Christmas is coming! And with the end-of-year celebrations imminent I asked some of the small press artists we’ve featured in this column in the last year or two to share some suitably holiday-themed art with us. Below we have Xmas contributions from a number of our ‘Six to Watch’ artists and assorted ‘Small Pressganged’ regulars. So pour an Eggnog, treat yourself to a mince pie and enjoy the compliments of the season courtesy of some very talented artists. Most importantly, don’t forget their store links are included for those last-minute buys…
This year’s distinctively madcap Broken Frontier Christmas cards (below) were designed by our ‘Six Small Press Creators to Watch in 2016‘ artist Kim Clements whose Rabbit Thoughts comic was nominated for a Broken Frontier Award last year in the Best One-Shot category. You can read a comprehensive interview with Kim at BF here.
Ellice Weaver and Avery Hill Publishing
The Avery Hill Publishing Christmas card is always a comicky tradition of the season. This year’s is designed by another 2016 ‘Six to Watch’ artist Ellice Weaver and is gorgeous in composition. See how many AHP faves you can spot in the second image. Ellice’s book Something City will be released by Avery Hill in 2017. You can read a full interview with her here at BF.
Richy K. Chandler
Seasonal cheer from Richy K. Chandler who gives us an opportunity to revisit his popular Lucy the Octopus character. Read an interview with Richy on his Lucy journey here at BF.
For more on Richy K. Chandler’s work check out the Tempo Lush website here. You can order his comics from his online store here. You can also read Lucy’s adventures online here. Follow him on Twitter here.
Last year’s Broken Frontier Best One-Shot Award winner Andy Poyiadgi (Lost Property) provides a Christmas-themed strip from his regular Shots feature from a couple of years back. Andy also produced the very well-received minicomic Veripathy earlier this year.
Recently announced as as a nominee in the ‘Breakout Talent’ category in the 2016 Broken Frontier Awards, Rozi Hathaway has had an amazing year with books like Njálla, Ø and Sneaky Business. Below are her Christmas card designs from the last two years.
Owen D. Pomery
For more on Owen D. Pomery’s work check out his site here and follow him on Twitter here. You can buy copies of Between the Billboards & The Authoring of Architecture from the Avery Hill Publishing online shop here.
Another of this year’s Broken Frontier ‘Six to Watch’, I recently interviewed Rebecca Bagley here about her comic Dear Mrs. Ryan which forms part of the permanent collection at The Museum of London Docklands. Rebecca has shared her designs for her 2016 Christmas cards below.
Tom Humberstone is the inspirational artist behind the fondly remembered Solipsistic Pop anthology as well as the In the Frame strips that were first published in The New Statesman. I said of the latter here last year that they were “a magnificent showcase for Humberstone’s quiet but fiercely intelligent social commentary. Below you’ll get an idea of the In the Frame ethos alongside a topically wintry print/card design. His comics, original art and prints are available on his online store.
Emily Rose Lambert
The 2016 Broken Frontier ‘Six to Watch’ are out in force here. Emily Rose Lambert – whose card designs are featured below – is part of the Big Brown Eyes Collective with her sisters Karis and Freya. They launched their Myths & Monsters anthology at Thought Bubble this year and Emily was also featured in the Thought Bubble Anthology trade paperback this year published by Image Comics.
(Designed by Emily for the Paper Dove Company Ltd.)
Finishing up on a more irreverent note – and who could be more irreverent than this ‘Small Pressganged’ regular? – here’s Danny Noble with her own unique take on Christmas Day! Danny was one of our very first ‘Six to Watch’ artists and both a contributor to, and the cover artist of, the Broken Frontier Small Press Yearbook. She is the illustrator of Adrian Edmondson’s children’s book Tilly and the Time Machine, to be published by Puffin in 2017.
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