SPD 2018

Small Press Day 2018


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

Forbidden Planet Glasgow

Back for the third year!! Supporting Micro and Self-Publishers Championing DIY Culture. Join in & Meet the next generation of superstar comic creators and zine makers. More info here.

@ Gallery of Modern Art (GoMA), Royal Exchange Square, Glasgow, G1 3AH

Forbidden Planet Edinburgh

Small Press Day 2018 is a free event showcasing locally produced comic books and graphic novels. Whether you’re just a fan of creator owned books or a budding comic creator yourself looking for information about putting your own project together, Small Press Day is the chance to meet local comic book writers and artists, and get an idea of all the different aspects of getting a self funded book off the ground.

Artists taking part: David Lumsden (Boat), Steve Ingram (Blurred Lines Comics), Yuri Ookino (Fanger), Scott Burns (The Formidable Three), Tash McPhillips (scriptwriter), Zhou Fang (Garden), Aimee Lockwood (Food Chain), Ryan Hamill (Ham Illustration), Jon Adam (Treehouse).

More info here.

@ George Washington Browne Room, Edinburgh Central Library, Edinburgh, EH1 1EG


Forbidden Planet Dublin

Be sure to clear your schedule for Saturday July 7th for what looks to be yet another incredible Small Press Day event featuring the next generation of superstar comic book creators. From 11am to 6pm. More info here.

@ The Fumbally Exchange, 5 Dame Lane, Dublin 2

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


Forbidden Planet Cardiff

We have a selection of local talents’ comics in store for Small Press Day, come check them out! More info here.

@ 5 Duke Street, Cardiff, CF10 1AY

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


  • 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 Street, 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

Travelling Man, Manchester

Travelling man in association with Nexus Art Cafe and Cass Art are taking part in a celebration of all things self published! Small press has always been a big part of the Travelling Man ethos, and as such we’re encouraging those who are curious to come down and find out the steps to making your ideas for your own indie work come to fruition!

Take a walk round creative spaces in the Northern quarter!

Start with a Zine Workshop in Travelling man: the bare bones approach to self publishing starts with a simply folded piece of paper and some inked implements. Try your hand at the more rustic approach to small press and take it home with you or hang it for all to see in our window display!

Then Head to Nexus to grab a coffee and visit the Comics village: we’ll have creators of all different genres and approaches selling their wares in Nexus. These seasoned veterans – and new names to look out for – will be able to answer questions you may have about their experiences getting started in the medium.

Finally head to Cass Art to browse the wares and take home the means to make your own: Similar to Nexus the creators in Cass Art will be selling their work and answering questions. Feel free to ask them any further questions you may have and if you feel so inspired, you can pick up the tools you need to get started on your next creation!

More info here.

@ Travelling Man, 4-4A Dale Street, Manchester M1 1JW / Nexus Art Cafe, 2 Dale Street, Manchester, M1 1JW / Cass Art, 55-57 Oldham Street, Manchester M1 1JR

  • Yorkshire

Travelling Man Leeds

A day celebrating DIY culture in (almost) all its forms! From comics and zines, to music, animation, print making, live art, publishing and more! Hosted by Travelling Man Leeds and Single Shot Vinyl Record & Coffee Shop and featuring a host of amazing guests! All day, all ages, all free. All the exciting info here.

@ 32 Central Road, Leeds, LS1 6DE

Destination Venus

Destination Venus has participated in every Small Press Day so far, and this year we’re going LARGE! We’ll have space and materials for people to have a go at creating their own comics, at least two small press creators, a range of small press and independent comics and much, much more! More info here.

@ The Ground Floor, Everyman Cinema, Station Parade, Harrogate, HG1 1HQ

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 and 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


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!

1, 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

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

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

4, 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 12pm to 6pm you will find:

– Zines
– Comics
– Books
– 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, and 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

Banquet Records

We will be selling a music zine compiled by our very own Shibby. It will be filled with art and written pieces by small press artists, and profits will be donated to Mind – a UK based mental health charity. More info here.

@ 52 Eden St, Kingston upon Thames KT1 1EE

  • South East

Dave’s Comics

Small Press Day is back for the third year running and we will be organising some fun once again! Sales of wonderful self-published and locally made small press zines and comics will be happening outside throughout the day. Plus live drawing on our small press mural!

Featuring some local guest small press creators & artists who will also be promoting their books: Ottilie Hainsworth, Zara Slattery, Alice Clarke, Fraser Geesin, Lucy Sullivan, Matt Stokes, Thomas Dowse, Peter Bensley … with more to be announced!

And with sales of books, zines and comics from some of the UK’s best small press scene such as Anja Uhren, Rozi Hathaway, Hayley Wells, Hari Conner, Ed Stockham, Chris Baldie, Cryoclaire, Tab Kimpton and more… all limited runs! While stocks last! More info here.

@ 5 Sydney Street, Brighton and Hove, BN1 4EN

  • 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…

With Sarah Millman, Horde Comics, Void Comics, John Tucker, and Hawk & Cleaver. 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

South London Comic and Zine Fair returns to Stanley Halls for a second year! We will once again host a cornucopia of London’s most talented zine and alternative comic creators and throw a spotlight the capital’s most exciting micro publishers.

There will be over 30 artists and independent publishers selling their comics, zines, prints and DIY art, including Avery Hill, Centrala Books, Kugali, Good Comics and many more. Plus we’ll have our famous communal table, this year co-ordinated by top comics blog Broken Frontier! This is an open invitation to all budding comics creators and zinesters to sell their work free of charge on the day.

The fair will be open from 12 noon to 6pm. There will be a kids drawing area and a bar open all day.

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