Photo courtesy of Richard of Handmade & Bound @ Alternative Press Fair. More of Richard’s pics here
Hot on the heels of last weekend’s Alternative Press Fair in London comes news of plans for a new Alternative Press Anthology.
Masterminded by the event’s organisers Jimi Gherkin and Peter Lally, who are also planning a further APF event later in 2009, deadlines, themes and specifications of the book will be issued shortly.
“We hope that you had fun at the fair,” say the pair in a posting to the APF web blog. “Maybe you’ve seen something that inspires you to create your own alternative media; to draw a comic, produce a zine, or to write a book or some poetry – anything’s possible. Perhaps you’ve simply enjoyed what people are doing and are interested in seeing more.
“…This is why the world of small press publishing is so important,” they continue. “There is the freedom to express, without having to serve others. We organised this event in order to show what is going on in the world of small press publishing and for people to meet and exchange ideas.
“To present people’s work in another way, we are putting together an Alternative Press Anthology book. This will showcase the talents of small press creators and introduce people to what the scene has to offer. Please get in touch with us if you would be interested in being a part of this. We would like as wide a variety of work as possible, and to cover areas such as perzines, comics, art books, poetry pamphlets and radical literature – anything that’s out there really.”
The APF team aim to a book that will do justice “to what we believe is a great scene and you too will need to do the same… The point is that we really show the best of the small press so get your pens and pencils out, your glue and glitter and let’s show people what we’re made of!”
• For more details and latest info on APF events and projects, visit comicsandzines.wordpress.com
• Collective Memory of London’s Alternative Press Fair over at Bugpowder: a list of reports from around the Web
• View pictures from the APF event on Flickr
• David O’Connell
“…”Organizer Jimi Gherkin and team had put a lot of effort in the publicity of the event and it certainly paid off, as from door-opening until the end of the day the place was chock-a-block with punters…”
• Sarah McIntyre
“I had my own stall! This was a first for me and very exciting. And it couldn’t have been a friendlier place; thanks to the huge publicity campaign…”
• Tom Hughes
“I just wanted to say a big thank you to all the people who purchased some of my comics!”
The founder of downthetubes, which he established in 1998. John works as a comics and magazine editor, writer, and on promotional work for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival. He is currently editor of Star Trek Explorer, published by Titan – his third tour of duty on the title originally titled Star Trek Magazine.
Working in British comics publishing since the 1980s, his credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine, Babylon 5 Magazine, and more. He also edited the comics anthology STRIP Magazine and edited several audio comics for ROK Comics. He has also edited several comic collections, including volumes of “Charley’s War” and “Dan Dare”.
He’s the writer of “Pilgrim: Secrets and Lies” for B7 Comics; “Crucible”, a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz; and “Death Duty” and “Skow Dogs” with Dave Hailwood.
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