Wednesday, 17 February 2021

Limited Edition Print going on exhibition in - Hanoi, Vietnam (April 2021)

I'm really pleased to be able to share that I have had a print selected for a new exhibition in Hanoi, Vietnam curated by The Rise Collective. The curator @livyhasnolife has set the theme as 'decay' and over 50 artists from around the world will be shown.

The show will be on 3rd-12th April 2021 at @archhanoi, in aid of @bluedragonchildren.
"The exhibition has the aim to raise money for @bluedragonchildren✨🐉✨ Blue Dragon offers children and families in crisis throughout Vietnam the chance to change their situations. Their services include rescue and crisis care for young people in immediate danger. They provide shelter, legal advocacy as well as long term support in returning to school and/or training. BD have rescued 1000 victims of human trafficking and continue to do amazing work."    From the organiser's Instagram Page
I will be showing a lino print - that I will share here once the exhibition has opened.

For more see: Instagram RISE COLLECTIVE >

Friday, 18 December 2020

Commuting Animated Gifs - Future Fantasteek! No.20

The illustrations for Future Fantasteek! No.20 were drawn whilst commuting to work.
As part of the coronavirus lock-down I've played around with turning them into animated gifs and adding a soundtrack. You can see the results here...

Tuesday, 14 July 2020

Interview about Zineopois and Future Fantasteek! For Hotondo Zero Yen Daigaku, Japan.

It was great to do an interview recently for Masaki Okada (editor) Hotondo Zero Yen Daigaku, Japan. 
We spoke about Zineopolis the art zine collection I curate at the University of Portsmouth as well as Future Fantasteek and drawing on the train.

Article by Masaki Okada (editor) for "Hotondo Zero Yen Daigaku"(it means "Let's enjoy universities more closely.") Our focus is to introduce University-related information (e.g. interesting researches, open lectures or events, and so on) for adult learners in Japan.

There's a roughly translated (via Google) version attached below here or you can visit the site to see the original content.

Thursday, 14 November 2019

Future Fantasteek! No.20

Softback zine laser printed in colour on white paper.
A5 size with 16 printed pages, saddle-stitched.
Yellow cover, laser-printed in colour with mulit-lens transparent cover.
Brighton, October 2019, edition size of 30.
All numbered, signed and embossed with maker's mark.
ISSN 2399-3022 (Online)

This issue is all about the joys of commuting. Drawing on the train over photos taken from my journey to work as a way of not-wasting-time. The text is the real-life reasons why we are late today.

Read the whole thing here, scroll below:

The International Books, Publishing and Libraries Conference, Spain 2019

This paper was presented at the The International Books, Publishing and Libraries Conference (Granada, Spain 2019). It's now been accepted for publication with some revisions in the International Journal of the Book publication estimate early 2020.

Are You Okay?  Mental Health Narratives in Art Zines from the Zineopolis Collection
Dr. Jackie Batey

This paper explores examples of art zines that contain visual narratives about mental health. The author is the curator of “Zineopolis” (University of Portsmouth, UK) and specific examples will be drawn from this special collection of art zines. This paper questions how visual narratives about issues such as GAD (General Anxiety Disorder), Burnout and PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) can communicate to a reader through art zines. It will consider authorial illustration within the self-publishing sector and how personal, private stories can been shared in an ultimately positive context. ‘Well-being’ has become a particular focus for higher education in the UK with many students struggling with issues such as anxiety and depression. Art zines have an immediacy and democracy of production that means many more voices can be heard and stories shared beyond what is available in the mainstream. Ethical issues of circulating these art zines within a special collection is also commented upon with reference to The Zine Librarians Code of Ethics (2015). Mental health issues have often been portrayed though the popular media unsympathetically creating stigma, whereas these selected art zines show care and understanding offering an alternative narrative.

Keywords: zines, mental health, self-publishing

This paper was presented at the The International Books, Publishing and Libraries Conference (Granada, Spain 2018). It's now been accepted for publication with some revisions in the International Journal of the Book publication estimate. 2020. To read the draft version scroll below here...

Thursday, 8 August 2019

Out of Order No.1

A photographic record of all the broken stuff around us...
Is the engineer REALLY coming?
Are they REALLY sorry about your inconvenience?
..You couldn't fix any of this stuff either could you?

Softback zine laser printed in colour on white and ivory paper.
A5 size with 16 printed pages, saddle-stitched.
Yellow cover, laser-printed in colour.
Brighton, August 2019, edition size of 30.
All numbered, signed and embossed with maker's mark.
Spin-off special edition from Future Fantasteek!

To read the whole thing scroll below here:

Thursday, 27 June 2019

Drawings from Marshland - FFNo.20 exhibited in Bournemouth.

Two double-page spreads from Marshland - Future fanatsteek! No.20 will be joining this exhibition in Bournemouth in July. The exhibition will explore graphic medicine and visualisations of anxiety and mental health.

Click on this link for more details....

Tuesday, 7 August 2018

FF no.19 off to two zine festivals!

Future Fantasteek! No.19 Death By Email is off to two Zine Festivals in the autumn.

