Matt Abbiss is an animator/comic maker who is interviewed in issue #4 of ink+PAPER. His comics are somewhat of a rarity but always very much appreciated when they do appear. The above image (from Man with Hammer) is my favourite representation of God (with man with hammer) anywhere. Find about more about Matt in issue #4, which can be bought here at 10% off for the rest of the month/year.
If you’ve had any doubts about purchasing your copy of issue #4 there’s a lovely review to be found at the Broken Frontier website, courtesy of Andy Oliver. Andy is real evangelist for the UK small press and his reviews are always worth looking out for: he’s one of the people who really gets it.
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!
As the end of the year approaches, a final big thank you to everyone who has made the first issue of ink+PAPER a success. I’m very pleased with the way i+P has been received and I’m very grateful for the all-important word-of-mouth that has helped things on their way.
I’ve still a few more stockists to sort out but aside from that I’m down to a handful of copies – so if you’re looking for a last-minute Xmas present there’s probably just enough time to grab one. Also, I’m happy to say I should have some news on a digital version of i+P in the new year.
A couple of reviews have come in – one from the Forbidden Planet blog and another from the good folks at Broken Frontier. Do take a look to see what they think.
Finally – a very merry Christmas and a happy New Year to all readers.
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.