On Thursday 16 June 2011, All Star Comics Melbourne at Level 1, 410 Lonsdale Street Melbourne, hosted the launch of Gaining Velocity, a new anthology of graphic stories in a book format.
Gaining Velocity is a collaborative effort. It is published by Neville Howard from Melbourne, Australia and Moray Rhoda of South Africa, edited and written by Christo van Wyk, with art work by a long list of artists, including some established professionals and some new talent.
Mitchell Davies of All Star Comics said,
‘We’ve known the book has been a long time in development and having Nev from time to time mention to us how it was going was great. The first time he spent us some finished art was fantastic. It totally blew us away. The look of it was totally top shelf, A+ quality. To finally see the book in the flesh was insane. The production value of it is beautiful. It looks like it belongs on the shelf in some fancy bookstore in Europe!
We love this book. It is a shining example of the kind of talent we always knew was out there, finally showcased in one place. Nev has done a masterful job of collecting these artists together to create something that will hopefully be the launching pad for upcoming talent for years to come.
Nev has a massive job on his hands now. Opening with such an incredible first issue, expectations for any later issues will be insanely high! That said we all believe that Nev is more than up to the challenge.’
A good crowd turned out to launch Gaining Velocity. A number of guys from the local comic book scene, including faces I recognised from the Monthly Comic Makers’ Meet, were there. Everyone wishes the crew of Gaining Velocity well for the future.
Previously published in Dark Matter issue 4, July 2011.