"Not only did you wind up the story in a way that suggests years and years of storytelling and writing experience, but the graphics ... You made a giant leap after finishing part one! I loved every page of it. I feel like I witnessed the birth of a classic in the best European tradition." - GdB
"... I think it's brilliant! I particularly like that your illustrations and their style have grown into your own as the series has progressed - they are no longer Jacobs-like or Herge-like, but truly your own. I also love the fact that the character's voices are now fully developed, and your author's voice can be clearly heard as well. It was a treat to see the series just get better and better with each volume!" - MV
"I have to admit I was psychologically prepared for a let-down after the first two wonderful volumes - I wasn't sure you'd tie up all those intriguing plot strands. But you did - a really satisfying read, and one that I can and will re-read. One of my favourite comics from the last 5 years (and I read a lot of comics)." - EJ
A review has appeared here and there as well ...
"Rainbow Orchid has always had a great approach to recreating Saturday morning cinema serials. There's dynamic action, a complex amount of characters and interactions, but a strong focus as ever on lighthearted, old-fashioned entertainment ... you should certainly consider the Rainbow Orchid series amusing, sincere and ultimately admirable entertainment." - We Love This Book
"... Ewing designs his plot and his artwork very much as Herge did, but here is no pastiche, no arch mimicry, nor self-aware updating. He has the same global reach in his narrative, a similar love of detail - if anything his panels are more detailed than the Belgian's - and a kindred sense of humour ... three detailed yet snappy, fun yet serious, modern yet timeless sections to buy." - The Book Bag
It was also one of Lovereading 4 Kids' Books of the Month for April 2012.
Volume 3 has spent the majority of the last month in Amazon's Top 100 Children's Graphic Novels (a chart that consists mostly of imports, reprints, adaptations and picture books), and has even troubled the tougher general Graphic Novels Top 100 category on a number of occasions.
There have been a couple of interviews recently, too. Matthew Murray interviewed me for The Beat, one of the US's main comic-news blogs, and Peter Whitehead interviewed me for the Waterstones booksellers' SF and comics newsletter, Don't Panic (not available online).
As you know, I wasn't able to make DemonCon 3 so that means the Bristol Comic Expo will be my first show of the year - come and see me there on the 12-13th May (two weekends away!). I'll also be at Stripdagen in Haarlem, Holland, on June 1st or 2nd (tbc) for the release of De Regenboog Orchidee 3. And check this out - my Dutch publisher, Silvester Strips, are issuing all three volumes in a lovely boxed set ...
More locally, I will be at The Bookshop on the High Street in East Grinstead, West Sussex, on Sat 23 June, signing, chatting about comics, and showing some of my original artwork.
And talking of local - if you're not going to Bristol and want something excellent and comics-related for children, get along to StoryFest in Hartfield on Sun 13th May where my comics chum, Neill Cameron (Pirates of Pangea, Mo-Bot High), is doing one of his fabulous comic workshops. Tickets available here as part of the brand new Hartfield Children's Book Festival.
I must also mention that The Scarifyers (the audio mystery-adventure series from Cosmic Hobo that I've been doing the covers for) is being published as a comic! I believe the first issue will be available at Bristol. It's written by series creator and writer Simon Barnard, and illustrated by the excellent Simon Gurr. The latest audio adventure, The Horror of Loch Ness, is out in June.