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Video Blog: Bryan Lee O’Malley talks Seconds with Alex Fitch at The British Library

Did you miss Bryan Lee O’Malley’s sell-out talk at The British Library in August?

Well, never fear: we captured the whole thing on film so you can enjoy it at your leisure. The creator of the bestselling Scott Pilgrim series was in town to discuss his brand new standalone graphic novel, Seconds, with the journalist Alex Fitch. Here’s what happened:

Seconds by Bryan Lee O’Malley is published by SelfMadeHero and available now from all good book shops (£15.99). Here’s what the world’s been saying about it:

“In Seconds, Bryan Lee O’Malley plays the angst of youth against the fabric of a larger epic. In doing so, he enriches both. A great ride!” — Guillermo Del Toro

“Perfectly pitched, paced and pictured.” — The Independent

“O’Malley’s morality tale is well observed and full of life.” — The Guardian

“Bryan Lee O’Malley’s Seconds is adorable, haunting, funny, and beautiful. A perfect recipe for a great graphic novel.” — Scott McCloud, author of Understanding Comics

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Friday 5th September: Ricky Rouse Has A Gun Launches at Gosh! Comics

Next Friday, 5th September, we launch Ricky Rouse Has A Gun by Jörg Tittel & John Aggs at Gosh! Comics, 1 Berwick Street, W1F 0DR, 7-9pm.

You might’ve heard about this brilliantly bonkers action comedy, described by some as Die Hard set in a knockoff Disney theme park; you might even have seen the eponymous hero at Angoulême or COMICA Comiket; perhaps you were one of the hundreds of thousands of copyright criminals who downloaded a large chunk of the manuscript through this (unsolicited) BitTorrent Bundle; or maybe you read a review somewhere.

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Whether you have or haven’t been caught up in the web of Ricky mania over the last few months, the official launch party is not to be missed. Featuring all the usual Gosh! trimmings (free beer, amazing company), the launch also promises an appearance from Ricky Rouse himself. That’s right, the life-size ripoff rodent is coming to Berwick Street! Come along, drink beer, and take a selfie with the star of one of 2014′s most exciting graphic novels! Or just have a hug…

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To get yourself in the mood, you might like to dance along to the Ricky Rouse music video, which features an original track by UNKLE‘s James Lavelle, curator of this year’s Meltdown Festival.

Or, for the more sophisticated, check out these highbrow quotes:

“I loved [Ricky Rouse Has A Gun]. It is a book filled with deaths and yet full of life.” Alejandro Jodorowsky

“Tittel and Aggs flip our cheeriest, most-beloved icons on their heads to create a story as thrilling as it is bizarre. In their world, an amusement park is a thing of gloom, friendly cartoon characters are out for blood and the copycat “Ricky Rouse” is a hero to root for. Their story of knockoffs behaving badly is a true original itself.”
Bianca Bosker, The Huffington Post
Author of Original Copies: Architectural Mimicry in Contemporary China

Ricky Rouse Has A Gun is published nationwide on 5th September. It features an introduction by Christopher Sprigman, Professor of Law at NYU and author of The Knockoff Economy. It’s awesome; you should buy it.

Coming to the launch? Spread the love by joining the event on Facebook!

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Bryan Lee O’Malley: The UK Tour Begins!

To celebrate the release his instant bestseller, Seconds, Bryan Lee O’Malley is embarking on a UK tour that takes in events at the British Library and the Edinburgh Book Festival, and signings at COMICA Comiket and some of the finest comics shops across the land.

And it all begins tonight with a good old knees-up and signing at Gosh! Comics in Soho, from 7-9pm!

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HERE’S WHAT’S HAPPENING OVER THE NEXT WEEK

Thursday 14th August: Gosh! Comics (signing and drinks), 7-9pm

Friday 15th August: The British Library (talk and signing), 6.30-8pm

Saturday 16th August: COMICA Comiket (signing on SelfMadeHero’s table), until 2pm

Sunday 17th August: Forbidden Planet International, Edinburgh (signing), 12-1pm

Sunday 17th August: Edinburgh International Book Festival (talk and signing), 4.30-5.30pm

Monday 18th August: Page 45, Nottingham (signing and celebration of the 10th anniversary of Scott Pilgrim), 5-8pm

Tuesday 19th August: Travelling Man, Leeds (signing), 3-5pm

Tuesday 19th August: Travelling Man, Manchester (signing), 7-9pm

Wednesday 20th August: Forbidden Planet, Dublin (signing), 5-7pm

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SOME SPECTACULAR REVIEW COVERAGE

