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.

Sneak Peek: Emma Evans

A bit of detail from the short story Idiosyncrasies by Emma Evans from ink+PAPER #3. It’s a gorgeously coloured, intense, semi-silent comic looking at the ways different people perceive the same situation. I first came across Emma’s work at one of the Alternative Press Fairs, always the best place to see new and exciting comics and illustration, in my view.

Based in the west of England, Emma is an illustrator and part of The Whatnot Tree, a collective of artists and crafty types. She’s just completed a 100-page comic 4AM, as part of her degree course. From the glimpses I’ve seen online it looks amazing and I’m hoping to pick up a copy very soon! Definitely someone to watch.

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.

 

Sneak Peek: Fred Blunt

When I asked illustrator Fred Blunt if he’d like to contribute something to ink+PAPER for issue #2, he very kindly said he let me have some of his unpublished comics. There was, in fact, enough material for several issues of i+P, which is lucky for all of us as these jolly little episodes really light up the book. Here’s a glimpse of one of the strips from issue #3:

It’s a real privilege to be able to share Fred’s comics – he’s one of those artists who are able to pack a bucket-load of humour, energy and movement into the minimal number of lines. Make sure you look at his blog and Flickr stream for a massive archive of his work (WARNING: you will be there for hours…).

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 sneak peek: Euan Cook

ink+PAPER #3 is at the presses and so begins the nervous/excited wait for the finished book to appear in our hands… In the meantime, it’s time for some sneak peekage.

Euan Cook is an illustrator from London, and has produced an exceptionally beautiful piece of work for i+P #3, based on an Indian folk tale: a woman is married to a crab, but, unsurprisingly, the marriage isn’t a happy one:

Does it end well for girl or crab? Find out in i+P #3! It’s a magically atmospheric story, with a classic style – hints of Posy Simmonds and Edward Ardizzone (at least, to my mind). Perfect fireside reading for a spooky night.

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!

IAPF 2012

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.

Sneak Peek: Francesca Cassavetti

I sat next to Francesca Cassavetti at my first ever comic convention, and could not have asked for a better table-neighbour, or a warmer welcome to the comics scene. Her comics capture that warmth, with their loose line work and inky washes. But the (mostly autobiographical) stories – detailing the ups and downs of relationships between people, their jobs and their families – are not without bite. Francesca’s wit always ensures these are never sentimental tales, but accurate reflections of real life.

Francesca’s website: http://www.fabtoons.com/

Don’t forget that issue #2 is available for pre-order right now.

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