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The latest edition of D.Blake Werts' zine "Copy This!" is out.
It contains loads of updates on what self-publishing cartoonists are up to, including me this time around, with the release of my Berserkotron collected comic.
If you'd like more information on Copy This!, please contact Blake at firstname.lastname@example.org
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Peter Duncan has written on my comic Berserkotron over at the Splank! comics blog.
Have a read here.
"Berserkotron is a collection of strips which David put together for the APA, "Shiot Crock". For the uninitiated an APA or, most usually, Amateur Press Alliance, is a publication put together by a group of people who, on a regular basis, produce and, usually, print their own magazines or 'zines'. The zines are send to a 'Central Mailer' or CM, who collates the zines and distributes anything from 20-50 copies of the combined contribution to each of the members of the APA.
APAs or apa's, as they are often known, come in many styles and cover a huge range of subjects. They have a long history in fantasy fiction. The horror writer, H P Lovecraft, was a member of the United Amateur Press Association, from 1914 and comic fandom really started with CAPA-APA which featured Comic writers Roy Thomas, Mark Evanier and Wendy Pini among its membership. Other comics based APAs have included APA Five whose members have included Frank Miller and Concrete creator Paul Chadwick.
At the moment I'm aware of at least one comic and one music APA that are active and healthy on this side of the Atlantic. I'm sure there are more.
Shiot Crock was a little different from most APAs. It referred to itself as an Amateur Press Anthology and had a rotating EC or (Editor /Collator) rather than a Central Mailer. It combined mini-comics from up to 40 creators an issue and was distributed only to contributors. Whereas the lifeblood of most APAs were the comments sections where each member would discuss the previous issue, Shiot Crock members used the Comics Journal Forum to discuss their zines.
Berserkotron collects all of David's contributions for Shiot Crock plus a few more strips which finish off the story. Like his previous comics, David's work in this comic is obviously a labour of love.
The story, which is half workplace soap and half killer-robot adventure, made me laugh and kept me entertained throughout.
His art is functional and adequate, but not what would be regarded as being of professional standard. And, really, it’s not intended to be. I’m growing into an appreciation for what this and titles like it are all about. This is the punk rock of modern comics. Ok, maybe you can't draw well enough to get work for Marvel or DC or 2000AD. What the hell, you've got something to say, 'just do it'.
David has a story to tell, and its one I enjoyed and could really appreciate the work he'd put into it. I hope a few of you will take a look at his blog and see what he is doing, you never know, you might fancy giving some of his comics a try."
Wednesday, November 09, 2016
John Freeman has written on my comic Berserkotron in his Something for the Weekend column over at the Down the Tubes website.
Have a read here.
"This book collects the two parts of the “Berserkotron” story from the small press comics, both long out of print.
Daft, quirky and a fun read with cartoon-style art, it’s great to see David continue his love of the comic form, balancing stories that start out as snapshots of daily life with moments of the patently absurd."
Monday, November 07, 2016
I travelled to the Thought Bubble convention in Leeds at the weekend where Treehouse issue 10 was launched.
|Cover by Kathryn Briggs|
This latest issue features Kathryn Briggs, Andy Herd, David Peter Kerr, Balazs Lorinczi, Stuart McAdam, Neil Scott and me!
It's available to buy online now, along with my new edition of the collected Berserkotron. Have a look here.
The con was great fun. I always enjoy hanging out with the Treehouse crew and it's nice to see in person comics creators from across the UK that I admire and/or usually only converse with online.
This year it was good to see many folks from the Dundee Comics MLitt course in attendance too, as exhibitors, volunteers and punters!
I managed to completely miss people I would have liked to have seen, but it's so busy that always seems to happen.
A couple of haul photos!
I bought these comics from creators tabling at the con:
Also dug around in the back issue bins for this lot:
I was geeking out a bit about Mike Mignola being in attendance and got him to sign a few comics I brought along…
On Saturday afternoon I took a little detour and walked into Leeds city centre. I'd taken part in the Thought Bubble competition this year and they had the entries on display digitally in the library's art gallery.
Another enjoyable Thought Bubble Comic Festival!
Thursday, November 03, 2016
I was delighted to contribute a little bit to a celebratory article of five years of Small Pressganged at Broken Frontier.
I wrote on Jack Teagle - a great cartoonist who has been featured at the website in the past.
Well done to Andy Oliver and the team at Broken Frontier for all the small press comics coverage over the past half decade!
Have a read of the article here.