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March 31 2008

'Newcomer' Oli Smith has a new comic coming out for 2008, illustrated by Oliver Lambden from ModernMonstrosity. Bloc will be a post-modern fairy tale about a stone man washed up on the shores of an island covered in giant floating blocks...

# Posted by Dan Fish1000
March 28 2008

Issue 25 of Douglas Noble's 'Strip For Me' contains the story A Man of Certain Talents, and it’s now available to buy. It's his best yet I think. Here's the enigmatic pitch, direct from the source:

A man must complete a number of mysterious actions on behalf of an equally mysterious employer. It’s a puzzle about identity, set in a world without names. Where no answers are supplied and the questions are left unsaid.

A good turn. A locked door. A solitary child.

A man of certain talents.

£2 including UK postage.

# Posted by Dan Fish1000
March 26 2008

Scroll down for Dan Fish's exciting announcement about the Derry 2-D con.
Some news thats been backing up.

Violent ! Gets Virtual and Girly Goes Global !
Factor Fiction Press has relaunched The Girly Comic and Violent! as a webcomics publisher, including

Sisters of The Head by Daniel O'Mahony and Terry Wiley (updated daily from Saturday)
The return of The Silent Service by Jay Eales and Paul Mccaffrey
An online archive of The comics of The Lee Kennedy
Making available archives of Oddcases by Alistair Pulling & Bevis Musson, including rare unseen material.

Theres also a long-term plan to get some books into print, and make the entire archive of Factor Fiction comics available online. Did I mention most or all of these gems are free ?

Melissa Cox writes to announce,
@ The Gladstone Pub, 123 Lewes Road Brighton www.myspace.com/thegladdy
At last, a small press comics event, showcasing local talent...in a pub! Participants/ barflys will include: Paper Tiger Comix, Dr Parsons, The Bedsit Journal, Danny Noble, The Sound Of Drowning, & many more comics creators from Brighton and beyond!
The brilliant artist Glenn Fabry, known for his work for 2000AD, Hellblazer & Preacher will also be making an appearance.
Highlights will include Drawing workshops, Comics for sale, Animation screenings, Fun & Games, Drink Promos and Live Music in the evening!
1pm till late.

The Kirby Plaza event at the ICA, a night of talks and images featuring some noteable people, is on April 15th.
Though spaces are filling up fast..

Non-subject, non-theme, No style limitations. Shane Chebsey writes to recommend Acclaimed Polish Comics Anthology, who are looking for submissions from British creators. The maximumpreferred length for strips is 10 pages, and the print run is between 400-500. A non-profit event, black and white format, the deadline is September 2008. For more details contact karolwisnia (at) googlemail (dot) com

A brilliant article by Alexander Danner on the "Static Comics of Daniel Merlin Goodbrey". Over at webcomics.com

The strangeness of Brendan McCarthy (weblog)

# Posted by Andrew Luke
March 25 2008

This is a heads up for a brand new comics festival in Northern Ireland, 2D, now entering its second year and promising to feature the independent press at this years 2008 event. Newly established by the Verbal Arts Centre in Derry, an arts charity whose aim is to promote literacy and language arts (See their website), 2D will run from 5 – 7th of June 2008.

The event is organised by the Centre’s artist in residence Mr. David Campbell whose specialism is in comic book art. An artist with many strings to his bow, (David’s degree is in Visual Communication, with an MSc in Computing and Design), he has worked as a designer, illustrator and web designer. However The Verbal Arts Centre were particularly keen to have him because of his back ground in comic art, previously having been employed by Marvel and D.C as a digital colourist on a range of top titles including Wolverine and the Incredible Hulk.

The 2D festival 2007 was comprised of exhibitions, workshops with school kids, (facilitated by workshop regular Kev Sutherland), while discussion panels for a more adult audience took place in Sandinos Bar in the early evenings. Most, but not all, of Last years guest list boasted some Irish connection and included such comic book luminaries as Rufus Dayglo, John McCrea, Will Simpson and PJ Holden. This year’s 2D is going to be even bigger and better with the inclusion of a small press presence and a wider range of special guests including Garry Leach, Rufus Dayglo, David Hine, Alan Martin, Bob Byrne, Stephen Thompson, Stephen Mooney, Nick Roche, Declan Shalvey, Ed Hillyer and Laura Howell

As an incentive to small independent creators, 2D is offering exhibitor’s tables free of charge and while travel to Derry and accommodation can not be subsidised, information and advice on where to stay in the local area will be made available. If you are interested in exhibiting at this brand new event please email David Campbell david.campbell@verbalartscentre.co.uk as soon as possible as places are limited.

