Tozo creator Dave O'Connell, four-time Whore of Mensa Ellen Lindner, Derek the Sheep artiste Gary Northfield and Stitch London head girl Lauren O'Farrell share a pint in Leeds' lovely Adelphi pub.
Thought Bubble 2010: what a crazy ride!
( A full write-up of our visit to Leeds - and Kristyna Baczynski's amazing show! - under the cut.Collapse )
Thought Bubble was a lot of fun - thanks so much to the organizers, and all the cartoonists who gave us some love and said hello. (And extra-special thanks to Stephen Betts, for doing all the driving!)
LOTS of fun was to be had at this weekend's Comiket, and the crazy dinner afterwards! Every party should have a Lady Gaga-appreciating pianist on hand, to facilitate PIZZA DANCING!
Here's some cool stuff that we got for the Whores of Mensa Library.
FIRST! Have you read Gill Hatcher's Team Girl Comics? Based in Scotland, these young cartoonists are all women, and they are all pretty rad. Check them out online at http://teamgirlcomic.tumblr.com/
Second, if you don't know about Blank Slate Books...well, catch up, will you? These UK publishers are getting people like Mawil, Darryl Cunningham and Oliver East the attention they deserve, and their new book, Sleepyheads, is by Flemish artist Randall C. Find out more on the Blank Slate website.
Third, you need more appalling nonsense in your life. Conveniently, Gareth Brookes' new mini, Sherlock Holmes vs. Skeletor, supplies all you could possibly want. These arch-enemies play pranks on each other that do credit to no one except, well, Gareth. And did we mention that the cover contains hand-applied stenciling, great typography, and a mushroom cloud?
Nextly, newly minted Londoner John Cei Douglas didn't have a table, but he handed us a lovely duotone print of a comic he recently completed for Leicestershire Mind, a great mental health charity. It's also included in the newest Solipsistic Pop, debuting at the Black Heart in Camden THIS FRIDAY 12th NOVEMBER (just, you know...fyi.)
We met Kripa Joshi when Ellen spoke at Laydeez Do Comics. This SVA MFA grad is just...well...we're in love with her full-colour, bubbly, fanciful comics. Pick up Miss Moti, Kripa's amazing ongoing series, from her Etsy.
And what a surprise! Jeremy had a new mini for the festival, collecting her weekly comics (which you really should be reading!) You can get copies of Please Send Help, or catch up on Jeremy's latest weekly offering, from her website.
Many thanks to Peter Stanbury for organizing a great day. So many comics to read!
Need a copy of Whores of Mensa 5? A badge, t-shirt or print? Care to watch Whores of Mensa 5 co-editor Ellen Lindner draw in front of a crowd for 25 minutes? Or perhaps you are just hoping to find the best of British small press cartooning, in one centrally located London room?
Any which way you see it, this Sunday's Comica Comiket is the place to be, Whores Fans. Ellen and Jeremy will be selling, signing and drawing on their comics - a rare confluence of Whores. Also, the Comiket with be sharing a space with the redoubtable Comix Mart, so you can pick up some fun Marvel back issues while you're at it - perfect for Covered Blog inspiration.
Hope to see you there!
We have a special treat for you, our loyal readers - the very first EVER Whores of Mensa t-shirt!
Hand-printed in a very limited edition of 100 by Friend-of-WoM Andy Foot, and featuring a design by Cliodhna Lyons, Maartje Schalkx and Ellen Lindner, this 100% cotton shirt will make you hot and cool by turns!
Pick yours up from our Etsy shop today! (Edit: having trouble with Etsy? Please send me a mail at ellen at littlewhitebird dawt calm )
Or, buy one from us in person at BICS (this weekend!) or Leeds' very own Thought Bubble (20th November).
See you soon...
Here at Whores of Mensa HQ - South London division - the Great Mailout of 2010 continues!
Chaos reigns as we try to get packages out to our Kickstarter donors in a timely manner.
What is a timely manner, you ask? Anything quick enough so that our readers get some comics without undue delays, but not so quickly that we hold up the queue at the local post office for days on end. Tis a delicate balance, and we appreciate your patience. (We're not sending out any shop or review copies until we're done - I hope that demonstrates our seriousity!)
For those of you who went for our $25 donor bracket, you will be rewarded with the above loveliness.
A Gocco print, drawn by jabberworks, designed and printed by ellenlindner Who could ask for anything more?
