Marking the launch of Image Comics’ exciting Studio Space book, the publishers have lined up four signings/ events throughout the UK starting in May.
Written by the creators of Tripwire magazine – Joel Meadows and Gary Marshall – Studio Space (available from amazon.co.uk from the end of May) looks at the way that the world’s best comic book artists work, visiting their studios and getting into their mindset. Each chapter also looks at the creators’ big break and whether their working methods have changed over the years.
The book features an impressive line-up that includes Frank Miller, Mike Mignola, Jim Lee, Joe Kubert, Tim Bradstreet, Duncan Fegredo, Walter Simonson, Brian Bolland, Dave Gibbons, Tim Sale and many more.
Kicking off at the Bristol International Expo on the weekend of May 9th-10th at the Commonwealth Museum in Bristol, paperback copies of Studio Space will be available there before anywhere else in the world and people will get the chance to get them signed by a selection of artists in the book, including Dave Gibbons, Duncan Fegredo, Sean Phillips and Walter Simonson, who will all be at the show plus the authors of the book, Joel Meadows and Gary Marshall, who will also be on hand throughout the show. Additionally, there will be a Studio Space panel at Bristol on the Saturday afternoon with the book’s authors and some of its artists.
But it doesn’t end there: on Saturday 7th June, Forbidden Planet London will be holding a signing in the afternoon to celebrate the book’s official release with a superstar line-up of artists: Brian Bolland, Dave Gibbons, Sean Phillips and Duncan Fegredo. Copies of the paperback and the hardcover will be available at the signing.
Next up is a special Waterstones event taking place at the prestigious store on Oxford Street opposite Selfridges on Saturday 14th June, with Bryan (Alice in Sunderland) Talbot and Preacher co-creator Steve Dillon discussing their work and the book and then signing.
Finally, for the fans in the North, Saturday 28th June at Forbidden Planet Manchester will see Dave Taylor and Steve Dillon signing for fans.
• Studio Space is 320 pages, black and white and colour, paperback £19.99 and hardcover £32.99 and is published on May 30th 2008 by Image Comics. Buy it from amazon.co.uk
The founder of downthetubes, which he established in 1998. John works as a comics and magazine editor, writer, and on promotional work for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival. He is currently editor of Star Trek Explorer, published by Titan – his third tour of duty on the title originally titled Star Trek Magazine.
Working in British comics publishing since the 1980s, his credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine, Babylon 5 Magazine, and more. 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 “Pilgrim: Secrets and Lies” for B7 Comics; “Crucible”, a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz; and “Death Duty” and “Skow Dogs” with Dave Hailwood.