kicking it – 14th April 2021

header art from Sonagi

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Kev F Sutherlandko-fi

A part of UK comics for decades, Kev has settled into a groove of doing modern takes on Shakespeare whilst continuing his normal strips and kid classes. He’s a force for sure! He’s got his shop set up on there as well and the Prince of Denmark Street comes with my personal recommendation.

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Coin Operated Presspatreon

Coin Operated Press feel like they’ve really hit a stride during Covid, which is impressive when you think about it. Their Quaranzine and Vacczine publications have bottled that lightening on a fair few feeds that I follow.

New this week

Pinpricks – written by Jason Pell (@Dexxell)

(fully funded) finishes Friday, May 7 2021 3:00 AM BST

there’s a really interesting mix a styles, but all the examples have strong cartooning chops, so I’m intrigued

Someday Soon by Shawn Kuruneru

(fully funded) finishes Friday, May 7 2021 11:34 PM BST

That art! You can see the influence of Jose Munoz, but it’s sort of like Paul Grist meets Munoz and I never knew how well that would work out until I saw this. The story seems intriguingly OTT as well.

Tokai: Blasted by Andrew Lytle (@LytletheLemur)

(still funding) finishes  Sunday, May 9 2021 4:13 PM BST

another one where I just like the look of the art, very cool, bouncy cartooning

I’m still loving these Kickstarter

Less than a week to go

Typhoon Days organised by Francesca Carità

(fully funded) finishes Wednesday, April 14 2021 5:00 PM BST

interesting subject matter and solid artwork

May be a cartoon

Eros + Venus: An Artbook by Rosielah by Rosie Alexander (@HeyRosielah)

(fully funded) finishes Thursday, April 15 2021 6:00 PM BST

The artwork is just so amazing on this, or more specifically, the colour work really makes this something different.

Sonagi: A Korean Fable organised by Dr. Hall

(still funding) finishes Friday, April 16 2021 9:00 PM BST

I like the concept for the story and the backstory of how this came about

‘I am an English teacher in South Korea. I teach a class called the English Graphic Novel Project. The students in our wonderful class spent 16 weeks writing and drawing a complete graphic novel. The finished book was their FINAL EXAM.’

God Summoner – Chapter 1 by Dionysis Zogaris & Manos Lagouvardos

(fully funded) finishes Friday, April 16 2021 10:00 PM BST

I just love that art.

Dwellings No. 2 by Jay Stephens (@kingpopgun) published by Black Eye Books (@blackeyebooks)

(fully funded) finishes Saturday, April 17 2021 1:00 PM BST

Comics from a comics veteran; an amazing cartoonist

Our Stories Carried Us Here: A Graphic Novel Anthology organised by Green Card Voices (@GreenCardVoices)

(still funding) finishes Sunday, April 18 2021 6:00 AM BST

10 stories of immigrating to the US. I particularly like that the organisation have paired illustrators from the same linguistic, cultural and regional backgrounds. There are some strong artists here as well.

Craig Moodie’s illustration by Ana Hinojosa

Incoming! edited by Gary Adams published by Incoming Magazine (@incomingmag)

(still funding) finishes Monday, April 19 2021 10:36 AM BST

Three very different art styles each of which is interesting @JustinMRyan87 @rayointhebottle @originalkrista and @Sebasti38998519

Still got a while yet

Black Stories Matter edited by Ramon Gil (@ramonsgil)

(fully funded) finishes Thursday, April 22 2021 4:59 AM BST

The art alone looks varied and interesting and I know the work of both Mauricio Cordero and Trevor Von Eeden.

Gardener by Matt Emmons (@secondatbest_)

(fully funded) finishes Thursday, April 22 2021 3:01 PM BST

It seems like an interesting take on a sci-fi story and world building

We Reap What We Sow by Joel Davies

(fully funded) finishes Thursday, April 22 2021 5:57 PM BST

I like both the subject and the photos here.

Keeping Metres by Jimmy Brimmacombe

(still funding) finishes Friday, April 23 2021 11:19 AM BST

Strong set of images.

Off Limits: Berlin – Europe, 1992-1996 by Rab GP Lewin from Resipole Studios (@resipolestudios)

(still funding) finishes Saturday, April 24 2021 3:55 PM BST

The tagline says exactly why it’s interesting – ‘A photographic book documenting the European techno-traveller free party scene from 1992-1996.’ – interesting photos looking at a scene that was quite mythical in my youth – something i really wanted to be a part of secretly (despite hating the music)

Unburying My Father by Zander Masser

(fully funded) finishes Thursday, April 29 2021 12:05 PM BST

An interesting photographer, but also an interesting look at an under discussed part of the AIDS epidemic, those with haemophilia that received infected blood products.

Photograph by Randy Jay Masser

The Homeless Activist Book by Sage Lewis

(still funding) finishes Thursday, April 29 2021 2:16 PM BST

Written by someone that set up a homeless tent village on his own property, this is his insight into homelessness in America.

Kimber Rose Journal by Kimber Rose & Sarah Ann Jump (@sarahannjump)

(still funding) finishes Fri, April 30 2021 10:37 PM BST

I like reading people personal stories about something much bigger that is happening in society, so a journal of a trans woman’s transition is definitely of interest and this has some strong photography to go with it

John Wilcock: New York Years (The Complete Series) by Ethan Persoff (@EthanPersoff) & Scott Marshall

(fully funded) finishes  Friday, April 30 2021 11:00 PM BST

I think this explains why I’m interested

‘Beyond work establishing the Village Voice, John also co-founded The East Village Other. And during the peak of the 1960s, he spent a summer editing The Los Angeles Free Press. He then produced his masterpiece, Other Scenes, “The International Paper”, which Wilcock published from any city or part of the world he was presently visiting (and as a travel reporter for the NY Times, this was many places, often)’

Smut Comics 2 (@tsontokomik) organised by Korinna Mei Veropoulou (@KorinnaMei)

(fully funded) finishes Saturday, May 1 2021 10:58 AM BST

An erotic comics anthology by 13 female and non-binary artists who are part of the Greek indie comics scene, that sounds like a great opportunity to find new work and different voices

Small World by JD Morvan and Toru Terada (@ToruTerada67) published by Magnetic Press (@MagneticPress)

(fully funded) finishes Saturday, May 1 2021 12:00 AM BST

TORU TERADA!!! That art will be awesome (no offence to the writer, but it could be the worst plot and I’d still buy it for the pictures!!)

Mutual Aid: Three Visionary Classic Anarchist Works published by PM Press (@PMPressOrg) with new illustrations by N.O. Bonzo (@NoBonzo)

(fully funded) finishes Saturday, May 1 2021 1:00 AM BST

Classic works given fresh life to celebrate 100 years since their publication

Tales to Enlighten by Matt King & James Edward Clark

(fully funded) finishes Monday, May 3 2021 4:59 AM BST

Just seems like a great and daft story, with lots of parody of things I would enjoy, also some lovely art!!

Urban Tails – an Israeli lesbian family dominated by cats by Ilana Zeffren published by Soaring Penguin Press (@spenguin)

(still funding) finishes Tuesday, May 4 2021 2:45 AM BST

I really love the look of the art in this

Sentinel issue seven: Hell on Harry Howson (@uk_comic) by Alan Holloway and Ed Doyle (@EDDREDD)

(fully funded) finishes Tuesday, May 4 2021 11:59 AM BST

This is based on Ray Harryhausen films!! It’s got the Skeletons from Sinbad and it looks great.

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kicking it – 7th April 2021

header art by Toru Terada ( @ToruTerada67 )

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Ryan Carey – patreonreview site

A hugely busy and effective reviewer

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Poopsheet Foundation – patreonreview site

a great resource holding lots of info on mini-comics and small press titles you’d never know about otherwise

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New this week

Gardener by Matt Emmons (@secondatbest_)

(fully funded) finishes Thursday, April 22 2021 3:01 PM BST

It seems like an interesting take on a sci-fi story and world building

Kimber Rose Journal by Kimber Rose & Sarah Ann Jump (@sarahannjump)

(still funding) finishes Fri, April 30 2021 10:37 PM BST

I like reading people personal stories about something much bigger that is happening in society, so a journal of a trans woman’s transition is definitely of interest and this has some strong photography to go with it

John Wilcock: New York Years (The Complete Series) by Ethan Persoff (@EthanPersoff) & Scott Marshall

(fully funded) finishes  Friday, April 30 2021 11:00 PM BST

I think this explains why I’m interested

‘Beyond work establishing the Village Voice, John also co-founded The East Village Other. And during the peak of the 1960s, he spent a summer editing The Los Angeles Free Press. He then produced his masterpiece, Other Scenes, “The International Paper”, which Wilcock published from any city or part of the world he was presently visiting (and as a travel reporter for the NY Times, this was many places, often)’

Smut Comics 2 (@tsontokomik) organised by Korinna Mei Veropoulou (@KorinnaMei)

(fully funded) finishes Saturday, May 1 2021 10:58 AM BST

An erotic comics anthology by 13 female and non-binary artists who are part of the Greek indie comics scene, that sounds like a great opportunity to find new work and different voices

Small World by JD Morvan and Toru Terada (@ToruTerada67) published by Magnetic Press (@MagneticPress)

(fully funded) finishes Saturday, May 1 2021 12:00 AM BST

TORU TERADA!!! That art will be awesome (no offence to the writer, but it could be the worst plot and I’d still buy it for the pictures!!)

Mutual Aid: Three Visionary Classic Anarchist Works published by PM Press (@PMPressOrg) with new illustrations by N.O. Bonzo (@NoBonzo)

(fully funded) finishes Saturday, May 1 2021 1:00 AM BST

Classic works given fresh life to celebrate 100 years since their publication

Tales to Enlighten by Matt King & James Edward Clark

(fully funded) finishes Monday, May 3 2021 4:59 AM BST

Just seems like a great and daft story, with lots of parody of things I would enjoy, also some lovely art!!

Urban Tails – an Israeli lesbian family dominated by cats by Ilana Zeffren published by Soaring Penguin Press (@spenguin)

(still finding) finishes Tuesday, May 4 2021 2:45 AM BST

I really love the look of the art in this

Sentinel issue seven: Hell on Harry Howson (@uk_comic) by Alan Holloway and Ed Doyle (@EDDREDD)

(fully funded) finishes Tuesday, May 4 2021 11:59 AM BST

This is based on Ray Harryhausen films!! It’s got the Skeletons from Sinbad and it looks great.

I’m still loving these Kickstarter

Less than a week to go

2020: A Drawing A Day by Tim King (@TimKing88)

(fully funded) finishes Thursday, April 8 2021 10:55 AM BST

Good art and an interesting approach – sketching on daily object relevant to covid, like hand-gel bottles and gloves.

The Magpie: Volume 3 by Bones McKay (@BonesMFleming) & Ursula Gray (@ursulaoctopus)

(fully funded) finishes Friday, April 9 2021 1:30 AM BST

There’s not much to go on for the story, but I really like the look of the art for this

Bird Brained Zine Anthology edited by @karrtunes

(fully funded) finishes Friday, April 9 2021 9:54 PM BST

always want more zine collections in the world and the samples look cool

Project image for Bird Brained Zine Anthology

The Penned Guin – Burnout by Alan Henderson (@Shadow1972)

(fully funded) finishes Saturday, April 10 2021 12:00 PM BST

It’s just a lot of bad puns and jokes and who doesn’t like that?

Cry Punch Comics organised by Al Gofa (@gofa_al)

(fully funded) finishes Sunday, April 11 2021 1:06 AM BST

interesting creators and anything made over the funding target gets split evenly between the creators, always a fair bonus, I like the look of this one, it made me smile

Colour Works the 1980s and 90s by Homer Sykes (@HomerSykes)

(fully funded) finishes Sunday, April 11 2021 12:59 PM BST

an interesting time period (to me) and some great shots

Sigue Sigue Sputnik band members Neal Whitmore aka Neil X and Jane Farrimond known as Yana Yaya at the bar of a Cherton Hotel, Newcastle upon Tyne.

Blanco Volume One: The Truth Shall Set You Free by Marco Lopez (@atomicrexent)

(fully funded) finishes Tuesday, April 13 2021 4:24 PM BST

another one where a page won me over – just check out the storytelling ease on this.

Still got a while yet

SKULLS An artbook by GEIST (@GeistArtUk)

(fully funded) finishes Wednesday, April 14 2021 1:00 AM BST

I love Geist’s art, and the variety of ways he can make images of skulls is incredible, this is going to be a beautiful looking book

Project

Typhoon Days organised by Francesca Carità

(still funding) finishes Wednesday, April 14 2021 5:00 PM BST

interesting subject matter and solid artwork

May be a cartoon

Eros + Venus: An Artbook by Rosielah by Rosie Alexander (@HeyRosielah)

(fully funded) finishes Thursday, April 15 2021 6:00 PM BST

The artwork is just so amazing on this, or more specifically, the colour work really makes this something different.

