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.

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Where to buy CROSS!

Let us help you survive the next month of election campaigning with our sideways glance at the world of politics, CROSS. 64 pages of satire, a tablespoon of rage, a sprinkling of Boris and a good dollop of Farage. Plus a pot plant. And the devil.

You can now buy CROSS at the following wonderful comics retailers:

Orbital Comics, 8 Great Newport Street, London WC2H 7JA (map)

GOSH Comics, 1 Berwick Street, London W1F 0DR (map)

Abstract Sprocket, 29 Saint Benedicts Street, Norwich NR2 4PF (map)

Gnash Comics, 9 West Street, Ashburton, Devon TQ13 7DT (map)

Area 51, 230 Gloucester Road, Bristol BS7 8NZ (map)

Komix, 25 Church Street, Melksham, Wiltshire SN12 6LS (map)

Automattic Comics, 17A Pickwick Road, Corsham, Wiltshire SN13 9BQ (map)

We’re hoping to add some Midlands and North retailers to the list very soon! But if you can’t get to one of these lovely shops, we still have options for you:

Find us at Edinburgh Comic Con (11/12 April, Potterow) and The Comics Festival (18 April, Edgbaston, Birmingham)

Email lizzie@disconnectedpress.co.uk and we can arrange for a copy to be sent to you with payment by Paypal or bank transfer.

Visit our online shop at Comicsy, the UK’s trusted marketplace for independent comics; there you can pay by Paypal, debit card or credit card.

No excuses, now. Get your mitts on a copy of CROSS, think about the things you like in the world and the things you don’t and whatever you do, VOTE.CoverUsual Suspects FINAL

And so it begins…

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Today saw the dissolution of Parliament. We all know what that means, right? It’s the jumping off point for six weeks of bullshit and braggadocio from our political classes as they demonstrate their belief that the way to win an election is to be as rude as possible about everyone else who’s running in it… (Note: I may shortly be slightly rude about people running in the election.) Continue reading

This weekend: Sci Fi South West!

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Yes, this weekend, we’ll be at Sci Fi South West, and we are very much looking forward to it! Two days of monsters, mayhem, Thunderbirds, Dr Who, droids, androids, and general shenanigans!many-daleksIt is only fitting at this point to remind you that we are currently selling our political satire anthology CROSS, to mention the occurences of robots in said book, and to try and draw some connections between the world of satire and the world of sci fi….

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Politics for sale – in your local comic shop!

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Good news, comics fans! Our political satire anthology CROSS is now for sale at a number of great comics shops, with more to follow.

You can now pick up a copy of CROSS for £10 AND support your local comics retailer at:

Abstract Sprocket – 29 Saint Benedict’s Street, Norwich NR2 4PF

Politics, humour, robots and flying squirrels ahoy at Abstract Sprocket in Norwich, the first time this lovely shop has hosted a Disconnected publication (and the only one of the shops on this list that we haven’t yet visited!).

Area 51 – 230 Gloucester Road, Horfield, Bristol BS7 8NZ

We met Iain and Callum at Area 51 on Saturday and almost didn’t make it out of this real treasure trove of comics, sci fi books, board games, models and memorabilia.

Automattic Comics -17 Pickwick Road, Corsham, Wiltshire SN13 9BQ

Matt at Automattic has been a friend of Disconnected for a while so it’s great to have copies of CROSS in stock with him. (He also had a gorgeous hardback of Neil Gaiman and Dave McKean’s Signal to Noise – we couldn’t leave that one behind…)

Komix – The Roundhouse, 25 Church Street, Melksham, Wiltshire SN12 6LS

Britain’s smallest comic shop in the home of Britain’s friendliest comic convention. Komix crams a great selection into a very small space, and it’s also a former gaol. Usually staffed by Brians

Orbital Comics – 8 Great Newport Street, That London, WC2H 7JA

Head to the small press West Wing of Orbital for far too much choice in independent comics. Remember, you’re looking for CROSS, right?