ZineFestPt taking place in Porto in Portugal 15th October 2018

And... It's also off to the CanZine Festival as part of the 'International Zines' exhibit hosted by Broken Pencil - This is a huge expo for all things zine-related. With events in four major Canadian cities. Canzine Toronto will be taking place on Saturday September 22, 1pm-7pm, Art Gallery of Ontario (317 Dundas St. West).

Wednesday, 20 June 2018

Future Fantasteek! No.18

Softback zine laser printed in colour on ivory paper. 
A5 size with 20 printed pages, saddle-stitched.
Day-Glo cover, laser-printed in colour.
Brighton, February 2017, edition size of 30.

To read the whole thing scroll below here:

Is it even worth reading the news? Why aren't alternative facts lies?
who knows, this zine won't help you one little bit.
Featuring the Blue Bird of Happiness and Autocorrect.

Download to your on Kindle or e-reader (whatever they are).

Link to Future Fantasteek! ebook on Amazon

Great to see all the issues of Future Fantasteek! on display in the UWE Library this month.
Photo courtesy of Sarah Bodman, display by Steve Norton.

Sunday, 17 June 2018

Future Fantasteek! in 'The Lilly', The Washington Post's Magazine.

Great to find Future Fantasteek! in The Lilly, The Washington Post's Magazine.

The feature asked asked six zine librarians or enthusiasts to share a zine they’ve enjoyed. 
Future Fantasteek!
was recommended by Jeremy Brett, curator of the science fiction and fantasy research collection at Texas A&M University’s Cushing Memorial Library and Archives.

Here is the bit about Future Fantasteek!

Thursday, 3 May 2018

Future Fantasteek! No.19

Future Fantasteek! No.19
'Death by Email ' More drawings on the train, featuring Pet Manager and Brexit.
Is your garden chicer than you? Upgrading your life, whether you want to or not.

Softback zine laser printed in colour on ivory paper. 
A5 size with 20 printed pages, saddle-stitched. 
White card cover, laser-printed in colour. 
Brighton, April 2018, edition size of 30. 
All numbered, signed and embossed with maker's mark.
ISSN 2399-3022 (Online)

Read the whole thing here scroll below:

Monday, 26 June 2017

Future Fantasteek! No.18
is off to France for Zinefest No.4
5-9 July in Doves a Bordeaux

Wednesday, 29 March 2017

NEW Thematic Compilation - 'Computers, Apps and Smartphones'

I've put together a thematic compilation, from all the previous issues (1-16) of Future Fantasteek!, about our relationship with technology. Computers, Apps and Smartphones celebrates our miserable incompetence in the face of computer error messages, incomprehensible alert boxes and smart phone requests about their operating systems - that we simply can't help them with.

Here's the print version!
A5 at 66 pages, full colour.
email me if you're interested in ordering a copy.


Read the whole thing here:

Saturday, 12 November 2016

Future Fantasteek! Does Inktober 2016

I've just FINISHED Inktober 2016. The point being to make an image using ink every day during October and share of social media. There's a screen grab from Instagram below, I'll add the final images to this blog when it's all done and dusted. Here's a flick through my sketchbook...

My rules:
1. make image in sketchbook
2. only use black, white and red ink or felt pens
3. can add collaged elements ie. tape, paper, staples, stickers
4. can use rubber stamps I already have but only with black or red ink
5. show the materials used in the photos
6. stamp the date on the image

So here are the first batch as seen on Instagram

I'm also sharing them on Twitter

To see the whole series scroll here...

Friday, 12 August 2016

Manchester Metropolitan University to house new zine collection

You'll notice from the photo that MMU have added a large selection of Future Fantasteek! to get their new zine collection underway, so you can now go a read them in Manchester.

Read more about the MMU collection here...

"From artists books and poster collections, to Victorian ephemera and decorated papers: Manchester Metropolitan University Special Collections is a valuable resource for students and staff at Manchester School of Art. Now they are looking to further enhance the expansive works they house, by developing a collection of zines. MMU Special Collections will join institutions such as the British Library, the Tate, the Women’s Library and the Glasgow School of Art in being an institution to establish a zine collection, reflecting the ongoing interest and scholarship surrounding the ‘zine’ and its history." Extract from MMU website.

Wednesday, 10 August 2016

Review from the Bookartbookshop

I love this review from Jon Lander for the Bookartbookshop (London).
The 'nits of truth' final sentence is one of my favourites - up there with "A luxury in these times of garbage!" from The Bedeteca Lisbon, Portugal.

Tuesday, 2 August 2016

Future Fanatsteek! contribution to Spooky Woomb - The Heartbreak issue.

Future Fanatsteek! contributed to Spooky Woomb - The Heartbreak issue.
Edited by: Sprankenstein and Lorna-Leigh Harrington

Publishing Info:
UK 2016, Saddle stitched zine laser printed with card cover.
A5 portrait with 20 pages, Includes eyeball button badge.

My illustration is the hand holding the mobile phone (below).

More double-page spreads...

Featured artists in this issue are:
Lorna-Leigh Harrington; Sprankenstein; Sarah Cochrane; Chloe Dowsett; Rheo Santana
Sophia Maria; Jackie Batey; Zoe Jackson; Alex Pook-Leary; Nessa Finnegan

Link to Spooky Woomb Blog: