Strip The Vote! One of the cartoonists I'll consider nominating for an Eagle award this year is Mike Weller. I sat copying his stuff in art class today. I really, really like Space Opera and I like the way he captures such an era in comic art so well.
Publicity has been going out by e-mail, and we're sitting here
doing the flyer at the moment, so people should be hearing about it
soon. Our contact lists aren't very thorough, though, so any help you
could give us with that would be great. We're also looking for suggestions
of people to sit on the romance-themed panels; any ideas?
I've been emphasising this to selected people, but Caption is basically there for you to make of it what you will. The convention has a long and illustrious history which newcommers to the "scene" can find a little daunting, but it's now time for the new blood to take over. If you're getting your comics reviewed in TRS2 or distributed by Smallzone or involved in Sharewarecomics then this convention is sitting there waiting for you to make the most of it. It's a lovely venue with a walled beer garden and a cheap bar. Get involved in some way. Get on the panels, get your books and comics on sale, get networking. And ignore the old fogies like m'self sitting in the corner moaning about how it's not the same as it was in the old days. Get to it!
We pull up in a pizza restaurant, where the waiters greet Moore with familiarity. "I've been in most of the restaurants of Northampton, I tend to do them on a circuit, I'll eat at one of them for a couple of months and then get bored with it and go on to the next one."
This forms part of Eddie Campbell's transforming the Birth Caul "part of the site into a more general Alan & Eddie on Magic section". Intriguing!
Visited the Cartoon Centre to-night where they were having a launch for two very cool-looking new books, which those with disposable incomes will want to check out: Nasty Tales: Sex, Drugs, Rock & Roll and Violence in the British Underground, by David Huxley (HeadPress, £13.95), and Below Critical Radar, ed. Roger Sabin and Teal Triggs, all about Zines and Alternative Comics, 1976-present (Slab-O-Concrete £9.99). David Huxley gave a slideshow talk, which was very interesting, what I could hear of it, over the screaming toddlers (Yes! Why?) and loutish hygiene-shy beer boys who seem magically to surround me wherever I go. There was a chat with Paul Gravett and all three of the book folk, but I couldn't 'ardly hear that at all, and scuttled back behind the drawing board where I belong, after that.( I don't do society...)
What I'm working up to, here, is these people from "Payback 2000", which I'd never heard of were also there, and it seems if you're any kind of visual artist, and have seen anything of yours on TV, slides, published in a magazine, etc, you might qualify for a nibble of this £300,000 that's available. ..It's all a bit complicated, best you contact them ASAP (claims must be in by April 30th-) There's a website www.dacs.co.uk, or ring 0207336 8811, ask for Debbie, and get a form. Can't hurt to try...I think I heard the woman say over the fanboys buzzin' , that you can claim back to 1989 ! I'm having a go,anyhow.
First, thanks Pete for taking me on board, hopefully I won't let you down with my poor grammatical skills and awful spelling :)
A rabbit, some aliens and lifes glorious circle fully played out in 5 b&w pages! All available for you to download at incredibly crisp resolutions,
and if you want you can include it as part of your small press anthology.
If you're thinking, heck, not an another web comic, you'd be wrong. The difference here is the work is available at high resolutions with implicit
permission for YOU to print out and reproduce to your hearts content. At the moment there are 54 pages of work available (including a full 24 page
comic). If you're a small press creator wanting to fill an anthology with have different stories, in different genres by different creators -- maybe
one of these will make sure you meet your deadlines!
New on the stupendously brilliant usscatastrophe site is a new comic by Ron Rege entitled The Montclairian. Unfortunately, due to my browser playing up, I'm unable to view it's shockwaved joy, but I'm sure it's very good indeed!
Plus loads more stuff by the likes of John Porcellino, Renée French, Carrie Golus, Tom Hart, Jon Lewis, Renée French, Stefan Gruber, Kevin Huizenga, Jesse Lambert, John Leonard, Ellen Sharp and Giotto.
