THIS IS THE NEWS: THOUGHT BUBBLE THIS WEEKEND

I’ll be at Thought Bubble this weekend. I’ll be in New Dock Hall at table 170 with Nick Soucek (we’re listed as Things in Panels) and Ian Williams.

I’ll be selling…

Grand Gestures. Published in May 2013 by Retrofit Comics, this is a 44 page silent story about falling apart and putting yourself back together. Review here. £4

Holiday. April 2013. A 32 page zine about a holiday to Spain. Mountains, rivers, beaches. Happy. Review here. £2

Blinking/Twitching a new split zine drawn with US artist Warren Craghead. I wrote him a poem and he drew me a picture and we each made a comic from it. UK debut, originally launched at SPX September 2013. £2

SMOO 5: May 2012. Stories about the sea, stories about being sad, stories about fishing and stories about coping. A memoir of being 21. Features in Andy Oliver’s 'Ten UK Small Press Comics You Should Own 2012' . £3

SMOO 6: Nov 2012. Life in change, reflecting on new routines, old memories, new houses, holidays and swimming late at night in the rain. Smoo #6 featured in Richard Bruton’s Top Ten Comics of 2012. Review on The Comics Journal here. £3

SMOO 7: July 2013. Bumper issue! Childhood, fields, forests, empty mansions, looking back, trying to move forwards. Comes in a package of 3 zines, a map and a letter.Review here. £4

Assorted badges, featuring geese, cars and my head. £1 or maybe free with a purchase. We’ll just have to see…

Also, making its UK debut…

Driftwood City by Jason Martin

This is a new collection (review here) of early and recent comics by California-based zine maker Jason Martin. Jason has been publishing deceptively disarming autobiographical comics of simple potency for a number of years. He wrote the entire final issue of Papercutter and won an Ignatz nomination for his efforts. He’s a great artist and this is a wonderful way to be introduced to his work: £8

See you there!

© 2007 Jason Martin. Excerpt from Black Tea #1
Word from Jason Martin:
"I also just posted some big news about an upcoming comic I’m going to be  in: Papercutter #17. Last fall Greg Means of Tugboat Press asked me to  write 32 pages of new autobiographical comics for this issue, and he got  seven of my favorite cartoonists to draw them. These artists really  took my stories to a whole other level, and I’m really excited for this  issue to come out!
In order of appearance: Jesse Reklaw, Corinne Mucha, Francois Vigneault,  Calvin Wong, Sarah Oleksyk, Hellen Jo, and Vanessa Davis (with end  pages by Nate Beaty)
There should be ordering info coming soon at www.tugboatpress.com (it’ll also be for sale at SF Zine Fest at the Tugboat Press table). “

We all know I’m a big fan, so this is amazing news. I’m stoked for Jason!

© 2007 Jason Martin. Excerpt from Black Tea #1

Word from Jason Martin:

"I also just posted some big news about an upcoming comic I’m going to be in: Papercutter #17. Last fall Greg Means of Tugboat Press asked me to write 32 pages of new autobiographical comics for this issue, and he got seven of my favorite cartoonists to draw them. These artists really took my stories to a whole other level, and I’m really excited for this issue to come out!

In order of appearance: Jesse Reklaw, Corinne Mucha, Francois Vigneault, Calvin Wong, Sarah Oleksyk, Hellen Jo, and Vanessa Davis (with end pages by Nate Beaty)

There should be ordering info coming soon at www.tugboatpress.com (it’ll also be for sale at SF Zine Fest at the Tugboat Press table). “

We all know I’m a big fan, so this is amazing news. I’m stoked for Jason!

Sorry Entertainer contributor Jason Martin has got a new website!
I first found out about Jason’s work from John P.’s Spit and a Half comix and zine distro last year. I was moved from what I read to buy his comics and never looked back, contacting Jason shortly after to arrange some trades. I wrote about his work in February 2010, saying:
"I’ve recently discovered the work of Jason Martin (who is awesome). His Laterborn mini-comic  has been one of my favourite purchases of recent times. I suggest that  if you’re a fan of Jeffrey Brown or King-Cat, then you will probably  like Laterborn, which both speaks to, and distinguishes itself from, the  work of those two other artists in a wonderfully confident, yet  understated way. There’s some reviews over at Optical Sloth, should you need persuading.”
To say Jason has since become one of my favourite zine makers and comic storytellers would not be an exaggeration: his work is humane,  grounded, and lovely. His stories connect pasts and presents without nostalgia, but very much with a sense of the magical - and sometimes sad - things that happen when we try to map how those moments from our lives that make us us relate to one another. Always greater than the sum of their parts, his Laterborn and Black Tea zines are unmissable. Go and buy them from him.

EDIT: This is what Noah Van Sciver has to say about Jason Martin. He likes him, too.

Sorry Entertainer contributor Jason Martin has got a new website!

I first found out about Jason’s work from John P.’s Spit and a Half comix and zine distro last year. I was moved from what I read to buy his comics and never looked back, contacting Jason shortly after to arrange some trades. I wrote about his work in February 2010, saying:

"I’ve recently discovered the work of Jason Martin (who is awesome). His Laterborn mini-comic has been one of my favourite purchases of recent times. I suggest that if you’re a fan of Jeffrey Brown or King-Cat, then you will probably like Laterborn, which both speaks to, and distinguishes itself from, the work of those two other artists in a wonderfully confident, yet understated way. There’s some reviews over at Optical Sloth, should you need persuading.”

To say Jason has since become one of my favourite zine makers and comic storytellers would not be an exaggeration: his work is humane,  grounded, and lovely. His stories connect pasts and presents without nostalgia, but very much with a sense of the magical - and sometimes sad - things that happen when we try to map how those moments from our lives that make us us relate to one another. Always greater than the sum of their parts, his Laterborn and Black Tea zines are unmissable. Go and buy them from him.

EDIT: This is what Noah Van Sciver has to say about Jason Martin. He likes him, too.