London Christmas Zines Social announced

SW Zines Presents...South West London and Surrey Zines, in association with London’s Housmans Bookshop, have announced a free event Christmas Zine Social on Saturday 7th December, where zine sellers can sell their wares in the run up to Christmas.

Zine readers and writers – and the curious  are welcome – especially welcome first time zine makers.

Come and sell your zine, discover new zines, talk zines, eat cake.  This free event at Housmans Bookshop on the Caledonian Road will be a great place to meet zine readers and writers, eat and drink (bring something and share), as well as buy a few pressies.

South West London and Surrey Zines was formed by a few friends who want to expand into a collective to put on events in what they see as a so far ‘zine-neglected part of the UK.

They’re running things like ‘zine fairs where you can buy a range of ‘zines from distros and individuals, exhibitions where you can view and swap ‘zines, picnics and other get togethers where like-minded folk can meet and discuss, swap, plan, create ‘zines or make/ share other crafts in a friendly atmosphere.

The ‘zines they promote with will be from all over the world, not just South West London, or Surrey, and surrounding areas, but the hope is to create a ‘zine community in these specific areas of the UK in or near to where the team are living.

If you like the sound of all this, they’d love to hear from you, be it to become part of the collective who organise and put on events, or to chat about ‘zines and come along to meet up at one of their events.

• Please email  to book your selling space. Please describe your zine(s) and link to it. Full details here

• If you’d like more information about the work of South West London and Surrey Zines, keep looking at the events page for more info. Or you can always e-mail them here


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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