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Monday, 23 November 2015

Birmingham MCM Comic Con & Giant Rhinos In Space #4





Thank you very much to everyone who came by my table at Birmingham MCM Comic Con, it was great to see familiar faces and meet new people - I had a lovely time with my table neighbours Ryuuza, Fat Fairy, Neil Slorance and An Android Awakes. Thanks to my sister Lisa for sitting behind the table for a bit.

MCM was the last convention of the year and I’m looking forward to focusing on finishing comic pages over the winter months. Most events I’m planning to attend in the spring are unconfirmed, but the first show of the year will be True Believers Comic Festival on Saturday 6th February 2016b at Cheltenham Racecourse. Don’t forget I’ll be launching the Grimes Art Angels Fanzine at that event - submission information here! 

I make sure to keep a up to date list of confirmed events in the blog sidebar. I also have an Etsy shop (includes international shipping).

If you are based in the West Midlands there are some events coming up that you should make a note of ....
Giant Rhinos In Space #4 will be launching online this Friday! updates will be at 12noon GMT on Tuesday/Fridays! bookmark a webcomic host site:

You can also get updates through my Twitter account @ sammyborras and the Giant Rhinos In Space Facebook page

Thanks again for a wonderful con season!
Sammy

Wednesday, 18 November 2015

Thought Bubble, Birmingham MCM and Grimes Fanzine




Thank you so much to everyone at Thought Bubble this weekend! I had such a awesome time in the Royal Armouries Hall with my table neighbours A Little Lost Caterpillar, Ink and BoozePaddy Johnston & Samuel C Williams.

Special thank you to Charlotte from Laydeez Do Comics Birmingham for watching my table so I could visit the other halls and pick up some beautiful comics!


The last convention of the year will be Birmingham MCM Comic Con this weekend! You’ll be able to find table CG4 in the Comic Village section of the hall. I will be taking all the comics, zines and merchandise in the Thought Bubble photos along with a folder of original drawings. Please come and say hi and pick up a FREE MINI COMIC!



Yesterday I announced a Grimes Fanzine with open submissions! Please visit www.thatmusiczine.tumblr.com/grimes for more information!

Saturday, 7 November 2015

New Drumsticks and Tumblr Webcomic Site


Black Like My Heart & Giant Rhinos drumsticks are now available to order online on my Etsy shop - £9 (plus post and package)


I recently launched a new webcomic called Misc Fits - a series of slice of life short stories. I’ve been uploading pages simultaneously to various webcomic sites - and because some of you prefer reading through tumblr, when Giant Rhinos In Space chapter 4 launches (hopefully in November) I would like to be able to post full pages onto tumblr - www.giantrhinos.tumblr.com  over the next couple of weeks pages from chapters 1-3 will upload twice daily ready for new pages. It's a good opportunity to reread or catch up with the story! 

You can still follow through Tapastic/Smack Jeeves if you prefer those sites. I will continue to post previews and links from blogger, facebook and twitter.

I have 2 conventions left this season - comics, drumsticks, plectrums and more!
I’m going to be taking FREE MINI COMICS to both events. Please don’t hesitate - if you would like a comic and I’ve missed handing you one, just casually ask me for a business card.

Monday, 26 October 2015

London MCM Comic Con October 2015






Thank you so much to everyone who bought comics or merch from my table at London MCM Comic Con! I had a really great weekend chatting to people who stopped by. Someone finally explained why Rick and Morty fans shout ‘SHOW ME WHAT YOU GOT!‘ when I tell them about Giant Rhinos In Space.

I took some cosplay photos and posted them on my personal tumblr blog.

I have 2 conventions left this season - I’ll be on a half table in the Royal Amouries Hall at Thought Bubble (sorry I wont be able to display the folder of original illustrations and comics pages, but message me if you’d really love to buy one and I’ll bring it along - individually priced £10-£30). The week after I will have a full table in the Comic Village at Birmingham MCM Comic Con. I will have some copies of Radio On Broadcast #2 and hopefully some new Misc Fits pin badge sets and a choice of Giant Rhinos In Space drumstick designs. There will also be FREE MINI COMICS to hand out.

Don’t forget I have an online Etsy shop if you can’t get to Leeds or Birmingham.
Thanks again!

Sunday, 18 October 2015

Leamington Comic Con 2015






Thank you to everyone at Leamington Comic Con yesterday! The show was busier than I was expecting and I had a great time chatting about Barreleye fish and music zines.

Sorry about being away from the table towards the end of the day - I was filling in for Matthew Craig on a small press panel with Rees Finlay, Stu Perrins and Neil Sambrook with questions from Olly MacNamee.

My next event will be London MCM Comic Con. You’ll be able to find table CG11 in the Comic Village. Maps will be available in the show guide at the event or online. (I’ll tweet some directions on Friday morning @ sammyborras  ) I will be taking all the stock in the photos, plus a folder of original ink drawings and hopefully some brand new group anthologies and badges if they arrive in time. There will be plenty of FREE MINI COMICS to hand out - the secret password is ‘do you have a business card?’ and I will hand you a little comic instead!

