Friday, 31 December 2010

Leaving It Behind

So about 30 minutes ago I made the decision to leave DeviantArt (an online art community type thing). I was there for six years and recently it had dawned on me that I was getting no real benefit from it, no enjoyment. The signal to noise ratio was all wrong and that.

So it is the end of an era, after six years I say goodbye to DeviantArt. I will now be using my blog to share my various artsy bits and bobs, much as I've been doing already.

Now, on with the show.
I have two collages up on etsy and it seems I have neglected to share them here. 

I even decorated the frames myself.

Wednesday, 22 December 2010

Made in Newcastle Returns!

Wonderful Goodies
Originally uploaded by Britt7094
Made in Newcastle is back, we have taken up residence in 79 Grainger Street (that's next to Greggs and opposite the Bigg Market).
Once again MiN is a wonderful shop full of hand made goods from artists, crafters and makers of Newcastle. My creative little bits and pieces will be on sale there along with many others.

Please come along and have a look!

Tuesday, 7 December 2010

Thought Bubble 2010!

As you might have heard The Paper Jam Comics Collective had a rather large amount of representation at Thought Bubble this year. I was there to document the madness, sell comics and have fun.

Paper Jam Table

New on sale from our gang were such titles as Tales of the Hollow Earth 2, Sugar Glider, Food for the Dead (fondly nicknamed Project Z), Verity Fair 2, Big Bang 2, Hermit, Show and Tell, Not Mushroom for Thought (that's mine), Mutual Slump 2 and our long awaited and hopefully soon to be much celebrated brand new anthology History... And That!

Table Share


Ben and Dylan

I have to say a huge thanks to everyone who came to see us, bought our comic or just stopped by for a chat, it was an awesome day! Also thanks to James and Alex for single handedly manning the table for a few hours while I was swept away by the flow of the crowd. 

Dream of Comics

It was a tiring day to say the least but much fun was had by all, including young Dylan here, who was an absolute star at what I believe is his very first convention. Well done.

I have also just been reminded that the before and after parties were some of the best I've ever been to. It was great to finally put the face to the online names of Matt and Kelly, among others. And one thing I have learned to be true from the Thought Bubble after con disco is that geeks sure can dance. So much fun.

Wednesday, 17 November 2010


And now a word of wisdom about the danger of shoving over unmarked boxes:

Tuesday, 16 November 2010

A quick catch-up!

Not long after the launch of Made in Newcastle (mentioned in the previous blog post) I was involved in a  Paper Jam Comics Collective anthology called Art... and that. This anthology had the theme of art (surprisingly) and was put together with the wonderful encouragement and aid of Empty Shop.

We launched this anthology on the day of the "What are you like?" exhibition preview at the DLI, in Durham. It was an excellent event and the gang were in great company with Empty Shop, Salford Zine Library and Set of Drawers to name a few.

We were a bit pleased with ourselves to say the least.

The exhibition was brilliant and I loved seeing all those comics and zines gathered in the one place, Salford Zine Library you are a magical travelling wonder.

As expected, a room full of creative, drawing types when presented with a chalk board will play their own special form of Pictionary. One where nobody gets the answer right easily but the pictures look great. Here we see a certain Mr Waugh attempting to depict the word "download". He might not live that one down.

What's Next? 

History... and that! Another wonderful Paper Jam Comics Collective anthology. I am thrilled to say that you will be able to buy this from us at Thought Bubble this very weekend!
I have two pages in this anthology, one about foxes. Foxes that glow.

And my very own 24 Hour Comic Day contribution Not Mushroom for Thought! Again, you can buy this from me at Thought Bubble where the Paper Jam Comics Collective will be representing Newcastle in FORCE. We have four tables between us and we are ready to roll.

So, what is this 24 Hour Comic Day? How did it go? If you want to check out how I got on and what the rest of the PJCC gang got up to we kept a blog for the event, which we aim to update every 24 Hour Comic Day with more sleep deprived comic goodness.

And that pretty much brings me up to date... I attended BICS as one of the masses and bought comics and talked to friends, old and new. It was cool... but the big news still remains:

I will be at Thought Bubble this weekend and I will be selling comics! 

