SPD 2019

Small Press Day 2019


Asylum Books & Games

As part of our commitment to supporting grass roots artists and small press, we are VERY excited to say that we will be hosting some of the finest local (and not so local!) Small Press creators on Saturday 13th July! Keep an eye out for the latest info here

@ 29 Adelphi, Aberdeen, AB11 5BL

Peacock Visual Arts

In recognition of Small Press Day, Peacocks Visual Arts Aberdeen will be co-hosting Grandmothers’ Tales – a pop up comic exhibition.

Risograph prints of three artists’ works considering the theme of ‘grandmother’ will be displayed and there will be the opportunity to buy Grandmothers’ Tales- a collection of self-published stories as the zine launches on the night.

Artists exhibiting are Niki Banados, Maria Flower and Sophia Luu, and Maria will be hosting the night. More info here

@21 Castle Street, Aberdeen, AB11 5BQ

Dundee Comics Creative Space

We are launching THE ULTIMATE COMIC COLLECTION – volume 4 of our Comics Club anthology series at DCCS HQ in the Vision Building in Dundee on Small Press Day from 12-2pm .

There will also be a drop-in comics workshop so come along and make (and buy!) some comics! More info here

@Unit 10, Vision Building, Greenmarket, DD1 4QB

Forbidden Planet Glasgow @ GoMA

Supporting Micro and Self-Publishers Championing DIY Culture. Join in & Meet the next generation of superstar comic creators and zine makers. An event hosted by Forbidden Planet Glasgow @ GoMA from 11am – 4pm. More info here

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

Northern Ireland

Forbidden Planet International Belfast

Small Press Day 2019 is a chance for you to engage with local creators in the comic/zine self-publishing scene and also for these same creators to engage with their current and potential audience. The event will informal and allow you an unique opportunity to have some one-on-one time with those creators making their ideas a reality:

See what they’re up to.
Find out how they do it.
Learn about the possibilities and opportunities involved in small press publishing.
Or just call in for a chat!

Please Note: due to the 12th July Festivities, we will be holding our Small Press Day a week later than the rest the UK and Ireland on Saturday 20th July 2019.

We Hope to See You There. Further info here

@ 52-54 Ann Street, Belfast, BT1 4EG


Forbidden Planet Dublin

Small Press Day is back for July 2019, but this time we’re doing something a little different and will be hosting multiple in store events across the whole of the month to celebrate the best Independent Comic Creators in the country! Keep up to date via our facebook page here

@ 5-7 Crampton Quay, Temple Bar, Dublin 2, Ireland


Forbidden Planet Cardiff

We will be having some of our local comic creators in store for Small Press Day, including Dan Harris, Simon Williams and Chris Phillips. Come in and meet them! More info here

@ 5 Duke Street, Cardiff, CF10 1AY

Cardiff’s Small Press Pop Up @ Arcade + Campfa

For this year’s Small Press Day we’re gathering a community of independent artists, publishers, illustrators and zine makers. Small Press Pop Up will showcase zines, art books, comics and creative writing as well as create a platform for fellow creators to meet. We’d like to encourage the community to look beyond major publishers and focus more on the possibilities and value of independent and self-publishing. More info here

@ Queens Arcade, Cardiff, CF10 2BY

Zine Workshop @ The Swallows

Zine Workshop with Nicky Arscott from 10am – 11.30am on Small Press Day!

For ages 8 – 14

Please email nickyarscott@hotmail.co.uk to book a place.

@36 Heol Maengwyn, Machynlleth SY20 8DT


  • North East

Summer Comics Jam @ Tyne Bank Brewery & Tap Room

Loads of stalls of talented creators peddling the finest self-published sequential art from around the North East – varied genres and styles. Plus: zines, prints, stickers, papercraft, etc! Collaborative drawing activities for all ages (and levels of artistic finesse)! Acropolis Street Food! Pop-up beer garden! DJs spinning eclectic quality choons! Possible sunshine! More info here

@ 375 Walker Rd, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE6 2AB

  • North West

Forbidden Planet Manchester

Celebrate Small Press Day with Forbidden Planet!
Tables full of Manchester’s finest local artists & authors!
Prizes and competitions to be announced!

More info here

@65 Oldham Street, Manchester M1 1JR
Travelling Man Manchester

Drop into Travelling Man Manchester on Saturday the 13th July for Small Press Day! We will have a beautiful display of work from our Small Press Publishers, as well as 3 for 2 on all Small Press titles throughout the day – so come to support independent publishers and grab yourself a great read!

We will also have a pop-up zine station for you to try your hand at creating your own Zines and be inspired! From 10am – 6pm. More info here

@ 4-4A Dale Street, Manchester, M1 1JW
Border Bookshop

Meet two of Todmorden’s own comic creators!

To celebrate Mizzle’s latest book (Flight of the Bumblecat, part 3), Cat Byrne will be sat at Border Bookshop for a few hours, eating cheese and signing anything that’s put in front of her. Cat will be bringing with her all the Mizzle books to date, plus an assortment of Mizzle art.

