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‘Do Something’ – Official Leicester Launch
Upstairs at Firebug (1 Millstone Lane, Leicester, LE1 5JN)
3-5pm, Saturday 3rd December
There will be a panel discussion, raffle and readings, and fine company. Also, cake.
Several local contributors will be taking part in the launch, including Rod Duncan, Jay Eales, Jenny Walklate, Ambrose Musiyiwa, Will Ellwood, Penny Jones & Cynthia Rodriguez.
The cake will be free, but the zine will cost you a fiver.
Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1678502645705533/
‘Do Something’ at Astral Gypsy (Coventry)
Astral Gypsy comic shop (Unit 2E, Fargo Village, Far Gosford Street) in Coventry.
Sunday 4th December, 1.30-3.00pm
Astral Gypsy are kindly hosting us (Editors: Jay Eales & Selina Lock) for the afternoon to sell copies and chat about the zine.
We will hopefully be joined by local creator Yen Quach. Each copy of the zine comes with a free print of an illustrated poem by Yen.
Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/226533384445814/
Do Something is a zine that came about as a result of the EU Referendum and the rise in hate crime that followed.
We sat in shock for a few days, and wondered what if anything we could do. We saw others in our social media feeds who seemed similarly lost. We put out a call to arms to the writers, the artists, the poets and comic creators. The political cartoonists. Many from Leicester, but also from much further afield. We called and they answered. Leicester based novelist Rod Duncan. Political cartoonist for the Morning Star, BlueLou. Mike Carey, writer of X-Men and The Girl With All the Gifts. What we originally expected to be a 24 page photocopied effort ended up a professionally published 72 page beast.
All profits from sales of Do Something go to the charity Hope Not Hate, which sums up the ethos of the project. It may not be a big thing, but as the Chinese philosopher Lao Tzu said “A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step”. We hope that you will join us in adding to the sum of Hope and tipping it away from Hate.
The event ties in with the ‘HOPE not hate’ weekend of action.
If you are unable to join us for an event, but would like to buy a copy of the zine then please PayPal £6.50 (includes UK p&p) plus your delivery address to email@example.com
Do Something – a charity zine to raise money for ‘Hope not hate‘ was born.
This was our response to the Brexit referendum vote and rise in hate crime in the UK.
Zine is 72 pages, perfect bound with some colour illustrations.
Do Something – Contents:
TO ORDER in the UK:
Paypal £6.50 (£5 per copy plus £1.50 p&p) to firstname.lastname@example.org
Profits will be donated to Hope Not Hate
For overseas orders please contact us for a price via email@example.com
Thanks to our friend Regie Rigby of Desination Venus Comics (Harrogate) you’ll be able to buy our newest publications at their table at Thought Bubble this weekend.
They are at Stand 1, Royal Armouries Hall.
Hot off the presses you’ll be able to purchase:
The first two volumes of the Lee Kennedy Collection.
Inner City Pagan collects strips from Lee’s small press Inner City Pagan comics plus extra material. With a foreword by Zograf.
Wage Slave collects strips from Lee’s small press Wage Slave comics plus extra material. With a foreword by Roberta Gregory.
Each volume will be £10 each.
You’ll also be able to pick up copies of Do Something! our charity zine in aid of Hope Not Hate. This will be the perfect bound edition with some colour illustrations and a free A5 print of an illustrated poem by Yen Quach.
It includes a brand new short story by Mike Carey, illustrations by Dave Windett, Emma Reynolds, BlueLou and comic strips by Vicky Stonebridge and Paul Rainey. For full table of contents see our previous post. They will be £5 with profits going to the charity.
So pop along to see Destination Venus Comics at Stand 1, Royal Armouries Hall.
22 October at 14:30–15:30
Leicester Central Library, Bishop Street, Leicester LE1 6AA
A panel discussion with Jay Eales, Selina Lock and James Worrad from The Speculators., a Leicester writing group. We will cover writing fan fiction, short stories, novels, comics & short films.
BOOKING ESSENTIAL – call the library on 0116 2995401
For more information on StarBase and the Sci-Fi festival, go towww.starbaseleicester.co.u
For more information on The Speculators, go to https://
Ten days ago Jay and I were feeling powerless and angry about the current state of the UK, especially the reported rise in hate crime. So we decided to do something we know how to do – make a zine.
Do Something – a charity zine to raise money for ‘Hope not hate‘ was born.
Many thanks to all our contributors for such a quick and supportive response. Many thanks also to Jay, as he enables me when I have mad ideas and then does all the production work!!
We will have 25 photocopied versions of the zine for sale at Small Press Day at Forbidden Planet Leicester, 2-5.30pm, Saturday 9th July.
