Thoughts from Thought Bubble 2019

Last year was the first time Limit Break assembled at an international convention. Then, as last weekend, it was Thought Bubble. We weren’t tabling, but we did have comics with us to pass along to friends and other interested parties, and we were afforded the opportunity to meet up with some friends we know the Irish comic scene and from Twitter.

With its new venue in Harrogate, Thought Bubble was all under one roof. This has its pros and cons, of course – the biggest con being that the ATM outside ran dry fairly swiftly and it was a walk to the next nearest! All in all, we were impressed, both with the convention organisers and with the comics and other assorted wares on show. (Ask Paul about his enamel pin haul!)

There’s something special about a convention dedicated to comics. No movie stars, no media guests at all. If you were getting something signed, it was by a storyteller in the industry. Almost every trader had comics to look over. There was an Irish Aisle in the Comixology room.

All in all, it felt like home.

We all take something different away from a convention like Thought Bubble. Some of us got to meet our heroes, some of us upped our game on socialising (while Paul demonstrated a capacity to sleep through almost everything), and all of us had a blast.

We don’t have many photos from the weekend, but Gareth was able to snap a few from inside and outside the convention. The incredibly lovely Kerrie Smith also took a group shot for us at the mid-con party.

Thought Bubble 2019 was a blast. It remains one of the best conventions out there. We’re already looking forward to next year, when we hope to be setting up shop in the trading halls.

Until then, we’ve got some reading to do.

What We’re Up To

Since our founding in July 2018, we’ve had a busy time pulling together new projects and publishing new books. Today, we’d like to quickly summarise the last year and a half at Limit Break Comics.

We started with two titles: Mixtape and Life & Death, both published in July 2018, and followed up with our first full-length book, Meouch, in March 2019.

Our first event together, in Small Press Day 2018

Since then, Limit Break has been behind the publication of Plexus #1, which successfully Kickstarted in July 2019. Assembled by Paul Carroll, Plexus is an on-going sci-fi anthology series that takes a focus on personal connections within the realms of science fiction universe.

Meanwhile, Gary Moloney is working with Bun&Tea on the serialised publication of his next book: Lens, a spy thriller exploring the concept of What if Lois Lane was John Wick? The first part will be released in November 2019.

Gareth Luby and Paul Carroll are aiming to release Meouch Volume 1 in 2020, along with more comics and stories from all three of us here are LB.

As if all of that wasn’t enough, Paul has also been busy assembling a set of creative resources, launching the first of many at DCAF and Octocon in October: Pocket Prompts.

LB at DCC Summer 2019

We’re winding down the year with DCAF on December 14th in Dublin, after two Dublin Comic Con events, several smaller shows around the country, DCAF on a number of occasions, Octocon, and Dublin2019: An Irish WorldCon.

Our Online Store is Now Open

Following the successful launch of Meouch #1 at Dublin Comic Con this weekend past, we’re proud to announce the opening of our online store.

Supported by Gumroad, the Limit Break Comics store features both physical and digital copies of all three titles released under our label: Meouch, Mixtape and Life & Death.

As more titles are released, we will be updating the store. All three of us are busy at work on a number of projects in the post-DCC period, after a much-needed recovery from the convention.

Our table set-up at Dublin Comic Con

This was our first Dublin Comic Con with at least two of us tabling (while Gary had something infinitely more stressful scheduled for the same day!), coming a year and a half after Frankie’s first comic appearance at DCC 2017. We will be back again in force at conventions – and a couple of smaller events – throughout the year. Keep an eye on our social media for information on where we’ll be.

In the meantime, if you missed the chance to pick up any of our books, you can find them in our online store, or in a number of stores around Ireland, including Big Bang Comics, Forbidden Planet, and Dublin City Comics.

Until next time!
Paul

Meouch #1 to Launch at Dublin Comic Con in March

Dublin based comic collective Limit Break Comics is set to release its first character comic, Meouch, at Dublin Comic Con on March 9th. Artist Gareth Luby and writer Paul Carroll have teamed up for the first full length issue in a miniseries titled ‘The Nine Lines’, with colourist Joe Griffin and letter Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou.

Drawing inspiration from Deadpool, Rocket Raccoon and the work of Skottie Young, Meouch is an action-comedy comic featuring a gun-toting, pun-cracking assassin cat named Frankie. In the series’ first issue, Frankie is up against a deadly litter of killer cats known as the Nine Lives, whose handy work is getting in the way of his business.

Meouch joins Limit Break Comics’ previous titles, Life & Death and Mixtape, from writers Paul Carroll and Gary Moloney respectively, and a backlist of zines and short comics featuring Frankie.

[Text from Press Release February 20th, 2019]

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