Wednesday, 22 September 2010

Made in Newcastle

The opening...

Ding! - 175/365

Made in Newcastle, an Empty Shop Project baby that we found out about from the lovely Craft Mafia people at the Sunderland Friendship Festival (see last post). The aim is to bring together a community of local crafters, makers and artists into a space where they can display, sell and help others. It's an excellent opportunity that I have been very lucky to be a part of. The Paper Jam Comics Collective have our comics and stock and ready for the lovely customers to buy.

Paper Jam!

Many of the gang were present for the opening and much glorious fun was had by all, as can be seen in the photos below.

Tough Critics

Oh yes, as you can see here, we had a doodle wall, it was amazing!

Dooooodle!SquidFramedThe Wall!

The things we've done...

Made in Newcastle has provided a home for over 30 creatives in the North East, helping them in all kinds of ways, this is a photo of the shop a few days after opening, it has changed a lot since then, it's hard to believe it was only a few months ago.

The Shop

The end...

In some ways this blog post is bad timing. We have just recently received news that we will need to leave 22 Nun Street (our current home), as is the nature of Empty Shops, they get filled. We have until the 10th of October to make the most out of what we have in our current home! If you haven't been along to say hi yet, please do, and purchase some of our wonderful crafty items.

And Go!

The beginning...

As is the nature of enthusiastic creatives, you can't keep them down for long. Like a phoenix from the flames we shall rise from the ashes (metaphorically, we don't want to be done for arson) of 22 Nun Street with a new name, a new home and a wonderful new outlook on life! The group of strong minded individuals who have met through this project refuse to see it stop so easily, we will continue until the mythic day when there are no longer any empty shops left in the whole of Newcastle city centre!

To that effect, this is where you can help! If you, my lovely blog readers have any contacts at the council, any help you can offer with funding sources and applications or any well wishes, please pass them on. Made in Newcastle started as a community project and whatever it may be in the future it will continue to be for the community, for people to contribute to and benefit from. We welcome any help, whether it be that you have a premises you want us to fill or a spare sack of money lying around that you wish to donate.

Wish us luck!

Wednesday, 8 September 2010

Sunderland Friendship Festival!

Yet again it took me too long to post about things I've done.

So, the Sunderland Friendship Festival was awesome.

Paper Jam had a table! It was awesome. There were lots of kites and friendship things happening. We were fortunate to be sharing the tent with such wonderful people as the Newcastle Craft Mafia (who offered us a wonderful opportunity, to be part of Made in Newcastle, more about that next post), Red Squirrel Press and many others that I fail to remember, including some local curry sauces which were delicious.

This is one of my favourite shots from the day, not only were there the professional kites, the huge showy ones but also a great amount of hand made kites, most made on site inside one of the crafty tents. Everyone was having such a great time!

Behind the Paper Jam table we were visited by faces old and new and it was great to see some of the younger people getting really interested in reading our comics. The free sweets had nothing to do with it!

One of the highlights of the weekend was the Always Drinking marching band who started their sets within the music tent and then drifted out into the field. They performed some extremely fun versions of modern tunes that tended to bring a smile to everyone's face. 

Friday, 6 August 2010

Durham EGO - A Celebration of Differences (27th June)

First off I must say sorry that it's taken me so long to update with something other than reviews. Content go!

The Durham EGO Festival was the first of the events I've been to recently with the Paper Jam Comics Collective. It was held in the Head of Steam in Durham, a lovely event, with a great atmosphere. I had a lot of fun at this, there were a lot of interesting people and a lot of children who really wanted a go at making their own comics.


As you can see it was an absolutely wonderful day, the sun was shining and the birds were singing, as were the bands. I have to say a huge thanks to the organisers of this event, we had so much fun. Here are a couple more of the photos I took at EGO.

The Table - 167/365
Our table, an expertly set out sales point, I'm sure you will agree.

Paul & Daniel
Paul and Daniel!

Jack & Daniel
Jack and Daniel of Jack and Daniels Comic Book Workshops who were kind enough to bring along some comic book worksheets, they went down great with everyone!

