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ink+PAPER #4

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It’s been a long time coming, I know, but ink+PAPER issue #4 is finally surfacing from a long hibernation! That’s the cover above – comics are mind-blowing!

A heavy workload got in the way of issue #4 coming out in the summer as planned. Apologies if you were waiting expectantly and also for the lack of news. However, I hope you’ll find the new issue, debuting at the Thought Bubble Festival (New Dock Hall Table 61) in a couple of weeks, worth the wait.

Comics from:

Sean Azzopardi, Fred Blunt, Sammy Borras, Katriona Chapman, Sam Davies, Paul Harrison-Davies, James Howard, Tanya Meditzky, Kathryn Newman, David O’Connell, Edie OP, Tom Pearce, Owen Pomery, Jade Sarson & Dean McKnight, and Scott Jason Smith with articles featuring Matt Abbiss, Mike Medaglia and Julia Scheele.

Sneak peeks from some of those artists soon!

On a side note, the delay in #4 coming out has inadvertently meant my plan to turn ink+PAPER into an annual publication has been implemented a year earlier than expected! More on that soon as well.

Spring Comiket

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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!

Sneak Peek: Akvile Miseviciute

It’s my pleasure to welcome a special guest to the pages of ink+PAPER #3: Akvile Miseviciute. (Actually, all the contributors are special guests but they don’t usually come from so far afield). Akvile is from Lithuania but is now based in Spain where she works as an illustrator. But to describe her just as an illustrator is to sell her talents short – comic-maker/zinester, photographer, urban muralist, she’s not one to limit her creative output to just one medium.

A veteran of the well-known Kus! comics anthology from Latvia, Akvile has written a love story for i+P #3. About potatoes:

Funny and heart-warming, it’s packed with charm (as well as carbohydrates). Tasty.

i+P #3 can be pre-ordered right now and don’t forget, if you’re in the London area on the 9th November, please come along to our launch (with our good friends of The Strumpet). If you’re on Facebook, there’s an event page here.

Issue #3

Issue #3 is ready for pre-order!

In this winter issue of ink+PAPER, we’ve a veritable galaxy of comics and features for you to explore. Contributors include Joe Blann, Fred Blunt, Emma Carlisle, John Cei Douglas, Euan Cook, Emma Donnelly, Emma Evans, Fay & Marc Olivent, Sarah Graley, Dan Haycocks, Akvile Miseviciute, Nulsh, Julia Scheele & Chrissy Williams, Matt Sheret, Rebecca Tobin, Kelly Walton and Andrew Waugh. It’s been an absolute delight to put together (though next time I’ll be careful not to ask three Emmas – very confusing).

There’ll be previews soon, but first I have to announce our launch party which we’ll be hosting with our good friends at The Strumpet, who are launching their bumper second issue – check out the fantastic contributors over at the Strumpet blog.

Orbital Comics in London are generously providing the venue and we’re acting as the after-party for Bryan Talbot’s interview in Foyles, just down the road. We’re also the pre-party for the autumn Comiket, where i+P#3 will be on sale. Do come along if you can: 7pm on the 9th November at Orbital!

Production news

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!

Updates

In the middle of the Olympics excitement (seems like ages ago now), i+P #2 made its debut at the International Alternative Press Fair at the Conway Hall in London. It was a great day (I was there for the Sunday) and issue #2 got lots of attention. I love the alternative press fairs – so much diversity in creativity on display. They’re always very inspiring and the organisation was excellent.

It was at the IAPF that I sold my last copy of issue #1. There are a few dotted about in a couple of shops but otherwise issue #1 is sold out. Sales of issue #2 also did well at Caption in Oxford – not really a selling event, but a forum for the exchange of ideas and an excellent one at that (I happen to be on the committee, so I would say that!)

I’m really pleased with the way #2 has been received and very much appreciated this review by Zainab Ahktar. I’m also looking forward to issue #3 which is in production right now, and will be out in time for the Thought Bubble festival in Leeds in November. That’s a great event, probably the best convention out there, so do come along if you can and say hello.

In the meantime, I’ll continue to post some more sneak peeks of #2 – there’s so much good stuff I haven’t shown. More soon!

Sneak Peek: Sarah McIntyre

It’s my great pleasure to welcome my good friend Sarah McIntyre to the pages of ink+PAPER. Not only is she the creator of the delightful Vern & Lettuce comic strip for the DFC comic (no longer with us but available in a library format), but she is an award-winning (and extremely hard-working) children’s book illustrator. Her blog is the go-to place for what’s happening in children’s books and is a hugely valuable resource for those learning their craft in illustration.

I love the soft but striking colour palette for Sarah’s comic, The Secret Wood, and her subtle use of texture. It’s a beautiful, whimsical tale which I’m sure everyone will enjoy.

I’m also very happy to announce that issue 2 is now available for pre-order! Get your copy in the shop.

Previous Peeks:

i+P worldwide this month

Four great international opportunities to get hold of a copy of i+P#1 this month (aside from the internet-based options):

  1. Ellen Lindner will be shilling at the Brooklyn Zine Fest on April 15th: http://www.brooklynzinefest.com/ alongside the fabulous The Strumpet.
  2.  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/
  3. Both of these fine ladies will be at the amazing MoCCA in New York City on 28th-29th April: http://moccafest.org/
  4. 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…