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May 31 2011

Spirit of Hope charity comic, including work by;
Gary Spencer Millidge
Al Davison
Leonie O’Moore
Glenn Dakin
Darick Roberston
Liam Sharpe
Michiru Morikawa
Leigh Gallagher
Nick Abadzis
Martin Eden
Alan Cowsill
Al Ewing
Gary Erskine
Si Spencer
Mark Buckingham
James Reekie
Vicky Stonebridge
Jason Cobley
Andrew Wildman
Alan Grant
Donna Barr
Tony Lee
Lew Stringer
And many more!
And covers by:
Jimmy Broxton and Michael Allred

Available from the comic book alliance.

# Posted by Leonie
May 25 2011

IAPF looks great, and remember, lots of creators will be attending the Expo this weekend too, that's several good excuses to make the trip into London this weekend.

Latest Expo announcement is that David 'Bulletproof Coffin' Hine and Rufus 'Tank Girl' Dayglo are on the guest list, as well as superstar Frank Quitely. I know they're a little too mainstream for the tastes of some of our readers, but they do make damn fine comics, and do good work subverting the mainstream. Hine & Shaky Kane's 'Bulletproof Coffin' I can heartily recommend, after picking it up at the London small press convention earlier this year.

# Posted by Dan Fish1000
May 20 2011

The UK's biggest ever alternative comics event is nearly here :

International Alternative Press Festival 2011

27th May - 13th June 2011

Through a series of workshops, exhibitions, and a two day small press fair, the International Alternative Press Festival 2011 will unite the UK Self Publishing, Zines and Comix scenes with their European counterparts. It is the first event of its kind to be held here in the U.K.

Get involved in workshops, discussions, happenings, and much more to be announced!

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Festival Calendar:

Friday 27th May: Festival Opening Party!

A collaborative performance with Resonance Radio Orchestra, an ensemble of musicians and actors from Resonance 104.4FM London's independent arts radio station, which will be illustrated live by artists from home and overseas.

The Miller, 96 Snowsfields Road, London Bridge, London, SE1 3SS. www.themiller.co.uk

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Saturday 28th May - 29th May: Alternative Press Fair

A fair where artists will be exhibiting and selling their self-published comix, zines, art books, prints, radical literature and poetry, plus three rooms of workshops and talks including DIY Couture fashion and screen-printing workshops and a reading area with Zine Swap.

The Zine Swap archive will be on display over the entire weekend. Once visitors have been issued a special Zine Swap Library Card, the zines will be available for loan for the duration of each day from 10am – 4pm.

Click here for full list of Alternative Press Fair Exhibitors

Click here for full list of the Alternative Press Fair Workshops and Talks

Entry fee: £2 Doors to the Fair open at 10am and close at 4pm.

Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, London, WC1R 4RL www.conwayhall.org.uk

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Saturday 28th May - 13th June 2011: Stripburger: a taste of the premier Slovene Comics Zine

A free exhibition at Orbital Comics London introducing Stripburger and the Stripburger Talks, a workshop and discussion series curated by Ellen Lindner and inspired by the DIY spirit of Slovenia’s comix heroes.

Click here for the latest information on the Stripburger Talks programme of events.

Orbital Comics, 8 Great Newport Street, London, WC2H 7JA www.orbitalcomics.co.uk

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Monday 30th May - Sunday 5th June: The Swedish Collection: An exhibition of students from the Malmo Comic Art School

Alternative Press takes over The New Gallery to feature the work of ten artists from the Comic School in southern Sweden. The week long takeover includes a film night, a storytelling, poetry and zine sleep- over, and concludes with a live printing event.

Click here for the latest information on The Alternative Press Takeover

The New Gallery, 92 Peckham Road, Camberwell, London, SE15 5PY www.newgallerylondon.co.uk

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Monday 30th May - Sunday 5th June: Holy Shit! Visions of the Walworth Jumpers!

Four artists meet under Peckham-Rye rail station for a week of visionary art and workshops inspired by a Victorian cult. A week of mural painting by Valerie Pezeron, The Krah, Kevin Ward and Hurk culminates in a weekend of workshops: Spiritual Life Drawing, and Start Your Own Cult. Plus Final Cult Party and Zine Fair on Sunday 5th June.

