Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Small Press Day 2019!

With the big day looming, we thought we'd like to share with you the fantastic event that BAM! is part of this year, and that is Small Press Day 2019!

For the past few years they have been helping creators, venues and comic stores shine a light on the indie and small press and we are super proud to be part of this years festivities!

If you don't know what small press day is, then allow this simple pie chart to tell you why this is important...


In their own words...


What is small press and what is Small Press Day?

“Small press” encompasses the worlds of self-publishing, DIY culture and micropublishing – work produced and published either by individuals, creative collectives or smaller boutique publishers. Small Press Day exists to provide a focused occasion to celebrate that scene and those practitioners who work within it across the UK and Ireland. It’s designed as an event that requires minimal organisation for everyone involved but will ultimately be hugely rewarding for shops, creators and the small press community.



What are the aims of Small Press Day for creators?

It’s a chance for creators to be the focus of their local shop, meet readers, talk about their work with potential new audiences, sign their comics and take part in workshop-style panels. Small press sections are already a thriving part of many shops but on Small Press Day we support the community side of the scene by bringing together shops, artists, activists and readers in one big party-style celebration!


Click on the link under this awesome Akira-inspired poster to find out more about Small Press Day and where you can find an event in your area (if you're too far away from BAM! of course :D)!





- Team BAM!

Thursday, July 4, 2019

BAM! appears on The Comic Art Festival Podcast!

Two of the organisers of BAM!, Rachael Leigh Carter and Vince Hunt appeared on the latest episode of the Lakes Comic Art Festival Podcast recently!



Pete Taylor (check out his work here) hosted the chat and together they talk about the event, starting out in creating their own work and more.

 It's a fun chat about comics so be sure to check it out HERE!

The BAM! part of the episode starts around the 51 minute mark, but you should listen to the rest of the episode too because it's an awesome show that highlights indie comics and events!


- Team BAM!




Sunday, June 30, 2019

BAM.... and the line up is Complete!

They think it's all over... well it isn't yet, because we've got another round of exhibitors to announce! That's right, even more brilliant indie creators are coming to Bath on July 13th!!

Make sure you get there to see them and their great work!







Rik Jackson will be selling the first two issues of his Sci-Fi private detective comic Heads! The third issue is due to hit Kickstarter in July. He will also be bringing copies of his heavy metal horror comedy strip Rock In Purgatory.

twitter @gojacksongo instagram @rikjackson_art
website www.rikjackson.co.uk





Kat Himmel is Curious Thing, a nosy parker who loves a good old portraiture/history mash-up. She plucks radical-but-obscure figures from the annals of time & brings their faces to life for a contemporary audience - although, it’s sometimes about more familiar faces whose political exploits aren’t as well known.

Kat’s illustrated for Topic.com & Little White Lies magazine - well, those are her finest moments, anyway. She has an insatiable appetite for music, cinema, feminism, politics & French culture, so come & buy her ‘Rad Femmes’ booklet or her ‘Vegan Heroes’ tea towel. There’ll be some postcards & other surprises weighing down the table, too. It’d be lovely to go home empty-handed.

twitter @kathimmel  instagram @kathimmel
website www.curiousthing.net






Joseph Simons will be selling pin badges (some political, others less controversial!) and zines (ranging from one made from old VHS covers, to an old school style analog zine). He also makes keyrings out of toy parts!

Using every means possible from screen print, collage to 3D photography I generally try to make the mundane interesting. With an almost obsessive love of old print media. Misaligned printing and half tones on recycled paper is a passion!

facebook fb.com/josephsimons.artist    instagram @josephsimons.co.uk
website www.josephsimons.co.uk



James Nash is a comics artist and illustrator who has just moved to Bath. He has been making small press comics and prints for around 10 years, mostly based around an ongoing diary comics project, but he also makes some short fictional comics too.

instagram @jamesnashcomix




David Gunstone is a Bath based Artist, Musician and Film maker. He is currently producing a new zine called "Darkest Shadow Zine". He writes and records music as Bearz, (Ex 4AD records). He is also a member of the band The UK Freshers, along with Andrew Fletcher, who also acts in their Horror Films.

Come along and meet Dave and Andy for a chat.

Website www.moonrisingmovies.com




And there we have it folks, the last of our exhibitors for what is looking to be an unmatched day of small press and independent awesomeness.

Be sure to tell everyone you know to come along for the day, as it's going to be pretty special, and stay tuned to this blog for more upcoming announcements.

You just never know what will be launching on the day!!

- Team BAM!!

Monday, June 24, 2019

Even More Exhibitors!

Just when you think our line up of amazing creators couldn't get any better, we announce MORE! Check out this final batch of great exhibitors joining us on July 13th!






Lise Richardson is an illustrator and designer, currently based in Bath. She makes zines about comedy festivals, folk horror, and other very specific things. Stuart Goldsmith of The Comedian’s Comedian Podcast once described her as a " wonderful and niche artist", which might influence you one way or the other.