Updates to follow soon:

  1. Sunderland Friendship Festival
  2. Made in Newcastle opening etc.
  3. Art...And That launch event (including a sneak preview of my work for it)
  4. History...And That sneak preview
  5. Project Z sneak preview
Stay tuned!

Tuesday, 20 July 2010


One of the things I like about the UK comics scene is that there's a lot of cross platform things going on, basically you can buy a print comic and discover it's originally a webcomic or vice versa. I've been following Japanofail online for a few years now and it is hilarious! I wasn't going to turn down the chance of buying it in dead tree format, thus supporting the artist, I now own both issue 1 (bought at last years MCM Expo) issue 2 (just bought this year) and a comic titled D.R.U.N.K. (which I am about to start reading) by the same artist. Now some of you might react badly to the art but it works, the loose, crazy style basically makes the puns, jokes and funnies better! It compliments them. It was originally conceived as something that could be drawn in the shortest amount of time possible, I think for a while MS Paint was involved.

I think we can all honestly say that we've been here:

Just me? Fine.

Anyway, if you have a like for Japanese culture of any kind and don't mind laughing at yourself or close friends and relatives then this is a comic for you! 

Friday, 9 July 2010

The Adventures of Ninja Bunny by Philip Spence

The Adventures of Ninja Bunny take place generally in a world without words because as we know ninjas do not talk, real ninjas are silent, besides bunnies are too. Ninja Bunny is an incredibly efficient ninja who travels the land in search of adventure. Online it updates one panel at a time, these panels work well on their own or sometimes join together into a story such as the one I purchased from Philip at the MCM Expo, entitled Attack of the Clone.

Ninja bunny is a very enjoyable read, I love the small format of the printed comics and encourage all to sample the wonder that is up on the website.

The Octopus Just Wanted To Snuggle

Thursday, 24 June 2010

Prick by Tpcat

Prick is all about life, the bad side of love, religion, things that happen and I suppose human nature. Told through the medium of cute animals you could easily be tricked into thinking this is a book for children, don't be fooled. For such a deep, dark subject as human nature this book is so pleasant to look at, every first impression says you should be finding it in the kids section of a book store. Last year I picked up a little comic by the same Tpcat, Rabbit Love Story 1, I am glad to say the same strangeness is found in Prick. If you don't have a strong stomach for slightly twisted, slightly wrong but oddly cute work then go elsewhere, if you love that kind of stuff then please, by all means pick up a copy.

Last year Tpcat also had a unique comic on her table, drawn entirely on toilet paper. It was long, I looked at it, it was entertaining but I had no clue if I should buy it or not, said strange item is now available in the more familiar book form. Slightly less daunting to pick up and attempt to read. 

Wednesday, 23 June 2010

The things one can achieve with just a single sheet of paper.

I've just read a couple of very mini-comics that were placed in my hand during the merriment following the MCM Expo on Saturday night. A very good night. The man behind them is a Mr. Dan Fish. The most interesting of the two is Deja-Vu (not that Foot-Balls of Fury isn't interesting mind you, I just found Deja-Vu more so) which is essentially a comic in a circle. Playing on the idea of deja-vu it starts where it finishes, there is an online version of the comic in question but it loses a lot of impact when it's not printed on a sheet of A4 folded twice. You lose the ability to twist the page around as perception is altered and indeed end up back at the beginning.

An invention that can alter perception is a very dangerous invention indeed.

If you can get your hands on this, do! It's fun!

Tuesday, 22 June 2010

AstroFunk by Ross Burt

This is a gorgeous comic, one of those ones that you think, wow, they've really gone to town here. Professional looking, very nice finish and well... that's enough about first impressions, I could go on all day but lets get to the content.
It's great to see a strong female character with a bad attitude running around space, sticking her name all over things and generally enjoying the colour pink but in a totally bad-ass way,. It makes a change from the nicey nice peaceful alien chick or the "love interest". The heroes of this story are clearly out on a mission a mission to tag anything that doesn't move, and a few things that do for that matter.

I don't think I'll ever see rabbits in the same way again.
Aah and a rendition of Bright Eyes.

