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Simon Moreton
Artist and zine maker
Artist and zine maker

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I’m really excited to announce that my publisher, Grimalkin Press is running a Kickstarter so we can raise funds to get Plans We Made, my new book, printed in time to get it a proper national distribution!

I can hardly believe this thing I made might be about to see the light of day. It’s my first ever full length book and it’s been an ambition to see something like this happen for the longest time. I’m so proud and kind of nervous, too.

What’s even more exciting is that acclaimed publisher Uncivilized Books, who have released amazing works by Sam Alden, Sophie Yanow and more, will be distributing it! This means my book should hit shops and stores all over the place.

This is where the Kickstarter comes in. In order to get the book printed in time for Unciv’s Fall Schedule, we’ve had to move the printing ahead. This means raising funds earlier than we anticipated – it could take months, even a year or two, to raise them ourselves.

So please watch the video, and have a think – if you could support this it would be a dream come true.

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SMOO #7 is available for pre-order now!
This issue of SMOO is about the countryside I grew up in. Split over three zines, a map, and a letter, it deals with memories, trying to live in the now, and what happens when you revisit your home, many years later.
- 88 pages of comics across 3 A6 zines (148 mm x 105 mm)
- fold out map (297 x 210mm)
- a letter (210 x 148 mm)
- B&W throughout
The zine costs £4 plus shipping.

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There's a new Jeff LeVine comic out! Gooood news. Extra Time #1 made my 'Best of 2012' list for Forbidden Planet International:

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Process post about the Retrofit Comics book I'm working on..

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SMOO #6 Reviewed at the Poopsheet Foundation

Justin Giampaoli has reviewed Smoo #6 over at the Poopsheet Foundation. He writes:

“Moreton thinks about the imagery, like the squiggle of ink that stands-in for confusion over not knowing how to help a sick bird. It’s this type of visual shorthand for more complex emotion that proves his fluid understanding of what makes the medium so unique. He blurs the line between text and image to achieve superb information delivery.”

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SMOO COMICS make Broken Frontier’s ‘Top Ten Must-own of 2012’

Andy Oliver is the Managing Editor at comics website Broken Frontier, and a contributor to Paul Gravett’s 1001 Comics You Must Read Before You Die. He is also the man behind Broken Frontier’s Small Pressganged column, in which he reviews and promotes a wide range of small press comics. This week, in his last Small Pressganged post of the year, Andy reflects on ten small-press comics that “represent the diversity and brilliant creativity embodied in the U.K. scene”. I’m delighted to say that Smoo Comics made the final ten. He writes:

“The stark minimalist style of Simon Moreton’s autobiographical Smoo Comics was one of the great revelations of 2012 for me. Honest and often raw storytelling that uses reductionist depictions of landscape and scenery to emphasise mood and emotion, Simon’s work is stirring and quite extraordinary in execution. These are comics that will stay with you long, long after you’ve filed them away.”

It’d just like to say thanks to Andy for his support. As anyone making small-press comics out there will recognise, a few kind words and a sense that somebody digs what you’re trying to do, go a long, long way.

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Smoo Comics #6 is available for pre-order now! It features seven stories about listening to Hüsker Dü, rainy summers, running naked in French fields, another tale of swimming at night and more besides. The comic is autobiographical in the vein of Jeff Levine or John Porcellino (King Cat). FFI:

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I'm involved in this, too. It's a grand idea.
New comic / t-shirt site, Comic Strip Tees launched this afternoon.

Features the work of Mike Allred, Roger Langridge, Simon Fraser, and Pat Barrett.

New artists and shirts will be added daily.

Check it out and spread the word!

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My new minicomic, Smoo #5, is available for pre-order now. It is a collection of short stories about time spent living in a little seaside town and learning to deal with things. You can read more about the comic and place a pre-order here:
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