Garen Ewing
creator of The Rainbow Orchid
"Imagination to Print"
interview with host Linda Wada

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The hour plus interview covers the beginnings of Rainbow Orchid to the publishing with Egmont.

The Rainbow Orchid in Part 2 & 3 in DANISH!
"Jagten på Regnbueorkidéenn" from Tellerup

And NEW Facebook page to follow for this release!

Garen has shared his latest new book about Julius Chancer!

Post One | Post Two

The Rainbow Orchid Complete on iPad
Garen Ewing's "The Complete Rainbow Orchid" was the winner of the
2013 British Young People's Comic Award

Part two of
Table Chat, continuing where we left off in 2009.
The Complete Rainbow Orchid

Adventures of Julius Chancer Volume 1 2 3

Also, Garen is currently working on a new Julius Chancer Adventure!

Below Garen Ewing reviews, interviews, & reports from 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009

Rainbow Orchid Home

Rainbow Orchid Shop

Rainbow Orchid Book

Adventurers' Society


Online Previews

The Rainbow Orchid is available at bookshops in the UK & online including Amazon USA
See Garen's Rainbow Orchid Shop for signed copies, special photos, posters, badges and Rainbow Orchid T-Shirts.

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Garen Ewing's The Complete Rainbow Orchid released Sept. 2012. Signed editions available through Garen's Rainbow Orchid Shop. Also, Spanish, Dutch and French edition available.

Garen Ewing's events: Watch link for Garen's next Rainbow Orchid appearances and workshops. And, don't forget to check out Garen's Facebook Rainbow Orchid Fan page. The latest news on Adventures of Juluis Chancer. Join today!

Garen has an official stamp of his artwork for the musical 'Return to Forbidden Planet' for the Royal Mail (released Feb 2011). He is also one of the artist in the award winning graphic novel Nelson.

Rainbow Orchid: Updates and Links
Archive of current & past events about Garen Ewing's The Rainbow Orchid, Adventures of Julius Chancer.

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JUNE 2017
June 2, 2017

- Garen's report on his recent appearance in Germany's Munich Comic Festival featuring The Rainbow Orchid.

MARCH 2017
March 5, 2017
- Garen's report of this launch of The Rainbow Orchid Volumes 2 & 3 in Danish at the Copenagen Comics festival. Also, Garen will be appearing at the Munich Comic Festival on May 27-28, 2017.

NOV. 2016 - Garen's report on his trip to France for the latest release of The Rainbow Orchid.

SEPT. 2016 - Watch Garen's blog for the latest news on Julius Chancer.

MAY 2016
Danish editions are being produced for Parts Two and Three of The Rainbow Orchid. More later.

APRIL 2016
April 20, 2016 - Garen has team up again, with JCDecaux, as the company has created a fun game called 'Locate that Landmark.' Test your UK skills to Garen's illustrations! See it on the JC screens across the UK and check out the game on line for about one month. LINK:

APRIL 2016
April 4, 2016 - Garen's update on the latest new Julius Chancer adventure!

November 2, 2015 - Special! Garen's commercial work has gone digital, in a BIG WAY in the UK. A new comic strip, created by Garen for JCDecaux and BeframeUs, just for the month of November 2015, is appearing on digital screens at railway stations, malls and roadside digital signs, across the UK. This month, ONLY! Meet Arni's Epic Adventure! Perfect tie in for the Holiday season. Not in the UK? Follow the adventure online.

October 10, 2015 - The launch of Volume 3, of the German edition of The Rainbow Orchid.

JUNE 2015
June 16, 2915 - Garen Ewing's report from Copenhagen Comics.

June 11, 2015 - Garen Ewing signing books in Copenhagen, the weekend of June 6-7, 2015.

MAY 2015
May 26, 2015 - Peek at the lovely poster being offered with the release of Garen's first Danish edition of 'The Rainbow Orchid.'

May 26, 2015 - Report of Garen at recent group discussion on the topic of getting reluctant readers to engage in books.

May 12, 2015 - Garen's Danish edition (Jagten Pa Regnbueorkideen) will be released at Copenhagen Comics in Denmark on June 6-7. Garen Ewing will be a guest of Tellerup publishing. Also on May 18th, Garen is doing a special panel talk for the Crawley Library on the subject of reaching reluctant readers.

MARCH 2015
March 26, 2015 - Garen has a few bundles left of his The Rainbow Orchid book sets.

March 16, 2015 - Garen has placed up some Rainbow Orchid sketchbook extras on his RO blog. Follow for the latest!

January 28, 2015 - Garen is currently working on his next Juluis Chancer adventure! You can follow some of his post as Instagram.

December 22, 2014 - New Facebook page to follow the release of Julius Chancer in Danish!

December 11, 2014 - The Rainbow Orchid will be publish in DANISH! The plan is for three editions published from Tellerup. The first book called "Jagten på Regnbueorkidéen" will appear in 2015. More at Garen's Rainbow Orchid blog.

November 30, 2014 - Garen Ewing's stunning start to the new Julius Chancer Adventure!

November 21, 2014 - Julius Chancer as one of Jacob's Heirs.

November 21, 2014 - Garen has started drawing the next Julius Chancer Adventure! Follow Garen's Facebook fan page for updates.

Novermber 10, 2014 - Garen's report at Comicmess Köln. And a video tour of the event.

October 27, 2014 - Garen and Murray's second war podcast is up! This time covering the film Platoon.

October 21, 2014 - Garen is having a special limited bundle sale of The Rainbow Orchid Vol, 1,2,3 with Supplement. All volumes signed, with Volume One only with sketch. Only 20 bundles available!

October 10, 2014 - The Rainbow Orchid Vols. 1, 2. & 3 and The Complete Rainbow Orchid are part of the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum permanent collection.

October 3, 2014 - Garen Ewing is scheduled to appear at book signing for The Rainbow Orchid at Comicmess Köln, in Colonge, Germany on November 8th.

September 18, 2014 - Here is Garen's latest update on his new Julius Chancer Adventure!

September 6, 2014 - Garen and Murray Ewing are teaming up again for another round of 'The Adventure Films Podcast.' This time they will be discussing ten war films in their 'The War Films Podcast.' Watch for updates at this link.

September 4 and 5th, 2014 - Exciting to see Garen sharing the latest about his development of his second book about Julius Chancer. Post One and Post Two

JULY 2014
July 15, 2014 - Review of The Rainbow Orchid Complete by Read it Daddy.

July 13, 2014 - Images from YALC at the London Film and Comic Con: Garen opening workshop - Signing books (EgmontUK) - Julius Chancer Cosplayer (Garen's YALC report)

July 7, 2014 - Garen Ewing's Die Abenteuer von Julius Chancer (Volume 1 & 2) is available at Book Depository. Supplies can change.

JUNE 2014
June 25, 2014 - Garen's report on the launch of Rainbow Orchid Vol. 2 (Die Regenbogen Orchidee) at Comic Salon in Erlangen, Germany.

June 11, 2014 - The Complete Rainbow Orchid can now be seen at the Billy Ireland Cartoon Museum.

MAY 2014
May 25, 2014 - Garen Ewing's latest interview that includes developments on his next Julius Chancer adventure! On Blue Bell Digital.

May 15, 2014 - Spanish incarnation of 'The Rainbow Orchid' (La Orquídea Arco Iris) is now available!

May 5, 2014 - This winter I worked on creating a library list for The Rainbow Orchid in USA libraries. The list is not totally complete, but represents the many states Garen Ewing's book is held. If your library does not have the book, do request it!

May 2, 2014 - The Rainbow Orchid Volume 2 will be released in Germany this coming June 2014. It will have a special colour edition of Lily Lawrence's strip 'Sword of Truth!' Garen will be at the Comic Salon in Erlangen, Germany for the launch of this edition by Salleck Publications. Available at Salleck's online shop.

APRIL 2014
photo by Linda Wada
Garen Ewing's The Complete Rainbow Orchid, shelved with TINTIN at a wonderful, traditional English bookshop.

April 16, 2014 - Garen Ewing is one of the guest at the UK's first Young Adult Literature Convention. Held at the London Film and Comic Con.

April 3, 2014 - Garen Ewing's 'The Complete Rainbow Orchid' is now available at THE PHOENIX COMIC shop! Great time to pick up Garen's 'Secret of the Samurai' bundle. Last sets left, with two rare issues of The Phoenix.

March 2014
March 27, 2014 - Latest interview with Garen Ewing by Dan Berry at "Make it then Tell Everybody."

March 20, 2014 - Garen is offering at his The Rainbow Orchid Shop special sketched and signed bookplates. Great gift for Julius Chancer fans or for yourself! See Garen's shop under 'Sketched Bookplate' for full details.

March 14, 2014 - Garen's special video on creating a comic page.

March 3, 2014 - A rare black and White October 2003 copy of The Rainbow Orchid Part One being offered on eBay. Few days left...

February 2014
February 25, 2014 - 'The Rainbow Orchid/Die Regenbogen Orchiee' featured in the German comic magazine ZACK. Article by Peter Nover. Magazine available through ZACK publications.

February 7, 2014 - Garen's Angoulême report! Coming shows: June at Comic Salon in Germany: July at London Film & Con

February 3, 2014 - Garen Ewing's signing and sketching at Angoulême 41 at BD Must booth.

January 2014
January 2, 2014 - Garen Ewing's Best of the Year list.

January 1, 2014 - Garen looks back at his award winning year of 2013.

December 2013
December 25, 2013 - Latest article about his comic work.

December 16. 2013 - Garen will be a guest of his publisher BD Must Editions at the 2014, Festival International de la Bande Dessinée in Angoulême, France. - January 30th - February 2nd.

November 22, 203 - Garen Ewing the winner of the British Young People's Comic Award, in Leeds, England.

November 2013
November 22, 2013 - Garen Ewing won the British Young People's Comic Award, at Thought Bubble at Leeds, England, for his book "The Complete Rainbow Orchid."

November 20, 2013 - Here is a great video introduction to Garen Ewing's The Rainbow Orchid on iPad.

November 15, 2013 - The Rainbow Orchid releases in iPad form on November 19th, 2013, from Panel Nine via its Sequential platform.

November 1, 2013 - While Garen is working on his latest edition of his next Julius Chancer adventure, he is also doing other projects, like this pin-up for 'Knight & Dragon' for Matt Gibbs and Bevis Musson book, coming from Improper Books.

October 2013
October 31, 2013 - Two reports from Garen Ewing from his recent events: the launch of 'The Book of the Dead and the German launch of Die Regenboge Orchidee at Comic Action.

October 30, 2013 - Great photo report about the Creators At Lakes 2013 from Jeremy Briggs at Down the Tubes.

October 30, 2013 - First off, Garen's The Rainbow Orchid Book One is now available in German, from Salleck Publications. Called Die Abenteuer von Julius Chancer: Die Regenbogen Orchidee 1 - Die Wette. Second, 'The Book of the Dead' is now available, which Garen Ewing did all the illustrations and cover for.

October 24, 2013 - Garen Ewing report about his experience at the brand new Lakes International Comic Art Festival.

