Thursday, 27 August 2009

"Are you zine friendly? Tales from the Alternative Press fair" On last hours

I just came across this article on the last hours (website) by Gareth talking to Edd about the Alternative Press Festival as a whole. I think he summed it up quite nicely. Check out the link below:

Friday, 7 August 2009

"UK Creative Careers" Publishing your own work interview

Here is our interview podcast by Laura from the Creative Choices website, which took place at our book launch last week. Check it out below or download the podcast for free from this link:

The title of our interview podcast is
“Publishing your own work” and the channel it's on is called "UK Creative Careers".

Wednesday, 5 August 2009

"Are you zine friendly?" Interview on the Dazed and Confused website.

Here is the link to our interview with the Dazed and Confused magazines online site Dazed Digital:

Alternative Press Festival Day 5: "Alternative Press Fair" 2nd of August

The Alternative Press Fair was the 5th and last day of our five day Alternative Press Festival. It was a fun day, a bit more laid back compared to the other days of the festival, but think it was a nice way to end a full on five days of creativity comics and zines.

For this event I got to share a table with my mates John and Van who also make comics and zines. Some of John's work can be seen in the second to last picture. The event took place at the St. Alosius Social Centre, the same place we had the 1st Alternative Press fair back in February and Peter Lally was in charge of organising this event.

Many thanks to all the people who took part and came to the festival and for Jimi Gherkin for having the idea to start with and Peter Lally, Gareth Brookes, Ceri May, and Chris Bateson who were the other main organisers of various days of the festival. Well done everybody.

Alternative Press Festival Day 4: "Collaborama!" 1st of August

Collaborama was a very exciting and experimental day. During the day we had artists/designers/writers etc selling their home made comics/zines like you get at most small press events, but at the same time everybody incluiding exhibitors and vistors were working on pages to go in a zine which was made on the day. We had the guys from the Footprints Co-operative came down from Leeds with their Risograph machine to print our collabarative zine on the day. Everybody was helping out and some people voluntatered to help collate and folde the zines. There was a great buzz about and lots of people were working hard trying to make the deadline to submit work. Once it was done, there were a lot of happy and proud people around enjoying the zine.

Also on the day there were various workshops going on upstairs such as a screen printing workshop.

In the evening we had Resonance FM's Orchestra performing a written piece by Ed Baxter which was interpreted live by two groups of illustrators using over head projectors. It was quite exciting to watch and I have never seen anything like this take place before. I have a little video footage which I will hopefully upload at some point.

This whole day of events took part in The Miller at London Bridge.

Video of me doing a speach about the book I designed at the book launch

Video of me doing a speach about the book I designed at the book launch

Below is the rest the video footage I filmed at the book launch. I gave a copy to Mickey and he managed to edited them all and upload them to you tube before I even had a chance to do it myself. One less job for me to do, thanks Mickey.

Alternative Press Festival Day 3: "A Spoken Night Out!" 31st July 2009 video

Alternative Press Festival Day 3: "A Spoken Night Out!" 31st July 2009

This was a fun night out. This night gave poets, some of which featured in the "Publish You" book a chance to read out some of their poems. I got up too and did a bit of stand up. It went down well, they seemed to enjoy my stories. This night was organised by Ceri May and Chris Bateson.

I managed to film some of it, but had a few camera problems that night, my memory card was full and my battery died all at the same time.

Here is the link to watch the video of me:

I will upload the footage of the others I got at a later date.

Alternative Press Festival Day 2: "Are You Zine Friendly?" 30th July 2009

"Are You Zine Friendly?" the 2nd day of the 5 day Alternative Press Festival 2009. This event was held in the basement of the Foundry and was organised by Gareth Brookes. This event like the book launch also had a really good turn out. We had one big communal table where people left their zines and comics to be sold while they took part in the Collaborating area, enjoyed live music and drew on the giant sketch books Gareth made and had hanging from the Foundry walls. The whole night had a really good exciting vibe and the time went really quickly. We also had some welcome and unexpected guests including a guy from the evening standard who interviewed Gareth and Jimi and we also had a lady from Dazed and Confused who interviewed the whole team including myself, Jimi, Peter, Gareth, Ceri and Chris. Lets hope they wrote nice stuff about us.

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