It’s been a bit longer than the usual 6 months since the last fair as me and fellow organiser Hugh ‘Shug’ Raine have been a bit distracted with amateur dramatics and pulling out of buying houses amongst other things, but LACF5 is going to take place on the 8th December at the usual venue, A Nation of Shopkeepers. We thought it be a bit different having the fair in the run up to Christmas, and maybe our attendees will be more interested in buying stuff as gifts as well as for themselves, we’ll see, but if it has a similar attendance to last time we’ll be well happy.
I should have some new stuff for it, I will probably make a short comic out of my strip for the Jonathan Cape/Observer Graphic Short Story Prize which I’ve just sent off and I’m very happy with, and I’ve got my vampire story nearly finished which I could easily knock up into a minicomic. I’ll probably also make a print of my ‘Don’t Confront Me‘ picture, and there’s maybe some other things i’ve done recently that would make good poster/prints.
Anyway, It promises to be a goodun so please come down, the facebook group is here, and LACF related tweets are here
I’ve decided to make some of my out-of-print comics available as pdfs for an extremely miniscule fee, including the very well received Ethel Sparrowhawk, which i’ve done a new cover for as the wraparound print cover isnt that punchy when it’s just the front bit (which is possibly my design skills at fault, but it was 5 years ago) and was in boring black and white on grey card, so i’ve jazzed it up a bit, whilst still keeping it melancholy. Likewise with Jolly Bear and Fun Coconut Summer Special where i’ve done a little colouring job on the original cover, which was just line art printed on a peachy card, so i’ve stuck to those kind of colours. Even though it was one of the first comics i did, it’s still one of my favourites and features a great poem by Gareth ‘Gaz Top’ Van Brookes in the first part, and lots of pictures of ‘Basic Instinct’ in part two.
Also available, the Completist comic, collecting anthology and unseen works by myself and Gareth, and the Banal Pig Landscape Anthology, which features the cream of British small press creators including Stephen Collins, Oliver East, Paul O’ Connell and Daniel Locke. The only reason i’m not reprinting this is that its full colour and is really expensive to print, so please check it out. You can buy them all individually, or as a bundle for just £2.50 which is a ridiculous bargain.
So here’s my piece from the ‘May the 4th Be With You’ show, the Star Wars themed exhibition of art and toys which took place last weekend at the Full Circle gallery in Leeds. As far as I’m aware it didn’t sell, so if you’re interested in buying it please get in touch (firstname.lastname@example.org). I’m also doing a digitally coloured version as a poster which should be available soon.
Don’t forget, i’ll be at the Handmade Art and Craft Fair this saturday selling all the usual good stuff, it’s free entry and features an array of art and craft creators and their wares, so pop and say hello (it’s the least you could do).
So it was the 4th Leeds Alternative Comics Fair on Saturday, and by all accounts (certainly in my opinion) it was the best one so far. We had a great lineup of exhibitors, and a fantastic turnout with loads of people really interested and enthusiastic about what we’re all doing. As usual, co-organiser Hugh Raine has taken a masterful selection of photographs of the event so please look at them if you need evidence- the above photo is also one of Hugh’s. I was selling Christopher Wren for the first time (and made a little display especially), and there was a good response to that, with lots of people buying both the happy and unpleasant endings- there are a few left of the original edition, so go here for ordering details, along with a shonky video demonstrating the unusual format of the comic.
I’ve taken down the April Sale Madness page as promised, so thanks to everyone who took advantage of that, and yesterday i went through all the shop pages on the right hand side to update them and make sure there wasn’t any old weird offers and stuff that i’d forgotten about, and also to put prices up unfortunately. I’m not happy about it, but i’ve had to increase prices by 25p to cover the hike in postage costs (thanks David Cameron you cock), except for the BP Portrait Anthology which i have reduced to clear, and is now only £3 inc p&p. However, if you would like a few comics please email me at email@example.com as I can work out a discount with the comics being posted together. Don’t forget, i’ve also got poster prints for sale and will do you a nice one-hour drawing of your choice for just £20, an ideal gift for your loved ones.
I also updated my about page, so have a look at that if you like.