October 21, 2013 - Garen Ewing caught in action by Chris Sutherland, at this weekend's Lakes International Comic Art Festival.

October 2, 2013 - Exciting NEWS!!! The Rainbow Orchid will be released in German, starting this month at Comic Action in Essen, Germany. Die Regenbogen Orchiee, Die Wette, will launch Saturday, October 26th.


September 24, 2013 - Garen Ewing's 'The Complete Rainbow Orchid' made the shortlist for the national British Comic Award for 2013. His book is listed under 'Young People's Comic Award. Winners are announced at Thought Bubble in November.

September 18, 2013 - Loads of news about Garen Ewing's illustrated work in 'The Book of the Dead' - Louis Greenberg Books Live, Sneak peak by The Qwillery, latest updates by Jared AND pre-order a limited edition hardcover, with an exclusive illustration by Garen Ewing, bound in cloth strips, sealed in wax. Great edition to any Garen Ewing collection. 'The Book of the Dead' releases in London on October 29th. Other versions will be available. Portion of the proceeds go to the Egypt Exploration Society.

The Book of the Dead

September 17, 2013 - Latest from Garen, includes Rainbow Orchid reviews by Andy Oliver: Broken Frontier, Mrs. Tinks Summer Book Giveaway and more.

September 15, 2013 - Review of The Complete Rainbow Orchid by Cherry & Cinnamon, Bridgeen Gillespie.

September 9, 2013 - Garen Ewing will be a guest artist at NERD FEST COMIC CON on October 5, 2013. He will also be at the Lakes International Comic Art Festival this October.

September 8, 2013 - Sept. 16-22, Sequential City gets back to our very love of comics - Exhibition that explores depictions of London in comic book narrative. It includes the work of many, including Garen Ewing.

August 31, 2013 - Garen's own report on his events in Edinburgh Book Festival's "Stripped Fest 2013"

August 29, 2013 - Great report about Stripped comic bookfest from Jeremy Briggs (Down the Tubes) at the Edinburgh Book Festival. Garen Ewing had a long line for signed copies of The Complete Rainbow Orchid.

August 26, 2013 - Garen Ewing, Nick Sharratt, Dave Sutton, and many others, at the Edinburgh Book Festival. The Independent (UK) by Rebecca Davies.

August 25, 2013 - Garen Ewing, in action today (right side), at the Edinburgh Book Festival at the Comic Consequences event. One of three events he did today.

August 21, 2013 - Garen will be at the Edinburgh Book Festival this weekend. Tickets still available for his and many other fine book events.

August 16, 2013 - Just updated my USA Barnes and Nobles list for The Rainbow Orchid. As of today, it shows all books on my list, out of stock!

August 9, 2013 - "Nick Sharratt, Dave Sutton and Garen Ewing have to move the story along in a drawing in the space of one minute." Edinburgh International Book Festival

August 8, 2013 - Great review of The Complete Rainbow Orchid from DROPLETS OF INK.

August 7, 2013 - Pre-order of the Hardback and Paperback copies of THE BOOK OF THE DEAD from Foyles now being taken. Collection of essays with illustrations by Garen Ewing.

August 6, 2013 - Great review of The Complete Rainbow Orchid from Droplets of Ink. AND WIN one of two copies of The Complete Rainbow Orchid from The Lakes International Comic Art Festival (thanks to Egmont) Contest ends August 12th.

August 5, 2013 - The first 50 SOLD OUT, but more special bundles of The Secret of the Samurai from THE PHOENIX. Also, Garen will be at the Edinburgh International Book Festival August 25th. Here is a special post from Joe Gordon at the Forbidden Planet with content by Garen Ewing.

JULY 2013
July 28, 2013 - Metaphrog interview with Garen Ewing.

uly 24, 2013 - More The Secret of the Samurai special bundle sets available from THE PHOENIX.

uly 14, 2013 - Garen has special offer on The Complete Rainbow Orchid bundle! Ends August 1st. 2013.

July 9, 2013 - The Stripped review of The Complete Rainbow Orchid. Garen Ewing will appear at the Edinburgh International Book Festival on Sunday, August 25th.

Garen Ewing at Edinburgh book festival

July 8, 2013 - Andy Oliver, from Broken Frontier, spot on review of The Complete Rainbow Orchid.

July 2, 2013 - The Secret of the Samurai special bundle set from THE PHOENIX. Limited supply.

June 2013
June 30 2013 - All four parts of 'The Secret of the Samurai' are now available online at The Phoenix Shop. Links at Garen's Julius Chancer Shop or at these links: #75, #76, #77, #78.

June 28, 2013 - The conclusion of 'The Secret of the Samurai' is out! Available in the UK or watch this link online. Also available through Big Planet Comics in the USA. Write to them and tell them you want issues #75-#78 for the full series.

June 27, 2013 - Garen's Part 4 of The Secret of The Samurai is out this weekend! And Garen is illustrating an exciting project called 'The Book of the Dead.' It is being published in collaboration with the Egypt Exploration Society. Latest details here.

June 21, 2013 - Lots of news this week! Garen's Part 3 of The Secret of The Samurai is out! A special online preview is now available. Behind the Scenes look at the characters. AND August 25th, 2013, Garen will be at three events at the Edinburgh International Book Festival.

June 15, 2013 - The Phoenix review in from Forbiddenplanet.

June 14, 2013 - Garen's Part One of The Secret of the Samurai by Garen Ewing is now available at The Phoenix shop. Part Two is out TODAY! And an interview about the series from THE BEAT.

June 8, 2013 - WIN The Complete Rainbow Orchid and other great prizes from THE PHOENIX! SEE this link for details! Contest ends June 29th, 2013, 6PM London Time.

June 5, 2013 - The Secret of the Samurai by Garen Ewing, as arrived at The Phoenix headquarters today!

June 4, 2013 - The Secret of the Samurai starts this week in THE PHOENIX! (issues #75-#78)
Available through THE PHOENIX, at select UK stores & in the USA, Big Planet Comics.

May 2013
May 27, 2013 - Garen Ewing's latest Julius Chancer adventure 'The Secret of the Samurai' will appear in THE PHOENIX starting in June. If you live in the USA and like to collect it, write to BIG PLANET COMICS. The carry the latest issues of THE PHOENIX in the USA.

May 17, 2013 - All three French editions of L'Orchidée Arc-en-ciel by Garen Ewing is being offered on eBay.

May 4, 2013 - The news is OUT! JULIUS CHANCER in "The Secret of the Samurai! by Garen Ewing is coming to THE PHOENIX!

April 2013
April 20, 2013 - Julius Chancer is coming up! Report on Forbidden Planet.

April 2, 2013 - New Julius Chancer story half-way finished!

L'Orchidée Arc-en-ciel by Garen Ewing
The Rainbow Orchid French Collectors Edition - RELEASED!

La Orquidea Arcoiris by Garen Ewing (Spanish Edition) Netcom 2 Editorial
Garen Ewing - De Regenboog Orchidee (Dutch Edition)
First, Second and third edition released by SILVESTER STRIPS!

March 2013
March 19, 2013 - Garen's French release of The Rainbow Orchid collection.

March 18, 2013 - Garen Ewing just one of the featured artist in this well done video from Demoncon 2013.

March 17, 2013 - Very nice review of The Rainbow Orchid Volume 3. Also, Garen 'in action' signing and sketching books at DemonCon5.

March 14, 2013 - Garen will be at DEMONCON 5 on Sunday, March 17th.

February 2013
Table Chat - January 10, 2013 - Conversation with Garen Ewing about completing The Rainbow Orchid.

February 27, 2013 - L'Orchidée Arc-en-ciel, the special french collector editions of The Rainbow Orchid has been released by BD Must!

February 24, 2013 - Julius Chancer is part of Silvester Strips 20th Anniversary coin set!

February 5, 2013 - My second interview with Garen Ewing! Table Chat, The Complete Rainbow Orchid.

January 2013
January 28, 2013 - Garen Ewing's interview with Alex Fitch, I'm Ready for my Close Up, on London's Resonance FM. Garen talks about his art cover work for SCARIFYERS.

January 24, 2013 - Latest updates: Very good review from SF Site by Seamus Sweeney, and some wonderful new RO fan art from Brigitta Pekelharing and five year old William Lloyd Jones , as Garen celebrates his 10 year with his blog. ALSO, I have put together this page of Barnes and Nobles stores The Rainbow Orchid is available in the USA.

January 7, 2013 - TODAY, The Rainbow Orchid site is officially THE ADVENTURES OF JULIUS CHANCER. Garen Ewing is currently working on the next Julius adventure.

January 7, 2013 - UK comic 'The Phoenix Comic' is now available for iPad. And, "'s worth it! ...what you see is totally beautiful!" as a new fan reads The Complete Rainbow Orchid for the new year.

January 2, 2013 - Some very good advise to start the new year: 'Some Thoughts on creating comics' by Garen Ewing.

December 2012
December 31, 2012 - Closing out 2012 with Garen's glance back at 2012. Happy New Year, everyone!

December 30, 2012 - Here are some over the holiday mentions of The Rainbow Orchid: Jason Cobley Review of 2012, Forbidden Planet Rob Jackson's Best of the 2012 and Zainab's Best of 2012 list; Jonathan King list of favorites of 2012, and John Stringer's "highly recommended" list. Also, childen's book writer, Laura Gomez, favorite new discovered book.

The Complete Rainbow Orchid
Top R-L to bottom - My collection of The Rainbow Orchid Vol 1 (2009); 2 (2010) and 3 (2012); The Complete Rainbow Orchid (2012) all Egmont UK; The Rainbow Orchid Supplement (published by inktales 2012); and Garen's special limited edition hardcover Vol. 1 (2007).

December 22, 2012 - Garen's special post about the popular Evelyn Crow.

December 20, 2012 - Garen's annual Christmas greeting, featuring Evelyn Crow with a beautiful snow leopard.

December 16, 2012 - Rainbow Orchid fan and illustrator, Emma Reynolds, greats some wonderful Julius Chancer and gang, characters out of Legos. And Garen's interview with student comic artist, Thomas Leighton, who Garen's work helped inspired Thomas to study comics and animation.

December 12, 2012 - On this 12-12-12 day, a few updates: NewStatesman article 'Kids Read Comics: a popular revival', which includes the weekly comic The Phoenix and The Rainbow Orchid; a special post from Garen with a review of the Young Reader editions of the TINTIN books from Little, Brown in the USA; and a video favorite of Garen Ewing's time lapse video drawing one of the strips in The Rainbow Orchid.

December 6, 2012 - (published December 3rd) - Garen Ewing's The Rainbow Orchid makes the 'Season Readings: Books that make Great Gifts' list for The Daily News (Vancouver,Washington/Portland, Oregon, area newspaper, serving the lower Columbia. Link to article.

