Monday, 28 September 2009

Insomnia Pitch and Portfolio Review FAQ

BICS 2009 is less than one week away. To say we are excited is something of an understatement, and one of the highlights of any show for us is the chance to talk to creators about new pitches or portfolios.

Knowing from experience how awful it is, unless you have superhuman confidence (or at least the ability to fake it!), to have to walk up to a publisher's table at a busy con, especially if it is your first time, and try and start a conversation you can steer around to "do you want to hear my pitch / see my portfolio" I thought I would dedicate this last post before the show to try and make it a bit easier for people to do just that.

Thanks to our creators who suggested a lot of these topics as being things they would have liked to know when they were starting out or approaching a new publisher for the first time.

Our full submission guidelines, details of our publishing model, and how our contracts work can be found over on the website, but hopefully this FAQ will cover things that are show specific.

Q: Can I submit as a "lone creator" or do I need to have a finished product or a full team ready to go?

A: You can submit as a "lone creator" in any discipline. We will put teams together, we consider that a key part of our role as publisher.

Writers need to make a submission for a creator owned book, we do not commission writers as freelancers that we assign to books.

Artists (including pencillers, colourists and inkers) and letterers, you need to let us know what kinds of project you are interested in working on in terms of subject matter, artist role, and length.

We also accept "team submissions" of course.

Q: Is there a certain way / time to approach you and start the conversation?

A: Apart from the the helpful answer provided by one of our writers (Christopher Barker) ,when asked about this, who said:

"I found that, when approaching Nic at a convention, moving quietly and approaching from the side is your best bet. Her eye-sight is based on movement and sudden actions tend to startle her. Bring some sugar and gently stroke her nose... wait that aint right! :/"

the short answer is no, there is no "proper way" to do it. There is no secret password or special handshake. There will be at least one of the Insomnia team on the stand at all times during the time the con is open (see list at the end for names).

Just tell whoever you speak to what it is you have come to talk about or show us, and if they are not the right person then they will either find the one of us you want, call us for you, or let you know when to come back.

Remember that finding new talent is one of the key reasons we come to shows, so we WANT to talk to you.

As it happens I did first talk to Christopher at BICS 2008.

I have set the times of 4-5.30pm on the Saturday and 11 - 1 on Sunday when I (Nic Wilkinson) am guaranteed to be on the stand to look at pitches and portfolios.

I need to go to Bryan Talbot's Grandville talk more than anything else in the world right now - so don't expect to find me anywhere but listening to the master in rapt attention from 2.30-3.30 on the Saturday!

However, if you do walk up to the stand at other times and I am there then I will be more than happy to talk to you. I'll be easy to identify, on the stand if you are looking for me in particular. I'm the only female one on the Insomnia team, I have very long blonde hair, and I'll be dressed all in black.

Q: Is it better to wait until after "show hours" and come and make a pitch in the bar?

The answer to this one is by all means come up, introduce yourself and let us know you have a story to pitch or art to show us (if you know who were are without the stand backdrop as a clue). We'll be pleased to meet you, and it's good to put faces to names, but mostly we'll ask you to drop by the stand the next day for a proper chat about your work.

The bars tend to be incredibly noisy, for one, with lots of people coming by and interrupting (and god forbid that anyone should spill drink on an art portfolio!). Unlike certain other events where is there is one central bar because the con is in a hotel, there is no bar in the city you could guarantee finding everyone.

Q: How can I be sure you won't steal my ideas?

A: Well, the short and flippant answer is that you either trust a publisher, based on what you have heard about them, or you don't.

I could say "trust me", but everyone will say that, right?

We could put up NDAs for us to sign for all creators, but that is not practical.

So, here is my case for why you can trust us, in particular, and it mainly comes down to our committment to all our books being creator owned:

1) We don't have on-going characters in long running series that have writers assigned to arcs. This means we couldn't take your idea for "character X" and just let someone else write it.

2) As our books are all creator owned we don't "commission" books (the closest we come to this is our "By Invitation" focal point series, but the stories still have to be submitted by the writers we invite) so we cannot take the core of your idea and just change something cosmetic like the location it is set in and say to someone "write me a story like this...but put it in space and with robots not vampires".

3) As our contracts are essentially "licences to exploit" (I won't go into the specifics of what that means here) it basically means we do not own the intellectual properties as publisher, the rights stay with the creator, so there would be no direct advantage to us in "stealing the idea" - even if both the above points did not apply.

