Welcome to the Orbital News Digest! Here are the latest NEWS and EVENTS from Orbital Comics, links to interesting things we found this week, and a full list of THIS WEEK’S NEW COMICS (at the bottom).


Mickey Dallow was one of the great lost artists of the YBA era. An associate of Hirst, Caine and the late Russell Roye among others he was a peripheral, though important figure in the art scene of the mid-to-late-1990s. To coincide with a new novel based on his life written by writer/musician Kirk Lake, Orbital is proud to exhibit previously unseen work from what Dallow described as his ‘hulking’ period. A free launch event for the novel will take place on Friday 27 June at 6.30pm with refreshments and other entertainment.

Your Days Are Numbered magazine is taking over the Orbital Gallery from July 5 to 16, with an exhibition of original artwork and prints of work that’s been featured in the magazine as well as pieces made especially for the show from artists such as BONEFACE, Gustavo Duarte, Gilbert Hernandez, David Ziggy Greene, Michael Parkin, Shaky Kane, Tom Scioli, Lord Hurk, Julian Hanshaw, Caspar Newbolt, Ed Piskor, & SNUB. To kick things off we’ll be hosting a launch party on Friday July 4, featuring a signing with David Quantick and Shaky Kane from 6pm.

In a very special London event, Steve Rude will be conducting a life-drawing class and demonstration here at Orbital Comics on Wednesday, July 16 from 7.30pm. These tickets *will* sell out fast, so if you’re planning to come then buy them now … Don’t miss the opportunity to learn directly from The Dude and see him in action during this rare London stop-over! Book your ticket here.

Blood and Roses is an ongoing series of drawings and paintings by comic creator Sally Jane Thompson, inspired by the magical girl genre. Works that are equal parts bold and delicate use the genre’s kitsch, decorative aesthetic, and ambiguous use of traditionally feminine visual motifs, as a space to play in. They explore representations of female hero narratives, conflict and strength through images featuring lively, soulful characters who seem to have stories to tell. The exhibition will feature the originals of all images created to date at the time, with prints also available.


On Episode 155 of The Orbiting Pod!, we get pulled under by Detective Comics #32, go on a field trip with Infinity Man & The Forever People #1, stick em up for That’s Because You’re a Robot, put our minds to it with Figment #1, get shock value with She-Hulk #5, reload with Edge of Tomorrow, and much more!

You can listen to it here or subscribe to the podcast on itunes.

STAFF PICKS – WEEK OF 18/06/2014

Chris’ Pick: Witchfinder: The Mysteries of Unland #1 / Kim Newman & Maura McHugh (w), Tyler Crook (a) / Dark Horse Comics

Adam’s Pick: Archie #656 / Dan Parent (w/a) / Archie Comics

Ryan’s Pick: Amazing X-Men v1: The Quest For Nightcrawler / Jason Aaron (w), Ed McGuinness (a) / Marvel Comics

Thomas’ Pick: Star Trek: Harlan Ellison’s City on the Edge of Forever #1 / Harlan Ellison, Scott & David Tipton (w), J.K. Woodward (a) / IDW Publishing

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Before we start, thank you. To those of you who’ve read even a fraction of these links, or retweeted or linked to them since Need To Know… started, thank you very much. NTK will be going on a hiatus for a bit as of this week, but remember, its comics, so if you don’t see a corpse…

September Solicits are up for DC, Marvel, IDW, Image, and Dark Horse, so go do your duty, and when you come across the solicit for POP, you can refer to this interview for reasons to support anything Curt Pires does. Since that’s a link to Multiversity, might as well do all the Multiversity links as they had another crazy good week of content, so: continuing last week’s “if you like it, pay for it” thread, there’s also a retailer perspective, and a handy reminder for next time you’re tempted to dismiss a creator’s efforts that hey, its hard making comics. The only thing harder is marketing them. Oh, and one last thing, wave bye bye to affordable comics.

Now, tell the truth, do you like the rough stuff? Amazon do. Do you dig on the art of death (Game of Thrones style)?

There are truly comics for everyone, be they kids, lovers of the “hybrid quirky graphic novel”, or those seeking a UK small-press subscription with flair. If none of those work, you could always go to Gumroad, where Claude TC has comics for downloading NOW.