My table neighbours at MCM will be Ryuuza/Giuseppa Barresi, creator of the Farsight & Soulsnatchers comics - she does great portrait commissions at conventions! I will also be next to Tomb Bomb comics who are currently running a Kickstarter campaign for the Horror Anthology, Bomb Scares, which ends in the next couple of days.

If you can’t get to London I have a list of events in the sidebar and a Etsy shop for online orders.
Thanks! See you there!

Monday, 12 October 2015

Giant Rhinos Drumsticks and New Plectrum Designs








I’d like to say a quick thank you to everyone who bought my comics from the small press table at Caption over the weekend. I had a brilliant time at the event and I’d like to say a massive thank you to everyone involved with organisation and all the panels and workshops.

I’ve printed some brand new Giant Rhinos fictional cartoon band merchandise in time to take to London MCM Comic Con next weekend!

I had some drumsticks printed for the first time. They are 5A American Hickory Drumsticks. I asked some musical friends and 5A are good sticks for beginners because they are in the middle of the scale and are good all rounders. (There was some debate over 5B sticks, but unfortunately I could only afford one type to start with, but if they are popular enough I might be able to expand and design more)

I’ve also printed new plectrum designs. The Giant Rhinos plectrums are GLOW IN THE DARK - Ooooo. So if you drop your plectrum and can’t see where it landed, you can just turn off the lights! (Black Like My Heart plectrums are also now available slightly thicker at 0.81)

You’ll be able to find my table at London MCM Comic Con in the Comic Village at table CG11. A map hasn’t been published online yet - but look out for row G and I will try my best to tweet better directions when I get to the show on the Friday morning. (@ sammyborras )

If you can’t get to London - I have a online Etsy shop and more events are listed in the blog sidebar.

Don’t forget I will have FREE MINI COMICS to give to people at every event this term. If I’m too busy chatting and miss handing you one - the secret password is ‘Do you have a business card?’ ... and I will hand you a little comic instead (because we all know mini comics are x8 better than a plain old business card)

Monday, 5 October 2015

Bristol Comic and Zine Fair 2015


Thank you to everyone who came by at the Bristol Comic & Zine Fair yesterday. I had a lovely time sat next to Mair Thomas and Hamish Steele.

The next event will be London MCM Comic Con at the end of October. I was hoping to share the table with Sarah Fogg but unfortunately she needs to take a break from conventions this term. I’ve missed Sarah a lot when I’ve been at events on my own - so I’m hoping she’ll be back doing small press stuff again next year. You should definitely follow her beautiful diverse inktober pictures over on her tumblr. You’ll be able to find the table in the Comic Village (table numbers will be announced nearer the date and maps are usually in the convention guide which you can find at the show or online)

Updated autumn events:

Thank you to everyone at Laydeez Do Comics Birmingham on Thursday night. It’s always great to get a chance to chat to local comics creators. I did a presentation about the Misc Fits creation process. I'm going to post the slides online over the next couple of weeks. 

LDC Birmingham will be hosting presentations at Caption at Fargo Village in Coventry next weekend - 10am-6pm on Saturday 10th and 11am-4pm on Sunday 11th October 2015. You may have heard of Caption before, it’s an event which used to run in Oxford and I’m looking forward to see it come to my home town. More information on their website

Tuesday, 29 September 2015

Scotland MCM Comic Con and Laydeez Do Comics


















Hi everyone! I had a absolutely amazing time at Scotland MCM Comic Con. I’d like to say a massive thank you to all the lovely people who came by my table over the weekend - I had such a great time and I’m happy that sales were good enough to travel to the event again next year.

I have 2 events this week to tell you about ...

I’m doing a presentation at Laydeez Do Comics Birmingham at 7.30-9.30 on Thursday 1st October at the Green Room Cafe (it’s opposite the Hippodrome, not far from New Street station). I’ll be mostly talking about the creation of Misc Fits and I’ll take along some of the original comic pages for you to look through. Jess Bradley, Joe Krawec and Dori Kirchmair will also be doing presentations - more information on the LDC website.

Then on Saturday 3rd October 2015 I’m heading down to the Bristol Comic and Zine Fair - The event is FREE ENTRY! I only have a half table at this show so I  will only be able to take comics and small merchandise such as plectrums and badges. If you were hoping to pick up a poster or a specific ink drawing (I have some listed on Etsy) give me a message and I’ll bring them along for you.

More autumn events are listed in the blog sidebar - and if you can’t make it to Bristol, London or Leeds, I have an Etsy shop were you can order online. I’m hoping I can confirm a table at Birmingham MCM Comic Con over the next couple of weeks.

Thanks again!

