REVEALED: more details of the line-up for our new comic anthology CROSS

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CROSSks1With just under two weeks to go until our Kickstarter deadline, we wanted to share some artwork and details from CROSS, our new anthology of poking fun at politicians… sorry, important political satire.

There are some names you’ll know, and some you won’t, but all of them have done great work on our behalf. If you like what you see, then head to http://kck.st/ZgiFuU and sign up to buy a copy of the book for £10 including postage. That way, you’ll find 64 pages of comics and satire dropping through your letterbox before Christmas.

So here they are: most of the cast of creators who have made CROSS far far better than we could ever have imagined:

Press - SpinxDavid Baillie and SPINX: 2000AD writer David Baillie and SPINX bring flair, imagination and a healthy disdain for the powerful to their story The Archaeology Inspector.

Rob Williams and PJ Holden: A dynamic duo from the 2000AD stable, their story for CROSS tracks the progress of an earnest and serious young man who is determined to do good in the world by becoming an MP.

Howard Hardiman: One of our favourite indie creators, whose book The Lengths combines humour, erotica and dogs in a totally legal way. Now he turns his attention to squirrels and fascism. Obviously.

Dave and Boris by Alwyn TalbotMary Talbot and Alwyn Talbot: Costa Award winner Mary Talbot brings us the early years of many of our favourite political figures, with some amazing caricatures and a very cute teddy bear provided by artist Alwyn.

Richmond Clements and Nick Dyer: Small press superstar Richmond and 2000AD artist Nick team up to place an unexpected character on border patrol duty at the Channel Tunnel.

Goodbye RikCy Dethan and Matt Timson: From the creator of Cancertown Cy Dethan and internationally published artist Matt Timson comes the story of an individual’s battle against the system.

Hell2 - MitchellEmma Beeby and Gavin Mitchell: Judge Dredd writer Emma Beeby and fantastic emerging talent Gavin Mitchell team up to explore the coalition of Heaven and Hell.

Owen Johnson and Conor Boyle: British Comics Award nominee Owen Johnson brings a dark edge to this story of our surveillance society, illustrated by Disconnected’s own Conor Boyle.

Parliament - GlassTom Eglington and Verity Glass: 2000AD writer Tom Eglington and Dr Who cover artist Verity Glass channel everyone’s favourite Christmas movie to explore the way life turns out if you vote… and if you don’t…

Tom Foster: Emerging 2000AD star Tom brings us a story of the sacrifices we all need to make for austerity – we are all in it together, after all.

Header by SoffeWe’ve also got a cover by the amazing Pye Parr, illustrations by small press dynamo and all-round good egg Matthew Soffe (who created the caricatures to the left), lettering by Jim Campbell (because letterers deserve more credit) and a couple of surprises that we’re keeping up our sleeve for another few days….

Tempted? Of course you are! Head on over to http://kck.st/ZgiFuU and sign up to buy a copy of the book for £10 including postage. You won’t pay anything until after 8 November, the book comes out a week later, and you’ll have a copy of cross through your letterbox in time for the Queen’s Speech.

Thanks for reading!

CROSS: Dave and Boris, then and now

This wonderful image of Our Dave and Uncle Boris comes from Alwyn Talbot, artist on Preparation for Leadership, in our forthcoming anthology CROSS.

Dave and Boris by Alwyn TalbotDave and Boris have known each other for an awfully long time – from Eton, to Oxford (including that adorable photo of them with their Bullingdon Club chums), and up through the ranks of the Conservative Party. We’re delighted to have the opportunity to feature them in CROSS, loveable rogues that they are. Continue reading

A sneak preview of CROSS artwork – and a video we love

Back from our trip to the Lakes International Comic Art Festival, truly a delightful weekend in the country. Kendal embraced the festival again, with comics exhibitions, talks, sales and workshops throughout the town. It’s a great show, highly recommended.

Our thoughts turn again to CROSS, which has now broken through the £500 mark over on Kickstarter. To celebrate, we thought we’d share a little snippet of artwork by Matt Timson, from the story Pulling The Plug by Cy Dethan.

Goodbye RikAnd because it was such a beautiful panel, celebrating one of our generation’s finest comedians, we thought we’d accompany it with a video. Here’s Rik Mayall, as Alan B’stard, with a party political broadcast on behalf of the Conservative Party:

If you like a bit of politics in your comics, why not head over to http://tinyurl.com/BackCROSS and pledge £10 on Kickstarter to pre-order your copy. We’ll be posting out books to reach you all by Christmas.

Thanks for reading!

Disconnected Press announce CROSS – A Political Satire Anthology

Here at Disconnected Press, we’re generally happy, busy people. But every so often, things make us angry. And we get angry, we do what every self-respecting person does: we make comics.

Welcome to out latest venture: CROSS – A Political Satire Anthology

Header by SoffeCROSS is a 64 page sideswipe at the establishment, brought to you by some of the finest established and emerging creators on the UK comics scene.

We’re delighted to welcome back Disconnected stalwarts including Tom Foster (now also working for 2000AD), Verity Glass (now drawing Dr Who covers for Titan), the prolific Owen Johnson, and the inimitable Matthew Soffe, whose artwork you can see above.

In addition, we’ve enlisted some people you may know, including Rob Williams, Mary Talbot, PJ Holden, Howard Hardiman, Emma Beeby, Matt Timson, Tom Eglington, David Baillie and many, many more! We’ll be introducing you to them in more detail over the coming weeks as we build up to the launch of CROSS at ThoughtBubble.

