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Smoo Comics #6
Smoo #6 is a quiet contemplation on moving house, moving through rainy summers, welcoming autumn, and settling down. It features seven stories about listening to Hüsker Dü, running naked in French fields, another tale of swimming at night and more besides. Seven stories in B&W pencils, white card cover, 36 A5 pages. Preview pictures here. You can read reviews here and here. This comic also made Richard Bruton's Best of 2012 list for Forbidden Planet International blog.
Smoo Comics #5
Smoo #5. This comic is about the year I spent living in Falmouth. I’ve been trying to write these stories for a long time now, and this is what finally came out. B&W, white card cover, 40 A5 pages. Made Broken Frontier's Ten UK Small Press Comics You Need to Own of 2012. You can read another review here.
Smoo Comics #4: Marlow
Smoo #4:Marlow. This issue deals, in an abstract sort of way, with being a teenager, and then, years later, realising that for all you don’t feel like one, you find yourself being a grown up. It was written in response to my parents moving away from Marlow, the small town in SE England where I spent my teenage years. Each copy comes with a print of a hand-drawn map of the town. B&W, white card cover, 28 A5 pages. Review that says "Hot damn, I think he’s done it. I think Simon has created the perfect comic about growing up in the suburbs, the little rebellions that you take along the way to try and keep things slightly interesting, and the shock of feeling exactly the same but finding yourself several years older, with irrefutable physical evidence of that fact" can be found here.
Smoo Comics #3
Smoo #3: one long story, broken up into little bits about dealing with anxiety, monsters, mobile telephones and the washing up. B&W, white card cover, 36 A5 pages. You can read the first 6 pages here. Reviews here, here and here.
Smoo Comics #2 1/2
Smoo #2 1/2: material new and old (but never before published) collected in one comic! Includes stories about visiting Sicily, a lonely night spent in a hotel room, as well as teenage thoughts on girls and a piece about feeling guilty. B&W, coloured card cover, 20 A5 pages. Review here.
Smoo Comics #2
Smoo #2: this issue contains more semi-autobiographical musings and in which I cut my long hair short and grew out my beard. Contains stories about: moving on from the past; walking, thinking, and coping; remembering childhood lessons. Also: the morning after the argument night before. B&W, 'Ivory' card cover, 28 A5 pages. Reviews here and here.
Smoo Comics #1
Smoo #1: my first ever minicomic and inaugural issue of Smoo. Contains semi-autobiographical musings on broken washing machines, being followed, nature, cities and the secret world that's going on, just below our feet... B&W, 'Ivory' card cover, 28 A5 pages.
The Escapologist #2
The Escapologist #2: The Texture of Things The slow race to find something pretty while you can continues. A5, white card cover, 12pp.
The Escapologist #1
The Escapologist #1: This Paper, This Ink A slow-paced, nearly silent, abstract comic, this is the first part of an ongoing comics series, dealing with the lightness and the weight of things. Pretty pictures, too. A5, white card cover, 12pp.Reviews here and here.
White paper, 36 pages, A6 (105x148mm)
A short poem/story about our recent holiday to Spain. Features balconies, dawn drives through mountains, men in flat caps and many beaches. A sort of spiritual successor to my Lisbon zine from 2009.
How much does it cost?
This zine is available on a pay-what-you-like basis. I’m raising money to go to the Small Press Expo in Washington DC, which is a bit of a dream, and any money made on this zine (above the print costs) will take me a little closer. Any amount will be gratefully received!
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The Sorry Entertainer
The Sorry Entertainer is a high-quality, black and white, tabloid sized newsprint comics anthology, featuring comic book artists from across the world. These contributions aren’t your usual superhero fare; they’re specially commissioned works of underground, alternative and small-press storytellers, spinning yarns of sad theatre performers, blackmailed entertainers, plane crashes, wrestling matches gone wrong, flatulent stand-ups, persecuted human statutes and of four eyed-wonders - plus a whole lot more besides. It is the first Things in Panels publication. More info here!
Days: this mammoth comic collects my never-before-seen-in-public diary comics documenting, amongst other things, the tail end of a move, a week house- sitting in London, and not dressing up as Sarah Palin for Halloween. Also includes a review of the year in comics form. B&W, white card cover, 56 A5 pages. Review here and here.
Lisbon: a mini-comic documenting a weekend in Lisbon back in 2008. Based on photographs mostly taken by my better half, Becky, this contains ruminations on travelling, buildings, trams and tiles. B&W, cover on coloured card, 16 A5 pages. Review here.
You can get many of my comics from the following distros and online shops:
John P’s Spit and a Half Distro (North America)
Secret Acres (North America)
Pioneers Press. Formerly Microcosm Distro.
My comics are also usually available from the following bricks and mortar shops:
Orbital Comics, 8 Great Newport Street, London WC2H 7JA.
Lambiek, Kerkstraat 132, Amsterdam 1017 GP, The Netherlands Tel. +31 20 626 7543
Desert Island, 540 Metropolitan Ave Brooklyn NY 11211 (718) 388-5087
Bergen St. Comics, 470 Bergen Street Brooklyn, NY 11217, United States +1 718-230-5600
Older issues might still be available here
Worlds Apart, 58-60 Lime Street, Liverpool, Merseyside L1 1JN, UK Tel. 0151 707 0839
Forbidden Planet, Piccadilly, 65 Oldham Street, Manchester M1 1J, UK Tel. 0161 839 4777>/p>
Nostalgia Books and Comics, 14-16 Smallbrook Queensway, Birmingham, West Midlands B5 4EN, UK Tel. 01216 430143
Travelling Man Newcastle, 43 Grainger St, NE1 5JE, UK Tel. 0191 2614993
Quimby’s Bookstore, 1854 W. North Ave. Chicago, IL 60622, USA Tel. 773/342-0910