Mach Zine 2019, documenting the Machynlleth Comedy Festival, will be available at BAM for the first time, as well as a brand new collection of daily diary comics. Her table will also be stocked with her full back catalogue of zines, cards, and other oddities.

twitter @liserichardson instagram @liserichardsonart
website www.liserichardsonart.com







Mondo Comix is the fever dream creation of the disembodied brain, Doctor Mondo. Collaborating with artist Andrew Richmond and some of the best underground writers in the land, they have successfully published 2 horror comics in 2019. The relaunch of cult heroine Octobriana and the folk horror comic Greyborough. With two more titles coming in 2019, a horror anthology and a creator owned anthology.

Keep watching the skies.

twitter @arichmondo   instagram @arichmondo 




Lily Sockmonkey is not a real sockmonkey, but sometimes wishes she was. She likes zines, comics, sci-fi movies and John Thaw. BAM! is her first time as an exhibitor, but she’s been to lots of small press events and knows what’s what, so don’t try anything funny.

Lily will be selling copies of her first two zines “12 Badly Drawn Pictures Of Kurt Russell” and “Badly Drawn Streets Of Fire”. She’s hard at work on her next project, but you’re gonna have to wait for that one.

Lily has a supportive, wonderful, and devastatingly handsome husband who may have helped a bit with this bio.

Twitter @lilysockmonkey Instagram @lilysockmonkey 




Siân is an illustrator, comic artist and designer based in Cardiff. She began creating comics in 2012 with her first series, The Book of Fey which launched as a web-comic, before moving on to work as an illustrator as well as a comic artist in late 2014. Since then she has released multiple books and comics, successfully launching and fully funding a Kickstarter campaign in 2018 for her latest graphic novel, Overlord. She is currently expanding her skills into creative and graphic design as well as working on her next graphic novel!

For BAM! this year, I'll be selling copies of my latest book, Overlord, as well as copies of my short graphic novel Soosh! I'll also be promoting my upcoming project, Soosh Vs Everything and selling some super cute prints to boot!

Twitter @sianjefferson  Instagram @sianjefferson
Website www.sianjefferson.com





Shaun Dobie is the creator and colourist of the epic space saga Descending Outlands. It follows a crew of rogues as they try to get by it in the Outlands, distant planets on the edge of the solar system, all the while being hunted by a corporate known as the Fountain.

Under the flag of Evil Kat Studios Shaun also offers posters, postcards, and colouring services to other amazing comics as The Red Mask From Mars and Dead Heretics.

Twitter : @dobes2  Instagram @evilkatstudios
Website : www.evilkat.com





Jayde Perkin is a freelance illustrator based in Bristol, UK. She creates painterly narratives using gouache and ink; as well as writing and making comics. She's worked for a wide range of clients, such as Penguin Books, Lenny Letter, The Pool, Beer Advocate, and Das Magazin.

Jayde has garnered praise for her critically acclaimed self-published comics. Her first long form graphic novel 'I'm Not Ready' will made its debut at this year's East London Comic Arts Fair, after winning the ELCAF X WeTransfer prize in 2018. She was one of Broken Frontier’s ‘Six Small Press Creators to Watch’ in 2018.

twitter  @jaydeperkin  instagram @jaydeperkin
website www.jaydeperkin.com




I am an illustrator based in Bristol, England. Originally from Northern Ireland, I now live and work in Bristol creating illustrations for a wide range of clients bringing together my love of mark-making, bold, colourful shapes, and traditional printmaking techniques

twitter @davidjmc_  instagram @davidjmcmillan
website  www.davidjmcmillan.co.uk




Nick Prolix is a cartoonist, author and teacher. He is the creator of Slang Pictorial & is hip to old-school dip pens, cool jazz and ‘60s Tom & Jerry cartoons.

twitter @nickprolix    instagram @nickprolix
website www.nickprolix.bigcartel.com






With only a few weeks to go until the big day, be sure to check out the work of all our exhibitors, and then come and meet them face to face on the day. You'll be glad you did - they are all awesome!!

We're going to have some more posts with exclusives and more in the run up to the event... so always folks, STAY TUNED!!

- Team BAM!

Thursday, June 20, 2019

Komedia - the home of BAM! Plus more exhibitors!




Once again BAM! is very proud to be taking place in the brilliant Komedia club in Bath. Located in the heart of historic Bath and home to tons of exciting live events, it's a place you definitely need to check out. Everyone in the BAM team has been to events here and it's an awesome place to see live entertainment!

Here's a bit more about them...

ABOUT KOMEDIA BATH


Komedia is Bath’s leading live entertainment venue. Hosting over 400 events per year in the beautifully restored Grade II listed former Beau Nash cinema, Komedia Bath offers an unparalleled programme of comedy, music, cabaret and club nights. Komedia Bath, the destination in the region for touring comedy and music, hosts a raft of regular shows which include our double header Saturday night; Krater Comedy Club and, Bath’s biggest club night, Motorcity.
Five time winner of the Chortle Award for Best Venue in the West and Wales, Komedia works closely with Bath’s many festivals. These include the Bath Comedy Festival, The Bath Festival, the Bath Children’s Literature Festival, Bath Fringe Festival, and the FilmBath Festival.