But first: we need your help!

CROSS is the biggest, boldest book we’ve ever made, with more pages, more creators and possibly more robots than we’ve ever featured… This means that it costs more to produce. So today we’re launching a KICKSTARTER and asking for your help in bringing this book to reality.

Please have a read of the Kickstarter page and, if you like what you read, pledge some money. We’ll say Thank You to everyone who supports us – and we’ll really mean it too!

And spread the word – tweet, post it on Facebook, tell your mum. We’ve always said we thought comics could change the world. This time, we think we’ve got a pretty good shot.

CROSSks1Support us now over at https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/657603937/cross-a-political-satire-anthology.

Announcing: An Announcement!

got-patienceYou’ve been very patient….

And you won’t have to wait much longer.

This time next week, we will be hitting the newswires with some Very Exciting News about our next publication. Due out at ThoughtBubble in November, it promises to be our Biggest, Boldest Book yet, featuring some of our favourite creators, both emerging and established.

Artwork has been coming in thick and fast and we can promise you, among other things:

  • Robots
  • Spies
  • Public schoolboys
  • The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse
  • Someone with a bucket on his head

To make it all possible, we’ll be looking to you – our lovely readers – for help with a bit of fundraising. We had a rather spiffing time the last time we launched a Kickstarter, but this time, our goals will be higher and our rewards more to do with production costs than with keeping us stocked in biscuits.

So keep your eyes on this website and the @DisconnectedPrs Twitter feed on Wednesday 8 October. No more announcing announcements – next week, we’re definitely going to announcing our new comic, telling you who’s in it and what it’s about, and asking for your help in making it a reality.

A Cultural Exploration of the Pig in Contemporary Music (honestly)

Last year, as we launched Sentient Zombie Space Pigs Issue 1, we reflected on the cultural significance of the humble swine in the realm of the motion picture. (Yes, we really did. And yes, we should get out more.)

pigsThis year, we thought we would take you on a musical journey. All rights obviously belong to those who own them and we are grateful for the opportunity to share them with you.

Where to start? Continue reading

Guess Who’s Coming To Dinner… Again…

pig2August 2013. An unsuspecting farmer unleashed a plague that no-one could have predicted.

They were feral.

They were hungry.

They were somehow quite intelligent.

They were the Sentient Zombie Space Pigs – and they are coming back!

Yes, we’re delighted to announce that Issue 2 of Sentient Zombie Space Pigs will be launching on 30 August at Melksham Comic Con, one year on from the debut of Issue 1. And we can confirm that we’re holding the cover price steady at just £1. Yep, 100 pence for 20 whole pages of porcine panic, bacon brutality and downright Ham-a-geddon.

Once again, dear readers, we are giving you the chance to leave your bloody hoofprint on our comic. After the success of last year’s competition – and because we can’t think of anything different – here’s The Very Same Competition!

What to do? We have always been impressed by comics and books that have marvellous quotes on them to tell you how good they are. “A tremendous piece of work!” “A bold new direction for comics!” “Not bad!” – that sort of thing.

We’d like you to provide us with a quote. Two conditions: one, you don’t get to read the comic first (!) and two, it must feature a pig-based pun.

The top three quotes will feature on the back cover of SENTIENT ZOMBIE SPACE PIGS 2 and win a signed copy of Issue 2 of SENTIENT ZOMBIE SPACE PIGS. Our favourite quoter will also win a character sketch from the comic by the world’s finest zombie pig artist: Conor Boyle.

How to enter: simple – add a comment to this blog or enter via Twitter to @DisconnectedPrs.

Closing date: midnight on Wednesday 13 August 2014.

Spread the word. The SENTIENT ZOMBIE SPACE PIGS are coming – back!

Bristol, you were great!

Last weekend saw Disconnected Press at our third Bristol Comic Expo.

Bristol 2012 was the site for launching our first comics – Disconnected Vol 1 and Lost: Boys. We got such a warm welcome and a positive reception from people that it’s been a delight to go back each subsequent year.

We did the maths yesterday and realised that – in our two years of existence – we have produced seven books and worked with 38 creators. It seems a lot longer than two years (in the nicest possible way), and we’re truly proud to have worked with some great people, a number of whom are embarking on professional comics careers with major publishers (details soon – can’t let cats out of bags) and all of whom have gone on to produce great work within the UK small and independent press. At some point, I promise to do a “where are they now?” blog…

This year, we introduced Bristol Comic Expo to Disconnected Vol 3, Do Aliens Play Basketball? and the inimitable Sentient Zombie Space Pigs. The Pigs are on their second print run and are our best-selling comic to date (and don’t worry, folks, Issue 2 is due out in August. And we can confirm there will be four issues in total. And that the price per issue will never go above £1 plus postage. Phew.).

For some reasons, they also let both Conor and I speak to people this year. I had the great honour of interviewing Arthur Suydam - the Zombie King – who produced much of the great artwork associated with Marvel Zombies and has some stunning zombie riffs on classic American art. And I said my bit in the Small Press: Passion or Pain panel, where I talked getting started, marketing, motivation, digital, and purple porcupines with Nich Angell, Jess Bradley, Jon Lock and Ian Matthews. Conor for his part spoke in the panel on panels (very meta) – talking technique, page layout, panel design and the importance of white space with Ian Matthews and others.

Next official stop for the Disconnected wagon is Melksham at the end of August; however, we’re looking at convention opportunities before that and we will have BIG NEWS about a new book very soon indeed….

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