What is small press and what is Small Press Day?
“Small press” encompasses the worlds of self-publishing, DIY culture and micropublishing – work produced and published either by individuals, creative collectives or smaller boutique publishers. Small Press Day exists to provide a focused occasion to celebrate that scene and those practitioners who work within it across the UK and Ireland. It’s designed as an event that requires minimal organisation for everyone involved but will ultimately be hugely rewarding for shops, creators and the small press community.
What are the aims of Small Press Day for stores?
Small Press Day provides shops with a dedicated day to shine a spotlight on the self-published comics and zines they stock and bring some of the local creators responsible for them into their environs for in-store signings and workshops. By building a showcase event around the small press world it’s hoped that it will attract new readers to that work, raise its profile and also tempt the existing comics audience to check out some of the next wave of amazing UK and Irish creative talent.
What are the aims of Small Press Day for creators?
It’s a chance for creators to be the focus of their local shop, meet readers, talk about their work with potential new audiences, sign their comics and take part in workshop-style panels. Small press sections are already a thriving part of many shops but on Small Press Day we support the community side of the scene by bringing together shops, artists, activists and readers in one big party-style celebration!