And Then Emily Was Gone #1: One Week to Go!

It was 7 months ago that ComixTribe first announced they would be publishing And Then Emily Was Gone, and a full year before that when the creative team started working on the book.  But now, at last, the final countdown is here.  On Wednesday 30th July, one week from today, And Then Emily Was Gone launches worldwide as issue #1 hits comic shops across the globe.

The first issue has already sold out at distributor level, so make sure to pick up your copy while you can!  If for any reason you’re still on the fence, here’s the preview that Comic Book Resources ran for And Then Emily Was Gone #1 this past weekend:

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We hope that, one week from now, you’ll visit Merksay with And Then Emily Was Gone #1!

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Character Spotlight: Vin

Vin Eckland is what some people may charitably refer to as a “hipster douchebag.”  His favourite pastimes include ironically watching Saturday morning cartoons, knitting novelty animals and playing quirky tunes on his tiny little ukelele.  He lives a life of leisure, often accompanied by Louise: his best friend since childhood.  He’s still recovering from the bad breakup of a long-term relationship, but has recently started dating again.

Vin has an interesting job.

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Character Spotlight: Fiona

17-year-old Fiona Tulloch has lived her whole life in Merksay, a small island community in Orkney.  A bright, inquisitive girl, Fiona has always felt like she never really fit in with the isolated, sheltered existence of the Merksay islanders.  Save for her best friend, Emily, Fiona has never really connected with other people, preferring to lose herself in the world of her detective novels and dream of a more exciting life.

But when Emily goes missing, Fiona begins to see Merksay in an unsettling new light.  She starts to believe that perhaps that her difficulty in fitting in wasn’t something wrong with her, but rather something deeply wrong with the island and its people.  The more she delves into Merksay’s history, the more unsafe she feels: terrible things are happening in Merksay, and have been for some time.  And so, armed with her quick wit and many years worth of learned experience from trashy crime fiction, she decides to escape, fleeing the island and heading for the Scottish mainland.

But Fiona knows she can’t run away forever.  She needs to go back to Merksay.  She needs to find Emily, or find out what happened to her.  She needs someone to help her do it.  She needs Greg Hellinger…

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Character Spotlight: Hellinger

Once, Greg Hellinger was a rising star of the police Missing Persons Bureau.  Gifted with a brilliant analytical mind, Hellinger had the inate ability to find the thread left behind by people thought long gone, and track them down.  Solving a series of high-profile disappearances gained Hellinger some degree of fame and noteriety, and it seemed like his reputation and legacy was secure.

Then, five years ago, Hellinger started seeing monsters.

Plagued constantly by nightmarish apparitions that follow him wherever he goes, terrifying visions he is unable to fully comprehend, Greg has lost just about everything: his career, his family, his reputation, and even his sanity is barely intact.  Medical experts have no explanation for these visions, other than them being hallucinations caused by some unspecified massive nervous breakdown.  Now, Hellinger lives a life of seclusion, a haunted, broken man.

But one more case is waiting to be solved, Hellinger’s greatest challenge yet.  The disappearance of a 17-year-old girl called Emily Munro.  Can he solve this mystery, and in the process find answers to what is happening to him?  Or will Greg Hellinger discover that, as far as he has fallen, there are greater depths of horror and madness for him to plummet into?

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The Merksay Media Onslaught Continues!

Here is another round-up of recent interviews with various members of the And Then Emily Was Gone creative team.  This round-up features some particularly special interviews…. check them out!

First up, John Lees and Iain Laurie were interviewed by Comic Book Resources, the biggest comics site on the internet.  Interviewer Alex Dueben covered a range of topics, including some insight into the Orkney Islands for uninitiated American readers:

What are the Orkney Islands? On this side of the pond, I’m not sure how well known they are, so I was wondering if you could set the scene a little.

Lees: One of the things I love about Scotland is that it’s quite diverse for such a small nation. There are the big cities, like Glasgow and Edinburgh, which are pretty metropolitan and not all that different from other urban areas across the UK or elsewhere. Then you have the Scottish Highlands to the north, which are a lot more rural and remote, and where much of that archetypal iconography of Scotland from an outsider’s perspective of folks in tartan playing the bagpipes and rearing sheep seems to come from. But then if you go even further north, you’ll find Orkney, a cluster of about 70 islands of varying size just off the Northernmost tip of the Scottish mainland. Though geographically part of Scotland, Orcadians view themselves as quite distinct, and their history and culture is a lot more derived from Nordic tradition.

You can read the full interview here.

Next up, Scottish TV station STV Glasgow ran a feature on Lees and Laurie on their website.  Here’s an excerpt:

Scottish reluctance aside, the pair will be in the Big Apple for New York Comic Con in October. Given that Scotland isn’t exactly short of comics talent – the country is home to Mark Millar, Grant Morrison and Frank Quitely to name but three – is the pressure on?