4) All our Contracts have a clause where the creator must state that the rights for the idea belong only to them. This is a statement made in law, on a witnessed contract, so if it were proven not to be the case it would be a very serious matter.

5) All submissions that we do not sign are deleted so there is no danger of old files hanging around and being seen by anyone who would have no business getting hold of them in any way.

Of course, it must be said, that there is such a thing as "parallel evolution" and sometimes we do get submissions for stories which are very similar as the idea has occured to multiple people who have never met.

Q: Do I need to do any specific preparation or send you anything beforehand?

A: It's not necessary, but for writers in particular it can be useful to have done so, and you can email us at if you would like to.

I will be making sure I check the submission box every hour or so between now and Friday am.

If we have seen an initial email about your idea or a sample of script, when you come to talk to us we can ask you intelligent questions about it, and make the best use of your time when we get to meet face to face rather than just using that time to tell us the outline idea.

By being able to jump straight to this point you we both get a lot more out of the chat. If we like the idea then we are bound to ask you to send more detail on it anyway.

Q: Will I get a decision on the day?

A: It's very, very, unlikely.

If you are an artist then we will be able to tell you whether we think we could have work for you now or in the future. If we think we have a book that would work with your art style and we are looking to sign up an artist to the creative team right now we will still need to send you a script to look at to see what you really think of the story as written, not just as we describe it to you, ask you to do some characters sketches or test pages specific to the book, and we will need to show your samples and sketches to the writer who may not be there on the day.

If you are a writer who we are talking to for the first time about your idea we will be able to tell you if we think the concept sounds like something of interest to us, but we will need to review your pitch document, and no doubt come back to you with questions.

In both cases the work will likely need to be reviewed by other members of the Insomnia Team as well as the individual you speak to as part of our submissions process .

Having said all that it does sometimes happen (and it has with a couple of books, but always when we have already seen a pitch and been in conversation by email, so it was really more of finalising a contract offer), but even so it is still more likely to be at the end of the weekend once the team have had a chance to chat, rather than in the first conversation.

Q: If I am very nervous / don't like pitching face to face / am very short of time and need to catch my train home / feel I express myself better on paper etc can I just leave a pitch package with you?

Yes you can.

This sounds obvious, but make sure it has your name and email contact details clearly marked on it.

Q: What format should I bring my work in?

A: It doesn't really matter as we will not refuse to look at something because it is not in the "right format" or on the "right media".

A great story to illustrate this comes from the last Bristol Con where I met the incredibly talented Jennie Gyllblad, who is now working on the Graphic Novel Butterflies and Moths. She wasn't even intending to show a portfolio that day, but talent will out. I wrote up the full story a few months back when we signed her.

Having said that, the team that does the submissions reviewing is split between London and Scotland so putting it on a CD or DVD so we can all get an electronic copy of the files is probably easiest. If you do bring a disc please can you write your name and contact email on the disc itself as well as the documents inside, just in case there is any problem with opening anything? Technology is not always our friend!

Of course paper submissions can be scanned in by us for sharing after the show, so don't worry if you need to bring a paper submission.

For artists - if you are bringing a portfolio of orginal work then please could you bring some copies that you can leave with us.

Don't leave precious originals with us, as we are unfortunately not able to return submissions.

Q: Do you have a "House Style" I should be aware of?

A: Not at all.

We do not have an "Insomnia Style" for writing or artwork, in fact we are always on the look out for creators who want to use the medium in new and innovative ways.

In terms of art we do colour, black and white and greyscale books, so there is no need to think that if you don't work in a "mainstream style" that we would not be interested. In fact we are likely to be more interested if you don't.

Q: How long should my pitch be?

A: This is one of those "how long is a piece of string?" questions really. It's related to the "do you need me to give you the 2 line Idiot Pitch" question that has come up a lot as well.

This might be quite an involved answer - so stay with me:

Firstly, I always say - "tell me all you think I need to know to understand your story, your skills, and to make a decision".

Many publishers do have very "on rails" instructions for how you should pitch. It has been suggested to me in the past that we do this, but I think all this achieves is to exclude creators and stories that the specified pitch format does not suit.

For me, my way does mean (hopefully) that I learn quite a lot about your creative style and working style (which is important when putting team together) through the pitch itself as well - and like any other first impression you are trying to make with anything make sure it presents you in the light you want to be viewed.