"Comic book fans will devour “The Rainbow Orchid,” Volume One in The Adventures of Julius Chancer series by Garen Ewing. This graphic novel, meant for readers ages 8 and up, is the story of Julius Chancer, young assistant to historical researcher Sir Alfred Catesby-Grey. This book mixes adventure, legend, history, and fun and comic book lovers won’t be able to get enough of it." - The Daily News (Vancouver, Washington/Portland, Oregon, serving the Lower Columbia) - Update: Article appears to be originally released by Terri Schlichenmeyer, syndicated writer for Palm Beach Garden Lifestyles and many more,

December 5, 2012 - Down the Tubes, Jeremy Briggs, review of The Rainbow Orchid Supplement (for the truest of RO fans!

November 2012
November 30, 2012 - Garen Ewing's The Complete Rainbow Orchid is listed on The Guardian (London UK) BEST GRAPIC NOVELS FOR 2012.

November 28, 2012 - Very good review of Garen's The Rainbow Orchid Supplement from Richard at Forbidden Planet.

November 26, 2012 - For only the TRUEST of Rainbow Orchid fans, Garen's 'The Rainbow Orchid Supplement' (published by Inkytales) is now available from Garen's Rainbow Orchid shop.

November 25, 2012 - Very nice photo report of Thought Bubble 2012 from Down the Tubes Comics.

November 24, 2012 - Garen Ewing's official report on his 2012 Thought Bubble event. Also, the release of Garen's LA ORQUÍDEA ARCOIRIS from NetCom2.

The Complete Rainbow Orchid
Two complete sets of The Rainbow Orchid in my local main city library.

November 20, 2012 - UPDATE: Garen reports having the most successful comic event of the year, with 125 books sold, in just two days! Latest reviews of The Complete Rainbow Orchid after the last, and most popular, UK comic book festival of the year, Thought Bubble UK 2012: 1) from Dan at 'The Last Frontiersman' 2) from Jennifer at No Flying No Tights . Also, an earlier one from: 3) Read it Daddy. Also, thanks to the Collectors Society, a great picture of Garen Ewing 'at work' at his table at Though Bubble 2012. (Page down to the second to last picture.)

November 12, 2012 - Garen will be signing and sketching Rainbow Orchid books at one of the most looked forward to comic event of the year at Thought Bubble, in Leeds, Nov. 17 & 18. UPDATE: Garen's latest post about Thought Bubble and The Complete Rainbow Orchid.

Garen Ewing's Spanish edition of The Rainbow Orchid, La Orquidea Arcoiris, is released this month from Netcom2 Editorial!

October 2012
October 24, 2012 - Exciting news, as I just learned my local library has purchased 5 complete sets (15 books) of The Rainbow Orchid! Two complete sets for the main library and full sets for three other city libraries in our county. Get your library to order The Rainbow Orchid, too! Just send in your request to your library, for all three volumes or the Complete book. Send links about the books (Garen's site, reviews, where to purchase online from like Amazon, and ISBN numbers) and see if your library will become one of the growing list of libraries collecting the book! Also check WorldCat for a library with Rainbow Orchid near you.

October 22, 2012 - Garen's next big event will be at Thought Bubble, November in Leeds, UK.

October 6, 2012 - Garen has just announced The Rainbow Orchid Volume One has offically sold out from Egmont UK. A second printing has been ordered! Get one of the few remaining copies at retailers now! Also, signed and sketched The Complete Rainbow Orchid books are available at Garen's RO shop.

October 5, 2012 - Garen's The Rainbow Orchid in Spanish, releases in November 2012! Here is a preview at Net Comic of 'La Orquidea Arcoris'

The Complete Rainbow Orchid
The Complete Rainbow Orchid from Egmont - Sept. 3rd 2012 - My copy!

September 30, 2012 - Forbidden Planet International Blog: Richard Bruton 'The Complete Rainbow Orchid' review.

September 23, 2012 - "This album-sized work collects what originally appeared in three separate volumes, and it’s an enthralling all-ages read." - Page 45 review

September 12, 2012 - Today I received my copy of The Complete Rainbow Orchid. Very stunning book! I highly recommend!

September 11, 2012 - Garen Ewing's upcoming workshops: Sept. 29th, Graphic Novel Workshop, Forest Row Festival; Just Imagine, Chelmsford, Oct. 9th; Cheltenham Litenham Literature Festival, Oct. 14th

September 3, 2012 - Official release day of Garen Ewing's THE COMPLETE RAINBOW ORCHID! To help celebrate, a sneak peek of the book, a special six question interview with Garen Ewing by Jeremy Briggs at down the tubes and you can pick up a copy at Dave's Comics in Brighton, UK.

August 12, 2012 - GREAT NEWS! Forget October! The Rainbow Orchid Vol. 1, and 2 are shipping from Amazon USA right NOW! Volume Three, August 18th! The Complete book in September!

August 11, 2012 - From Richard at Forbidden Planet: one of his July Favorites!

August 9, 2012 - Watch for Garen at the following fall 2012 events: Just Imagine, Chelmsford, Cheltenham Literature Festival, & Thoughtbubble, Leeds. Also scheduled to appear Aug 19, at Caption, (guest panel).

August 2, 2012 - In September, Garen Ewing's The Complete Rainbow Orchid will be released by Egmont UK, with over 17 NEW pages of extra sketches and material about the comic. Available for pre-order now! And Garen is self-publishing his own limited edition called The Rainbow Orchid Supplement. It will include new sketches and artwork, complete with all the annotations for the series. More details to come.

JULY 2012
L'Orchidée Arc-en-ciel BD Must - Coming 2013

July 25, 2012 - Check Garen's Event page for the latest festivals he will be appearing this summer and fall. This includes Cheltenham Literature Festival and Thoughtbubble. Also more on Garen's Spain edition of The Rainbow Orchid from Net Com2 Editorial.

July 11, 2012 - Awesome! Evelyn Gothic by Garen Ewing!

July 8, 2012 - Very fun report from Manchester at Garen's Children's Comics Party workshop at Waterstone's by Emma Reynolds. Update: July 15th post from Emma Reynolds on Garen's workshop!

July 7, 2012 - Reminder that The Rainbow Orchid is getting proper distribution in the United States. All three volumes scheduled for release in October.

July 5, 2012 - EXCITING NEWS! The Rainbow Orchid will be not only in English, Dutch and Spanish, but now it will be in FRENCH! Release scheduled for Christmas 2012.

July 1, 2012 - Garen appeared at Waterstone's Bookshop in Manchester, which held their annual Manchester Children's Book Festival this weekend. Garen also had an excellent review from Forbiddenplanet.

JUNE 2012
The Rainbow Orchid Vol. 3 - Beautiful one, from Garen!

June 25, 2012 - The Rainbow Orchid will be published in SPANISH! The hardbound edition, La Orquidea Arcoiris, by Spanish publisher, Netcom2 Editorial in Spain. More details here!

June 19, 2012 - June has been a very busy month for Garen, filled with events, with more to come, and great reviews, as well. Here's the latest from Rol Hirst. Also, The Rainbow Orchid Shop has RO 3 available now!

June 14, 2012 - New Flash from RO headquarters: The Rainbow Orchid Volume Two has SOLD OUT! Egmont has ordered a reprint!

June 12, 2012 - Garen's excellent report of his trip to Stripdagen. (Which got a very nice mention on Forbidden Planet.)

June 12, 2012 - Garen will be appearing at Bag-of-Books with a special workshop on June 16th, followed by another fun workshop at Waterstone's bookshop in Manchester, on July 1, 2012. Currently, you can see his latest comic work in the weekly UK comic, The Phoenix (4 part series, The Bald Boy and the Dervish, written by Ben Haggarty, starting with issue 23). Also, from Silvester, Garen received these lovely 'silver coins' featuring Julius Chancer.

June 4, 2012 - June is starting off great for RO! Garen had a successful showing at Stripdagen, sketching and signing books, including ones for the beautiful Dutch edition of the three hardbound boxset of The Rainbow Orchid. ALSO, another wonderful surprise in The Observer, as fame comic Rhys Darby, gave Garen's book a shoutout, in his Sunday's Cultural Highlights column! Great weekend for Garen and RO! HURRAY!

MAY 2012
The Complete Rainbow Orchid from Egmont - Sept. 3rd 2012

May 26, 2012 - Garen Ewing got a GREAT review in the UK Observer for his 'The Rainbow Orchid' series by reviewer Rachel Cooke, The Observer, Guardian.

May 21, 2012 - Garen is very busy on a tight deadline on a new project for THE PHOENIX. 'The Bald Boy and the Dervish' is written by Ben Haggarty and illlustrated by Garen. It's scheduled to appear starting with issue #23. A bit more at this link. The tight deadline has meant the RO shop with Vol. 3 has been delayed for signed copies online. Not to worry, as Garen will open as soon as the 'Dervish' is done! Looks great, Garen (and Ben!).

May 14, 2012 - Garen had a successful weekend at Bristol Comic Expo! Certainly have seen many 'hauls' including all three The Rainbow Orchid Volumes. Excellent! Watch for Garen's next appearance at Stripdagen. Garen will be signing special limited editions prints of the cover at the show. Meanwhile, watching out for the special box set of The Rainbow Orchid in the Dutch collection.

May 9, 2012 - Garen Ewing's The Complete Rainbow Orchid (English) cover. Release date, September 3rd in the UK and currently listed for USA release for the same date, as well.

May 2, 2012 - Garen's latest 'Bag of Bits' on what is happening in RO Land!

May 2, 2012 - Garen will be signing and sketching books at the Bristol Comic Expo May 12th and 13th, 2012. He will also be at Stripdagen in Haarlem, Holland, June 1st and 2nd.

May 1, 2012 - Garen Ewing is interviewed by THE BEAT (major USA comic news online sites).

May 1, 2012 - Garen's artwork for The Scarifyers will be featured on the cover of the new Scraifyers comic book starting released on May 21th. The comic is written by Simon Barnard and illustrated by Simon Gurr.

May 26, 2012 - "I will tell you that reading Julius Chancer is a great treat. It is so beautifully done; the historical references are spot on, the dialogue is pitch perfect, and each book has immaculate end papers comprising a scrapbook of related newspaper stories, bill posters, war records, maps and photographs. Combine this with his fiendish plot, and the result is one of the most satisfying comics around, whether you are a small boy, or a grown woman. I couldn't like it more if I tried." - Rachel Cooke, The Observer, Review

APRIL 2012
April 23, 2012 - The Dutch 'De Regenboog Orchidee' (The Rainbow Orchid) Boxset, will be available in late May from Silvester. All three hardbound volumes in this beautifully designed incasement box.

De Regenboog Orchidee - Boxset from Silvester Strip

April 17, 2012 - Garen's first official event with The Rainbow Orchid Volume 3 is at DEMONCON 3, Sunday, April 22nd. [Update Apr. 23nd: With great disappointment to Garen (and his fans) he was not able to make this event, but more events are planned for this year and as soon as he is able, he will have RO3 available online at his Rainbow Orchid shop for signed and sketched copies. See other links for unsigned copies.]

