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Summer greetings from Disconnected HQ. We thought it was time for a wee update on our forthcoming convention plans and a teaser or two about the new comics we’ll be publishing later this year.

mcclogomediumFirstly, a plug for a comic con that we sadly can’t attend this year: Melksham. You’ve probably never heard of Melksham but it’s a great little town in Wiltshire, between Bath and Swindon, and it has the Finest Comic Convention of the Year. Trust us! We’ve been each year and seen the show grow from one day to two, taking in more of the town each time and always with a great line-up of guests, a wonderful atmosphere and some of the nicest volunteers and visitors that we’ve ever met. Melksham Comic Con is on Saturday 29 and Sunday 30 August at the Assembly Hall – you can buy tickets in advance at http://melkshamcomiccon.com/.

On to cons that we’ll actually be attending:

StairwayOctober will see us returning to Kendal for the Lakes International Comic Arts Festival. We’ve talked before about this one as it’s a firm favourite. The Con really takes over the town, usually theming at least one pub, with workshops and talks in bookshops and cafes and some stellar guests. We’ll be launching a new book at this year’s Lakes show – something a little different from Disconnected and something that we’re VERY EXCITED to be producing. I can’t tell you any more just yet but here’s something from the book from artist Conor Boyle. We’ll be posting more soon!

You can track us down at LICAF in the Clock Tower in Kendal on 17 and 18 October. You can also find the full programme for the festival at http://issuu.com/lakesinternationalcomicartfestival/docs/licaf_programme_2015 (56 pages!!!).

Last but not least, we can confirm that we’ll be at ThoughtBubble again this year (14/15 November, Royal Armouries, Leeds). We’ll be in the Marquee with some lovely people (have a look at some of our co-Marquee-dwellers here). ThoughtBubble is the mummy of conventions, particularly if you’re interested in independent comics: it’s absolutely kid-in-sweet-shop-tastic. And we’ll have a little something for you at ThoughtBubble too – something that many of you have been waiting for…. Yes, more eagerly awaited than the new Star Wars, it’s the return of the Sentient Zombie Space Pigs….

LunchAs always, you can keep an eye on what we’re up to on the @DisconnectedPrs Twitter feed, which will get busier as the cons get closer. And you can pick up copies of our books at http://www.comicsy.co.uk/disconnectedpress/ or by dropping us an email to hello@disconnectedpress.co.uk.

Happy travels!!

CROSS: now reduced to just £5

CoverPost-election and with cuts abounding from George Osborne’s Summer Budget (tax cuts if your estate is worth more than £1m; benefit cuts if you’ve got bugger all), we’ve decided to reduce the cost of political satire anthology CROSS to £5.

CROSS was compiled before the last election and features work from creators including Rob Williams, Mary Talbot, SICBA award winner Emma Beeby, Vertigo writer David Baillie and many many more. It was our rallying call to encourage people to engage with politics; the message remains but the specifics (voting) are now a little past their sell by date (the appearances of Messrs Clegg, Miliband and Farage show that some things have changed since May).

Anyhoo, if you would like 64 pages of poking sticks at the establishment, featuring some fantastic artwork and great storytelling, simply pop on over to our Comicsy shop and order your copy!

All the best!

Next stop: Glasgow Comic Con!

We’re delighted to tell you that we will be at Glasgow Comic Con on Saturday 4 and Sunday 5 July!!

This will be our first trip to Glasgow Con – track record suggests it’ll be a really lively event with a great line-up of guests and some exciting small press and indie comics to pick up too. This year’s guests include Emma Beeby (CROSS, 2000AD), Karrie Fransman, Tanya Roberts, John Wagner, John Higgins and some chap called Mark Millar…

In our cupboard of books this time: we will have some copies of On Dangerous Ground, published by the National Trust for Scotland and featuring artwork by Conor Boyle. It’s a graphic novel of the Battle of Bannockburn and it’s a rip-roaring read. AND it has pages in 3D!!

We’ll also have copies of political anthology CROSS, the inimitable Sentient Zombie Space Pigs and our most recent “small town weirdness” anthology Disconnected 3.

So come and find us…. On Saturday, we’ll be at the Renfield (the cosplay hub) and on Sunday we’ll be in the Art School. Tweet us @DisconnectedPrs if you can’t find us!!

GCC Guests

We’re off to Wonderlands! And someone’s got a new comic out!

wonderlandsWe’re back on the convention trail at the end of this month, going to the first ever Wonderlands Graphic Novel Expo.

Wonderlands takes place on Saturday 30 May (10am – 8pm) at the CitySpace at the University of Sunderland. And it’s free. And it’s going to be awesome!!!

Want proof? Well, aside from the fact that we’ll be there, Wonderlands also features some people you may know: Continue reading

Why 7 May is the start and not the end

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CoverWe’ve been writing about politics for six months now (thanks for sticking with us), in part to promote CROSS, but also because we’re real advocates of thinking about and participating in elections and politics more generally.

