AIC4 at the printers

November 28, 2014 § Leave a comment

It is rather later than planned, but we have finally sent the latest Adventures in Comics to the printers and soon all contributors will be getting a wonderful 60 page copy of this year’s submissions.

Thank you all again for you great work!

And this time we have published the theme of the next challenge in the comic, so watch out for it.

AIC 4 Publication Cover


Our favourite Orb

June 23, 2014 § Leave a comment

Yes, we have selected a favourite and here are a few words from Paul Gravett to confirm our selection:

AbsORBing, AbsORBant, but not ExORBitant!

Orbs come in a brain-spinning diversity of spherical forms in these inventive two-page comics from hither and yon for this fourth absORBing, absORBant but not exORBitant compilation of Adventures in Comics. You might expect a fair share of crystal balls, and some ghostly manifestations, extraterrestrial life forms, magical sprites, alien motherships, royal and religious treasures and our own  Sun and Planet Earth. But how about the eye of Sauron, goldfish bowls, a mysterious egg, even rockstar Roy Orbison and his eyeball?

The funniest of all may be a humongous ball of wool and the weirdest viewpoint or ‘camera angle’ must surely be from the inside of a bowling ball looking out through the holes as the fingers poke in! As every year, it’s agonising to pick just one overall winner with so much talent, technique and imagination on display and styles and stories stretching from the ridiculous to the sublime.

But the story that made me smile and laugh out loud and stayed with me the most was Steve Alexander’s brilliantly nutty family secret behind a forgotten British sporting hero, the world’s heaviest wrestler, Bill ‘The Orb’ Orbison.


The_Orb_by_Steve_Alexander-1 The_Orb_by_Steve_Alexander-2


Congratulations Steve! A copy of  ‘Comics Unmasked – Art and Anarchy in the UK’ will be winging its way to you. The catalogue from the new comics show at the British Library is a great primer on all things related to comic arts. Enjoy!

The Orb is now found on

May 8, 2014 § 4 Comments

It’s been a bit quiet since the show due to the fact i’ve had my head down to get all the submissions up on our website.

They are all together in all their glory, looking fabulous! Go get reading!

The show was great, we should have some pictures up soon, and we should also have some news soon so keep peeled!

– Kim

Adventures in Comics shown tonight!

May 2, 2014 § 1 Comment

Tonight will be the first time the public can view ALL submissions to ‘The Orb’ together in one place. If you are in or close to Margate it would be great if you came along, said hi and get lost in a few comics. Details are here. Unfortunately because i’m finishing setting up the show there will be no comic today.

– Kim

Dave Henman

May 1, 2014 § Leave a comment

I like this style of mixed media and that monkey looks well happy at the end. Yay happy monkey. A nice break away from a standard panel comic.

– Kim

I am an artist and illustrator that lives in London. In my work I am interested in the crossover between ‘Fine Art’ and ‘Comics’. My drawing at the moment is influenced a lot  by Dada and Surrealist collage. I am as much interested in the materials used and naïve mark making as I am in telling a story.

Silvia Ballardini

April 30, 2014 § Leave a comment

I really REALLY love this style of artwork, i could read this comic forever! Will be checking out more of Ballardini’s stuff.

– Kim

Silvia Ballardini, known as Silly. 23 years old. Physically between Ravenna and Bologna, mentally in different place somewhere in space and time. She graduated at artistic high school P.L.Nervi in Ravenna in 2010 and she earned a 3-year degree at Academy of Fine Arts of Bologna in 2014, painting class. She’s currently studying comic art at Academy of Fine Art of Bologna. She’s a comic artist, an illustrator and a complete nerd. She’s influenced by the aesthetic of Victorian Era and by her great obsession: TV series. Trails of all her interests can also be found in her work: movies, books, comics, music, science fiction, anime, manga, videogames, cosplay.
She’s still waiting for her Hogwarts letter and the sudden appearance of the Tardis.
If you’ve seen the Doctor, contact her at: |

Jake Lava

April 29, 2014 § Leave a comment

Sorry there wasn’t a blog post yesterday, as you may know the Adventures in Comics exhibition is on Friday and i am currently preparing the show.

Here’s a comic from Jake Lava, which i must admit made me laugh a little too loud in the office.

– Kim

Jake Lava is a sort-of comic artist from Bristol. He graduated from Leeds Metropolitan University with a degree in Graphic Arts & Design and now he mostly illustrates comics for his website –


April 25, 2014 § Leave a comment

I Like Earl!

– Kim

This is Edieop; an illustrator, creator of comics and truly awful things. she likes to draw in inks and crayon, occasionally paints and works with collage and mixed media to create macabre and sometimes slightly absurd illustrative narratives and comics.

Kyle Harabedian

April 24, 2014 § Leave a comment

This comic reminds me of old school textbook comics, but this is much more interesting and fun!

– Kim

Kyle Harabedian is an illustrator and cartoonist originally from Dearborn, Michigan who now lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He received a Bachelors degree from Kendall College of Art and Design in Grand Rapids, Michigan and recently completed a Master of Fine Arts degree at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. His MFA thesis project; a comic book adaptation of William Hope Hodgson’s short story The Gateway of the Monster, explored the genres of horror and pulp fiction. His portfolio can be viewed on his website.

Paul Shinn

April 23, 2014 § Leave a comment

This comic is great, i had to show my best friend as i knew he would totally relate with a similar experience.

– Kim

Paul Shinn is a freelance illustrator and comic artist based in London. Using a combination of hand-drawn and digital techniques in his work,
Paul likes to create images which make people smile. Paul has produced comics for the bands Emmy The Great and Emperor Yes. You can view more of his work online at

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