April 10, 2012
UPDATE August 12, 2012: Available in the USA NOW!!! Looking for Garen Ewing's The Rainbow Orchid in the USA to buy? Just got harder, for now. Today, Amazon USA has officially stopped offering The Rainbow Orchid books (Vol. 1, 2 and 3). They have started setting it up on regular Amazon shopping carts and reset the schedule release of the book in the USA for October 2012! If you still want to get The Rainbow Orchid in the USA, The Book Depository offers The Rainbow Orchid Volume 3 with free shipping. Also, Garen offers all three Volumes, signed and sketched from his Rainbow Orchid Shop (my favorite place to get it!) all from the UK!

April 3, 2012 - We Love this Book review of The Rainbow Orchid Volume three by John Lloyd (part of The Bookseller Group).

The Rainbow Orchid Volume 3
Apr. 2, 2012 - Garen Ewing's The Rainbow Orchid Volume 3 officially released from Egmont UK!

April 2, 2012 - The Rainbow Orchid Volume 3 has officially released from Egmont UK! CBR celebrates spreading the news!

April 1, 2012 - Murray Ewing's tribute to Garen's The Rainbow Orchid Volume 3 release!

MARCH 2012
March 31, 2012 - The official release announced by Garen Ewing on The Rainbow Orchid Volume 3.

March 31, 2012 - "I would whole-heartly recommend The Rainbow Orchid" - Gavin Greg


March 25, 2012 - A visit with William Pickle!

March 24, 2012 - Forbiddenplanet celebrating Garen's The Rainbow Orchid Vol. 3 release with a visit to the RO Fan Art.

March 22, 2012 - The Complete Rainbow Orchid (with all three Volumes) will be released in September 9, 2012. This is the English paperback edition. Watch these links: Book Depository | Waterstones | Amazon
ALSO! Garen Ewing's Dutch edition De Regenboog Orchidee will be offered in a special box edition with all three volumes! Check the online sellers for this edition. Link to one.

March 22, 2012 - Garen's looks back at a few of the changes of The Rainbow Orchid since it's beginning.

March 17, 2012 - Garen's has a bit of a glimpse of things to come in The Rainbow Orchid Volume 3, coming April 2nd!

March 12, 2012 - The Rainbow Orchid creator, Garen Ewing, is currently lining up appearances at some of the UK's top comic events. Check this link for the current schedule. For thoses in the UK, and like to schedule a special event, talk or workshop, contact Garen at this link.

March 8, 2012 - Special post on silent film star, Lily Lawrence.

February 8, 2012 - Garen helps celebrate 2000AD 35th birthday!

February 6, 2012 - Garen Ewing was on the Simon Mayo Show talking about COMICS on BBC 2 Radio!

January 28, 2012 - The Rainbow Orchid Volume Three has arrived on Garen's desk! It's a beauty!
Available starting April 2, 2012 at Garen's RO shop for SPECIAL signed copies (with goodies to buy with it), The Book Depository with free shipping worldwide, AND for the VERY lucky, at live EVENTS!

De Regenboog Orchidee
Garen Ewing De Regendoog Orchidee, Deel Twee - Beautiful hardbound book.

January 17, 2012 - Forbidden Planet review of 'The Phoenix' - Garen has a full strip he illustrated in Issue 1 called 'The Golden Feather.'

January 16, 2012 - "It’s been a rollercoaster ride, and it’s been worth it." - The Bookbag, review, Rainbow Orchid. Full review

January 12, 2012 - Exciting news! For the May release of Rainbow Orchid Volume 3 in Dutch, Garen says he will be attending Stripdagen in Haarlem in June - Festival held June 1-3, 2012! Note: If you haven't gotten a hard bound Dutch edition, please do, they are beautifully printed books!

January 10, 2012 - The podcast hits 20,000 listens! On the dot!

January 7, 2012 - The one off story 'The Golden Feather' by Ben Haggarty and illustrated by Garen Ewing, is available in issue one of the New UK comic 'The Phoenix'. Review of comic by Lew Stringer at Blimey!

December 23, 2011 - Christmas greetings from The Rainbow Orchid creator Garen Ewing, with the final Rainbow Orchid Volume 3 cover! UK Egmont edition released in April. Dutch in May 2012. LINK

December 20, 2011 - Garen Ewing and his brother Murray, with their latest Adventure Films Podcast: The Golden Voyage of Sinbad. This is the last of the ten film podcast, with a summary program to follow. Also, watch this SPACE for the latest news on The Rainbow Orchid Vol. 3!

December 14, 2011 - Some Tintin fun!

November 29, 2011 - Just got my copy of NELSON! Garen has a lovely four page strip inside!

November 25, 2011 - While RO 3 is in production, a return of The Adventure Films with the 1935 SHE and a look at artist work spaces. AND Garen's Yves Chaland tribute at Klare lijn international.

November 18, 2011 - Great news! The new weekly comic, The Phoenix, will feature a special one-off strip called 'The Legend of the Golden Feather' with story by Ben Haggarty and illustrated by Garen Ewing (more here).

Garen Ewing signed books at Demoncon 2.

November 13, 2011 - Nice! Image peek at Garen's Comic Hero's Interview - October 2011 issue #9

November 13, 2011 - Here are some links to Garen's released sneak peeks from his blog and 2011 interview of Rainbow Orchid Vol. 3 - Preview | Teaser 3 | Teaser 1 | Mountain Scene with Lily

November 8, 2011 - Garen Ewing's Demoncon 2 report. Also, Garen's excellent insightful review of the new Tintin movie.

November 7, 2011 - Great bit of video here with Garen Ewing drawing Julius Chancer at the 2010 Comica Comiket! (Garen starts at 3:37 mins.) LINK

November 6, 2011 - Garen Ewing was at Demoncon 2 in Maidstone, England and reported doing well!

October 27, 2011 - The Rainbow Orchid is featured in 'Comic Heros Magazine' this month. Issue #9, October 2011, with Spiderman on the cover. Also, November 6th, Garen will also be appearing at Demoncon 2.

October 13, 2011 - Today Garen wrote: "I have just drawn and lettered a panel for The Rainbow Orchid in which there is a narration box in the bottom right-hand corner that says 'The end'." - Garen Ewing

While Julius Chancer will continue, this is 'the end' for The Rainbow Orchid series. Still more work to finish up, but The Rainbow Orchid Volume 3 will be released in 2012 from Egmont.

Garen Ewing will have a strip in Nelson. Release Nov. 2011

Sepember 14, 2011 - Garen Ewing's The Scarifyers interview.

September 10, 2011 - Forbidden Planet Blog: Garen Ewing at DEMONCON 2.

September 8, 2011 - Professional book editor Art Mayo's review of Rainbow Orchid and The Adventure Films Podcast.

September 8, 2011 - The latest recording of Adventure Films Podcast with Garen and his brother Murray Ewing is up! This program covers 'Raiders of the Lost Ark' (1981).

September 1, 2011 - Garen Ewing is one of the 54 comic artist in 'Nelson' which will be released in November. Pre-ordering is available now. Don't forget ordering copies of Vol. 1&2 of The Rainbow Orchid.


August 22, 2011 - Flying Tiger Comics review of The Rainbow Orchid.

August 18, 2011 - Catch Garen and his brother Murray, with the latest Adventure Films 'Lost Horizon'!

August 12, 2011 - Garen Ewing will be at Demoncon 2, Sunday, November 6, 2011, at 10AM, in Eden, Bank Street, Maidstone, Kent, England. He will be signing copies of The Rainbow Orchid 1 & 2. Watch for many events to come, with the release of Rainbow Orchid 3 in 2012.

August 5, 2011 - Latest news from Rainbow Orchid creator, Garen Ewing, which includes a November 6th event in Maidstone and a special sneak peek! Also, listen to Garen and his brother, Murray, with their latest Adventure Films, which included Time Bandits and Lawrence of Arabia.

JULY 2011

July 24, 2011 - Chris Askham's tribute to Evelyn Crow from THE RAINBOW ORCHID.

July 14, 2011 - Garen Ewing is the July Guest at the Scotch Corner Daily Artblog.

July 5, 2011 - Latest update from Garen! Includes The Rainbow Orchid being included in the Book Trust 'Graphic Novels for the Classroom'

JUNE 2011

June 23, 2011 - Latest reviews and updates! Comics Review UK excellent review of The Rainbow Orchid Part Two, Garen's latest Rainbow Orchid Part 3 sneak peek strip, and Garen and Murray's latest Adventure Film broadcast (detail ten part series talking about Garen's favorite adventure films). Enjoyful listening!

June 8, 2011 - This week, Garen's latest magazine interview, Rainbow Orchid strip, and Adventures Films podcast with Murray Ewing, along with his latest blog news. Also, Garen's latest badge collection is available!

Rainbow Orchid badges

June 3, 2011 - Watch Garen's RO site for sneak peeks of The Rainbow Orchid Volume 3 (starting with strip 109) on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays over the coming weeks! Garen is also planning previews of a new Julius Chancer Adventure for the web, at a future date. Stay tune.

MAY 2011

The Adventure Films Podcast
Garen Ewing & Murray Ewing: The Adventure Films Podcast

May 31, 2011 - A very nice surprise today! Garen and his brother Murray Ewing, have created a podcast series about their favorite Adventure Films. 10 films, about one hour each, about some of Garen's favorites! Have a listen!

• May 30, 2011 - Great day as previews of The Rainbow Orchid Volume 3 begin!!!

• May 26, 2011 - Garen's latest update, including a future contest and PREVIEWS coming of Rainbow Orchid Vol. 3!!! (The mugs are to die for, and will be part of some lucky fan's future!)

• May 22, 2011 - Watch Garen's Rainbow Orchid shop ... NOW Available! NEW collection of Rainbow Orchid Badges!

• May 20, 2011 - Rainbow Orchid Volume 3 is being created right now, so watch for the latest updates on the future release at Garen's Rainbow Orchid blog. Also check out Garen's Julius Chancer Facebook Fan page.

• May 19, 2011 - Part Three "Rainbow Orchid" from start to finish" by Garen Ewing (really love seeing today!)

• May 18, 2011 - Part Two "How to Make a Graphic Novel" by Garen Ewing, Christchurch Kids Blog

• May 17, 2011 - Christchurch Kids Blog "Graphic Novels - just another way to tell a story" by Garen Ewing

• May 7, 2011 - Follow-up on 'Nelson' as a sampler edition will be given out at the Bristol Comic Expo May 14-15th, 2011.

• May 6, 2011 - Garen Ewing is one of the 50 creators of a new collaborative graphic novel called NELSON. The new book will be released in November 2011 and will be featured at THOUGHT BUBBLE.

APRIL 2011

• April 25, 2011 - Latest Swedish review of The Rainboow Orchid:
" very well written... Ewing seems to have as good an eye on England as India... the content is equally well thought out, and I'm really looking forward to the final book in this first story of Julius Chancer" - Simon, Serienytt

• April 9, 2011 - The Rainbow Orchid Vol. 2 in Dutch: DE AVONTUREN VAN JULIUS CHANCER STRIP O2

• April 1, 2011 - Dancing with Skeletons, Conor Carton, review of The Rainbow Orchid Volume 2.

MARCH 2011
Rainbow Orchid Dutch edition
Garen Ewing © De Regenboog Orchidee Vol. 2 (Dutch edition). Release April 2011, Silvester

• March 22, 2011 - Garen Ewing's De Regenboog Orchidee Volume Two will be released in April 2011. See Garen's site and also the Silvester Strips latest catalogue PDF page 10.

