Saturday, June 29, 2013

Off to CONvergence in Minneapolis

I'm flying out to America (via Toronto briefly) tomorrow, so this is just a quick post to let people know I'll be "out of the office", so to speak. I'm appearing at CONvergence in Minneapolis from 4th-7th July, where I'm on several panels, and screening both Cockneys Vs Zombies and Tower Block at the event - you can find details of the screenings, and the convention, right here at this blog link.

If you're in or near Minneapolis, do come along, attend the event, see the movies, or just go to the aquarium if you like, I'm not the boss of you. Anyway, I'm really looking forward to it, and hope to see some of you there.

Saturday, June 08, 2013

Cockneys Vs Zombies and Tower Block in Japan

Both movies are now available on DVD in Japan - CvsZ had a very successful cinema run there (January to June!), and has now hit DVD and Blu-ray. Tower Block was just a DVD release there, and it doesn't look like there's a Blu-ray, but I'll update if there is. Those links take you to a shop I have no experience of, so shop around! Update: both movies are now available on, DVD and Blu for CvsZ, DVD for TB - but you'll need to be local or fluent in Japanese to navigate the menus, obviously.

Also, the Tower Block DVD cover is *quite* spoilery, so maybe don't look if you haven't seen it. It's yet another variant cover though, and really nice. This is going to be expensive, collecting them all... Oh, the CvsZ cover is amazing too, it's the brilliant Japanese poster they used, which you can see on their official website here.

Update again: both covers are shown below. Don't enlarge the Tower Block one if you haven't seen the movie! It's too small to see spoilers right now, but the full size one gives too much away. You have been warned.

Thursday, June 06, 2013

Cockneys Vs Zombies out in France now

So, remember when I said we don't always get told when foreign distributors release the movies? Hey! CvsZ is out in France! Surprise!

It's available on DVD and Blu-ray, with a new cover slightly modified from one of the variant posters we had in the UK. It has French subtitles, that's all I know. I'd be very curious to see how some of the saltier phrases translate.

Speaking of which, the tagline is "Les zombies vont tomber sur un os!" which Google translates helpfully as "The zombies will fall on a bone!" I guess that's some fancy European joke I don't get. Wait! I just asked on Twitter, and apparently it means "the zombies will run into trouble/a problem/a snag" - apparently "os" can mean a bone too. Puntastic! A French pun on the cover of one of my movies! I feel all sophisticated and stuff.

So, er, allez to le shop and, er, purchaseyez-vous. If you like. Dear France: I apologise for that terrible French, and the entirety of this blog post. Also some other stuff the UK may have done in the past, I take full responsibility.

Wednesday, June 05, 2013

Den of Eek! ebook available

Last year, I took part in Den of Geek's first live storytelling evening, in aid of their Geeks Vs Cancer appeal. Twelve of us wrote scary stories, then read them out in front of an audience. It was brilliant fun, and the host, Sarah, wrote an account of the evening here.

Obviously numbers were limited to how many people we could fit in the building, but now you can read all of the stories in their new ebook collection from the night. It's available in the Kindle format - but you don't need a Kindle, you can use the free software to read it on nearly any device - and the collection will cost you a mere £5.14.

There are lots of big names and brilliant newcomers in the book, I've heard all the stories so I can vouch for them. My story is called The 34 Steps, I wrote it for the event, it won't be appearing anywhere else, and hopefully it'll give you something new to worry about.

Details are on the Den of Geek website here, and the Amazon page is here. It's all for a very good cause, so pick up a copy, light some candles, and read them aloud, to friends, or alone if you're feeling brave...

Tuesday, June 04, 2013

Cockneys Vs Zombies and Tower Block at CONvergence

Ahead of their release in America (July 2nd and August 2nd), Cockneys Vs Zombies and Tower Block will have a special screening each at the CONvergence event in Minneapolis this July. I'm attending the convention, and will introduce the movies and do a Q&A afterwards.

CvsZ is at midnight Saturday 6th/Sunday 7th, and Tower Block is at 2pm on Sunday 7th. So if you're at the event itself, come along and see them! You'll get to see them both before they're released, with an audience, and after the screenings you can ask me what the hell I was thinking doing [SPOILER] to the [REDACTED].

The full schedule for the convention is here, I'm on several panels with lots of really smart, cool people, and am really looking forward to what sounds like a hugely fun event. Hope to see you there.

Saturday, June 01, 2013

Cockneys Vs Zombies and Tower Block in Australia

It's all go with release dates right now - I've just discovered that CvsZ comes out in Australia on June 12th, and Tower Block comes out there on July 10th. Those two links take you to Aussie shops, I have no idea if they're good ones or not, but I'm sure you know where to buy stuff. So go do that!

The Tower Block poster seems to have been given a makeover for the Aussie release, and it looks like this:

Pretty cool, eh? The UK Lionsgate poster is still my favourite though, that's going to be hard to beat.

The movies are working their way around the world, so if they're not in your area yet, hang in there. We don't always get told when local distributors are releasing them, they buy the rights and then sometimes forget to let us know when they're out - so if you see them in your shops, give us a shout. Actually, if you see them on shop shelves, please take a photo for me! I'd love to see them in shops where you are, especially if they have different cover art.