April 27th marks the start of the biggest and best Calgary Comic and Entertainment Expo the city will have ever seen. Around 40,000 attendees are expected to throng to the BMO Centre to be welcomed by a host of entertainment stars, creators and companies.
It'll also mark the local launch for The Loxleys and the War of 1812 hardback graphic novel, with artists Claude St Aubin and Lovern Kindzierski joining publisher Alexander Finbow at the Renegade booth, number 422-522.
Yes, Canada's biggest graphic novel release of 2012 will be available to Expo attendees first.
We'll have the first copies available anywhere in the world. Due to some sort of technical mystery, we'll only have 150 copies flown to us in time for the show. That's 150 for an expected 40,000 attendees.
Past expo experience would suggest that if you'd like to pick up a copy at the show (signed by Claude and Lovern too if you'd like) you'd best come and see us sooner rather than later. We'll be giving two copies of the book to The Expo, I think one will be in the charity raffle and the other one might be used as a competition prize. Will let you know when we hear the definite plans.
We'll also have some groovy limited edition buttons and playing cards featuring artwork from the book. The 'War of 1812 Heroes' button set features Isaac Brock, Laura Secord, and Tecumseh. The individual buttons feature the White House in flames, the Loxleys, and a 'We Won The War!' design. If we get our hands on them in time, we'll post some images, the artwork looks great encapsulated in a small metal and plastic shiny circle.
Claude will have original artwork form the book with him, some of which he may be persuaded to sell.
Of course the Renegade booth will be stocked with our other comic book titles, audiobooks, and children's book. Plus we'll have preview pages and artwork form our upcoming titles, and possibly ashcans of the first issues of two eagerly awaited series. The guys will also be looking at portfolios as time permits, as well as swapping stories, advice and catching up with friends old and new.
And here's a handy map to help you find us, we're in booth 422-522, just up form Artist Alley.