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#61 · Posted: 17 Feb 2006 01:35
I'm sure this is too much information! But if it's not, there's more at:

That is NOT too much information, Its great information.
I wish I had your talent & patience! :)

#62 · Posted: 4 Apr 2006 22:44
I've just seen it and I'd like to say it was brilliant. When will part one be released in book form. I will most certainly buy one. Once again - great.
#63 · Posted: 5 Apr 2006 18:56
Thank you, SingingGandalf, that's very nice of you to say so. I don't know when it will have a print release (but be assured, it will). I have had publisher interest, now have an agent, and am taking a little break from the drawing to get the writing down in greater detail.

Thanks again.
#64 · Posted: 27 Apr 2009 00:10
Please excuse this rather direct press-release... I hope it's okay to post it here :-)

The full web version of my comic strip, The Rainbow Orchid, is going to remain online for just one more week!

Book publication of volume one is set for 4 August 2009, so after the bank holiday weekend (Tuesday 5 May) the online strip will become a preview, with certain sections removed and the full story available in print only.

You can start reading The Rainbow Orchid here:


More information:

The Rainbow Orchid is being published in three volumes by Egmont UK. It is a mystery adventure set in the 1920s, partly inspired by the works of writers such as H. Rider Haggard, Jules Verne and Arthur Conan Doyle mixed up with a very British version of the Franco-Belgian ligne claire school of graphic storytelling, luminaries of which include Hergé, Edgar P. Jacobs, Yves Chaland, Floc'h and Joost Swarte to name just a handful.

Bryan Talbot (Grandville, Alice in Sunderland, The Tale of One Bad Rat etc.) kindly said:

"Tightly-plotted, well-researched and beautifully drawn, this book is a real delight. Garen Ewing's mix of engaging characters, exciting old-school adventure, attractive ligne claire artwork and fluid storytelling makes The Rainbow Orchid easily one of the best graphic novels of the year."

Visit the website: http://www.rainboworchid.co.uk

Thanks for reading, best wishes - Garen
#65 · Posted: 27 Apr 2009 09:41
Please excuse this rather direct press-release... I hope it's okay to post it here :-)

No problem at all!

You may have said elsewhere, but I'm not clear if the three volumes are to be published simultaneously, or if they are to be staggered onto the market over a period of time?

And when does the movie come out? I see Sean Connery in a cameo as Palfrey, and perhaps Vinnie Jones as Box?
#66 · Posted: 27 Apr 2009 12:44
Vol 2 will be out in early 2010 and vol 3 will be later in 2010 - so yes, a staggered release.

Hmm... not sure about a movie! By the time that happens, actors will no longer be a requirement :-)
#67 · Posted: 31 Jul 2009 13:34
I thought you might like to know that The Rainbow Orchid can be had for a rather bargainous 40% off at Amazon, or an almost equally bargainous 30% off at Borders.

... depending on your preference!

Best wishes - Garen
#68 · Posted: 3 Aug 2009 15:21
A Rainbow Orchid review in the Financial Times
#69 · Posted: 4 Aug 2009 12:06 · Edited by: jock123
A few reports on the Rainbow Orchid launch party last night: here, here and here.

Remember to visit the Foyle’s exhibition if you are in London - I think it’s free! It is the main, Charing Cross Road, branch (113-119 Charing Cross Road, London, WC2H 0EB).

Update: Yes, definitely free - I’ve just been, as I was in the city centre for lunch! The Gallery is a nice space on the third floor, round to your right as you exit the lift or stairwell. There are large-scale reproductions of many pages, in pencil and inked forms, plus some nice layouts of character sketches, and some rather lovely “documents”, such as “photos” of the cast, Lily in a movie-magazine, and a poster for the flying circus.

Well worth a look, and if you need any more incentive, it was beautifully air conditioned on a hot and sticky Central London day!
#70 · Posted: 5 Aug 2009 17:45
I usually never post a review here but this book definitely deserves one. I had pre-ordered mine from the UK. I live the US and it took a week to get to the US. Put bluntly, the book is fantastic!! It had more of a a Blake and Mortimerish feel too it. Actually I was expecting Blake and Mortimer to jump out in the next frame to help Julius :-). Am definitely looking forward to the next two editions. The only problem is the seem to be at least 6 months apart.

Does anyone know when exactly the next book will get released (so that I can start counting the days to it :-().

Great work by the author (Garen Ewing). I love the attention to detail (just like Herge) that was meticulously followed for the sports car/ship etc. Great work!

I don't want to give too many details out and spoil the story for the rest of the folks. But it is definitely very interesting!

Cheers form across the Atlantic!

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