Small Press Day 2021

Join us on Saturday 14th August for Small Press Day 2021 – ONLINE AGAIN BABY!

At its heart SPD is about connecting small press artists and comic shops. With the uncertainty of the current climate and everything that is going on outside, we thought long and hard and thought it best for Small Press Day to once more be a solely online event.

We may have to be physically apart again, but you can still take part and join us virtually in celebrating and supporting our small press community – artists and shops alike.

How to take part:

  • Shops: whats in your small press sections? Share your small press stock in videos and photos along with purchase links and the hashtag #SPDShopLocal

Join us and take part to champion the small press, shopping local, and your web stores with one hashtag.

  • Artists and Makers: from 10am to 6pm, post four pages of your small press comic in one tweet with #SPDBFReview to receive a one tweet review from Broken Frontier’s Editor-in-Chief, Andy Oliver!

On Saturday 14th August, Andy will be by his laptop in his hat with his pencil ready to review self-published comics he’s not reviewed before *

Choose four of your strongest pages of visual storytelling and tweet him with a link to your online store. Andy will then quote tweet in reply with a one tweet review of your comic from @brokenfrontier!

Don’t forget to include #SPDBFReview. FAQs answered here

We reserve the right not to cover content that may be considered inappropriate or harmful to our community.

  • Community: artists and shops recommend a small press title that needs to be seen! Nominate by sharing photos and videos of work that needs a wider audience with the hashtag #SPDRecommends

Can be a friend’s or someone you admire from afar – lets together spread SPD love and community spirit on Saturday 14th August!

Why take part:

In 2016 an idea born on twitter led to a series of nationwide events in a matter of weeks. The inaugural Small Press Day – a celebratory event designed to spotlight the possibilities of small press publishing and to introduce its practitioners to the far wider audience they deserve – proved to be a phenomenal success. No less than 25 events championing the small press were held across the UK and Ireland on the same day in July – including shop signings, fairs, panels and workshops – resulting in #SmallPressDay to trend throughout.

We continued to build on this trend in 2017 and 2018, and in 2019, we celebrated the biggest Small Press Day to date.

2020 saw our fifth birthday and in celebration of being five years old, we had planned to make Small Press Day bigger, better, and bolder. But like everything last year, Covid-19 pooed pooed our grand plans. And so, SPD was different – we went online with a day long event on Twitter.

And despite that being the Plan B, it was bloody ACE! SPD2020 saw us widen our borders, go a little bit more international, and connect with new artists and makers. It saw Broken Frontier’s Andy Oliver put in a herculean 11 hours of writing one-tweet reviews all in the name of championing small press comics (you can check out his six favourite here). And it saw the community of the small press scene – a coming together and elevating. It made for a much needed day of positivity in otherwise a difficult year.

And this is our hope for Small Press Day 2021. To do the same again. To offer respite from navigating through a pandemic and to foster connection. To bring some joy with small press comics and zines. We hope you can join us.



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