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!
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!
It is here! In my hands! And it could be in yours too! Buy now.
ink+PAPER will be on sale at the International Alternative Press Fair on Sunday 5th August, and also Caption 2012 on the weekend of the 18-19th August if you’d like to pick up a copy there. Pre-orderers, your copy is on it’s way…
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.
Despite appearances, John Riordan‘s comic for ink+PAPER #2 is a funny and… colourful tale.
When chatting with John recently, I mentioned his work reminded me of the Doom Patrol and Shade, the Changing Man comics that DC Comics published in the late 80s and he replied that they were among some of the biggest influences in his comics education. So if you’re a fan of the quirky style for which those comics are famous, with a touch of sly humour, you’ll enjoy his tale: The Inventor of Colour.
John is the co-creator of the acclaimed ‘musical soap-opera’ comic Hitsville UK and has contributed comics and illustrations to Time Out, the BBC and The Guardian, among others. He’s also part of an amazing indie band, The Little Philistines. There is just too much talent in this man!
John’s website: http://www.johnriordan.co.uk/
Andrew Waugh is a cartoonist whose style marries slick and simple, yet expressive, linework with sharp but warm wit. It’s a style that I feel very much in tune with and I always look forward to seeing what Andy’s working on. Currently he’s been very busy – a host of his illustrations and comic work is featured in the recent edition of the comedy magazine Mustard and he’s been showing some glimpses from his 50-page semi-autobiographical comic Gauntlet on his blog. His work has also appeared in the pages of publications from our friends at Solipsistic Pop and Paper Science, as well as Alan Moore’s Dodgem Logic.
For ink+PAPER #2, Andy’s produced a trilogy of humorous tales with a dark edge: an old lady takes on a triumvirate of horror villains. Who wins? Buy issue #2 to find out – it’s available for pre-order right now.
Andy’s website: http://thismeanswaugh.com/
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.
A couple of panels from a particularly lovely strip from Paul Harrison-Davies. Paul has opted to do a wordless comic for ink+PAPER #2, but that doesn’t mean the story lacks life – it’s a fun, heart-warming tale, illustrated with a beautiful mix of bright colours and soft textures. Based on a conversation Paul had with his daughter, it’s filled to the brim with charm.
Check out Paul’s blog for more brilliant stuff: http://paulhd.blogspot.co.uk/ (I’m particularly liking his recent Paint Girl pics.)
AJ Poyiadgi is an award-winning film-maker by trade and is relatively new to the UK comics scene. However, he’s already made a bit of a splash with his comic Teapot Therapy, which was short-listed for last year’s Observer Graphic Short Story Prize.
It’s often remarked that the processes of comic and film-making require similar consideration and I wonder how much cross-over there has been between AJ’s different creative outlets. His i+P comic is certainly beautifully framed and atmospherically lit, with a neat twist in the tale. You’re in for a treat.
The Teapot Therapy site is here and I’m told a new website for AJ’s comics is on its way soon.
Issue #2 is out next month, so as part of the build-up, here is the first of some rather tasty sneak peeks!
There was a short profile of Will Morris in issue #1 (and an extended online version here) so I’m delighted to be able to welcome him back to the pages of ink+PAPER for issue #2, this time with one of his fantastic comics. It’s a lovely bittersweet tale, brought to life with Will’s trademark bold ink wash.
Will is the creator of the much talked about The Silver Darlings, out this summer from Blank Slate books, a coming-of-age tale set in the declining Ayrshire fishing community of the 196os. The sample art is breathtakingly beautiful and no clairvoyance is required to know that this book is going to be a sure-fire hit. Hopefully, the first of many.
Will’s blog: http://whmorris.blogspot.co.uk/