Respect The Authority!

Forbidden Planet London has just announced a one of a kind event by Ian Edginton, Andy Lanning, Dan Abnett and Simon Coleby, who will be signing comics from US publisher WildStorm’s World’s End mini series, including The Authority No 1 (drawn by Simon) at the comics superstore on Saturday 30th August 2008 between 1-2.00pm.

Following the cataclysmic conclusion to Number of the Beast mini series comes the dawn of a whole new age: Wildstorm World’s End! The heroes failed to save the planet from destruction and now struggle to survive in a brutal, post-apocalyptic environment… but with humanity largely dead and the Earth broken, what does the term “hero” even mean?

You can follow the gripping survival story in four on-going titles: Wildcats (whose creative team includes Trevor Hairsine), Authority (Written by Dan Abnett, Andy Lanning with art by Coleby and Hairsine), Stormwatch PHD (written by Ian Edginton) and GEN13, all featuring a serialized back-up story further expanding on this bleak new world illustrated by some of the top names in the industry!

Ian Edginton is one of the foremost talents in British comics today, having made his name in the United States before returning home to work on 2000AD and other titles. Edginton has penned Wolverine, Batman and Judge Dredd, as well as being the author of The Red Seas, Leviathan and the Eisner-award-nominated Scarlet Traces.

Dan Abnett is probably one of Britain’s most prolific comics writers as well as being the author of several novels. Not including his early work at Marvel UK and recent work for both Marvel and DC Comics, he’s also been one of 2000AD’s top writers, responsible for one of the longest running strips of the last decade, Sinister Dexter. He also writes for Black Library and Big Finish.

The hugely talented and enthusiastic Andy Lanning is in high demand as a writer and inker. He has most notably worked for Marvel and DC, often working with with Dan Abnett on titles such as Nova and the high-profile Legion of Super-Heroes.

Simon Coleby is a comic book artist who has worked mainly for 2000AD and Marvel but who has also designed real world amusement parks – just another string to his bow. He is also known for his work on the one-shot Wildstorm title Midnighter: Armageddon.

• The signing takes places at the Forbidden Planet Megastore, 179 Shaftesbury Avenue, London, WC2H 8JR, on Saturday 30th August 2008 between 1-2pm
More about World’s End plus wallpapers, icons and more on the Wildstorm web site

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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  1. Dear All , Dan Abnett signing !

    4th Octonber 2008 Herts

    http://www.gamesfest.co.uk/

    What is GamesFest?

    A one day convention to showcase the best of Role playing, Wargaming, Boardgaming & Science fiction/Fantasy literature.

    We want to pull all the strands of Fantasy/Science Fiction together and create a unique experience for the fan/enthusiast in one convention.

    Ours is a unique vision and we want to focus on customer satisfaction and a totally enjoyable day dedicated to players and fans alike.

    The aim is to:

    Enable people to play games in an informal, friendly environment.

    Let fans sample the best the gaming industry has to offer through Trade Stands / demo games.

    Let fans meet the creators/designers of the games.

    Give an opportunity to meet the writers/artists of your favourite Comics and Books.

    Provide a unique shopping experience for the enthusiast.

    Literary Zone:

    Writers attending GamesFest 3 will be:

    Stan Nicholls has been a full-time writer since 1981. He is the author of many novels and short stories but is best known for the internationally acclaimed Orcs First Blood series. In 2007, he was awarded the Le’Fantastique Lifetime Achievement Award for Contributions to Literature at the Trolls & Legendes Festival in Belgium.

    Dan Abnett is well known for his comic work, he has written everything from the Mr Men to the X-Men. His prolific work for the Games Workshops Black Library includes the popular strips Lone Wolves, Titan and Darkblade, the best-selling Gaunt’s Ghosts novels, and the acclaimed Inquisitor Eisenhorn trilogy.

