Reading back, too many of my previous blog posts seem to use the word "exciting" or "excited" so I'm going to try and avoid those words from now on......although that will be difficult in this blog post because I have some news that is causing me great... um...enthusiasm and eagerness.
Last year I was asked to be co-editor of the Hic & Hoc Illustrated Journal of Humour Vol 2 along with Freak Leap's Joe List. Between us we collected together a party of some of the funniest comics artists from the UK and mushed them all together into one place.
Sure, the definition of humour (or humor in the US) differs from person to person but hopefully here there is a good enough mix of stories and jokes in which you will find something to stimulate the areas of your brain that cause laughter. It's also not a be all and end all list of funny comic artists in the UK of course but perhaps a good starting point to discovering the work of people you might like. Hic & Hoc is pretty great for that.
Here is the official announcement over on The Comics Reporter and more info:
"Matt Moses of Hic & Hoc officially confirmed with CR this weekend that they've announced a second issue of their well-liked funny-comics anthology. Joe List and Lizz Lunney will co-edit The Hic & Hoc Illustrated Journal Of Humo(u)r Volume Two: The United Kingdom
to arrive in September. It will contain work from 25 British
small-press comics makers, including but certainly not limited to Becky
Barnicoat, Gareth Brookes, Stephen Collins, Joe Decie, Luke Pearson and
Philippa Rice. Jon Boam supplies the cover."
We are also in the process of organising a launch for the book here in the UK which will be on 25th October at Gosh comic shop in London. Neither me or Joe are from London but we wanted to coincide the launch with Comica which is that same weekend to guarantee maximum fun. More news on that soon. If you live in America you will probably be able to get your hands on a copy earlier than that if it is back from print in time for SPX in September where me and Joe both have stalls (see link on right)
You can buy VOLUME 1 edited by Lauren Barnett (Me Likes You Very Much) and Nathan Bulmer (Eat More Bikes) online here. I've read it and it's awesome.