Secondly, as regards the "idiot / high concept / elevator pitch" as it is variously called I think this is one of those "editor preference" things.

There are pros and cons. Of course a short snappy pitch may catch an editor's attention and get you into a conversation, but the danger is the X meets Y format as a shorthand description carries the danger of making your work sound derivative or generic.

I have said to people in the past- by all means sum it up if for me like that if you want to, but if I have a positive reaction the first thing you will have to do is be prepared to go into a deeper level of detail based on the questions that will follow in quick sucession. Me, for example, I am likely to ask you about themes and character development and interaction, providing I like the idea of the basic plot. Without getting all "russian formalist" about it - the "what happens" is just the starting point for me

Bascially, though, being able to devise a snappy "elevator pitch" tells me you are very good at devising snappy elevator pitches. That might tell me you would be a great marketing or advertising copywriter, or even that you have the ability to think up great ideas for books - but won't tell me anything about your ability to write comics.

Another reason I like to get as much detail as possible is that some stories that sound superficially similar can in fact be very different in terms of execution, and you don't want to be turned down because "X meets Y" sounds too much the same at that level as something we already have signed, or is out there already.

No publisher is going to sign a book before they have seen some of your actual script writing, anyway, so really all of this is about "selling the concept" to get to that stage.

Q: Does it matter if I don't have previously published work to show you?

A: No.

We will need to get an idea of your style, whether writer or artist, but it is your talent that is important to us.

The fact that your work may not have been published in the past may be more to do with timing, marketing climate (eg What's hot!), what else a publisher had on, how full publication schedules were, that you are just starting out etc and we are aware of all of that.

Q: Is there anything you aren't looking for:

A: This is tricky as there are no real hard and fast rules, but in general:

  • We are not looking for on-going series

  • Our graphic novels are a minimum of 90 pages and a maximum of 180, so not comic sized "one shots" and not thousand page epics.

  • We aren't looking to develop an "Insomnia Universe" so you cannot pitch stories that involve characters from other Insomnia books. The creators own the rights to those characters, not us.

  • A graphic novel can be written such that it has scope for sequels, but volume one will need to be a complete and satisfying story in its own right. Sequels are usually signed based on the reception of the first book, but we do sometimes sign multi-volume stories. If you pitch a multi-volume book, though, we will need a synopsis for the full thing. We aren't looking for open ended maxi series.

  • In terms of content we are unlikely to sign the following: straight ahead Superhero books, autobiography (historical biographies may be suitable for Vigil though), romance, light comedy or slapstick, big space opera, illustrated novels.

However - if we saw a pitch outside of our usual territory we may consider it if it is has something really different to say.

Q: Who will be on the stand?

A: From Insomnia there will be (at various times):

1) Crawford Coutts, MD and publisher
2) Nic Wilkinson, Creative Director
3) Alasdair Duncan, Sales Manager
4) Martin Conaghan, Vigil Editor (and writer of Burke and Hare)

There will also be a lot of our creators around, sketching, signing and happy to talk about their work, and how they came to be signed by Insomnia, including:
WIth several more to confirm.

Of course I won't be able to give anything to stop the butterflies, or the shakes, or your mouth going dry, or the ability to stop your tongue suddenly developing a mind of its own - but hopefully at least people will know that we know that's what they're going through - and to be honest, your work SHOULD mean enough to you that it is nerve-wracking to offer it up.

See you at the weekend!

Monday, 21 September 2009

Countdown BICS-2 Weeks

So much news - so little time!

Secure all personal belongings and keep your arms inside the car at all times...

Burke and Hare: Reaching the Heart

Here we go then, with the last of the pin-up previews. This week we have Hugh Parker, Gary Erskine and Frank Quitely:

Hugh Parker
Gary Erksine

Frank Quitely

Layer Zero:Choices ebook sampler

Just in time for BICS we now have the Layer Zero: Choices sampler up as an ebook.

Myebook - Layer Zero: Choices - click here to open my ebook

Take a look inside for a preview of each story, the pin ups and creator biographies.

Snow Job

Valia Kapadia has been getting in the mood for some desire and depravity, ready for BICS. Hang on, that didn't come out right!

What I meant to say is that she has been creating some amazing concept pieces as part of her style experiments for Snow.

Go on, admit it, you're already a little bit frightened, and even worse, a little bit temped.

Roy Huteson: Artist Double Header!