A couple of months ago I mentioned a new concept in the small press of shareware comics. I've just had another look at the hub site and it's coming along very nicely indeed. Still early days but it's definitely a go-er.
The basic principle is that, rather than wait for requests for work, creators put selected comic strips of varying lengths available to download as 300dpi graphics files. Then, should a publisher be looking for stuff to put in an anthology or to fill a space at the back of their own comic, they can use it within certain parameters. No payment is required but a copy of the finished book is requested. As an example, Patrick Brown has made two comics he did a few years back available to download, the thinking being these comics have served him well and now someone else can make use of them, the payback being his work appears in publications previously unobtainable to him.
Shareware Comics is run by Paul J Holden on a completely non-profit basis and has a discussion group on Yahoo. If you're a small press comics creator with a scanner, have a look. I think this could be a very important development.
Real women -- nice profile of the Hernandez Brothers' Love and Rockets at Salon. 'When people talk about the Hernandez brothers, they mention how much their work is like that of Gabriel Garc?a M?rquez in comic book form, and how, in the early '80s, they virtually invented the alternative graphic novel as a pleasure for art kids and "mature" readers who would never, ever have picked up a comic book. They mention how they chronicled Latino culture, from the barrio to below the border; and punk rock culture, and women's wrestling long before these things became part of mainstream American culture.'
"Caption is Oxford’s annual small-press comics convention. Held in the Oxford Union Society, Oxford, England on the 18th and 19th of August 2001, ‘Love Is...’ Caption 2001, will feature guests, panel discussions, workshops, stalls and a cheap bar. This year’s theme will be romance."
As I don't want to hog too much space here, (and also still haven't figured out how to add pictures to the weblog), I decided to put a 'Recently Found' page not unlike this one to my site, with cool links and small pictures, to give some flavour. (Only two entries so far.)
Hello my British chums!
Finally got the 'Dachshund' website sortet out, voilà: bugpowder.com/andy. - Total exhaution. - I had just leaned how to scan and promptly proceeded to scan every damn page of my fanzines! Which includes a good number of comics by UK artists, like Lee and Paul and others, although only as very small gifs. I even scanned some text-pages (yes, I know, insane.)
The site also includes the very first comic. Ever. From 1783. I scanned the whole thing, over 50 jpgs on two pages. Hope you like it. You won't be able to read the text, because it's too small and because it's in German (unless you're one of the international readers of this weblog, or a not so language-lazy Brit). But I wrote a plot-outline and commentary, that should help you through.
I'm less certain about some other parts of my site. At first the Internet seemed incredibly exciting, the way one could see bits of comics by so many artists. But now that I know what a piece of cake making scans and a simple webpage really is, I'm becoming less impressed. A link to pages with one or two samples by an artist seems idiotic. It would have been better to only include the more substantial websites. Or interesting reviews. Or long interviews. Whatever, the other lists, like 'publishers', etc, seem more useful now.
Also, some of the picture-compilations I stuck together seem amateurish. That ABC list especially. It should be new scans, and all the same size. (But what size?). Please don't hold back with suggestions: firstname.lastname@example.org
Finally some news about my publishing ventures. Which have been a complete disaster, saleswise. I've resigned myself to the fact that this is how it has to be, and will slowly publish more zines like before. Especially 'Zeitraum', which was in German in the first issue, and wordless in the second (still utterly ignored by everyone. At Caption it sold one copy, to a chap who bought one copy of everything on the table, at Gosh maybe two or three). Well, the next issue will be in English. I don't expect it'll make any difference whatsoever, but happen to have a bunch of stuff lying about that is better published in English, for various reasons.
(Pete, if you think plugging one's own zine like this is not on, just delete this last paragraph, ok?)
The Comics 2001Charity Project was announced yesterday. It's a Deck of Cards which will be printed up and sold as a limited edition with the original artwork auctioned (all proceeds to Childline).
Big name artists will probably get all the juicy picture cards to do, but there's nothing stopping small pressers getting in early and having fun with the number cards. Have a read of the details and contact Kev Sutherland if you want to contribute artwork.