Click here for the latest information on Visions of the Walworth Jumpers workshops

The Sassoon Gallery, 213 Blenheim Grove, Peckham Road, Camberwell, London, SE15 4QL www.thesassoongallery.co.uk

# Posted by Richard Cowdry
May 16 2011

Matt Badham has posted an interview with writer Ian Edginton at his blog. Ian talks about his contribution to the new Lovecraft Anthology from indie comics publisher SelfMadeHero.

# Posted by Dan Fish1000
May 13 2011

Fans (and Soon-to-be-Fans) of Douglas Noble, read this:

The complete Silent Choir is here
100 stories following the members of a choir with a tragic past.

The complete Robotnik is here
Little stories of a broken hearted robot, as he tries to understand the world.

The complete Complex is here
The end of the world and the scientists who watch it die. There's also an ape.

# Posted by Dan Fish1000
May 10 2011

The Red Barn Photographic Gallery in Belfast has a Saturday arts fair which includes the Belfast Comics stall. Of course, it's not just Belfast comics creators, but over thirty from all over Ireland, Nor and Sou. The Barn Market is positioned off central Rosemary Street, opened between 11-5pm and it's very nice. Details on works sold at this link.

On a sadder note, I learned at the last market that one of the greats of Belfast comics, Brian Moore aka Cormac, passed away earlier this year. There's a recent post by Paddy Brown on the Belfast Comics Blogspot - Cormac's cartoons were often uncomfortable but he was without a doubt one of the great grassroots political cartoonists of our time.

# Posted by Andrew Luke
May 7 2011

New online motion comic THE THRILL ELECTRIC launches in October, released weekly in 10 parts online, but is previewed this month at the MCM Expo London Comic Con.

"Presented in association with Hat Trick Productions and Channel 4, MCM Expo’s THE THRILL ELECTRIC panel includes writers Leah Moore and John Reppion, character designer Emma Vieceli, producer Andy Mettam and artists from brand new all-female comic book outfit Windflower Studio.

THE THRILL ELECTRIC follows teenager Emily Bennet as she takes a job at Victorian Manchester’s Electric Telegraph Company, where the exciting new technology mirrors our own internet age with romance, cyberbullying and fanboys."

# Posted by Dan Fish1000
May 3 2011

This month sees the return of the MCM Expo (27th-29th May) at London's Excel centre. Details are at the link - Lots of good guests listed there. Rebellion, publishers of 2000ad/Judge Dredd will also be there for the first time. Also, the stars of Futurama will be signing copies of their new minicomic (not really). Once again, the Eagle awards are being dished out to the deserving winners. Tickets are available now!!

# Posted by Dan Fish1000

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In recent times Top Shelf has provided a window onto the comics scene in Sweden with some choice 'alternative' offerings. Now Blodstid affords a glimpse of a superhero-centric aspect of the scene. (Subtitles Off.)

Blodstid is a comicbook set in Linköping, Sweden and its environments. The series has elements of horror and nordic mythology and is created, written and drawn by Mats Engesten. Mats has illustrated comic books like Vampress Luxura, Crystal War, Carter´s Column, Vincent Price Presents and The Miracle Brigade for mostly American and English publishers during the last fifteen years.

Part 1: Undead dawn over the plains.

Linköping, a few years from now ... Changing times and the high-tech developments have brought forth people who now own super powers. These powers are used in both good and evil purposes around the world. One of those who use her strength in the service of good is She-Wolf. By day, she is 21-year-old student Maria Costanza at The Linköping University. When night falls she turns into a human/wolf-hybrid . With powerful forces and abilities she moves into the night, ready to defend law and order.

# Posted by John Robbins
May 1 2011

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TOMMIE KELLY'S MOMENTS IS A COMIC THAT AIMS TO INJECT AS MUCH STORY AND BACKGROUND INFORMATION INTO ONE SINGLE PANEL. MOMENTS UPDATES EVERY SUNDAY.

# Posted by John Robbins