Wednesday, 23 September 2015

Original Artwork and Bundle offers

 


Hey everyone! I’m taking my comics up to Scotland MCM Comic Con for the first time this weekend - 26th-27th September at The SECC, Glasgow

My table is CF1 in the Comic Village - so I should be on the end of one of the rows - there will be maps available online, in the show guide (click here!) and hopefully around the room. There is usually a handy ceiling banner hanging above the Comic Village and it looks like the section will be roughly in the middle of the convention hall.

I always take free mini comics to hand out at events - I have a secret password in case I get carried away chatting or the table is busy and I miss handing you one - you just need to casually ask ‘do you have a business card?’ and you’ll get given a whole comic!

I’m taking a folder of original pages and illustrations. They are individually priced ranging from £10-£30 depending on paper size and how complicated they are. I have a couple of Giant Rhinos In Space illustrations, portraits from That Music Zine and all the Misc Fits comic pages and The Sea Apple cover spread.

I’m also going to have a new bundle deal available at the show - all 3 issues of Giant Rhinos In Space plus a poster for £10 - that saves you money on comics and knocks the poster price down to £2.50 - half price! yay!

For a up to date list of events please see the blog sidebar - thanks hopefully I’ll see you there! (just in case I can’t see you there - I have a online Etsy shop)

Thanks
Sammy 

Monday, 7 September 2015

ICE and Moseley Folk Festival 2015





I had a table at ICE (International Comic Expo) in Birmingham on Saturday and I also helped out at Moseley Folk Festival over the weekend. Unfortunately the busy Friday meant I opened my suitcase on Saturday morning to find I hadn't packed any copies of Giant Rhinos In Space #3 - I'm really sorry for the inconvenience and I have posted them out to people who bought bundles today. I had a lot of fun sharing the table with Laura Watton/PinkAppleJam - thank you to everyone who came by to chat about pens and comics!!

My next event will be Scotland MCM Comic Con in Glasgow - I don't have the details of my table location yet, but it will be somewhere in the Comic Village. My friends have told me good things about this show so I'm really excited to take my comics to Scotland for the first time. I have a up to date list of events in the sidebar - if you can't make it to any I also have an Etsy shop with comics and original drawings for sale. Thank you!

I also took my gig sketch book along to the folk festival and did some drawing in my free time - please visit my music blog on tumblr for more photos, videos and information about the bands. (There are more gig sketches from this year using the tumblr tag 'gig sketches'.)

Sunday, 30 August 2015

Mancstercon 2015





I'd like to say a big thank you to Laydeez Do Comics for the opportunity to sell my work from their table at Mancstercon on Saturday and to my parents for the lift to the event. Thank you to everyone who came by to chat or buy comics - the event was lovely and I had a nice time chilling out and meeting some new people.

This week I'll be at ICE (International Comics Expo) in central Birmingham on Saturday 5th September. I'll be sharing a table with Laura Watton and you'll be able to find us at table 4 in the 'Innovate' room.

If you can't get to any of the events listed on the blog sidebar - you can order comics online through Etsy - bundle offers are available and all orders come with a free mini comic

I'm going to be doing a presentation at the next Laydeez Do Comics Birmingham event. I'll be taking along some of the original Misc Fits pages for people to look at and talk a bit about my current comics process. I don't have the full details on the other 2 presentations yet, but the event itself will be at 7.30-9.30pm on Thursday 1st October at the Green Room Cafebar (opposite the Hippodrome in Birmingham City Center - not far from New Street station)

Wednesday, 29 July 2015

Manchester MCM Comic Con







I’d like to say a massive thank you to everyone who came by my table at Manchester MCM Comic Con last weekend - I had a amazing time! My next convention will be at ICE - that’s International Comics Expo in Birmingham city center (not far from New Street) on Saturday 5th September 2015. I’ll be sharing a table with Laura/PinkAppleJam! A full up to date events list can be found on the sidebar of this blog. I also have a online shop over on Etsy.

Laydeez Do Comics Birmingham is meeting next week! 6pm on Monday 3rd August - Guest speakers are Selina Locke, Hunt Emerson, Charlotta Salmi & Alex Birch - more info about the event at the LDC Birmingham Facebook page. (you don’t have to be female to attend the event)

Tuesday, 7 July 2015

Giant Rhinos On Tour #7 - Free Mini Comic!


Hi! Giant Rhinos On Tour #7 will be released at Manchester MCM Comic Con 2015 - You will be able to pick up a Free Mini Comic at my table in the Comic Village. If I miss handing one to you (or my sister is at the table) - the secret password is ‘Do you have a business card?’

The comic pages will go online at 12noon GMT on Sunday 26th July 2015

The left over stock from 2014 ('Party Poopers’) will be sent out with online Etsy orders (along with a copy of 'Selfie Sabotage’)

Saturday, 27 June 2015

Fictional Band Posters!






www.etsy.com/shop/sammyborras

I printed fictional band posters to take to Manchester MCM Comic Con at the end of July. You can now order them along with Giant Rhinos In Space issues 1-3 from my Etsy shop too! I’m really pleased with the print quality :)