Sonagi: A Korean Fable organised by Dr. Hall

(still funding) finishes Friday, April 16 2021 9:00 PM BST

I like the concept for the story and the backstory of how this came about

‘I am an English teacher in South Korea. I teach a class called the English Graphic Novel Project. The students in our wonderful class spent 16 weeks writing and drawing a complete graphic novel. The finished book was their FINAL EXAM.’

God Summoner – Chapter 1 by Dionysis Zogaris & Manos Lagouvardos

(still funding) finishes Friday, April 16 2021 10:00 PM BST

I just love that art.

Dwellings No. 2 by Jay Stephens (@kingpopgun) published by Black Eye Books (@blackeyebooks)

(fully funded) finishes Saturday, April 17 2021 1:00 PM BST

Comics from a comics veteran; an amazing cartoonist

Our Stories Carried Us Here: A Graphic Novel Anthology organised by Green Card Voices (@GreenCardVoices)

(still funding) finishes Sunday, April 18 2021 6:00 AM BST

10 stories of immigrating to the US. I particularly like that the organisation have paired illustrators from the same linguistic, cultural and regional backgrounds. There are some strong artists here as well.

Craig Moodie’s illustration by Ana Hinojosa

Incoming! edited by Gary Adams published by Incoming Magazine (@incomingmag)

(still funding) finishes Monday, April 19 2021 10:36 AM BST

Three very different art styles each of which is interesting @JustinMRyan87 @rayointhebottle @originalkrista and @Sebasti38998519

Black Stories Matter edited by Ramon Gil (@ramonsgil)

(fully funded) finishes Thursday, April 22 2021 4:59 AM BST

The art alone looks varied and interesting and I know the work of both Mauricio Cordero and Trevor Von Eeden.

We Reap What We Sow by Joel Davies

(fully funded) finishes Thursday, April 22 2021 5:57 PM BST

I like both the subject and the photos here.

Keeping Metres by Jimmy Brimmacombe

(still funding) finishes Friday, April 23 2021 11:19 AM BST

Strong set of images.

Off Limits: Berlin – Europe, 1992-1996 by Rab GP Lewin from Resipole Studios (@resipolestudios)

(still funding) finishes Saturday, April 24 2021 3:55 PM BST

The tagline says exactly why it’s interesting – ‘A photographic book documenting the European techno-traveller free party scene from 1992-1996.’ – interesting photos looking at a scene that was quite mythical in my youth – something i really wanted to be a part of secretly (despite hating the music)

Unburying My Father by Zander Masser

(still funding) finishes Thursday, April 29 2021 12:05 PM BST

An interesting photographer, but also an interesting look at an under discussed part of the AIDS epidemic, those with haemophilia that received infected blood products.

Photograph by Randy Jay Masser

The Homeless Activist Book by Sage Lewis

(still funding) finishes Thursday, April 29 2021 2:16 PM BST

Written by someone that set up a homeless tent village on his own property, this is his insight into homelessness in America.

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kicking it – 31st March 2021

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Amanda DeLong – ko-fi

I don’t do cross stitch, but if I did, I would COMPLETELY do this one! There are also zines to download, but really, surely that cross stitch is enough to chuck a few quid over?

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Monnie Winslowpatreon

I do like her art!

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New this week

Our Stories Carried Us Here: A Graphic Novel Anthology organised by Green Card Voices (@GreenCardVoices)

(still funding) finishes Sunday, April 18 2021 6:00 AM BST

10 stories of immigrating to the US. I particularly like that the organisation have paired illustrators from the same linguistic, cultural and regional backgrounds. There are some strong artists here as well.

Craig Moodie’s illustration by Ana Hinojosa

We Reap What We Sow by Joel Davies

(fully funded) finishes Thursday, April 22 2021 5:57 PM BST

I like both the subject and the photos here.

Keeping Metres by Jimmy Brimmacombe

(still funding) finishes Friday, April 23 2021 11:19 AM BST

Strong set of images.

Unburying My Father by Zander Masser

(still funding) finishes Thursday, April 29 2021 12:05 PM BST

An interesting photographer, but also an interesting look at an under discussed part of the AIDS epidemic, those with haemophilia that received infected blood products.

Photograph by Randy Jay Masser

The Homeless Activist Book by Sage Lewis

Written by someone that set up a homeless tent village on his own property, this is his insight into homelessness in America.

I’m still loving these Kickstarter

Less than a week to go

Blueboy Brown by David Greg Taylor (@davidgregtaylor)

(fully funded) finishes Wednesday, March 31 2021 9:30 PM BST

A fictionalised historical tale grounded in researched facts. Created by an old time underground cartoonist making his way back into (long form) comics. The artwork is outstanding and the story pages on show are full of interesting humanity and fascinating details

Honk: A comics story about bullying by a 7-year-old creator by Owen Claytor, organised by Ryan Claytor (@elephanteater)

(fully funded) finishes Thursday, April 1 2021 12:00 AM BST

I love kid’s art anyway, but this such a good little zine

Never Ending Books Collective (@NEBcollective)

(fully funded) finishes Thursday, April 1 2021 4:59 AM BST

sounds like it could end up being a nice space for lo-fi culture, or just fail, but I think it’s worth a shot at keeping out the usual corporate high- street filler

Project image for Never Ending Books Collective

Into the Wilderness by Gabe Cheng (@gabechengcomics) and Elisa Meneghel

(fully funded) finishes Thursday, April 1 2021 5:00 AM BST

Firstly, I like the loose art style, it’s good cartooning. Secondly, tis looks like a solid all ages read, as i get older I’m appreciating all ages reads much more, less grim dark and more story, which I enjoy.

Moving Through by Anna Magdalena

(fully funded) finishes Thursday, April 1 2021 12:57 PM BST

great design showcasing some very beautiful images

Project image for MOVING THROUGH

A Wounded Landscape – bearing witness to the Holocaust by Marc Wilson (@MarcwilsonPhoto)

(fully funded) finishes Thursday, April 1 2021 3:00 PM BST

a project and book of immense scope – said best in the campaign ‘Since May 2015, I have sat for hours listening to Rita, Harry, Lillian and others share their stories with me. I have listened to stories of their parents and grandparents, their brothers and sisters, sons and daughters. I have listened to stories in English, French, Hebrew, Polish, Dutch and Russian. I have travelled to over 120 locations in 20 countries making ‘A wounded landscape – bearing witness to the Holocaust’.

The photos are incredible and the whole package seems to be of incredible quality.

Quindrie Press: the 2021 comic collection (@QuindriePress) – editors Eve Greenwood (@evegwood) Alex Assan (@alexassanart)

creators @verface, @toadlett, @jmiltondraws and @ThomasHeitler

(fully funded) finishes Thursday, April 1 2021 5:00 PM BST

All four of these titles look like great comics, by which I mean beautiful art centred on storytelling and character driven storylines. All are individual, whilst all being recognisably contemporary in their styles

Jabberwoke Pocket Occult Collection published by jabberwokebooks

(fully funded) finishes Thursday, April 1 2021 7:49 PM BST

they’re republishing The Great God Pan by Arthur Machen a very under appreciated writer of weird fiction. It’s a lovely cover as well.

ComicScene History of Comics Books 5 to 8 by @ComicSceneNews

(still funding) finishes Thursday, April 1 2021 9:00 PM BST

I have an eternal soft spot for histories and books/magazines about comics, what can I say!!

The Plague and Doctor Caim by @gegallas from @castironbooks

(fully funded) finishes Thursday, April 1 2021 11:00 PM BST

Both comic and disturbing. I’ve liked the look of this for a while and was glad when Cast Iron Books took this over from Unbound

Out of this World by Steve Ditko and Robin Snyder

(fully funded) finishes Friday, April 2 2021 1:22 PM BST

Steve Ditko really is, for me, the best of america’s comic creators. His use of line and space and comics capabilities is just a thing of beauty to me.

Project image for OUT OF THIS WORLD by Snyder and Ditko

HITxHIT Art Magazine | Latin American Art Issue 01: Agustina Nuñez published by HitxHit

(fully funded) finishes Fri, April 2 2021 4:38 PM BST

strikes me as an interesting idea

Night Leaves by Josephine Kreischer

(fully funded) finishes Friday, April 2 2021 6:00 PM BST

This one, not to be rude, is all about the art, for me. I have a real soft spot for misty, mysterious forestscapes with fairy tale like animal characters.

Being a girl by David Metcalfe-Carr (@MetcalfeCarr) and others

(fully funded) finishes Friday, April 2 2021 6:30 PM BST

A subject set in an interesting time, dealing with cross-dressing and coming to terms with it in the 90’s.

Fiend Friends: Soul Arcade by Vic Hollins

(fully funded) finishes Saturday, April 3 2021 1:59 PM BST

really, it was this page and remembering that exact same feeling that won me over

Still got a while yet

2020: A Drawing A Day by Tim King (@TimKing88)

(fully funded) finishes Thursday, April 8 2021 10:55 AM BST

Good art and an interesting approach – sketching on daily object relevant to covid, like hand-gel bottles and gloves.

The Magpie: Volume 3 by Bones McKay (@BonesMFleming) & Ursula Gray (@ursulaoctopus)

(fully funded) finishes Friday, April 9 2021 1:30 AM BST

There’s not much to go on for the story, but I really like the look of the art for this

Bird Brained Zine Anthology edited by @karrtunes

(still funding) finishes Friday, April 9 2021 9:54 PM BST

always want more zine collections in the world and the samples look cool

Project image for Bird Brained Zine Anthology

The Penned Guin – Burnout by Alan Henderson (@Shadow1972)

(fully funded) finishes Saturday, April 10 2021 12:00 PM BST

It’s just a lot of bad puns and jokes and who doesn’t like that?

Cry Punch Comics organised by Al Gofa (@gofa_al)

(fully funded) finishes Sunday, April 11 2021 1:06 AM BST

interesting creators and anything made over the funding target gets split evenly between the creators, always a fair bonus, I like the look of this one, it made me smile

Colour Works the 1980s and 90s by Homer Sykes (@HomerSykes)

(still funding) finishes Sunday, April 11 2021 12:59 PM BST

an interesting time period (to me) and some great shots

Sigue Sigue Sputnik band members Neal Whitmore aka Neil X and Jane Farrimond known as Yana Yaya at the bar of a Cherton Hotel, Newcastle upon Tyne.

Blanco Volume One: The Truth Shall Set You Free by Marco Lopez (@atomicrexent)

(still funding) finishes Tuesday, April 13 2021 4:24 PM BST

another one where a page won me over – just check out the storytelling ease on this.

SKULLS An artbook by GEIST (@GeistArtUk)

(fully funded) finishes Wednesday, April 14 2021 1:00 AM BST

I love Geist’s art, and the variety of ways he can make images of skulls is incredible, this is going to be a beautiful looking book

Project

Typhoon Days organised by Francesca Carità

(still funding) finishes Wednesday, April 14 2021 5:00 PM BST

interesting subject matter and solid artwork

May be a cartoon

Eros + Venus: An Artbook by Rosielah by Rosie Alexander (@HeyRosielah)

(fully funded) finishes Thursday, April 15 2021 6:00 PM BST

The artwork is just so amazing on this, or more specifically, the colour work really makes this something different.

Sonagi: A Korean Fable organised by Dr. Hall

(still funding) finishes Friday, April 16 2021 9:00 PM BST

I like the concept for the story and the backstory of how this came about

‘I am an English teacher in South Korea. I teach a class called the English Graphic Novel Project. The students in our wonderful class spent 16 weeks writing and drawing a complete graphic novel. The finished book was their FINAL EXAM.’

God Summoner – Chapter 1 by Dionysis Zogaris & Manos Lagouvardos

(still funding) finishes Friday, April 16 2021 10:00 PM BST

I just love that art.

Dwellings No. 2 by Jay Stephens (@kingpopgun) published by Black Eye Books (@blackeyebooks)

(fully funded) finishes Saturday, April 17 2021 1:00 PM BST

Comics from a comics veteran; an amazing cartoonist

Incoming! edited by Gary Adams published by Incoming Magazine (@incomingmag)

(still funding) finishes Monday, April 19 2021 10:36 AM BST

Three very different art styles each of which is interesting @JustinMRyan87 @rayointhebottle @originalkrista and @Sebasti38998519

Black Stories Matter edited by Ramon Gil (@ramonsgil)

(fully funded) finishes Thursday, April 22 2021 4:59 AM BST

The art alone looks varied and interesting and I know the work of both Mauricio Cordero and Trevor Von Eeden.

Off Limits: Berlin – Europe, 1992-1996 by Rab GP Lewin from Resipole Studios (@resipolestudios)

(still funding) finishes Saturday, April 24 2021 3:55 PM BST

The tagline says exactly why it’s interesting – ‘A photographic book documenting the European techno-traveller free party scene from 1992-1996.’ – interesting photos looking at a scene that was quite mythical in my youth – something i really wanted to be a part of secretly (despite hating the music)

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kicking it – 24th March 2021

Header from Bird Brained Zine

Subscriptions

David Greg Taylor patreon

David’s art alone is worth it, but the comic that he’s currently writing, Blueboy Brown, is shaping up to be a fascinating generational saga, currently set in post Civil War America.

