morning Crash by writer Mark Howard and artist Conor Boyle
Tharg The Mighty- Escape from sanity’s edge by writer River Apparicio and artist Bolt-01
The Sequels That Time Forgot- Mean Team Bk 3 by writer Al Ewing and artist Stephen Prestwood
Chopper- Different Strokes by writer Chris Redfern and artist Jake Lynch (Thanks to Pye01)
M.A.C.H.-1- Bearing Up by writer Mark Howard and artist Bryan Coyle
Rogue Trooper- Sniper Alley by writer Tom Proudfoot and artist P. L. Woods
Finn- Checkmate by writer Umar Ditta and artist Tom Bonin
Still only £3.00, available from the link on the right.
Cover artist Matt Timson provides the lead strip this issue along with writer And Ewington. The colour centrespread this issue is provided by John Charles and among the six stories inside there are new adventures for Flys Eyes Wagner, Wirehead Rex and of course Johnny Alpha & Wulf.
All for the amazing price of £3.00.
Strontium Dog- Death By Dog by writer Mark Howard and artist David Broughton
Strontium Dogs- Angel of Death by writer Alec Charles and artist Scott Twells
Strontium Dogs- Wirehead Rex- The Idolmaker Subterfuge by writer Dirk Van Dom and artist Dan Cornwell
Strontium Dog-The Wreck by writer Richmond Clements and artist John Charles
Also a book review: Strontium Dog- Among The Missing- book review by Amanda Kear
Still only £3.00, you don’t deserve it!
Available from the links on the right!