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Regular slugs of news for the UK Small Press Comics Nation (huh?)
March 31 2006

over on the cIndy Centre they have a 'podcast' interview with cartoonist John Porcellino the creator of King-Cat Comics And Stories (a website that has been updated a bit if you've not visited recently).

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The internet grows & you get to meet old friends...

Bob Lynch has a website|blog|yahoo thing nowadays where you can view of his comics (from the 'photos' thing at the side) such as 'Sadness in Space' 'Bits of Sadness' & 'The Whirlpool of Disaster' (all featuring Sav Sadness).
Bob was an ever familiar face of small press & comic conventions in the mid to late 90's & contributed many strips to Fast Fiction & I also seem to recall him in Escape.
Some of you young 'uns will be unfamiliar with Bob's work - you you should go acquaint yourselves!


Matt Dyer's also seems to have been busying himself putting the comics of his old Grim Smith punk persona online.
There's a good lot of his old comic adventures to peruse here.

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March 30 2006

"Its not as easy as it looks" writes Jonathan Jones in the Guardian today, not specifically about comics, but relevant to anyone who has picked up a pencil.

"To try to draw things is to be overwhelmed by the strangeness and uniqueness and otherness of them. You think you know what a mug looks like? The picture in your head is as reductive as a design in a baby's picture book - an iconic mug, like none that ever existed."

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Lots of cool sketches over at Sean Azzopardi's livejournal.

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March 28 2006

Rainbow Rising, an interview with Rainbow Orchid creator Garen Ewing by John Freeman.


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A new forum for a handful of British independent titles has been set up at Comics UK.

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March 27 2006

Start a Story is a project that encourages creativity and collaboration. Lots of the stories seem to be comics in one form or another. (via)

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Paul Gravett sings the praises of new British comics in the latest article from his website.

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March 24 2006

Have you ever looked at one of Dave Cooper's painting and wondered how the hell he does what he does? He's posted a step-by-step guide to the creation of one of them on his Flickr account, chock full of notes. (via)

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Trans-Atlantic art show happening in June....okay okay, so it's in New York but it features honorary Brit cartoonist Ellen Lindner.

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Great updated site from Sarah Becan.

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The Jesus and Mo webstrip, linked to from here on the 14th March, has (perhaps unsurprisingly in these troubled times) been included on a banned list by the Pakistani government, as reported by Boing Boing.

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Solar Wind 6, Paul Scott's spoof of boys' action comics of the Seventies, is out now (well, it's been out for a while but I haven't got round to posting it before).

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Bryan Lee O'Malley and Hope Larson will be signing and sketching at Page 45, Nottingham's indie/small press-friendly comic shop, on April 14th from 4pm until 7pm.

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Steve Bell has a profile/blog page on the new Guardian Comment Is Free site. They're hosting his daily If... strip along with the occasional blog post, such as This history of If...

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March 23 2006

The Footprint Workers Co-operative in Leeds print zines and try to do so as ethically as possible. Maybe they could print your small press comic for you?

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Bristol small press cartoonist Steven Tillotson's website. (via)

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March 22 2006

John Robbins, whose works are just genius frankly, has pleased the masses of beatles fans who congregate his way every week and published Negotiating The Beast, a collection of his Leaflit comic strips are being carried through Smallzone.

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All sorts of web-comics and interesting stuff about comics over at blog/website Mad Ink Beard.

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March 21 2006

Barry Renshaw of Engine Comics interviewed at 2000AD Review.

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The Modern Monstrosity Comics website, home of British small press comic Tales From the Flat.

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The Really Heavy Greatcoat, John Freeman and Nick Miller's web-strip, lampoons the new V for Vendetta film.

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Free comics to download from Bob Byrne, the small-press creator behind MBLEH!

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Lint by small press cartoonist Phil Barrett out now.

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March 20 2006

Blood in the Gutters (via), comics, cinema and literary crit from two seasoned journalists.

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The Illustrators' Journal. I particularly like the work of Meg Hunt and Hope Larson.

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March 19 2006
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A great new article from Paul Gravett: Curt Swan: A Superman Walked Among Us.

