SPD 2018

Small Press Day 2018

Scotland

Forbidden Planet Aberdeen

We love our local indie creators at Forbidden Planet Aberdeen, so we’re chuffed to be involved in International Small Press Day! We’ll be playing host to local comic creators Richard Macrae (Dillion & Richmond, Comichaus), Craig Munro (Frankenstein PhD), Chris Robertson (Maidenstone, Old World Order, Comichaus), Ewen Millar (Old World Order),Cliff Hughes (Toy Z), Scott Beveridge (Maidenstone, Silver City Anthology); sketching and chatting about their work in comics.

During the day we’ll be hosting wee talks about the mechanics of making comics – Richard Macrae will be chatting about world-building in his Macroverse series at 2pm; and Ewen and Scott will be discussing their approach to comic art at 3.30pm.

Join us supporting Scottish comic creatives! More info here.

12-14 Schoolhill, AB101JX Aberdeen

Asylum Books and Games

Celebrating Small Press Day with Nick Rossert of Sloth Comics. More info here.

@ 29 Adelphi, AB11 5BL Aberdeen

Little Shop Of Heroes

A celebration of the passion, enthusiasm, and creativity Small Press creators add to the fantastic world of diversity that is COMICS. More info here.

@ 8 Maygate, Dunfermline, KY12 7NH

Ireland

Liber Bookshop

As part of Small Press Day, Artist Wayne O Connor will be launching and signing copies of “Beyond the Veil”, a small collection of his artwork inspired by Myths from around the world. The volume sees the images accompanied by a taster of the stories that inspired them and Wayne will be on hand to chat about his work, draw and sign your copies. More info here.

@ 35, O Connell Street, Sligo

Wales

Pen’rallt Gallery Bookshop

Like comics? Come and celebrate Small Press Day at Penrallt Gallery Bookshop, where local artist Nicky Arscott, founder of Mother Mary Press, will be setting up her workshop and drawing comics live! She will also be launching the crowdfunder for a new project to turn the poetry of Eric Ngalle Charles, originally from Cameroon and now settled in Cardiff, into a bilingual (English / Welsh) educational comic for schools across the UK (supported by Wales PEN Cymru and Why Comics?). More info here.

@ Heol Pen’rallt, Machynlleth, Powys, SY20 8AJ

England

  • North East

Make & Mend Market

The Paper Jam Comics Collective will be spending Small Press Day cluttering up Newcastle’s brilliant art/craft/design event, the Make & Mend Market. They’ll be presenting a wide selection of quality locally-produced comics for your delectation, and probably also drawin’ stuff and yakking on to anyone in earshot. 9am-5pm. More info here.

@ Grainger Market, Newcastle Upon Tyne, NE1 5QN

  • North West

Comics Youth @ Liverpool Central Library

We are a satellite youth service making comics with young people from disadvantaged backgrounds aged 8-25 ​across Merseyside. On Saturdays we run a Comics Workshop in Liverpool Central Library, it’s all ages and free. We print and publish young people’s voices using our own Risograph printer, and are slowly building a library of zines created by young people as a result. Pop along on #SmallPressDay between 11-4pm and create with us! More info here.

@ William Brown St, Liverpool L3 8EW

Pen Fight

To celebrate Small Press Day 2018 and the launch of our brand new store, Pen Fight will be hosting a day of creative workshops and other bits of fun at Partisan Collective on July 7th.

Pen Fight is a shop and small press, selling zines, radical books, prints, badges and more. Partisan Collective is a collectively owned arts and social centre, a 5 minute walk from Victoria Station. More info here.

@ First Floor, Partisan Collective, 19 Cheetham Hill Road, Manchester, M4 4FY

  • Yorkshire

Legacy Comics

A meet and greet with local Comic book pioneer, and all round good egg, Geof Banyard (creator of Fetishman, cats in tanks and the first tea museum) signing comics and discussing the creation of his first FCBD comic (starring Geof, myself and other local comic creator legend Cat Byrne). More info here.

@ 12 Union Street Halifax HX1 1PR

  • Midlands

Nostalgia & Comics

Between 10:30 – 16:30 on Saturday July 7th, England’s oldest comic store is playing host to no less than 10 top small press creators including zine maker-extraordinaire Sammy Borras (Giant Rhinos in Space) and the northern comic partnership that is Sambrones (Papercuts & Inkstains, Madius Comics). We are also launching Jon Laight’s latest venture with Markosia – a sci-fi graphic novel entitled ‘Away’. All this plus an exclusive My Hero Academia Print by Otaku Illustrations will be available to buy in store. Phew! Wot a scorcher!. More info here.

@ 14-16 Smallbrook Queensway, Birmingham B5 4EN

Centrala

Zine, comic and art fair. Inviting creators and makers to meet other like minded folks and share their works. More info here.

@ Unit 4 Minerva Works, 158 Fazeley Street, Birmingham B5 5RT

Forbidden Planet Wolverhampton

With special guests Ryan Taylor (artist), True Stories Comics (artist), Kyle Wright (artist), and Shane Chesby (small press publisher).

Free art/drawing class for children hosted by Ryan. Industry insight and advice from Tony and Shane. Digital technique crash course by Kyle. More info here.

@ 23 Victoria Street, Wolverhampton, WV1 3NP

Kenilworth Books

Kenilworth Books is 50 year old independent bookshop right in the middle of the country – still bright and still thriving! We love small publishers and independent presses. For Small Press Day we are welcoming the creators of everything from graphic novels to craft and local history books. Come and meet the authors, illustrators, publishers and designers! More info here.

