Review by Nicola Manuel
OFF LIFE. A collaborative mix of the best indie talent formed to create the UK’s only street press comic magazine. Oh and it’s free!
This publication was created by Daniel Humphry; Editor, Steve Leard; Designer and Lucy Rice; Copy Editor. Their eighth issue has recently been printed and distributed, full of alternative visuals for your eyes. Forget about the Incredible Hulk, these characters certainly have their own unique stories.
Meet some of the comic artists and their stories; they really do range in style and narrative…
A chattering woman on her phone on a train journey, that ditzy character that we all could relate to, in ‘Things that people do…’ by Ana Galvan. Why Earth seems to be giving the other planets headaches in ‘Space Noise’ by Lizz Lunney. A music record shared by a couple that sounds like no other in ‘This Record Will Save You From Yourself’ by Emix Regulus and a builder with that typical builders bottom on a brick wall, relating to the Nursery Rhyme we all know so well, ‘Humphrey Dumpty The Short Tale’ by Ryan Gillet. These are just a selection of the comics published in the magazine.
As a feature there is an interview with Great Beast, a publisher that works with artists to retain rights to their work, made up by comic artists Marc Ellerby and Adam Cadwell. It has a great insight into their own comic work and what pushed them to make the leap from artists to publisher. “The aim is that creators can self-publish to a professional standard, with our channels and audience available to them,” says Adam Cadwell.
For an inspirational look into contemporary comics and to support this beautifully printed magazine, make sure you get yourself a copy of Issue#8 out now, at one of their many stockists in London or Bristol. Don’t miss out on their main website as well, for full information about who, what, why and when as well as this talented online platform for comic artists.
“It’s a bleak new world, but somebody’s got to fill it with comics.” – Daniel Humphry.
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