The college and the library are both open during half term holidays, but it is much, much quieter. In the last holidays, I managed to to get some of collection finally out and available for lending and it's been really heartening to see the gradual increase of interest from the students (and staff, who seem to have taken to it with even greater enthusiasm!).
The re-organisation of the quick reads and easy reader resources has meant the freeing up of space near the comics area, so I'm trying to make a push to get the smaller press and interdependently published work out ready for when the students return next week. Display and storage is still a bit of a question mark for anything that's not books, so I'm looking at different kinds of small self-standing racks and so on which can hold newspaper comics, small zines and generally a variety of floppier and fiddlier formats.
Today I'm prepping and cataloguing two fantastic British anthologies: Solipsistic Pop and ink + Paper, edited and curated by Tom Humberstone and David O'Connell respectively. The first edition of Pop was released in November 2009: a bi-annual, themed ('broken, 'wonder' 'maps' ) publication which, along with Nobrow, is the finest British comics anthology we have. ink + Paper is fairly newer, with 3 issues under its belt, but shaping up to be equally significant: the first volume in particular is a stonker. Anthologies are a great way to get introduced to people's work and these are a veritable who's who of British art talent- not only people who draw comics, but illustrators and designers and all manner of creatives. Pop has some fab newsprint comic inserts too.
*Many thanks to Tom and David for donating copies to the collection.
|Euan Cook for ink + Paper|