Joining in the fun will also be Chris Browning of The Common Swings, creator of wonderful collection weirdness including Rude Birds, Grey Fug, The Life Cycle of P.E. Teachers, Johnny Kickfoot and much much more.

Free entry… Free nibbles… Free tipple!!!

Support Todmorden bookshops! Support Todmorden artists!

More info here

@61A Halifax Road, Todmorden OL14 5BB

  • Yorkshire

Travelling Man York

All day Small Press goodness at Travelling Man York! With a beautiful display of work from Small Press Publishers, 3 for 2 on all Small Press titles, and a pop-up zine station so you can try your hand at creating your own Zines and be inspired! From 12pm – 5pm. More info here

@ 74 Goodramgate, York, YO1 7LF

Forbidden Planet Sheffield

Small Press Day is here again at Forbidden Planet Sheffield! Our own Richard J. Smith will be here representing Red Fox Comix so why not pop down and check out some of his wares!

Saturday July 13th, 1pm-3pm. More info here

@ 12 Matilda Street, Sheffield S1 4QD

Travelling Man / Geek Retreat / The Hifi Club Leeds

The following local self-publishing heroes and indie comics creators will be tabling at Travelling Man and the Geek Retreat in Leeds from 11am-6pm:
Nick Gonzo
Jennie Gyllblad
Molly Pukes
Bobbi Rae
Liv Does Drawings
Paloma Front
Rosie McAndrew
Jem Milton
Fefe S
Made by Soph

The Hifi Club will be host to a number of workshops and panels from 11am-4pm, including:
PANEL – Getting started in small press
PANEL – Running your own freelance illustration business
WORKSHOP – Zine-making
WORKSHOP – Setting up an online portfolio
PANEL – Using crowdfunding to self-publish

To finish off the day, from 7-9pm, there will a comics-themed drawing event at the Geek Retreat.

All the exciting info here

@Central Road, Leeds, LS1

Hull Independent Comic Creators @ Trinity Market Hull

Table with exhibitors selling small press comics and signing and sketching in honour of Small Press Day! Artists confirmed include Sean Azzopardi, Garth Slieghtholme and HubA. For latest info visit here

@63 Market Place, Hull, HU1 1RS

  • East Midlands

The Carousel

Join us in celebrating independent publishing and small press culture on Saturday 13th July! Sample some of Nottingham’s finest talent as they showcase their wonderfully created zines, books and prints for all the world to see!!! With:

Black Mass Publishing
Alex McDougall
Megan Marquart
B Mure
Jenny Mure
Raw Print
Hannah Whitlow
Beam Editions
Dizzy Ink
Notts Zine Library

More info here

@25 Hockley, Nottingham, NG1 1FH

Forbidden Planet International Leicester

We’ll be hosting a mini con from 2pm til 5.30pm showcasing local comics creators and their work – you’ll be able to browse, buy and get sketches from our talented guests as well as take advantage of various in store offers on the day. More info here

@23 Silver Street Leicester LE1 5EU

  • West Midlands

Worlds Apart (Nostalgia & Comics)

It’s that time of year again… Small Press Day!

We will be celebrating creators and small press at Worlds Apart, with special guests visiting and showing off their amazing creations.

More details to follow… visit our facebook page for the latest updates.

@14-16 Smallbrook Queensway, Birmingham, B5 4EN

Forbidden Planet Hanley

Join us in store to see the comics that are causing a buzz in the Midlands. Local creators come to answer your questions and showcase some truly excellent local talent. More info here

@52 Stafford Street, Hanley, ST1 1JB

Forbidden Planet Wolverhampton

Celebrate SPD 2019 with Forbidden Planet Wolverhampton! More info here

@23 Victoria Street, WV1 3NP

Kenilworth Books

A great chance to meet authors, illustrators, poets and publishers and enjoy being part of the local book community. Join us at the bookshop to browse books created by small publishers and to meet their creators; including those producing comics and graphic novels, those writing local history and folklore books, and those producing specialist children’s books. From 9am – 3pm – there will be something for everyone. More info here

@12 Talisman Square, Kenilworth, Warwickshire, CV8 1JB

  • London

Orbital Comics

It’s that time again! Small Press Day returns for it’s fourth year running and this amazing celebration of DIY comics promises to be the best ever here at Orbital.

Kicking off at 11.30am, we have invited an incredible array of talent to join us throughout the day. They will be signing comics, drawing comics and having fun overall with comics! Here’s the rundown of how the day is scheduled:

11.30 – 13.30
Andy W. Clift
Peony Gent
Joe Jinks
Valentina Sannais
Claude TC
Dan White

14.00 – 16.00
Amy Browne
Ellie Egleton
Jasmine Parker
J Edward Scott
Joe Stone
Knifeson Yu

16.30 – 18.30
Niki Bañados
Rebecca K Jones
Shane Melisse
Peter Morey
Sajan Rai

As usual, we will be collaborating with ‘Gosh! Comics’ to bring you a “pass-the-panel” zine made on the day amongst our creator guests at both stores. This year, we are also joining forces with ‘Broken Frontier’ to bring you live updates of this comic in the making throughout the day! It will also be available physically, for free, on the following new comics day.

