Small Press invades the Incredible Comic Shop, Swindon!

Comics fan Sarah Harris, who organised the small press signing event at the Incredible Comic Shop in Swindon. Photo: Tony Esmond
Comics fan Sarah Harris, who organised the small press signing event at the Incredible Comic Shop in Swindon. Photo: Tony Esmond

The Incredible Comic Shop in Swindon has some spiffy new premises in the Plaza Brunel Centre and welcomed the great unwashed of the Small Press Community to a Small Press Signing Day on Saturday the 15th July 2017, which we trailed here on downthetubes. I popped along and bothered people. It turned out to be a great day with plenty of footfall.

The event was organised by the mighty Sarah Harris, who is a comics fan and a regular at this shop. She wanted to be involved and spread the love of comics, she told me. Sarah devours comics and has been a friend of the Awesome Comics Podcast I also work on since it began. It was great to see her and chat about small (and big) comics.

Incredible Comic Shop - Vince Hunt
Vince Hunt

The guest was like a line up at Wormwood Scrubs. My old mucker Vince Hunt was there with his comics The Red Mask From Mars, Stalkerville and his new ‘Mandy the Monster Hunter’ stories in the Comichaus anthology. (Highly recommended).

Tune in to the podcast I’m on with Mr Hunt and Dan ‘Guns’ Butcher as we’ll be having a good old chinwag about the event at www.awesomecomics.podbean.com | Pop over and say hi to this particular gangster at www.theredmaskfrommars.com or follow him on Twitter @jesterdiablo

Incredible Comic Shop 2017 - Matt Garvey
Matt Garvey, trying not to look too “awkward”!

I bumped in to Matt Garvey at Membury Services and grabbed some fuel/ breakfast for the day. We chatted about his new and upcoming work and I can’t wait to see Issue Three of punk band tomfoolerycomic Chunks!

Matt is a machine and sells comics like hot cakes! (It occurs to me that a lot of moaners could watch and learn from this creator!).

Find Matt at www.mattgarvey.com and on Twitter @MattGarvey1981

Slang Pictorial art by Nick Prolix
Slang Pictorial art by Nick Prolix

Creative beast (and I mean that in the nicest possible way) Nick Prolix was also there. He is a class act! His work (as shown above) has such a great quality to it’s line and execution. He was there selling his retro story anthology Slang Pictorial to Swindonites. You need to see this guy’s work! I’m currently working on a story with him and I am loving every moment of it!

Grab some copies at www.nickprolix.bigcartel.com and follow him on Twitter @nickprolix

Matt Gibbs and Sara Dunkerton are two of the funniest and most talented people in comics. Their anthropomorphic adventure series MULP. We’ll have a preview of the next issue on downthetubes tomorrow, but this is a freaking masterclass in quality art and detail and is gearing up to be one of my books of the year and you seriously need to get in on the ground floor before they hit the big time.

Head over to www.mulpcomic.com for a copy and follow the mice adventures on Twitter @MULPcomic

Incredible Comic Shop - Emily 'Baracus' Owen and Gavin Mitchell
Emily Owen and Gavin Mitchell

Last but never least was comics power couple Emily ‘Baracus’ Owen and Gavin Mitchell. Both of them were there with their freshly-released comics. Emily has been a soaring success with her mental illness diary comic Brain Shoodles (tripling its Kickstarter amount in under ten days) and Gavin had the absolutely flipping amazing Trolltooth Wars (see if you can spot me being unhelpful in its pages…)

They are also two of the biggest promoters of the medium on the scene and great fun to stop by and chat to!

Pop over and get a copy of Brain Shoodles at www.emilybowen.bigcartel.com or follow her on Twitter @TomboyPrincess.

Grab Trolltooth Wars with art by Gavin and written by PJ Montgomery at www.thetrolltoothwars.bigcartel.com and follow him on Twitter @bobgoblynn

Incredible Comic Shop Smnall Press signing 15th July 2107
This was an excellent day and Sarah Harris put on a great show for her local comic shop that hopefully will grow into many more in the future. I chatted to all the tablers and they had a great day both socially and in sales. A credit to the shop and organiser running such a smooth day!

I also got a chance to chat to the guys from the shop – Troy Loveday, Johnathan Brown and Keefer Bishop – and they are hugely enthusiastic about the medium and spent the day chatting about actual ruddy comics – very refreshing!

Incredible Comic Shop Smnall Press signing 15th July 2107
• You can find The Incredible Comic Shop at 21 The Plaza, The Brunel Centre, Swindon, SN1 1LF or online at www.theincrediblecomicshop.co.uk

Many thanks for reading.

Antony Esmond

Antony Esmond

Antony Esmond is a comic reviewer and writer - his hips don't lie.

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