Aim Ren Belandko-fi

Just a lovely style of art

Trapped (ZINE)

New this week

Honk: A comics story about bullying by a 7-year-old creator by Owen Claytor, organised by Ryan Claytor (@elephanteater)

(fully funded) finishes Thursday, April 1 2021 12:00 AM BST

I love kid’s art anyway, but this such a good little zine

Into the Wilderness by Gabe Cheng (@gabechengcomics) and Elisa Meneghel

(still funding) finishes Thursday, April 1 2021 5:00 AM BST

Firstly, I like the loose art style, it’s good cartooning. Secondly, tis looks like a solid all ages read, as i get older I’m appreciating all ages reads much more, less grim dark and more story, which I enjoy.

The Magpie: Volume 3 by Bones McKay (@BonesMFleming) & Ursula Gray (@ursulaoctopus)

(fully funded) finishes Friday, April 9 2021 1:30 AM BST

There’s not much to go on for the story, but I really like the look of the art for this

The Penned Guin – Burnout by Alan Henderson (@Shadow1972)

(fully funded) finishes Saturday, April 10 2021 12:00 PM BST

It’s just a lot of bad puns and jokes and who doesn’t like that?

Eros + Venus: An Artbook by Rosielah by Rosie Alexander (@HeyRosielah)

(fully funded) finishes Thursday, April 15 2021 6:00 PM BST

The artwork is just so amazing on this, or more specifically, the colour work really makes this something different.

Sonagi: A Korean Fable organised by Dr. Hall

(still funding) finishes Friday, April 16 2021 9:00 PM BST

I like the concept for the story and the backstory of how this came about

‘I am an English teacher in South Korea. I teach a class called the English Graphic Novel Project. The students in our wonderful class spent 16 weeks writing and drawing a complete graphic novel. The finished book was their FINAL EXAM.’

God Summoner – Chapter 1 by Dionysis Zogaris & Manos Lagouvardos

(still funding) finishes Friday, April 16 2021 10:00 PM BST

I just love that art.

Dwellings No. 2 by Jay Stephens (@kingpopgun) published by Black Eye Books (@blackeyebooks)

(fully funded) finishes Saturday, April 17 2021 1:00 PM BST

Comics from a comics veteran; an amazing cartoonist

Incoming! edited by Gary Adams published by Incoming Magazine (@incomingmag)

(still funding) finishes Monday, April 19 2021 10:36 AM BST

Three very different art styles each of which is interesting @JustinMRyan87 @rayointhebottle @originalkrista and @Sebasti38998519

Black Stories Matter edited by Ramon Gil (@ramonsgil)

(still funding) finishes Thursday, April 22 2021 4:59 AM BST

The art alone looks varied and interesting and I know the work of both Mauricio Cordero and Trevor Von Eeden.

I’m still loving these Kickstarter

Less than a week to go

Blackford Manor by J. W. Grey (@BlackfordManor)

(fully funded) finishes Thursday, March 25 2021 10:00 PM GMT

Can’t say anything about the writing as there are no samples, but the illustrations look fun, the plot idea sounds interesting and I just like the whole tone of how the campaign has been written to be honest

The Day the Klan Came to Town by Bill Campbell (@RosariumBill) and Bizhan Khodabandeh (@MendedArrow) published by PM Press (@PMPressOrg)

(fully funded) finishes Friday, March 26 2021 10:59 PM GMT

A fascinating subject from a very reliable and trustworthy publisher and still very resonant today (sadly)

Planet Comics issue 2 by @JeffMcClelland and others

(still funding) finishes Monday, March 29 2021 5:00 AM BST

this just has some fun looking cartooning and seems to be a fun read fro mthe pages on show

The Tay Bridge Disaster from David Robertson (@FredEggComics)

(fully funded) finishes Monday, March 29 2021 4:58 PM BST

Another fascinating historical comic, this one a long boiling project for a UK small press stalwart in his signature low key style. (I picked this images, the latter because it made me laugh, and both as they give a good insight into the tone you’re likely to find throughout)

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Birdcage Bottom Books 2021 publishing slate!! (@BirdcageBottom)

(fully funded) finishes Monday, March 29 2021 9:06 PM BST

Not to play favourites, but this is an absolutely great publisher and I would (if I could) buy everything of theirs without question.

Still got a while yet

Blueboy Brown by David Greg Taylor (@davidgregtaylor)

(still funding) finishes Wednesday, March 31 2021 9:30 PM BST

Another fictionalised historical tale grounded in researched facts. This time from an old time underground cartoonist making his way back into (long form) comics. The artwork is outstanding and the story pages on show are full of interesting humanity and fascinating details

Never Ending Books Collective (@NEBcollective)

(fully funded) finishes Thursday, April 1 2021 4:59 AM BST

sounds like it could end up being a nice space for lo-fi culture, or just fail, but I think it’s worth a shot at keeping out the usual corporate high- street filler

Project image for Never Ending Books Collective

Moving Through by Anna Magdalena

(fully funded) finishes Thursday, April 1 2021 12:57 PM BST

great design showcasing some very beautiful images

Project image for MOVING THROUGH

A Wounded Landscape – bearing witness to the Holocaust by Marc Wilson (@MarcwilsonPhoto)

(fully funded) finishes Thursday, April 1 2021 3:00 PM BST

a project and book of immense scope – said best in the campaign ‘Since May 2015, I have sat for hours listening to Rita, Harry, Lillian and others share their stories with me. I have listened to stories of their parents and grandparents, their brothers and sisters, sons and daughters. I have listened to stories in English, French, Hebrew, Polish, Dutch and Russian. I have travelled to over 120 locations in 20 countries making ‘A wounded landscape – bearing witness to the Holocaust’.

The photos are incredible and the whole package seems to be of incredible quality.

Quindrie Press: the 2021 comic collection (@QuindriePress) – editors Eve Greenwood (@evegwood) Alex Assan (@alexassanart)

creators @verface, @toadlett, @jmiltondraws and @ThomasHeitler

(fully funded) finishes Thursday, April 1 2021 5:00 PM BST

All four of these titles look like great comics, by which I mean beautiful art centred on storytelling and character driven storylines. All are individual, whilst all being recognisably contemporary in their styles

Jabberwoke Pocket Occult Collection published by jabberwokebooks

(still funding) finishes Thursday, April 1 2021 7:49 PM BST

they’re republishing The Great God Pan by Arthur Machen a very under appreciated writer of weird fiction. It’s a lovely cover as well.

ComicScene History of Comics Books 5 to 8 by @ComicSceneNews

(still funding) finishes Thursday, April 1 2021 9:00 PM BST

I have an eternal soft spot for histories and books/magazines about comics, what can I say!!

The Plague and Doctor Caim by @gegallas from @castironbooks

(fully funded) finishes Thursday, April 1 2021 11:00 PM BST

Both comic and disturbing. I’ve liked the look of this for a while and was glad when Cast Iron Books took this over from Unbound

Out of this World by Steve Ditko and Robin Snyder

(fully funded) finishes Friday, April 2 2021 1:22 PM BST

Steve Ditko really is, for me, the best of america’s comic creators. His use of line and space and comics capabilities is just a thing of beauty to me.

Project image for OUT OF THIS WORLD by Snyder and Ditko

HITxHIT Art Magazine | Latin American Art Issue 01: Agustina Nuñez published by HitxHit

(fully funded) finishes Fri, April 2 2021 4:38 PM BST

strikes me as an interesting idea

Night Leaves by Josephine Kreischer

(fully funded) finishes Friday, April 2 2021 6:00 PM BST

This one, not to be rude, is all about the art, for me. I have a real soft spot for misty, mysterious forestscapes with fairy tale like animal characters.

Being a girl by David Metcalfe-Carr (@MetcalfeCarr) and others

(fully funded) finishes Friday, April 2 2021 6:30 PM BST

A subject set in an interesting time, dealing with cross-dressing and coming to terms with it in the 90’s.

Fiend Friends: Soul Arcade by Vic Hollins

(fully funded) finishes Saturday, April 3 2021 1:59 PM BST

really, it was this page and remembering that exact same feeling that won me over

2020: A Drawing A Day by Tim King (@TimKing88)

(fully funded) finishes Thursday, April 8 2021 10:55 AM BST

Good art and an interesting approach – sketching on daily object relevant to covid, like hand-gel bottles and gloves.

Bird Brained Zine Anthology edited by @karrtunes

(still funding) finishes Friday, April 9 2021 9:54 PM BST

always want more zine collections in the world and the samples look cool

Project image for Bird Brained Zine Anthology

Cry Punch Comics organised by Al Gofa (@gofa_al)

(still funding) finishes Sunday, April 11 2021 1:06 AM BST

interesting creators and anything made over the funding target gets split evenly between the creators, always a fair bonus, I like the look of this one, it made me smile

Colour Works the 1980s and 90s by Homer Sykes (@HomerSykes)

(still funding) finishes Sunday, April 11 2021 12:59 PM BST

an interesting time period (to me) and some great shots

Sigue Sigue Sputnik band members Neal Whitmore aka Neil X and Jane Farrimond known as Yana Yaya at the bar of a Cherton Hotel, Newcastle upon Tyne.

Blanco Volume One: The Truth Shall Set You Free by Marco Lopez (@atomicrexent)

(still funding) finishes Tuesday, April 13 2021 4:24 PM BST

another one where a page won me over – just check out the storytelling ease on this.

SKULLS An artbook by GEIST (@GeistArtUk)

(fully funded) finishes Wednesday, April 14 2021 1:00 AM BST

I love Geist’s art, and the variety of ways he can make images of skulls is incredible, this is going to be a beautiful looking book

Project

Typhoon Days organised by Francesca Carità

(still funding) finishes Wednesday, April 14 2021 5:00 PM BST

interesting subject matter and solid artwork

May be a cartoon

Off Limits: Berlin – Europe, 1992-1996 by Rab GP Lewin from Resipole Studios (@resipolestudios)

(still funding) finishes Saturday, April 24 2021 3:55 PM BST

The tagline says exactly why it’s interesting – ‘A photographic book documenting the European techno-traveller free party scene from 1992-1996.’ – interesting photos looking at a scene that was quite mythical in my youth – something i really wanted to be a part of secretly (despite hating the music)

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kicking it – 17th March 2021

Subscriptions

Katriona Chapmanpatreon

@katchapman

check out the below, it says it all pretty well!

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New this week

Cry Punch Comics organised by Al Gofa (@gofa_al)

(still funding) finishes Sunday, April 11 2021 1:06 AM BST

interesting creators and anything made over the funding target gets split evenly between the creators, always a fair bonus, I like the look of this one, it made me smile

SKULLS An artbook by GEIST (@GeistArtUk)

(fully funded) finishes Wednesday, April 14 2021 1:00 AM BST

I love Geist’s art, and the variety of ways he can make images of skulls is incredible, this is going to be a beautiful looking book

Project

Typhoon Days organised by Francesca Carità

(still funding) finishes Wednesday, April 14 2021 5:00 PM BST

interesting subject matter and solid artwork

May be a cartoon

Colour Works the 1980s and 90s by Homer Sykes (@HomerSykes)

(still funding) finishes Sunday, April 11 2021 12:59 PM BST

an interesting time period (to me) and some great shots

Sigue Sigue Sputnik band members Neal Whitmore aka Neil X and Jane Farrimond known as Yana Yaya at the bar of a Cherton Hotel, Newcastle upon Tyne.

I’m still loving these Kickstarter

Less than a week to go

Gods of Aazurn by Gary Scott Beatty (@garyscottbeatty)

(fully funded) finishes Friday, March 19 2021 1:00 AM GMT

If I’m honest, I can’t label why I like this, it’s partly the ideas and how they just lean in to pulp’s lurid distortions of other cultures, partly it’s the sturm und drang approach to the art and it’s heavy lean into EC influenced underground comics and it’s also just got a sense that this is a person getting on and having fun with their own influences and obsessions.

Paragon issue 27 by Dave Candlish (@DAVEYCANDLISH)

(fully funded) finishes Saturday, March 20 2021 12:43 PM GMT

a good old fashioned strip zine, with some classic uk strip zine strips!!

Weird Work #1 by @Jordan_J_Thomas (writer) and @shaky_kane (artist)

(fully funded) finishes Monday, March 22 2021 6:00 PM GMT

it’s Shaky Kane drawing!!