With the election just one day away, it seemed time for some final thoughts. So here we go: Continue reading

Free Comic Book Day – Saturday 2 May

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We’re delighted to announce two extra special bits of news for Free Comic Book Day, aka Saturday 2 May.

orbital-comics-geek-nerd-londonThe great comics giveaway at Orbital Comics in London

It’s less than a week until the General Election, so Free Comic Book Day comes at an ideal time for us. We’ve been working hard to put the politics back into comics through our satirical anthology CROSS – featuring reknowned creators including Rob Williams (Dr Who, 2000AD), Mary Talbot (Dotter of Her Father’s Eyes), PJ Holden (2000AD, Dept of Monsterology), Matt Timson (Impaler) and David Baillie (2000AD, TMNT).

Now you can get your hands on a free copy of CROSS – head along to Orbital Comics, 8 Great Newport Street, WC2 (closest tube Leicester Square) this Saturday and the good people there will be happy to help.

retailer03337Disconnected in the flesh at Komix in Melksham!!

Yes, we’re heading for our favourite comics town, home of a fantastic comic convention every August and a comics shop that is both fine and architecturally interesting!

We’ll be at Komix on Saturday 2 May and – because it’s Free Comic Book Day – we’ll be giving out free comics! Your chance to get your hands on a range of Disconnected Press titles, including our political satire anthology CROSS, completely free.

Come along to Komix, The Roundhouse, 25 Church Street, Melksham this Saturday, say hello and let us find the free comic that’s just right for you :-)

Highlights from the campaign trail

As you’d expect, here at Disconnected Press, we’ve been keeping an eye on the campaign trail (in between comic cons, deadlines and preparing Issue 3 of Everyone’s Favourite Comic…). We thought we’d share a few little moments with you, and give you another reminder to purchase your copy of CROSS, our comic anthology of political satire and voting intentions….

Nige

Bless him, just when you thought he was gone, he pops back up like the proverbial. He owned St George’s Day by doing what everyone else was doing: getting drunk: The Guardian kindly provided a drink-by-drink rundown and listed the karaoke highlights of the evening – http://bit.ly/1Efe3FF.

It’s easy to be flip about Nigel, to point out how this man of the people had a £34,000 a year education and a healthy career in commodities trading before he became a politician. It’s easy to underestimate him.

That said, it’s easy to overestimate him too. One good thing that has come from the disproportionate media coverage of Nigel is that it’s forced the media into giving more coverage to other minority parties – many of whom have a much stronger chance of winning some seats than UKIP does. So, thank you, Nigel, for helping give a voice to the Scots, the Welsh, the Greens and even the Lib Dems. You’re a real gent.

Farage - Agent of CROWNEd

What’s going on with Ed? #Milifandom was a bit of a surprise – and I will be mightily disappointed if I find out it was a campaign tactic from some smart alec at Labour Party HQ. But it’s amazing how a bunch of people who were saying “he’s weird” have gone very quiet based on the power of other people saying “he’s allright, actually”. This is political debate at its most refined.

Dave

Dave and Boris by Alwyn TalbotTo be honest, any excuse to use this pic of Dave and Boris, drawn by Alwyn Talbot – makes me chuckle every time. The thing I’ve noticed about Dave on the campaign trail… well, I haven’t really noticed him at all. Apart from when he forgot which football team he supports. Oh, and when he tried to sell off all the affordable housing – yeah, that was a corker.

But obviously, there was this: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/election-2015-32223486.

Nicola, Natalie and Leanne

This: http://www.independent.co.uk/incoming/article10183343.ece/alternates/w620/HUG.jpg

Because maybe there is a new kind of politics on its way.

Nick

Yeah.

The final analysis

Just over a week to go. Between now and then, we’ll be following proceedings with an eager eye and making a special appearance at one of our favourite comic stores for Free Comic Book Day (this Saturday – watch this website for details!). On the night itself, we’ll be up late, watching and counting with the rest of you, to see what kind of colour combination we end up with for the next five years. Usual Suspects FINAL

 

 

 

Join us on Saturday at Birmingham Comics Festival!

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Delighted to be hitting the road again this weekend and heading to Lizzie‘s home city of Birmingham! Birmingham Comics Festival runs from 9am – 6pm this Saturday, 18 April, at Edgbaston Cricket Ground. And the line-up looks FANTASTIC!

CoverWe’ll be there with copies of political satire anthology CROSS, a brand new print run of Sentient Zombie Space Pigs 1 and 2, sketches, artwork and much more. We’re also happy to talk to writers and artists who are just starting out and want advice about, well, anything!

This is typically the point where I start to talk politics to draw attention to CROSS, so I won’t let you down. Continue reading

Edinburgh Comic Convention – here we come!

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This weekend will see the Disconnected Press tour bus (um, well, us on a train) heading north of the border for Edinburgh Comic Convention.

The convention runs on Saturday and Sunday at Potterow, 5/2 Bristo Square, Edinburgh EH8 9AL. Tickets can be bought on the door and all the timings etc are available at www.heroconventions.com.

So, what are we looking forward to? Continue reading

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