Laurie joked: “I think Americans are just surprised that a) we’re not English and b) we’re not always drunk.

“The fact is, if you’re in the Glasgow comics scene, you’ve probably met Frank Quitely. But Morrison and Quitely are like these Gods over there, so the fact we’ve got any access to them kind of blows them away.”

He continued, “I’m really excited to go out there and just meet people.

“A lot of people I talk to about comics online are all based in the States, like [Manhattan Project artist] Nick Pitarra.

“It’ll be really interesting to meet them and,” he laughed, “see the disappointment in their faces when they finally meet me.”

Thanks to Nicola Love for the thoughtful article, which you can find in full here.

More recently, Steve Morris over at Comics Beat ran an excellent, in-depth interview with the whole creative team.  There’s a whole lot of interview to enjoy, but here’s a little peek at their discussion of the Scottish comics scene:

There’s an interesting group of Scottish comic-makers right now, with yourselves, the Master Tape team, Team Girl Comics, Dungeon Fun, and many others. What has been your experience of this Scottish community?

JOHN:  Scotland is certainly a major comics hub, and my native Glasgow is a great comics city: not just in terms of the dedicated readers – enough to support 9 comic shops, 2 comic cons and multiple marts, clubs and public events – but also in the volume and quality of creative talent. I’m a founding member and the current chairman of the Glasgow League of Writers, a kind of writing circle for comics where creators meet to discuss and critique each other’s scripts, so I get to see first-hand some of the amazing talent in the Scottish community.

Iain McGarry is a writer who’s been quietly producing some excellent short stories for various anthologies over the past year or two, and once he collects them all into a volume of his own and gets his name out there some more, he’s going to become a big deal fast, mark my words.  John McCusker is like 21 years old, was totally new to writing comics when he first joined, and already he’s better than me.  His debut book, The Alchemist, is in production with artist Jason Mathis, and is going to be incredible. You mentioned Master Tape, and Harry French is another guy primed to blow-up: his other series, Freak Out Squares, is even better.  And Freak Out Squares artist Garry McLaughlin is also kicking ass on his own series, Gonzo Cosmic.

NeverEnding, by Stephen Sutherland and Gary Kelly, is a hidden gem of a comic which should be getting distributed by a big publisher yesterday. Gordon McLean won a SICBA award for No More Heroes, which was ace, but the stuff he’s been quietly working on since is so much better. Dungeon Fun by the sublime Neil Slorance and our own Colin Bell – the first issue was one of the best single issues produced by anyone of any level last year.

Team Girl Comics, Black Hearted Press, Unthank Comics, there’s so much going on I can’t hope to cover it all.

IAIN: Yeah, there’s so much interesting and diverse stuff coming out of Glasgow, and I think John’s covered most of it. I live in Edinburgh and older than most people in that group but they’ve always been really welcoming and friendly to me.

MEGAN: I’m completely jealous of the vibe you guys have got going on over there.  Can someone please adopt me so I can be Scottish too?

JOHN: Working on this comic has made you an honorary Scot, Megan!

COLIN: Congratulations Megan! The Broons are your Gods now. My experience of the community has been nothing short of lovely. Everyone’s dead nice. And talented! I could sit here for ages and reel off so many Scots comickers deserving of attention we’ve not mentioned yet – Craig Collins, Edward Ross, Stephen Goodall’s IMR, Chris Baldie and Holley Mckend’s Never Ever After… there’s LOTS.

You can read the full interview here.

Finally, as a bonus, here’s a look at an interview with John Lees that ran in The Orcadian, Orkney’s local newspaper.  Thanks to Andrew Stewart for this great feature:

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Find Emily at Glasgow Comic Con!

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This weekend – Saturday 5th July to Sunday 6th July – Glasgow Comic Con will be held at the CCA on Glasgow’s Sauchiehall Street.  Of course, this most Scottish of horror comics will have a presence at Scotland’s flagship convention!

John Lees, writer of And Then Emily Was Gone, will be in attendance at the show all weekend, selling and signing at his table on the CCA’s Level 2 Clubhouse.  On the eve of the And Then Emily Was Gone full-colour relaunch at the end of this month, John will be selling all remaining stock of the black-and-white first editions of issues #1 and #2.  If you want copies of these elusive first printings, make sure to get to Glasgow Comic Con, because once they’re gone, they’re gone.  Also at Glasgow Comic Con, there will be a world-exclusive black-and-white preview edition of And Then Emily Was Gone #3.  This won’t be on general release in September, and will ONLY be available in Glasgow.  So if you want to be ahead of the curve on the mystery of Emily Munro’s disappearance, get yourself to the CCA this weekend!

