Bristol International Comic Expo 2006 – May Update

Official Press Release

For the eighth successive year, the Bristol International Comic Expo (www.comicexpo.net ) is back in 2006, on May 13 and 14 at the British Empire & Commonwealth Exhibition Hall coupled with talks at the Ramada Plaza Hotel.

With just ten days to go, here's a wrap up of the new announcements since last time. All these and more, including the signing, sketching, panels and Expo schedule can be found on the main website www.comicexpo.net plus Eagles voting until midnight GMT May 7th at http://eagleawards.paxinterstellar.net/

ITEM! A-list artist David Lloyd - V For Vendetta, Hellblazer, War Stories –-has confirmed attendance at the Expo, signings all weekend.

ITEM! Hypotheticals (http://www.hypotheticals.co.uk/) - Saturday 5pm - will feature Geoff Johns, Liam Sharp, Shelly Bond, Jamie Boardman and Tony Lee, plus a UK retailer. Remember that the Hypotheticals rule is what is said in the room, stays in the room. Your only chance to hear what they have to say on topics written by Budgie, spoken by Dave Gibbons, is to be there…

ITEM! Bryan Talbot's Alice in Sunderland has just been added to the Virtual Bristol Anthology, direct link to Bryan's work: http://www.engine4.net/bristolpreview/?q=node/248 There are now twenty-six different UK publishers featured in the anthology, all of which available at the Expo or via mail order, it's the largest single preview resource of modern UK comics on the 'net.

ITEM! XBOX360 and X-Men: The Official Game on freeplay. Six pods of Microsoft's newest console, XBOX360, will be installed and working in the Ramada Jarvis throughout the Expo Weekend, providing unrivalled access to X-Men: The Official Game. Co-written by Zak Penn (X-Men: The Last Stand) and legendary comic book writer Chris Claremont, X-Men: The Official Game immerses players in an original storyline that provides the back-story for the upcoming X-Men: The Last Stand feature film. For the first time, the game enables players to truly command the powers of roles of Wolverine, Nightcrawler, and Iceman as they wield and upgrade their signature powers and maneuver through unique environments. Assisted by other X-Men characters, players will unleash Wolverine's combat rage, experience Nightcrawler's acrobatics and teleportation powers, and glide through the air on Iceman's ice slide.

ITEM! Monkeys With Machineguns (http://www.monkeyswithmachineguns.com/) are looking to expand their team this year, in order to keep up a quarterly shipping schedule on their flagship title as well as developing other projects. Anyone with a portfolio is welcome to come and meet with them - they'll have a card up with the times on their stall - and see if they might want to become part of the MWM team. www.thecomicsreview.com said about MWM: In Heaven And Hell: "If Stephen King, David Lynch and Stanley Kubrick ever did a book together tripping on acid this would have been it".

ITEM! Engine Comics (www.enginecomics.co.uk) will release two new projects at the Expo, Voodoo Macbeth by Norris Burroughs, and Seven Sentinels #1 by Marc Olivent and Barry Renshaw. Artists from both books will be sketching on Saturday at the Engine Comics table – Norris is flying to the UK from the US specially for the Expo.

ITEM! Sam Hart (www.samhartgraphics.com), artist for Markosia's Starship Troopers, is travelling over the UK from Brazil for the Expo, and will be signing and sketching at the Markosia table throughout the weekend.

ITEM! Flying Monkey Comics (www.flyingmonkeycomics.co.uk) will release their first two trades at the Expo, collecting issues one through four, and five through eight of Hope For The Future, an ongoing series in which three relatively normal students constantly find themselves facing up against all the weirdness of the world.

ITEM! Bevis Musson's Queen of Diamonds #6 and now #7 will be available at the Expo for the first time, as well as a new 80-page collection of the Oddcases shorts by Bevis and Alistair Pulling, pulling previously published stories into a single collection.

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