Maybe you’re just seeking inspiration? Sorted. Or for a more technological approach, try the John Martz method. Chris Samnee’s art will do something to you, while early Tradd Moore may be Hateful, but it’ll damn sure give you ideas. And a mashup’s always good for shaking things loose, especially when it’s Frank Miller and Shulkie getting mashed. And back in the old days, NTK used to link to more of these.

Quick history lesson, anybody? Consider the noble toothbrush.

It’s worth reminding you all that Box Brown is bigger than Andre the Giant. Just like Kirby was bigger than anatomical precision. And Wally Wood was bigger than all of them (its illegal to see this and not reblog it). Moebius, of course, was biggest.

Not precisely comics, but here’s some interesting insight on the plight of storyboarders, and proof that some galleries tick every stereotypical snooty box. Snootiness leads nicely into this discussion of canon (which all too often means the obvious names). Really, its enough to make you Cringe.

Breakdown Press are making moves… alternative manga moves, that is. Whatever your taste in manga, or comics, this manga creator three-way talk is pure heaven.

Aaaand finally… WTF?

May your pages be crisp, your reading be joyous, and your spandex never sag.

NEW COMICS – WEEK OF 25/06/2014
Dark Horse
Captain Midnight #12
Conan The Avenger #3
Dream Thief Escape #1
Emily & The Strangers Breaking Record #1
Ghost #5
Goon One For The Road Oneshot
Halo Escalation #7
King Conan Conqueror #5
Mass Effect Foundation #12
Massive #24
Mind Mgmt #23
Pariah #5
Serenity Leaves On The Wind #6
Star Wars Legacy II #16
Star Wars Rebel Heist #3
Tomb Raider #5
Vandroid #5

DC Comics
Action Comics #31 2nd Ptg (Doomed)
Adventures Of Superman #14
All Star Western #32
Aquaman #32
Batman #32 (Zero Year)
Batman #32 Combo Pack (Zero Year)
Batman 66 #12
Batman Eternal #12
Catwoman #32
Flash #32
Harley Quinn #0 Directors Cut
He Man And The Masters Of The Universe #14
Injustice Gods Among Us Year Two #6
Justice League #31
Justice League #31 Combo Pack
Justice League Dark #32
Larfleeze #12
New 52 Futures End #8 (Weekly)
Red Lanterns #32
Superman #32
Superman #32 Combo Pack
Superman Wonder Woman #8 2nd Ptg (Doomed)

24 #3
7th Sword #3
Ghostbusters #17
Godzilla Rulers Of The Earth #13
Illegitimates #6
Mars Attacks First Born #2
My Little Pony Friendship Is Magic #20
Transformers More Than Meets Eye #30 Dawn O/T Autobots
Transformers Spotlight Drift Directors Cut
Transformers Windblade #3 Dawn O/T Autobots
V-Wars #1 2nd Ptg
X-Files Season 10 #13

Chew #42
Cowl #1 2nd Ptg
Cowl #2
Deadly Class #6
Dream Police #3
Fuse #5
Invincible #112
Mercenary Sea #5
Outcast By Kirkman & Azaceta #1
Peter Panzerfaust #19
Revival #21
Saga #19 2nd Ptg
Saga #20
Sex #14
Skullkickers #28
Southern Bastards #2 2nd Ptg
Sovereign #4
Stray Bullets The Killers #4
Trees #2
Undertow #5

All New Doop #3
All New Ghost Rider #4
All New Ultimates #4
Amazing Spider-Man #3 Anmn
Avengers Undercover #6 Anmn
Deadpool Vs Carnage #4
Dexter Down Under #5
Fantastic Four #6 Sin
Guardians Of Galaxy #16
Marvel Previews July 2014
Marvel Universe Ultimate Spider-Man #27 Syu
Ms Marvel #5
New Avengers #20 Anmn
New Avengers Annual #1 Anmn
New Warriors #6
Original Sin #3.1
Original Sins #2
Savage Hulk #1
Spider-Man Spectacular #1
Uncanny Avengers #21 Anmn
United States Of Murder Inc #1 2nd Ptg Oeming Var
Wolverine #9
X-Force #6