We’ll also have news later in the week about another stockist in London, one in Devon and – we hope – some a bit further north too!

So no more excuses about not trusting internet shopping. Get out there and get your copy of CROSS. With two months to go to the election – only a comic can help!

PS. If we’re not in your area yet, don’t despair – we’ll be selling copies at Birmingham Comics Festival and Edinburgh Comic Con in April, and you can still order online at our trusted Comicsy shop.

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Where to find us! Disconnected’s convention diary

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A quick update on our whereabouts – and where you can buy CROSS – in the coming weeks:

London Super Comic Con – 14-15 March, Excel London: we won’t have our own table at Excel this year, but the amazing Verity Glass – aka Anadapta Art – will be selling copies of CROSS at Teaserher table (D130). Verity first featured with us in Disconnected 3, with her jaw-dropping art for The Place The Big Boys Go, written by Owen Johnson. Seriously? You haven’t seen it? Get yourself over to our Comicsy shop right now and order yourself a copy! Verity also features in CROSS, illustrating It’s A Sh*t Life by 2000AD writer Tom Eglington, and is now working for Titan Comics. Go say hello – buy CROSS and ALL HER OTHER ART TOO!

[NB. You will find us at London Super Comic Con, but we’ll be wandering with the masses and enjoying a sherry or two in The Fox, no doubt!)

IMG_4980Edinburgh Comic Con – 11-12 April, Potterow, Edinburgh – we’ll be heading north of the border to Lizzie’s old stomping ground in April for Edinburgh Comic Con.

Delighted to see that Disconnected discovery Tom Foster is a guest – here’s a picture of him enjoying a very fine comic book indeed! From humble but obviously brilliant origins in Disconnected 1, Tom has graduated to drawing regularly for 2000AD, and appears as both writer and artist in CROSS.

I wonder if he’ll still talk to us…

Birmingham Comics Festival – 18 April, Edgbaston Cricket Ground – we’ll be in Brum mid April for the first Birmingham Comics Festival, which promises to be a great day out with an incredible array of guests, exhibitors and general mayhem. You’ll find Disconnected artist Conor Boyle‘s artwork on display in various places – very probably the FutureQuake, Accent UK and Markosia tables as well as ours!

SecurityWe’ll be announcing more convention appearances soon. If you can’t make it to one of the above, you can find CROSS at Orbital Comics in London or order a copy directly from us via our online shop at Comicsy, the UK comics industry’s very lovely and trusted online retail hub.

See y’all soon!

Heading to the Land of the Black Cats (that’s Sunderland to you)!

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This weekend, we’ll be packing up the Disconnected suitcase and heading north. To Sunderland, to be precise, for Sunderland Comic Con.

The con’s on both Saturday and Sunday, at the Seaburn Centre. It’s not in the city centre, but looks very accessible and is by the seaside, which always works for at least one of us! There are some amazing guests listed for this weekend: 2000AD superstars John Wagner and John Higgins, force of nature Bryan Talbot and CROSS creators Mary Talbot and Nigel Auchterlounie among them.

We’ve already featured Mary’s story Preparation for Leadership, but it’s worth reflecting on again. Drawing on the psychohistorical analysis of Nick Duffell, Mary’s story tracks the psychological development (or lack thereof) of some of our political classes. It’s beautifully illustrated by Alwyn Talbot and worth the purchase price of CROSS alone (I would say that, wouldn’t !?). Here, because, I can’t resist this image, are Messrs Cameron and Johnson, just for you:

Dave and Boris by Alwyn TalbotNigel Auchterlounie gave us a wonderful page in CROSS, featuring a great lampoon of Nigel Farage and, yes, satire of Ed Miliband too. We tried with CROSS to be even-handed with our satirical targeting, and Nigel’s willingness to lampoon both right and left mean that he was balance personified. Here’s Mr Farage having a mild panic at the direction of questions in a TV interview….

