Wednesday, January 10, 2018

2017: A Year in Things We Did

It has been a year. A good year.

Here are some things that happened. 


We turned 10.

The Paper Jam Comics Collective celebrated 10 years of comics making fun.


And we attended Biblio-Con, we made some great friends there.


We invaded The Exchange in North Shields for their Originals event, a great afternoon of local songwriters.
Oscillating Brow took PJCC on the road, all the way up to Dunfermline Comic Con.

We launched our first full colour comic, Amazing Adventure Comics Machine ... and that. A comic aimed at younger folks. 

The comic was launched at the one and only Canny Comic Con. 


Maker Faire. We love the Maker Faire. 
We made some great mini comics, then announced our new anthology.


On the road again, to Scribblecon. This time thanks to Mike D.
More things took place at The Exchange in North Shields.


Wonderlands! A great day with amazing comics creators and best of all, just one city over.
We also started to see the first pages for our next anthology. Bad Decisions... and that. This one's by Mike D.


Paper Jam celebrated Small Press Day 2017 in good company at Pocket Geek, a funky little convention in Gateshead.


What happened in August? The deadline for Bad Decisions was reached and we got to behind the scenes work to print it. And we got a lovely review in Broken Frontier for Amazing Adventure Comics Machine.


Much fun was had.


By now you've noticed that we should have been talking about these things all year round. We're not the best at keeping our blog updated. If you want the most up to date happenings you should probably follow us on Twitter.

Anyway, back to October. 

We tackled the hard stuff, drawing hands and feet. Feet are harder.
And we launched Bad Decisions ... and that.

Specifically, we launched it at our second appearance at Tyne Bank Brewery's market.

And we got another review! This one from a younger reader.

Plus Steven Flanagan drew us while at the Tyne Bank.


We held our first full meeting at Bar Loco, it's a lovely place. And I finally got round to putting our new anthology on the web shop. 

And we got a new folder.


We uploaded some cracking 24 minute comics and jam comics to our jams blog.

And we schemed and plotted the next anthology. We're not 100% sure what it's all about yet but it appears to have a romance theme.

So that was it. That was 2017. PJCC has accomplished many things. Surviving its 11th year and now into its 12th. What adventures will 2018 hold?

Well, our first adventure is the first meeting of the year, 11th January. In Bar Loco from 7ish. Top floor.

Monday, November 6, 2017

Pastures new...

The Paper Jam Comics Collective will no longer meet at Travelling Man comic shop.
The creation of Paper Jam was rooted in Travelling Man and it has been home for the collective for over a decade. However, it's only natural that things change and for a range of practical reasons, it's no longer a suitable place for Paper Jam to meet.

Paper Jam would like to thank Travelling Man and its staff for accommodating our meetings for the last ten years and wish it well with its other endeavours. It remains a tip top comic shop - and of course we'll continue to sell our anthologies in its small press section.

Bar Loco (bar/gig venue/arts hub/general cool place) is where we're trying out, at least for the rest of this year, so on Thursday 9th November and Thursday 14th December 2017 (still from 6.30), that's definitely where we'll be (upstairs - either first or second floor).

We'll see how that goes and decide about continuing that into 2018 (and whether the fourth Thursday pub jams will move there too, how that'll work, etcetera). Keep an eye here and on our Twitter account and Facebook group for up to date info about what is happening where and when.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Bad Decisions ...And That

The Paper Jam Comics Collective are proud to present their fifteenth anthology, Bad Decision ...And That!

A bumper collection of bad-decision-themed comics from: Anton Brand, K. Ben Clarke, Brittany Coxon, Jennifer Coxon, M. Duckett, Daniel Fitzgerald, Steven Flanagan, Michael Gonson, Dave Green, Brett Halliwell, Noah McKenzie, Janis Mei├čner, Gemma Moody, Eltje M├╝ller-Stewart, Oscillating Brow, Paul Thompson, and Terry Wiley.

Job applications! Pheromones! Fish dirigible carnage! Unwise tattoos! Pop music! Existential angst! Cats! All this and more is explored within these highly (ehhh, maybe) insightful pages.

This kind of foolery:

We can't guarantee that after reading it, you'll be making good decision, but we feel you'll at least be slightly more knowledgeable about many and varied bad ones.

We're making the good decision to launch this beauty at the lovely Tyne Bank Brewery art/vinyl/comics market on Saturday (21st October) from noon.

As well as the new comic, we'll have our other comics anthologies (themed around food, history, making stuff, Newcastle and adventure), plus art and comics from creators including Britt Coxon (paper cut art geometric shape kits and mini-comic bundles), Jennifer Coxon (custom art masks), Eltje M├╝ller-Stewart (expressionist Geordie kitchen sink adventures of the irrepressible Johnathan and his pyromaniacal best mate Declan) , Oscillating Brow (a bunch of tiny daft comics about cake, heartbreak, dance-offs, etc), Paul Thompson (monster-themed art book Invisible Beasts, fantasy noir comics), The Analogue Press (music-themed comics anthology Radio On), Gemma Moody (supervillain romance comics) AND we'll be running a bunch of drawing games for everyone to get involved with - PREPARE TO COMIC JAM!

This kind of quality stuff will be available:


It's going to be mint, get along!

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Tyne Bank Brewery market shindig

You know what goes great together? COMICS and BEER. This is a proven fact.

On Saturday 16th September we'll be around at Tyne Bank Brewery. They make beer, we make comics. I mean, to be honest, they're a bit more professional about making beer than we are about making comics, but it still feels an excellent combination. Their brewery tap (just on the outskirts of Ouseburn) is a lovely space (with great beverages, obviously), so why not come and check it out.

As well as hawking a load of splendid comics, we'll be running drawing games and just generally chatting on to folks (mostly touting our very-nearly-complete-and-super-excellent new anthology Bad Decisions ...And That, out soon).

And you know what else goes well with COMICS and BEER? MUSIC, ART, and FOOD! That's all covered too! There'll be a Long Play Caf├ę vinyl sale and DJ sets, Mushroom Works and Nowt Special artists, and filthy burger specialists Fat Hippo.

All grand stuff - get it in your diary.

Ooh, also, our Amazing Adventure Comics Machine ...And That anthology was recently reviewed by Andy Oliver over at Broken Frontier - "a welcome reminder of the grassroots community spirit of the small press" YEAH! THAT'S HOW WE ROLL!