Small Press Day, a celebration of self-publishing, DIY culture, and grassroots comics across the UK and Ireland is back for a third outing on Saturday 7th July 2018. More information will be revealed soon.
In 2016, an idea born on Twitter led to a series of nationwide events in a matter of weeks. The inaugural Small Press Day – a celebratory event designed to spotlight the possibilities of small press publishing and to introduce its practitioners to the far wider audience they deserve – proved to be a phenomenal success.
In 2016, no less than 25 events championing the small press were held across the UK and Ireland on the same day – including shop signings, fairs, panels and workshops – resulting in #SmallPressDay to trend throughout – and it grew further last year.
This year SPD is back looking to build on its first two years, with events being lined up at at one of the comic stores/venues across the UK, offering many opportunities to meet the next generation of superstar comic creators, zine makers, and DIY micro publishers.
Among the creators in London will be Takayo Akiyama, Sophie Burrows, Laura Collinson, John Cei Douglas, Barry Flynn, Peony Gent, Becky Howard, Clio Isadora, Ryan Jenkyns, Will Powers, Katie Marland, Luke Matthews, Korinna Mei, Laurel Pettitt, Olivia Sullivan,Ed Stockham, Dan White, and Timothy Winchester.
As on previous Small Press Day events, Gosh and Orbital will be collaborating to create a zine featuring art from every guest at both shops.
In the evening, publisher Avery Hill will debut A Projection by Seekan Hui at Gosh, which will also host the release of this year’s Broken Frontier Small Press Yearbook. Last year’s was terrific – so don’t miss out on this one.
Editor Andy Oliver from Broken Frontier will be on hand with EdieOP, Peony Gent, Josh Hicks, Alex Potts, Jenny Robins, Olivia Sullivan. Anja Uhren, Alice Urbino, Robert D. Wells and Kate-mia White to celebrate the launch of the book, which gathers stories from contributors on the loose theme “Brief Encounters”, including last year’s “Six Small Press Creators to Watch” from Broken Frontier.
Events taking place include happenings at the following venues – but check the official web site for more!
Ayslum Books and Games
29 Adelphi, Aberdeen
126 Gipsy Hill , London, SE19 1PL
96-108 Ormside Street, London SE15 1TF
Unit 4 Minerva Works, 158 Fazeley Street, Birmingham B5 5RT
Comic Book Guys
130 Great Victoria Street, Belfast, BT2 7BG
5 Sydney Street, Brighton and Hove, BN1 4EN
Westminster Arcade, Parliament Street, Harrogate HG1 2RN
Dundee Comics Creative Space
20 Greenmarket, Dundee, DD1 4QB
Forbidden Planet Aberdeen
12-14 Schoolhill, AB101JX Aberdeen
Forbidden Planet Dublin
The Fumbally Exchange, 5 Dame Lane, Dublin 2
Forbidden Planet Glasgow
Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum, Argyle Street, Glasgow, G3 8AG
Forbidden Planet Nottingham
19-23 Friar Lane, Nottingham, NG1 6DA
Forbidden Planet Wolverhampton
23 Victoria Street, Wolverhampton WV1 3NP
Frog Bros Comics & Books
Unit 3, Sovereign Centre, Bournemouth, BH1 4SX
9 West St, Ashburton, Newton Abbot TQ13 7DT
1 Berwick Street, London W1F 0DR
5 Caledonian Road, London N1 9DX
12 Talisman Close, Kenilworth, Warwickshire CV8 1JB
12 Union Street, Halifax HX1 1PR
Little Shop Of Heroes
8 Maygate, Dunfermline KY12 7NH
Make & Mend Market
Grainger Market, Newcastle Upon Tyne, NE1 5QN
Nostalgia & Comics
14-16 Smallbrook Queensway, Birmingham B5 4EN
8 Great Newport Street, London WC2H 7JA
First Floor, Partisan Collective, 19 Cheetham Hill Road, Manchester, M4 4FY
53 Mary Street, Dublin, D1
The Incredible Comic Book Shop
21, The Plaza, Brunel Centre, Swindon SN1 1LF