Europe Comics heads to San Diego Comic-Con, with top creators in tow

Top European creators Mathieu Reynés, Gabriel Hernández Walta and Roger will be appearing at the 2016 San Diego Comic-Con

Top European creators Mathieu Reynés, Gabriel Hernández Walta and Roger will be appearing at the 2016 San Diego Comic-Con

Europe Comics has announced it will be making its official San Diego Comic-Con debut with its very own booth (#1220), panels, live drawing events and signing sessions.

In Harmony: Memento by Mathieu Reynés, Harmony wakes up in an unfamiliar basement having completely lost her memory. All she now knows of the world is the name of her “host,” the mysterious voices in her head and a newly discovered talent for telekinesis....

In Harmony: Memento by Mathieu Reynés, Harmony wakes up in an unfamiliar basement having completely lost her memory. All she now knows of the world is the name of her “host,” the mysterious voices in her head and a newly discovered talent for telekinesis….

Europe Comics began as an idea of Franco-Belgian comics agent Mediatoon Licensing. Three years (and a lot of work) later, it evolved into a 13-partner pan-European alliance, supported by the European Commission and held together by the desire to spread the European graphic novel heritage around the world.

In The Suicide Forest by Gabriel Hernández Walta, Alan ends his rather unhealthy relationship with Masami, who doesn’t take it very well. In Aokigahara, Ryoko recovers another suicide victim’s body along with his skeptical work partner who does not believe the legends of this forest...

In The Suicide Forest by Gabriel Hernández Walta, Alan ends his rather unhealthy relationship with Masami, who doesn’t take it very well. In Aokigahara, Ryoko recovers another suicide victim’s body along with his skeptical work partner who does not believe the legends of this forest…

The ambitious 13 have set themselves three main targets. First, the creation of a collective digital imprint, replicating European comics variety, richness and originality, in English and digital format, distributed through global and local e-tailers. Their Europe Comics Catalogue is meant for both, the final reader and the foreign publisher interested in licensing in English or other languages.

Europe Comics also aims to give  international exposure to European authors, through author tours and events across Europe and the US – and is working on the creation of a European comics online directory, providing readers and professionals with wide-ranging information such as history of European comics, global calendar of comics events, academic studies, market overviews and more.

Their Comic Con debut will see the appearance of three major Europe Comics creators from France and Spain making their way to San Diego. Mathieu Reynés – the French creator of the sci-fi pearl Harmony, is also the scriptwriter of the mystery-filled Water Memory, and the artist behind the best-selling Alter Ego series.

Also at San Diego will be Gabriel Hernández Walta, the artist of the horror hit The Suicide Forest and Roger – the artist behind the award-winning Jazz Maynard series.

All three artists will be at the Europe Comics booth every day for live drawing and signing sessions. Europe Comics will also be giving away a lot of e-books and other fun merchandising, so make sure to pass by their booth if you’re going! But if you’re not – not to worry! The publisher will also have loads of giveaways and specials happening online to celebrate the occasion!

Europe Comics will also be hosting two exciting panels where European authors will meet with top American authors. The first panel – How Old is Young Adult? – will bring together Mathieu Reynés and the critically-acclaimed American novelist Matthew J. Kirby (Last DescendantsAssassin’s Creed series), where the two will discuss and compare their work, experience and readership, as seen from the two sides of the Atlantic. The panel will be moderated by Brigid Alverson (comics and graphic novels journalist for Publishers Weekly and School Library Journal amongst other publications and blogs).

Somewhere in a dingy backroom in present day Barcelona, Jazz Maynard and his old friend Teo find themselves bound back to back on two chairs in Home Sweet Home by Roger. They don’t know why they’re there, or who’s detaining them. All they know is that three days earlier in New York, Jazz’s sister, who he hadn’t seen for 10 years, at last managed to get a letter to him. It was a cry for help. Jazz at once flew to her rescue. But what exactly is the nature of this tangled web he’s got himself caught up in? And what’s the connection to his kidnappers?

Somewhere in a dingy backroom in present day Barcelona, Jazz Maynard and his old friend Teo find themselves bound back to back on two chairs in Home Sweet Home by Roger. They don’t know why they’re there, or who’s detaining them. All they know is that three days earlier in New York, Jazz’s sister, who he hadn’t seen for 10 years, at last managed to get a letter to him. It was a cry for help. Jazz at once flew to her rescue. But what exactly is the nature of this tangled web he’s got himself caught up in? And what’s the connection to his kidnappers?

The second panel – Europe vs USA: European and American Creators Meet – will be hosted by PublishersWeekly‘s Calvin ReidDuring the panel, Roger and Gabriel Hernández Walta will meet with special guests Jason Latour (Southern Bastards) and Andrew C Robinson (The 5th Beatleto discuss their experiences as comics creators working on two different continents.

• The dates and times of the panels are still to be confirmed, so stay tuned for more updates via the Europe Comics web site at www.europecomics.com

• More about Mathieu Reynés

• More about Gabriel Hernández Walta

• More about Roger

Harmony Volume One: Memento is available in English on Kindle

Water Memory – Volume 2 (La mémoire de l’eau) has just been released on Kindle

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The founder of downthetubes, John works as a comics editor, writer, as Creative Consultant on the Dan Dare audio adventures for B7 Media, and on promotional work for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival. Working in British comics publishing for over 30 years, his credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine, Star Trek Magazine and Babylon 5 Magazine. He also edited the comics anthology STRIP Magazine and edited several audio comics for ROK Comics. He has also edited several comic collections, including volumes of “Charley’s War and “Dan Dare”. He’s the writer of “Crucible”, a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz, published on Tapastic; and “Death Duty” and “Skow Dogs” with Dave Hailwood for digital comic 100% Biodegradable.



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