Archive for January, 2010

Small press galleries update

Sunday, January 31st, 2010

Most of my A5 small press comics collection is now completed and covers are available to view in four galleries. A special gallery devoted to the works released under the Help!Shark imprint is in preparation.

Today, started the gallery of A4 size comics; titles starting A-B are now represented. For American readers, maybe I should explain that A4 size is slightly wider than 8″ and slightly less tall than 12″; it’s about the closest we got to a magazine size format in the UK. Small press publishers found they could feed A3 paper into a photocopier and produce backed copies, if they were lucky.

I will also mention here that I added some photographs to the website earlier this month. We think they were taken around 1987 or 1988 and show the Fast Fiction / Escape artists meeting up, going to the comic mart at Westminster City Hall, convening at a conference, or just hanging out.

Serpent In Hell

Thursday, January 7th, 2010


Serpent in Hell, originally published in 1992 as a 36pp A5 comic, is now available as a digital download. A miserable and embittered fable of alienation and despair. Contains many obsessive images of a wretched, suffering snake and some disconcerting drawings of The Devil. The drawings are aspiring towards the condition of old engravings, and the book attempts to emulate the look of an 18th-century chapbook or pamphlet.

“Cover me up with squares of turf / And I will consort with my brother worm…”

Download Serpent In Hell as a PDF (14.96MB)
Contains some adult content and will probably not be suitable for young readers.