Friday, December 03, 2004

Just 1 Page didn't get an Eagle.

I hate you all.

Only joking !
Back to business.


In this update:
0) paper view
1) don't just sit there DRAW something
2) what do with your spare tenners
3) the 24 minute comic

0) Thanks to the League of Extraordinary Mikes
(Allwood and Conroy) for the mention in the latest CI.
Also, keen-eyed comics fans in Wandsworth
may have seen me in the South London Press...

As I presented £800 to the Trinity Hospice
(plus £200 worth of comics to sell at events and in their shops)

1) In case you missed it, Just 1 Page is a magazine featuring comic art donated by a range of pros, ams and hamfists - in my case. The original art is auctioned for charity via the magic of eBay, and any profits from the magazine also go to charity.

Just 1 Page 3 will be launched at the comics expo in Bristol 13th-15th May 2005

The theme for next year will be BEST BATTLES and TOP TEAM-UPS.
Any variation on the theme will be welcome.
(Don't wait for an invitation!)

This year's charity is Childline.

2) To allow more profit from the magazine this time, we are inviting people to sponsor a page for just a tenner. You get to put your name, website or shop address on the page.
And you get your copy of the magazine at no extra cost.

Additional schemes are available:
(£20 if you want to choose which page your ad goes on, £50 if you want a colour page)

3) Extra special event for J1P3 - THE 24 MINUTE MINI COMIC
At the second ever UK Web & Mini Comix Thing, 19th March in Stepney, London
an attempt will be made on the World Record for fastest comic collaboration.

A minimum of twenty four artists will each produce a page of mini comic in 24 Minutes !
Attendees at the event will be invited to be story suggestions into a hat, which will then be randomly assigned to the brave contributors ! (The suggestions, not the hat.)
The finished story (which will be coherent, funny and "interesting") will be printed and sold during the day, making it the world's fastest ever comic anthology.

You should go to the UK WCT, and so should your friends.
If you do a comic yourself, you want to book a table now !
If you want to take part in the 24 minute comic, let me know.

There will be a facsimile of the 24 minute comic in Just 1 Page 3, but the only way to get the original is to Get To Stepney.

Tuesday, April 27, 2004

Just 1 Page 2 - The Brits

Just 1 Page: Heroes was a charity comic published for the UK's comic festival in Bristol during the year of 2001. This year, it is back for another issue - this time the theme is British comics characters, and that includes creators. We will be selling the comic at Bristol and auctioning original art to raise funds for the Trinity Hospice charity.

Before I tell you about the process of putting together this comic, I'd like to say why I chose that charity.

In 2002, three of our neighbours were taken ill with various unrelated illnesses.
Within a year, two of them had sadly died, and both were cared for in the Trinity.

Guita was a lovely lady with a life you would not believe ! In her nineties, she felt she had lived beyond her years and was suffering various ailments brought on by her age. She was very low before she went to the Trinity Hospice. The last time I saw Guita, she was battling her way to the local shops, despite not feeling well. She declined any help, although she would welcome us in for a chat and a few odd jobs around her flat. She had been a lively soul in her younger years, a despatch rider during the War, a Soho club girl and then manager of her own club in the Fifties.
She had been to hospital and received treatment, but she was reluctant to accept the home help she needed.
Once she went to the Trinity, she was given a more dignified, comfortable time than she had at home.

She died in April last year.
At her request, her funeral was to be a quiet, secular occasion, and Karen had to make all the arrangements because I ended up with a broken arm that very same week. I got to choose the music, but not to attend and due to my accident, I didn't get to say a proper goodbye.

So, Just 1 Page 2 is a way to say thankyou to the staff of the Trinity Hospice for giving our friend a comfortable farewell. And for me to say farewell to Guita, who I hope is with her loved ones in the heavenly version of that club of hers !