I think I mentioned earlier that I now have my comics in the 'Bean barn' a local Ballarat coffee shop. It's been so long since I've been able to sell my comics locally so it feels great and hopefully I can reconnect with my local audience (or maybe they only liked reading it when it was free and came out nearly every week!) I made up a whole bunch of nifty postcards and scattered them around the cafes in town to hopefully get people aware that I’m actually stocking my comics in town. I've put the price up to $3 for issue #5, after reconsidering how much time effort and money went into it's actual production; which I still think is cheap for a hand made book. I should have the next issue coming out in around a few weeks from now. I also sent of a whole bunch of sample copies to distros and zine stores in the U.S and Canada so I'm hoping to get a couple of responses back as I've never really had my work available through distros there either. I'
Showing posts from January, 2007
Is it just me or has the internets been quiet the last week or two, although I am starting to see it pick up a little in the last day or two. Anyways I’m madly and deviously planning my next couple of books I want to put out trying to figure out size cost printing etc. I’d also like to secure some distribution in the states. I have a few addresses any one else got any good ones they know of?
For the local peoples I have just dropped off a few copies of 7 pages #5 at the ‘bean barn’ on Sturt street, they come in a plastic pocket and a bonus new year post card all for just $3. If all goes well hopefully I can stock my comic there from now on; I’ve had a hard time stocking my comics locally as there’s no real appropriate venue in Ballarat. I’m working on getting the next issue out of 7 pages digest as well (#7) and for those of you who missed #6 you can get in from ‘Sticky’ and ‘Polyester books’ in Melbourne.
After some indecision about exactly what to spend some Christmas money I still had on I decided to get the Fantagraphics ‘Popeye’ book. Apparently it’s the first book in a series of six that will collect the whole run of Segar’s Popeye strip (Dailies and Sundays) I have much more of an admiration for newspaper comic artist with their daily deadlines since doing my own daily postings on my LJ Oh yeah and a Crumb interview from the Fantagrpahics site
Just checked out Andrew Arnolds comic review column at time.com for the forst time in ages some new reviews and a 2006 top 10. I don't think I'll be doing a top 10 as I didn't but a huge range of books last year and there weren't that many relesased in the smaller format. But here is a list of some comics I read this year and enjoyed: John Porcelino- perfect example and vking cat issues Anders Nilsen- Big questions #7 Ben Snakepit-Snake Pit (previously blogged) Simon James- Stoner comics #1 David Heatley- Deadpan and various other comics in anthologys and blog. Joe Matt-Peepshow #14 David Sandlins-Swamp preacher Ron reg Jr- yeast hoist Johnny Ryan- AYC & comic bookholocaust. Keith Helt (author)- Flotation device featuring Kevin H, Ander N, John P, Onsmith, Jeffery Brown et al. The Drama- comic and art magazine. Also I forgot to give kudos to'Vice' magazine for publishing a comics issue. You would think that the popularity of this issue would mak
Saw an awesome book today called, Cry for Help: 36 Scam Emails from Africa , which collects Nigerian type email scams together in a book with illustrations by Henning Wagenbreth . I had actually thought of collecting some of these myself and putting them into a zine. I’m always astounded at the creativity that goes into the B.S’ing in those letters they're different every time too I’ve never gotten one the same. Maybe it’s not too late to put out my own version keeping in the spirit of the scam! But the book looks worth it just for the mind blowing illustrations that look like reductive lino cuts… Also remembered name of a book I saw in W.A called ‘home tattoos rule’ which was a surprisingly interesting book and actually changed my opinion on tattoos altogether. Just seems so refreshing to see this kind of DIY thing as opposed to the cookie cutter tattoos people rush out to get to look cool.
After driving around town trying to find a copy centre that was open I finally settled with ‘officeworks’ but I’m glad to say I now have copies available for sale of the latest digest. This digest is filled with the usual craziness, although this issue features a lot more single images per page, some which were done for illustrationfriday.com. I also have a comic of my own and also Ash has a comic in there too. Ordering information. For people in Australia: 1 x 7pages digest #6=.50c+50c postage=$1.00 For North America: 1x 7Pages Digest #6= .50c +$1.85 postage=$2.35 If you order some other stuff the price will be cheaper posting it all at once. Email if you have any questions. Or if direct order is not your style then check out the ‘where to buy’ list in the links column in around a weeks time. *A6, B+W inside, 16pp, Cost $1.00 Postage Included*
Check out the 'Family' site for some arty goodness… And also lots of updates and new things over at Buenaventura press site. This in particular grabbed my attention for the artists involved and for having the most brilliant cover I’ve seen in ages. Just when I was thinking of doing a similar thing…(marvel 60’s style cover in manner of ditko of Kirby) I want this book badly!!