    Graham McNeil noted Games Workshop games developer and author. Graham is the author of numerous novels set Warhammer 40K and Warhammer Fantasy universes, including Fulgrim, part of the best-selling Horus Heresy series.

    Mark Chadbourn is a British fantasy, science fiction and horror author with eleven novels (and one non-fiction book) published around the world. Six of his novels have been short listed for the British Fantasy Society’s August Derleth Award for Best Novel, and he has won the British Fantasy Award twice, for his novella The Fairy Feller’s Master-Stroke(2005), and for his short story Whisper Lane(2007).

    David J Rodger first Novel ‘God Seed’ is a Cyber thriller that follows the journey of a documentary filmmaker , Adam Kyle as he covers a group of Corporate Mercenaries. Kyle is propelled into a Web of lies, treachery and murder involving fascist extremists, Islamic Terrorists, corrupt government officials an a religion as old as Mankind. He has taken influences from writers such as William Gibson, Robert Ludlumand H.P Lovecraft. He has also created a role-playing game on his fictional world entitled Yellow Dawn.

    Juliet E. McKenna is a professional writer of fantasy novels and short stories, with the occasional foray into science-fiction and dark fantasy. Her first novel, published in 1999, first of The Tales of Einarinn. Her second series, The Aldabreshin Compass concluded with Eastern Tidein 2006 she is now working on a new trilogy charting the course of The Lescari Revolution. The first volume, Straws in the Wind (working title, so that may change.), will be published in the UK and the US by Solaris in the spring of 2009.

    Deborah Miller (a.k.a. Miller Lau) has been writing fiction all her life, mainly fantasy but also some science fiction and horror. In 1993 she was short listed for the Ian St James award, reaching the top fifty from a record entry of 8,000 for her short story ‘Dinosaur.’ Since that date she has worked on novel length fiction although also working full-time as a Technical Editor. In 1999, after reaching agreement with Simon and Schuster’s Earthlight for the sale of her first novel Talisker she decided to dedicate herself to her writing full-time.

    James Swallow’s stories from the Warhammer 40,000 universe include Faith & Fire, the Blood Angel books Deus Encarmine and Deus Sanguinius, as well as short fiction for Inferno! and What Price Victory. His Black Flame books include Jade Dragon, the Judge Dredd novels Eclipse and Whiteout, Rogue Trooper: Blood Relative, and the novelisation of The Butterfly Effect. James’s other credits include writing for Star Trek Voyager, scripts for video games and audio dramas.

    Stephen Hunt is a British fantasy author living in Spain. He is the author of The Court of the Air (April 2007), a fantasy adventure set in a Victorian alternate world with the addition of magic in various forms. The nation in which the plot is largely set is recognizably based on Victorian Britain and the main neighbouring country is presumably inspired by the Paris Commune (and communist revolutions in general). His second novel, set in the same fantasy world, is The Kingdom Beyond the Waves (May 2008). Stephen owns and run’s the Internet’s second most popular sci-fi web site, http://www.SFcrowsnest.com (c. 40 million hits a month).

    Joseph D’Lacey first short story Getaway Car was published in 2001 by Cadenza. Since then his work has appeared in anthologies , magazines and online. Meat is his first published Novel. Joseph lives in Northamptonshire with his wife.

    James Barclay is a British fantasy author who has been publishing novels since 1999. He is best known for his action fantasy thrillers concerning the mercenaries-turned-world-savers ‘The Raven’. The six novels in this series are to be joined by a seventh in November 2008. The genesis of The Raven was on the percentile dice RPG tables of James’s youth and unsurprisingly, he has a big following from the ranks of the gaming community. The Raven novels have been translated into eight languages across Europe. Latterly, James has published an epic fantasy duology called ‘The Ascendants of Estorea’ and is currently working on a trilogy concerning the elves of The Raven’s world. Elsewhere, he is working as an actor on a British crime thriller, writes screenplays and is developing young adult fiction.