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Alan Moore on Gothic Nightmares at the Tate Britain. Sold out, but if anyone who reads Bugpowder is going and posts a report anywhere online, please draw our attention to it via the usual channels.

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March 17 2006
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The latest issue of Manhole by Mardou should be available now (or soon) from The Catastrophe Shop and Gosh Comics.

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Hey! 'Kayak' mini-comics artist Andy Owen Johnson has a blog.

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March 16 2006
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More Moore. Another interview with Alan Moore.

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March 15 2006
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American illustrator Greg Cook's comics.

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Important BugPowder News!

Matthew Badham is now running BugPowder.com.
Pete Ashton steps down in bloodless coup.

More information on my blog (where questions and comments are welcome) but here's the important bit:

"The way we're going to run this is Matthew will become the public face of BugPowder... and any queries will go to him. Initially he won't know what to do with them so he'll come to me and I'll explain it but eventually he'll be able to run everything on his own with no hand-holding, probably around the time of the Caption convention in August, and we'll do the final hand-over."

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March 14 2006

A small selection of reports and photos from Saturday's Thing:

Barry Renshaw (photos)
Anna Mondo (photos)
Vented Spleen
Andy Luke (photos)
Adam Hodgson's photos
Damian Cugley's photos
Sean Azzopardi's photos

I'm sure there's loads more out there...

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The UK Web & Mini Comix Thing on Myspace which naturally also serves as a gateway into all things web and mini comix related in the UK with a MySpace presence.

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London Zine Symposium 2006 is on April 22nd at 21 Russell Square, London WC1 from noon - 6pm. The exhibition this year is "illustration in fanzines" which is, y'know, kinda relevant to us!

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Al Ewing's Rogue Trooper mini-comic. Andy Luke hated it. I loved it. Now you can decide for yourself.

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Jesus and Mo, a web-strip.

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March 13 2006

A very generous offer from Paul Scott, editor of Solar Wind:

"I'm about to give away a PDF of Omnivistascope 1, a SF comic (as seen
in the small press Megazine feature). All I'm asking for is people to
send me their addresses, which won't be kept or used for marketing and
they can have a free disk of SF goodness." Email paulvonscott(at)yahoo.co.uk for a copy.


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Theres not often much to do with comics on my livejournal these days. however the latest entry has a mammoth report on the Uk Mini Comix Thing from the weekend, advice for folk going on panels from the first time, an eight-page illustrated breakdown of my working methods while at the height of my reviewing and a link to the many photos taken of the great mile End piss-up. Newish cartoon on the latest entry too

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A preview of new small press comic Something Wicked. Brought to you by the boys behind Futurequake.

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Some interesting stuff over at Afoot Books.

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March 12 2006
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March 10 2006

Andrew Cheverton, the raw writing talent behind the West comics, premiers his new one off, Alice's Adventures in Hell, at this weekend's Uk Web and Mini Comic Thing. Now you can see how good his art is as well.

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March 9 2006

Oh, to be able to ink like Phil Barrett.

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Alan Moore interviewed on The Culture Show tonight.

Update: The package is now available online, although I'm not sure for how long. (via)

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The U S S Catastrophe website. Always worth checking out.

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March 8 2006

Richard Tingley will be at UK Web and Mini Comix Thing. Here's some of his art. It's very good.

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March 5 2006

V for Vendetta exhibition at the Guardian Newsroom from Tuesday 7 March to Friday 17 March. Admission is free. The Newsroom is at 60 Farringdon Road, London EC1R.

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March 3 2006

Stuff from the head of Matt Boyce (he makes comics).

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All sorts of good stuff, including a Frank Miller Dredd, creator interviews and several fan-produced strips, over at the rather fine Class of '79 website.

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British Artist Neil Mc Taggart is publishing his new graphic novel, Refuge, a story set in 12 chapters, online. The first three chapters are already up.

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Herb Sauce, a new web-strip from Sean Azzopardi, here.

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March 1 2006

If a movie can have a trailer, why can't a comic book? So says Chris Reynolds on the reissue of his Graphic Novel "The Dial and
Other Stories". The short video trailer for "The Dial and Other Stories" can be downloaded,
free, here.

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