Forbidden Planet

49 Grainger Street
Newcastle, England NE1 5JE

Past Events

Sept. 21, 2017: How Comics Work Signing

Dave Gibbons and Tim Pilcher signing HOW COMICS WORK at the Forbidden Planet Newcastle Megastore on Thursday 21st September from 6 – 7pm.

Learn scriptwriting, page layouts, lettering, cover designs, and more, alongside scan’s of Dave’s original art and rarely seen workings to illustrate his personal creative processes. How Comics Work is your chance to gain insight to Dave Gibbons’ s work, from his computer colouring and 3D modelling with Angus McKie on Give Me Liberty, to his work on The Originals using digital greytones. You’ll learn how he layers text for editing, creates effects such as flares and neon glows, and prepares artwork for print and online.

Dave Gibbons is one of the most famous comic creators working today, with over 40 years’ experience. He is most famous for his collaborations with Alan Moore, including Watchmen, and was last year named Britain’s first Comics Laureate. All of the examples are scanned from original artwork, sketches, and preparatory designs, many of which have never been published before.

Tim Pilcher is a pop culture expert who has worked in and around the comics industry for over 20 years. Tim initially started as an assistant editor at DC Comics’ Vertigo imprint and he has written comics for the BBC, DeAgostini, Weldon Owen, and the Young Telegraph. Tim has written over 16 books on comics and has lectured at UCL, Dublin Trinity College, The Imperial War Museum, and The British Library. He is the UK liaison for international graphic novel publisher, Humanoids. Tim lives in Brighton, England.

Aug. 26, 2017: Minecraft: The Island Signing

Author Max Brooks will be signing MINECRAFT: THE ISLAND at the Forbidden Planet Newcastle Megastore on Saturday 26th August from 1:00 – 2:00 PM!

Be immersed in the Minecraft universe in a thrilling new adventure. In the tradition of iconic stories like Robinson Crusoe and Treasure Island, MINECRAFT: THE ISLAND tells the story of a new hero stranded in the world of Minecraft, who must survive the harsh, unfamiliar environment and unravel the secrets of the island.

Max Brooks is a best-selling author, public speaker, and non-resident fellow at the Modern War Institute at West Point. His books include The Zombie Survival Guide and World War Z, which was adapted into a 2013 movie starring Brad Pitt. His graphic novels include The Extinction Parade, GI Joe: Hearts and Minds and the #1 New York Times bestseller The Harlem Hellfighters.

June 30, 2017: Winnebago Graveyard Signing

Alison Sampson signs Winnebago Graveyard #1 at Forbidden Planet Newcastle on Friday 30th June from 5:30 – 6:30pm!

An American family traveling on vacation finds themselves stranded in a small town with a sinister secret.

Alison Sampson is the artist on the Image Comics bestselling mini-series, Winnebago Graveyard, written by Steve Niles. An award-winning architect and illustrator, whose work has been widely published, including by Marvel, DC/Vertigo, Image Comics, Dark Horse, the BBC and The Guardian newspaper, amongst others, Alison was also top Emerging Artist at the British Comic Awards in 2014. Mark Millar called this, her first major series “My favourite book of this year by a mile”.

May 6, 2017: World War Tank Girl Signing

ALAN MARTIN signs WORLD WAR TANK GIRL at the brand new Forbidden Planet Newcastle Megastore on FREE COMIC BOOK DAY, Saturday 6th May from 1:00 – 2:00 PM!*

With a few bars of gold left, and Sub Girl’s uneasy feeling that she left something behind, Tank Girl hires her scientist friend to reinvent time travel.

The Third Reich have no idea what is coming their way!

Alan Martin and artist Jamie Hewlett created Tank Girl in 1988 for Deadline magazine. Their anarchic heroine is now a cult icon that has given us strips, monthly comics, graphic novels, prose novels and a Hollywood movie. Now, artist Brett Pearson joins Alan Martin for this brand new series with an #1 Forbidden Planet exclusive variant cover by Ben Oliver!

* Please note that the Tank Girl comics are not free – only FCBD Branded titles are free.

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