I recently picked up a mini- comic by Ron Rege Jr. Inside he printed some of his pages using a single
colour of red instead of black. He mentions in the "Comic Artists Guide to
Reproduction" , which he produced along with Brian Ralph and Jordan Crane,
that some copiers can copy in a toner other than black (usually in
red, green or blue). He lists this under the sub heading of 'index colours'.
I've asked around a couple of printers and copy shops in London with no joy
and I was wondering if anybody had come across such a beast in London ( or
anywhere) as I'd really like to have a go on one.
If anybody has seen one then please email me.
I've been around the block when it comes to photocopiers but I haven't seen one of these since the late 80s and even then it was pretty old. It's a bit like a colour inkjet printer with different toner cartridges for the colours and you switch between them. To do a two colour copy you have to feed the paper through once more. Jeremy Dennis did some similar effects in the mid 90s but I haven't seen it done in this country for a good five years.
y'need to keep yer eye's open m'boy.
When I was in London - the print shop up Camden Parkway had one, they have a shop on the Euston Rd as well. Not cheap.
There was also a teacher resource place up near Mile End tube that you could pretent you were a teacher at ( actually - they just let you use the stuff - you paid & went) . Mark Pawson may have a better lead on that - & Pete may be able to check with Mark...
You just gotta ask about a bit & be prepared for a few blank looks from copy shop staff who have not got a clue. Try to find a shop that services local small businesses with graphics/printing on a small scale (like restaurant menus) as they sometimes have them... heck - there's even one in our ol provincial town
For the last year or so, I've been busy creating an animated comic strip for
BBC Online. It's called
JEAN GENII and the first series of nine episodes is about to launch.
You can preview the first episodes of JEAN GENII here: Trailer, Episode 1, Episode 2
Be sure to tell all your comics and web friendly friends!
And let me know what you think!
You might have noticed that BugPowder has been down since Monday. Not sure exactly why - could be they didn't register the payment, could be a glitch. Whatever, if you sent me an email on from Mnday to Wednesday, the chances are I didn't get it, so please send it again.
Perfect bloomin' timing after handing out the URL to loads of people over the weekend...
A lot happened in Bristol this weekend at the Comics 2001 festival. I'm going to concentrate on specific bits and particular ideas over the next few weeks so this is a brief over-view.
To be honest, I went to Bristol with great trepidation. I was running a table with Andy Luke (of TRS2) and at the last minute it looked like Andy wouldn't be there. I'd been becoming more and more aware that I didn't have a clue what was going on in the UK small press comics scene these days and a nagging feeling that I didn't actually want to be one of the few people right at the middle, a position I was lucky to hold a few years back. But I'd made a commitment to run a table and therefore I would see it through. So I loaded up the backpack with a meagre selection of books and zines and caught the early train to Bristol.
A couple of days earlier Andy had confirmed that he would be there and I'd put out a call for help to which the Goodman brothers from Pulp Fiction had offered their assistance. Kev Sutherland, the frighteningly enthusiastic organiser of Comics 2001 had volunteered me to sell the limited edition charity decks of cards so I knew there'd be plenty of traffic and publicity for the table, and Andy (who does know what the fuck is going on) had spread the word that we would sell people's books for them. So it probably wasn't going to be as bad as I thought. At the very least I'd be able to get away for the Eddie Campbell talk.
You guys took my breath away.
At one stage I was coming back to the table and stopped to observe. Everything was fine. People were running the table, people were buying stuff, people were chatting, people were swapping comics, sharing information, networking. All I had done was provide a space. In the past at these things I've been a bit of a control freak, making sure my baby was not being ruined by people who, while they had the best intentions, didn't know exactly how I worked. This reflects more on me than anyone else, but this year I felt able to let go. And it felt good.
There is a vibrant scene in the UK small press. There are loads of people doing stuff, a lot of it of high quality, and they're all very keen. There were lots of happy faces at Bristol. No-one was down. This seemed to go across the whole comics scene but I particularly noticed it in the small press.
I'm confident enough to say that a new era has begun. The seeds of a new scene are ever present. All that needs to be done is bring it all together and having talks to numerous people about this over the weekend it shouldn't be too hard as long as we spread the load. Look out for more optimistic ramblings soon!
It's the night before Comics 2001 in Bristol and if you're coming along with your wares you'll more than likely be collating and stapling like a mean bugger.
This is just a quick reminder that there will be a BugPowder table (in the Marriott hotel) and while there will be stuff to buy from it, it's main purpose is to promote small press comics. Now, while I volunteered for this job (or Kev Sutherland bullied me into it, I forget which) and have roped Andy Luke of TRS2 into the fold, the fact remains that I'm pretty out of touch with the current small press scene as it is today. My heyday was 1995 which gets further away by the year...
So, point is, if you're going and you publish your own comic, you are more than welcome to come and help on the table for an hour or so. This will enable me to have a piss, but will also enable you to preach the Good Word to all and sundry. And then maybe, just maybe, you'll find you kinda enjoy pushing SP to the masses and you'd like to do more, taking the heat off Andy a bit and allow me to retire to the Small Press Home For Those Who Don't Quite Know What The Kids Are Up To.
There's a beer in it for you, and access to the Norwegian's party is pretty much assured, should you so desire. And did I mention the BugPowder table is responsible for selling the charity decks of cards? Maximum traffic guarenteed!
What do you do when you've sold out of your comic and can't justify doing a reprint, even though people still want to read it? Jordan Crane has an answer. Make the whole book available as a PDF file. You can now enjoy the whole of Non #3 (64 pages of glorious joy) in the comfort of your own Acrobat reader. Non #1 is coming soon in the same format.
