We’re still recovering from the amazingness that was New York Comic Con (lots of pics to come) and now we’re back home things are busier than ever. If you were at the show you will have got an exclusive look at our spin off title following a younger Afroella, but if you weren’t, fear not because we can now reveal it to the world.
If you’d like to get your hands on a print of this image, we’re now offering it as an exclusive reward to everyone who pledges £30 or more to our kickstarter campaign. With a little under 34 hours left there’s no better time to pledge your support for Afroella. Follow the link here Afroella Kickstarter
Massive thank you to everybody that’s already pledged, you are all truly awesome!
If you haven’t already, head on over and check it out . We’ve got some wicked rewards for every pledge; from exclusive digital content, all 4 full colour print editions to t-shirts, buttons, sketches and much more. There’s even the chance to appear as a character in the final instalment of the series.
Every, pledge, share & tweet is massively appreciated and goes a long way to helping us reach our goal.
We don’t often blog real life science stories but this one we couldn’t pass by. It seems a team of astronomers in Hawaii have discovered a brand new pink planet that greatly resembles the mysterious planet Kroma, the setting for Afroellas current adventures and the source of the robot menace.
Apparently if you point your telescopes towards the Virgo constellation and look for the bright spot, that is in fact where you’ll find planet Kro…ahem we mean…GJ504b .
Even better though, with a sun much hotter than ours, we’re going to assume the beaches are amazing!
Now we have no concept of how far 57 light years is but it can’t take any longer than an East Coast Railway journey from London to Leeds (ask Gemma) so pack your bikinis people, let’s all go to GJ 504b
Click the pic above to catch our audio interview at Kapow Comic Con with Jimmy Aquino of Comic News Insider alongside some great interviews with Gary Erskine, Mark Millar and Jonathan Ross to name a few [we’re around 1:14:30 just after Gary Erskine]
One week on and we’ve just about recovered from our adventures at Kapow Comic Con London.A great time was had and looking forward to the next.
Here’s a few pics from our stand
Gem reads Afroella 1 for the thousandth time!
Our brand new posters fresh from the printers!
A sneaky shot by Geek Syndicate of our stand [that’s Ben Ridolfi on the left in the awesome cat T-Shirt, he provides some of the initial penciled layouts for the issues and did the amazing job with our sponsume vid]
This week sees the second year of Kapow Comic Con and we’re happy to say we’ll be there with bells on! Come and swing by and say hi (we love to chat!) or if you fancy you can get your hands on your copy of Afroella and some pretty awesome merch to go with…you might catch 1 or two cheeky surprises from us too along the way.
Remember to check out the website at http://kapowcomicconvention.com the lineup is looking fantastic with Lucha Wrestling, some amazing comics talent and plenty of previews for upcoming movies (Amazing Spiderman FTW!)
In the run up to release of issue 2 we’ll be posting concept art, our influences and sneaky peaks of what’s to come.
So to kick things off here’s a cheeky look at the designs for the President and citizens of the Planet Kroma.
With the look of Afroella and her world based very much on retro American Sci-Fi we wanted to make the planet Kroma distinctly different to give it an alien feel.
The trick though was to remain within the overall aesthetic so we began by looking at what other countries were producing in the same period. What really stood out was Soviet Sci-Fi as while sharing a lot of similar elements to its US counterpart it had its own very recognizable identity which sets it apart from the rest.
I’ll be chatting much more about this in upcoming updates as more is revealed of Kromas architecture, costume and technology.
A little overdue , here’s a few pics from our table at London Super Comic Con . This was the first year for London Super Comic Con and have to say the organisers did a great job in making it memorable. An amazing lineup of artists and writers made for a fantastic weekend made even better by the presence of the great Stan Lee. It’s rare for a comics show to purely concentrate on comics and this was a refreshing move.
The tentacular multi tentacle Crackenhol monster was the theme of the day with cutouts , badges and plush tentacle.
pretty soon the tentacle had developed a mind of its own [good for him there was plenty of reading material around ;) ]
Never let it be said that Gem doesn’t know how to pose …
Though by Sunday, tiredness had started to kick in and coffee was in order , luckily Gemma perfected the art of still looking awesome while asleep on her feet so Lee could make the run….
One fail in that plan is Lee could only do the same with support…
and is prone to Crakenhol night terrors!!!
We had a fantastic time, made plenty of sales and gained some great feedback from new and old faces alike. Apart from the militant Excel security staff who took a sadistic glee in their job come kicking out time, we had a very warm welcome for Afroella and we can’t wait for next year. See y’all there :)
Afroella nominated for best female character at the Glyphs
Massively overwhelmed and grateful for our Afroellas best female character nomination at the Glyph Awards . We really couldn’t be happier. The competition is strong and to be nominated alongside them is a huge honour.
Thank you all at the Glyph awards and thank you to everyone who has shown their support for the character since her launch.