More information on the event will soon be available on the 2D official website. In the mean time you can check out the activities of Last year’s 2D festival here.

# Posted by Dan Fish1000

The London Zine Symposium takes place on April 27th and judging by the information page they're quite welcoming to mini-comics creators.

Like Caption, the Symposium have a collective point-of-sale. You can leave your zine or comic on the ‘Individual zine rocks’ table and receive all of the money sold. Donations are being asked for to help fund the event.

I notice theres also vacancies for anyone interested in organising a workshop.

# Posted by Andrew Luke
March 23 2008

In December of last year Oli Smith assessed and evaluated the market to try to get one of the fairest deals for self-publishing cartoonists in the UK. Adopting a business model that circumnavigated and opposed the conventional model which saw cartoonists share of the profits and audience share marginalised, we set up a stall at Camden. On March 22nd 2008, just another Saturday, we opposed one such example of curator greed. Heres a video record of what happens when some of these creators work in union.

Oli Smith and London Underground Comics don't need an award. I've talked to people, and it's been theirs for some time.

(Update : My own festival report with photolinks has been uploaded here)

# Posted by Andrew Luke
March 21 2008
# Posted by Andrew Luke
March 15 2008

Trains Are...Mint 5 by Rolling Stock Press is out now. For only £4.99 on your money you'll get 52 pages, full colour throughout and on 100% recycled paper.

# Posted by Rachid Otsmane
March 14 2008
# Posted by Andrew Luke

British-born webcomic artist Chuck Whelon teams up with fellow leaders in the fantasy webcomics field including Heavy Metal Magazine artist A.P. Furtado, Atland creator Nate Piekos and James V. West to start a new sketch blog for all fans of old-school, Heavy-Metal inspired, cartoon fantasy webcomics.

# Posted by Dan Fish1000

Convicted hashish smuggler Tony Spencer and ex-animator Jas Wilson have created webcomic Smuggling Vacation, previously only available to selected inmates in a Spanish prison.

# Posted by Dan Fish1000
March 13 2008

Just a reminder: Not long now till The UK Web and Mini Comix Thing 2008 on Easter Saturday 22nd March.

As you'll be in London anyway, you can check out the alternative too.

# Posted by Dan Fish1000

New comic publishers Blank Slate (they're publishing Trains are Mint) are open for submissions.

# Posted by Dan Fish1000

14th-16th March Exhaust Exhibiton.
Exhibition of work from the Black and White Cat Press' presses David Birchall and long term collaborator Zeke S Clough promises to feature illustrations, comics, prints, books, and more.

The opening night Friday 14th March 8pm-12am will feature audio elements from the infamous Levenshulme Bicycle Orchestra in which both scribblers partake and a live set from dubstep hero Shackleton with whom Zeke is house artist.

The show is open Sat 15th 11am-5pm and Sun 16th 11am-3pm

all happening at
Cow Lane Studios,
Cow lane,
M5 4NB

see www.blackandwhitecatpress.org and www.shoogooble.blogspot.com for more info/directions.

# Posted by Dan Fish1000

Artist PJ Holden now writes for 2000 AD Review

# Posted by Dan Fish1000

New and exclusive web comics by Leonie O'Moore at Apocalypse comics and Indie Review

# Posted by Dan Fish1000
March 12 2008

Oliver Lambden sent me the cover art for Tales From The Flat #7 to look at, and it doe look lovely. You can view that and the new collected edition cover art at the TFTF site or pick up copies very soon !

Matthew Badham has been talking to Sean Azzopardi over at his blog Incidentally I read Sean's 24hr comic last night. Thats called 'Reeling In The Years - A Steve Jones story. It really is quite moving, and so it should be in terms of sales !

# Posted by Andrew Luke
March 10 2008

Mam Tor Publishing Ltd. has collaborated with Mother (London) Advertising Ltd. to produce a 16 page quarterly comic inside the London edition of "Time Out" magazine (March 19th 2008).

Copies of the comic will also be available from Mam Tor at the Bristol Expo in May.

# Posted by Dan Fish1000

Karrie Fransman has been uploading new comics to her website every Sunday night since the start of the year. And they're always really very good.

My Comics Village column, 'Maps At The Crossroads' is up now. On the subject, I've incorporated Paul Gravett's events guide for March 22nd into a London Underground map using MS Paint.
(flick-tagged version here)

No, but seriously go and check out Karrie's stuff.