There won’t just be comics on sale.  We also have a range of gorgeous And Then Emily Was Gone prints in very limited supply.  These A3 glossy portraits really are stunning.  We’ll also be doing a great bundle deal where you can get all 3 available issues of And Then Emily Was Gone and a print at a discount price, while stocks last.

That not enough for you?  Well, Iain Laurie, artist of And Then Emily Was Gone, will be at Glasgow Comic Con on Sunday 6th July.  He’ll be on-hand at John Lees’ table from 1pm-2pm for signing.  He’ll also be available for sketch commissions!  So if you want to have a delightful piece of Iain Laurie original artwork on your bedroom wall, giving you nightmares, make sure to stop by the table this Sunday!

Beyond the table, John Lees will also be found at various panels throughout Saturday.  He is a participant in the “SICBA Best Comic or Graphic Novel: Meet the Shortlist” panel, joining And Then Emily Was Gone letterer Colin Bell, Gil Hatcher, Craig Collins and Morag Kewell to talk about his award-nominated comic, The Standard, and most likely discuss And Then Emily Was Gone too!  That will be held in the CCA Cinema on the Ground Floor Courtyard, as will the 4pm panel “Cultivating Characters.”  John will be hosting that panel, with the panelists including Leah Moore, John Reppion, Howard Chaykin and Gail Simone!

Finally, And Then Emily Was Gone is nominated for an award!  The Scottish Independent Comic Book Alliance awards, or SICBAs, are hosted at Glasgow Comic Con each year.  This year, Iain Laurie has been nominated for Best Artist, for his work on And Then Emily Was Gone #3.  Voting is open at the CCA from today, but if you’re in attendance at the con on Saturday, you’ll be able to vote.  You might also want to vote for John Lees as Best Writer for his work on The Standard #5, and his comic The Standard #5 for Best Comic or Graphic Novel.  The awards ceremony will be held on Saturday evening.

So, whether you’re already a diehard Emily fan waiting anxiously for an early look at the latest chapter, or if you’re a curious newbie wanting to see what all the fuss is about before the comic goes on general release on July 31st, Glasgow Comic Con is the place to be this weekend.  Tickets are still available at www.glasgowcomiccon.com, otherwise a limited supply should be available on the door.  Team Emily looks forward to seeing you there!

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Coming Soon: And Then Emily Was Gone #3!

Another month whizzes by like nothing!  We’re now into July, which means we have entered the month in which And Then Emily Was Gone makes its worldwide debut with the release of issue #1 on July 31st.  But even as our one-month countdown begins, here at Visit Merksay we’re looking further forward.  In this month’s Previews, which should be making its way into comic shops any time now, And Then Emily Was Gone #3 will be available to pre-order for its September release.  Here’s the order code:

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And remember, you can still pre-order issue #1 (MAY141251) and issue #2 (JUN141021).  All before the first issue even comes out.  This monthly comics malarky is exhausting!  Here’s a look at Iain Laurie’s chilling cover:

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Scary stuff, eh?  This fella featured here is the fox, who will be featured quite prominently in the third issue.  Issue #3 is definitely a turning point in the series.  Anyone who has been enticed enough to give the first issue a try really ought to stay on at least until this third chapter.  There have been a lot of Twin Peaks comparisons raised with And Then Emily Was Gone.  Well, issue #3 is this comic’s answer to The Red Room. Iain’s visuals throughout this whole issue are particularly stunning, a step up even from his strong work of the first two issues.  Indeed, Iain has been nominated for a SICBA Best Artist award in Scotland, with the awards ceremony being held at Glasgow Comic Con this weekend.  Issue #3 was the issue submitted for consideration.  Those familiar with Laurie’s work have talked about how surprisingly restrained he’d been in the first two issues.  Well, issue #3 is where he starts to cut loose, and the book takes a VERY weird left turn into Laurieville.  Prepare to have some truly haunting, nightmarish imagery seared into your brain.  And brace yourself: the journey only gets darker from here…

Still not convinced?  This may help seal the deal: following on from Riley Rossmo and Nick Pitarra, our guest cover artist for issue #3 is the mighty Garry Brown.  First rising to prominence with Dark Horse’s acclaimed title The Massive, Garry Brown most recently worked on Iron Patriot for Marvel, with more Marvel and DC work in the pipeline.  The guy’s a big-time rising star, so Team Emily is incredibly excited to have him involved with the series.  Look for Garry’s cover to show up as a 50/50 variant when issue #3 hits comic shops.  Here’s a look:

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And Then Emily Was Gone #3 hits comic shops worldwide on 24th September.  Remember to pre-order now.  JUL141051!  JUL141051!  JUL141051!