After the success of their first London TAKEOVER event, which saw some 1500 people through its doors to enjoy the delights of the alternative press, the team behind it have announced its return for 2015 – hopefully again in May.
The Alternative Press team (who will be busy in Hyde Park on Sunday with the Alternative Press Picnic, a special zine-making events from 1.00 to 5.00pm) are in the early stages of panning TAKEOVER #2, inviting proposals for exhibitions, talks and workshops to take place on the day.
In the first event of its kind, AP brought the small press to a new audience – championing zine-making and DIY alongside radical publishing and bookselling. Spread across three floors, artists exhibited and sold their self published comix, zines, art books, and prints, with creators such as Private Eye‘s David Ziggy Greene presenting a talk and workshop on drawn journalism.
They more than succeeded in their aim to showcase the depth and breadth of the UK small press scene at an event that featured all kinds of exhibitors – zinesters, comic folk, book artists, and illustrators; those who use a photocopier or a printing house; or have been doing it for years or just starting out.
Alongside a small press fair, they also exhibited take on the Bread and Roses Shortlist, as well running workshops on embroidery, radical journalism, and narrative illustration.
• If you’d like to be a part of the second TAKEOVER, the team say you should feel free to email any and all ideas to email@example.com. Also, don’t hesitate to get in touch if you have a few hours to spare each week and would like to join the AP Team to help us organise the event (the more the merrier, they say!) Web: www.alternativepress.org.uk
• The Alternative Press Picnic is in Hyde Park on Sunday 31st August, 1 – 5.00pm. Join the AP team for an afternoon of picnicking and zine-making and celebrate the right to free speech from the AP Soapbox! Bring something to eat and a pencil or two, and draw inspiration from the traditions of Speaker’s Corner, the regular speakers, and the hecklers, in a collaborative zine-making session. Step up onto the AP soapbox and exercise your right to speak. All welcome – whether ignited by the need to share poetry, readings from zines, or simply to get something off your chest. For more info and to take part, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. Or feel free to just turn up on the day or visit www.alternativepress.org.uk; and the event itself has its own Facebook page
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.