Linkmachingo mentions a fascinating archive of New Yorker Cartoons. Unfortunately they don't seem to want Mac users to get past the browser check so I can't tell you what it's like, but it's no doubt rather wonderful and impressive. If anyone can get an email address for whoever is responsible for it please pass it on as I really want to see this stuff.
My name is Myriam Kalai, I'm a smallpress artist from Belgium. I participated in several projects: Old Cake Comix, The Bries Anthology: Wind, Formaline, Women's comic world, Beeldstorm. I recently started a project based on an idea I had some years ago: a comic about "food"......
I've recently been looking afresh at the works of the mighty (though sadly rather dead) Edward Gorey, prompted by finding the mostly excellent "The World of Edward Gorey" for a fiver in my local remaindered bookshop. Individually many of his books seem to me almost ridiculously slight but taken as a body of work (and it amounts to about a hundred books due to Gorey's prolific work rate and the fact that he worked right up until his death last year) they amount to something unique and marvellous strange. The Admirable Website Goreyography is a pretty good, detailed resource.
And apparently there's a musical Gorey Stories, running somewhere in the US at the moment too. Intriguing prospect.
Artists wanted to provide spot illustrations for THE IMPLAUSIBILITY OF REASON. Artists must have an ill sense of humour and wish to handle characters who look like they have various mental, emotional and physical retardations and/or deformities, Exploding abdomens and anything that`s seriously fucked up or in bad taste.
I originally went to the Steve Bissette faq for info on whatever happened to his self published Tyrant comic (may re-appear this year!), but there's a load of other stuff on there of interest. Old, but nethertheless of interest.
"Shelly Roeberg [Vertigo editor] very recently married artist Philip Bond [90's Brit-artist guru and indirect father of a thousand SP comics] and now she's
Shelly Bond." Dunno if that matters to anyone, but there it is.
Soon to be weblog-team-member Stephen Prestage writes:
Bugger me sideways. Hollywood moves in mysterious ways. The cash injection
from the film & tv sales does not appear to have brought anything like a
schedule to Stranghaven's publication, with the next issue being a tentative
spring 2001. However, it does mean that www.millidge.com actually works.
With content and everything, instead of the under construction notes which
have been on it for two years. We might even see three issues this year. No
breath holding though. I wouldn't mind, but it's one of the few comics I
care about to want a lot more of. Now, if only we can can get the celluliod
gang to throw cash to newcastle. Forget Sylvester trying to save a certain
iconic carpark after trashing a certain iconic film, it's the Gratuitous
Bunny I'm concerned about.
'Small Press News' (with annoying fancy html which my IE doesn't like)
Messageboard, Reviews , Interviews etc:
Perry Lake Bares All
Jason Wright Tells it like it is.
Edmonton Small Press Association Q & A
Johnny Gonzales Makes A Statement
A Small Press Fan Has His Say
Sal Cipriano Tells SBC What We Want To Know
Q-Ray (AKA Dr. Clint Cue) Answers SBC's Questions
Brad Yung And SBC Swap Tall Stories
Moira Janet Clunie And SBC Have A Chat
K. Thor Jensen Chats With SBC
Rachel Hartman Chats With SBC
Robert H Syrett Chats With SBC
Shane Simmons chats with SBC
Amy Ahlstrom chats with SBC
Karl Thomsen chats with SBC
Andy Luke, of TRS2, gets into the spirit of things with a rousing call to arms regarding the Comics 2001 festival in Bristol this Easter. In his current essay/rant The Visibility War - Part One : Comics 2001, A Call To Victory he's encouraging all small press and underground comics creators to come together for one weekend to make a stand, before all buggering off again to make comics.
