Matt Boyce’s Everything is one of those anthologies that may appear a little disjointed at a first glance given that it collects strips that are often quite disparate in terms of style and presentation. I place myself on the other side of that argument however. Because, as an artistic statement on an individual creator’s grasp of the diverse possibilities of the form, compilations like Everything provide a fascinating showcase of the breadth of their approach to the page. From a critic’s perspective they’re a dream offering, though I will freely admit that to a casual punter there may be an element of the fragmented to the reading experience.
Between this minicomic’s covers there are 13 pages of strips ranging between a page to 4 pages in length. Boyce brings together themes of the autobiographical, the humorous and the broodingly contemplative and adopts a number of differing visual styles along the way. Most of the work is in black and white with the exception of the colour centre section which is also the highlight of the work on offer here.
LOCAL CARTOONIST !
From Andy Oliver
One of my ‘Six UK Small Press Creators to Watch in 2015’, Danny Noble is not just a brilliantly witty autobiographical cartoonist she’s also a self-published novelist and singer with the Brighton-based ska ‘n’ soul group The Meow Meows. I first discovered her work when she submitted Monday Morning, her collection of slice-of-life comics strips, for review in this column last year and was hugely impressed by a book I called “a heady mix of everyday humiliation, blasé inebriation and random slovenliness”. In fact I was so taken by it that it made my annual list of ‘Ten UK Small Press Comics You Need to Own!‘ for 2014, despite the material within being a few years old.
Backwards Burd began as a university society back in October 2012. Back then our intentions were just to find a means to publish our own comics, but over time we found that we had created a useful tool to promote ourselves and our classmates as illustrators and comic book artists.
Backwards Burd has since graduated and is continuing to produce anthologies as a promotional tool for unestablished comic book artists and illustrators. We upload an online magazine each month where we include all submissions, and select the best to be printed. Backwards Burd anthologies are distrubuted throughout London comic book stories currently, but will shortly be available throughout British comic book stores, in the mean time though you can always buy them online! If you would like to submit artwork to Backwards Burd magazine then you can find instructions on the Contact page.
Sally – Anne Hickman will be exhibiting a CECAF.
Sally – Anne came up with name CECAF. I was really struggling to find a name. Frankly some of the suggestions were too ego centric even for me. AZZFest …
So cheers to Sally – Anne 🙂
Go check here website and her blog, which has good reportage of talks and events.
Sally-Anne Hickman is a cartoonist and freelance illustrator with roots in animation. Her love of stories came fron fairy tales and early Disney films which she still loves today! Miss Shinystars lives and works in London, she self publishes comics and is an official London Underground Busker!
Francesca Cassavetti grew up in Paris. She makes
comics about the stuff of life like pinball, punk, babies,
shoes and booze. Her titles including The Most Natural Thing
in the World, Re Members, Striptacular and Panic Attacks.
Alfie Gallagher has worked as a graphic designer and freelance illustrator, creating illustrated work for clients such as Orange, YCN, Popular Mechanics magazine and Madame Tussauds along the way.
Alongside this, he has a lifelong passion for comics, drawing, creating and self-publishing them since childhood. He has created work for Uproar Comics and Water Closet Press. He is currently producing material for FutureQuake. Over the last few years he has self-published his own series ‘Charlatan Tales’.
Website – http://www.alfiegallagher.com/
Avery Hill will be at CECAF and launching a new comic, Swear Jar.
By Abraham Christie
Release date: 6th June 2015
Swear Jar collects a series of short comics drawn between 2014 and 2015. Occupying themselves chiefly in flirting with neurosis and mundanity, they attempt to keep a gentle humour, whilst querying the value of one’s nemesis, failed friendships, and the inconveniences of finding oneself radioactive and powerless.
Abe Christie is a cartoonist and former art student based in London. He spends his days working a dead end job where he dreams of other lives he might have lived, then attempts to live them in comic form.
Welcome to Spandex – super-heroes with a difference!
From the creator of The O Men (www.comix.org.uk/theomen), Spandex is a brand new super-drama with a very unique spin. And even if you have heard what it’s about, it’s really not what you might expect – trust me…
You can contact the creator Martin at firstname.lastname@example.org