Still got a while yet

Blackford Manor by J. W. Grey (@BlackfordManor)

(fully funded) finishes Thursday, March 25 2021 10:00 PM GMT

Can’t say anything about the writing as there are no samples, but the illustrations look fun, the plot idea sounds interesting and I just like the whole tone of how the campaign has been written to be honest

The Day the Klan Came to Town by Bill Campbell (@RosariumBill) and Bizhan Khodabandeh (@MendedArrow) published by PM Press (@PMPressOrg)

(fully funded) finishes Friday, March 26 2021 10:59 PM GMT

A fascinating subject from a very reliable and trustworthy publisher and still very resonant today (sadly)

Planet Comics issue 2 by @JeffMcClelland and others

(still funding) finishes Monday, March 29 2021 5:00 AM BST

this just has some fun looking cartooning and seems to be a fun read fro mthe pages on show

The Tay Bridge Disaster from David Robertson (@FredEggComics)

(fully funded) finishes Monday, March 29 2021 4:58 PM BST

Another fascinating historical comic, this one a long boiling project for a UK small press stalwart in his signature low key style. (I picked this images, the latter because it made me laugh, and both as they give a good insight into the tone you’re likely to find throughout)

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Birdcage Bottom Books 2021 publishing slate!! (@BirdcageBottom)

(still funding) finishes Monday, March 29 2021 9:06 PM BST

Not to play favourites, but this is an absolutely great publisher and I would (if I could) buy everything of theirs without question.

Blueboy Brown by David Greg Taylor (@davidgregtaylor)

(still funding) finishes Wednesday, March 31 2021 9:30 PM BST

Another fictionalised historical tale grounded in researched facts. This time from an old time underground cartoonist making his way back into (long form) comics. The artwork is outstanding and the story pages on show are full of interesting humanity and fascinating details

Never Ending Books Collective (@NEBcollective)

(still funding) finishes Thursday, April 1 2021 4:59 AM BST

sounds like it could end up being a nice space for lo-fi culture, or just fail, but I think it’s worth a shot at keeping out the usual corporate high- street filler

Project image for Never Ending Books Collective

Moving Through by Anna Magdalena

(fully funded) finishes Thursday, April 1 2021 12:57 PM BST

great design showcasing some very beautiful images

Project image for MOVING THROUGH

A Wounded Landscape – bearing witness to the Holocaust by Marc Wilson (@MarcwilsonPhoto)

(fully funded) finishes Thursday, April 1 2021 3:00 PM BST

a project and book of immense scope – said best in the campaign ‘Since May 2015, I have sat for hours listening to Rita, Harry, Lillian and others share their stories with me. I have listened to stories of their parents and grandparents, their brothers and sisters, sons and daughters. I have listened to stories in English, French, Hebrew, Polish, Dutch and Russian. I have travelled to over 120 locations in 20 countries making ‘A wounded landscape – bearing witness to the Holocaust’.

The photos are incredible and the whole package seems to be of incredible quality.

Quindrie Press: the 2021 comic collection (@QuindriePress) – editors Eve Greenwood (@evegwood) Alex Assan (@alexassanart)

creators @verface, @toadlett, @jmiltondraws and @ThomasHeitler

(fully funded) finishes Thursday, April 1 2021 5:00 PM BST

All four of these titles look like great comics, by which I mean beautiful art centred on storytelling and character driven storylines. All are individual, whilst all being recognisably contemporary in their styles

Jabberwoke Pocket Occult Collection published by jabberwokebooks

(still funding) finishes Thursday, April 1 2021 7:49 PM BST

they’re republishing The Great God Pan by Arthur Machen a very under appreciated writer of weird fiction. It’s a lovely cover as well.

ComicScene History of Comics Books 5 to 8 by @ComicSceneNews

(still funding) finishes Thursday, April 1 2021 9:00 PM BST

I have an eternal soft spot for histories and books/magazines about comics, what can I say!!

The Plague and Doctor Caim by @gegallas from @castironbooks

(still funding) finishes Thursday, April 1 2021 11:00 PM BST

Both comic and disturbing. I’ve liked the look of this for a while and was glad when Cast Iron Books took this over from Unbound

Out of this World by Steve Ditko and Robin Snyder

(fully funded) finishes Friday, April 2 2021 1:22 PM BST

Steve Ditko really is, for me, the best of america’s comic creators. His use of line and space and comics capabilities is just a thing of beauty to me.

Project image for OUT OF THIS WORLD by Snyder and Ditko

HITxHIT Art Magazine | Latin American Art Issue 01: Agustina Nuñez published by HitxHit

(fully funded) finishes Fri, April 2 2021 4:38 PM BST

strikes me as an interesting idea

Night Leaves by Josephine Kreischer

(fully funded) finishes Friday, April 2 2021 6:00 PM BST

This one, not to be rude, is all about the art, for me. I have a real soft spot for misty, mysterious forestscapes with fairy tale like animal characters.

Being a girl by David Metcalfe-Carr (@MetcalfeCarr) and others

(fully funded) finishes Friday, April 2 2021 6:30 PM BST

A subject set in an interesting time, dealing with cross-dressing and coming to terms with it in the 90’s.

Fiend Friends: Soul Arcade by Vic Hollins

(fully funded) finishes Saturday, April 3 2021 1:59 PM BST

really, it was this page and remembering that exact same feeling that won me over

2020: A Drawing A Day by Tim King (@TimKing88)

(still funding) finishes Thursday, April 8 2021 10:55 AM BST

Good art and an interesting approach – sketching on daily object relevant to covid, like hand-gel bottles and gloves.

Bird Brained Zine Anthology edited by @karrtunes

(still funding) finishes Friday, April 9 2021 9:54 PM BST

always want more zine collections in the world and the samples look cool

Project image for Bird Brained Zine Anthology

Blanco Volume One: The Truth Shall Set You Free by Marco Lopez (@atomicrexent)

(still funding) finishes Tuesday, April 13 2021 4:24 PM BST

another one where a page won me over – just check out the storytelling ease on this.

Off Limits: Berlin – Europe, 1992-1996 by Rab GP Lewin from Resipole Studios (@resipolestudios)

(still funding) finishes Saturday, April 24 2021 3:55 PM BST

The tagline says exactly why it’s interesting – ‘A photographic book documenting the European techno-traveller free party scene from 1992-1996.’ – interesting photos looking at a scene that was quite mythical in my youth – something i really wanted to be a part of secretly (despite hating the music)

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kicking it – 11th March 2021

all the kickstarters that are catching my eye at the mo (and sometimes other things to back as well)

another bumper week of new kickstarters to add here.

Also, it’s odd when you start looking at these, because there are some projects you look at and think must be doing huge numbers just because they are clearly such high quality and then you see that there are only a few backers and they have some modest amount that they’re aiming for. I don’t want to diminish what they a re achieving, but it seems amazing to me that there aren’t larger numbers on some of these, so occasionally I’m going to pull one out to highlight at the top here.

This time it’s going to be Blueboy Brown by David Greg Taylor (@davidgregtaylor)

Just look at some of this art for a start, it’s beautiful. I’ve only got the story pages I’ve seen online to go by, but they feature interesting characters and a high level of story telling from what I’ve seen.

This comic looks amazing and should, to my mind, have hundreds of backers.

Subscriptions

Solradpatreon

@SOLRAD_mag

however you’ve encountered them, they’re an excellent group doing great things to promote comics so well worth your support. they’re publishing great comics and reviewing and interviewing interesting creators, what more could you ask for!

comic by Ellen O’Grady

Russell Mark Olson – patreon

@russell_m_olson

this one is specifically for Gateway City, which is a great read a the art is stunningly cool, so you can just enjoy that!

The opening page of Gateway City Volume 2 by Russell Mark Olson

New this week

Sign up for notification to SKULLS An artbook by GEIST (@GeistArtUk)

Project

A Wounded Landscape – bearing witness to the Holocaust by Marc Wilson (@MarcwilsonPhoto)

(still funding) finishes Thursday, April 1 2021 3:00 PM BST

a project and book of immense scope – said best in the campaign ‘Since May 2015, I have sat for hours listening to Rita, Harry, Lillian and others share their stories with me. I have listened to stories of their parents and grandparents, their brothers and sisters, sons and daughters. I have listened to stories in English, French, Hebrew, Polish, Dutch and Russian. I have travelled to over 120 locations in 20 countries making ‘A wounded landscape – bearing witness to the Holocaust’.

The photos are incredible and the whole package seems to be of incredible quality.

Quindrie Press: the 2021 comic collection (@QuindriePress) – editors Eve Greenwood (@evegwood) Alex Assan (@alexassanart)

creators @verface, @toadlett, @jmiltondraws and @ThomasHeitler

(fully funded) finishes Thursday, April 1 2021 5:00 PM BST

All four of these titles look like great comics, by which I mean beautiful art centred on storytelling and character driven storylines. All are individual, whilst all being recognisably contemporary in their styles

Out of this World by Steve Ditko and Robin Snyder

(fully funded) finishes Friday, April 2 2021 1:22 PM BST

Steve Ditko really is, for me, the best of america’s comic creators. His use of line and space and comics capabilities is just a thing of beauty to me.

Project image for OUT OF THIS WORLD by Snyder and Ditko

The Plague and Doctor Caim by @gegallas from @castironbooks

(still funding) finishes Thursday, April 1 2021 11:00 PM BST

Both comic and disturbing. I’ve liked the look of this for a while and was glad when Cast Iron Books took this over from Unbound

Jabberwoke Pocket Occult Collection published by jabberwokebooks

(still funding) finishes Thursday, April 1 2021 7:49 PM BST

they’re republishing The Great God Pan by Arthur Machen a very under appreciated writer of weird fiction. It’s a lovely cover as well.

HITxHIT Art Magazine | Latin American Art Issue 01: Agustina Nuñez published by HitxHit

(fully funded) finishes Fri, April 2 2021 4:38 PM BST

strikes me as an interesting idea

Night Leaves by Josephine Kreischer

(fully funded) finishes Friday, April 2 2021 6:00 PM BST

This one, not to be rude, is all about the art, for me. I have a real soft spot for misty, mysterious forestscapes with fairy tale like animal characters.

Being a girl by David Metcalfe-Carr (@MetcalfeCarr) and others

(fully funded) finishes Friday, April 2 2021 6:30 PM BST

A subject set in an interesting time, dealing with cross-dressing and coming to terms with it in the 90’s.

Fiend Friends: Soul Arcade by Vic Hollins

(fully funded) finishes Saturday, April 3 2021 1:59 PM BST

really, it was this page and remembering that exact same feeling that won me over

2020: A Drawing A Day by Tim King (@TimKing88)

(still funding) finishes Thursday, April 8 2021 10:55 AM BST

Good art and an interesting approach – sketching on daily object relevant to covid, like hand-gel bottles and gloves.

Blanco Volume One: The Truth Shall Set You Free by Marco Lopez (@atomicrexent)

(still funding) finishes Tuesday, April 13 2021 4:24 PM BST

another one where a page won me over – just check out the storytelling ease on this.

I’m still loving these Kickstarter

Less than a week to go

Love Her Madly and Other Stories by Rob Wells (@RobertDWells)

(fully funded) finishes Thursday, March 11 2021 8:01 PM GMT

he’s very funny and quite dark, what more do you need

Project image for Love Her Madly & Other Stories

The Saddest Angriest Black Girl in Town by Robyn Smith (@RoBroSmo) from Black Josei Press (@BlackJoseiPress)

(fully funded) finishes Wednesday, March 17 2021 3:59 AM GMT

an interesting and very insightful look at being a black person in a mainly white area, treated with honesty and humour in the pages they show. it also has a clever and beautiful cover

Still got a while yet

Gods of Aazurn by Gary Scott Beatty (@garyscottbeatty)

(fully funded) finishes Friday, March 19 2021 1:00 AM GMT

If I’m honest, I can’t label why I like this, it’s partly the ideas and how they just lean in to pulp’s lurid distortions of other cultures, partly it’s the sturm und drang approach to the art and it’s heavy lean into EC influenced underground comics and it’s also just got a sense that this is a person getting on and having fun with their own influences and obsessions.

Paragon issue 27 by Dave Candlish (@DAVEYCANDLISH)

(fully funded) finishes Saturday, March 20 2021 12:43 PM GMT

a good old fashioned strip zine, with some classic uk strip zine strips!!

Weird Work #1 by @Jordan_J_Thomas (writer) and @shaky_kane (artist)

(fully funded) finishes Monday, March 22 2021 6:00 PM GMT

it’s Shaky Kane drawing!!

Blackford Manor by J. W. Grey (@BlackfordManor)

(fully funded) finishes Thursday, March 25 2021 10:00 PM GMT

Can’t say anything about the writing as there are no samples, but the illustrations look fun, the plot idea sounds interesting and I just like the whole tone of how the campaign has been written to be honest

The Day the Klan Came to Town by Bill Campbell (@RosariumBill) and Bizhan Khodabandeh (@MendedArrow) published by PM Press (@PMPressOrg)

(fully funded) finishes Friday, March 26 2021 10:59 PM GMT

A fascinating subject from a very reliable and trustworthy publisher and still very resonant today (sadly)

Planet Comics issue 2 by @JeffMcClelland and others

(still funding) finishes Monday, March 29 2021 5:00 AM BST

this just has some fun looking cartooning and seems to be a fun read fro mthe pages on show

The Tay Bridge Disaster from David Robertson (@FredEggComics)

(fully funded) finishes Monday, March 29 2021 4:58 PM BST

Another fascinating historical comic, this one a long boiling project for a UK small press stalwart in his signature low key style. (I picked this images, the latter because it made me laugh, and both as they give a good insight into the tone you’re likely to find throughout)

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Birdcage Bottom Books 2021 publishing slate!! (@BirdcageBottom)

(still funding) finishes Monday, March 29 2021 9:06 PM BST

Not to play favourites, but this is an absolutely great publisher and I would (if I could) buy everything of theirs without question.