• March 14, 2011 - Paul Birch's 'Garen Ewing Exclusive' interview for Speech Balloons.

• March 8, 2011 - Artist's Work is made into a stamp. And the arrival of my own personal collection of the Royal Musical Stamps.

• March 3, 2011 - Garen Ewing has been interviewed for 'The Comic Academy.' His interview is available starting March 3rd. See this link for more details on how to hear it. A site to learn from the pros.

• March 2, 2011 - While The DFC Comic is gone, a new comic is about to take birth. Called The Phoenix, some of the same creators will be part of this new adventure. Exactly who and what, is still to be revealed, so a good time to follow Super Comics Adventure Squad for news and updates.


• February 24, 2011 - Garen Ewing, the illustrator for the "Return to the Forbidden Planet" poster for Josef Weinberger/Bob Carlton, officially had his design launched as a Royal Mail First Class Stamp today! Approved by the Queen, it is a great honor. Stamp is available online or at any UK postal service. Here are links to more about it: Forbidden Planet | Garen's special post | Royal Mail | BBC NEWS | CBBC

• February 13, 2011 - La Terrasse - Garen Ewing - 'The Rainbow Orchid, Volume Two by Chris Fox.

• February 7, 2011 - Astonishing News 'Tales from the Parents Basement' - Interview with Garen Ewing about The Rainbow Orchid. LINK.

Forbidden Planet stamp
Illustration by Garen Ewing © Josef Weinberger Ltd/Bob Carlton. Release Feb. 24, 2011

• February 4, 2011 - Musicals: Theatre Interiors First Day Covers, features Garen Ewing's Forbidden Planet Royal Mail Stamp. LINK

• February 2, 2011 - As Garen is on the home stretch of Rainbow Orchid 3, a look at his professional illustrations and a fun strip from the past: Captain Powerchord: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 and more!

• January 29, 2011 - Richard Bruton, Forbidden Planet UK: With stories about library closures in the UK, here is a great story to make one CHEER! (Includes The Rainbow Orchid by Garen Ewing & others)

• January 20, 2011 - "I was very pleased at Chelmsford's Just Imagine storytelling centre to see Garen (Ewing) The Rainbow Orchid comics on display on the main table." - Sarah McIntrye

• January 19, 2011 - The Comics Bureau interview with Garen Ewing.

• January 18, 2011 - Graeme Neil Reid Best of 2010.

• January 13, 2011 - The Rainbow Orchid by Garen Ewing is in Kenny Penman's Forbidden Planet International comic creators 'Best of the Year' series.

• January 10, 2011 - Stacey Whittle, at SFX, lists The Rainbow Orchid Vol. 1 & 2, as one of their Top Comics for 2010.

• January 5, 2011 - Garen in 'My Life in a Scrapbook' while signing at one of the book festivals.

• January 3, 2011 - Special post from Garen 'Julius Chancer in 2011 and beyond' - As a longtime fan, I appreciate every bit of work, Garen has put into this project. It has been an amazing journey.

• January 2, 2011 - Jan. 2011, Garen has a special two book deal from his RO shop! Buy each book, and get a sketched & signature signed Vol. 1, and a signed only Vol. 2, for one packaged price. Great for your collection, or as a gift for yourself and your comic book fan!


Garen's Forbidden Planet stamp
Garen Ewing's 'Return to the Forbidden Planet' poster for the London musicial is now sealed for history, as part of a special Royal Mail Classic Collection stamp called 'Musical Stages'
(Image Collect GB Stamps - Illustration by Garen Ewing © Josef Weinberger Ltd/Bob Carlton).

December 31, 2010 - Fantastic NEWS! What a great way to end 2010! Garen Ewing has his own official Royal Mail Stamp! As part of a collection called 'Stage Musicals' it is one of eight stamps being released February 24, 2011, in the UK. What a huge honor, and a very, hearty Congratulations to Garen!

December 31, 2010 - North East Geek Feast program has a segment with interviews from London's MCM. Garen's interview appears 33:24 - 36:45 mins.

• December 30, 2010 - The Rainbow Orchid, Vol. 2 on children's book writer, Philip Womack's, 'Best Children's Books of 2010' list.

• December 27, 2010 - From Paul Birch at Birmingham Mail: Speech Balloons, Merry Christmas from Garen Ewing

• December 23, 2010 - Best of the Year: John Freeman (Forbidden Planet).

• December 22, 2010 - 'Twas the Sunday Before Christmas' event with Garen Ewing and Bonx Trigwell.

• December 15, 2010 - Return to the time of Dickensian at 'Twas the Sunday Before Christmas' - Garen Ewing and Bonx Trigwell will be signing their books at 'The Bookshop' for this delightful, longtime traditional event on the High Street.

• December 15, 2010 - 'Sidekickcast Presents: Sidekicks on Tour' - Thought Bubble 2010 - Over view of the event, with interviews with several comic creators, including Paul Cornell, Kayla Marie Hillier, and Garen Ewing. Direct link to the podcast. (Garen appears about halfway into the program.)

• December 14, 2010 - 'Liff 24' at Thought Bubble 2010. The best overall look at Thought Bubble, with interviews including Tim Pilcher & Al Davison. (A glimpse of The Rainbow Orchid can be seen at 6:04)

• December 12, 2010 - Follow-up: The Comic Book Alliance auction is now over. The first time auction raised over £2000! It included original work and sketched books by Garen Ewing. See the images below.

• December 11, 2010 - Garen Ewing answers to 'Ten, or fifteen, questions' from fans of The Rainbow Orchid. Insightful read about creating to future plans.

• December 4, 2010 - Rob Jackson's post on 'The Rainbow Orchid' Vol. 2.

• December 4, 2010 - On Amazon today, (low res.) early preview version of the cover of 'The Rainbow Orchid' Volume III! Final cover version, to come. Available for pre-order NOW! Watch for release date!

Early preview cover of RO 3

• December 2, 2010 - The Comic Book Alliance ebay auction started today! Links to The Rainbow Orchid offerings, including original Rainbow Orchid Art work by Garen Ewing. All for a good cause. Ends Dec. 12. Here are the Rainbow Orchid links: Vol. 1 w/Sketch & poster | Vol. 2 w /Sketch & poster | Original Rainbow Orchid Artwork (rare chance for original RO Art work) | Auction over. I will leave the other links, for now.

Signed Rainbow OrchidSigned Rainbow Orchidoriginal Rainbow Orchid artwork


• November 30, 2010 - Paul Rainey reviews The Rainbow Orchid Vol. 2.

• November 29, 2010 - December 2-11, 2010, The Comic Book Alliance, chaired by Tim Pilcher, will hold its first Ebay Charity Auction. Garen Ewing will have signed books, posters and original Rainbow Orchid artwork to be bidded on. See full list. Search for comic_book_alliance, on start of the sell. Good luck!

• November 29, 2010 - Garen's latest TEASER.

• November 26, 2010 - The Book Depository currently has both Rainbow Orchids in stock, with free worldwide shipping. Also, Amazon UK is running the lowest prices yet, on Vol. 1 & 2 for the holiday season.

• November 22, 2010 - Garen's 'Bubbledegook' report on Thought Bubble in Leeds, UK.

• November 20, 2010 - Garen signing books at Thought Bubble, Saturday, November 20th. (Garen reported having an excellent event for sales, while others report seeing long lines, wanting those special sketched and signed, Rainbow Orchid. All excellent news for Garen and The Rainbow Orchid.)

The Rainbow Orchid at Billy Ireland
The Rainbow Orchid Volume 1 & 2, by Garen Ewing, now part of the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum collection in Columbus, Ohio.

• November 15, 2010 - The Rainbow Orchid is now part of the Billy Ireland Cartoon Museum & Library.

• November 9, 2010 - The Rainbow Orchid 'Comica Comiket' report.

• November 7, 2010 - Great shot of Elyssa and Garen at MCM. Forbidden Planet.

• November 6, 2010 - Garen's latest Rainbow Orchid Vol. 3 Teaser.

• November 5, 2010 - The "awesome haul" of Edward Ross at MCM.

• November 4, 2010 - Garen's MCM report.

• November 3, 2010 - The Beat report on London MCM Expo 2010.

• November 1, 2010 - The Etherington Brothers report on MCM (with Garen's picture).


• October 31, 2010 - The Rainbow Orchid Volumes 1 and 2 were added to the Canberra City Library system in Australia.

• October 31, 2010 - MCM Expo, Day 2, by Sarah McIntyre.

• October 23, 2010 - Garen will be part of the new 'Comica Comiket Independent Comics Fair' at the Royal National Hotel in London. This 'Drawing Parade' happens November 7, 2010 from 12-5PM. More details here. The event is free to attend.

• October 23, 2010 - Garen 'caught in the act' of reading the 'Monster Book' at the Crystal Palace Children's Festival in London. Photo by children's book creator and comic artist Sarah McIntyre.

The Rainbow Orchid Volumes 1 and 2
The Rainbow Orchid Volume 1 (2009) & Vol. 2 (2010)

• October 23, 2010 - Garen will be at MCM Expo London (Oct. 29-31). Update from Forbidden Planet.

• October 21, 2010 - Garen's interview in the Tranmitter.

• October 21, 2010 - Garen Ewing making news, again, as one of the talented comic artist and authors at the Crystal Palace Children's Book Festival - Londonist. Creator of festival Alex Milway.

• October 19, 2010 - Review from Dr. Mel Gibson at Write Away on Rainbow Orchid Vol. 2

• October 18, 2010 - The Rainbow Orchid makes another list of favorites at the Christchurch Library.

October 18, 2010 - New interview with Garen Ewing from Cultural Magpie. (Lovely brand new illustrations too!)

October 18, 2010 - Garen will be giving a workshop at 'The Crystal Palace Children's Book Festival' October 23, 2010. A great event for your kids, or the 'kids at heart' in London!

• October 15, 2010 - The Rainbow Orchid is now on the BUZZ. A comic creators membership community for current published, or just learning future talent, can go, and learn, share, and grow, with their own comic work.

The Rainbow Orchid at Springfield Library
The Rainbow Orchid Volume 1 & 2 at the Springfield Library in Oregon. Left, Rita Eberle, right, Carrie Schindele-Cupples (Youth Services Librarian).

October 10, 2010 - Fabulous in-depth report by Garen about the Netherland's launch of De Regenboog Orchidee, and the adventures of publishing in Europe. Link to article. (Congratulations to Garen (and his wife, Elyssa) on The Rainbow Orchid being published in Europe.) Garen will be back in the Netherlands when RO Volumes 2 & 3 are launched in 2011.

• October 9, 2010 - Garen Ewing has been officially listed on Europe's fame 'Lambiek' list of comic artist and creators, (home of Europe's first comic shops).

• October 3, 2010 - Asian review of The Rainbow Orchid, by Tetsu Saiwai for The Asian Review of Books.

• October 2, 2010 - The Rainbow Orchid Volumes 1 & 2 at the Springfield Public Library in Springfield, Oregon.

