Edited by Ken Reynolds
Cover by Freja Steele (Redshift Press)
Featuring the work of Chris Sides (Redshift Press, Futurequake, British Showcase Anthology), Denis Vermesse (BD Adult, 100% Biodegradable, Action Lab), Tony Suleri (100% Biodegradable), Chris Redfern (The Psychedelic Journal of Time Travel, Zarjaz, Hallowscream), Lukasz Kowalczuk and an exciting crop of relative new comers on the small press scene
The Book: Editor Ken Reynolds, spent four months curating the first issue with small press creators to make an anthology that explores the boundaries of comic book narrative. Sliced Quarterly #1 features ‘slice of life’ stories told in extraordinary ways. The emphasis has been put on HOW the story is told as much as WHAT it’s about.
The driving principle behind the project is to create a playground for creators to experiment with how they tell stories and communicate ideas through comics.
Issue #1 features nine stories including an attempt to render music as a comic: a silent version of a spoken narrative, a story with panels that can be read in multiple orders, an examination of an inner monologue, playing with panel transitions, self-aware characters and abstract narratives open to interpretation.
Sliced will be digitally published every three months. The issues will be between 20-30 pages, depending upon submissions. The first issue will remain free in the hope of attracting readers and future contributors. Future issues will carry a small charge through digital comic marketplaces with all proceeds going towards an annually collected print edition.
The Review: Right from the first strip (“Meta Affliction” by Ken Reynolds), Sliced Quarterly neatly stabs you in the eyeballs and the funny bone with its eclectic but thoroughly enjoyable take on comic storytelling, as a non-comics person becomes at first the victim of an observing comics creator but neatly takes their revenge on their unseen tormentor.
There’s a thoroughly eclectic mix of strips here, and plenty to enjoy: “Newspaper Man: Geophagy” by Stewart Moore, for example, is a bizarre one page story with some striking art, sits easily within a title like this alongside the more traditional but glorious art offered by Denis Vermesse in “The Body Bag” by writer Chris Sides, in which a thief gets an unexpected surprise.
Then, of course, there’s a fine tale from Scott Melrose, “Pulse”, drawn by Tony Suleri, one of the busiest men in British indie comics, who steps away from the all-out action adventure you should all know and love him for in anthologies such as 100% Biodegradable in favour of a far more contemplative work. Fine stuff.
Not every strip will be a hit with every reader – as I always say, that’s the nature of an anthology – but there’s much to challenge the senses and enthuse about if you take one click and download this entertaining first issue.
Just one click. It’s that simple. Will you?
• Sliced Quarterly #1 is available to read and download for free on www.slicedquarterly.co.uk | The title is operating an open submissions policy. Guidelines are on their website – slicedquarterly.co.uk/submissions
Editor Ken Reynolds was born in Suffolk in 1983. He currently lives and works in Ipswich along with his lovely (and tolerant) wife and beautiful daughter. After graduating with a Degree in Graphic Design he has been working in the industry for over 10 years. The skills of layout, typography, pre-press processes and time management acquired in this time made the transition to working in comics feel like a natural evolution.
Ken has lettered for many independent publishers and creators including upcoming work for Grayhaven Comics, Insane Comics and Arcana. In 2015, Ken was made Assistant Editor for 100% Biodegradable, a quarterly digital anthology comic that showcases a breadth of indie talent. Sliced Quarterly is the first project for which he has taken on sole editing duties. Follow him on Twitter: @kreynoldsdesign