    Bill Hussey has a Masters Degree in Writing from Sheffield Hallam University. His first novel, ‘Through A Glass, Darkly’, was inspired by the lonely Fen villages of Lincolnshire and by a lifetime devoted to the horror story. Bill lives in Skegness and writes stories about things that go bump in the night.

    Peter Mark May was born in Walton on Thames, Surrey in 1968. Married with two young sons, he has been writing as a hobby since he left school. After the sudden death of this brother in 2004, he decided to take voluntary redundancy from an eighteen year Civil Service career and completely changed his life emphasis. Taking two years off work to enjoy life with his family and working on getting his latest horror novel finished (Demon) He is writing a new personal horror novel entitled Kumiho, set during the Korean War.

    Frazer Lee is the award-winning writer/director of short horror films On Edge and Red Lines, both starring Doug (Pinhead from Hellraiser) Bradley. He also directed the commercial campaign for True Horror with Anthony Head (of Buffy the Vampire Slayer fame) for Discovery Channel. Frazer’s new projects include the feature length horror movie Urbane from his screenplay with co-writer Max Kinnings, also in development as a graphic novel with art by Shane Oakley (Alan “From Hell” Moore’s ALBION). Frazer is also working on more feature-length, short and literary fiction projects. His first book, Urbane and Other Horror Tales is out now, available from http://www.frazerlee.com along with the DVD of On Edge and Red Lines.

    David Michael Wright was born in 1979, and lives in Royston an old ex-mining village near Barnsley in South Yorkshire. Working as a Freelance Illustrator specialising in fantasy, Sci-fi & RPG art, he has among numerous private commissions, produced images for Wargames Foundry, Alderac Entertainment Group, and Redbrick. View his online portfolio at http://www.davidmichaelwright.com.

    Garry Charles has been working as an author for four years. He has three novels already published by HadesGate Publications: Heaven’s Falling Volumes One and Two which span the genres of Dark Fantasy, Horror and action packed adventure, and Hammerhead which is an out and out Horror novel. Later this year sees the release of Slavis and Stone Cold Snake Eyes (both co-written with US author Erik Enck and to be released by US publisher Blu Phi’er). Also slated for release is Tranquillity, a novella from Screaming Dreams Publications. His short stories can be found online and in print in such publications as Estronomicon, Sien Und Werden, The Horror Express, Whispers of Wickedness and NVH to name a few. Garry is currently working on a third Heaven’s Falling novel,and two other Dark Fantasy tales entitled Bookend and Hotel Hollywood. Whilst juggling these three projects he is also developing a sci-fi project for TV.

    Steve Dean was born and still lives in Nottingham with his wife and three children. He has been writing for many years, mainly Science Fiction and Fantasy. To date, he has had more than a dozen short stories published in various independent press magazines. He also has three novels in the shops, published by Hadesgate Publications; Soulkeepers, a fantasy novella for the whole family, The Servicing and Maintenance of Wayland Snowball, an adult SF comedy, and Mage Reborn, an adult Fantasy. On the RPG side, Steve worked with ForeverpeopleRPG where he released three books and ideas collections; Wilderness Encounters 2 – Into The Mountains, Wilderness Encounters 3 – Desert Encounters and Wilderness encounters 6 – Into The Mountains. These were joined by three complete scenarios in the Opus Operandi series; Chains in the Dark, A Pool of Clear Water and Tower Down. He was also one of the contributing editors for the short lived but very popular Wyvern roleplay magazine.
    In January, Steve made the leap to Talisman Studios, and Adventure Zone: Barbary, a pirates and cannibals expansion for the Suzerain system quickly hit the shelf’s. Adventure Zone: Wolfpaw, a horror western expansion, will join it by the time you read this, followed quickly by Adventure Zone: Sanxesta, this time a land-based swashbuckling extravaganza. An as yet untitled illustrated pirate story is also in the pipeline. If that wasn’t enough, Steve also writes book reviews for the British Fantasy Society! Currently Steve is writing novels four and five, and continues to create for the ever-expanding Suzerain multiverse.