# Posted by Andrew Luke
March 7 2008
# Posted by Andrew Luke

Comics festival, free of charge ? A charity's festival, With A-listers ? How do they do that I wonder ? Certainly theres got to be material in there for my home column.

2D, The Northern Ireland Comics Festival, will return this year and will take place from the 5th - 7th June in the Verbal Arts Centre and other locations here in Derry, Northern Ireland.

Theres a forum, some gorgeous photos from last year on the website. and more information on this year's event, from the Artist in Residence's livejournal.

# Posted by Andrew Luke

See that ? Thats the attitude cartoonists need to get into their work as much as possible.

Its also the theme of a new comic anthology Cliodhna Lyons is putting together. Maybe see yours on those pages ? More details here.

# Posted by Andrew Luke
March 6 2008

Just in case I wasn't making myself clear earlier....

Multi-part article, "The Road To London", covering the run-up to three London comics festivals on the 22nd, begins this Monday.

# Posted by Andrew Luke

Controversial small-presser Oli Smith is film-making again - this time he wants to talk to you about the Eagle Awards:

# Posted by Dan Fish1000
March 5 2008

Oliver Lambden interviews TFTF cover colourist Jake Harold about his comicbook "Tards", and presents a report on the Whitby Comics Retreat, with some photos of the smashing paintings. On the Modern Monstroblog.

# Posted by Andrew Luke
March 2 2008

Phlegm Comics write:
Just a short note to say issue seven of phlegm comic is out now!
I’ve also got a new website up packed with new photos and all that jazz. There’s also a revamped shop section selling issue five through to issue seven with paypal.
Most of the outlets are now stocked too, but if you’re traveling out of your way you may want to check with me first because I’m notoriously rubbish.
Also attached to this email is the flier for my next exhibition. It’s at spine in Worcester and I’ll be showing full digital a3 prints of all the pages of issue seven on quality card stock, some new a2 size screen prints hand screened by myself, pen and ink drawings, new etchings, and comics.
For weekly updates on what’s happening in all things phlegm just pop along to my blog linked at the bottom of this email.

x phlegm tonic x

www.phlegmcomics.com www.myspace.com/phlegmcomics www.phlegmcomicnews.blogspot.com

# Posted by Dan Fish1000

This March you’ve got two chances to catch up with the crew behind Orang Utan Comics. The UK indie favourites are taking to the road to promote two new titles.

On March 8th-9th OUC will be attending Collectormania at the GMex in Manchester. And later in the month on the 22nd Orang Utan Comics will be appearing at The Web & Mini Comix Thing in London (http://ukwebcomixthing.co.uk/).

The two titles that Orang Utan Comics are unleashing in March are Baby Boomers and Eleventh Hour (Collector’s Edition). Baby Boomers, from the twisted minds of new creators Richard McAuliffe and Chad Cicconi, has been described as “Calvin and Hobbes meets Spy vs Spy”.

The Collector’s Edition of Eleventh Hour combines both existing issues of the critically acclaimed anthology title in a 64 page softcover trade.

For more information on Orang Utan Comics and what else they have planned for 2008, visit them online at www.orangutancomics.co.uk

# Posted by Dan Fish1000

Accent UK’s new ROBOTS graphic novel anthology is available to pre-order now from March’s Previews, featuring many familiar names from the UK independent scene, including Ben Dickson, Douglas Noble, Daniel Merlin Goodbrey the obligatory Dave Baillie and contributions from established folks like Leah Moore, John Reppion, Keiron Gillen, Frazer Irving and Mark Buckingham. Re-listed alongside last year’s popular ZOMBIES anthology. Previews at www.accentukcomics.com

# Posted by Dan Fish1000
March 1 2008

Hi. Its Andrew L. "Well of course it's not all comic shops !" is a Q & A session with reports on external venues from Cliodhna Lyons, Malcy Duff and Jeremy Dennis. Comics Village
I'm revising my publishing schedule to announce I'll be printing a new comic thing every Saturday of this month to premiere at Camden and The Thing. If you're in London today, I'll be debuting the completed redrawn 'Optimus and Me'. The first twenty copies sold will come with an optional free original from the book. Orders over the web are welcome, its 50p a go, plus 50p p&p.
I've also re-aligned my 24hr comic 'Gran', and its now available in pdf format, for 50p. (£1 extra for printed version)
(Paypal orders are welcome for both c/o drew dot luke at gmail .com) Fill in the amount, and email stating which books and versions you'd like facilitated your way.

# Posted by Andrew Luke