• October 1, 2010 - Garen and The Rainbow Orchid featured in The Transmitter (London Southeast Magazine.) Link to magazine.

• October 1, 2010 - The Rainbow Orchid Vol. 3 (III) is now listed for pre-order at Amazon UK. Release is planned for 2011.


• September 30, 2010 - The Rainbow Orchid, Vol. 1 - The Asian Review of Books by Peter Gordan.

• September 30, 2010 - Blake Friedmann report on The Rainbow Orchid launched in Holland. (Picture of very nice large poster background showing the new Dutch cover.) "Garen spent over four hours signing books."- Blake Friedmann

• September 30, 2010 - Garen Ewing and The Rainbow Orchid at The Bath Festival of Children's Literature.

• September 25, 2010 - Happy 'fangirl' at the Bath Festival event with Garen Ewing, Dave McKean and Robin Etherington. (Lucky fan!)

• September 24, 2010 - Stripschrift (Dutch comic magazine) featuring The Rainbow Orchid.

De Regenboog Orchidee
De Regenboog Orchidee, De Avonturen van Julius Chancer, launched Sept. 26th, 2010 in the Netherlands. It is a hardbound Dutch edition.

• September 18, 2010 - More Garen's Rainbow Orchid book sketches.

• September 12, 2010 - De Regenboog Orchidee The Adventure of Julius Chancer, by Garen Ewing, has been listed in Silvester Strips -Sept.-Oct. catalogue. It is a Hardcover Edition! The official launch is Sunday, Sept. 26th at De Stripdagen in Houten, which Garen will be attending. Follow this link to a PDF showing the cover of the new The Rainbow Orchid Dutch release.

• September 9, 2010 - Received my copy of 'Tripwire' by England editor Joel Meadows and US Editor, Andrew Grossberg. Very nice publication! Edition #54 has an interview with Garen. Order at this link.

• September 9, 2010 - To get the latest news about The Rainbow Orchid, join The Adventures of Julius Chancer Facebook Fan Page.

• September 7, 2010 - From the Book Zone 4 Boys "Crystal Palace Children's Book Festival" (Garen Ewing will be a guest with a book signing for The Rainbow Orchid.

• September 4, 2010 - Garen Ewing's The Edinburgh International Book Festival 2010 report.

• September 1, 2010 - More and (Moore) from the Edinburgh Book Festival from Joe Gordon, The Forbidden Planet International. Includes Garen Ewing's (with The Rainbow Orchid) appearance at the festival.


• August 31, 2010 - The Springfield Library in Springfield, Oregon, now has both volumes of The Rainbow Orchid for loan or interlibrary loan. LINK

• August 27, 2010 - Sarah McIntyre's 'Fun at Edinburgh Book Festival'

• August 25, 2010 - The Piglet - Bath's best family friendly Guide - Bath Festival of Children's Literature - "‘The New Revolution’ with Dave McKean, Garen Ewing and Robin Etherington"

• August 20, 2010 - Garen will be appearing at the Edinburgh International Book Festival Aug. 23 for a sold out comic workshop and Aug. 24th for a special children comic book workshop. (Garen's comic workshop sold out within 12 hours, as soon as it was announced.)

• August 12, 2010 - Geek Syndicate review of Volume 2 of The Rainbow Orchid.

• August 10, 2010 - Adventure Comics Workshop report from Garen Ewing. (Workshop on RO tour.)

• August 10, 2010 - Forbidden Planet special article 'Red and Yellow and Green and Blue - He can paint a Rainbow' - Garen's personal notes in creating his comic. Article posted by Joe Gordon. (Also, comic Workshop day, as Garen's first library workshop tops over 20 students!)

• August 8, 2010 - Nige's Page a'Rage - Nige Lowery - Raindow Reviews, including Rainbow Orchid Vol. 2.
"(Garen's) visual research results in authentic locales and details, all presented in lovely full colour."- Lowery

• August 7, 2010 - A peek at those wonderful RO sketched and signed books: peek

• August 1, 2010 - Rainbow Orchid Vol. 2 Competition in the August 2010 edition of East Grinstead Living. Find eight different things, Part Two. The same contest ran in the Ashdown Forrest Living August Edition. Part of getting the comic introduced to a wider audience in the UK. (A side note of interest: The Ruins at Brambletye, Sept 2010.

JULY 2010

• July 1, 2010 - The Rainbow Orchid Vol. 2 review from The Book Bag. The Rainbow Orchid Vol. 2 is now available at Amazon USA.


• July 2, 2010 - Sept. 25, 2010, Garen will be at the Bath Festival of Children's Literature Graphic Novels: The New Revolution with Dave McKean, Garen Ewing and Robin Etherington Guildhall, 6-7PM. PDF LINK for details

• July 2, 2010 - The Rainbow Orchid Fun Pack Part 3 and interview with Sketch Maven
"This is a story that takes its time, and builds up like the good old classic adventures such as She or King Solomon's Mines, and I believe that makes the actiony bits have more bite, and the ending have more tension." - Garen Ewing, interviewed by Sketch Maven

• July 3, 2010 - Garen's new Giclée print have arrived, along with Rainbow Orchid posters and a RO badge collection, all at the Rainbow Orchid shop. And the only place online to get signed and sketched books.

• July 4, 2010 - The Rainbow Orchid Fun Pack Part Four.

• July 5, 2010 - The Rainbow Orchid Volume Two officially launched today from Egmont UK!

• July 5, 2010 - The Forbidden Planet review of The Rainbow Orchid Volume Two.

• July 5, 2010 - Rainbow Orchid Day! The Etherington Brothers Rainbow Orchid Fanart.

• July 5, 2010 - Cloud 109 'The Rainbow Orchid has Bloomed' along with "some of Edgar P. Jacobs drawing from Blake and Mortimer"

• July 6, 2010 - My personal Rainbow Orchid excitement here today, as my Book Depository order arrived! One of these will be going to the Springfield Library in Oregon soon. Also, a fun for us RO fans to see: The Rainbow Orchid appeared at #1 under Amazon UK Children Comics & Graphic Novels & in the Top 10 of the Top 100 Best selling Comics and Graphic Novels.

• July 7, 2010 - CBR - Comic Book Resources - The Rainbow Orchid Makes a Splash

• July 8, 2010 - Jez Higgins review

• July 9, 2010 - Garen's update and peek at book sketches.

The Rainbow Orchid books over the years
Rainbow Orchid Volume 2 released July 5, 2010 from Egmont.
Rainbow Orchid 2003 & 2007, self-published. 2009 & 2010 Egmont.

• July 10, 2010 - Rita Eberle, librarian at the Springfield Library, in Springfield, Oregon, has added The Rainbow Orchid Volume 2 to their collection.

• July 13, 2010 - John Freeman, Down the Tubes, review of Volume 2.

• July 14, 2010 - Garen, and other fine comic artist, celebrating Bastille Day at Forbidden Planet!

• July 15, 2010 - The Rainbow Orchid is available to check out at Frankston Library UK. Vol 1 & 2.

• July 15, 2010 - My Rainbow Orchid 2 collection arrived today! So a little celebration! Everything is top quality, as always from Garen's shop. (The new Evelyn print looks stunning in person. So if you're an Evelyn fan, don't miss out.)

Garen Ewing Rainbow Orchid badges
All Rainbow Orchid fans need a set of these terrific badges! First time in shop July 2010. (SOLD OUT!)

• July 16, 2010 - "...we are pleased to report that both Glenn Dakin's and Garen Ewing's comic workshops are already SOLD OUT. Indeed Garen's event has proved so popular that it sold out within 12 hours of the tickets going on sale. - Jeremy Briggs about The Edinburgh International Book Festival, Down the Tubes, July 16, 2010

• July 17, 2010 - Let's Make Adventure Comics! Garen's special workshop for 8-12 years olds. August 10, 2010. (Part of RO workshops on tour.)

Garen Ewing will attend the special launch in Houten, September 26, 2010. Press release.

• July 20, 2010 - Rainbow Orchid Vol. 2 review by Pornokitsch.

• July 23, 2010 - Steve Holland at Bear Alley gives his review of RO Vol. 2.

• July 24, 2010 - The Rainbow Orchid - The Quest Continues, Rol Hirst.

• July 25, 2010 - The Rainbow Orchid Review - Dancing with Light by Dave Morris at Mirabilis. (I totally agree about the characters in this comic.)

• July 26, 2010 - "Gushingly" good review from Geek Syndicate 'Small Press Big Month' Episode 21 for The Rainbow Orchid Vol. 2. (Starts 33 minutes into program) Home site for Small Press

• July 28, 2010 - My New Favourite Graphic novel - The Rainbow Orchid - from the Christchurch Kids Blog, New Zealand

• July 29, 2010 - Comic book author to run Workshop - This is Sussex UK

JUNE 2010
• June 1, 2010 - FPI Most Wanted!

Hay-on-Wye - Photo by Elyssa Campbell-Barr

• June 5, 2010 - Garen gave a talk at the Hay-on-Wye book festival today. Garen's Twit: "Hay event went well. Very relieved at marvellous turn-out, fab questions..."

(Note: I noticed a very nice jump in sells on Amazon UK after event, as fans ordered #1! - L)

• June 5, 2010 - Garen with Glenn Dakin, author of Candle Man's (photos by Elyssa Campbell-Barr) - Birminghammail news

• June 7, 2010 - Lovely review of Garen's program at Hay-on-Wye book festival. The Book Zone (For Boys)

"This was Garen very much on his own, delivering a well-prepared talk about his work and the creative process he goes through when creating his comic strip, with slides projected to illustrate the stages. Garen's passion for his work and for the ligne claire style in general shone through his whole presentation" - The Book Zone

• June 8, 2010 - Garen's official Guardian Hay-on-Wye festival report with photos by Elyssa Campbell-Barr.

• June 18, 2010 - Lew Stringer reports: Comic Heroes magazine debuts its first edition of SIDEKICK, with a preview of Garen's The Rainbow Orchid Vol. 2. The full magazine package is available online at this link.

Inside the SIDEKICK issue showing preview of RO2, with my personally made Breguet, like the one in Orchid.

UPDATE June 22nd: I personally ordered this package. Update when it arrives!

UPDATE June 28th: Comic Heroes arrived today!
Enjoyed Talbot and Ewing the most (my favorite art style in the comics they showed). Also liked The Playwriter preview. Not new, just looks fresh, again, with so much comic art looking alike today.

RO Review? The writer has a right to his thoughts, but personally, I think people should get The Rainbow Orchid, themselves. It is well priced and also in a growing collection of libraries now, especially in the UK. And the easiest place to check out is right online at Rainbow Orchid! Be your own judge. As they said about RO, the artwork is glorious. The story maybe your 'cup of tea' too, but you won't know, until you find out for yourself.

• June 23, 2010 - Kim Harte review of 'The Rainbow Orchid Volume One'

• June 23, 2010 - Speech Balloon, Birmingham Mail, 'The Rainbow Orchid Volume Two' release by Neil Elkes.

