Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Newcastle Stories...and that


The collective will be releasing their 10th collaborative comics anthology as part of the Late Shows here in Newcastle on 17th May. We're working in collaboration with The Holy Biscuit and our anthology, as well as artwork from inside, will be part of a larger exhibition entitled 'Urban Fictions'. Because this is something of a milestone for the collective, after 7 years of awesomeness, we decided the anthology would also serve as something of a love/hate letter to the city that brought us all together. The cover was drawn by long-time Paper Jammer and all-round splendid gentleman, Gary Bainbridge and the book itself will contain strips by these lovely people:

Adam Fallows
Brett Halliwell
Brittany Coxon
CJ Reay
Duncan Watson & Nigel Maughan
Iain Milne
Ian Mayor
Jack Fallows
James Wilkinson
Kit Goode
Lucy Dorothy
Lydia Wysocki
Matt Gan
Mike Thompson
Nigel Maughan
Oscillating Brow
Paul Thompson
Sigmund Reinmann
Terry Wiley
Tom Graham

If you've submitted something but don't see your name on the list above, please get in touch with Jack at to put him right. He's had a lot of e-mails and messages across several platforms over the last few weeks and is a confused young man at the best of times.

Go comix! x

Tuesday, February 18, 2014


This will be an awesome night, please tell everyone you know and come down to say hello!

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Canny Comic Con 2013?

The Canny Comic Con (Newcastle's entirely free comic festival which has previously run in December 2011 and December 2012) isn't exactly happening this year, but it sort of is.

Wooooo, interesting!

First up, if you want to see a review of last year, including photos and a free download of the excellent Things We Wish We'd Known Earlier (or: How Not To Make Comics) panel, full of top comic-making tips (on mistakes everyone makes and how to avoid them!) CHECK THIS OUT.

Second, in a couple of weeks time on Saturday 7th December, instead of the usual CCC stalls, panels, workshops etc, for a change, there's going to be this:

The CCCCCC? Whaaaaaat? It's a big comic-making jam. Totally open to everyone of all ages and abilities, and of course it's free. More info here!

See you there!

Thursday, June 13, 2013

When It's Time to Party, We Will Always Party Hard

Greetings members of the collective, casual readers and local creative types. This is my first post on here in a long time - I've been away, training to become a teacher, finding a job and surviving my NQT year. After missing only about 3 meetings in 4 years since founding the collective, I had to take a huge sabbatical and it was awful. I can only compare the feeling to a mother placing her first born in a wicker basket and floating it down the stream. However, I'm very pleased to be back in action and so awe-struck by everything that has been created while I've been away. Which, in turn, has gotten me all inspired to do something.

It's been eons since the last Paper Jam launch event, and even longer still since a launch that blew people's heads off their shoulders. We never officially launched Alcohol... And That, but it was released quite a while ago now, so I wasn't sure if that was appropriate. I thought we could create a new anthology and launch that, but then it kind of overshadows the achievements of the Alcohol anthology, which is amazing. It was a real conundrum, until I realised something: We don't need a reasonable excuse to stuff a room full of comics, cakes, beer and bands, because when is that NOT A GOOD IDEA?! And we can, of course, put the spotlight on this incredible anthology that has not been celebrated in the way it ought to while we're at it!

So I've been scoping out local venues, getting room rental prices and contacting all the talented people I know to get something together. There are a few options right now, but I want this thing to be awesome, so I have a favour to ask you, gentle reader. Please contact me ( if you know of any awesome and local:

- Venues
- Bands
- Comic book creators
- Cake makers
- Other stuff that may be appropriate

I want to do this in the next month or two so don't hesitate to get in touch. All suggestions, even ones that may seem obvious, will be much appreciated. If you send me a really tasty 'best-kept-secret' I'll make sure you get on the guest list and I'll buy you a pint.

Yours excitedly,

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

The Canny Comic Con Returns

Last year saw Newcastle City Library host the first proper comic convention in the North East for fifteen years - the Canny Comic Con.

After going really well, the good news is that it's coming back this year!

8th December, Newcastle City Library, 10am-5pm, be there or be square.

There'll be a bit of everything, loads of events for all ages (talks, workshops, panels, quizzes), and loads of comic creators attending.

