As Engen Books grows and expands, our staff has had some unique opportunities. Through business deals, conventions and book signings; we’ve met some of the greatest authors, businessmen and people that this province has to offer. Sometimes it’s just a one-off meeting. Other times, it’s a long standing relationship. This is the case with BuddyToad Comics.
BuddyToad is a comic and sports shop dealing heavily in anime and manga, but carry a great cross section of all mainstream and independent comic titles. They also carry sports clothing and jerseys from baby to adult sizes, and have a mail order subscription service.
Over the past few years, through it’s duel locations in both Gander and St. John’s, BuddyToad has become one of this province’s foremost dealers in comics, manga and sports supplies. Now they’ve taken on another service: an Engen Books supplier as well.
BuddyToad now carries titles such as Compendium, Black Womb and Roulette, both in-store, on the road and online at http://www.buddytoadcomics.ca.
This Saturday saw a major Engen event right at home in St. John’s, Newfoundland.
After a busy 2009 touring schedule, the Engen team comes home for Ellen Curtis’ first solo book signing at Chapters (70 Kenmount Road) to promote her new book, Compendium.
“I was astounded at the success,” said Curtis. “We sold out so quickly, and the overwhelming amount of people who where interested in what Engen had to offer was amazing. I’m so glad we got to meet and talk to so many great people.”
Compendium sold out their stock at Chapters within minutes, prompting the popular chain to double their order of the collection. It’s currently in stock again and available for the rock-bottom price of $5.99.
Compendium was released in October by Engen Books and features three of Curtis’ short stories, including The Tourniquet Revival and At Midnight, the Dawn.
The author of the upcoming Engen novel Infinity was released today on the internet-broadcast television show Sci-Fi on the Rock TV.
Matthew LeDrew was interviewed as a part of their episode dedicated to the guests and staff of Newfoundland’s West Coast Con.
Host Steve Lake was commenting on having enjoyed the latest Engen release, Compendium by Ellen Curtis; to which LeDrew responded:
“We’re definitely going to see more from Ellen. Because, well… uh… well, now’s as good a time as any. We were so impressed with how well Compendium did that we’ve decided to launch the first book in the Infinity series which will be co-author by both myself and Ellen Curtis.”
When asked for further details about the project, LeDrew mentioned that it’s being looked at as the flagship series for Engen, containing work by both its main authors; as well that it would “remain in the same ‘universe’ as Black Womb, while not being tied to it.”
When asked for comment, Ellen Curtis herself said that: “Infinity is shaping up to be Engen’s most epic story yet. Working with Matt has been an amazing experience so far, and one I look forward to continuing”
Engen Books was present for a historical event that took place on October 24th and 25th in Corner Brook: the very first Newfoundland West Coast Con.
Engen was out in full force the entire weekend, signing books and leading seminars along with actor Paul Weston (Return of the Jedi, Space 1999) and film producer Darren Hann (Star Wars: Inner Demons, Stargate: Replication).
“It was an amazing weekend,” said LeDrew. “Every time we do a convention it’s a lot of fun, but I find when you do a inaugural one there’s a lot of energy and a lot of comradery. It really was a great weekend.”
Book Launch: Compendium
Engen pulled out all the stops and did a double book launch on Saturday, October 24th. Emcee’d by Sci-Fi on the Rock founder and all-around science fiction guru Darren Hann; the event was the perfect place to launch Ellen Curtis’ debut novel, Compendium.
Engen fans old and new arrived to purchase the new title, excited about the new author. Curtis read from her short story The Tourniquet Revival to enthralled listeners and stayed afterward to sign copies.
“Compendium resulted in almost half our sales for the entire weekend,” gushed Engen founder Matthew LeDrew. “We’re really excited about what this means for Compendium and for Ellen’s future with Engen Books.”
“I had a lot of fun,” said Curtis. “Darren was a great host and people seemed to like my work. It was my first convention, and I had a blast.”
Book Launch: Roulette
The second half of Saturday’s book launch consisted of the fourth book in the Black Womb series, Roulette.
The novel features the continuing adventures of Xander Drew, Mike Harris and Cathy Kennessy as they meet new horrors both at home and abroad, taking their show on the road to L.A.
“This book is a big stepping stone in Black Womb history,” says LeDrew. “I think people will respond well to it. People have been responding well to it, so far.”
As with every convention, there are loads of writing seminars designed to help potential authors that Engen loves to participate in. NWCC was no different, holding versions of the popular Writer’s Toolkit, Get Published! and Writer’s Circle workshops that have made previous conventions so successful in locating fresh talent.
Ellen Curtis led a new addition to our seminar lineup, entitled The Art of the Short Story; chronicling how she puts so much story into a smaller page count in the breakthrough novel, Compendium.
New Engen Vendor
Also at the con, BuddyToad comics, one of the provinces leaders in the comic shop / science fiction market, became an official vendor of Engen Books.
BuddyToad’s main office is located in Gander, but they are at the Avalon Mall in St. John’s every Sunday and are available there to purchase copies of all five Engen titles! More on this in the weeks to come!
All said, NWCC was one of our most successful conventions yet, with an average of 1 in 5 attendees purchasing an Engen Book! We hope to be back next year with more titles, more authors and more action!
This weekend at the Greenwood Inn in Corner Brook, Engen Books will be launching its latest novel: Compendium!
Penned by local up-and-coming author Ellen Curtis, Compendium will feature three short stories by Curtis that further explore the Engen Universe; and shed new light on the mysteries surrounding the events of all the Engen novels.
The title will be launching at 2pm on Saturday, October 24th as part of the Newfoundland West Coast Con; along with the newest title in the Black Womb series, Roulette.
Anyone not in the Corner Brook area can come to the Kenmount Road Chapters on November 14th from 1-3pm, where Curtis will be signing books and meeting with fans.
Engen Books author Ellen Curtis appeared on the internet-broadcast talk-show Sci-Fi on the Rock TV on September 18th, regarding the launch of her upcoming novel Compendium.
“We’re going to be launching Compendium this October at West Coast Con,” explained Curtis. “It’s going to be three short stories with thread ties to other Engen works. Two stories have been seen before but have been changed to better fit in the Engen landscape. There’s also a new story that we’re quite proud of, as well as a new introduction.”
Compendium was first announced a month ago turning a time of turbulent changes in Engen Books, with Curtis herself rising to become the company’s most talked-about author.
The young author has been keeping busy lately, not only writing her debut novel but also working as co-host opposite Steve Lake for Sci-Fi on the Rock TV, heading writing seminars throughout the St. John’s area and acting in Engen-centric book trailers, to be released soon.
“We’re going to be giving fans a taste of old and a taste of new,” said Curtis.
Engen Books author Matthew LeDrew (Black Womb, Roulette) leaked information recently regarding the highly-secretive project, Infinity, while appearing on the first episode of Sci-Fi on the Rock TV.
“(Infinity) is actually a project that I’ve been working on with a gifted young author,” said LeDrew. “It’s being set in the same universe as Black Womb…. it’s our own kind of ‘mature readers’ approach to the team book. It’s going to be a lot of fun, actually.”
When asked to comment on leaking the information on the internet-broadcast program, LeDrew responded: “Oops.”
Sci-Fi on the Rock TV is produced by Hann Made Productions and features hosts Steve Lake and Ellen Curtis.