Year Of The Angels

The remainder of 2018 was spent plotting a new adventure for my graphic novel Clockwork Watch and working with the Lakes International Comic Art Festival in Kendal.

The team introduced me to students at Kendal College who were to be my actors in our latest immersive adventure, which was inspired by the centenary of women’s suffrage.

The project was centred around Angel Corps – a fictional all female airship squadron who are known to be Queen Victoria’s favourites. This part of our narrative was created by Haley Moore of Texas. The Angels featured in the Clockwork Watch online story, and will be making their first appearance in Sins of My Father, later this year.

Working with students at Kendal was a blast! Our immersive event was set across the whole town, and ran from 10am till close to 2am. The students created profiles for their own characters, costumes were made, and posters were plastered around town. Put another way – they rocked!!!

Here’s a short clip of them parading through town.

The event was called Angel Corps Homecoming, and featured Hodgson’s India Pale Ale, a special brew created from the Clockwork Watch world, and the first beer to be named India Pale Ale. This was created by our friend and supporter Henry Hodgson, who has generously helped us with many aspects of this narrative.

The event also featured a pub takeover, and a live band, courtesy of the McGarry Brothers, and David Silverman of the Simpsons.

Kendal Calling – Lakes International Comic Art Festival

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Our annual trip to the Lake District was a rollercoaster, promising to be even bigger in 2018.

This was the 4th time the Clockwork Watch team (Corey and I) were at the Lakes International Comic Art Festival (#LICAF), an event that boasts an amazing contingent of creators, makers, authors, and illustrators.

The organisers have been super supportive of our project, with the team making all the respective hurdles a breeze, and we can’t thank them enough. Huge props to Carole, Julie, Jonathan (all the way from Canada), Chris and all the volunteers that make the weekend a family affair.

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We actually sold out of a Clockwork Watch title for the first time at a convention, making the Lakes 2017 a major milestone in the history of this project. It goes to show that promoting a Steampunk title in a town like Kendal works. People loved the story, in fact many came back after buying one of the books last year. It was great to hear their feedback, chat about plot points, and tease the future storyline.

LICAF covers all spectrums of the self-published comic sector more than any other convention¬†that we’ve attended in the UK. ¬†It is an event for creators, makers, and grassroots comics, making it a must for anyone interested in comic book art or writing.

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This year was a blast, as we forged closer links with some of the country’s top comic stores, artists, and a great contingent of creators from Australia, and Holland. One of the special treats was having time to chat, and plot 2018 with Stephen of Page 45, and the legendary Bryan and Mary Talbot, who signed copies of the final Grandville graphic novel at our table on Sunday.

We’d like to thank John Freeman and the ‘Down The Tubes’ blog for interviewing us, and express our gratitude to the town of Kendal. We love you and promise to be back.