It’s been quite a year so far: months rolling on, a thousand things happening, a thousand tiny changes. Here’s the news:
My first book collection is available for pre-order now. DAYS collects three now out-of-print issues of my autobiographical zine, SMOO and selected anthology work, first published between 2011 an 2012. It’s 144 pages, softcover and features an essay by me on making zines and notes on each of the stories contained in the book, including reflections on all the stories in SMOO 4, 5 and 6. It’s being released by Avery Hill Publishing, and if you pre-order before midnight tonight (8th June), you get an original drawing by me.
Here’s the pre-order link.
In early May I produced a small, A6 zine called MONUMENT ROAD. Neither prose nor poetry, comics nor illustration, it’s a mixture of words and pictures reflecting on transition and the search for something meaningful, when everything feels in flux.
It’s available here.
In April, new imprint Sotokaramita released a collection of stories culled from anthology work, and SMOO 4, 5, 6 and 7, translated into Japanese. Another one of those weird things I never thought I’d see, it’s available now in a number of Japanese shops and online. It also features an interview with me (also translated into Japanese).
Full details here (Japanese)
PLANS WE MADE
Next year, Grimalkin Press will be releasing my first book of original material, a set of reflections on my teenage years spent in the suburbs. It explores memories and the feelings of small streets and growing up and trying to get some sense of perspective on the weird world between spaces you inhabit at that age.
There’s more news coming on this soon from Grimalkin Press, and I’ll be sure to keep you posted.
I’m part of a group exhibition, opening this week in Malmo, Sweden. Curated by C’est Bon Kultur, it features work by me, Dunja Jankovic, Sophie Yanow, Aidan Koch, Warren Craghead, Derik A. Badman, Alyssa Berg, Julie Delporte and Oliver East. Facebook event here.
I spoke to Dan Berry about comics, minimalism, memory and zines for his Make It Then Tell Everybody podcast. You can listen here.
I’m also working on a split zine with Ignatz-nominated Jason Martin, one of my favourite zine makers. Details are still forming, but hopefully it’ll be out later in the Summer/Autumn.
I’m co-organising the Bristol Comic and Zine Fair and you can apply for a table for that now. It’s being hosted at the Station again, in Bristol, on Saturday October 4th. Here’s the link.
I’m also hoping to get SMOO 8 out in time for BCZF, but we’ll wait and see if that happens.