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Cup of O – Small Press Reviews

The Red Mask From Mars #1 - Cover

  Hello! You find me still plundering through my enormous backlog of small press marvels – the first two titles here are from the Melksham Comic Con 2014 and the last is the first of my teetering pile of titles from Thought Bubble 2014. This year’s Thought Bubble was an absolute triumph – and hopefully I’ll cover that before the sun expands, contracts ... Read More »

Cup of O – Small Press Reviews

Cup of O - Small Press Reviews

  Hello! Two of the three comics I’m reviewing this month are from last year’s Melksham Comic Con – the next of which is taking place in a fortnight. It’s a wonderfully passionate little convention and Geoffery Crescent and I will be there with The Psychedelic Journal.   Zarjaz 20 Edited by Richmond Clements & Bolt-01 The twentieth issue of the superlative small press fanzine ... Read More »

Cup of O – Small Press Reviews

Cup of O - Small Press Reviews

Hello! Two of the three comics I’ve reviewed this month are from the Bristol Comic Con 2014 – where did that one go? Our creative city’s lone convention this year is now the Bristol Comic and Zine Fair in October. There’ll be a lot of comics and a lot of love and a fair amount of cider I shouldn’t wonder. Huzzah!   Eponymous 1  ... Read More »

Cup of O – Small Press Reviews

Cup of O - Small Press Reviews

  Hello! The three comics I’m reviewing this month bring me to within a year of now (the reading pile is getting smaller by the month!) and came respectively from Thought Bubble 2013, my local comic shop Excelsior in Bristol and as a Kickstarter reward in the early months of 2014. Zarjaz #19 (Futurequake Press) Edited by Richmond Clements & Bolt-01   Another issue ... Read More »

Cup of O – Small Press Reviews

Cup of O - Small Press Reviews

  Happy 2015 to all Down the Tubes readers! I’ve got a bumper crop of reviews for you – all of them are comics bought at the tail end of 2013 (this is how big my reading pile is!) at the first Lakes International and the Thought Bubble of that year.   Raygun Roads (Changeling Studios) Owen Michael Johnson/Indio   Raygun Roads is utterly ridiculous. ... Read More »

Cup of O – Thought Bubble Stash Dissection

  Last month saw the annual appearance of the Thought Bubble Comic Art Festival in Leeds – the convention element of which is a permanent fixture on the convention calendar for the majority of small pressers in the UK. I was there selling The Psychedelic Journal of Time Travel with co-editor Geoffery Crescent and we owe everything to underground comics king Jon Lock and Lucy Brown for their generous ... Read More »

Cup of O – Avery Hill Publishing

Avery Hill Summer Party - Simon Moreton, EdieOP & Gill Hatcher (below) - David White, Avery Hill's Printer, who I cannot find a name for, Owen D. Pomery & Ricky Miller (Above)

    A good few months ago now I went to a fantabulous launch event at the everglorious Orbital Comics in London for independent publishers Avery Hill. Their books are uniformly beautiful and the event was as enjoyable as it was incredibly bloody warm. I managed to chinwag with the Avery Hill bosshogs David White & Ricky Miller and even ... Read More »

Cup of O – Melksham Comic Con 2014

    This year’s Melksham Comic Con was my second as a seller – last year’s single day was easily one of my favourite events of 2013. For 2014, the small indie con expanded into two days and although the Sunday was markedly slower the high levels of enthusiasm and interest persisted and the entire event was, from what I could gather from ... Read More »

Cup of O – Small Press Reviews and Melksham Comic Con Preamble

  Hello! Here I tackle three books I bought from Lakes International Comic Art Festival‘s first event last year – a tremendously well put-together and enjoyable art-focussed festival set in the picturesque town of Kendal in the Lake District. I heartily recommend it – and this year looks almost painfully brilliant. Painful because I can’t attend mainly and I’m desperate to sample the ... Read More »

Cup of O – ICE Birmingham

  The other weekend saw the first ICE Birmingham event – filling the long-vacant gap of a solid Birmingham comics show. It’s certainly been the first time since 2011 that I’ve sold my sequential wares in the city. ICE was a single-day event and took place at the very smart and modern Studio right in the centre. Two floors of this were given over ... Read More »

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