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 2014

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

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 and @safarifestival.

Flowering Harbour by Seiichi Hayashi

Breakdown Press are very excited to announce that we’ll be working with manga expert and academic Ryan Holmberg on a series of translations of classic and avant garde Japanese comics.

The first in the series is Flowering Harbour by the great Seiichi Hayashi. One of Hayashi’s early contributions to the alternative manga magazine GaroFlowering Harbour is a love story filtered through the aesthetics of enka music, known informally as “Japanese blues”. Our edition is the first time the comic has been translated into English and includes a new introduction by Hayashi.

We’ll be launching the book at the Japan Foundation on July 1st, where Holmberg will be interviewing Hayashi about his life and work, then we’ll be celebrating the release with a listening party at Gosh! London on July 2nd, again with Hayashi and Holmberg in attendance. The book will then be available at our online store and all good comic book shops shortly after!



We had a brilliant time at ELCAF! Thanks so much to all of you who came and bought our books, and thanks especially to Joe Kessler, Antoine Cossé, Lando and the fabulous Josephine Mairead King Edwards for signing books and hanging out with us.

Luckily for you guys, we have a few copies left of Antoine’s latest short comic NWAI, which are now available at our online store.

Breakdown Press at ELCAF


Breakdown Press will be at ELCAF this Saturday 14th June with a host of guests including Joe KesslerAntoine CosseZoe TaylorLando, and more.

We’ll also be representing the outstanding Space Face Books, with copies of all their latest books on sale, including Simon Hanselmann’s Life Zone and Jonny Negron’s Loose Joints. We’re very excited that JMKE, whose Emmy was published by Space Face last year will be joining us too all the way from nearby Brighton.

Most excitingly though, we’ll have a very limited edition new book by Antoine Cosse, NWAI, a landscape format, Risograph printed comic in Antoine’s classic magic realist style. We expect the book to sell out at ELCAF so make sure you come down if you want a copy! Any we have left over will end up at our online store shortly after the festival.

See you there!

Treasure Island 2

Treasure Island 2, the latest comic from the great Connor Willumsen, will be released at TCAF in Toronto this Saturday 10th May. Connor will be in attendance at the Breakdown Press table in the Wowee Zonk area, so come say hi!

If you’re not able to make it to TCAF, Treasure Island 2 is available to pre-order now from our web store. Pre-orders will ship on May 13th and the book will be in all good comic and art book stores shortly after the festival.

The last few copies of Treasure Island 1 will be available at TCAF too, but worry not: a second print will be available very soon.

Breakdown Press at Process


On Wednesday March 5th, Breakdown Press will be guest speakers at Process, a monthly workshop and discussion group for aspiring cartoonists. Joe KesslerAntoine Cossé, Lando and Zoë Taylor will each be in attendance discussing their work, and Tom and Simon of Breakdown will be there representing the editorial and publishing side of things. The event takes place at Gosh! London and starts at 7pm. You can find more information about Process and the event here.