Not, in fact, a rare example of the two headed comics creator, but Roy Huteson, who is the first artist we have to be working on both a Vigil book and an Original Graphic Novel at the same time - and we snapped him up for both books in the same week.

Having been doing dark and stunning work on Daemon Seeds (the prequel to Daemon by Alasdair Duncan) for Layer Zero: Survival we are delighted to have him on board for the full book.

Alasdair said:

"Roy has the ability to put a highly detailed and realistic drawing right next to an impressionistic almost abstract piece of artwork and make it work as a whole. His biro doodles alone are worthy of display and his style has given me as a writer so much more freedom with the story."

Daemon Seeds

And then later in the week Roy sent us his bleak, inspiring, tinged-with-madness character concept sketches for how he would approach Crowley: Wandering the Waste. As soon as Martin Conaghan (editor), Martin Hayes (writer) and I clapped eyes on them we knew we had to have him.

Crowley: Wandering The Waste

Taking Over The Airwaves: Insomnia Podcastpalooza!

You've read about them, you've seen the pictures, and now thanks to the wonders of modern technology you can also hear their actual voices!

And next week will see Cy Dethan interviewed by Comic Book Outsiders

New Signing: Terminus

We are very pleased to announce that we have signed a second book by Michael "Quarantine" Moreci last week.

"In an imagined 2033, advances in genetics have allowed a person’s physical and mental health to be known from birth. Those who are a danger to society—the poor, terminally ill for being a drain on healthcare economy, or those deemed prone to criminal tendencies—are removed, housed in government-operated facilities.

For some, on the surface, it’s a better world, until a government agent is murdered—the first murder in nine years—and the fa├žade begins to slowly peel away."

Terminus is a sci-fi noir described by Michael as "Blade Runner meets The Constant Gardener mixed with A Clockwork Orange."

You can read more about the genesis of the story over on his blog.

Michael was at the Windy City Con this last weekend getting the word out about Insomnia.

Not only did he give up time - but it was his first wedding anniversary. However he is keen to point out that he is not a bad person, or a bad husband. His wife was gone most of the day as well at work and being the best judge at a pie contest ever :)

Huge thanks to him for that.

Small Press Expo

If you are going to be in the Maryland area on Saturday the 26th September then you'll be able to check out some Insomnia previews, enter the competition to win one of our new books, and find out some more about us by stopping by Mickey Farineau's stand at the Small Press Expo.

Mickey got in touch with us to see if he could do anything to help with promotion at the show after hearing me on Comic Racks a couple of weeks back.

It was an incredibly generous offer, and right out of the blue. Things like that are what makes it so great to be part of the indy comics world, and they restore your faith in human nature.

Thanks Mickey!

Fallen Heroes Special Edition

We will have a limited number of copies of the Fallen Heroes Special Sketch Edition for sale from the stand at BICS.

This edition will contain a section called Lost Passages which are scenes that never made it to the final version of the book and Barry's reasons for why they were left out (including his original opening chapter).

There will also be a section of the book called Fallen Heroes Sketchbook where comic book artists (some of whom have worked for Marvel and DC) have given their interpretation of some of characters from the book.

Sketches are provided by:

Emma Vieceli, Scott ‘Atomic Robo’ Wegna, Andie Tong, Leigh ‘2000ad’ Gallagher, Steve Sims, Gary Seaward, Jimmy Bott and Michael Schwartz

If you cannot make the show, or want to be sure of having a copy, then you can pre-order the book directly over on Barry Nugent's own site.

I wish I could share the things we've been talking about for the comic adaptation recently as I'm so excited about how it is taking shape - but they are not quite ready to go outside on their own yet!

And Finally...

Happy Insomnia birthday to me! Yes, today is one year to the day that I joined Insomnia on the management side as Creative Director.

The year has flown by, and it has been a wild wild ride. It's a wonderful time to be involved with comis right now.

Thanks to everyone, especially all the creators, for showing me such a great time.

Next week I'll putting up a Ptiching and Portfolio Review FAQ to help those of you coming to see the Insomnia Crew at BICS and try to make the whole experience as painless as we can.

If anyone has any particular questions they'd like covered drop me a line and let me know.

Monday, 14 September 2009

Countdown: BICS-3 Weeks

BICS is truly is the "ninja of comics conventions". It always seems really far away all summer and suddenly it is upon you! I was saying this very thing to Kev Crossley (more on him in a bit) earlier today, who finds that the show has managed to sneak up on him while he was distracted by being frantically busy.

