Out now, featuring my new comic strip. This project is 100% funded by all the contributing artists and is 100% self published.
Here is some info: "The Comix Reader is in part an attempt to recapture some of the free spirit of the underground press, and also an experiment in publishing : 9,000 copies paid for and distributed by the artists. Printed on cheap newsprint, it's the opposite of the expensive limited edition; accessible to all who are interested."
It's only cost £1 plus 50p postage and packaging.(UK only)
I will be taking part in this event, here are the details:
Alternative Press Fair, Sunday 28th November 2010, St Aloysius Social Club NW1 1TA, London.
Comix, zines, self published art books, poetry workshop, illustration photo booth and over 100 titles from the world of small press. A chance for newcomers to sell their work on a communal table and for those interested to find out what the scene has to offer.
Alternative Press will also be announcing details of next year's Alternative Press Festival.St. Aloysius' Social Centre Corner of Eversholt Street and Phoenix Road London NW1 1TA
NearestTube: Euston 12pm to 6pm
ALSO: There are some flyer designs up on the comicsandzines blog. We want you to recreate the flyers in your own style!http://comicsandzines.wordpress.com
Here is my 1st radio interview for Alternative Press Half Hour broadcast on London's resonance 104.4fm. I interviewed the comedian Don Biswas, it was a 1st for both of us and we were both a bit nervous. We are on towards the end of the show. Check it out my 1st attempt below:
Next weekend is going to be jam packed full of comics/zines and other forms of self publishing.On Saturday 21st of August I will be going along and taking part in the 'Wolfwind' Zine fair at Tunbridge Wells along with my friends from Alternative Press. Then on Sunday the 22nd of August we will be taking part in the 'Comica Comiket: Independent Comics Summer Fair' at the Pumphouse gallery at Battersea park.Here are the links for more info:WolfwindComica Comiket
This Sunday I will be taking part in this event by having my comics and stuff exhibited along with other small press friends in the Alternative press gazebo. (Hopefully we can work out how to set it up)Here is some more info:Barry Stillwell who organises Tapestry at St Aloysius has arranged for an Alternative Press area at the upcoming Tapestry Goes West all day music festival in July. Small pressers will be welcomed to sell their work and join the area, as well as run workshops and add their work to the reading area and festivalzine library! Check it out and buy tickets here http://www.tapestrygoeswest.com
Good news, I just found out the other day that my comics/zines are going to included in this exhibition at the Tate Britain. They are apart of the reading room along side other people's comic/zines. If you are reading this and you also make comic book zines click here to find out how you can enter aswell. There will also be some of the original Spitting Image puppets on display.
The exhibition is on from: 9 June – 5 September 2010 For more information about the exhibition please click here.
Last Saturday I was with the Alternative Press at the London Zine Symposium. It was a really good day. I launched my new comic "Gissa Job" which went down really well, I shifted around 25 copies of it and also did a few swaps (including a swap for a mini zine which is only 3cm by 3cm by Fernanda meireles from Portugal). 1st time I've left an event and done that well, plus I meet lots of cool people with cool work. I even got a really nice mention by a lady called Philipa Law on her blog, so thought I would return the favour.
I also managed to get to go to some of the talks where I got to meet the lovely Jossie Long (cool comedian). She is genuinely really nice and makes really funny zines, if anyone is interested in downloading some of her zines for free click here.Here are some pictures from the day taken by Noriko Onohara.
Last week Saturday me and the other Alternative Press guys were asked to put on a day of workshops. I was asked to demonstrate drawing with twigs and ink because that's the method I enjoy using to illustrate my home-made comics. The day went down really well. The point of the whole day was to get people who have never made a zine an opportunity to make one and be creative. We were hoping that people who attended all the workshops whould at the end of the day have there 1st completed mini zine or some sort of idea about how to make one. Here are some pictures of two of the guys whole actually completed a zine on the day and some of the twig and ink drawings people made.This is the 1st time I have ever been part of running a workshop. (New experience)More more pictures clickhere
Here is a scan from the sticker book collection I put together at the The UK Web & Mini Comix Thing 2010 last weekend. It was surprisingly good fun running around the exhibit collecting a stickers/stamps from all of the other exhibitors. Once I got given the 1st sticker, I was hooked and couldn't leave without filling the whole thing up. Really good idea thanks to Lizz Luney, it was a great way of getting people to interact with each other.
I picked up a few cools things at the event including some of the following: a couple of humorous birthday cards illustrated by a guy called Matt Rosemier, 2 mini comics from Shug , a nice little mini comic by David O'Connell titled "The green lady mystery" and a really nice anthology called birdsong by failboatpress. The birdsong anthology book is really nicely put together and has a nice feel running through the book. They also they used a bit of spot varnish on the cover, I'm a bit of a sucker for spot varnish. I haven't read it yet, but I'm sure it's going to be good.
The UK and mini web comix thing is fast approaching. One of the exhibitors called Lizz luney has come up with this sticker collecting game that people can take part in one the day. She will be giving out paper passports and encouraging people to visit all the stalls to collect stickers or stamps off of participating exhibitors. More info can be found here: http://www.dinosawus.blogspot.com/I recently got some stickers made just to give to people, so I might have to take part in this too.Here is a picture of mine.
Today I will be attending and taking part in this event for the 1st time, hopefully I can get there and back without an epic journey and story to tell.I still need to blog about last weeks Alternative Press fair. Watch this space.
The other members of Alternative Press just recently came back from Angoulême and had a great time. I couldn't go myself, but here is a link to an interview by Ellen Linder which took place at the event in France.
I felt really honoured to find out recently that the very talented Richard Cowdry gave me a mention in his interview on the Forbidden Planet Blog under the title of who to watch out for this year. I better not disappoint.
Here is what he said: "Saban Kazim, who is a guy from the UK small press scene. I especially like his slice of life pieces. He has these autobiographical stories which he works into stand up comedy sketches, and then makes into comics. His strips are really funny. Check out his story in the Alternative Press “Publish You” book."
It's been a while since I updated my blog, been really busy. Happy New Year.
Here are the details of the next Alternative Press fair:
Saturday 13th February
St. Aloysius' Social Club
Corner of Eversholt Street and Phoenix Road
London NW1 1TA
Nearest Tube: Euston
12 pm - midnight (FREE)
A day of zines, comix, poetry, radical literature, printmaking and anything else self-published! Then from 6pm there will be a birthday party to celebrate our 1st year - with music, spoken work, DJ's and open mic. So come along and be a part of the day.