Sunday, 14 September 2014

Small Press Shopping

Due to short funds and rapidly reducing space and my own desires to explore the who, how and why not, I have got into exploring the Small Press.

It is hard to ignore all the other books you want but I find limitations open doors to the unexpected, so when I go to, my own personal mecca, the comic store, I search out the shelf of small press goodies.

They're not always easy to find but when you do it tends to overflow with gold.

So I'm on hols and can't be carrying big books around so loaded myself up with my smaller paper-based buddies, the mini comics.

Here's my haul. which includes:

Pope Hats by Ethan Riley
The New Ghost by Robert Hunter
Vertigo Quarterly (not actually small press)
Axolotl by Jack Fallows
Sunshine Bay by Tom Plant

I visited TravellingMan and the exquisite highly acclaimed OK Comics, man that place is lovely, reminds me of the old GOSH in Holborn before it's current location in Soho (which I love esp. as I work minutes away from).

It was humming with quality, hard to keep my focus on goal of small press only. Tempts me to move to Leeds and to live above or super near a comic shop.

And they were helpful when I asked about small press printers in Leeds they pointed me towards Kristyna Baczynski who in-turn rapidly replied with helpfulness pointing me towards Footprints Workers Co-op based in the hills of Leeds.

I got my mini comic printed and delivered by hand to my brothers (how nice is that!) and am chipping away at distribution.
Over all a pretty productive holiday with a healthy comics theme (despite being hit by a car -long story)

Man I love comics..

Walrus: Brandon Graham's All Bum Album

Picked this up on a whim, I am a sucker for paper texture and this book felt good.

The muted colours and line-work also appealed to me but at first glance it felt like it would be a sketchbook not a story.
I was wrong which was nice.

This is a trippy adventure through the random thoughts of author Brandon Graham.
Such epic artwork, love the line and the thinking and intricate locations.
It has an autobiographic nature talking about his partner and her work and his work and their lives and daily weaving that into his imagination.
I think this is why I really like this book there is a narrative and it's the personable ramblings we all have.

And oh man I love the thought thats gone into the colour and paper, I don't know if that is the publishers thing or the authors or both but I love it.
The publishing house is interesting PictureBox (and I've just found out they closed as a company after 13 years, man why do I find these things out too late!)

This is defiantly a book I can look at and study again and again, both inspiring and fascinating.
It is like peering into someones head, silly and pervy and random and thoughtful with a strong injected dose of healthy scifi.

Yeah I enjoyed this and would recommend this.
I am now a fan of Brandon Graham!