• June 25, 2010 - Excellent report from Garen about his upcoming events and details about the new offerings from his Rainbow Orchid shop starting July 5th! Including not only signed and sketched RO Vol. 2, but a new giclée print and two A3 posters (very exciting)! Watch The Rainbow Orchid Shop for updates. (NOTE: A3 poster size - 297mm x 420mm equals 11.7" x 16.5")

• June 26, 2010 - With the release date of RO2 coming and a very good special sale at the Bristol event in May, I noticed a very good jump in pre-order sales in June, including Rainbow Orchid hitting high in the HOT FUTURE RELEASES in Children's books at Amazon, like the one pictured.

The Rainbow Orchid Fun Pack Part One! - by Garen Ewing

• June 27, 2010 - Great News for RO, but sad if you missed out, as Garen's comic workshop event at the Edinburgh International Book Festival on Aug. 23th has sold out! Here is the June 27, 2010 list of SOLD OUT events.

• June 27, 2010 - Garen will be at the Bath Festival of Children's Literature. He is currently schedule for Sept. 25th. Event programs go on sale July 2010. Watch this link. Also more to come at The Rainbow Orchid.

• June 27, 2010 - The Rainbow Orchid A3 posters, available in the RO shop starting July 5, 2010!

• June 28, 2010 - The Rainbow Orchid Volume 2 is currently #1 in Hot Future Releases on Amazon!

• June 29, 2010 - Great review from Cloud 109 of The Rainbow Orchid Vols. 1 & 2.

• June 29, 2010 - The Rainbow Orchid Fun Pack Part One! Get your pencils out, connect up the numbers and start having your own RO fun! (Update: I had some great fun doing this. Just be creative and have a go.)

• June 30, 2010 - The Rainbow Orchid Fun Pack Part Two! Playing tricks with your vision.

MAY 2010
May 10, 2010 - Interview with the people who publish The Rainbow Orchid: Oliver Munson, Tim Jones, Peter Marley, Faye Dennehy, Alistair Spalding

Garen in Bristol - Photo by Elyssa Campbell-Barr

May 23, 2010 - My Favorite Book - Garen Ewing's Rainbow Orchid 2 at Bristol.

May 24, 2010 - Mindless Ones Cartoon County interview #2 Garen Ewing. MP3 interview with Garen | Thumbnails | Pencils | Inks | Finished | Garen, David Lloyd and Dez Skinn

• May 26, 2010 - Dan Clowes and Chris Ware - Live and Uncut - with Paul Gravett, (with visiting Rainbow Orchid author)

• May 27, 2010 - Bristol International Comic Expo 2010 (Garen's report)

• May 27, 2010 - Garen spotted comparing maps. (I can't wait to see Garen's maps in RO2!) OH, FUN!

• May 31, 2010 - Rainbow Orchid Volume Two Previews now online.

APRIL 2010
Apr. 8, 2010 - Garen Ewing will appear at the 2010 Hay Literary Festival on June 5, 2010.

• Apr. 10, 2010 - Rainbow sighting at Forbiddenplanet!

• Apr. 15, 2010 - Michael Ewing (Hugo & Co.) and Garen Ewing (The Rainbow Orchid) and the 'Ligne Claire' style.

Hay-on-Wye Photo by L. Wada

• Apr. 17, 2010 - Garen will be at the Hay Festival Sat. June 5, 2010 at the Dream Stage, at the Crystal Palace Children's Book Festival (October 23rd) in London and Thought Bubble festival (November 20, 2010). (If you never been to Hay-on-Wye, you really should take a visit, especially if you love books. Charming, country setting!

• Apr. 18, 2010 - The Rainbow Orchid received a very nice review from Jake Hope in the April edition of The Bookseller. Also, a little sketch peek, as he is heavily into The Rainbow Orchid, Volume 3.

• Apr. 21, 2010 - Garen Ewing will be the guest at the monthly Cartoon County - Artists Association in Brighton, Monday, April 26, 2010.

• Apr. 28, 2010 - Le dernier des Mohicans, Rainbow Orchid de Garen Ewing.

MARCH 2010
• Mar. 2, 2010 - A glimpse...

• Mar. 13, 2010 - A young reader from Vietnam, Stephen Hills, gives his review of Rainbow Orchid. (The book is available in their school library.)

• Mar. 14, 2010 - A glimpse 'at the start' of creating Rainbow Orchid Volume 3. The Rainbow Orchid Volume 2 will be released in July 2010, Rainbow Orchid Volume 3 in 2011. (Follow Garen's blog for the latest.)

• Mar. 19, 2010 - The Book Zone (For Boys) - Interview with Garen Ewing (Also, until Monday, March 29th, 2010, competition to win volume one of The Rainbow Orchid)

• Mar. 23, 2010 - Contest to win a signed/sketched copy of The Rainbow Orchid by Garen Ewing. Deadline March 29th. (Update: And the winner is...)

The Rainbow Orchid
Volume Two
By Garen Ewing
Release July 2010
Egmont UK

• Mar. 23, 2010 - Garen Ewing's - The Adventures of Julius Chancer "The Rainbow Orchid" Volume Two Cover! Release date: July 5, 2010. (If possible, Garen might have a handful at the Bristol Comic show.)

• Feb. 1, 2010 - Down the Tubes post about Garen's "Book and Magazine Collector" interview

• Feb. 3, 2010 - Today, The Rainbow Orchid podcast passes 5000 listens! Special thanks to everyone who have visited. Check out Garen's site, as he has posted some special Orchid character sketches.

• Feb. 11, 2010 - Report from Garen: The Rainbow Orchid Volume Two is officially off to the printer today!

• Feb. 11, 2010 - David O' Connell interview on Strip (this would be of interest to any 'wild' Orchid fan). Enjoyable interview!

• Feb. 16, 2010 - Garen Ewing's report on The Rainbow Orchid Volume Two. Official release date: July 5th and little RO 2 taster.

• Feb. 27, 2010 - Happy Birthday to Forbidden Planet International Blog, one of The Rainbow Orchid, longtime supporters.

• Jan. 1, 2010 - The Rainbow Orchid Twitter winner (book signed & sketched) was Mondocomico.

• Jan. 16, 2010 - Garen Ewing has an interview in the Feb. 2010 edition of 'Book & Magazine Collector.'

• Jan. 18, 2010 - Rainbow Orchid review by Rob Allwright at Soteria.

• Jan. 19, 2010 - The latest noteworthy review of The Rainbow Orchid from the Birmingham Mail.

The Rainbow Orchid
Special Photo Prints
By Garen Ewing

• Jan. 19, 2010 - If you haven't seen these, the RO prints make a handsome pair for your home or office.

• Jan. 25, 2010 - I ordered the Feb. 2010 edition of "Book & Magazine Collector" with Garen Ewing's interview with Jonathan Scott. It has a very nice 6 page spread. Available online at B&M Collectors.



JULY 2009

• July 1, 2009 - Very nice review of Rainbow Orchid from Now Read This.

• July 2, 2009 - Garen Ewing 'talk' with The Phantom Zone writer Jeanette Towey

• July 21, 2009 - Garen's special updated About Garen page

• July 2009 - Egmont UK Rainbow Orchid peek at RO pages

• July 25, 2009 - You just got to 'love him' to 'hate him' for being so talented. Tim Pilcher review followed by 12-year-old Megan Pilcher-King review on Aug. 3rd

• July 27, 2009 - Another 'lovely' review from ForbiddenPlanet UK

• July 30, 2009 - Comic creator Dave Morris's review of The Rainbow Orchid

• July 2009 - Review about The Rainbow Orchid from a 7-year-old name Martha
"This is volume one of a series. It is very good but there were some difficult words that you might have to ask people about if you are younger than me. I really enjoyed it, it was great fun to read. (*****)" - Me and My Big Mouth (blog)


• Aug. 1, 2009 - Ben Dickson's interview of Garen for Redeye #2.1 magazine

• Aug. 2, 2009 - Illustrator David O'Connell's interview of Garen
(very good interview and also special thanks for the link)

• Aug. 3, 2009 - The Rainbow Orchid review from the London Financial Times

• Aug. 3, 2009 - A lovely firsthand report about the London launching of Garen's book

• Aug. 3, 2009 - Down the Tubes about London Rainbow Orchid launch

• Aug. 4, 2009 - Sarah McIntryre's report from The Rainbow Orchid launch at Foyles Gallery

• Aug. 4, 2009 - Blake Friedmann page on the launch at Foyles Gallery

The Rainbow Orchid
Volume One
By Garen Ewing
Released August 2009
Egmont UK

• Aug. 4, 2009 - A wonderful report from Garen's brother Murray Ewing, about the launch. ( I never been to a book launch before myself, so great to read Murray's insight.)

• Aug. 4, 2009 - Alex Milway posting about the Rainbow Orchid launch

• Aug. 6, 2009 - Garen's was interviewed for Clear Spot with Alex Fitch (London Radio) - Podcast Aug. 20

• Aug. 6, 2009 - Kelvin Green's review of The Rainbow Orchid (Also posted at Comic Bulletin)

• Aug. 8, 2009 - Dave West, Strange Times - Rainbow Orchid spotted and brought in Stockport!

• Aug. 8, 2009 - Fantastic Realm interview of Garen by Iyare - Garen's segment starts about 3:38 into video.

• Aug. 9, 2009 - Comic book fan turns dream to reality.

• Aug. 12, 2009 - Garen has some photos from the RO Book launch on his Event's page, taken by Elyssa.

• Aug. 13, 2009 - John Freeman with Down the Tubes review of The Rainbow Orchid

• Aug. 14, 2009 - Garen Ewing's Rainbow Orchid summary about his book launch

• Aug. 15 & 16 - Garen was guest speaker at Caption 2009 (Comic book yearly event)

• Aug. 16, 2009 -Rol Hirst's Sunset Over Slawit review of The Rainbow Orchid

• Aug. 17, 2009 - The Rainbow Orchid featured in Tripwire (FPI Blog)

• Aug. 17, 2009 - Tripwire report about The Rainbow Orchid launch by Joel Meadows.

• Aug. 17, 2009 - Garen and other comic artists/writers thoughts on the term "Graphic Novel'

• Aug. 20, 2009 - Border Panels 'The Atom Style - Pt. 1' with Woodrow Phoenix & Garen Ewing

• Aug. 23, 2009 - Garen's report on his special Rainbow Orchid book launch


• Sept. 1, 2009 - Latest review and comments about Rainbow Orchid from La Terrasse

• Sept. 2, 2009 - Tripwire PDF which includes article on The Rainbow Orchid and Garen.

Rainbow Orchid in
"Book and Magazine Collector"

• Sept. 2, 2009 - Garen's winner for special drawing and growing fan art collection.

• Sept. 2, 2009 - A recommend to buy Rainbow Orchid from Simon Cross

• Sept. 2, 2009 - Another fan who enjoyed RO, review from Conor Carton.

• Sept. 4, 2009 - Love Reading UK has The Rainbow Orchid as one of their most popular books for Aug.