Over the next few weeks we will also look at making the printed version and a PDF version more widely available for sale. Watch this blog for updates…
The event at Forbidden Planet Leicester is:
2.30pm – 5.30pm
23 Silver Street, Leicester, LE1 5EU
Creators appearing as part of the event are:
Drew Sumner – Ink & Booze
Jade Sarson – TeaHermit
Esme Baran – Undine Adventurer
Sally Jane Thompson – Atomic Sheep
Jay & I will be running free ‘Introduction to Writing Comics’ workshops.
The workshops will introduce you to the elements of a comic script, and provide a taster of the foundations of comic book writing.
We are running the workshop twice at:
2.30 – 3.10pm and 3.50 – 4.30pm
To book your place contact Forbidden Planet Leicester with your preferred timeslot.
More info on their FaceBook event and you can book by commenting on the post there.
Tomorrow is States of Independence, the annual independent book fair organised by Five Leaves Press and DeMontfort University.
Come along for a great free day of talks and indie press stalls.
Jay & I will be giving a talk at 3pm on “What d’you mean there’s no women in comics?”
Do come along and say Hi!
We always enjoy going to Thought Bubble, as it’s one of the most diverse comic cons on the calendar. Lots of creators we know and lots of new talent on display too.
Saturday started by bumping into comics bud Terry Wiley in the queue and then seeking out Lydia Wysocki’s Applied Comics Etc. stall. Special thanks to Lydia for letting us dump our coats with her and lending me her chair for a sit down later in the day.
Terry & Lydia have recently been involved in a project with the University of Newcastle Special Collections (WW1 archive – see Thomas Baker Brown below).
I made an unexpected impulse buy of this lovely hand-painted stone by Dominika Tomczyk. Dominika’s day job is as a mannequin make-up artist – who knew there was such a job! Those in London will have seen her mannequin work in various Xmas shop displays (e.g. Selfridges). We also caught up with Cliodhna Lyons, who was table sharing with Dominika and Benedict Bowen (storyboard artist & Phoenix Comic creator).
Jay’s impulse art purchase was this lovely print by Sonya Hallett, as the dog reminded us of our dog Loki (who does like eating orange things!).
We spent a lot of the Saturday and the Sunday chatting to the various people we bought comics/books from, as well as Andy Waterfield (who was involved in the British Comic Awards this year), Rachael Smith, Leah Moore & John Reppion, Antony Johnston and lots more.
Saturday night we went for a lovely Italian meal and catch-up with Matt Brooker, Jenni Scott & Richard Buck. Walking around the halls had worn us out, so afterwards we headed back to our hotel to watch Doctor Who.
Sunday saw us finally get to Armouries hall for more chat and swag. We also went along to meet up with some of the creators from the ‘Women in Comics’ FB group. It was lovely to catch up with Maura McHugh, Sally Jane Thompson, Karen Rubins and to meet Tammy Taylor, Julie Nick, Kerrie Smith, Edward Brophy and Sarah Louise Elliott. Jay wants to apologise to Sarah for almost cutting her out of the photo. That’s not how it looked on the phone, honest!
Jay has been busy writing short stories and has several being published in new anthologies:
The Perennial Miss Wildthyme
Right vs Left vs Wrong, by Paul Vayro
Wildthyme and The Wolf, by Graham Tedesco-Blair
Dolores Smith and the Birthday Bear, by Kara Dennison
The Girl Who Went Up In Smoke, by Greg Maughan
Onesies, by Steve Palace
The Opera of Samhain, by Donald McCarthy
A Grove Invisible, by Juliet Kemp
Michael Drake, by Dale Smith
The Midnight Empire, by Julio Angel Ortiz
Doppler Shift, by Ian Potter
Closure, by Paul Castle
Cover Artist: Paul Hanley
Available to pre-order from Obverse Books.
You Left Your Biscuit Behind
Elf Prefix by Graham Wynd
Between Love and Hat by Jay Eales
Black Glass by James Bennett
No Mercy by Kate Hollamby
That’s the Way the Cookie Crumbles by Penny Jones
Feeding the Fish by Carol Borden
Mermaids in Cape Town by Mame Diene
Patron by E.J. Davies
The Price of a Biscuit by Kate Coe
The Princess, The Pekingese and the Ivory Box by R.A. Kennedy
Cover art will be by Michaela Margett
Kitchen Sink Gothic
1964 by Franklin Marsh
Derek Edge and the Sunspots by Andrew Darlington
Black Sheep by Gary Fry
Jamal Comes Home by Benedict J. Jones
Waiting by Kate Farrell
Lilly Finds a Place to Stay by Charles Black
The Mutant’s Cry by David A. Sutton
The Sanitation Solution by Walter Gascoigne
Up and Out of Here by Mark Patrick Lynch
Late Shift by Adrian Cole
The Great Estate by Shaun Avery
Nine Tenths by Jay Eales
Envelopes by Craig Herbertson
Tunnel Vision by Tim Major
Life is Prescious by M. J. Wesolowski
Canvey Island Baby by David Turnbull
Cover Artwork by Joe Young