    Derek Gunn is the author of the Vampire Apocalypse series. The first book Vampire Apocalypse: A World Torn Asunder, was released towards the end of 2006 and is Derek’s debut novel. The film rights are under option and a movie is in development with producer/screenwriter Richard Finney (Miaximum Risk, 100 Girls, Carver, Ye Older Times) and producer Robert Lawrence (Die Hard with a Vengence, Clueless, The Last Castle). The second book in the series, Vampire Apocalypse: Descent into Chaos, is due to be released in the US in the Autumn. The third, Vampire Apocalypse: Fallout is due out in 2009. Derek has also had short fiction published in anthologies from Black Death Books and Permuted Press. He lives in Dublin, Ireland with his wife, 3 children, 2 guinea pigs and one ever-faithful dog. http://www.vampireapocalypse.com

    Gav Thorpe works for Games Workshop in his capacity as Warhammer Loremaster (whatever that is). Something to do with making stuff up and designing games, apparently. He has written an armful of short stories for Inferno magazine, and people constantly nag him for more Last Chancers stuff. You may be worried to known that when he is thinking really hard he has a tendency to talk to the mechanical hamster with whom he shares a flat.

    Richard Williams was born in Nottingham, UK and was first published in 2000. He has written fiction for a range of publications on such diverse topics as gang initiation, medieval highwaymen and arcane religions. In his spare time, he is a theatre director and actor. He has written two books, including the novel Relentless published by the Black Library, and had his work printed in Inferno! and in the anthology Status: Deadzone. Visit his official website at http://www.richard-williams.com

    Isabel Joely Black is the author of the fantasy fiction series Amnar, available as a podcast at http://www.joelyblack.net and via subscription at iTunes. She doesn’t have a fantasy fiction author hat yet, but has been promised one in the very near future.

    Trader Zone:

    Companies attending GamesFest 3 will be:

    Games Workshop: The nice chaps from Nottingham will again be attending with a trade stand and hopefully another awesome demonstration game of Warhammer.

    Esdevium Games: Europe’s largest distributor of hobby products will be attending and promise to run a variety of Demo games from their huge range.

    Pinnacle Entertainment: The makers of Deadlands and the Savage World RPG system will again be supporting the Fest (it wouldn’t be the same without them!). The UK demo team will be running a series of demonstration games and their fully stocked trade stand.

    Wizards of the Coast: Will be attending the Fest for the first time this year. They are looking to run demos of Dungeons and Dragons and Magic the Gathering. We have been told that the Fest may coincide with a Magic expansion release! , which is great news for Magic fans!

    Project Hydra: Project Hydra is a gaming store located in the town centre of Northampton. Who offer various ranges of Sci-Fi, Fantasy and Historical Wargames, Card Games and Board Games. Project Hydra had a great stand last year and definitely helped make last year’s event! http://www.projecthydra.co.uk/

    Calamity Comics: This year we are proud to announce the attendance of London and Watford’s leading comic book chain! Calamity’s owners John and Eric are looking to make a regular appearance at the Fest and provide another dimension to it.

    House Atreides: Are going to attend for the first time this year. House Atreides supply single cards for every CCG imaginable ( Magic to Pokemon). They also provide an extensive range of used RPGs.

    Games Bazaar: GB attended last year, and they have in stock a huge selection of Magic the Gathering Single Cards.

    Cubicle 7: They publish a variety of games (Role Playing, Card and Board games) based on both original and licensed backgrounds. The games are SLA Industries , Victoriana , Starblazer adventures , Qin and Doctor Who.

    Leisure Games: Leisure Games are a specialist Games retailer. They stock only Games, and pride themselves in having a remarkable breadth of stock of Games of all types (except computer Games!). They stock Roleplaying, Wargames, Collectable Card Games, Board Games from all over the World, Miniatures, Traditional Games and Non-Collectable Card Games.