Elsewhere, I’ve got a piece in the Star Wars show May the 4th Be with You in Leeds this weekend, so i’m looking forward to that, and i’ve got a table at the Handmade Art and Craft Fair at Wharfe Chambers, Leeds on Sat 12th May.
Here’s a few panels from my piece for the upcoming Star Wars-themed show May the 4th Be With You, it’s watercolour and pen on paper and features some of my favourite random Star Wars characters slagging “you” off for some reason (it kind of makes sense when you see the whole thing)- here’s the pathetic robot bounty hunter IG88 and Bib Fortuna (sorry for the slightly dodgy pic quality- i’ll show it in full after the show). It’ll be for sale for a very reasonable price, and i am also planning to do a digitally coloured poster print from the line art, to be released after the show if there’s demand for it.
As you will hopefully be aware, it’s the Leeds Alternative Comics Fair 4 again a week on Saturday, the 28th April, so please come along and see us, and why not buy my new limited edition Christopher Wren foldy comic, plus posters, badges and the rest of my wonderful back catalogue, along with the new Comix Reader 3?
I will also be peddling wares at the Handmade and Craft Fair in Leeds on May 12th, so it’s a busy couple of weeks for old Stevie T.
And speaking of peddling wares, don’t forget about the CRAZY COMICS SALE until the end of April which has proved quite popular so far, the one hour drawings available for just £20, and my services as animal portraitist, and i’m open for other commissions for extremely reasonable rates so please email me (firstname.lastname@example.org) for details.
Oh yeah, i’ve started Banal Pig 5 as well, and i’m very excited about it. If only it didnt take so damn long to make comics…
Yes it’s back, once again myself and Hugh Raine are putting on a comics fair at A Nation of Shopkeepers, and this is my poster for it. As usual it will be marvellous, all the details are on the Leeds Alternative Comics Blog, and there’s a facebook event and a twitter if you like that sort of thing. I’m making a little minicomic/poster thing especially for it, here’s a little sneaky pic of a bit of the rough plan:
this is a new character which i think i’m gonna call christopher wren, although i’m not settled on the name yet, he’s a spunky bird on a quest for excitement. All being well it’ll be ready for LACF4, see you there…
here’s another new poster which, all being well, will be available for thought bubble this weekend. it’s the father of science fiction, HG Wells, riding on a pig. I just thought of it the other day, and i fancied drawing it. Along with this and these I’ll have 5 posters for sale in total, which is a new thing for me really but i’m enjoying doing the big images. Also available will be these fine badges below, representing some of my best loved characters (and chris sandwich). i recommend buying the chris sandwich badge, as it will be the collector’s item of the future due to it’s unpopularity at the time of release.
Of course i will be selling a selection of my comics, plus gareth brookes’ masterwork The Black Project and i will be sharing a table with Hugh Shug Raine, which means you may as well not go to any other stand, but you probably still can if you want…
well, a few people have asked me that, i get them printed at team impression in leeds- that’s everything from banal pig’s funnies onwards, before that i used a common or garden print shop.
here, thanks to freddy hollis, is manly boys in situ in the rude britannia exhibition as aforementioned,
and here’s the table at the bradford zine fayre which me and hugh shug raine shared. i’ve borrowed this photo from him, and his more detailed report can be found here. it was a really good event, and we both sold well. if this photo whets your appetite, don’t forget everything is for sale in the shop. more exciting news soon…..
As you, dear reader, may or may not be aware, i put myself forward for the eagle awards in the category of best british comic black and white or something. anyway, i’m not too bothered that i didnt get shortlisted, as it was more to be there or thereabouts as part of my awareness campaign. however, i am extremely chagrined at the fact that tales from the flat got shortlisted- it was actually the fact that they were in there that made me get involved- i thought if that bag of spanners is on there, my quality publication surely deserves a crack. i dont really understand the small press scene. there’s some many pairs of buttocks masquerading as comics out there, which i think even to the untrained eye are self indulgent tripe, tales from the flat very much included, which seem to do well and be popular. horses for courses i suppose, for every arsehole who’s a dickhead, theres a shit comic for you, for every conoisseur of excellence, theres a banal pig.
there. i’ve published my thoughts. let my sour motherfucking grapes dissipate into the etherel world wide web…
p.s. vote for the eagle awards, my recommendation would be vented spleen, anything but tales from the fucking flat please.