"In addition to bringing out our new booklets, this May, we should make an effort to bring back into print the classics and collections. We should stock or have stocked the very best of our works and show the uninitiated why we count. "
Andy Luke and m'self wil have a double table at Bristol (being both BugPowder and TRS2 in one). Shane Chesby will have his Smallzone table and Dek Baker will represent the Birmingham-and-related crew. I'm currently finialising how I'll be getting stock for our table - probably paying up front for copies of some stuff and doing SOR on other, depending on price/format - but do get in touch if your interested in what Andy's going on about. I'll be cracking on with concrete plans in March (after moving house).
It could be important, but at the very least it'll be fun, and that's the point.
As mentioned previously, Mr Hewlett is involved in a modern dance beat combo going by the name Gorillaz. Their official site has just been launched and while it does benefit from a fast net link it's a stonker. Loads of rooms with bits and bobs, most of them drawn or designed by Jamie. I especially like the Atari ST emulator. If anyone finds any Hewlett comics in there, do let me know.
After seeing Grant Morrison on Disinfonation the other night, I resolved to remedy the gap in my cultural life and blew some redundancy money on the first Invisibles collection, which I'm about to read...I've made a sigil already (If it works for him,..how rich is he?...it's gotta be worth a try.) Anybody who mocks needn't come begging to me for handouts and sexual favours when I transmogrify into a gorgeous young rich person . Hey, even if I only get abducted and taken for joyrides with aliens,that will be an improvement..
.I can't believe how lush that Lambieksite is.Loads of visuals;every creator you can imagine, almost, even moi ! You could surf it for hours.
(Paul:Makes me wonder if he's showing off by producing web pages that are well over 800x600... It's like saying, "My monitor is well bigger that yours" .
And I was worried that my iMac screen might be too large a minimum size for my homepage!! (which is kept the same size by dodgy tables)
But this Jane's High School reunion is the right size. Just added it to my 'Complete Stories' page, the comic by Matt Abbiss too. - Oh, see what you mean about the size. It's just about ok for the comic you link to. A greater problem is the filesize for this type of story. You really need a lot of pages to get into it. Talkin of which:
If you like Box Office Poison you may be interested in this newsitem from Topshelf :
APRIL 2001 FEATURES
BOX OFFICE POISON
By Alex Robinson
Top Shelf is proud to announce the complete, 608-page (!!!) BOX OFFICE POISON graphic novel. This perennial fan favorite is so wonderfully written that the series screams for an all-up collection. As big fans of the comic book series know, this epic story of Sherman, Dorothy, Ed, Stephen, Jane, and Mr. Flavor is not to be missed. Alex Robinson’s completely natural and inspiring knack for dialogue has made his story of dreary jobs, comic books, love, sex, messy apartments, girlfriends (and the lack thereof), undisclosed pasts, and crusty old professionals one of the most delightful and whimsical books to hit the stands in years. This definitive edition -- a playful examination of human mating rituals and dead-end jobs -- will be for keeps!
Alex Robinson did a fine comic a wee while back called Box Office Poison & now seems to be doing some more of that self publishing thing with Cave City. Here's a sample of what it all looks like. Makes me wonder if he's showing off by producing web pages that are well over 800x600... It's like saying, "My monitor is well bigger that yours" . Hmph!
Maybe the description of Spanish comics was confusing. Paul unerringly got the Martins mixed up. The most distinctive one is called 'Angel'. Some more about him on Fucine Mute: Article with samples, Interview with large photo , Interview with wacky morphing photo.
Fucine Mute also has something about British mainstream artist Steve Pugh.
More foreign coolness, a hip looking Italian undergroud zine: here are 10 cover of Interzona and here a bunch of stuff that they are distributing, lots of it, including a 'Bad Mutants' cover by Marcel Ruijters. Marcel had some pages in my little Zeitraum wordless issue, which, by the way will go online in mini-gifs in a few days, all 32 pages... (only little, so you will still want to buy the thing.) (Or not, as the case may be.)
The growth of the Artsamples Collection has come under doubt, because of Bugpowder's space restrictions, but as it happens, letters M and R are the ones already included, and included on them are the abovementioned Martin and Marcel Ruijters respectively. The Martin page was sent to me by Jenni Scott from Spain.