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Pizzeria Disgusto – a new book by Michael Hacker

From the freaky and wonderful mind of Michael Hacker comes Pizzeria Disgusto. His Kickstarter campaign is at full speed now and it’s worth checking out. We’ve been a fan of Michael’s work for years, we even hired him to create our Sasquatch MC Hoodie for our apparel brand Saltopus many moons ago. His illustrations and humorous style are just too much fun not to love.

If Pizzeria Disgusto tickles your twisted sense of humour and makes you giggle when you know you probably shouldn’t, you can back the project by making a pledge. We can’t wait to get our hands on a copy of the book and some awesome stickers once the campaign ends!

Visit Kickstarter: bit.ly/pizzeriadisgusto
Official Website: pizzeriadisgusto.com

ProjectCast with Kyle T. Webster

Following on from Drawn + Drafted‘s stonkin’ live podcast with Thomas James, they’ve got a new ProjectCast coming up with Kyle T. Webster (Kyle’s Brushes). It’ll be broadcast live on Monday 15th May 10:00 PM GMT (London) and you can reserve a spot here.

Not to be missed, Kyle is an international award-winning illustrator who also happens to be the founder of kylebrush.com, the world’s best-selling Photoshop brushes.

Save a spot: crowdcast.io/e/projectcast-kylewebster

The Everyday Witch Tarot deck

The Everyday Witch Tarot deck was illustrated by Elisabeth Alba and we love it! It’s a fun, practical, easy-to-use deck for every witch and we can’t wait to get hold of a copy. As you can see, Elisabeth’s illustrations are charming and absolutely gorgeous.

Written by Deborah Blake and published by Llewellyn Worldwide the 78-card deck comes in a box kit with a magnetic enclosure that also includes a 264 page full color guidebook. etsy.com/listing/493198464/everyd…

The London Illustration Fair 2015

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Taking up residence in the Bargehouse, a four-storey warehouse on the heart of the South Bank, The London Illustration Fair 2015 will showcase the work of 50 young, emerging illustrators, selected by an esteemed judging panel made up of some of the UK’s leading figures in the illustration and graphic arts. – The London Illustration Fair

December 4th-6th… More information.

Carlos Garde-Martin‘s newly formed collective Hip! Hip! will be there exhibiting and doing live Gocco printing with bags of quality art related stuff to buy. The video above is from Carlos’ Brighton Cityscape Mural. It looks like the Illustration Fair is going to be an awesome event.

OFFSET London 2015

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OFFSET London is just round the corner (November 12th & 13th) and you’ll be glad to know there are a few tickets left, although I can’t see them being available for long. OFFSET London will be a two day event and there will be plenty to do with lots of awesome people to meet. Just be careful not to trip over any hipsters with it being held in Shoreditch Town Hall. :)

With over 2,500 attendees to its Dublin event each year, OFFSET has fast become one of the worlds most inspirational, educational and vocational conferences for the design and creative industries.

Representing industry at all levels, our speakers are key disruptors and influencers in their fields, driving everything from huge global campaigns to awe inspiring personal projects and will speak about their work, ideas and inspirations, giving audiences an insight into their practices and personal perspectives on their careers over the course of the two-day event. – Lisa Haran

You can find more info, tickets and the line up on the official OFFSET London website. It’s a really well run event and definitely worth attending.

An LCS interview with Paul Shipper

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Darren Di Lieto: Paul Shipper is an artist inspired by old school theatrical posters and the movies of the 70’s and 80’s… The hair rock years! Paul’s illustrations have been praised by the likes of J.J. Abrams, Edgar Wright, Simon Pegg, Tom Hanks, Tom Tykwer and the Wachowski’s. Now we are delighted to ask him anything we want!
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Presenting the MMA4 Submission Gallery

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The deadline for sending in a submission for Mail Me Art: Open All Hours has now past, but we will still accept late submissions until the New Year. It’s just submissions that arrived before the deadline will get priority if there ends up being a lack of space at the exhibition or in the next publication. All you need is a copy of the Mail Me Art 3 book if you do want to take part. We will do our best to accommodate any late submissions that do arrive, but as mentioned we can’t make any promises.

If you’d like to check out all the current submissions, we’ve just put up a gallery of all the Open All Hours mail art. Visit the Mail Art Gallery for Mail Me Art: Open All Hours, it also includes a list of all the MMA4 contributors.

Saltopus x Andy Smith Impending Doom T-Shirt

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Saltopus and Andy Smith have teamed up to create this iconic t-shirt! Andy Smith is a hand lettering supremo and Saltopus sell awesome t-shirts and apparel which means them working together is a match made in heaven.

If you weren’t aware Saltopus is run by the same people who run the LCS! We love Andy’s work and we have done for years, so being able to work with him on this t-shirt was a dream come true. You can buy the tees directly from saltopus.com and they ship internationally. Available in sizes S-XL and you can pay with most major credit cards via PayPal. What are you waiting for?!

Buy Now: Saltopus x Andy Smith Impending Doom T-Shirt

The work of award winner artist John Hendrix

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For some reason I’d not come across John Hendrix‘s work before, even though he seems to have won dozens of awards and has worked for nearly every client under the sun. I accidentally stumbled across his work on Facebook a couple weeks ago and was really taken with it. So I thought it was only fair to share his awesome illustrations with the rest of you. I’ll have to see if he’s interested in doing an interview.

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There’s a very nice video interview with John if you want to find out more about him.

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.