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!

ORIGINAL ART SALE

I’m selling 13 pages of original artwork from 2012. I need to raise some money, clear some things out and take stock. A lot of these pieces mean a great deal to me, and I hope they will do to you too. Much love went into each one.

They’re all A4 (210x297mm/8.2x11.7inches) on white Bristol Board, in unfixed graphite pencils

Each page is £50, including P&P, with discounts for multiple purchases.

THE SALE RUNS FROM TONIGHT UNTIL MONDAY 25th NOVEMBER 2013.

CLICK HERE TO SEE ALL ART FOR SALES AND FOR DETAILS OF HOW TO PURCHASE YOUR CHOICE

image

When I was at SPX I appeared on a panel. It was a lot of fun! Here’s the wordy description what we done try and talk about.

September 16, 2013

4:30PM-5:30PM

The New Comics Minimalism

While the comics marketplace generally favors work that offers conventionally novelistic narratives conveyed through artwork that inclines towards naturalistically-based figurative clarity, a rising generation of artists, often working in alternative publishing formats, is exploring the limits of expressive poetic minimalism. Comics critic Derik Badman will discuss the new comics minimalism with Christopher Adams, Simon Moreton, Jon McNaught, Frank Santoro and Andrew White.

wormulus

wormulus:

Check out the new comics in the Grindstone store!!

I am so excited to offer these fine comics for your purchasing pleasure via Grindstone Comics. I can’t recommend these comics highly enough.

You can now purchase SMOO 7 and me and Warren’s new split zine from Grindstone, the distro established by the ever wonderful L. Nichols. Also, I met Aaron this weekend, too: nice guy, great comics. So get that, too!

SPX HERE I COME

Next weekend, I’ll be appearing at the Small Press Expo in Bethesda, MD. The trip has been made possible by the kind folk who bought zines, artwork and comics. I’m very grateful for your support.

I’ll be sharing a table with the inimitable Warren Craghead, and we’ll have a number of comics and zines available including our new split zine (24pp). His half is called ‘Blinking’, my half is called ‘Twitching’. Here’s my cover:

image

I’ll also have a selection of my own comics available. I’ll have a handful of my Holiday zine, my Retrofit book Grand Gestures, SMOOs #4, #5 and #6 as well as SMOO #7, the latest issue of my comic released this summer. Here’s a page from SMOO #7:

image

You’ll be able to find Warren and I at table D13B. Here’s one of those map things people like to do. Warren doesn’t really look like this, by the way. But I do.

image

Finally, on Sunday I’ll be appearing on a panel, chaired by Derik Badman. Should be swell, even if it is on Sunday afternoon. It’s going to be Happy Hour.

The New Comics Minimalism

While the comics marketplace generally favors work that offers conventionally novelistic narratives conveyed through artwork that inclines towards naturalistically-based figurative clarity, a rising generation of artists, often working in alternative publishing formats, is exploring the limits of expressive poetic minimalism. Comics critic Derik Badman will discuss the new comics minimalism with Christopher Adams, Simon Moreton, Jon McNaught, Frank Santoro and Andrew White.

The panel is 4.30 - 5.30pm in the White Flint Auditorium.

That’s it!

Please come along and say hi.

bearpitzines

BCZF 2013 Exhibitors Announced!

As some of you may know, I’m one of the co-organisers of the Bristol Comic and Zine Fair. Yesterday, we announced our exhibitors! Read on for more info:

bearpitzines:

We are pleased to announce the full list of exhibitors for BCZF 2013. We have over 40 incredible artists, writers and makers exhibiting and selling their work at the fair.

From published cartoonists to zinesters and from print makers to illustrators, from Bolton to Brighton, Exeter to Edinburgh, BCZF has it all. There’s a big Bristol contingent, including the Sicker Than Thou collaborators Emma and Godfrey, there’s also Paula Knight, Paul Ashley Brown, Graham Johnson and many more. We’ll have established British artists such as the DECADENCE collective, Lizz Lunney, Jack Teagle, Donya Todd, David Ziggy Green and Philippa Rice selling their work, not to mention Issy Greenberg, the cartoonist and illustrator responsible for BCZF’s awesome promotional artwork.

As well as a host of debuting comics and zines, we’ll be the first convention where you can buy artist Katie Green’s new graphic memoir, Lighter Than My Shadow. Published by Jonathan Cape, LTMS is a deeply moving 500+ page chronicle of eating disorders, abuse and recovery. Gareth Brookes’ new book ‘The Black Project’, a Graphic Novel created entirely in the mediums of embroidery and linocut relief print, will also receive its convention debut at BCZF.

There’s also a great range of work being offered by collectives of artists from Bristol, Falmouth, Brighton and Gloucestershire. They’ll all be bringing a diverse range of publications, prints and handmade items. Exeter zine and art shop extraordinaire No Guts No Glory will be in attendance, too, adding to a wonderfully diverse roster of creative people.

Finally, as if that’s not enough, Comic Book Slumber Party will also be curating an entire room of workshops, comics and general awesomeness.

You can read about all of our exhibitors on the BCZF website. Keep an eye out, too, as we add more information about our amazing artists – and don’t forget: spread the word!