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We’ve been following the progress of the free U.K. street-press anthology Off Life since July, before the launch of the first issue, and now it’s up to its fourth. It’s released today in its home city of Bristol (for a cross-cultural comparison, we’ll call it “the U.K.’s Portland”), with the digital edition arriving on Thursday; the print version hits London on Saturday.
It may also be their best issue yet, featuring work by such stalwarts of the U.K. indie scene as Warwick Johnson-Cadwell, Dan Berry, Oliver East and Sean Azzopardi; a very entertaining group interview with three more of the best new cartoonists in the U.K., Hannah Berry, Jack Teagle and Isabel Greenberg; and fulfills editor Daniel Humphry’s mission statement of breaking some interesting-looking new talent, most of which I’ll definitely be keeping an eye on after this. How about some preview art after the break?
Since Robot 6 first covered the launch of the new U.K, free street-press comics anthology Off Life, editor Daniel Humphry has received more than 60 submissions and dozens of messages of support from industry figures. Humphry hopes to now build on all that good will, announcing an Indiegogo campaign to secure the funding to cover the costs of the first issue’s print run. Humphry has such a missionary zeal for the medium, I must admit I’m curious as to what shape this anthology will ultimately take. No prizes for anyone answering “rectangular.”
A new U.K. street-press comics anthology announced itself Tuesday by simultaneously launching a website and a Twitter account making an open call for submissions. Intrigued by this approach, we contacted editor Daniel Humphry to discuss his ambitions for the new title.
Robot 6: How far on are you with your plans for issue 1?
Daniel Humphry: Everything seems to be coming together pretty well so far. The first call for artists went out two days ago, along with our site and Twitter going live, and already we’ve had plenty of strong submissions, though deadline isn’t until Aug. 24. The next stage is approaching advertisers, and after that we’ll be aiming for a mid-September launch date.
Any contributors you’re ready to name, or are you still recruiting?
I probably shouldn’t name any just yet, as we’re only a few days in to recruiting, but I can say I’ve been surprised by some of the names who’ve submitted, given their experience on more established anthologies or magazines.