Nerd Hutch Small Press Expo Hits Newcastle!

Nerd Hutch 2015

My abject apologues to the enthusiastic team behind Nerd Hutch, a day long event celebrating some of the UK’s hottest small press and DIY talent taking place tomorrow at the Travelling Man comic shop in Grainger Street, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne.

Hosted on both floors of the Nerd Hutch venue between 11:00am and 11:00pm the event will feature a comics and zine fair, workshops, interactive art installations, talks, film screenings, live music and vegan cakes.

The guest list includes Kristyna Baczynski (A Measure Of Space, Vantage, The Stool Pigeon), Gary Bainbridge (Sugar Glider, Grainger Street, Nightbus), Sarah Broadhurst (One Beat Zines, Double Dare Ya editor), Canny Little Library (Newcastle’s collectively run radical literature library), Jack Fallows (Axolotl, Costume Party – sad asexual emo comics), Gill Hatcher (The Beginner’s Guide To Being Outside, Team Girl Comic founder), the Left Leg Gallery (art questions, art confusion, retinal force to be reckoned with), Euan Lynn (Trash, Rad – music and skating megaforce),  Erin McGrath (Illustrator or the likes of Paws, Withered Hand and Holy Mountain), the Paper Jam Comics Collective (a local non-profit group dedicated to opening comics doors to all), John Pearson (Prolific illustrator and live artist, Beast Wagon forthcoming) CJ Reay (Black Lodge Press, Anxious & Worrying),  Julia Scheele (VICE, The Guardian, Solipsistic Pop, Double Dare Ya editor), Jef Sinclair (Team Girl Comic, sweet comix with a feminist undercurrent),  Neil Slorance (SICBA award winning artist – Dungeon Fun, Doctor Who and The Amateur Astronomer’s Journal), Phoebe Stella Garrick Summers (DIY punk drawings and paintings of sadness and fire),  Andrew Waugh (BOO! Horror Comic for Kids, A Bunch of Amateurs, beards) and Lydia Wysocki (Trails, Celebrity Homes, Asteroid Belter editor in chief, Applied Comics Etc).

Every part of this event is free but there will be a donations jar kicking around all day to help keep the cool things flowing at Nerd Hutch.

The Schedule

11:00 – 4:00: Stalls and live art downstairs, workshops and Canny Little Library upstairs.

5:00 – 6:00: Talk and Q&A with Julia Scheele and Sarah Broadhurst, editors of Double Dare Ya: A Riot Grrrl Inspired Super Zine. (downstairs)

6:30 – 8:00: Film screening – The Punk Singer (downstairs)

8:30 – 11:00: Live music (upstairs): CryWank / Kinky / Ferret Legs

• Nerd Hutch, Saturday 10th April 2015, 43 Grainger Street, NE1 5JE Newcastle upon Tyne | Facebook Event Page. Please see the Nerd Hutch page for access information and more.

John Freeman

The founder of downthetubes, John describes himself as is a "freelance comics operative", currently working as a freelance editor for TITAN COMICS, as Creative Consultant on the new DAN DARE audio adventures for B7 Media, and on promotional work for the LAKES INTERNATIONAL COMIC ART FESTIVAL and LANCASTER COMICS DAY. John has worked in British comics publishing for over 30 years, starting out at Marvel UK, where he edited a number of the Genesis 1992 books with Paul Neary. His numerous credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine at Marvel and Star Trek Magazine and Babylon 5 Magazine at Titan Magazines, where he was Managing Editor. He also edited STRIP Magazine and worked as an editor on several audio comics for ROK Comics, including TEAM M.O.B.I.L.E. and THE BEATLES STORY. Most recently he is writing CRUCIBLE as a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz, published on Tapastic; and DEATH DUTY and SKOW DOGS with Dave Hailwood for the digital comic 100% Biodegradable.

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