Belfast sees its first Small Press Day on Saturday 8 July 2017 as part of the country-wide celebration of micro and self-publishers. Comic Book Guys will host sketches, signings and talks in their brand new shop at 130 Great Victoria Street near Shaftesbury Square from 11:30am – 2:30pm. The shop itself is open 10am to 5pm.
Colin Langan (@cmlangan) – artist on A Life in Defence, a medieval fantasy on life, death and leadership.
Dave Louden (@BohnAhydl) – writer who draws Detective Roscoe and publisher of Belfast City Comics.
Andy Luke (@andrewluke) – another writer who draws, most recently on the collection We Shall Not Be Stapled.
Roddy McCance (@RoddyMcCance) – writer/publisher of Tales of the Fractured Mind, an anthology of stories about mental health.
Glenn Matchett (@glenn_matchett) – anthology mixer and writer of one-shot mystery/crime noir Sparks!
Peter Duncan (@SplankComic) – editor on 2000AD zine Sector 13, Splank! Annual and the comics blog of the same name.
Andy Luke told downthetubes, “Funnily enough, it’s twenty years this month since I started small pressing comic books. I’m heartened that Belfast is undergoing a resurgence of the form. Aaron of the Comic Book Guys was eager to do Small Press Day from the get-go. From where I work, the Guys have been extra committed in supporting my creative work and featuring our local talent. The acclaimed Fractured Mind and newest Splank! stories are fine examples of the great things coming out of this place.”
Andy is currently running a Patreon for his prose novel Ignacz the Watch Thief. Subscribers get an e-book of his new comic and see exclusive pages from the Ignacz the Watch Thief graphic novel adaptation by Ruairi Coleman and John Robbins as well as a PDF of John’s collection A Hand of Fingers.
There is a complete list of Small Press Day events on the Small Press Day website and Twitter feed @SmallPressDay