Still, we know how to deal with ninjas here at Insomina Towers, oh dear me yes, so despite all the smoke bombs and throwing stars that it tries to hurl in at the last minute we will prevail.

I've hyper-extended it now, haven't I?


Right then, on to business.

New Vigil Signing

The Insomnia family has grown again. Our newest addition (I typed edtion there first of all, comics are taking over my brain!) is probably already known to you as one of the team behind Future Quake Press and the co-organiser of Hi-Ex, The Highlands International Comics Expo.

Sounds like he is a perfect candidate for Insomia already! Who needs sleep when there are comics!

Did you guess who it is yet?

It's Richmond Clements and he will be writing the "incredible but true" life story of Allen Pinkerton who founded the famous wild west Pinkerton Detective Agency.

In the course of his life Pinkerton was also a spy, campaigned for suffrage, fought in the US Civil War (having emigrated from Glasgow where he was born) helped escaped slaves to freedom, was involved in suppressing a revolution in Cuba, solved a series of train robberies and guarded Abraham Lincoln on his way to his inauguration!

He also laid the foundations for what became the FBI

Makes you feel quite lazy by comparison!

It's going to be a really cinematic story, especially in the way Richmond plans to present it, and it just screamed "SIGN ME NOW" when we saw the submission.

The day after the book was signed, in a triumph of timing made possible only by major plantary alignment, Richmond was interviewed for the podcast Small Press, Big Mouth by "honorary insomniac" Stacey Wittle and Lee Grice. I will post a link to the episode when it goes live.

If you're hungry for more of Richmond's work in the meantime, he has a two part series called Turning Tiger being publisher soon by Renegade Arts Entertainment

Wicked Witches of The West and East

Not content with moving house, going on holiday to Amsterdam and becoming a father all in the space of two weeks Barry McGowan has just turned in the first pictures of the Wicked Witches for Oz: Fall Of The Scarecrow King.

Surrender Dorothy indeed...

Liam Sharp on Kev Crossley

Despite all indications to the contrary this is not a piece of slash fic about two of the most incredibly talented artists in the UK.

It is, in fact, notice that Liam has taken the time to write a fantastic foreword for In Extremis: The Art of Kev Crossley and here is a little taster of what he has to say about our Kev:

"Oh beware the Crossley, ye artists of light and fancy! Beware the cunning hell-spat maestro and his nibs of flame! With wit and talent not born of this world he’ll carve an empire through the legions of lesser mortal artist-kind and assume a dark and rocky throne. You mark my words."

I'll put up the full thing nearer the time, but for now, you mark his words!

We're hoping Kev will be able to get to BICS to pitch his tent on the Insomnia stand - but first we are waiting to see if he can make it past the ninjas!

I'll be putting up a list of creators who'll be on the stand probably next week.

Burke and Hare Pin Up Countdown

The Burke and Hare countdown continues this week with Lynsey Hutchison, Dave Hill, Alex Ronald and Dave Alexander.

Lynsey Hutchison

Dave Hill
Alex Ronald

Dave Alexander

Martin, the Vigil editor, will be on the Insomnia stand at BICS to talk about his own work on Burke and Hare, about the other Vigil books we have in production, and ready to talk to anyone who may have a Vigil Pitch.

Until next week - beware of the Ninjas!

Monday, 7 September 2009

Countdown: BICS-4 weeks

Here we are at BICS-4 weeks, more on this below, but first over to Crawford Coutts for the low down on what happened at the MILK launch and exhibition opening:

MILK Delivery

On Thursday night, MILK, the graphic novel and the exhibition, were launched at the Fine Art Library, located within Edinburgh’'s Central Library.

Around 50 people (significantly over capacity!) attended the hour-and-a-half long event – including a large number of the Edinburgh and Glasgow comic creators, numerous family members and former co-workers of Stref and some longer-distance folk who’d travelled up from London just for the launch.

Many other Insomnia creators came to see the event, reporters from the local Newspapers and even a Film Producer. Thankfully, we purchased more wine to cater for the large number of people! It was incredible to see such a brilliant turn-out and Stevie seemed delighted to see so many familiar faces that he’'d not seen for many years!

Piles of signed copies of the book rapidly disappeared and we received an endless stream of compliments about the art, production and print quality. I don’t know if this was the alcohol talking, but the enthusiasm and excitement about the book and exhibition was extraordinary!