Blueboy Brown by David Greg Taylor (@davidgregtaylor)

(still funding) finishes Wednesday, March 31 2021 9:30 PM BST

Another fictionalised historical tale grounded in researched facts. This time from an old time underground cartoonist making his way back into (long form) comics. The artwork is outstanding and the story pages on show are full of interesting humanity and fascinating details

Moving Through by Anna Magdalena

(still funding) finishes Thursday, April 1 2021 12:57 PM BST

great design showcasing some very beautiful images

Project image for MOVING THROUGH

Never Ending Books Collective (@NEBcollective)

(still funding) finishes Thursday, April 1 2021 4:59 AM BST

sounds like it could end up being a nice space for lo-fi culture, or just fail, but I think it’s worth a shot at keeping out the usual corporate high- street filler

Project image for Never Ending Books Collective

ComicScene History of Comics Books 5 to 8 by @ComicSceneNews

(still funding) finishes Thursday, April 1 2021 9:00 PM BST (no joke!!)

I have an eternal soft spot for histories and books/magazines about comics, what can I say!!

Bird Brained Zine Anthology edited by @karrtunes

(still funding) finishes Friday, April 9 2021 9:54 PM BST

always want more zine collections in the world and the samples look cool

Project image for Bird Brained Zine Anthology

Off Limits: Berlin – Europe, 1992-1996 by Rab GP Lewin from Resipole Studios (@resipolestudios)

(still funding) finishes Saturday, April 24 2021 3:55 PM BST

The tagline says exactly why it’s interesting – ‘A photographic book documenting the European techno-traveller free party scene from 1992-1996.’ – interesting photos looking at a scene that was quite mythical in my youth – something i really wanted to be a part of secretly (despite hating the music)

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kicking it – 3rd March 2021

all the kickstarters that are catching my eye at the mo (and sometimes other things to back as well)

this week feels like there’s absolute TONS of stuff I could splurge money on (seriously someone sponsor me to buy and review these things!!)

we do seem to have a week for fascinating historical subject matter here with no less than 3 this time round

Subscriptions

Erika Price (@erikapriceart)

very dark work exploring psychological dissonance through body and demonic horror in an evocatively symbolist manner, leaning into psychedelia as much as terror and gross out art

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Patreon here

Resonance FM (@ResonanceFM)

Resonance is a ground breaking 24/7 radio station which broadcasts on 104.4 FM to central London, DAB to Greater London, nationally on Radioplayer and live streamed to the rest of the world.

Most specifically of interest is Alex Fitch’s Panel Borders (@panelborders) and Dr Jude Cowan Montague’s (@JudeMontague) The News Agents both of which feature some great small press creators.

Isolation Vacation - 1 March 2021 (Finland)

Donate here

New this week

Gods of Aazurn by Gary Scott Beatty (@garyscottbeatty)

(fully funded) finishes Friday, March 19 2021 1:00 AM GMT

If I’m honest, I can’t label why I like this, it’s partly the ideas and how they just lean in to pulp’s lurid distortions of other cultures, partly it’s the sturm und drang approach to the art and it’s heavy lean into EC influenced underground comics and it’s also just got a sense that this is a person getting on and having fun with their own influences and obsessions.

Paragon issue 27 by Dave Candlish (@DAVEYCANDLISH)

(fully funded) finishes Saturday, March 20 2021 12:43 PM GMT

a good old fashioned strip zine, with some classic uk strip zine strips!!

Blackford Manor by J. W. Grey (@BlackfordManor)

(fully funded) finishes Thursday, March 25 2021 10:00 PM GMT

Can’t say anything about the writing as there are no samples, but the illustrations look fun, the plot idea sounds interesting and I just like the whole tone of how the campaign has been written to be honest

The Day the Klan Came to Town by Bill Campbell (@RosariumBill) and Bizhan Khodabandeh (@MendedArrow) published by PM Press (@PMPressOrg)

(still funding) finishes Friday, March 26 2021 10:59 PM GMT

A fascinating subject from a very reliable and trustworthy publisher and still very resonant today (sadly)

The Tay Bridge Disaster from David Robertson (@FredEggComics)

(fully funded) finishes Monday, March 29 2021 4:58 PM BST

Another fascinating historical comic, this one a long boiling project for a UK small press stalwart in his signature low key style. (I picked this images, the latter because it made me laugh, and both as they give a good insight into the tone you’re likely to find throughout)

Image
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Birdcage Bottom Books 2021 publishing slate!! (@BirdcageBottom)

(still funding) finishes Monday, March 29 2021 9:06 PM BST

Not to play favourites, but this is an absolutely great publisher and I would (if I could) buy everything of theirs without question.

Blueboy Brown by David Greg Taylor (@davidgregtaylor)

(still funding) finishes Wednesday, March 31 2021 9:30 PM BST

Another fictionalised historical tale grounded in researched facts. This time from an old time underground cartoonist making his way back into (long form) comics. The artwork is outstanding and the story pages on show are full of interesting humanity and fascinating details

Never Ending Books Collective (@NEBcollective)

(still funding) finishes Thursday, April 1 2021 4:59 AM BST

sounds like it could end up being a nice space for lo-fi culture, or just fail, but I think it’s worth a shot at keeping out the usual corporate high- street filler

Project image for Never Ending Books Collective

ComicScene History of Comics Books 5 to 8 by @ComicSceneNews

(still funding) finishes Thursday, April 1 2021 9:00 PM BST (no joke!!)

I have an eternal soft spot for histories and books/magazines about comics, what can I say!!

Off Limits: Berlin – Europe, 1992-1996 by Rab GP Lewin from Resipole Studios (@resipolestudios)

(still funding) finishes Saturday, April 24 2021 3:55 PM BST

The tagline says exactly why it’s interesting – ‘A photographic book documenting the European techno-traveller free party scene from 1992-1996.’ – interesting photos looking at a scene that was quite mythical in my youth – something i really wanted to be a part of secretly (despite hating the music)

I’m still loving these Kickstarter

Less than a week to go

The Thing That Stops The Badness by Steve Thompson (@Kloob) and Daniel Bristow-Bailey (@bristowbailey)

(fully funded) finishes Wednesday, March 3 2021 12:46 PM GMT

I’ve seen Daniel posting work from this on social media for what seems like a long time and it’s always looked good

His recent art has stepped up a notch to be something very cool and exciting

Floodland by Jonathan McBurnie (@king_of_nails) from Argle Bargle Books

(fully funded) finishes Wednesday, March 3 2021 5:01 PM GMT

There’s something very odd and definitely personal about this andit’s al to the good as far as I’m concerned, an interesting one for sure

Gross! Press – Issue One by Gross Studio

(still funding) finishes Sunday, March 7 2021 11:09 AM GMT

it’s got a good line of creators that I’ve not seen before

Bridging the Balkans: Portland Meets Serbia by Miriam Kercher

(still funding) finishes Tuesday, March 9 2021 4:43 PM GMT

the idea of a zine about the artists and creators of Serbia sounds cool and the art samples look nice

Still got a while yet

Love Her Madly and Other Stories by Rob Wells (@RobertDWells)

(fully funded) finishes Thursday, March 11 2021 8:01 PM GMT

he’s very funny and quite dark, what more do you need

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The Saddest Angriest Black Girl in Town by Robyn Smith (@RoBroSmo) from Black Josei Press (@BlackJoseiPress)

(fully funded) finishes Wednesday, March 17 2021 3:59 AM GMT

an interesting and very insightful look at being a black person in a mainly white area, treated with honesty and humour in the pages they show. it also has a clever and beautiful cover

Weird Work #1 by @Jordan_J_Thomas (writer) and @shaky_kane (artist)

(fully funded) finishes Monday, March 22 2021 6:00 PM GMT

it’s Shaky Kane drawing!!

Planet Comics issue 2 by @JeffMcClelland and others

(still funding) finishes Monday, March 29 2021 5:00 AM BST

this just has some fun looking cartooning and seems to be a fun read fro mthe pages on show

Moving Through by Anna Magdalena

(still funding) finishes Thursday, April 1 2021 12:57 PM BST

great design showcasing some very beautiful images

Project image for MOVING THROUGH

Bird Brained Zine Anthology edited by @karrtunes

(still funding) finishes Friday, April 9 2021 9:54 PM BST

always want more zine collections in the world and the samples look cool

Project image for Bird Brained Zine Anthology

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kicking it – 24th Feb 2021

all the kickstarters that are catching my eye at the mo (and sometimes other things to back as well)

Some highly anticipated (by me anyway) project on Kickstarter this time!

Subscriptions

Poems by Post (@PoemsByPost)

I just like the idea you can subscribe and receive poems and other creative work in the post!

New this week

Love Her Madly and Other Stories by Rob Wells (@RobertDWells)

(fully funded) finishes Thursday, March 11 2021 8:01 PM GMT

he’s very funny and quite dark, what more do you need

Project image for Love Her Madly & Other Stories

Weird Work #1 by @Jordan_J_Thomas (writer) and @shaky_kane (artist)

(fully funded) finishes Monday, March 22 2021 6:00 PM GMT

it’s Shaky Kane drawing!!

Planet Comics issue 2 by @JeffMcClelland and others

(still funding) finishes Monday, March 29 2021 5:00 AM BST

this just has some fun looking cartooning and seems to be a fun read fro mthe pages on show

I’m still loving these Kickstarter

Less than a week to go

The Scent of May Rain by @MarkOStack

(fully funded) finishes Wednesday, February 24 2021 12:24 PM GMT

beautiful artwork and a fascinating sounding premise

Heavy Rotation by Shelly Bond (@sxbond)

(fully funded) finishes Wednesday, February 24 2021 2:16 PM GMT

because these Shelley Bond projects have been awesome and this features some greart artists including personal favourite Mark Stafford @marxtafford

Project image for HEAVY ROTATION

2 For Joy by @abiwatsonart

(fully funded) finishes Thursday, February 25 2021 1:00 PM GMT

there’s something in the character design that is just very satisfying

Threadbare Memories by @AngelaBComics

(fully funded) finishes Thursday, February 25 2021 5:55 PM GMT

amazingly skilled artwork, physically believable but enormously inventive as well; this looks like a lot of fun

Dr Love Wane and the Experiments issue 2@DrLoveWaveComic by @GSGustin and @kayleerowena and @JoametteGil and @KelseyAlex_

(fully funded) finishes Friday, February 26 2021 4:00 AM GMT

there’s a few story pages on the campaign and they look very intruiging, slightly odd, but not outright weird

Still got a while to go

Treading on Thorns by Aimee Sullivan (@stardustpinkart)

(still funding) finishes Monday, March 1 2021 12:28 PM GMT

I like the look of the bits of finished artwork and the very unambitious tone of the kickstarter, it just sounds like someone looking to be able to do something they love and needing helpto achieve that

Project image for Treading on Thorns

Flintlock Book Five by Steve Tanner (@stevetanneruk) and others from Time Bomb Comics (@TimeBombComics)

(fully funded) finishes Mon, March 1 2021 10:00 PM GMT

there’s something about how much this feels like a birtish anthology , especially the artwork, that’s really intriguing and appealing

The Thing That Stops The Badness by Steve Thompson (@Kloob) and Daniel Bristow-Bailey (@bristowbailey)

(fully funded) finishes Wednesday, March 3 2021 12:46 PM GMT

I’ve seen Daniel posting work from this on social media for what seems like a long time and it’s always looked good

His recent art has stepped up a notch to be something very cool and exciting

Floodland by Jonathan McBurnie (@king_of_nails) from Argle Bargle Books

(still funding) finishes Wednesday, March 3 2021 5:01 PM GMT

There’s something very odd and definitely personal about this andit’s al to the good as far as I’m concerned, an interesting one for sure

Gross! Press – Issue One by Gross Studio

(still funding) finishes Sunday, March 7 2021 11:09 AM GMT

it’s got a good line of creators that I’ve not seen before

Bridging the Balkans: Portland Meets Serbia by Miriam Kercher

(still funding) finishes Tuesday, March 9 2021 4:43 PM GMT

the idea of a zine about the artists and creators of Serbia sounds cool and the art samples look nice

The Saddest Angriest Black Girl in Town by Robyn Smith (@RoBroSmo) from Black Josei Press (@BlackJoseiPress)

(fully funded) finishes Wednesday, March 17 2021 3:59 AM GMT

an interesting and very insightful look at being a black person in a mainly white area, treated with honesty and humour in the pages they show. it also has a clever and beautiful cover

Moving Through by Anna Magdalena

(still funding) finishes Thursday, April 1 2021 12:57 PM BST

great design showcasing some very beautiful images

Project image for MOVING THROUGH

Bird Brained Zine Anthology edited by @karrtunes

(still funding) finishes Friday, April 9 2021 9:54 PM BST

always want more zine collections in the world and the samples look cool

Project image for Bird Brained Zine Anthology

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kicking it – 17th Feb 2021

all the kickstarters that are catching my eye at the mo (and sometimes other things to back as well)

Bit dry for me on Kickstarter this week, so here are some other things you can check out

Subscriptions

The Cartoon Museum (@Cartoonmuseumuk) – still aiming to raise funds as COVID keeps everything closed

See tweet below for the anthology they’ ve published to raise money

Virgin Giving charity page is here

Rob Clough (@RobCloughHighLo), specifically for his work on High Low Comics – you can also check out Solrad (@SOLRAD_mag), the group he contributes to and helps run

patreon here

Kristyna Baczynski (@kbaczynski) – a star of the UK comics scene

patreon here

New this week

Gross! Press – Issue One by Gross Studio

(still funding) finishes Sunday, March 7 2021 11:09 AM GMT

it’s got a good line of creators that I’ve not seen before

The Saddest Angriest Black Girl in Town by Robyn Smith (@RoBroSmo) from Black Josei Press (@BlackJoseiPress)

(fully funded) finishes Wednesday, March 17 2021 3:59 AM GMT

an interesting and very insightful look at being a black person in a mainly white area, treated with honesty and humour in the pages they show. it also has a clever and beautiful cover

I’m still loving these Kickstarters

The Suttons – A collection of comic strips by Phil Elliott by @philselliott

(fully funded) finishes Sunday, February 21 2021 7:00 PM GMT

because Phil Elliott is a genuis and these strips are beautiful and gorgeuosly human

Pencils of Asia by Shaun McPhee

(fully funded) finishing Monday, February 22 2021 9:37 AM GMT

It’s a high end zine about pencils!!

