British Comic Awards

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At the always Divine Thought bubble, they held the awards ceremony for the British Comic Awards. We were nominated for best comic, and were incredibly surprised to win.

Thanks to everyone. Honestly, overwhelming.

Congrats to all the winners, and I’d urge everyone to look at all the shortlists to see the diversity and breadth of what comics are emerging from the UK in 2014. In our category, I have absolutely no idea how the judges could decide between them they’re that fundamentally different from one another.

And obviously hellos and hugs to everyone we saw at Thought Bubble. It was astounding, once more. I’ll lob up some cosplay shots when I beat this deadline.

THOUGHT BUBBLE: HOW TO FIND TEAM WICDIV

You’re coming to Leeds Thought Bubble? You want to find us? YOU ARE THE SWEETNESS. We will be here…

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Which is in the fancy new TeePee.

We will have trades and comics and T-shirts. Bring your fine selves. If the queue is big, we’ll limit signings to 5 comics, but you can always re-queue.

Also, we’re on some splendid panels.

SATURDAY

10:50 – BEST THING I’VE READ ALL YEAR.
Wherein myself and other folk talk about awesome shit we’ve read.

12 noon – DECOMPRESSED LIVE: THREE
Wherein myself and Professor Stephen Hodkinson get on stage and talk about the process of doing THREE.

2pm – SILENCE: LIVE!
Man, I love the Mindless Ones. It’d be awesome to do a guest thing there briefly.

3:30 – IMAGE WRITER’S PANEL
Wherein Kieron talks some shit with his betters.

4:30 – IMAGE ARTIST PANEL
Wherein Jamie talks some shit with his betters.

And, of course, in the evening there’s the mid-con party wherein Jamie and I are DJing (with assorted of our awesome friends.) It’s astounding. It’s ticketed, but there’s more available tomorrow.

SUNDAY
Er… No panels.

Yes, you can see Saturday is very busy. The Con is 10-5. Basically any time that I’m not on a panel, I’ll be at the table.

Hugs.

Out Today: The Wicked + the Divine: The Faust Act TPB


And the first album, collecting the first five singles, is out today from all good specialist comic retailers. As well as the general handsome packaging and design courtesy of Hannah, there’s a splash of extra material in the back. We basically have a cover gallery collecting the books many covers, plus various Apocrypha (i.e. any other art or stories we’ve released – the teaser, the preview, the mural, and – yes – the pre-order guide). It also has an epigram, which amuses us enormously.

Don’t know anything about the Wicked + the Divine and you’ve somehow found yourself here? Well, here’s a little two page introduction to the concept.

If you don’t have a local comic shop, you can get it from a specialist comic retailer online like TFAW (US), Forbidden Planet International (UK) or Page 45 (UK). Alternatively, there’s always book retailers like Amazon (US/UK).

Oh – we’re also having a little launch party signing tonight at GOSH comics in London from 7pm. Do pop along if you’re in the area.

Some quotes? Here’s the full version of the ones we solicited for the back cover.

Would be easy to say what’s usually said about this team’s work- “Oozes with cool. Brilliant. Full of music and magic—”, but it’s so much more than that. The warm-goth-thin-white-duke-fuzzies this book gives me are joined by memories of both art school nights dancing to Joy Division at The Bank, and the best times roleplaying demi-gods and demons in full vampire-chic with my weirdo friends. Nothing makes me feel the way this book does- necroticallyglamorous.” – Gerard Way (Umbrella Academy, My Chemical Romance)

“Rarely is a book this fun, this inventive, this smart AND this moving. With dazzling art and dizzyingly great storytelling, The W + D, achieves a perfect blend of high style and deep substance. Gillen and McKelvie have made something revelatory in the way ground-breakingly great pop is revelatory. Get ready for your new favorite.” – Scott Snyder (Batman, Wytches)

“Screw these guys with this awesome concept. Temporary pop culture gods, are you kidding me? Bastards. I want to invent a time machine so I can go back, steal it, kill Kieron and write it myself. I’d keep Jamie alive because his art is incredible.” – Lauren Beukes (Broken Monsters, The Shining Girls)

Hope you find it enjoyable. We’re pretty proud of this. Thanks for all the support. We have so much support we feel a little like Venice.

