Posts Tagged ‘Amusing Paper’

London Spex-po

March 6, 2011

I’ll be exhibiting for the first time in ages at the new ‘London Comic & Small Press Expo’ next weekend. I’ll have a host of cards and comics to sell (also available from my website!). There will be a bunch of great artists there including Twelve-Eyed chums Joe Decie and Shug, Sarah McIntyre, David O’Connell, Lizz Lunney and many more.

The fair takes place at Goldsmiths University in the wilds of East London, from 10am-5pm on Saturday 12th March. Afterwards there’s a panel discussion between Dave McKean and Lorenzo Mattotti which is sure to be interesting. There will doubtless also be a trip to a nearby pub.

I’ve been working on a new collection of Amusing Paper, which may be finished, copied and collated ready to sell at the event… or may not. In the absence of new comics here’s a picture of my workspace:

Alternative Press

December 2, 2010

Last Sunday I visited the latest Alternative Press Fair at St Aloysius Social Club in Euston, to stock up on new comics and catch up with friends; after exhibiting at a number of conventions in the last few years I’d stepped out in the summer as I wanted to take a break from selling my same old comics and refresh my enthusiasm for drawing them. It was nice to go back and find I’d been missed!

There were a few issues I wanted to catch up on: Shug’s final two of his four-part series Find Comet, Hit Comet, Watch Comet, Sleep; the new showcase from the reliable Banal Pig stable; and the latest Whores of Mensa anthology (the cover of which features a party full of small press creators, myself included!). I also bought The Comix Reader, an ambitious, artist-funded project edited by Richard Cowdry; the new Browner Knowle, impressive work as ever from Paul Ashley Brown, and Paul’s Donald Hamilton collaboration with Peter Lally; a delightful collection of Philippa Rice’s cardboard-cutout comics, and her small zine on vestibules(!); and another good newspaper format comic by Daniel Locke.

I was reminded of how different things can seem at the other side of the table, as although a few people remarked the event wasn’t as busy as previous fairs, it certainly seemed busy while trying to get to certain tables. A watched pot never boils…

A good thing about my visiting only trip was that I was able to go off and visit a couple of other shops: I dropped into Orbital and bought the new collections of Solipsistic Pop and Paper Science, and marvelled at the exhibited winning entries to the Observer Graphic Story Prize by Stephen Collins and Anna Mill & Luke Jones. I also flicked through the big hardback Fanzines study by Teal Triggs and was pleased to see a few zines reproduced which I recognised from the late 90s scene including Dancing Chicks and Vacuum Boots. No mention of A Cheery Wave from Stranded Youngsters though.

Then we went back to St Aloysius Social Club to pick up any comics sold on the communal table (one copy of Amusing Paper!) and have a few drinks, which is always one of the best parts of comic fairs.

Shug has an exhibitor report with lots of photos up here. And here’s me enjoying a copy of REET!:

Terrible Things Happen

November 22, 2010

Another comic newly online here; based on a true story, or so I’m told.  Oh dear.  I’m currently working on a few new strips I hope to collect together and print next year in time for convention season, which will include a spot at the new Small Press Expo in London on March 12th.  Hooray!

Rah!

April 3, 2010

Just a note to say that my online shop has been updated with new comics, and my dinosaur strip from this year’s Thing anthology is available to read online here.

New Things

March 28, 2010

So these are my new issues:

My main feature is a big new mini-comic which for ease of reference I’ll call Amusing Paper #3. It’s an observational humour story which follows my ranting antihero, ‘Independent’ Will, on a trip to his local town centre, taking in everything he sees along the way.

I also have a mini-mini-comic which collects a few autobiographical strips. So there are pictures of my cartoon self drawing, working and listening to music, and guest appearances from my exaggerated alter-ego Alternative Sam and A Dinosaur in the Modern World.

These will be available at forthcoming fairs and, shortly, from my website through Paypal.

Thing 2010

March 28, 2010

I remember the first Thing I went to, back in 2005…  I’d been reading fanzines for years and producing my own A Cheery Wave from Stranded Youngsters, but didn’t know so much about DIY comics aside from REET!, its Hull-based precursor Lobster and a few titles found in the small-press section of Gosh! (does anyone remember Living Room comic?) I think I’d found out about the Thing from a flyer in Gosh!, and it introduced me to a wider world of underground publishing. I took along a few copies of my brand new Amusing Paper and I swapped and bought comics from Richard Cowdry, James Nash and Paul Rainey, all of whom are still doing comics now… I remember being a bit in awe of them. These days I’m used to being on the other side of the table and am possibly becoming a jaded old veteran!