We also had copies of Cages and Cancertown on sale at the event along with previews of other titles currently in development.

We received lots of interest from the Directors of the Libraries and the Edinburgh Art council in the hope we can work together more in the future, provisionally continuing the MILK exhibition to other libraries and looking at future Insomnia exhibitions and running similar workshops and events to the pilot scheme we’ve been running at the Essex Libraries.

After all the wine was consumed, many books were signed and sold, Winker Watson’s final outing original pages had found new homes, our first exhibition and book launch came to a close.

“To the Pub!”

A saying that is customary after these sorts of events, or so I'’m told.… We headed across the road to The Villager where some great networking took place, and lots more alcohol was disposed of.

Thank you very much to everyone who attended the launch, I am very grateful for your support and your interest in what we’re producing.

I'’m very grateful to the library staff who were extremely helpful with the organization of the exhibition, preparation and running of the launch. I look forward to working with you again in the future.

Also a big thanks to my better half, Audrey, who ran the “bar”, with the help of our good friend’s Corrie and Richard, who ran the signing table and till for the whole evening.

And finally, thank you to Victoria Wine for the loan of their wine glasses –the event would not have looked quite so sophisticated with plastic cups!

The MILK Exhibition continues until the end of September and the remaining copies of the limited edition signed copies of the book are now available from Amazon and all good book stores.

BICS 2009 Update: Convention Special Offers

As usual we will be doing a number of convention specials on new and existing books.

This year the offers will be:
  • 3 for £20 on all standard edition books
  • Any special edition + one standard edition for £20
Standard Editions Con Prices
  • Burke and Hare (RRP £12.99) Con Price £10
  • Cancertown (RRP 14.99) Con Price £10
  • Cages (RRP 10.99) Con Price £8
  • Layer Zero Choices (RRP £9.99) Con Price £7
Special Editions Con Prices
  • Buskers (RRP £14.99) Con Price £12
  • MILK (RRP £19.99) Con Price £15
You can pre-order to collect on the day, or to be sent out by post (paid by cheque or paypal) so long as you order by 3rd October.

MILK and Buskers special editions are limited to 100 copies.

To reserve for pickup or to pre-order and for payment details you can email me at nichola[at]

Soon I'll be posting a list of our creators who will be at the show.

Burke and Hare Gallery Preview One

Looking forward as we all are to BICS 2009 we will be counting down to the big day by showing previews of the pin-up gallery from Burke and Hare as we gear up for the launch.

First out we have Stuart Beel, Stephen Daly and Nulsh:

By Stuart Beel
(and PJ Holden)

By Stephen Daly

By Nulsh

You can meet Martin and Will at the Insomnia stand at BICS 2009

New Artist Signing

Today (just in time for blog news update) we signed up an artist I have been wanting to work with for some time, and waiting for the right project to come along.

Ladies and Gentlemen, may I present Valia Kapadai.

Valia's work has already been in an Insomnia book, Layer Zero Choices, and she keeps up an incredible workrate with links to projects she is working on seeming to pop up every other day!

Valia will be working on Snow by Richard McAuliffe. We only had to see one page of sketches to know how perfect she would be for the story, nailing the look, mood and personality of the character right from the off.

More on this, and some previews very soon.

Valia and Richard will both be at BICS 2009, and we will have some limited stocks of Valia's mini comic on the stand as well.

Sharing the Love

Three loves to share this week:
  • Michael Moreci has a prose noir short story Blurred Lines over on A Twist of Noir. You can also read more about the background on his blog.

  • Adam R Grose has an ebook preview of Phoenix: A Warrior's Tale out for your reading pleasure. The book will be released through Clown Press on 13th of October. Described as an "an ‘onomatopoeia’ sequential graphic art novella , and illustrated by Tony Suleri it is something very different and well worth a look.

  • The ever busy Geek Syndicate also have an ebook out, and this one includes sound and video! If you only know them from the podcast take a look and see what else they get up to, and find out more about the other parts of the expanding Geeky Syndicate Network.
And finally...

In our news snippets this week:
  • You can catch me interviewed on Comic Racks this week. The Racks ladies Iz and Stace are both all kinds of awesome and made me really welcome.

  • We are going to be at the London MCM Expo the 24th and 25th October, in the Comics Village section. More on this very soon.

  • The Insomnia APA is taking shape nicely and is up at almost 70 pages now.

Phew - well, back to preparing for the events - we want to show you all a good time!