Proud to announce Spare Me by Disa Wallander

SPARE ME – running detail

I’m genuinely happy to be publishing some brand new work by Disa Wallander!

I found out about Disa’s work a few years ago through a couple of zines published by Ed Cheverton’s Jazz Dad Books (Slowly Dying 1 and 3) and also through my friend Mariana Pita (who has also been proudly published by O Panda Gordo – see A Day and stay tuned for some news regarding an exciting joint venture with Portuguese publisher Chili Com Carne). I immediately became a big fan of her work but never had many opportunities to get more of her limited edition publications (Slowly Dying 2 or Sparkles, for example) or her books published by Peow! Studio (The Nature of Nature, 2015) and Perfectly Acceptable (Help Yourself, 2016).

Finally this year when I was exhibiting at ELCAF in London, I was able to get a couple of Disa Wallander gems from the Grid Kids table – the amazing self-published zine Don’t Worry Be Crappy and my new favourite t-shirt! Disa were not at the table when I did my shopping though and we didn’t get to meet at that time, but I got in touch with her some days later to let her know how much I admire her work and how much I had enjoyed her new zine.

Two months have passed and now I’m publishing the great Spare Me (16 pages, 17 x 28.5 cm, full colour digital printing, saddle stitched).

Spare Me

Here’s what I wrote to introduce the publication:

Disa Wallander’s work often deals with dark existential anxieties and deep philosophical questions with the same amount of eagerness and cynicism. It feels kind of hopeful and hopeless at the same time, but if it ever seems light hearted or vain, you’re probably somehow missing its characteristic twisted irony.

SPARE ME is an abstract and exploratory reflection on the sweet paradoxes of human existence, especially the relation between the individual and the socially constructed world we live in. What does it take to be able to find joy in the things around us when we know that everything is a construction and that we all share the same impending doom? It won’t give you the answers but you’ll sure enjoy SPARE ME if you read it in the sun.

Spare Me

Spare Me


Disa Wallander will be debuting this zine this weekend at Safari Festival, in London.
Get it from her there or order it online here.

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New publications available at Good Press, in Glasgow

As always, our friends at Good Press Gallery are stocking our new publications – GOOD GOOD GOOD 3 by Joana Rosa Bragança; BICHOS & BICHAROCOS by Mariana Malhão; and SEVEN STORIES 1, our brand new biannual comics magazine!

New releases – June 2017

 

The second edition of MONEY WORRIES #1, now more portable and affordable (!), can also be found at Good Press as well as some of our older publications.

 

Just in: a restock of ‘Money Worries #1’ by Glasgow based João Sobral. First published in 2014, this is João’s funny & astute take on the role money plays in our society. Not many of these around so grab one quick!

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You can visit their artists’ publications paradise from Tuesday to Saturday, 11am to 6pm, at 5 St. Margaret’s Place, Glasgow. I highly recommend it!

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SEVEN STORIES 1 and GRAITE STUFF #1 at GOSH COMICS, in London

Gosh Comics is now stocking a few copies of SEVEN STORIES 1 and GRAITE STUFF #1.

Seven Stories

Graite Stuff #1

Head to 1 Berwick Street, in London, to find them along with a huge selection of great independent comics. Always one of my must go places when I’m in London!

 

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SEVEN STORIES 1 is out now!

Seven Stories 1

SEVEN STORIES is a new biannual comics magazine. The first issue is out now and features work by André da Loba, Amanda Baeza, Paula Puiupo, Ed Cheverton, Joana Estrela, Nathaniel Walpole, and Teresa Ferreiro; and the cover artwork is by me.

It’s gonna be released tomorrow (Saturday, 17th June) at the East London Comics & Arts Festival and it’s already available to buy online here.

Seven Stories – index

Seven Stories 1 – spread

 

This is the editorial I wrote for it:

I made my first comics publication four years ago. Having never made or published comics before, I was ignorant but curious. I decided to put out an anthology based on this concept I would hear every now and then: there are only seven stories in the world. This always intrigued me.

After looking it up, I found that the writer Arthur Quiller-Couch had suggested that every possible story was based on one of seven conflicts: Man vs. Man; Man vs. Nature; Man vs. Himself; Man vs. God; Man vs. Society; Man caught in the middle; Man and Woman.

My feelings about this were mixed. On one hand, I found myself attracted to the list as it implied all stories are about the human experience, which I agree. At the same time, however, it reduced that experience to a few simplistic catchphrases, which is something I consider unrealistic.

I think the idea of limiting all the possibilities of a story to a closed list of basic plots is unfair and unproductive. A story should not be its one sentence synopsis. It’s its nuances and our perception of them that make a story meaningful, significant, even life-changing.

This is particularly true when a story is told through comics. There is no right way to read a comic – the thread you follow to make its content meaningful is, unlike that of other mediums, more personal and open to interpretation.

Because there’s no right way to read a comic, the process of doing so is never straightforward. There will always be things we overlook and things we’re not supposed to see. Things that were put there and things that just happen to be there, waiting to be picked up and reshape the story that is being told.

Every time we delve into a new comic, we find ourselves lost in a maze we know nothing about and we have to, somehow, figure our way out of there. This multitude of possibility is what I find both intimidating and exciting about comics and is why I fell in love. I was curious four years ago, now I’m obsessed.

Looking back at the anthology I put out in 2013, I always felt my initial intention had not been fully accomplished. I was, and still am, somehow amazed by this odd idea of seven basic plots but I didn’t want to say that there are only seven stories in the world, I wanted to question and make fun of that concept. And I never let go of the feeling that I could have done more to make that clear.

That’s why I decided to come back to this idea with a more ambitious project – a magazine that will be published every six months or so. I hope the act of using the same seven basic plots over and over again will eventually exhaust them, and make the point that it’s ridiculous to put a bunch of stories together just because they share the same basic plot.

So here is the first batch of comics. I hope you enjoy them enough to stay tuned and keep supporting this project. I also encourage you to support the authors featured here as much as possible. I’m deeply thankful to them for having taken the first step of this journey with me.

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