Ding Dong Circus by Sasaki Maki

We’re very excited to announce that we’ll be releasing Ding Dong Circus and other stories 1967-1974 by the great avant-garde Japanese artist Sasaki Maki this December.

This collection presents, for the first time in English, the best of Sasaki Maki’s work, mainly from alt-manga super magazine Garo. Drawn between 1967 and 1974, the fifteen stories here follow Sasaki’s groundbreaking exploration of collage methods in comics storytelling, weaving through references to R&B, rock ‘n’ roll, the Vietnam War, Andy Warhol, the Summer of Love, the Beatles, British humour, and the wacky world of Japanese consumerism. Ding Dong Circus demonstrates what manga fans already knew: that in Sasaki Maki, Japan can claim not only a pioneer in experimental comics, but one of the world’s masters of Pop Art and a trenchant avant-garde critic of the Sixties.

Translator and editor Ryan Holmberg has just published an extensive essay about Sasaki at The Comics Journal, which is the perfect thing to keep you going until the book’s release!

Safari Festival 2015

We’re very glad to announce that SAFARI FESTIVAL is back for 2015. From 11am to 6pm on Saturday 22nd August, we’ll be stuffing the very best cartoonists, printmakers and publishers, from the UK and beyond, into Protein Gallery, Shoreditch, London. As ever, the festival is completely free to attend.

This year’s exhibitors include: Anti Ghost Studio (Babak GanjeiRob Flowers, Tim Stevens), Breakdown Press (Joe Kessler,Antoine CosséRichard ShortZoë Taylor), Calm & Collected StudioComic Book Slumber PartyComics Workbook(Will TempestLiam Cobb, Tom Kemp), Decadence Comics (Lando, Stathis Tsemberlidis), Donya ToddEleni KalorkotiEsther McManusEyeball Comix,Famicon Express (Leon Sadler, Stefan Sadler, Jon Chandler), Faye Coral Johnson,Good PressGrace WilsonIsaac LenkiewiczJack TeagleJames JarvisJazz Dad BooksJoseph P KellyKus!Landfill EditionsLaura CallaghanMarijpolMatt SwanMike RedmondMothershipNous VousOne Beat ZinesOtto PressSina SparrowTreasure Fleet (Aisha FranzSharmila Banerjee), Will Sweeney, and, of course, Breakdown Press.

We still have many more exhibitors and guests to announce, so keep your eyes on safari-festival.comsafarifestival.tumblr.com or breakdownpress.tumblr.com for announcements!

OCX Aftermath

We had an amazing time at Oslo Comics Expo! It was so fun, I can’t believe it. Thanks so much to Ingrid, Aksel, and the rest of the Oslo crew for making us feel so welcome in beautiful Oslo, and thanks to Dave, Stathis, Simon, Jacq, Aisha, Paul, Sharmila, and the rest for being the best people in comics. OCX forever!

Angoulême Festival International de la Bande Dessinée

We had a great time at Angoulême! Special thanks to Antoine Cossé (we miss you!), the Decadence boys Lando and Stathis, Simon Hanselmann, Mikkel Sommer, Alexis Beauclair, Luke Pearson, Treasure Fleet, Misma, Fulgencio Pimentel, L’employé du Moi, BilBOlbul Festival, and to everyone who came and bought our books.

Here are some pics of our booth as it stood at the end of the weekend (thanks to Antoine, Simon, Lando, Stathis, Luke and Alexis for the drawings and Sean Azzopardi for the photos).

CAB debuts

Here’s us at CAB a couple of weeks ago. We had a great time! (that’s Joe Kessler, Connor Willumsen, Tom Oldham and Simon Hacking).

Not present in this inspiring image are the three fantastic new books we debuted at the show: Generous Bosom 1 by Conor Stechschulte, Janus by Lala or Sindicalismo 89 by Ines Estrada; however, they’ll be absent no longer! All three of our CAB debuts are now available from our online store!

Photo by Chris Anthony Diaz.

The Man Next Door by Masahiko Matsumoto

The second in our line of manga translations in association with Ryan Holmberg will be The Man Next Door, collecting four stories by Masahiko Matsumoto from the 1950s. The book will be released to coincide with the London Cartoon Museum’s Gekiga exhibition starting September 23rd, and will be available from our online store shortly after.

This publication has been generously supported by the Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts and Cultures

Cover design by Joe Kessler and Alex Johns.

Safari Festival

Safari Festival was a blast. Thanks so much to everyone that came to check out the comics and prints, and to the exhibitors without whom it would, of course, not have been possible. All the work on display was of the highest caliber and proved the quality of the UK's alternative and avant-garde comics better than we could have ever hoped. Special thanks are due to Helen from Protein for single-handedly running the venue and solving every problem thrown her way, and to our crew of volunteers for soldiering on despite hangovers. See you next year!

Below are a bunch of photos from the event and the pre-party at Gosh! London. Click the arrows for more.

Photos courtesy of Frankie Pike and Mauricio De Souza.

Safari Festival

We're very excited to announce the rest of our exhibitor line-up for Safari Festival, and a surprise special guest, Connor Willumsen, the incredible cartoonist behind Treasure Island, who'll be joining us all the way from Canada. That's his flyer for the festival above, which will be circulating its way around London very soon. 

Here's the list:

Ditto Press
Eleni Kalorkoti
Esther McManus
Faye Coral Johnson
James Jarvis
Matt Swan
Mike Redmond
Museums Press/Good Press
Susumu Mukai
Will Sweeney

You can see the full line-up and all other festival information at safari-festival.com

Safari Festival

Breakdown Press is very excited to announce Safari Festival, a celebration of the new wave of alternative and art comics from the UK and beyond.

The festival will be free to attend and will take place at Protein’s Studio 2 gallery in London on August 30th.

Exhibitors include:

Babak Ganjei
Breakdown Press (Joe KesslerAntoine CosséZoë Taylor)
Comic Book Slumber Party
Comics Workbook
Decadence Comics (Lando)
Donya Todd
Eyeball Comix
Famicon Express (Leon Sadler, Stefan Sadler, Jon Chandler)
Ferry Gouw
Grace Wilson
Jack Teagle
Jazz Dad Books
Joseph P Kelly
Landfill Editions (Hugh Frost)
Laura Callaghan
Rob Flowers
Sina Sparrow
Space Face Books (JMKE)

and more to be announced...

For more information, follow safarifestival.tumblr.com and @safarifestival.