ink+PAPER has been a bit quiet lately but lots has been going on behind the scenes. All will be revealed soon!
In the meantime, it’s spring! And that means a Comiket – ink+PAPER will be there this Saturday at Central St Martins for the brilliant FREE event. Lots of people selling lots of comics and some exciting big screen live drawing too! All the details for the Comica Festival including the Comiket are here. See you there!
Here’s an intriguing page from ink+PAPER #3 by Glasgow-based artist Nulsh. Can you guess what this story is about? Bet you can’t.
Nulsh’s style really strikes a chord with me – not just his dark sense of humour, but his strong expressive line-work that reminds me of some of Moebius’ (perhaps earlier?) comics. It’s bold and edgy but sophisticated and intelligent too. Have a look at his website for more treasures:
Meanwhile, today is LAUNCH PARTY DAY! The books arrived in the nick of time yesterday and look great – come see for yourself at Orbital Comics in London from 7pm tonight where there’ll be joint launch with the latest issue of The Strumpet!
Details here, or on Facebook here.
And tomorrow, come along the Comiket: issue #3 wll be on sale alongside #2 and other goodies. Hope to see you there!
ink+PAPER #3 is currently in the last stages of production! Lots of brilliant creators have worked very hard to bring you the very best in brand new comics for some cosy autumn/winter reading. Even though it’s not quite finished, it’s looking pretty spectacular and sneak peeks and a contributor list will be up soon. I’ve called #3 the ‘showcase issue’ as it has quite a few creators who are perhaps lesser known to the UK comics scene (or to me, at least) amongst the more familiar names, and I can’t wait to see what people think of their work. It’ll be out in time for Thought Bubble in November – more news on that in time.
Issue #2 is still very much available – thanks to Zainab on the FP blog for her recent reminder. We also got a mention on the Orbiting Pod podcast from those fine folks at Orbital comics. Issue #2 can be bought right here. (And at Gosh!, Orbital, Mega City, Eggs Milk Butter, and soon Foyles).
We’ll also be selling at the wonderful Birmingham Zine Festival, this coming Saturday (13th October) at Sidewalk, Hurst Street. I loved last year’s show and this year it promises to be bigger and better. Hope to see you there!
Sales of #2 have been brisk (great word, that) – thank you to everyone who has purchased already! This weekend we’ll be taking #2 for its first venture into the outside world at this year’s International Alternative Press Festival, in London. The best place to see the widest range of small press and self-published works whether they are comics, zines, posters and prints. We’ll be there Sunday 5th only with issue #2 (and the last couple of copies of #1) but the festival is ongoing – there’s already an exhibition throughout Conduit Street, curated by our friend Tanya Meditzky and tonight is the launch of the latest edition of the amazing alternative comics newspaper, the Comix Reader. The full program of events is here.
Four great international opportunities to get hold of a copy of i+P#1 this month (aside from the internet-based options):
- Ellen Lindner will be shilling at the Brooklyn Zine Fest on April 15th: http://www.brooklynzinefest.com/ alongside the fabulous The Strumpet.
- Cliodhna Lyons will have some copies at the wonderful Comiket in London on April 21st: http://www.comicafestival.com/index.php/events/detail/comica_comiket_independent_comics_fair/
- Both of these fine ladies will be at the amazing MoCCA in New York City on 28th-29th April: http://moccafest.org/
- i+P is available in the brilliant Lambiek in Amsterdam, the world’s first comic shop: http://lambiek.net/about.htm
Meanwhile, issue #2 lurches into life…
This weekend is the Thought Bubble Festival in Leeds – come along and grab some of our lovely merchandise: there’s a free screen-print by Esther McManus with every copy of ink+PAPER issue #1 (while stocks last) and some smart badges too.
ink+PAPER is very pleased to be sharing a table with The Strumpet comic, also launching their inaugural issue. I’ve had a preview and it looks amazing! We can be found at table 123 in the Saviles Hall:
See you there!
An official non-Twitter, non-Facebook thank you to everyone who came along to the launch party at Orbital Comics last Friday night. It was a great night and the response to the mag was very positive – lots were sold! There are some pics from the night on Facebook (can be viewed without logging in).
The Comiket on the following day was a brilliant, much-improved event. There was a real buzz to the day and very encouraging sales again. We’re now looking forward to Thought Bubble in Leeds – it’s the big one.
In other news, contributor Shug has made available some music to go with his comic Iris. It’s an atmospheric accompaniment to his bittersweet tale. And there were some nice words from Pop Culture Hound in their mention here.
Come one, come all! See you there!
Don’t forget the Comiket tomorrow, too! As well as i+P, there’ll be comics royalty in the form of HRH Posy Simmonds, who’ll be opening the event. Also there’ll be live drawing from other members of the nobility: Sarah McIntyre, Luke Pearson and Roger Langridge amongst many others (check out Sarah’s travel diary comic – she’ll have a very limited number of copies for sale). And i+P contributors Lizz Lunney, Dan Berry, Timothy Winchester, Joe Decie and Philippa Rice will also be exhibiting along with a host of top quality comics talent. It’s going to be an amazing day!
And if that doesn’t tickle your comics fancy, pop along to the South East London Zine Fest in glittering New Cross, also on Saturday, for cutting edge DIY publishing at its best! Phew! I’ve a feeling Sunday will be a duvet day…
The response to ink+PAPER has been amazing – thanks to everyone to sent good wishes for the magazine’s future. Preparations for the first issue continue apace, but the esteemed contributors are busy people. Here are a few things that they are involved in currently:
The Comix Reader: the launch party for issue #2 of this excellent alternative newsprint comic is next week at The Miller in London (details at this FB event). i+P contributors Elliot Baggott, Barnaby Richards, Julia Homersham and Ellen Lindner all have stories in this issue and it’s a lovely thing to behold.
poster by Ellen
Sammy Boras and Shug have been regularly updating their webcomics, both of which have a bit of a spooky feel…
Tom Humberstone recently announced the line-up for Solipsistic Pop #4, the high quality anthology project he’s edited for the past few years. Among other comic favourites featured are i+Pers Lizz Lunney, Dan Berry, Philippa Rice and Joe Decie. SolPop is always a beautiful book and Tom’s commitment to the art of the printed object is inspirational.
Speaking of Lizz Lunney, she’s one of the organisers of the Birmingham Zine Festival taking place on July 9th (details here). Dan Berry, David O’Connell and Timothy Winchester will be in attendance at what looks to be a great event – do come along and say hello.