Updated: Jan 2
Season’s Greetings from us all at Good Comics!
It’s been quite a year for us, and we’d like to take a moment to say a huge thank you to everyone who has supported our creators and our ethos over the past 12 months.
Our shiny new website launched at the start of the year, shortly followed by our Good Comics Podcast. We always love talking with other people in the comics community, so why not record it and slap it on the internet? We’ve used the podcast to discuss shows and comic styles with creators like Josh Hicks and Joe Stone, and we can’t wait to interview more great comics people next year.
We also started our new, semi-regular (about as regular as we can manage..) blog called Good Fridays, in which we post short comics from creators on a Friday. We’ve used this to highlight some up and coming creators whose work we really like as well as posting shorter works from our existing authors. We’re always on the lookout for contributors, so please do drop us a line if you have a short comic you think would be a GOOD fit (see what we did there)?!
We had two big releases this year. First up was Petrichor by Gareth A Hopkins: a meditation on love and family, and a moving examination of grief through abstraction. Gareth’s unique artwork lends itself to difficult subjects, and we’re incredibly proud to have this on our shelves.
Secondly, we released Novelty, the debut long-form comic from New York-based comics creator Mohar Kalra, who we first became aware of when he contributed a moving comic about Dolores O’Riordan to Dead Singers Society Volume IV. Novelty tells the story of Allen, a young man who is not always himself. With a touching level of sincere humour, Mohar’s book really is a wonderful addition to our catalogue and we were really proud to publish Mohar’s debut book.
We continued to distribute some amazing international comics from Jens K Styve and Kristen Haas Curtis as well as taking on Australian artist Ben Mitchell as a Distribution client. His books Storm Clouds and Ghost Beach are brilliant mysteries and intricate friendship dramas set against a backdrop of punk rock clubs, rundown sea fronts and uniquely Australian ennui, with beautiful artwork to rival Charles Burns.
Our final release for the year was our own Paddy Johnston’s Stealing Home: Rookie Year - a fantastic collection of newsletters from the 2019 baseball season with beautiful illustrations by our kid Sam, and including comics from all of us You don’t have to know anything about baseball to enjoy this book of personal essays about how baseball changed Paddy’s life and made him a better man.
This year we attended a few new shows, testing the waters of the newcomers to the UK comics scene! First up was Cardiff Comics Carnival in March, followed by Swindon Zine Fest and finally Hackney Comic & Zine Fair. All the shows were a credit to their local scenes and gave us a great opportunity to connect with new people in comics. Thanks to everyone we met at all of these shows! We were also honoured to speak at the Laydeez do Comics Festival, presenting on our new website and submissions approach and sharing the Good ethos with the wider comics community.
Finally, in 2019 we welcomed Paddy’s son Eric to the world, who is already in training to become our newest deputy MD.
So what’s to come in 2020? You’ll have to wait and see.
Rozi, Paddy & Sam