FarageWe’re very much looking forward to Sunderland Comic Con – come and find us at Table 37 at the Seaburn Centre, from 10am – 5pm on Saturday and 10am – 5pm Sunday. As well as CROSS, we’ll be selling serious tome Sentient Zombie Space Pigs, our small town anthology Disconnected and perhaps a treat or two…

Tweet us @DisconnectedPrs and let us know if you’re coming!

And if you can’t make it, head on over to our Comicsy shop to place your order for one or more of our lovely comic books :-)

 

Are you watching, Cheltenham?

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Saturday 7 February will see Disconnected Press – and many others – descending on Cheltenham Racecourse for The True Believers Comic Festival.

We’ll have copies of CROSS, our anthology of political satire in comic form, which is going great guns as we head towards the General Election and we decide that sometimes it’s much better for your soul to laugh at politicians than to listen to them…

In honour of our trip to the home of GCHQ – and my discovery of a new Cheltenham related fact about old-school spies Burgess and Maclean –  we turn our attention away from politics and towards the world of surveillance. This makes an appearance in CROSS, courtesy of Owen Michael Johnson and Conor Boyle‘s story Security.

SecurityOwen‘s one of the busiest and most versatile comic writers emerging in the UK today. His work ranges from the surreal, post-punk-pop fest of Raygun Roads (more colours than you have ever seen), to the muted melancholy of Reel Love (a nostalgic trip to the cinema of your childhood). His latest project Beast Wagon is described as “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest with talking animals”…. His story Security, featured in CROSS, is a little less experimental but does point a very precise finger at the fine balance between living in a surveillance society and maintaining our rights to privacy and freedom of expression. It also features a fat arse and a pot plant…

Conor Boyle‘s artwork brings Security to life. Conor turned his hand to matters historic in drawing On Dangerous Ground, the National Trust for Scotland’s graphic novel of the Battle of Bannockburn (see Down the Tubes’ article here). This followed Pirates of the Lost World, and Who On Earth Was Thaddeus Mist?, both from UK publishers and both set in the 19th century, making him very excited to draw anything that has modern technology in it.

You can find Disconnected Press and pick up your copy of CROSS at Table #F13 at The True Believers Comic Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse this Saturday. Conor will be there with some original artwork on display and I’m sure he can be persuaded to do a sketch or two…

If you can’t make it to Cheltenham, follow this handy link to our Comicsy shop, and you can buy your copy there. CROSS features the work of some of the finest established and emerging UK comics talent including Rob Williams, Mary Talbot, David Baillie and Emma Beeby.

Don’t get mad: get CROSS!

 

When did you last see your vote?

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You know, your vote. You used it a couple of years ago when you voted in your local council elections (well, one in three of you did). More likely, you used it five years ago to help create a very curious coalition (two out of three of you voted that time).CROSSks1

You get to use it again in just over three months’ time. It’s quite useful: it’s the only legitimate way we have of overthrowing a Government if we don’t like it. In the interests of balance, it’s also the only legitimate way of ensuring that a Government you do like stays in power.

Parliament - GlassAnyhoo, the point is this: voter registration has changed. Up until last year, one person per household filled in a form which said who lived there and was eligible to vote.

Now, every individual in the household has to fill in their own form. This has been in the works for a decade, and is a good way of making sure that we don’t miss anyone.

Except the process of change has lost a million voters.

Here at Disconnected Press, we care about votes. Underlying the sarcasm and the venom that populates our political satire anthology CROSS is a core message: use your vote.

In order to use your vote, you need to be registered. So go and dig through that pile of junk mail you’ve been ignoring and make sure you are. Spread the word too, particularly on National Voter Registration Day on February 5th – you can find out more about that at http://bitetheballot.co.uk/nvrd/.

What you do with your vote is entirely up to you. Just don’t lose it….

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