• Sept. 10, 2009 - Special Rainbow Orchid page from Toonhound. LINK

• Sept. 17, 2009 - Pádraig Ó Méalóid interview with Garen Ewing. LINK

• Sept. 26, 2009 - The Rainbow Orchid was added to the Springfield City Library in Oregon.

• Sept. 29, 2009 - The Rainbow Orchid is now available at Gosh Comics in London.


• Oct. 1, 2009 - Received a very good review from Geeksyndicate. (During their weekly UK podcast)

Garen being interviewed by Lyare of the Fantastic Realm at the London Egmont UK book launch.
(Fantastic Realm full program)

• Oct. 3, 2009 - Garen Ewing at British International Comics Show (caught in action, sitting right corner).

• Oct. 4, 2009 - Garen Ewing signing The Rainbow Orchid at BICS. (Thanks to video by Ray Chenshaw)

• Oct. 7, 2009 - Garen at The British International Comics Show 2009

• Oct. 7, 2009 - The Rainbow Orchid review by Mark Clapham at Shiny Shelf.

• Oct. 7, 2009 - The Rainbow Orchid, Speech Balloons by Neil Elkes

• Oct. 12, 2009 - Garen at Cheltenham Literature Festival

• Oct. 12, 2009 - Monkey on my Back, The Rainbow Orchid review

• Oct. 13, 2009 - Rainbow Orchid review about 10 minutes in from Monkey on My Back (Podcast link nonworking).

• Oct 13, 2009 - Cheltenham Literature Festival report by Sara McIntyre.

• Oct. 15, 2009 - Garen's latest update on Part Two of The Rainbow Orchid.

• Oct. 17, 2009 - I hope this is okay Garen, but know your fans would love seeing this. I sure did!

• Oct. 21, 2009 - Another sneak peek at Rainbow Orchid Vol. 2.

• Oct. 28, 2009 - Garen and Elyssa's Movie-Comics-Media Expo report.

• Oct. 30, 2009 - Detailed 'behind the scenes' look at one panel on RO 2.


• Nov. 8, 2009 - Comic Book Resources 'What are you Reading?' by Chris Mautner

• Nov. 9, 2009 - The Mousehunter by Alex Milway: Favorite 2009 Children Books

The Rainbow Orchid Volume 1 and 2
By Garen Ewing
Egmont UK

• Nov. 20, 2009 - The Book Zone review of The Rainbow Orchid

• Nov. 23, 2009 - Garen's Thought Bubble report!

• Nov. 24, 2009 - Garen caught in action at Thought Bubble (from Down the Tubes Comics)

• Nov. 24, 2009 - Thought Bubble regional news (video) report.

• Nov. 25, 2009 - Thought Bubble report from Richard at The Forbidden Planet

• Nov. 26, 2009 - Looking good at Thought Bubble (special report from David O'Connell)

• Nov. 26, 2009 - Garen added two new 'wallpapers' for fans to enjoy!

• Nov. 26, 2009 - More thoughts on Thought Bubble from artist Graeme Neil Reid

• Nov. 26, 2009 - Glimpse of Ellie helping Garen at the Rainbow Orchid table at Thought Bubble.


• Dec. 3, 2009 - Garen had a special Rainbow Orchid December 2009 Sale £4 off signed books and t-shirts.

• Dec. 4, 2009 - Review from Sweden from Shazam. (Translated to English)

• Dec. 11, 2009 - UK The Independent - Garen Ewing's The Rainbow Orchid on List of 'Best Children's books for Christmas' (2009). Article by Nicholas Tucker.

• Dec. 12, 2009 - 'Cracking' good review by Dru Townsend in the December issue of 'National Union of Teachers' (print run 320,000). Report here on Rainbow Orchid blog. Also on 'Lovereading 4 Kids UK' Book of the Year list (under 9-11) but ready for all ages.

• Dec. 19, 2009 - Reviews from GOODREADS.

• Dec. 24, 2009 - Garen shares with his readers a delightful 'Rainbow Orchid' Christmas card!

• Dec. 30, 2009 - RO makes Jason Cobley's 'Best of 2009' selections.

• Dec. 31, 2009 - Garen's '2009 Report.' His year end thoughts about The Rainbow Orchid.

• The Rainbow Orchid on World Cat. Includes list of libraries it is available, including Britian and New Zealand. Other libraries RO is included:
Billy Ireland Cartoon Museum & Library | Canberra City Library

Amazon UK Review Page

EP DONATES RAINBOW ORCHID: Okay, I love The Rainbow Orchid comic! And to help spread the word of Orchid, has donated The Rainbow Orchid Vol. 1 and 2 to the Springfield Library in Springfield, Oregon. With special thanks to librarian, Rita Eberle, they were added in Sept. 2009 and July 2010. EP is planning to donate Volume 3 when available. See this link for details and more libraries RO is located in the UK.

Comments on the Interview:

" was a great interview, nice to have such a long one instead of 20 minutes, allowed for a bit more range."
- Joe Gordon, Forbidden Planet International, UK

"I am very impressed at this new way of spreading the word on silent films... Keep up the great work!"
- Lon Davis, classic and silent film author, USA

"It was a quality interview, you did a really good job! And it's great that someone who knows so much about the Rainbow Orchid could ask the questions." - Sarah McIntyre, Children book Illustrator, DFC Artist - UK

"Your interview was great..." - David O'Connell, London Ilustrator and comic artist

"Good, long talk by Linda Wada with Rainbow Orchid creator Garen Ewing, well worth a listen."
- from FPI and John Freeman, Down the Tubes, comics writer and editor - UK (from the web)

"Thanks for such an interesting interview." - GA (Writer and Silent Film Fan)

Check out Garen's Event Page for details where he will appear in the coming weeks and months.

WEB QUESTION? I have seen this question asked, as fans loving volume one, are looking for when volume 2 and 3 will be released. Please be patience, The Rainbow Orchid currently is scheduled for Vol. 2 in July 2010 and Vol. 3 in 2011. RO2 date is set, but watch for the exact date for RO3 and Garen's site for updates. But do remember, he is very busy creating Rainbow Orchid vol. 3 right now! If in the UK, check for an event that Garen will be at for talks, book signings and special workshops.

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Garen's self portrait - 'Artist at Work'

Some Interview Highlights:
• Garen on drawing comedy
• Silent Films role
• Thoughts on Tintin and RO
• Mixing real and fictional history
• Having fun with Greek
• Self-publishing to Publisher
• Thoughts on being an artist
• Having an agent
• Future RO character comics
Exclusive: Julius Chancer's future

About "Imagination to Print"
Adventures of Julius Chancer
Garen Ewing: Podcast interview about The Rainbow Orchid
Host Linda Wada, Table Chat,

Garen Ewing, the comic artist and creator of The Rainbow Orchid - the Adventures of Julius Chancer, graciously agreed to an audio interview with me (Linda Wada, researcher and founder of I wholeheartedly thank Garen for a most enjoyable chat about his long awaited publication of The Rainbow Orchid.

I first met Garen in the spring of 2001 and soon learned about the creation of The Rainbow Orchid.

Set in the 1920s, The Rainbow Orchid features adventurous Julius Chancer and silent film star, Lily Lawrence, along with a strong supporting cast of characters including: the devious Evelyn Crow, historical researcher Sir Alfred Catesby-Grey, Lily's publicity agent Nathanial Crumpole, mysterious Urkaz Grope and leading gossip columnist and stirrer of trouble, William Pickle. All of them are involved on an adventure to find the mythical flower last mentioned by the ancient Greek philosopher and botanist, Theophrastus. Julius must find it to save the estate of Lily's father, Sir Lawrence.

Drawn in the Franco-Belgian school of bande dessinée (a clear line style), the comic has great characters, a complex story and quality artwork. Garen's comic quickly became my favorite and I have been following the development of the story and project ever since.

You never know for sure, but I always had faith it would be picked up by a publisher one day, and that day has finally arrived.

The Rainbow Orchid (Volume One)
Release August 2009 by Egmont UK

In our interview called Imagination to Print, we start with Garen's childhood background, learning to draw, and the influences that led him to The Rainbow Orchid. We talked about the creation of the comic, development of characters, and the publication history that culminated in publication by Egmont UK.

Garen gives his personal insight on drawing and the world of publishing, (with surprises intermixed). Garen's love of silent films does play a role in the creation of his comic. Garen's book features silent film star, Lily Lawrence, who Edna Purviance is her friend.

We hope you will enjoy listening to his story, and maybe gain some valuable insights through his experience in creating his comic and entering the publishing world.

This current file is the audio version of our interview. I now have a 12 minute video version at this link, with highlights from the interview.

The Rainbow Orchid has been released from Egmont UK August 4th, 2009, starting with Volume 1. Volumes 2 and 3 will follow starting in 2010. It is available in the UK now, but can be bought directly from Garen at his online shop.

So, settle back with a nice cup of tea, and enjoy my conversation with Rainbow Orchid creator Garen Ewing.

NOTE: Answering some questions - Shakespeare's 'The Tempest' was adapted into a comic and self-published by Garen Ewing in 1994. The comic was well-received, and Garen sold on his King Rat website for several years, and other places, as well. It is out of print, but a copy has been kept in the Shakespeare Library in Stratford-upon-Avon. Link to other interviews about Garen's past work. (The full comic is not online.)

Here is an Oct. 2010 post from Paul Birch, at the Birmingham Mail, mentioning Garen's version and the latest version being created.

Special thanks to Garen for use of his self-portraits and artwork.

Interview: April 28, 2009
Launched: May 31, 2009

Book Available
The Rainbow Orchid is being published by Egmont UK. It is available in the UK, Japan, Canada, France and Germany. In the USA, a collector edition is being looked into for the future. In the meantime, USA buyers can get it through Garen Ewing's Rainbow Orchid UK shop (where signed editions will be available after August 4th).

Extra note: Two panels from part two of The Rainbow Orchid appeared in Comic Art Now (2008). Book by Dez Skinn & Mark Millar.

About Table Chat host Linda Wada: started in November 2001. Linda, as part of Leading Ladies, published the first book to feature Edna Purviance called The Sea Gull in 2008. The book was about Edna's starring role in the now lost Charlie Chaplin film production, which was directed by Josef von Sternberg.

In the summer of 2006, Linda showed her first video interview with Lita Hill (Edna Purviance's grand niece) at Cinecon in Hollywood. Lita was our special guest at the event. In 2006, Leading Ladies also restored the re-discovered films featuring Edna Purviance in private life after her film career with Charlie Chaplin.

Linda's interview with Garen Ewing is her first audio interview podcast.

Garen has been a longtime supporter and the one I credit for inspiring me to start site in November 2001. We are very excited about the release and wish Garen all the very best with his publication.

Update: Special thanks to Joe Gordon (and staff) at The Forbidden Planet International in the UK, for their link and appreciated comments sent to us about our interview. Garen did a very interesting and in-depth interview with Matt Badham several months ago, which can be read on FBI's blog. Also thanks to Steve Holland (Bear Alley) for linking to Garen's interview. Garen's other interviews can be found here on RO.

Special thanks to everyone who have listened. Appreciate it if you pass on to others to learn about Garen's wonderful comic. Thank-you, everyone! - Linda Wada

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