Sentinel Comic issue 6 – Bad Kitty by Alan Holloway (@uk_comic) and Morgan Gleave (@MorganGleave)

(fully funded) finishes Monday, February 22 2021 5:00 PM GMT

Alan has proven to be a very adaptable and able writer and Morgan’s art is just damn good fun!

The Scent of May Rain by @MarkOStack

(fully funded) finishes Wednesday, February 24 2021 12:24 PM GMT

beautiful artwork and a fascinating sounding premise

Heavy Rotation by Shelly Bond (@sxbond)

(fully funded) finishes Wednesday, February 24 2021 2:16 PM GMT

because these Shelley Bond projects have been awesome and this features some greart artists including personal favourite Mark Stafford @marxtafford

Project image for HEAVY ROTATION

2 For Joy by @abiwatsonart

(fully funded) finishes Thursday, February 25 2021 1:00 PM GMT

there’s something in the character design that is just very satisfying

Threadbare Memories by @AngelaBComics

(fully funded) finishes Thursday, February 25 2021 5:55 PM GMT

amazingly skilled artwork, physically believable but enormously inventive as well; this looks like a lot of fun

Dr Love Wane and the Experiments issue 2@DrLoveWaveComic by @GSGustin and @kayleerowena and @JoametteGil and @KelseyAlex_

(fully funded) finishes Friday, February 26 2021 4:00 AM GMT

there’s a few story pages on the campaign and they look very intruiging, slightly odd, but not outright weird

Treading on Thorns by Aimee Sullivan (@stardustpinkart)

(still funding) finishes Monday, March 1 2021 12:28 PM GMT

I like the look of the bits of finished artwork and the very unambitious tone of the kickstarter, it just sounds like someone looking to be able to do something they love and needing helpto achieve that

Project image for Treading on Thorns

Flintlock Book Five by Steve Tanner (@stevetanneruk) and others from Time Bomb Comics (@TimeBombComics)

(fully funded) finishes Mon, March 1 2021 10:00 PM GMT

there’s something about how much this feels like a birtish anthology , especially the artwork, that’s really intriguing and appealing

The Thing That Stops The Badness by Steve Thompson (@Kloob) and Daniel Bristow-Bailey (@bristowbailey)

(fully funded) finishes Wednesday, March 3 2021 12:46 PM GMT

I’ve seen Daniel posting work from this on social media for what seems like a long time and it’s always looked good

His recent art has stepped up a notch to be something very cool and exciting

Floodland by Jonathan McBurnie (@king_of_nails) from Argle Bargle Books

(still funding) finishes Wednesday, March 3 2021 5:01 PM GMT

There’s something very odd and definitely personal about this andit’s al to the good as far as I’m concerned, an interesting one for sure

Bridging the Balkans: Portland Meets Serbia by Miriam Kercher

(still funding) finishes Tuesday, March 9 2021 4:43 PM GMT

the idea of a zine about the artists and creators of Serbia sounds cool and the art samples look nice

Moving Through by Anna Magdalena

(still funding) finishes Thursday, April 1 2021 12:57 PM BST

great design showcasing some very beautiful images

Project image for MOVING THROUGH

Bird Brained Zine Anthology edited by @karrtunes

(still funding) finishes Friday, April 9 2021 9:54 PM BST

always want more zine collections in the world and the samples look cool

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kicking it – 10th Feb 2021

all the kickstarters that are catching my eye at the mo (and sometimes other things to back as well)

Subscriptions

Make it Then Tell Everybody (@MakeThenTell) by Dan Berry (@thingsbydan)

patreon here – a recent is his interview with Lizzi Kaye of Cast Iron Books (@LizzieHKaye) (@castironbooks)

Make It Then Tell Everybody

Sarah Horrocks (@mercurialblonde) – comics and critical writing

patreon here – one of the best of her generation as a critic and champion of interesting and expressionistic works and an amazing artist in her own right

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New this week

Sentinel Comic issue 6 – Bad Kitty by Alan Holloway (@uk_comic) and Morgan Gleave (@MorganGleave)

(fully funded) finishes Monday, February 22 2021 5:00 PM GMT

Alan has proven to be a very adaptable and able writer and Morgan’s art is just damn good fun!

Flintlock Book Five by Steve Tanner (@stevetanneruk) and others from Time Bomb Comics (@TimeBombComics)

(fully funded) finishes Mon, March 1 2021 10:00 PM GMT

there’s something about how much this feels like a birtish anthology , especially the artwork, that’s really intriguing and appealing

Bridging the Balkans: Portland Meets Serbia by Miriam Kercher

(still funding) finishes Tuesday, March 9 2021 4:43 PM GMT

the idea of a zine about the artists and creators of Serbia sounds cool and the art samples look nice

Moving Through by Anna Magdalena

(still funding) finishes Thursday, April 1 2021 12:57 PM BST

great design showcasing some very beautiful images

Project image for MOVING THROUGH

Bird Brained Zine Anthology edited by @karrtunes

(still funding) finishes Friday, April 9 2021 9:54 PM BST

always want more zine collections in the world and the samples look cool

Project image for Bird Brained Zine Anthology

I’m still loving these Kickstarters

Bunny Jane: To Escape or Not Escape From Hell from @foolish_company by Felipe Bergson

(fully funded) finishes Thursday, February 11 2021 2:45 AM GMT

Just because it’s so intense

Mismatched by @janegumball

(fully funded) finishes

that’s just some lovely bouncy character design

Project image for Mismatched

The Suttons – A collection of comic strips by Phil Elliott by @philselliott

(fully funded) finishes Sunday, February 21 2021 7:00 PM GMT

because Phil Elliott is a genuis and these strips are beautiful and gorgeuosly human

Pencils of Asia by Shaun McPhee

(fully funded) finishing Monday, February 22 2021 9:37 AM GMT

It’s a high end zine about pencils!!

The Scent of May Rain by @MarkOStack

(fully funded) finishes Wednesday, February 24 2021 12:24 PM GMT

beautiful artwork and a fascinating sounding premise

Heavy Rotation by Shelly Bond (@sxbond)

(fully funded) finishes Wednesday, February 24 2021 2:16 PM GMT

because these Shelley Bond projects have been awesome and this features some greart artists including personal favourite Mark Stafford @marxtafford

Project image for HEAVY ROTATION

2 For Joy by @abiwatsonart

(still funding) finishes Thursday, February 25 2021 1:00 PM GMT

there’s something in the character design that is just very satisfying

Threadbare Memories by @AngelaBComics

(fully funded) finishes Thursday, February 25 2021 5:55 PM GMT

amazingly skilled artwork, physically believable but enormously inventive as well; this looks like a lot of fun

Dr Love Wane and the Experiments issue 2@DrLoveWaveComic by @GSGustin and @kayleerowena and @JoametteGil and @KelseyAlex_

(fully funded) finishes Friday, February 26 2021 4:00 AM GMT

there’s a few story pages on the campaign and they look very intruiging, slightly odd, but not outright weird

Treading on Thorns by Aimee Sullivan (@stardustpinkart)

(still funding) finishes Monday, March 1 2021 12:28 PM GMT

I like the look of the bits of finished artwork and the very unambitious tone of the kickstarter, it just sounds like someone looking to be able to do something they love and needing helpto achieve that

Project image for Treading on Thorns

The Thing That Stops The Badness by Steve Thompson (@Kloob) and Daniel Bristow-Bailey (@bristowbailey)

(fully funded) finishes Wednesday, March 3 2021 12:46 PM GMT

I’ve seen Daniel posting work from this on social media for what seems like a long time and it’s always looked good

His recent art has stepped up a notch to be something very cool and exciting

Floodland by Jonathan McBurnie (@king_of_nails) from Argle Bargle Books

(still funding) finishes Wednesday, March 3 2021 5:01 PM GMT

There’s something very odd and definitely personal about this andit’s al to the good as far as I’m concerned, an interesting one for sure

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backers needed

all the kickstarters that are catching my eye at the mo (and sometimes other things to back as well)

Subscriptions

Douglas Noble (@douglasnoble) – Writer and artist, creating the poetic and everyday, sometimes in the same works.

patreon here

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Oliver East (@olivereast) – making crisp yet illusive images of life and the land

patreon here

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Kickstarters

Switchblade Stories issue 2 by @chrisaskham

(fully funded) finishes Thursday, February 4 2021 1:08 PM GMT

great, great art

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khōréō: a new magazine of speculative fiction by @KhoreoMag

(fully funded) finishing Thursday, February 4 2021 4:30 PM GMT

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Transition: The End of an UnPresidented Four Years by @FOtheStory

(fully funded) finishes Saturday, February 6 2021 3:54 PM GMT

powerful images of the end of a terrible era

© Mike Landsman

narcomag by Osiris De los Santos

(still funding) finishes Saturday, February 6 2021 11:47 PM GMT

fantastic looking art in a great looking zine

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it was snowing outside by jule wild

(still funding) finishes Sunday, February 7 2021 7:00 PM GMT

a fascinating look at one persons friends and the life they live hanging out

Bunny Jane: To Escape or Not Escape From Hell from @foolish_company by Felipe Bergson

(fully funded) finishes Thursday, February 11 2021 2:45 AM GMT

Just because it’s so intense

Mismatched by @janegumball

(fully funded) finishes

that’s just some lovely bouncy character design

Project image for Mismatched

The Suttons – A collection of comic strips by Phil Elliott by @philselliott

(fully funded) finishes Sunday, February 21 2021 7:00 PM GMT

because Phil Elliott is a genuis and these strips are beautiful and gorgeuosly human

Pencils of Asia by Shaun McPhee

(fully funded) finishing Monday, February 22 2021 9:37 AM GMT

It’s a high end zine about pencils!!

The Scent of May Rain by @MarkOStack

(fully funded) finishes Wednesday, February 24 2021 12:24 PM GMT

beautiful artwork and a fascinating sounding premise

Heavy Rotation by Shelly Bond (@sxbond)

(fully funded) finishes Wednesday, February 24 2021 2:16 PM GMT

because these Shelley Bond projects have been awesome and this features some greart artists including personal favourite Mark Stafford @marxtafford

Project image for HEAVY ROTATION

2 For Joy by @abiwatsonart

(still funding) finishes Thursday, February 25 2021 1:00 PM GMT

there’s something in the character design that is just very satisfying

Threadbare Memories by @AngelaBComics

(fully funded) finishes Thursday, February 25 2021 5:55 PM GMT

amazingly skilled artwork, physically believable but enormously inventive as well; this looks like a lot of fun

Dr Love Wane and the Experiments issue 2@DrLoveWaveComic by @GSGustin and @kayleerowena and @JoametteGil and @KelseyAlex_

(still funding) finishes Friday, February 26 2021 4:00 AM GMT

there’s a few story pages on the campaign and they look very intruiging, slightly odd, but not outright weird

Treading on Thorns by Aimee Sullivan (@stardustpinkart)

(still funding) finishes Monday, March 1 2021 12:28 PM GMT

I like the look of the bits of finished artwork and the very unambitious tone of the kickstarter, it just sounds like someone looking to be able to do something they love and needing helpto achieve that

Project image for Treading on Thorns

The Thing That Stops The Badness by Steve Thompson (@Kloob) and Daniel Bristow-Bailey (@bristowbailey)

(still funding) finishes Wednesday, March 3 2021 12:46 PM GMT

I’ve seen Daniel posting work from this on social media for what seems like a long time and it’s always looked good

His recent art has stepped up a notch to be something very cool and exciting

Floodland by Jonathan McBurnie (@king_of_nails) from Argle Bargle Books

(still funding) finishes Wednesday, March 3 2021 5:01 PM GMT

There’s something very odd and definitely personal about this andit’s al to the good as far as I’m concerned, an interesting one for sure

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Full details – exhibition to raise money for Vietnamese charity combating child trafficking

Full details have now been announced on the exhibition I mentioned in a previous post.