@ 12 Talisman Square, Kenilworth, Warwickshire CV8 1JB

  • London

Gosh! Comics

With the Pride Parade right outside our door and workshops running from 2-6pm, then a shared launch party from 7-9pm, there’s really no excuse for not poking your nose into Soho on Saturday 7th. As with previous years, we’ll be running a series of hour-long zine-making workshops throughout the afternoon, each themed around a different subject. Experienced self-publishers will give guidance and advice to those curious about making their own comics, or just looking for that little push to make their own comics better. The afternoon will run as follows, and all are welcome to come along and join at any time!

– Broken Frontier Workshop  2 – 3 pm. With Jey Levang, Josh Hicks, Olivia Sullivan, Peony Gent, Anja Uhren, Cat Sims, Shanti Rai, Jayde Perkin & Matthew Pettit

– Sci-fi Fantasy Workshop 3 – 4 pm. With Lando, Emix Regulus, Christian Ortiz, Alexander Tucker, DCWB

– Humour Workshop 4 – 5 pm. With Benedict Tomczyk, Claude TC & Babak Ganjei

– New Talent Workshop 5 – 6 pm. With King Louie’s Lab, Ellie Crewes, Marlena Synchyshyn & Ben Williams

(Please note that children are welcome, but unlike our dedicated children’s workshops, these workshops are intended for adults and may cover material unsuitable for younger children.)

Then from 6-7pm, Avery Hill’s Ricky Miller will set up for a showcase of Avery Hill’s amazing range of publications, with some special guests!

Post 7pm -stick around folks, because that’s not all! Saturday evening we’ll be cracking out the beers and bubbly to celebrate the release of not one, but two new books! Avery Hill will debut A Projection by Seekan Hu, and Broken Frontier will celebrate the launch of the 2018 Broken Frontier Small Press Yearbook!

All info here

@ 1 Berwick Street, London W1F 0DR

Orbital Comics

On Saturday 7th July, we will be having wonderful small press creators joining us all throughout the day. Starting at 11.30am and finishing at 6.30pm, an incredible group of talented artists will be signing, sketching and showcasing all of their beautiful work.

Small Press Day takes part all over the country with any participating comic or bookstore, so make sure to keep this day free to check out all the fantastic events being held over the country supporting something very close to our hearts. Small Press Day promises to be a lot of fun and we hope you are as excited as we are!

For a complete list of who will be attending and for all the details see here.

@ 8 Great Newport Street, London WC2H 7JA

Housmans Bookshop

Long time champions of self-publishing, indie presses, radical mags and zines, pop into Housmans Bookshop to find a wonderful array of small press titles. Open from 10am-6pm. More info here.

@ 5 Caledonian Road, London N1 9DX

BermondZINES #3

BermondZINES is an independent zine festival in south east London.
Join us on Sunday the 17th of June. from 12 to 18
you will find:
– Zines
– Comics
– Books
– DIY
– Arts and Crafts
– Illustrations
– Small Publishing
– Music
– FUN!

Everyone is welcome! Open to DSFL members and their guests only. Join for £2 at diyspaceforlondon.org. More info here.

@ 96-108 Ormside Street SE15 1TF London

Beer Rebellion

A fun day of comics, zines and good spirits to celebrate Small Press Day 2018. Beer Rebellion is one of our favourite comic supporting pubs and we are attempting to fill it with as many small press people as we can. Including in no particular order..

Jade King
Alison Miller
Tom Jordan
Rufus B
Matt Boyce
Danny Noble
Tom Mortimer
Wallis Eates
Centrala
Stefan Alexander
Hannah Lee Miller
Gareth Brookes
Joe Stone

We also hope to have a flying visit from Decadence Comics and King Louies Lab. More info here.

@ 126 Gipsy Hill , London, SE19 1PL

  • South West

The Incredible Comic Book Shop

To mark Small Press Day and the 1st anniversary of the launch of our dedicated small press section in store, we are having a grand celebration of self published talent, with 5 creators visiting us in store to sign their comics, have a chat and maybe do a sketch or two….

Sarah Millman – creator of NPC Tea and the Heart of Time
Horde Comics – launching their brand new anthology
Void Comics – bringing Skragbeard & the Vikings
John Tucker – creator of Bald, the Floating Hand, Gang Culture in 1950s Swansea, Night Watch and more
and Hawk & Cleaver – bringing their comic El Marvo and some prose books also.

More info here.

@ 21, The Plaza, Brunel Centre, Swindon SN1 1LF

Gnash Comics

A special day celebrating small press. All indy comics, zines and small press, self published discounted for the day! Amazing selection from Atlantic Press, Good Comics, Avery Press, Soaring Penguin, Hedgespoken Press,Breakdown Press, Bronze Age comics, self published from Emma Burleigh, Claudia Smidt, John Paul Bovey ……… and yes even more. More info here.

@ 9A West Street, Ashburton, Devon, TQ13 7DT

And because we can’t get enough Small Press… events post-SPD 2018

  • South London Comic and Zine Fair

The second South London Comic and Zine Fair comic will take place at Stanley Halls South Norwood on Saturday 14th July focusing on London based self & micro publishing.

@ Stanley Halls, 12 South Norwood Hill, London, SE25