“O’Malley’s morality tale is well observed and full of life.” The Guardian

“In Seconds, Bryan Lee O’Malley plays the angst of youth against the fabric of a larger epic. In doing so, he enriches both. A great ride!” Guillermo del Toro

“Bryan Lee O’Malley’s Seconds is adorable, haunting, funny, and beautiful. A perfect recipe for a great graphic novel.” Scott McCloud

“Richly imagined and vibrantly drawn, Seconds is a funny, surprising, and enchanting read.” Publishers Weekly

Seconds arrives with high expectations, and it meets them all, delivering the style and humour of O’Malley’s past works with greater emphasis on mood, detail, and complex character relationships.” The A.V. Club

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This Weekend: Celebrate Tove Jansson’s Birthday in Covent Garden!

This weekend, something special is happening in the Covent Garden Piazza: the Moomins are coming to celebrate the 100th birthday of their creator, Tove Jansson. From 12pm on both days, there’ll be free face panting, music, stories and more. Organised by the fabulous Moomin Shop, it’ll be a fun-filled celebration of the life of one of the world’s best-loved artists.

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Philip ‘Beardy’ Ardagh, the award-winning author of the Eddie Dickens adventures, will read some of his favourite extracts from the Moomin books. Benny Törnroos, a Finnish entertainer best known for singing the Moomin animated theme song, will be accompanied by Moomin costume characters. Also in attendance are the Moomin puppets from the Polka Theatre’s production Moominsummer Madness!

For a full timetable of events, click here.

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Bryan Lee O’Malley’s Seconds Gets an Early Release!

You’ll have heard that SelfMadeHero are the enormously proud UK publisher of Seconds, the brand new standalone graphic novel from the creator of Scott Pilgrim, Bryan Lee O’Malley. Since its Stateside release a couple of weeks ago, the noise and anticipation has been building amongst UK readers. Well, we can reveal that fans on this side of the Atlantic need wait no longer: WE’RE RELEASING SECONDS THIS WEEK! 

Copies of the book, lauded by Guillermo del Toro and Scott McCloud (amongst others), have left the SelfMadeWarehouse and are on their way to the finest book shops across the land. This weekend, you’ll be able to get your hands on this object of beauty:

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AND AS IF THAT WASN’T ENOUGH…

In mid-August, Bryan Lee O’Malley will embark on a nationwide tour, taking in the British Library, COMICA Comiket, the Edinburgh Book Festival, and loads of amazing comic book shops. Here are the dates for your diary (click on the links for details):

Thursday 14th August: Gosh! Comics (signing and drinks), 7-9pm

Friday 15th August: The British Library (talk and signing), 6.30-8pm

Saturday 16th August: COMICA Comiket (signing on SelfMadeHero’s table), until 2pm

Sunday 17th August: Forbidden Planet International, Edinburgh (signing), 12-1pm

Sunday 17th August: Edinburgh International Book Festival (talk and signing), 4.30-5.30pm

Monday 18th August: Page 45, Nottingham (signing and celebration of the 10th anniversary of Scott Pilgrim), 5-8pm

Tuesday 19th August: Travelling Man, Leeds (signing), 3-5pm

Tuesday 19th August: Travelling Man, Manchester (signing), 7-9pm

Wednesday 20th August: Forbidden Planet, Dublin (signing), 5-7pm

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WHAT THE CRITICS ARE SAYING

“In Seconds, Bryan Lee O’Malley plays the angst of youth against the fabric of a larger epic. In doing so, he enriches both. A great ride!” Guillermo del Toro

“Bryan Lee O’Malley’s Seconds is adorable, haunting, funny, and beautiful. A perfect recipe for a great graphic novel.” Scott McCloud

“Richly imagined and vibrantly drawn, Seconds is a funny, surprising, and enchanting read.” Publishers Weekly

Seconds arrives with high expectations, and it meets them all, delivering the style and humour of O’Malley’s past works with greater emphasis on mood, detail, and complex character relationships.” The A.V. Club

 

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How to Create and Publish a Graphic Novel: A Guardian Masterclass

Later this month, we’re bringing together some of the finest experts and creators in the business for a Guardian Masterclass in graphic novel creation. This in-depth, full-day seminar will cover everything you need to know about the art of the graphic novel, from developing an idea to pitching to publishers. It’s happening on Sunday 27th July, and tickets are available here.

