Bear Pit

Jul 23 '14

CALL FOR CONTRIBUTIONS - BEAR PIT #10

It’s been about 3 and a half years since the debut of Bear Pit Zine, and we’re thrilled to be announcing the call for submissions for issue #10! As usual, all comics, illustration and other forms of sequential art are welcome!

Because it’s a special occasion, we’ve been digging around trying to work out a way that we can produce something that looks a bit special but at about the same price. And guess what, we’ve come up with something we think you’ll all love… Issue #10 is going to be a perfect bound book!

Theme: “PLACE”

Deadline: 6PM, SUNDAY 7th SEPTEMBER 2014

Zine Format: The zine content is in black and white, but greys print out well. As we’re going for perfect binding, we need more pages! As such we’d ask that, if possible, if the minimum page count is about 4, and the maximum is 8.

Only one submission per contributor please.

Paper size: The zine will be printed on A5 with full bleed. Your artwork should fit within these dimensions (148 x 210mm), plus a 4mm bleed around your image (making it 156x218mm). If you’ve any questions regarding ‘full bleed’, and/or need a template, please email.

Submission Format: Please send your files as .psd, .png or .tiff, and at no less than 300 dpi. One file per page.

Contents: All contributions take the theme of ‘Place’ - you’re free to interpret this as you will. Although we do emphasize the comic/sequential-art nature of Bear Pit Zines, any combination of words and pictures will be considered.
Finally, we are open to submissions from any and all, but we do ask that the contributor and/or their work retain some kind of connection to the city/area of Bristol.

Printing & Distribution: When all submissions are in, as per usual we will ask contributors to place and pay for pre-orders (at cost-price). Cost price per unit will be approximately £2.00. Issue #10 will be launched at the 2014 Bristol Comic and Zine Fair (October 4th).

Please send your submissions to bearpitzines@gmail.com

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Jul 17 '14

Bear Pit Zine #9 Is Now Available From the Online Shop

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Ahead of its official launch on Friday the 18th of July at the Illustration Pizza Party at the Crofters Rights in Bristol, BPZ#9: Compulsion is now available via the Bear Pit website: bearpitzines.tumblr.com/zine

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Jul 3 '14
We’re having a party to launch Bear Pit #9 and raise funds for the Bristol Comic and Zine Fair!
Drink, dance, eat, draw, be drawn! Pizza! Beer! Special deals!
Friday 18th July at Crofter’s Rights in Bristol. 7pm - 2am.

We’re having a party to launch Bear Pit #9 and raise funds for the Bristol Comic and Zine Fair!

Drink, dance, eat, draw, be drawn! Pizza! Beer! Special deals!

Friday 18th July at Crofter’s Rights in Bristol. 7pm - 2am.

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May 9 '14

BRISTOL COMIC AND ZINE FAIR 2014: Table Applications Open

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Table applications are now open for BCZF 2014. Apply here!

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Apr 16 '14

**CALL FOR CONTRIBUTIONS** BEAR PIT #9

We would love to have your submission to Bear Pit Zine #9. As usual, all comics, illustration and other forms of sequential art are welcome!

Theme: “Compulsion”

Deadline: Sunday 4th May 2014

Zine Format: The zine is in black and white, but greys print out well. Due to increasing demand for space, max pages per submission is now 4; minimum is still 1. (Within these limitations, we have no bias regarding length).

Only one submission per contributor please.

Paper size: The zine will be printed on A5. Your artwork should fit within these dimensions (148 x 210mm), HOWEVER, this issue will be printed with FULL BLEED, so if you are planning to draw to the edge, you can provide a 4mm bleed around your image (making it 156x218mm), and either mark in the file or let us know you’ve included bleed. If you’ve any questions regarding ‘bleed’, and/or need a template, please email.

Submission Format: Please send your files as .psd, .png or .tiff, and at no less than 300 dpi. One file per page.

Contents: All contributions take the theme of ‘Compulsion’ - you’re free to interpret this as you will. Although we do emphasize the comic/sequential-art nature of Bear Pit Zines, any combination of words and pictures will be considered.
Finally, we are open to submissions from any and all, but we do ask that the contributor and/or their work retain some kind of connection to the city/area of Bristol.

Printing & Distribution: When all submissions are in, as per usual we will ask contributors to place and pay for pre-orders (at cost-price). Cost price per unit will be approximately £1.60 (this includes the colour cover). For this issue there will also be additional distribution at the Bear Pit Zines fundraiser event (in late May) for our 2014 Comic and Zine Fair (October 4th).

Please send your submissions to bearpitzines@gmail.com

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Mar 17 '14

Call For Submissions

Bear Pit contributor JimLad has an awesome son who has an awesome friend and together they’re making a zine of comics to raise money to buy an acre of rainforest. They’re looking for contributors, so read on for more info…

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Hi. My name is Max, I’m a 9 year old boy. Me and my friend Reuben really want to riase £100 so we can buy a acre of rain forest. We thought of lots of different ways to raise money like a cake sale or washing cars but we thought making a comic would be way cooler.

We would love people to send in possible contributions to our comic for cool kids who love the planet. The theme should be the rain forest and the comic should ideally be two sides of A5 but no more than 4. We are just sorting out printing but Reuben’s dad is hoping that we can do the whole thing in colour (he’s a graphic designer so knows lots of people who print things). We are hoping to agree the content during the Easter holidays so if you could send your submissions by the beginning of April that would be epic. We are open to all suggestions including short stories, poems, colouring in pages but no spelling tests.

Submissions can be sent to my Dads email address jimlad at brianrecords dot co dot uk.

Depending on how many submission we get we cannot guarantee all submissions will be included in the comic but we will post any unprinted submissions on this website.