Radio 4: Front Row

Angela: Asgard’s Assassin Preview Art

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Out December 3rd.

Writer Notes: THE WICKED + THE DIVINE #5

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Spoilers, obv. And extreme spoilers, obv. This is the end of an arc, y’know?

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Watchmen@GOSH

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Regular readers will recall I did a speech about Watchmen at Nine Worlds earlier in the year. I’m reprising an improved version on Monday at GOSH comics in London at 7:30. It’s first-come-first-served for the audience.

It’s being filmed this time, so if you can’t make it, it should be online eventually.

More details here.

Out Today: Uber 19

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UBER 19 is out, which is the start of a new arc – THE SHADOW WAR. Primarily this issue picks up with the Allied R&D efforts, in the US and the UK. So, yes, we finally get around to catching up with Razor. Caanan is back too, and he’s doing an impressive Razor. Plus, will Stephanie stand around drinking heavily and smoking?

(Spoiler: probably.)

Hope you find it interesting.

Available from your local shop and Comixology. The latter features a preview too.

Out Today: The Wicked + The Divine #5

Once again, we return.

The climax of the first arc. Don’t really want to say more than that. I’d say be careful online until you’ve read it. It’s a big one. As we’ve tended to say in interviews, the first five issues are an Overture to the whole series, and this one changes everything.

Preview here.

You can get it from your local comic shop, or digitally either from Comixology or direct from Image.

Hope you find it interesting.

Pre-order Deadline Alert:: THE WICKED + THE DIVINE: THE FAUST ACT

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The coming monday (20th) is the pre-order cut-off deadline for our lovely trade collection of our comic. If you want to ensure you have a copy the day the book comes out, you should speak to your retailer (or pre-order one from an online shop) before then.
We actually hit up some people who said nice things about the book previously for quotes to stick on the back. However, there wasn’t room for the full quote, leading us to have to cut a bit. Which means this post is a good place to quote the whole thing. Apply eyes below.
‘Would be easy to say what’s usually said about this team’s work- “Oozes with cool. Brilliant. Full of music and magic–“, but it’s so much more than that. The warm-goth-thin-white-duke-fuzzies this book gives me are joined by memories of both art school nights dancing to Joy Division at The Bank, and the best times roleplaying demi-gods and demons in full vampire-chic with my weirdo friends. Nothing makes me feel the way this book does- necroticallyglamorous.” – Gerard Way (Umbrella Academy, My Chemical Romance)
“Rarely is a book this fun, this inventive, this smart AND this moving.  With dazzling art and dizzyingly great storytelling, The W + D, achieves a perfect blend of high style and deep substance. Gillen and McKelvie have made something revelatory in the way ground-breakingly great pop is revelatory. Get ready for your new favorite.” – Scott Snyder (Batman, Wytches)
“Screw these guys with this awesome concept. Temporary pop culture gods, are you kidding me? Bastards. I want to invent a time machine so I can go back, steal it, kill Kieron and write it myself. I’d keep Jamie alive because his art is incredible.” – Lauren Beukes (Broken Monsters, The Shining Girls)

They are sweeties and we definitely didn’t bribe them with gold or anything, honest. If you don’t know anything about The Wicked + the Divine, it’s basically gods as pop stars and pop stars as gods. If you scroll down this blog, you can see more about it. If you want a two-comics-page introduction, I direct you at this lovely little teaser.
If you don’t have a local comic shop, you can get it from a specialist comic retailer online like TFAW (US), Forbidden Planet International (UK) or Page 45 (UK). Alternatively, there’s always book retailers like Amazon (US/UK).
Or you can wait and buy it when it comes out if you’re not the pre-ordering sort. We’re famously easy.
(WE’RE NOT. WE’RE NEEDY. PRE-ORDER AND FEED OUR NEEDINESS.)
Yes, I’m jetlagged, why do you ask?