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Where to Find Comics in the UK and the State of Comic Book Retail in the US

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I love comics, you love comics… Actually I don’t think I know anyone who doesn’t love comics. But do you know where your local comic book store is? Recently I came across a map of the UK and Eire showing the locations of numerous comic book retailers. I’m pretty sure there are more out there than are shown on the map, but it does a good job of listing the ones that are on there.

There’s also an international comic shop map, but all it has is the name of the store without the website link and contact information.

While on the subject of comics, David Harper published a really interesting read on The State of Comic Book Retail. It includes some awesome infographics and does a really good job of summarising the pros and cons of owning or running a comic shop. I’m not going to tell you or reiterate what is says – go and read it!

Photo by Tom Morris of our favourite London comic shop Gosh! Comics, although Orbital Comics does come in, in a very close second.

The Future is Now / Are you a Little Chimp?

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Now that the LCS is free from being a news syndication site we’ll be having a small website redesign to refocus our public image and to give a better indication of our future direction. We’re still very much about art and illustration, but we’re going to be more focused on the projects and events we run, and the community we’re all part of.

We want to reach out the all the illustrators who feel they’re part of the Little Chimp Society and ask them what they want from us. Do you want more events, do you want products, do you want more articles about the industry? Can you contribute or offer your services?

If you have any thoughts on the LCS or just want to say hello, email Darren at theape@thelittlechimpsociety.com.

Image by David M. Buisán for Rocket Magazine from 2010. Check out more of his work at buisanart.com.

The Little Chimp says “No More”

Thank you to everyone who’s submitted news to the LCS over the years, but we’re reclaiming the site and community, and no longer accepting public submissions. There’s no need to worry, we’re not going anywhere. It’s just the LCS has changed and it’s about time our website caught up with us. Onwards and upwards!

SALE!!! Showcase 100 prints now 1/2 price!

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This is your last chance to pick up one of the Showcase 100 prints! Come Monday, all of the prints will be removed from the shop and for this weekend only all of the prints are half price. We only have one copy of each print and once they’re gone, they’re gone.

The prints are super high quality and were part of the London exhibition earlier in the year. There are loads to choose from, created by the most awesome bunch of artists and illustrators you can imagine.

Shown is the work of Michael Hacker, Mark Hammermeister, Kim Herbst, John Joven, Mike Nash, Marc Scheff and Primary Hughes. Visit the Showcase 100 print shop to check out the rest of the fantastic artwork.

Saltopus T-Shirts Now Only £19

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To make way for new stock, all of the awesome tees at Saltopus Apparel are now only £19. All of our t-shirts feature exclusive artwork that you won’t find anywhere else by the likes of Andy Smith, Brian Allen, AJ Frena, Beach and Joel Benjamin.

Follow the external link to grab yourself a Saltopus today!

External Link: Saltopus T-Shirts Now Only £19

BTW, Saltopus is run by the same people who run the LCS, so by buying a tee you’re supporting the LCS too.

Showcase 100 write up on HAI…

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If you missed Showcase 100 in London last month, you missed an amazing exhibition! Don’t get too down about it though, you can still get a copy of the book. The book as of today is now only £8.99 instead of £12.99, yippee! Also for those that that weren’t able to make, Hire an Illustrator (our show partner and sponsor) has done a fantastic write up to fill you in on what you missed.

External Link: Showcase 100 write up on HAI…

Unsold prints from the show can also be found in the LCS Shop.

Showcase 100, available now!

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DSCF2112Showcase 100: Illustration is now available from the LCS shop. With only a week left to go until the exhibition we’re very proud to release the accompanying book of the project. It’s a fantastic publication and I’m sure it’d feel right at home in anyone’s art book collection. It features 100 illustrations from 100 fantastic illustrators, and not just that, it includes a number of sketches, descriptions and bios. Whether you love illustration, want to support the LCS or just want a copy for yourself… Order a copy of Showcase 100! Worldwide shipping available.

About the book…
Showcase 100: Illustration is a 160 page publication of high quality illustrations and sketches from some of the best professional illustrators working in the industry today. We have strived to showcase a wide variety of illustrations that represent the trends and quirks of this creative profession, and have encompassed artwork created for all markets, and countries, and by artists who may be 30 year veterans of the industry or just starting out in their careers. Only 100 illustrations were selected from over 1,400 entries in association with Hire an Illustrator.

DSCF2116Order Showcase 100: Illustration…
thelittlechimpsociety.com/product/showcase-100-illustration

Available exclusively from The Little Chimp Society
Exhibition: sc100.co.uk/exhibition
Join us on 9th April 6-8pm for a drink and chat, all are welcome.
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2015 Little Chimp Award Winner Annouced

LCAWe’ve very happy to announce Mark Hammermeister is the winner of the 2015 Little Chimp Award! It was a very close call and Violet and Brian were just pipped to the post. All of the artists who were shortlisted for the award actually deserved to win, which is why they’ll all be getting Chimp Coins. But in the words of Connor MacLeod “There can be only one” and the 2015 award goes to Mark Hammermeister. Continue Reading →

Wicked artwork and t-shirts from Saltopus

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The LCS is very proud to let you know that Saltopus Apparel (An LCS project) is now online and taking orders. We’ve been working with some really fantastic artists and designers to bring you this new independent top quality clothing line. We have t-shirts, hoodies and socks, with lots more to come!

Visit: saltopus.com (Saltopus Apparel)