Finally to raise even more money we would love to auction off your original artwork, we hope that’s OK.

Do not forget to check for updates, online comics ,pictures and maybe even videos.

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Nov 22 '13

THIS IS THE NEWS: THOUGHT BUBBLE THIS WEEKEND

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I’ll be at Thought Bubble this weekend. I’ll be in New Dock Hall at table 170 with Nick Soucek (we’re listed as Things in Panels) and Ian Williams.

I’ll be selling…

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Grand Gestures. Published in May 2013 by Retrofit Comics, this is a 44 page silent story about falling apart and putting yourself back together. Review here. £4

Holiday. April 2013. A 32 page zine about a holiday to Spain. Mountains, rivers, beaches. Happy. Review here. £2

Blinking/Twitching a new split zine drawn with US artist Warren Craghead. I wrote him a poem and he drew me a picture and we each made a comic from it. UK debut, originally launched at SPX September 2013. £2

SMOO 5: May 2012. Stories about the sea, stories about being sad, stories about fishing and stories about coping. A memoir of being 21. Features in Andy Oliver’s 'Ten UK Small Press Comics You Should Own 2012'. £3

SMOO 6: Nov 2012. Life in change, reflecting on new routines, old memories, new houses, holidays and swimming late at night in the rain. Smoo #6 featured in Richard Bruton’s Top Ten Comics of 2012. Review on The Comics Journal here. £3

SMOO 7: July 2013. Bumper issue! Childhood, fields, forests, empty mansions, looking back, trying to move forwards. Comes in a package of 3 zines, a map and a letter.Review here. £4

Assorted badges, featuring geese, cars and my head. £1 or maybe free with a purchase. We’ll just have to see…

Also, making its UK debut…

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Driftwood City by Jason Martin

This is a new collection (review here) of early and recent comics by California-based zine maker Jason Martin. Jason has been publishing deceptively disarming autobiographical comics of simple potency for a number of years. He wrote the entire final issue of Papercutter and won an Ignatz nomination for his efforts. He’s a great artist and this is a wonderful way to be introduced to his work: £8

See you there!

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Nov 22 '13

breakalead:

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bluephoria:

Hey you guys! This is where you can find me and my coursemates at Thought Bubble in Leeds this weekend! We will be there under the name ‘Break a Lead' and we've got two tables. I will have zines and prints and postcards with me. Also, this is my first ever convention - I am so STOKED! Please come say hi!

Dudes! Me and my course mates are going to be at this convention selling good stuff (including the twin peaks fanzine). I ain’t got much printed but I’ll be there drawing and selling sketches both days, so come say hellooooo!

Hello you fans of Break a Lead. A few of us will be at Thought Bubble this weekend, selling zines, comics and prints. Linnea Holmstrung Ljung made this handy guide of where to find us. We’re really excited to see you, come and find us in both halls!

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Nov 9 '13

Issue #8 - Call for Contributions

We would love to have your submission to Bear Pit Zine #8.  As usual, all comics, illustration and other forms of sequential art are welcome!

Theme: “Attachment”

Deadline: Sunday 19th January 2014

Zine Format: The zine is in black and white, but greys print out well. Max pages per submission is 6; minimum is 1. Only one submission per contributor please.

Paper size: The zine will be printed on A5, and your artwork should fit within these dimensions (148 x 210mm).  We would recommend drawing bigger and then scaling down to these dimensions if you can.

Submission Format: Please send your files as .psd, .png  or .tiff, and at no less than 300 dpi. One file per page.

Contents: All contributions take the theme of ‘Attachment’ - you’re free to interpret this as you will. Although we do emphasize the comic/ sequential-art nature of Bear Pit Zines, any combination of words and pictures will be considered.
Finally, we are open to submissions from any and all, but we do ask that the contributor and/or their work retain some kind of connection to the city of Bristol.

Printing & Distribution: When all submissions are in, as per usual we will ask contributors to place pre-orders. This will give us the total number that will be printed. These are then distributed to contributors at cost-price (to then do with as they please). As we’re going with a colour cover, cost price per unit will be approximately £1.35-£1.50 .

Please send your submissions to bearpitzines(@)gmail(.)com.

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Sep 22 '13

Cartoonists: GET INVOLVED with the pre-zine fair party!

On Friday 4th October, Comic Book Slumber Party are organising an amazing pre-Bear Pit Zine fair shindig at the Crofter’s Rights in Stokes Croft. There will be pizza, there will be beer, there will be drawing!

There’s also going to be some live comics reading and performance and we’re looking for people to get involved. Here’s the call for info from co-organiser Andrew Godfrey:

“Calling all comic creators! As part of this years Bristol Comics and Zine Fair I {Andrew Godfrey} will be hosting (alongside Comic Book Slumber Party and OFF LIFE magazine) a short comics and performance slot at the pre-party at The Crofters Rights on Friday the 4th. I am looking for about five performers (you can do it as a pair or group if you like) to perform a five minute comic or sections of comic/s leading up to 5 minutes. This will involve powerpoint although if you feel like being more creative let me know and we’ll see what can be done. Previous comic performances done in Dundee have involved musical instruments, singing, audience participation, costumes, and running around. For more information on what this event entails check out this article by the guy I stole the idea of stealing the idea off, Damon Herd.

If you think you’d be interested contact me at sickerthanthou@hotmail.co.uk outlining your idea (specifically your technical requirements) and some images from your comic. Also feel free to pass this on to anyone you think might be interested.

http://comicsforum.org/2013/08/21/comics-and-performance-from-chalk-talks-to-carousel-by-damon-herd/

Let Andrew know if you’d like to get involved!

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