Beware The Egg

The great Chris Reynolds has a new website dedicated to his Cinema Detectives series. From here you can purchase new Cinema Detectives stories for your Kindle. Rosa Pleck tracks down Gan at Sheffield Hallam University and is puzzled by the sight of a large egg sitting on the stairs of the halls of residence…and that’s…

Video from the Comica Festival 2010

Here is a video made by Stephen Poulacheris of last November’s Comica event. I turned up to sell books, do a live drawing, and I also took part in a short interview with Stephen. I appear from around 8:30 on this YouTube video.

Gallery additions #3

Started a new galery for “foreign” small press comics, that is to say non-UK small press publications. My collection of these is not very extensive and I expect the entire collection to fit into a single gallery. We’re starting off with titles from A-D, with some beautifully produced items from the USA, Canada, and France….

Gallery additions #2

Created a new gallery for 1980s UK article zines; these are mostly text-based reviews and interview fanzines. Not quite in my line as they mainly covered genres of comics which held little interest for me personally, but AKA was a very incisive and well-written Scots publication; the 7th issue has an extremely readable interview with…

Gallery additions #1

Some additions to the UK small press gallery of A5 comics…this includes some issues of Automatic, a 1990s venture seeing an editorial collaboration between Darryl Cunningham and Rich Holden, representing the work of artists in the north of England.

Primitif, The Burial (1996)

Available from print-on-demand service lulu.com From 1996, here are two chapters of an unpublished Primitif story. Completely unlike other Primitif adventures in that the hero does nothing at all; the story sees him drowning in a pool of mud, tormented by vague memories and hallucinations. The ambiguity of the situation contrasts strongly with the clear…

Additions to comics galleries

Added a sizeable number of scans to the A4-sized comics galleries, including Witch #2, Velocity #6, Scenes From The Inside, Beathag #1-4, Dark Tales, and numerous issues of Mauretania Comics. The work of Chris Reynolds and his friend Paul Harvey is, to me, one of the most singular achievements in the world of the UK…

Fast Fiction info sheets

I’ve started to add scans of the Fast Fiction info sheets, which I hope will do something to enhance readers’ understanding of the history of the UK small press. These four-page pamphlets contained listings of small press comics as they appeared, offering what was then a form of “instant” recognition. As Nick Jones has expressed…

John Watson

Continuing the galleries for UK small press mini-comics, I’ve started a page for John Watson. 16 covers up so far; more to come from this exceptionally wonderful and talented illustrator. As an introduction to this artist, here’s an appreciation I wrote for him soon after his death in 2002. It was published, along with other…

Mini-Comics galleries

New galleries recently added…a small selection of mini-comics from the UK Small Press. These are mostly A6 and A7 size; A6 is half of A5, A7 is half as much again. An A7 comic could easily be created by printing an A4 sheet on both sides and cutting it into 4 rectangles. Even more clever…