Hello! Happy Valentine’s Day! All good with you? Splendid. Us? Well, we’ve been plotting.
At the end of last new year we sat down with Newspaper Club and had a chat about ways of doing more with Paper Science. Over a cup of tea – a brew that may yet live in infamy – they offered us a bit of advice about how to make things a bit more interesting over the next twelve months.
So; four issues, barcodes, new channels of distribution, better design and even more comics. Sounds like a plan to me.
January was about sorting out the line-up, and I’m delighted to announce some of the artists who will be appearing in our next issue; Paper Science 4, slated for print in April.
Luke Pearson will be the very first featured artist of Paper Science; he’ll be providing a cover as well as four pages of doubtlessly beautiful comics. Luke’s been one of the bright stars of small press comics, and his Hildafolk for NoBrow Press last year was a gem; a perfectly judged story of one girl in a storybook land.
John Allison needs no introduction to fans of webcomics. His Scary Go Round and Bad Machinery have been captivating audiences for almost a decade, and he’s one of the medium’s best-loved creators. John will be contributing a pin-up to Paper Science 4, a poster-sized take on the issue’s Sci-fi theme that you’ll be framing as soon as you can get yourself to a trendy art shop.
Andrew Waugh will be making his Paper Science debut. Andrew’s a member of Paper Jam Comics, a Newcastle-based collective of comickers whose collections have been exhibited in everywhere from pubs to contemporary art galleries. Andrew himself is a frequent contributor to Mustard and Alan Moore’s Dodgem Logic, and it’s a pleasure to have him on board.
Timothy Winchester is a WAW+P favourite. His webcomic – People I Know – has taken on all of the day’s pressing issues (Why are people mean? What is love? Is Ke$ha really that wild?), and his half-page debut in Paper Science 3 was greeted universally with the words “Can we have more please?”. Timothy’s ridiculously energetic presence at conventions is a model for creators, and has to be seen to be believed.
Finally, Adam Cadwell will be contributing a four-part story to Paper Science as it runs throughout the year. After bringing his webcomic The Everyday to a close last year he’s been hard at work on Blood Blokes which is set to debut in time for TCAF in May. His story, featuring The King of Things, is a family-friendly fantasy that will span from issue 4 to issue 7, and we’re very excited to have him.
All very exciting! Later this month we’ll be letting you know about how you can subscribe to all four issues; there are going to be membership cards and everything.
Meanwhile, if you’re a retailer looking to help support Paper Science in the coming 12 months – either by stocking the series or by some other means of sponsorship (maybe even advertising -gasp!) – just get in touch with Matthew (firstname.lastname@example.org).
In the meantime enjoy February, and if you’re looking around for a late Valentines gift there’s always Paper Science 3…