Reminder – A friend of mine (livormortiszine) mentioned they were contributing to a charity sale to raise money for Blue Dragon Children’s Foundation, a charity working in Vietnam to help rescue and care for victims of human trafficking, street children, and other young people.

The event is being organised by Livy Nelson.

The call out is asking for artworks that can be sent digitally and reproduced as A3 prints, although it is possible that they will also accept physical items through the post, but it’s best to talk to the organiser before arranging that.

Here are the details –

if you are on instagram you can follow her account here
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Planned exhibition to raise money for Vietnamese charity combating child trafficking

A friend of mine (livormortiszine) mentioned they were contributing to a charity sale to raise money for Blue Dragon Children’s Foundation, a charity working in Vietnam to help rescue and care for victims of human trafficking, street children, and other young people.

The event is still in the planning stages yet, but I thought it would be good to let people know now so that they can express interest or follow organiser, Livy Nelson on social media to be kept up to date with plans.

The call out is asking for artworks that can be sent digitally and reproduced as A3 prints, although it is possible that they will also accept physical items through the post, but it’s best to talk to the organiser before arranging that.

Here are the details so far –

if you are on instagram you can follow her account here
facebook – here

NOTE – amount shown below is a typo – they’ve rescued 1,000

comix economix – an interview with Avery Hill’s Ricky Miller

I think the true nature of what makes Avery Hill a truly worthy publisher comes not from the work that they publish, but from the approach that they take.

It seems to me that the two most important things to be taken from this whole interview would be these comments, “..we had a responsibility to sell as many books as possible and make some money for the creators…” and “…we put a massive amount of our time into the company and don’t take any money for that…”

It’s that approach to creator first commerce that I admire. It seems to pervade their whole ethos and, I think, informs much of their editorial aesthetic as well – people first. At the heart of what they do is the belief that people matter and so should be shown respect.

Untitled Ape’s Epic Adventure Steven Tillotson

ZL – Hi and thanx for agreeing to this interview!

Having looked around, you seem to have entered your 15th year as a publishing company and it seems like a terrible year to be in business, especially the business of comics. It made me think though, did you believe you’d last 15 years when you started, do you feel like you’ve accomplished more than you ever thought you could?

RM – It’s actually 8 years that we’ve been an LTD and a couple of years of making zines before that.

I think when we started, we probably saw it going a few years and our major aim was to have a nice row of a few books on our shelf which wouldn’t have existed if it wasn’t for us.

I Love This Part Tillie Walden

To some extent that’s still the philosophy of what we do, although as we’ve taken on more overheads, we’ve had to make a few more decisions based on business reasons rather than other reasons. We didn’t have any idea that one day we’d be doing print runs in the thousands rather than in the tens and that we’d actually have books winning awards! The day that Tillie (Walden) got nominated for an Eisner for I Love This Part is still one of the most mind-blowing things to have happened.

ZL – I don’t know if you want to, but that sentence ‘…although as we’ve taken on more overheads, we’ve had to make a few more decisions based on business reasons rather than other reasons. ‘, really cries out for unpacking a bit! 

It’s very open to interpretation and I’d love to dig out some detail. 

A Projection Seekan Hui

With comic companies so often being so negative, I’d normally be inclined to read that as, ‘we’ve started screwing creators and shipping production out to the cheapest printer we can find’. However, in my experience, creators seem incredibly positive about working with you, both in terms of the value you add to their work and your treatment of their works as published. 

So, my assumption about what you’re saying here is that the kind of projects you take on has changed rather than the treatment of creators or is it something else entirely?

A Quiet Disaster Alex Potts

RM – It’s more that we now think a lot more about how commercial a project is before we take it on. This hasn’t led us yet to do a project JUST for commercial reasons, every book we’ve put out we believe in from a creative point of view and it’s a book we’d love to read ourselves, but we’ve probably had to not pursue a few projects where we just didn’t see it making any money at all. In the past we might have gone ahead with that type of project just for artistic reasons, but we’re trying not to do that anymore. It means saying no to some books we might love to do, but in the long run it’s best for us and also for the creators.

ZL – For me, the whole idea of taking on ‘overheads’ seems damn scary! It’s sort of the difference between being in zine publishing and book publishing. Which is a loaded statement for sure.

Artifical Flowers Rachael Smith

What I mean is, for me zine publishing doesn’t require much money up front and doesn’t really expect to do more than break even or even just net back a bunch of reading through swaps. Book publishing carries the expectation of income to fund new publications, carrying back stock, selling in bulk and at discount, handling returns and all sorts of other time consuming and expensive upfront costs and gambles.

Does that seem like a fair view or am I over simplifying matters horribly!?

RM – The main thing is just not totally overstretching ourselves. We’ve so far not had to do anything financially that we couldn’t see a way of surviving if everything went wrong. We always pay invoices immediately, especially for staff and smaller businesses that we deal with and being responsible is really important in that we don’t want anyone else to hurt from mistakes we make.

On A Sunbeam Tillie Walden

Our biggest costs are always by far print costs. Reprinting something like On A Sunbeam is a massive cost. Our latest reprint of that cost £20K+, but that’s a book that will always sell and it’s just a short-term cash flow problem rather than a risk.

Breakwater Katriona Chapman

ZL – Do you miss the simplicity and immediacy of zine publishing. I don’t mean that as a ‘would you prefer to go back to zines’, more of a question of whether you appreciated having the opportunity to approach publishing in that manner and whether that had its own appeal and does that appeal still exist for you?

RM – I don’t really miss the zine aesthetic, I was never particularly into it. Dave might feel differently on that score as he was very much the one who produced all of those early zines that got us started and I was just a contributor for most of that. I like buying and reading zines more than I did making them. I’d encourage every creator to self-publish something at least once as it gives you a great education in the whole process of making, selling and marketing a book. 

Butter Tubbs Donya Todd

ZL – In the face of all that complexity, what is it about the process that keeps you going and motivated, what emotional aspects of it reward you, as I presume you’re not rolling in money from this, it’s publishing and comics after all!

RM – I’m more interested in getting as big an audience for what we do as possible and I get most of my enjoyment now from figuring out the business side of things and seeing how far people like us can get without any insider knowledge, connections or experience other than what we’ve managed to gather as we go along. I see our logo as something of a metaphor for this, that we’re bunking over a fence into the publishing industry. 

Days Simon Moreton

ZL – We’ve dived quickly into depth here without really getting any history for context, which is terrible in an interview! So, to step backwards for a minute, how about you tell us what background you have with comics?

RM – Dave, the AHP co-publisher/co-owner, and I have been friends since school and definitely bonded through comics (as well as music). We both started reading lots of Marvel UK stuff when we were very young. I was particularly into Transformers and used to do my own Transformers fancomic when I was about 14. Then when we met at senior school we were reading some superhero stuff (it was the early 90s so mainly the Image guys pre and post them leaving Marvel) and then the DC mature readers titles that became Vertigo, like Sandman, Animal Man and Shade. Also a few self-published titles, such as Strangers In Paradise, Bone, Hepcats and A Distant Soil. Cerebus was probably the biggest one for us though (until it went off the rails) and I’d say that a lot of the stuff that Dave Sim used to discuss, with regards to creator ownership and self-publishing, still massively resonates in how we think about Avery Hill.

We both drifted from comics when we went to uni and then Dave got back into them when we were in our late 20s and leant me Y: The Last Man and Fables, which got me back into them as well.

Deep Space Canine Comic Book Slumber Party

ZL – I’m always interested to see Dave Sim mentioned because of how his place in comics seems to have shifted from Cerebus as a comic and more to what he did when publishing it and what he wrote about publishing itself. I could do a whole discussion about the value of the comic, but that’s a whole other interview!

What I am intrigued by is, how a publisher took what Dave Sim said and got inspired by it when you consider how anti publishers and pro creators doing it all themselves his writing was. So, at what point in Avery Hill’s history did he influence you and what impact does he still have on your approach to creators and publishing?

Victory Point Owen D. Pomery

RM – I think the main thing is the stress on creator freedom and ownership. We don’t take any rights from creators in terms of licensing, image, etc. And they’re totally free to tell their story however they want. The way he worked directly with comic retailers as well is really important and how he built his audience from the ground up pre-social media.

Desolation Wilderness Claire Scully

ZL – As a random question, have you ever considered reaching out to Gerhard and seeing if he’d want to be published, can you imagine a comic just filled with his illustrations of different environments!

RM – I’m not sure if he’s ever written a comic, but I’d definitely love to see a nice book of his drawings!

Escape From Bitch Mountain Comic Book Slumber Party

ZL –  Just to tack a further wide open question on there, what do you think the legacy of that generation of self-publishers has had on comics now? I personally feel it did a lot to re-introduce diversity of subjects and approach back into comics and spurred what I’d class as the book market side of comics.

RM – I’d love to read an Easy Riders, Raging Bulls type book on those creators and that time. I’m sure it would be fascinating, although equally male-centric. I’m not sure that many of today’s younger creators have read much of that stuff and I don’t think any of them are making enough from self-publishing to turn up at shows in limos like Sim used to. I think we have to look at it more in the context of an Image style business model nowadays, where books like Saga, The Walking Dead, etc kept some of that ethos, albeit with some work-for-hire aspects that Sim would frown on. The most influential on today’s market from that time is definitely Jeff Smith’s Bone, which blew the doors off of the middle-grade market. The lasting influence there is massive.

Follow Me In Katriona Chapman

ZL – Going back a bit to something else you mentioned, specifically publishing your own Transformers fan comic, and I can’t leave that stone unturned! What was it called and was it something you did for yourself and your friends or did you put it out to the wider world and are there still copies available to buy or maybe a link to read it somewhere?

RM – Thankfully it was pre-internet and I don’t think it will surface. It was done through a Transformers fan club and was an incredibly ambitious prequel to the whole Transformers saga called Pathformers that (shockingly) I abandoned after about 6 issues. Sadly, a lost masterpiece of the form.

Goatherded Charlo Frade

ZL – Do you think that early experience had an influence on setting up and beginning Avery Hill?

RM – I don’t think I would have thought of doing Metroland if it hadn’t have been for the Transformers comic, but I always enjoyed writing and drawing so I’m not sure.

A City Inside Tillie Walden

ZL – I’m a nosy person that’s very interested in how people get to a point, not just what they do, so I’d really like to know what was the trigger that finally persuaded you to publish your first book?

Also, when setting up the company, what was the initial impetus to make Avery Hill exist? I just think it would be interesting to know whether the original dream has been met, but also, digging into that a bit deeper, what moment persuaded you that it was possible to go out and publish comic books?

Finally, to heap in the questions like an avalanche, what did you think you’d be able to achieve, in what timescale?

Metroland 1, 2, 3 & 4

RM – Dave wanted to start a zine called Tiny Dancing and I decided to contribute a comic to it called Metroland, which I used to write and draw. As we got more into that world we found loads of other comics creators who were much better than us, like Tim Bird, Owen Pomery and Simon Moreton and decided we should just publish their stuff instead. So the first book we put out that wasn’t by one of us was Grey Area by Tim and the The Megatherium Club by Owen. Simon’s collection, Days, was the first big graphic novel we ever did.

Grey Area Our Town Tim Bird

We had absolutely no background in publishing, no contacts, no financial backing and not much of an idea about the small-press scene. We didn’t really expect it to go anywhere and thought it would just fizzle out at some point. There was definitely no grand plan. We often compare ourselves to those small record companies that start because they like a band, like Electric Honey, Jeepster, or Factory Records. I like the idea of doing something where no one can tell you “No” and taking control of what you want to do. Neither of us would be remotely interested in working for another publisher (I’d maybe consider running Marvel for them…).

Internet Crusader George Wylesol

ZL – I’m going to jump around because that’s how my head works sometimes and because I realise it would be good to get some context.

I know many people don’t really want to talk about numbers, particularly sales and income, but I’m not one of them! Forewarned is forearmed I fully believe. So, what were your initial expectations for sales and break even for published comics and on what did you base those? Was there a network of people you could reach out and did you reach out to them?