2000 Ad Prog #1887
Alien Legion Uncivil War #1
All New Executive Assistant Iris #5
Anne Bonnie #2
B & V Friends Double Digest #239
Bee And Puppycat #1 (2nd Ptg)
Brass Sun #2
Bravest Warriors #21
Clive Barkers Nightbreed #2
Crossed Badlands #56
Deceivers #6
Dejah Of Mars #2
Fathom Kiani Vol 3 #4
Flash Gordon #3
GFT Godstorm Hercules Payne #3
GFT Helsing #3
GFT Wonderland #24
GFT Wonderland Clash Of Queens #5 (Aofd)
God Is Dead #15
How I Made The World One Shot
Jughead & Archie Double Digest #3
Letter 44 #7
Lumberjanes #2 (2nd Ptg)
Mark Waid Green Hornet #13
Mega Man #38
Mercy Sparx #6
Midas Flesh #7
Ordinary #2
Peanuts Vol 2 #19
Red Ten #6
Ritual Three Vile Decay
Rush Clockwork Angels #3
Shadowman End Times #3
Solar Man O/T Atom #3
Turok Dinosaur Hunter #5
X-O Manowar #25 2nd Ptg
X-O Manowar #26 (Ah)

Adventure Time Magazine #12
Dc Batman Auto Fig Mag #39 All Star Batman And Robin
Dc Superhero Chess Fig Coll Mag #63 Zod
Marvel Chess Fig Coll Mag #13 Electro
Marvel Chess Fig Coll Mag Special #1 Hulk & She-Hulk
Previews #310 July 2014

Graphic Novels and Collected Editions
Abe Sapien TP Vol 04 Shape Things To Come
Amanda Hocking The Hollows GN
Army Of Darkness Vs Hack Slash TP
Avengers Ai TP Vol 02 12000 Ad
Batman Detective Comics HC Vol 04 The Wrath (N52)
Batman Detective Comics TP Vol 03 Emperor Penguin (N52)
Before Watchmen Ozymandias Crimson Corsair TP
Chronicles Of Conan TP Vol 27 Sands Upon Earth
Dead Body Road TP
Dead Boy Detectives TP Vol 01 Schoolboy Terrors
Deathmatch TP Vol 03
Disenchanted HC Vol 01
Disenchanted TP Vol 01
Doctor Solar Archives TP Vol 03
Eternal Warrior TP Vol 02 Eternal Emperor
Extinction Parade TP Vol 01
Farscape TP Vol 07
Frank Millers Big Damn Sin City HC
GI Joe Special Missions TP Vol 03
Godland TP Vol 06 Goodbye Divine
Godzilla Rulers Of Earth TP Vol 03
Injustice Gods Among Us HC Vol 02
Injustice Gods Among Us TP Vol 01
Jim Starlin Dreadstar Omnibus TP New Ptg
Libretto TP Vol 01 Vampirism
Light Brigade HC
Locke & Key Spec Ed HC Vol 03 Crown Of Shadows
Massive TP Vol 03 Longship
MMW Human Torch TP Vol 01
My Little Pony Friends Forever TP Vol 01
Neil Gaiman Truth Is Cave In Black Mountains Illus HC
New Avengers Prem HC Vol 03 Other Worlds
Noir TP Vol 01
Occultist TP Deaths Door
Robocop Human Element TP
Shadow Master Series TP Vol 02
Sin City A Dame To Kill For HC
Six Gun Gorilla TP
Smurfs GN Vol 18 Finance Smurf
Sonic Mega Man Worlds Collide TP Vol 03
Star Wars Dawn O/T Jedi TP Vol 03 Force War
Superior Spider-Man Team-Up TP Vol 02 Superior Six
Tarzan Burne Hogarths Lord Of Jungle HC
Tom Strong And The Planet Of Peril TP
What If TP Age Of Ultron
Wonton Soup TP Collected Ed
X-Men TP Vol 02 Road To Onslaught

Air Gear Vol 31
Attack On Titan: No Regrets Vol 01
Cardfight!! Vanguard Vol 02
Dragonball Full Color Vol 03
Dragonball: 3-In-1 Edition Vol 05
Goong Vol 15
Magi Vol 06
Mayo Chicki GN Vol 06
Monster Musume GN Vol 03
Nura Vol 21
One Piece 3-In-1 Edition Vol 09
One Piece Vol 71
Sankarea Vol 07
Seraph Of The End Vol 01
Tale Of The Waning Moon Vol 04
Tiger & Bunny Vol 05
Toriko Vol 22
Whispered Words GN Vol 01
Zeros Familiar Chevalier GN Vol 01

Batman 75th Batman #1 T/S
Batman Batarang T/S
Death Moods T/S
Harley Quinn Smokin T/S
Marvel Loki Uses Kneel Green T/S

Dc Comics Variant Play Arts Kai Batgirl Af

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