And it's totally free - everyone is involved for the love of comics.

If you're in the North East and into comics, this event is for you.

Want to find out more? Maybe get involved? Go to for all the links.

If you missed last year's event, find out more about what happened and what folks thought of it by clicking here.

Friday, April 13, 2012

Newcastle Mini Comics Making Day!

Happening very soon, put together by PJCCers Cuttlefishthe PXT, and Ingi.

It's going to be brilliant. A couple of talks, then some laidback comic-making (then probably the pub).

Whether you're a comic-making veteran or someone who's never done anything like this before, you're sure to enjoy it.

Check out the Facebook page and book your free place now: 0191 277 4100. NOW.

Monday, January 30, 2012

Five Years of Paper Jamming, Yo!

It's hard to believe that the Paper Jam Comics Collective started (albeit in an unnamed form) FIVE years ago - at the start of 2007. That is a long time in comics, proof that Jack and Mike have created one heck of an unstoppable-comics-beast-thing, and long may it continue.

But what is the crack with it all? If you're a new person interested in getting involved, what can you expect?

Well, here's a rough guide to the PJCC:

We meet up
Usually on the second and fourth Thursday of every month at Travelling Man comic shop. It kicks off around 6.30 (there's a bit of milling around chatting and saying hello while people turn up and the meat ot the meeting usually gets going in earnest by 7.00).

We like comics
As a rule, everyone who's part of the PJCC is into comics. You want to talk about comics of any sort, you will probably get a decent conversation at a PJCC meeting. Sometimes we have particular books or topics we might talk about, sometimes just general blather, but hopefully always kind of interesting.

Some folk are doing some things
First, it's important to note that this is not obligatory. You do not need to be working on a 5000-page graphic novel to be part of the PJCC. In fact, you do not need to have any interest in making comics at all. However, some folks do. And if you do and you want to tell people about your comic at a meeting, to get feedback or promote it, this is likely to be well received - speak up, pass around comics or sketchbooks, pitch your story; people will be interested and talk to you about it. Also if you're interested in something that someone else is doing - do feel free to ask them about it, people are usually happy to talk at length about their latest projects. If you're interested in any individual members we have some links at the side to their own websites and blogs and suchlike (or, y'know, there's google).

We make comics together sometimes
We've done eight cracking anthologies and the ninth is being compiled at the moment in readiness for being printed soon. Everyone draws a page or two, usually on a particular theme and we print up some copies and sell them at Travelling Man and at fairs and conventions and the like. Often we have ace launch parties. All the comics have ... And That as part of the title, suggesting in the local vernacular that the comics are all variations around a theme (e.g. Alcohol... And That is out latest and is of course about subjects relating to alcohol, er, and that).

We draw 24-Minute Comics
PJCC meetings are very informal and unstructured. Generally there's brief introductions to say hello to any new folk, then an opportunity for announcements, then people just blather on for a bit, maybe sketch their own stuff, and at some point someone will probably shout "Twenty Four Minute Comic?" which is usually greeted by mutterings of approval and a demand for paper.

How it works: everyone writes a word or phrase on a bit of paper, these are put into a hat (literal or metaphorical) and two are drawn at random. These together now form the theme. The object is to draw a comic (usually a single side of A4, though some people get more creative with the format) within 24 minutes on that theme. Artistic skill is absolutely not required and is usually seen as a hindrance, as speed and enthusiasm are the key attributes that make for success. You don't have to participate, but seriously: it is always super excellent fun.

The 24-Minute Comic is one of the PJCC's finest innovations - a variation on the well-known 24-Hour Comic (which PJCCers also do) but with a lot less sleep deprivation. Once the 24 minutes is up (traditionally noted by a 'ducks quacking' iphone alarm (it just is)) the resultant artworks are passed around the table to nods of approval.

We publish comics online 
If people are feeling particularly enthusiastic then they may then scan their 24-Minute Comic and post it to Paper Jams - the home of 24-Minute Comics and other PJCC sketching craziness. Have a look now. Go on!

Get involved
Getting involved is very much encouraged. Help out at events, in organisation or staffing stalls. Swap tips on art or comic-making. Collaborate with each other. Contribute to and help with anthologies. Bring sweets. Long live the PJCC!