Sunday, 10 April 2011

KAPOW continues

He thought he was out, but they sucked him back in. I'm talking about Leo and the noisy comics nirvana that is London's Kapow! Comic Convention. He's been staying with us in south-west London (a daily 8-hour commute from Somerset being less than ideal) and bravely holding the fort up in Islington, struggling onto the Tube with giant posters of Estelle in Goth gear and trying to draw superheroes he's never heard of, while I get to stroll across Wandsworth Common in the sunshine and tinker with the script for Mirabilis #10.

But don't think I wouldn't swap in an instant. At Kapow! Leo is getting to meet loads of fellow comics creators - not only our former colleagues on The DFC but new friends throughout the industry - artists, writers, publishers, journalists and fans alike.

This is pretty much the first time Mirabilis has been unveiled to the public and the response has been overwhelmingly positive. Unfortunately we still don't have copies of the UK hardcover books (they're traveling across Europe at this very monent) but Leo was able to take along a few of the limited-edition TPB editions. If you bought one of those off him yesterday, make sure to store it in an airtight box as it's already a collector's item. Particularly gratifying was the guy who bought Winter volume one only to come back an hour later saying, "I read the first 20 pages over lunch and I already know that I must have volume two."

If you want to meet Leo, he's on Table 8 today. Go and say hi, chat about Mirabilis - and I think he might be keeping a couple of emergency reserve copies of the trade paperback under the table, so just give him the secret RMS handshake and say I sent you. Just don't ask him to draw Kraven the Hunter.


  1. Fave moment: the teenage girl who came and looked at a few pages of Vol 1, read the back cover blurb, then said, "This has everything that I love!" and bought it.

  2. It's funny, isn't it, Leo, how just a few readers like that can make all the difference? I would swap a thousand lukewarm responses for a single shout of sheer enthusiasm!

  3. Leo,

    That was me! :D Finished reading vol. 1 in a day and loved it! Can't wait to get my hands on the next ones! :D

  4. Hey Castiel - vol two is arriving in hardback in less than a month, and we are working on vol three, which should be appearing in digital form in a couple of months and in print by the end of the year. If you liked what you've read so far, I guarantee you will love where we're taking Jack and Estelle next. It even stunned Leo when I told him ;)