    Simple Miniature Games: Simple Miniature Games has been set up to “provide the best alternative 28mm sci-fi and fantasy wargames scenery and more for fans” . SMG will be running demos and bringing a packed trade stand featuring AT 43 , Confrontation , Warmachine , Hordes , Wargods etc.

    Otherworld Miniatures: Otherworld Miniatures is a small, independent miniatures company dedicated to producing fine quality 28mm fantasy gaming miniatures for ‘old school’ roleplayers, wargamers and collectors. They have been in business since December 2006, and have so far produced ranges of Giants, Demons & Devils, Pig-faced Orcs and Dungeon Monsters. They have also commissioned some of the best sculptors in their fields, namely Paul Muller (Demon Idol, Giants, Barbed Devils, Gargoyles, Gnolls, Minotaur) and Kev Adams (Pig-faced Orcs, Bugbears, Ogre), and we plan to work with other renowned artists in the future. http://www.otherworld.me.uk/

    The Black Library: The Black Library is an imprint of the British publishing house BL Publishing. It produces a range of all-action novels, art books, background books and other cool items, all set in the dark and gothic worlds of Warhammer and Warhammer 40,000. BL Publishing in turn is a part of Games Workshop, the world’s leading creator of fantasy games.

    Bloody Books: Bloody Books® is the new international horror fiction imprint published by Beautiful Books of London. As you can see in our Literary Zone we also have both Joseph D’Lacey and Bill Hussey who have their recent novel’s published by Bloody Books.

    Hadesgate: Hadesgate is in the fourth year of trading and has gone from a small press to a mass market paperback publisher whose stock is sold on the high street by Waterstone’s and now Borders. They specialise in horror, dark fantasy and sci fi, and have products suitable for all ages. Their stories range from a timeless children’s book of good overcoming evil, ‘Soulkeepers’ an ideal introduction into the fantasy genre for youngsters. To the strictly adults only, nasty but compelling, ‘Filth Kiss’. Think twice before you buy this, we are not in the business to offend, merely entertain the less squeamish amongst us. We have their authors Garry Charles and Steve Dean also attending.

    Cardbreakers: CCG traders Cardbreakers will be running a trade stand on the day. They specialise in taking unwanted common cards and allowing them to accumulate points which can be traded for rare cards. Please see their web site Cardbreakers for more details.

    Demo Zone:

    Demo games to try at GamesFest 3 will be:

    War Games

    Warhammer 40K: Tournament run by the Armageddon Gaming Club.

    Warmachine: Demo/Participation Game run by Mitcham Marauders.

    Memoir 44: Tournament run by Barry Ingram.

    War Gods: Demo/Participation game run By Robert Phipps.

    AT-43/Confrontation: Demo/Participation game run by Simple Miniatures Games.

    RPG’s

    Dark Heresy : Run by Jeremy Wolsten Croft.

    Deadlands /Savage Worlds: Run by the Pinnacle Demo Team.

    Yellow Dawn: Run by creator/author David J Rodger and his team.

    Dungeons and Dragons: Run by Neal Freeman. Neal says about himself…“I have been running role-playing games for thirty years, though I have occasionally paused for food and drink. I have D’Med every version of Dungeons and Dragons that’s been made. I have cheerfully embraced 4th edition, especially since it makes preparing for games much less like hard work. I love D’Ming and I am committed to providing the best possible game experience for you that I can.”

    Suzerain: Run by Talisman Studios. Please see further information at their web site http://www.talisman-studios.com

    CCGS

    Magic the Gathering: Tournament run By David ‘Bart Man’ Bartram.

    Board Games

    Talisman: Tournament run by Austin ‘Stoker’ Hyde.

    Other Games

    TBC from http://www.sjgames.com, run by Phil Masters and team.

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