Here’s the full list of nominations
Story of the Year
The Many Adventures of Miranda Mercury, Brandon Thomas, writer, Lee Ferguson, artist “On Being Crazy” from African-American Classics: Graphic Classics Vol. 22, Tom Pumplun, writer, Kyle Baker, artist Princeless, Jeremy Whitley, writer, Mia Goodwin, artist Ultimate Comics: Spider-Man Volume 1, Brian Michael Bendis, writer, Sara Pichelli, artist
Brian Michael Bendis, Ultimate Comics: Spider-Man Jeff Parker, Thunderbolts Brandon Thomas, The Many Adventures of Miranda Mercury Jeremy Whitley, Princeless
Kyle Baker, “On Being Crazy” from African-American Classics: Graphic Classics Vol. 22 Lee Ferguson, The Many Adventures of Miranda Mercury M. Goodwin, Princeless Rob Guillory, Chew Sara Pichelli, Ultimate Comics: Spider-Man
Best Male Character
Luke Cage, Thunderbolts, Jeff Parker, writer, Declan Shalvey & Kev Walker, artists; created by Archie Goodwin & John Romita Sr. Miles Morales, Ultimate Comics: Spider-Man, Brian Michael Bendis, writer, Sara Pichelli, artist; inspired by the character created by Stan Lee & Steve Ditko Moses, Radio Free Amerika; created by B. Robert Bell, writer and penciller, Robert Jeffrey II, co-writer Mr. Terrific, Mr. Terrific, Eric Wallace, writer, Gianluca Gugliotta & Wayne Faucher, artists; inspired by the character created by Charles Reizenstein and Everett E. Hibbard
Best Female Character
Adrienne, Princeless; created by Jeremy Whitley, writer, and M. Goodwin, artist Afroella, Afroella, created by Gemma Bedeau, writer, and Lee Fenton Wilkinson, artist Miranda Mercury, The Many Adventures of Miranda Mercury; created by Brandon Thomas, writer, and Lee Ferguson, artist Vielle, Fungus Grotto, created by Ms. Shatia Hamilton, story and art
Rising Star Award
B. Robert Bell & Robert Jeffrey II, Radio Free Amerika Ms. Shatia Hamilton, Fungus Grotto Whit Taylor, Watermelon
Chew #27, Rob Guillory, illustrator Deadpool Max #7, Kyle Baker, story and art Mr. Terrific #1, JG Jones, artist, Lovern Kindzierski, colorist Princeless #1, M. Goodwin, illustrator Ultimate Comics: Spider-Man #4, Kaare Andrews, illustrator
Best Comic Strip or Webcomic
Fungus Grotto, Ms. Shatia Hamilton, story and art Marty’s Diner, Dmitri Jackson, story and art Café Con Leche, Charlos Gary, story and art
A fantastic review of issue 1 from Geek Syndicate complete with audio interview. Was a lot of fun chatting Kromatron so if you fancy hearing what we have to say on all things Afroella and her creation, head on over and give it a listen.
Currently only available for shipping to the UK [boooooo!] we shall be adding more delivery options over the coming weeks so overseas customers sit tight and we’ll keep you posted [we do still love you =) ]
A great review from James Bacon over at Forbidden Planet International blog, click through the link to read his full recap of Leeds Thought Bubble Festival . Here’s an excerpt , to say we’re over the moon with this is an understatement. Thank you sir!
"As well as sketches, I have a small amount of money for self published comics. This is a cottage industry on an incredible scale, and I am spoilt for choice and limited by funds, so I consider carefully the comics that I do buy. The first stand that really strikes me is a 3D display and bright imagery for Afroella. Described by the pleasant Gemma Bedeau as a ‘blaxploitation Barberella’ she explained that herself and artist Lee Fenton-Wilkinson had been working on it a year, and I can see the fruits of their labour. Straight away the strong colours and strikingly clear artwork in a realistic but cartoon style are captivating, but it is the added cleverness of the characters and the rollicking science fiction story that makes it a real winner.”
We are so happy to say that after many a caffeine induced sleepless night, we have completed Afroella Issue 1.
Which is the first comic in a limited series (of 4) and our very first printed comic.
We had a successful launch this weekend at the Thought Bubble Comic Festival in Leeds. For all those that said hello or picked up a copy we’d love your feedback to help make future issues even more awesome.
Woooooooooooo, new dates to add to your diaries London MCM 28th-30th October,Excel Centre ….and then not a month later we have Leeds Thoughtbubble festival on the 19th-20th November, housed across two venues we’ll be appearing in the Royal Armouries Hall. See you all there!
Working on some promo images today and here’s one experiment which combines two of my favourite things. Firstly there’s the undead , secondly…….shadow puppets! What does it mean…who knows?!? I certainly don’t!
Okey dokey ,if you followed our talenthouse.com campaign a while ago you’ve probably seen these images before…now look again… yup , that’s right we’ve rejigged things a little since then and made things all sparkly shiny! We looked , and we looked again , and then we decided we could improve what we had…so we did! It’s meant delaying things a little in terms of release but we think it’ll be far better for it. Here’s a quick smattering of the new look layout…
I’ve had a lot of fun illustrating these guys over the past few months and couldn’t imagine them any other way now but in the very beginning they looked pretty different… see below
Back when Gem was first fleshing out the concept ,I came up with this motley bunch. Although I was on the right track with the other two the big fella never really fittted with how things were progressing [though keep an eye out in issue 1 for a background cameo!].
Some elements have managed to stay throughout such as Felix’ hair and Carl’s outfit & goatee [which at this point was for Tim].
As the story developed three soon became four with the addition of another girl and so began a bit more character concepting….
Their final look fell into place after many sketching sessions with Gem [involving much coffee and cake] when we decided to base them on some of our close friends….. although mostly flattered they’ve since pointed out how obvious it is that we’ve put ourselves in there too.
Whether it was subconscious or blatant narcisism I’ll admit there are a few similarities! Maybe some character name changing is in order…