During BAM! visitors can grab refreshments from the Komedia Arts Cafe. There's a range of hot and cold drinks available, as well as homemade cakes. The Cafe also operates a Box Office for all Komedia shows & partner events, so be sure to check it out!




What would this blog be without yet more awesome exhibitor announcements? Well, here's another batch of brilliant creators for you to check out on the day!






Gavin and Emily live in South Wales with their amazing dog Boo. They came up with the idea for Pup & Grumpicorn loosely basing it on themselves and thought it would be fun to create their adventures together.

They were right!

Twitter @bobgoblynn  @tomboyprincess

Website www.gavinmitchell.blogspot.com    www.etsy.com/shop/wearehappyclam




Son of Ken is co-founder of the Swansea Comics Collective along with Pete Taylor. They are the only remaining artists in the group!

Son of Ken works on the Copperopolis comics with Pete but is also selling his own mini comic 'Be There Now In A Minute', a Welsh Language Alphabet hardcover he created last year for his kickstarter and an internal image of the letter C.

Twitter @sonofken   Instagram @theartofsok
Facebook www.facebook.com/sonofken





I will be selling an Illustrated T-shirt. This illustration was created using only typographyIt is a concrete poetry illustration, and for this self-portrait, I decided to only use the letters of my name r-i-t-a. I will also have two zines:

Concrete Monday zine - a concrete poetry booklet inspired on the weekly routine tasks of an ordinary Monday in my life. This booklet was produced during my second year living away from home (Portugal) while studying in Bath. With the use of typography, I have created a series of 12 illustrations – alarm, breakfast, getting dressed, brush, toilet, work, lunch, wash dishes,
dinner, shower, brush, and sleep.

67 Highstreet zine - This was inspired in my household during my third year of university. We
were paying the price of gold for a house that didn't work, was old, dirty and with constant appliances breaking down. This zine has illustrations to each division of the house (rooms
kitchen living room, bathrooms and outdoor area).

Instagram @ritaflcabrito
Website www.ritacabrito.cargo.site





We've got even more announcements and goodies on the way, so as always folks stay tuned!

- Team BAM!

Monday, June 17, 2019

Exhibitor Announcements! - Part Four!

Another day, another great group of exhibitors announced for BAM! Look who else is going to be there on the day!



Raechel Leigh Carter, aka Tinynoggin, will be selling reasonably priced silliness, including illustrated books, zines and merch focusing on pop culture icons - from Nicolas Cage, to bad movie “auteur” Neil Breen and David Lynch related characters.

Tinynoggin is hoping to have some new nonsense to offer at BAM! if she can pull her finger out…

Twitter @tinynoggin    Instagram @raecheltinynoggin








I Am Zoot, aka Andy Hanks is a digital artist and illustrator with an obsession with robots. Earlier this year he had his first comic book ‘how to draw comics with Springworth’ published which was written by Tony Esmond, and he is currently working on his first children’s book. At Bam this year he will be bringing copies of the Springworth book as well as prints, original artwork and copies of his Robot sketchbook.

Twitter @Zootbot   Instagram @i_am_zoot

Website www.zoot.artstation.com






Paul B. Rainey is the artist of There’s No Time Like The Present, one of Bleedin’ Cool’s graphic novels of 2015, and an occasional contributor to Viz. His current big project, Why Don't You Love Me, is being serialised in Davis Lloyd's online comic, ACES Weekly. Paul has also been a publisher of his own comics for over thirty years. Currently in print are his diary collection, Book of Lists, all six issues of his all-ages soap opera/sci-fri cross, Thunder Brother: Soap Division, plus the all-new Thunder Brother Special, and his most recent one-offs, Pope Francis Goes To The Dentist and Tales To Diminish.

Twitter @pbrainey    Website www.pbrainey.com




I'll have Gateway City, Lady Hollywood, The Black Iris, The Accumulator/Dicky Bird Sing, and a collaborative zine with my wife, Emily about Mid-Century British Pottery.

My work is typically steeped in Silver Age styling told in the tradition of pulp, but with a twist. Brush and ink are my drawing mediums.

Comics are king.

Twitter @russell_m_olson   Instagram @russellmarkolson
Facebook www.facebook.com/russellmarkolson

Website www.RussellMarkOlson.co.uk





Vince makes comics, draws funny pictures, designs stuff and also hosts the weekly comics show 'The Awesome Comics Podcast'. He is also the creator of The Red Mask From Mars, Stalkerville and will have the complete set of 'Awesome Comics' and a collection of original artwork with him on the day, but will be drawing commissions too, so be sure to drop by his table and say hello!

Twitter @jesterdiablo   Instagram  @jesterdiablo

Website  www.awesomecomics.podbean.com


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Can you believe that there are more awesome names to be announced? WELL THERE IS!! SO many amazing comics and zine makers, illustrators and more will be announced this week - SO STAY TUNED!!


- Team BAM!