I'm trying to ignore the deliberate use of U instead of you on occasion but my brain can't do it, it instinctively tells me it's wrong. I know it fits with the graffiti scene and that I'm probably uncool for commenting on it, maybe it wouldn't be so bad if it didn't swap between both.
The use of colours is fantastic though, I love the monotone look of the comic with added flashes of green and pink, it really makes certain elements stand out and adds to the crazy, really enhances the atmosphere of the comic, makes it all sorts of fun. Seeing the process behind making the comic was a nice touch, I always enjoy things like that, seeing the artwork develop from rough sketches into the final piece is great.

Ooh and the bonus comic at the end is just good fun, Captain Fuzzball and the Rumble of Doom! All that hard work, will that little guy ever get his reward?

You can find more on AstroFunk at the website, including previews for issue to and info on how to grab issue one!

In short AstroFunk is a crazy mixture of gaming, graffiti and comic culture that pops off the page and grabs you, then gets busy tagging you with green and pink markers and paint.

Sunday, 20 June 2010

Doctor Bandaid's Hot Guide to Romance - by Philippa Rice

Philippa is responsible for the carbon low genius that is My Cardboard Life, recycling really does work!
Doctor Bandaid is a hopeless romantic, always after the affections of Pauline, though in his own mind he is a true ladies man, this little book shows the tragic but hilarious results of his attempts to woo. Doctor Bandaid gives such useful help as ice breakers, gift ideas and even an inspirational poem, devoted to Pauline. The mixture of crafty paper and sticking with drawings and paints makes this a winner.

Doctor Bandaid's mini-comic is available from the My Cardboard Life Shop, I also highly recommend the webcomic, it's fun for all. If you don't believe me go and try it, you soon will.

Oh and it also helped a bit that at the Expo Philippa was dressed up as The Doctor (Doctor Who, not Doctor Bandaid, though the comparison would be fun). 

Saturday, 19 June 2010

Cowboy Love is Pure 1 - By Tom McNally

I've just read another comic from my adventures at the MCM Expo.
Cowboy Love is Pure is a great little read, the bright yellow paper it was printed on drew me over, I started to flick through and found myself learning that some cowboys seek advice on love from a giant centipede. It's a very short read but the first in a small set, the smallness makes it easy to just pick up and try, which I recommend you do by the way.
Cowboy Love is Pure is also available here, in website form, including a rather entertaining rave image.

Go on and read, you know you want to. 

Thursday, 10 June 2010

Review: Something Brewing - By Amanda Elanor Tribble

Something Brewing is one of the books I snatched from the Comic Village at the MCM Expo in May. The cover attracted me, people say don't judge a book by its cover but lets be honest a comic book cover is a different matter, it's part of the whole presentation and overall this is a lovely thing to see. The comic itself is about two people, Lou a struggling writer and Dan who works in the cafe that she frequents and their everyday life. Despite it being a short (but sweet) comic it's still very clear to see this friendship between them has been developing for a while and is possibly changing into more. The simplicity of the backgrounds gives each page a spacious, open feel, it invites you to read more, sometimes it's tempting to pour detail after detail into the background but less is more in this case, it really helps to highlight the feelings between the characters and their situations. A great short read, perfect for hiding inside your text books during school (not that I would encourage such behaviour, specially if you get caught).
So in summary a lovely book by a lovely person, she was kind enough to sign the first page of my copy, you can tell how genuinely nice she is by the lengthy thanks she gives on the back page.
Very much worth the read.

Random thing about the comic: The cover is printed in such a way that all the blacks are slightly raised off the page, I get easily amused when that happens and like to run my fingers over the synopsis and pretend like it's Braille. Not quite that far, I just like the feel of it.

This comic is: Shiny!
To see more of Amanda's work you can visit Painted Lunacy.

This is what I love about small press and self published comics, it's so easy to get into it that we get to see so many talented people develop their styles right there infront of us. Age, experience, contacts, none of that matters, you just need the will and drive to do it and all those other small press, self published types are always there to help. I hope to see much more from Amanda in the future.

Who else has bought this comic? Feel free to share your views in the comments.

Broken - 145/365

Broken - 145/365
Originally uploaded by Britt7094
It can be stuck back together but the damage is done.