All information and more on our website here! You can also follow us on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook for any updates.

@ 8 Great Newport Street, London, WC2H 7JA


It’s Small Press Day again, and as ever Gosh will be filling the day with inspirational art and zine-making workshops, as well as producing a free zine in collaboration with their pals at Orbital Comics and Broken Frontier. Mark your calendars: Saturday the 13th July, 11 am-5 pm!

Come along to draw along with experienced small press creators, and take the opportunity to tap their knowledge and expertise, as well as see them in action! The schedule for the day will run as follows:

11 am – 2 pm – Ben Williams Anthology
With guests Mona Glassfield, Theo Goodyer, Tom Jones, KLL, Isobel Otten and Matthew Pettit.

2 – 3 pm Body Horror and Sci-fi Workshop
With guests Lando and Alice Urbino.

3-4 pm Kadak Collective
With guests Akhila Krishnan and Janine Shroff.

4-5 pm Broken Frontier Workshop
With guests Molley May, Holly St Clair, Olivia Sualdea and Lucy Sullivan.

It’s a great line-up, so don’t miss out! Work from Gosh’s SPD guests will also be available to buy – so bring along your pocket money and get some quality comic goodies.

Further info here and facebook event page here

@ 1 Berwick Street, London W1F 0DR

Mega City Comics

Mega City Comics Presents SMALL PRESS DAY 2019!

On Saturday 13th of July, a group of artists and creators will be in store showcasing their self-published comics – displaying a range of truly original underground work!

This is a celebration of art and determination in giving birth to new ideas and creativity. We have picked people from different backgrounds and walks of life – small pressers that can truly bring diversity and originality to the comic landscape.

Our artists will also be drawing on the day, and custom sketches are completely free! In short:

– Loads of original underground comics
– Free sketches
– Chance to meet new cool creative people!

Come along and bring friends! P.S – our poster is a jam piece of the artists that will be attending the event!

More info here

@18 Inverness Street, Camden Town, NW1 7HJ 

WIP Comics @ Royal Festival Hall

Come along to our Monthly Meetup at Royal Festival Hall at 11.30am, before joining us to explore the wonderful Small Press Day events happening across London. More info here

@ Southbank Centre, Belvedere Rd, Lambeth, London SE1 8XX

  • South East

Dark Side Comics UK

Join us at Dark Side Comics as part of a national celebration of DIY books, zines and comics. We’ve got a whole host of events lined up from 11am to 4pm – whether you’re new to the scene or you’re a die-hard zinester, we’ve got something for you!

We’ll be hosting the launch of ‘Growing Places’ – a collaborative zine about plants and places with contributions from local illustrators, artists and writers. The zine will be available to buy and we’ll be on hand to explain the inspirations behind it and how you can submit for issue #2.

Bring along your zines or comics and we’ll sell them on your behalf! Then at the end of the day we’ll give you 100% of any proceeds and return any unsold stock to you. We also encourage trades between creators so you can both get things for free!

There will be a selection of zines to buy from local creators including:
~ Never Mind the Binary – punk and gender identity
~ Borrowed Time – climate change and mental health
~ Sketchbook zines – observational drawings of people and cats

Come and browse zines on a whole range of topics from the organiser’s personal collection. Key topics include:
~ feminism/gender/queer identities
~ animal rights/veganism/anti-speciesism
~ punk/90s music/riotgrrrl

2-4pm, £10 per person
Booking is essential – tickets via eventbrite here

Join local illustrator Hayley Wells for a 2 hour zine workshop where you can learn about the history of zines and how to make your own 8-page zine from a single sheet of paper. All materials are provided but you are welcome to bring along images for collaging or pre-prepared texts.

We’ll also have free vegan cake and light refreshments throughout the day! Further info here

@47 Viaduct Rd, Chelmsford, CM1 1TS

  • South West

BAM! @ Komedia Bath

BAM! Comic, Art and Zine Fair is back, bigger and better than ever!

To celebrate Small Press Day on the 13th July in the UK, we are putting on another event in the heart of Bath with 30+ independent creators of comics, zines, art and more. We’re very pleased to be hosted again by the great folks at the Komedia Club in Bath. The show will be open from 10am to 4pm on the day and entry is COMPLETELY FREE!

Further info here and facebook page here

@22-23 Westgate Street, Bath, BA1 1EP

Gnash Comics

A special day celebrating small press. All indy comics, zines, small press, and self published works discounted for the day. A truly incredible selection – join us in store and take advantage! More info here

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


Online Events

Virtual Comic Con

Unable to make it to any of the events this Small Press Day? Take part in a virtual comic con from your kitchen! Set up a table at home and broadcast via Twitter. From 4pm GMT for 1 hour #virtualcomiccon #kitchencon

More info here