Zebedee and the Valentines Abs Bailey

RM – From the point of view of the books making money, we didn’t start out with that intention and the print runs and costs were never going to generate a meaningful profit. We were fan amateurs doing our best to publicise work by people we liked (and we had to like both their work and the person themselves) and that was very clear to all of the creators as well. However, at a certain point it got big enough that we realised those terms had changed and that we had to take it even more seriously and that we had a responsibility to sell as many books as possible and make some money for the creators. A lot of companies can start as hobbies and then grow beyond that and it’s really, really important to notice when you have crossed that line so that you don’t start failing to deliver to the expectations of your creators. We feel a deep responsibility to the creators for the amount of work they put in. We want the final book to look as good as possible and sell as many copies as we can.

Ismyre B Mure

ZL – I don’t want to derail this set of questions yet, so I’ll come back to some of those points in a bit, if that’s alright? I’m wondering if you ever achieved those initial numbers, or blew them out of the water, or did you find yourself still sitting on a fair amount of dead stock?

RM – We made some mistakes in the early days in terms of print runs. Everyone does. It’s rare you have “just enough” books, which is what everyone is trying to aim for. You either get stuck with a load or you go to a 2nd print after a short period of time because you printed too few.

It’s Cold in the River at Night Alex Potts

ZL – What did you do to decide on those initial numbers, was it based on a marketplace assessment, segmented by a target audience, more of a finger in the air informed guess, or the more hopeful, ‘well if I sell this amount it’ll cover all the costs and it doesn’t seem that unreasonable to expect these sales figures’?

And the punchier question, how much better have you got at making those estimates now that you’ve been at this for so many years?

I would guess there’s no great problem thinking you’ll only sell 500 and suddenly finding 5,000 ordered. Of course, I’m just assuming that, so feel free to re-educate me!

Tower in the Sea B. Mure

RM – It’s all finger in the air as in those days we had no clue what print runs other publishers were doing. A few people took us under their wing and gave us some idea. I’ve always been interested in developing out the business side, so I always ask people questions. All of the published data is close to useless for comics as so many aren’t sold through tills. We’re a lot better than we were, but we’re still pretty conservative and get taken by surprise a lot. Storage is expensive, printing is expensive, shipping is expensive…it’s an expensive business.

We have UK and US distributors who sell our books directly to bookshops and to comic shops, either directly or through Diamond. All books are returnable, so each month we’ll get a hit on books that come back. A while ago we got notified of 650 books that were returned and unsellable again due to slight dings or scratches on them, so they have to go to be recycled and we lose all of the money on those. They pay us on a 4-6 month lag, so it takes that long to get any money back on most books. Which means cash-flow is king. You need a pipeline of good sellers to be able to stay afloat if you don’t have big financial reserves as you’re always paying for the next book out of the money from the previous book.

Maleficium Edie OP

ZL – Heading back to your earlier point about starting as amateur publishers, could you expand a bit on what expectations you set yourself at first and how realistic those sales or rather, your measures for sales, were in the end? How much of the continuation of publishing over the time was linked to your expectations shifting to meet reality and what emotional effect that had upon you?

There’s also the flip, in terms of how creators’ expectations have been managed by you in this process. Have you ever had to sit a creator down and go ‘Slow down, you’re thinking mountains and we’re thinking hills’?

The Rabbit Rachael Smith

RM – It’s all emotional with us. If the creator is happy, we’re happy. If the creator is delighted, we’re delighted. If the creator is not happy, we feel awful. A lot of that is managing expectations at the outset. 

The main focus for me for the past few years has been putting everything possible in place from a structural perspective to make sure that we can do as good a job as possible. That’s distribution, printers, marketing, PR. and sales. It’s all about sales when it comes down to it. Every job we do in this company is about sales. A friend of ours, Gareth Brookes, who makes graphic novels and some years ago we published a couple of zines by, said something the other day which really resonated with me. He said that we’re “too professional” and I knew what he meant, in that we can give the impression that we’re bigger and more successful than we are in reality. That’s because we put a massive amount of our time into the company and don’t take any money for that (we have day jobs). We also hire three contractors to work on sales, marketing and publicity who are all great at their jobs and we punch way above our weight.

Marble Cake Scott Jason Smith

ZL – This is a tricky one to slip in, but I wonder after how much emotion and anxiety you expected to be involved in the process and whether you were prepared for how much there actually was?

There seems to be a lot of opportunity to build up a large amount of guilt around having your expectations for success and having to reconcile that with reality and having to deal with the creator’s own sense of worth and expectations of what makes that work worthwhile?

RM – I didn’t expect any anxiety. I expected to care, but not anxiety. The way we work, we get emotionally invested in every creator and we don’t want to let them down in any way. A lot of them we’d consider good friends. I feel massive amounts of guilt when we take tough decisions, but everything we do is done with good intent and never about our financial gain. There have been some lows, especially in the early days where we probably made some mistakes due to lack of experience or lack of resources. If a book doesn’t sell enough it’s always our fault and we just have to try harder. We do the best we can.

Mimi and the Wolves Alabaster Pizzo

ZL – I think emotional investment is probably the least thought out part of anyone’s initial business plan, it’s almost always ‘Where do I get the money to make this?’ What advice would you give about remaining emotionally healthy when getting into publishing?

RM – I don’t think it’s taken a massive toll on us; we can sleep at night and I can look every creator in the eye because I know we’ve cared about each book and done our best. I’d say you just have to be very honest and aware of your capabilities. You also need a business model where you and the creator share success, so you’re all working towards the same goal.

Parsley Girl Matthew Swan

ZL – I’m thinking not just about being a publisher, but also considering your creators’ emotional wellbeing now. At the start of becoming a publisher did you begin by managing the creator’s expectations, or did you start to realise they needed managing?

Or, have you been lucky to work with creators that are already realistic? I hope you’ve never found yourself dealing with a creator whose work you thought had gone successfully into the market where they were devastated that it had been a failure, and I wouldn’t want to open old wounds for anyone.

I am intrigued though about what you do when something goes very badly or very well, what challenges does that offer you as a publisher, particularly a publisher that has managed long term relationships with a number of creators.

Permanent Press Luke Healy

What happens, say, if they’re disappointed in responses or sales, but you’re proud and can see that they could go on and achieve more – what do you feel is your role in that situation?

RM – A lot of the time we’re the creator’s first experience of working with a publisher, which is a responsibility that we take seriously. I like to think that we’re a really good publisher to start a career with as we’ll look after them as much as possible and also not rip them off or keep any rights that we shouldn’t. We’ve worked with a number of creators who have gone on to bigger publishers and we always feel great about that. It’s a feather in our cap and means we’ve done our job right. It also helps the sales of their books with us if the creator is then being marketed by a bigger company.

Seasons Mike Medaglia

ZL – You don’t take submissions of work so how do you find new creators to work with? Do you actively search out creators on social media or through word of mouth from other creators or did you start this with a hit list of creators you wanted to publish? Basically, how does a work or creator get on Avery Hill’s radar and how do you think about prioritising that work for publication? Is that approach to do with being curators as much as publishers, about carving a space in comics that looks like the shape of your tastes?

Walking Distance Lizzy Stewart

RM – We’ve always had a very loose list of creators that we’d like to do a book by at some point. A few of those we’ve managed to tick off in recent times, such as B. Mure, Lizzy Stewart and Kristyna Baczynski. We like the process of curating what we do; seeking out the creators in various places. We follow lots of people we like on social media and Patreon and always seek out new creators at shows. If they’ve self-published it’s a big bonus as then you know they can get a project completed and also understand a lot of the production side of things as well. Getting submissions ends up taking lots of time and 99% of the time we’ve had to pass on the projects, so it’s not particularly fun for us. We’ve also now got such a large roster of existing creators that we really want to leave space for them to come to us with new projects as well.

Retrograde Orbit Kristyna Bacynski

ZL – I noticed that you hired outsiders to fill non-editorial roles and seeing how considered your other decisions have been, I’m presuming that’s because you valued the editorial role most? Would that be fair to say?  

RM – I think having someone freelance as an editor would be a loss of control over the relationship with the creator that I wouldn’t particularly enjoy. I think so much of what we do with Avery Hill and what makes us different is that it’s locked into mine and Dave’s taste and aesthetic and it’s that influence that we bring to bear on the creative process. It would be hard to relinquish that input and those decisions to someone else and then having to just market and sell something we didn’t feel like a tiny bit of ourselves had been involved in. That’s pretty much why we don’t publish works in translation that other publishers have put out or why we don’t really like taking finished projects.

Something City Ellice Weaver

ZL – How much editorial input do you have in any work that you produce or does that vary depending on the creator?

RM – It varies greatly. There are some creators that basically just want us to proof-read it and then there are some that want input at every stage of the process. I’m happy with either scenario really, we try to work however they’d like to work. Ideally they would rough out the whole book in a way that’s legible and I’d then go through and make suggestions on structure and pacing and anything I don’t think is right in the story. Then they go off and start drawing it and I’ll give input as and when required. Then feedback on dialogue and any bits that might need redrawing if they haven’t come out right. Mostly I just make suggestions and leave them to determine if they agree with what I’m saying. I like to make it clear it’s their book and their vision and I’m just asking them questions to make sure they’ve thought about all of their decisions. Just because I don’t like something or don’t think it’s the right decision, it doesn’t mean they should change it. It’s their work and they have to be happy with what ends up on the finished page.

Swear Jar Abe Christie

ZL – Philosophically, what do you aim to achieve through your input? 

RM – Really I think we consider ourselves more project managers than editors. We’re there to help them get it done and make sure they’re happy with the results. We’re enablers, and that can take many different forms; mainly it’s about keeping them confident in their ability to complete it and helping them where necessary. It’s more people skills than anything.

Terrible Means B. Mure

ZL – Considering what’s going on in the comics market are you worried about your future sales or are your sales firm outside of the direct market of comic shops thanks to your use of book distributors? To add to that thought, what are your opinions about the future of print comics both here in the UK and in the US as well? 

RM – I think the direct market is definitely on its last legs, but there’s still a place for specialist comic shops in whatever comes out of it. I feel like in the UK, where shops are a lot less reliant on Diamond and already use multiple distributors and wholesalers, we’re in a good place to weather what comes next. Although obviously the full repercussions of Covid on top of all of this are still working their way through the system. We sell a lot of books through bookstores and directly through our online store so we’re prepared for whatever happens. But the relationships we have with a lot of comics stores are vital and without them I’m not sure what the wider industry would look like in this country. I don’t think the answer is just to become a small part of the wider book industry, we still need our specialist places to champion this medium.

The Beginner’s Guide to Being Outside Gill Hatcher

ZL – What do you think your company’s legacy has been in the market place and in creators lives so far?

That’s a slightly loaded question I know! But I think this is one of those issues of appreciation.

Tom Spurgeon used to say that he thought comics has this built in attitude towards believing everything that has not got a run for 100’s of issues behind it is a complete failure. I’m with him in believing this is completely wrong headed.

To put it in personal terms. You’ve also introduced artists who are now published with other companies and have therefore then gone on to create more work.

If you sit back and reflect upon that, how does it make you feel about your efforts?

What We Don’t Talk About Charlot Kristensen

RM – I’m proud to see our creators go on to greater successes. Publishing the first books of people like Tille Walden, Zoe Thorogood and Charlot Kristensen will be a great legacy. I hope we’ve given them a good experience and platform to jump off from and that they’ll come back one day when they have a personal project they want to do that doesn’t fit anywhere else. I think the way we do things has also influenced publishers like Good Comics, who put out great books. I’m not sure beyond that at the moment, we’re still going and I think will only get stronger, so the full extent of what we’ve done isn’t clear to us yet.

The Impending Blindness of Billie Scott Zoe Thorogood

ZL – Do you see yourselves continuing to grow in terms of output and staff numbers or do you feel you’ve reached a good balance of what you can achieve within the limits of your energy levels?

RM – We’ve just hired someone to do the bookkeeping which means that I don’t have to do it anymore and to me that’s the most exciting thing to happen this year!

The Flood That Did Come Patrick Wray

ZL – Right – to lighten things up and spread some love. Which three creators would you recommend people search out if they were fans of Avery Hill books?

RM

Casey Nowak 

Patrick Kyle

Sophia Foster-Dimino

ZL – What’s the last (non-Avery Hill) comic or zine that you read that made you really think about what it was talking about or how it was using comics?

RM – I only very recently started getting into manga and it’s totally reinvigorated me. My main favourite is 20th Century Boys which might be the best comic I’ve ever read. It’s an incredible lesson in storytelling structure and the art is some of the best I’ve ever seen. Working with creators like Tillie Walden, Charlot Kristensen and Zoe Thorogood who are heavily influenced by manga has really made me appreciate what that language can bring to comics and I think some of the most interesting things happening in the US and UK area mesh traditional UK/US comics and manga.

The Great North Wood Tim Bird

ZL – I’d like to thank you for taking the time to talk to us and for giving such honest answers. I hope you enjoyed the process!

RM – Thanks for the opportunity to talk about some of this stuff, it definitely made me think!

ZL – And finally – please plug away anything you want to plug!!

RM – You can check out all of our titles in our store!

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