Friday, February 27, 2015

Less But More Paper Jamming: PJCC is going monthly from April 2015

Paper Jam's spiritual home, the basement of Travelling Man Newcastle, is now a fab multi-purpose art/music venue known as Nerd Hutch. Also: a couple of weeks isn't a lot of time to get much comic-making done. Result: PJCC's 2nd and 4th Thursday meeting were getting difficult to timetable amongst gigs and were hard for jammers to commit to attending consistently.

Starting in April, the Paper Jam Comics Collective will meet monthly on the 2nd Thursday of each month - still at 6.30pm and still at the Nerd Hutch at Travelling Man.

The March meetings are just a bit of shuffling around until we get to that point:

March 12th: there's a gig in Nerd Hutch, so as a one-off Paper Jam will meet across the road at Geek Retreat (then maybe even go to the gig).

March 26th: meeting as normal (except this is the last 'official' fourth Thursday of a month).

THEN, for the rest of 2015:

9th April / 14th May / 11th June / 9th July / 13th August /
10th September / 8th October / 12th November / 10th December

all 6.30pm, at Travelling Man

And yeah, occasionally there may be other events or fourth Thursday drink-n-draws, or whatever, but those are the core dates, those are dates when maybe stuff will get done, you can get a good chat, do a 24-minute comic, show off your latest publication, talk about upcoming events, etcetera. That's the plan, anyway.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

PJCC at Sunderland Comic Con

Breaking news! The Paper Jam Comics Collective will be representing at the inaugural Sunderland Comic Con this weekend - 21st/22nd February.

We might even have copies, hot off the press, of our latest food-themed anthology..........

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.