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Graphic novel guru Paul Gravett, co-curator of the British Library’s Comics Unmasked exhibition, kicks the day off with a history of the graphic novel art form, introducing key texts and exploring the possibilities offered by this unique medium. Novelist Toby Litt, writer on the brilliant Vertigo series Dead Boy Detectives, will lead a session on writing for comics. Guardian cartoonist Steven Appleby, who collaborated with Black Francis and Josh Frank on The Good Inn, will demonstrate how to bring a project to life through drawing. And finally, Karrie Fransman, creator of the The House that Groaned and many other fine comics, will discuss ways to find a publisher for your work, and how to pitch. It’ll be a laid-back, engaging affair – and there’ll be plenty of opportunities to ask questions.

The event takes place on Sunday 27th July, 10am-4pm. Venue: The Guardian, Kings Place, 90 York Way, London N1 9GU. Price: £99 (including lunch and refreshments).

For more info and to book tickets, click here. We look forward to seeing you there!

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How to Pitch to Publishers: A Short Course at the British Library

To tie in with its Comics Unmasked exhibition, the British Library is hosting a series of workshops aimed at aspiring comics artists – and SelfMadeHero’s founder and Publisher, Emma Hayley, is lending a hand.

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Next Wednesday, 2nd July, Emma will join Ariel Kahn, Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing at Roehampton University, in leading a workshop aimed at budding graphic novelists. Here’s the blurb:

“Pushing the Boundaries: From Pitch to Publication”

Whichever genre you choose to work in, discover how to push the limits of form to enhance the impact of your narrative. Learn how to create a professional script, approach publishers and target the right audience.

This is an intermediate to advance workshop aimed at those who already have a portfolio of work or a graphic novel in development. It includes exclusive after-hours entry to the Comics Unmasked exhibition.

The course takes place on Wednesday 2nd July, 18.30-20.30, at the British Library, 96 Euston Rd, London NW1 2DB. Price: £40 / £35 concessions.

To book a place on the course, click here.

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Drawing the Line: Antonin Baudry in Conversation with Frank Rich and Edmund White

Antonin Baudry (aka Abel Lanzac), French diplomat and author of the bestselling political comedy Weapons of Mass Diplomacy (with Christophe Blain), will discuss France’s resistance to the Iraq War with the writers Frank Rich and Edmund White on Wednesday July 2nd at McNally Jackson, from 7pm.

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This unique event brings together two of America’s finest writers and the author of the most successful European graphic novel of recent years. They come together to discuss the turbulent period during which Baudry worked as an advisor to French Foreign Minister Dominique de Villepin.

McNally Jackson is located at 52 Prince Street, (between Lafayette & Mulberry), New York City, NY 10012.

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Literary Kitchen Festival: Steven Appleby, ILYA & Oscar Zarate

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This Sunday, 22nd June, we’re venturing south of the river for The Literary Kitchen Festival at the Peckham Pelican, 92 Peckham Road, London, SE15 5PY. This week-long literary extravaganza culminates in a Journal and Imprints Fair on Sunday, 11am-4pm, showcasing some of the country’s finest independent presses, literary journals and creative writing enterprises. SelfMadeHero will be there, alongside And Other Stories, Quick Fictions, Influx Press, and many more.

What’s more, at 5pm, three of the UK’s finest comics artists – Steven Appleby (The Good Inn), ILYA (Room For Love) and Oscar Zarate (The Park) - will take to the stage to discuss graphic novels with Steve Walsh, bookseller at Gosh! Comics and co-presenter of the South London Hardcore podcast. The event also takes place at the Peckham Pelican and entry is completely free. Find out more here.

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See what else is going on over the weekend by visiting the Literary Kitchen Festival’s website.

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Steven Appleby Signs The Good Inn at Gosh! Comics, Tuesday 17th June

Following his appearance at the amazing launch event at the British Library a week ago, Steven Appleby will will be signing copies of The Good Inn at Gosh! Comics on Tuesday 17th June, from 7pm.

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The Good Inn, released last week, is co-authored by Pixies frontman Black Francis and biographer and screenwriter Josh Frank.

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Based on a yet-to-be-written soundtrack to a movie that doesn’t yet exist, The Good Inn weaves together two historical events: the explosion on the battleship Iéna at the French port of Toulon and the making of La Bonne Auberge, the earliest known pornographic film. Illustrated throughout by Steven Appleby, the novel combines fact and fiction to recreate this lost piece of history.

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You’ll know Steven Appleby from his work for The Guardian, and as the artist behind many brilliant books. He also contributed artwork for the Pixies album Trompe Le Monde. He’ll be signing from 7-9pm at Gosh! Comics, 1 Berwick Street, W1F 0DR. There’ll be free beer, wonderful company, and a limited edition book plate available exclusively at Gosh!

Check out our flickr stream to see some photos from the launch event at the British Library.

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