Missed out on the Kickstarter mayhem altogether? Please, let me remind you that our current issue is now on sale in our Etsy shoppe!
In other news this lovely bit of swag has arrive in the Whores of Mensa mailbox. It's Mardou's minicomics updating of her Anais Nin bio from Whores of Mensa 4, and it's a must-have. If you're in the UK, we'll be dropping it off at Gosh! this week. Send us a message if you're outside London (but inside the UK) and would like to arrange a delivery - it's £2 sterling. If you're in the US, you'll soon be able to order it here!
Thanks, as always, for reading!
Tomorrow night, Monday 27th September, Whores of Mensa co-editrix Ellen will be making her London speaking debut at the monthly meeting of Laydeez do Comics!
Ellen will be discussing her own work, as well as the process of putting together a small press anthology like Whores of Mensa. Got an idea to do your own anthology, but a bit confused about where to get started? Come on down and pose your questions to Ellen. Here's some info on the location - Ellen will be on around 8PM.
In other nice news London comics journalist Mike Leader gave us a shout in the course of the last We Are Words and Pictures radio broadcast! Lovely Philippa Rice was Mike's principal guest, which makes us only recommend this show all the more highly. Philippa's brilliant strip My Cardboard Life lights up the London comic scene. So read all about it and find a link to the download here.
Thanks for reading! Hope to see you tomorrow night!
Itching to get your hands on a copy of Whores of Mensa 5? Quite a ways from our main stockist, Gosh! London?
Fear no more! We're currently selling the limited print run of Whores of Mensa 5 through ace DIY site Etsy!
( Please look under the cut for some fab spreads from this issue.Collapse )
Here's our page: http://www.etsy.com/listing/56811730/whores-of-mensa-5-amazing-comics-amazing
Any questions? Please let us know. And in the meantime, please take a tour of our new issue, with some rockin' sounds by the lovely Eugene Machine, our new favourite band.
Wow! What an amazing turnout for our Whores of Mensa 5 launch party!
Whores of Mensa contributor Sarah McIntyre and illustrator Noelle Davies-Brock, in an unguarded moment. Photos by Jeremy Dennis.
Thanks so much to everyone who stopped by and bought a copy, and extra-super-thanks to Maartje Schalkx for hosting us in her incredible Old Street loft!
( More great pics under the cut!Collapse )
What more to say? Well, you can now buy Whores of Mensa 5 at Gosh! London. We're getting copies out to Kickstarter contributors asap....and for the rest of you, we'll be posting information on how to order Whores of Mensa 5 - as well as our brand-new and very exciting t-shirts and badges! - very, very soon.
Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU to everyone who's gotten involved in the future of Whores of Mensa and backed our Kickstarter project to fund our next issue. You RULE! We've funded our project to 140% of our requested sum.
Here's some more good news - you still have TWELVE DAYS to pre-order Whores of Mensa through Kickstarter!
Interested? Please check out our fundraising page, and watch our lovingly crafted preview video. For only $10/£6.50, you get a personalized copy of WoM 5, and a lovely handmade badge, and both will be mailed to you anywhere in the world. For $25/£16 you get all that plus a Gocco print designed and made by Whores of Mensa.
52 pages of comics, a crazy cover, work by 12 amazing cartoonists - what's not to like?
Those artists one more time:
Patrice Aggs ****A NEW ADDITION!*** (more on her in our next post!)
Howard John Arey
Emily Ryan Lerner
PS If you're having trouble with Amazon Payments or Kickstarter please leave a message below and we can talk about alternative ways of pre-ordering. We've only received one report of problems, but we don't want to turn anyone away!
Whores of Mensa is now on Kickstarter! If our funding goal of $750/£450 is met, everyone who gives above $10/£6.50 will get a copy of the new issue of Whores of Mensa, posted to them anywhere in the world! Plus goodies...so, give it a go!
What you need to do:
- watch our video, and learn all about Whores of Mensa and our fab new issue!
- visit our Kickstarter page where you will sign up to Amazon Payments and read all about the benefits of being a WoM 5 supporter.
- Give before 25th August. This is the biggest thing - if we don't reach our goal, we receive NADA. ZILCH. RIEN DE TOUT!
One cool thing about Kickstarter is that you can receive MORE than your stated goal. If we receive more than we requested, we may just make this issue even fatter and more awesome than the 42 pages of comics promised.
A little surprise, and an eventual reward for donors.
Thanks so much for reading! And please, help make Whores of Mensa 5 a reality.