New ComicPopUp Brighton revives indie comic creators cooperative ideas to sell comics

ComicPopUp Brighton - Landscape

ComicPopUp Brighton is a new event happening on Saturday 13th May 2017, a one-day small-press/art comics shop that’s part of the Brighton Artists Open House Festival.

Selling comics to comics readers and a whole new audience in a family-friendly pizza pub, with all sales money going to the creators, its a great idea where creators don’t even need to book a table – it’s a pop-up shop where the organisers sell your comics for you, in much the same way that the annual Caption convention has just one sales stand or how Paul Gravett and Peter Stanbury used to run “Fast Fiction” back in the 1980s.

The event offers space to hang out and sketch, meet the public – and creators also have the option to donate a copy of their work to Brighton’s central library if they choose.

The project is the brain child of comics creator Simon Russell and others – and, so far, confirmed creators there on the day are Rachael Ball, Andrew Barron, Tim Bird, Warwick Johnson Cadwell, Richy K. Chandler, Dead Canary ComicsJoe Decie, Fraser GeesinLucy Hallam, Jaime HuxtableMarc JacksonRob JacksonMad Robot Comics (Matt Hardy and Ed Bentley), Michi MathiasVan NimPaul O’ConnellJames ParsonsEd PinsentPaul RaineyKaren RubinsPaul ShinnMartin SimpsonZara SlatteryInko Ai TakitaNatalie Kay-ThatcherMyfanwy Tristram and Ian Williams ‘The Bad Doctor’.

|This is a pilot project to see if we can find ways for comic artists to sell their work outside of the usual cons,” Simon explains, “where they have to travel, book a table, give up a whole day and sell mostly to other comic artists.

“In this case we are hoping to get a sizeable number of families trekking round Brighton looking to buy arts and crafts and probably despairing of the the venues that ask £250 for a picture of a beach hut made out of lollipop sticks (I’ve seen those offered).

“Zara and Inko will both be sketching on the day,” he continues. “Great original art made before your very eyes!Anybody who wants to plan similar efforts for an hour or more is more than welcome.

“I’m also working with a local teenager comic reader with learning difficulties to help him turn his proto-comic into a free how-to make comics as a giveaway free with other purchases on the day.”

“Back issue dealer Lorne Brown has also agreed to supply a box of pocket-money comics suitable for young children, so you can buy some reading matter for all the family to enjoy over a pizza.

“The one thing I have to keep telling people is they don’t need to attend but are very welcome. There are no tables to book – it’s a shop set-up in a pub where we sell everyone’s work – but there will be a couple of communal spaces where people can meet-n-greet/sketch etc. And it’s in a pub!”

ComicPopUp Brighton - Square• Other activities for the day are in the planning stage. For all the latest details visit www.facebook.com/comicpopup

• ComicPopUp Brighton The Hanover, Queens Park Road, Brighton BN2 9ZB (buses 18, 21 and 23 stop outside)FREE entry maximum £5 joining fee for creators to cover cost of joining the Open Houses listing

• Brighton Artists Open House Festival: aoh.org.uk

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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