We’ve been taking a look at new books and comics coming out at the upcoming Thought Bubble Comics Festival, a week-long celebration of creativity and comics that takes place in Leeds in the north of England. The festival culminates in a weekend-long comic con on September 23rd-24th. Taking over a fair part of the city across a number of venues, the event always includes the big splash con party and a smorgasbord of incredible comics and creativity in every corner you can find.
And a big one has to be PM Buchan’s Hangover — a new anthology of horror and horror-comedy comic strips created by Buchan and a range of emerging comic creators, including Martin Simmonds, artist of the upcoming IDW/Black Crown series Punks Not Dead, and Leonie O’Moore, recently featured in Heavy Metal Magazine. Horror artists such as DW Frydendall, whose work has been featured in Dark Horse’s Creepy, Girls and Corpses Magazine, and White Wolf’s The World of Darkness series, have also contributed.
Hangover comes packed with 32 pages of Satanism, cannibalism, and alcohol abuse, and includes Buchan and Martin Simmond’s out-of-print strips All Roads Lead To Hell and Embrace the Dark. Other featured artists include Phillip Marsden (Kerrang! Magazine), David Wynne (Markosia: Hypergirl), INDIO (British Comic Award-shortlisted Raygun Roads), Chris Doherty (Video Nasties), MD Penman (Eimurian Tales), James Lawrence (The Legend of La Mariposa), Anna Fitzpatrick (KORE), and Kate Holden (Tokyopop Rising Stars of Manga finalist and Manga Jiman competition winner). All with a cover, logo, and book design by Mike Stock.
Buchan says of the project:
“After years of writing short monthly comics for some of the UK’s biggest horror and genre magazines, and collaborating with an insanely talented roster of artists, many of whom are now finding the mainstream success that they so obviously deserve, now felt like the right time to collect the very best of our strips together, in ‘Hangover’. The collection includes kaiju wrestling matches, biblical floods, ultra-violent TV shows, the Prawn of the Dead, and even a fragment of a previously unpublished adaptation of Coleridge’s Christabel. Following the success of our savage horror-comedy anthologies BLACKOUT and BLACKOUT II: YOLO, the next stage was obviously to move on to the HANGOVER.”