It was a tired Team Twelve Eyes that set up stall in the Great Hall at Mile End on Saturday morning – neighbour Hugh ‘Shug’ Raine had travelled down from Yorkshire through the night, while I was just a little sleepy after being out to see art-rock-band Youthmovies the previous evening. My comic-making spirits had been perked up by reading the final issue of Phonogram, but it was a slow start to the day. My first sale was achieved through friendly desperation. “Feel free to browse my comics. Please?”

When Joe Decie arrived and we set up our shared table, I had trouble fitting on all my comics and postcards; if doing the Thing again next year, we might have to expand to our own tables as our range of titles grows. Oddly, though, I’ve found that while I have more issues on offer at each Thing, I’ve sold fewer comics in total. I suspect this is due to there being fewer Thing attendees rather than a decline in my product quality…

The hall certainly seemed less busy than previous years, and perhaps its visitor numbers have declined due to the number of other events at which it’s possible to buy small press, increase in Thing entry cost, or lack of so many ‘big name’ exhibitors this year such as Kate Beaton or Rene Engstrom. Or maybe potential new visitors just didn’t know about the Thing – I hadn’t seen any flyers in comic shops this year, and while it’s hard to gauge how much it helps to advertise, it wouldn’t do any harm.

A major attraction in favour of the Thing though, for exhibitors and visitors, is the themed Anthology produced every year, to which all are encouraged to contribute new work and which is sold cheap at the event. This year’s dinosaur-themed book is a whopping 131 pages, containing more dinosaurs than is entirely sensible, and is well worth a read.

I had a quick scout around the other tables and was pleased to see plenty of products new to me: especially impressed by a glossy mag full of weird illustration by John Miers and an odd little zine called Melon Shrub which drew me in with its eccentric drawing style and clever use of colour. I also bought the latest instalments of David O’Connell’s fantasy detective story Tozo, Paul Rainey’s Milton Keynes-set time travel epic There’s No Time Like the Present and Shug’s comedic end-of-the-world series Find Comet, Hit Comet, Watch Comet, Sleep. It’s obviously effective to publish continuing stories!

A new addition to this year’s Thing was the Dino-Saw-Us passport game thought up by Lizz Lunney and Timothy ‘People I Know’ Winchester. Collecting our stickers seemed popular with kids of all ages. It was also a good way of getting people to stop at our table while we attempted a sales pitch! Most common response: “I’m just browsing, I’ll be back round again later”.

Team Twelve Eyes were pleased when customers actually did come back when they said they would, and when one gent bought a big pile of comics from each of us. He even brought a checklist of previous purchases, so he’d know not to buy the same issue twice.

After a long day, we showed our faces at the ‘Schmurgencon’ (a rival convention/ pub gathering, thrown by mystery Norwegian ‘Schmurgen Jonerhaffs’) before retiring to the traditional Post-Thing Thing for beer and burger and talk with various comics creators, taking in bad puns, dangerous print techniques and Shoe People. We were also treated to free copies of an International sampler comic from German publishers Zwerchfell, which looks and even smells great. Thanks!

It’s always good to see folks and their new wares; so while not a vintage Thing, it was a Thing worth doing.

To the Thing!

February 27, 2010

dinosaur on his way to London

The next big small-press comic event is the Thing. Held for several years at a university hall in Mile End, it has a reputation as one of the busiest gatherings for web and mini-comix… as its name suggests.

Besides over 80 exhibitors’ own wares, you can also buy an Anthology full of their contributions on a given theme. This year’s theme is Dinosaurs. I’m looking forward to seeing what everyone else has drawn and to see my own strip in the book!

To whet your appetite you can download a PDF copy of previous books from the Thing, which includes my pages on Mars and Giraffes.

And to add extra fun to the event (and incentive for attendees to visit every table), Lizz Lunney and Timothy Winchester have created a great collecting game for the day! Pick up a passport when you arrive, and collect a stamp or sticker from each artist involved to make your own exclusive souvenir. You can see the list of those involved at the Dino-Saw-Us Blog.

The Thing takes place at Great Hall, Queen Mary University, Mile End London, on 27th March from 10am- 5pm. Swiftly followed by the traditional After-Thing Thing in the ’spoon’s down the road.

New comics…

September 21, 2009

Here’s a sneak preview of one of my new comics… … I don’t like to give too much away!