Finally the finest comics of the season can be yours!
Breakdown Press and To Do present the launch of Windowpane 3 by Joe Kessler and Klaus Magazine 1 by Richard Short.
This will be the first chance to buy Joe's book, which will be fresh from the Risograph at Victory Press in Deptford.
We'll be displaying the original artwork from both books, for one night only before the art travels to Bologna with Joe and Richard for an exhibition at BilBOlbul festival. Alongside the books, we'll have some screenprinted posters to buy, designed by Joe and Richard and printed by Joe.
Join us at To Do, Peckham Springs, 22A Blenheim Grove, London SE15 4QN this Friday 13th November from 7pm.
Safari Festival 2015 was another banger! 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 the heat. See you next year!
Below are a bunch of photos from the event. Click the arrows for more.
Photos courtesy of Franke Pike.
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!
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 Ganjei, Rob Flowers, Tim Stevens), Breakdown Press (Joe Kessler,Antoine Cossé, Richard Short, Zoë Taylor), Calm & Collected Studio, Comic Book Slumber Party, Comics Workbook(Will Tempest, Liam Cobb, Tom Kemp), Decadence Comics (Lando, Stathis Tsemberlidis), Donya Todd, Eleni Kalorkoti, Esther McManus, Eyeball Comix,Famicon Express (Leon Sadler, Stefan Sadler, Jon Chandler), Faye Coral Johnson,Good Press, Grace Wilson, Isaac Lenkiewicz, Jack Teagle, James Jarvis, Jazz Dad Books, Joseph P Kelly, Kus!, Landfill Editions, Laura Callaghan, Marijpol, Matt Swan, Mike Redmond, Mothership, Nous Vous, One Beat Zines, Otto Press, Sina Sparrow, Treasure Fleet (Aisha Franz, Sharmila Banerjee), Will Sweeney, and, of course, Breakdown Press.
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!
We’re very excited to be the featured publisher at this year’s Oslo Comics Expo. We’ll be bringing Joe Kessler and Antoine Cossé with us, and the Decadence boys Lando and Stathis are gonna be there, so if you’ve been looking for an excuse to head over to Norway, now’s the time!
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).
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.
We'll be at Comic Arts Brooklyn on Saturday November 8th, so if you're in New York, some say hi!
We'll be launching new books from Lala Albert, Inés Estrada and Conor Stechschulte (about which more later), and will be part of a pre-party on Friday 7th, involving some of our favourite small publishers.
See you there!
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.
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.