I'm thinking of building up a similar archive here so if you've got an out of print small press comic that was well recieved at the time, get in touch and we'll get it scanned up.
Ninth Art is a diamond find (tip of the hat to lmg) - a comics journalism site "for the discerning reader" that avoids the historical pitfalls of The Comics Journal. It's early days but I really like the feel of the site and it ties in with a lot of angles I've been thinking about regarding comics. For the unaware, the title comes from the French who have always had a much more mature appreciation of comics that the English speaking world. Here's hoping...
It looks like Factsheet 5 the legendary monster zine review mag, is coming back this summer after a two year "break" according to this interview with the new owner, who just happens to be "a 22 year old marketing student with no knowledge of zines".
"I was finishing up a class on direct marketing and wanted to go into that type of business. As I was exploring my options I turned to the internet. There amongst a search engine was Factsheet5.com for sale. Time was ticking, got some money together , gave Seth a call and now the rest is and will be History!"
BD-net is a kind of Amazon-type thing for French comics. Dead useful if you want to actually see a sample of some comic your hoity-toity, cosmopolitan friend has been raving about. Fr'example, Christopher's Pyjama Party really does look excellent and should be picked up by Fantagraphics or D&Q if there's any justice (or money) in the world...
Greetings, True Believers, from Jennifer Cole & Martin Hand!
FANTASTIC FUN DAY, SUNDAY 20TH MAY 2001 AT PAGES BAR, 75 PAGE STREET, LONDON SW1
* GASP! ...At the Battle of the Bristling Beards as Stainless Steve Englehart is interviewed live on stage by Garrulous Guy Lawley!
* AMAZE US ALL! ...With your knowledge of Marvel Comics Trivia in our Pub Quiz!
* QUAKE WITH FEAR! ...Before the peerless power of that malevolent and merciless monarch, Doctor Doom!
* GET BLINDFOLDED, DISORIENTATED AND ULTIMATELY HUMILIATED! ...As you attempt to Pin the Hair on Medusa!
* SPEND ALL YOUR HARD-EARNED MONEY! ...At the Charity Art Auction (in aid of The Cartoon Art Trust)! And on drinks, of course!
* JOIN IN THE GREAT COMICS SWAP! ...By bringing along a spare copy of a comic you really like (bagged with a note explaining who you are and why you like that particular issue). We'll have a random exchange of beloved comics to broaden our horizons!
* GET A BIT FED UP! ...With the Fantastic Four cartoons being shown throughout the day!
* WIN PRIZES! ...At the Comics Trivia Pub Quiz, Dr Doom's Prize Draw and various other events during the day!
* SQUIRM! ...At the total and utter dreadfulness of Roger Corman's Fantastic Four movie (it's worth sitting through it once, just to see Mr Fantastic waving goodbye at the end...)!
* EAT, DRINK AND BE MERRY! ...And, most especially, talk rubbish with your fellow comics-fans!
ALL FOR ONLY £10!
Extra-special guest-stars recently confirmed: John McCrea, The Thing and Mr Fantastic!
As you may be aware, for a small fee (all profits to the Cartoon Art Trust), we're offering you the opportunity to have a souvenir photo taken with Doctor Doom, Mr Fantastic and/or Bashful Benjamin J Grimm, The loveable Blue-Eyed Thing. But if you'd prefer to bring your camera and take pictures yourself, you're very welcome to do so! As long as you're polite and respect people's privacy and "personal space", of course...
FANTASTIC FUN DAY is a mini-convention celebrating 40 years of the Fantastic Four, 60 years of Captain America and the work of our star-guest Steve Englehart!
Pages Bar is on the corner of Page Street and Marsham Street (off Horseferry Road). The nearest tube station is Pimlico. Buses C10 (Victoria to/from Elephant & Castle) and 88 (Clapham Common to/from Oxford Circus or Piccadilly) stop right outside the bar (for emergency directions on the day, telephone Pages Bar on 020 7592 9901!)
Entry to Fantastic Fun Day is £10 on the door. A fully licensed bar will be available providing drinks and food throughout the event (because of the nature of the venue, it's over 18s only!).
Re: PROtocol. There IS something to replace the SSI newsletter - the CCG newsletter! The Society of Strip Illustrators changed its name to the Comics Creators Guild in 1992 to reflect the fact that it promotes the interests of all creators working in the field, not just artists. The Guild "is open to any and all interested parties who can show an awareness and dedication to our medium, and not only those who are currently making a living from comics". Apart from the monthly newsletter there are meetings every month in London and Brighton, with other regional meets planned.
New Website for UK comics creator types! David Moyes has created a new site monikered PROtocol ,,, hmmm PROtocol... Well, the raison d'etre is as follows:
Matt and I work on a number of projects together, and enjoy regular chats on the phone even when we’re not. It was during one of these conversations that I bemoaned the fact that the comics community had fragmented, and that no-one seemed to know what anyone else was up to. “It’s a shame”, I said to him, “that there’s nothing to take the place of the old SSI newsletters, or the creator profiles that used to run at the front of Arkensword”. Matt agreed and suggested there was a niche for such a publication, aimed primarily at the creative community. And as he couldn’t think of anyone else stupid enough to try pulling it all together he suggested I give it a go – and thus PROtocol was born!
There was some laffs in the old SSI/CCG on what accredited someone to being a comics "professional". Nice to see such potential again ;)
Explaination required, because it might go on a while. I'm taking a break from the site for a bit for various reasons but mainly to get a bit of perspective. The main page can still be updated by the other contributors but my personal blog will stay quiet. Hold tight! Back soon!