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Fractures reviewed on Broken Frontier

Fractures by A Wolfgang Crowe (Colossive Press)

Huge thanks to the peerless Andy Oliver of Broken Frontier for reviewing Book One of Fractures by A Wolfgang Crowe:

“Strong and vitally important work from an artist and project I suspect we will all be hearing about a lot more in the months to come.”

Check out the full review here, and make Broken Frontier your first stop for keeping on top of creative and socially progressive comics work, in the small press and beyond.  

(And you can check out all the coverage we’ve received on BF here.)


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Colossive Press on the Awesome Comics Podcast!

As you can probably imagine, there’s absolutely nothing we like better here at Colossive Press than hearing our voices droning on.

And now you can experience the same sensation by tuning into Episode 398 of the Awesome Comics Podcast!

Over the space of an hour or so, you can hear us chinwag about a range of things, including the origins of Colossive and our early experiences with comics; drawing on our personal experience and the things around us; the now legendary Colossive Manifesto; and working as an editor with A Wolfgang Crowe on Fractures.

Huge thanks to Vince, Dan and Tony for inviting us on to the show and making it so much fun. If you’re not familiar with the ACP, it’s feisty, often irreverent and not afraid to push the boundaries of good taste, but it’s shot through with a love of small press comics and their creators, and a desire to celebrate them. They’re recording Episode 400 live at the weekend – congratulations to everyone involved on reaching such a landmark.

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Colossive Press fundraising for St Christopher’s hospice passes £4,000!

  • A gallery showing the Colossive Press titles that raise funds for St Christopher's hospice in Sydenham, South-East London

After the very enjoyable Super Wedge Zine Fair last weekend, we’ve made our latest donation to St Christopher’s hospice in Sydenham (SE London) from sales of our books and zines. And we’re thrilled to announce that our running total has zoomed past the £4,000 milestone to £4,017.30!

Thank you all so much for your support. And a special BIG THANKS to those creators who have donated the royalties from sales of their Colossive Cartographies to the hospice.

But are we stopping there? Are we ‘eckers like! Please spread the word and keep buying at

And if you want to know a little more about why St Christopher’s means so much to us, check out this lovely piece on the St Christopher’s website about Jane, her dad (Gordon Gibbens) and the passion for street art and photography that eventually led to How Graffiti Saved My Dad’s Life (At Least for a While). Or just buy the book!

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Hear it, See it, Show it: taking inspiration from songs to create a comic (online sessions with Wallis Eates)

Friend of Colossive Wallis Eates is running a series of online sessions (Saturdays, 1030-1300 GMT, until 25th March) on taking inspiration from songs to create a comic.

You can dip in week by week: the event page lists which songs will be covered each week (with further info on the sessions).

Each week we will listen to a different song or piece of music, exploring it to create a comic, zine, or series of illustrations. Through guided activities, you will build a visual language inspired by a diverse range of sounds across different genres, voices and eras, varying in lyrical content – and sometimes with no lyrics at all! Stories, mood and movement are all conveyed in music, song and comics, so let’s see where we go…

If you haven’t already, you should consider signing up to Wallis’s mailing list. She does a lot of good stuff.

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A Wolfgang Crowe (Fractures) at Gnash Comics/New Lion Brewery Drink & Draw in Totnes, Weds February 15th

Poster for the Drink & Draw Event at the New Lion Brewery, Dartington, Totnes, with guest A Wolfgang Crowe

This is very short notice, but if you’re at a loose end around the creative hotspot of Totnes on Wednesday night, drop into the community-owned New Lion Brewery for some froth-blowing and illustrative japery between 7pm and 9pm.

The amazingly talented A Wolfgang Crowe, creator of Fractures will be the guest artist at the latest drink and draw event put on by local comic shop Gnash Comics.

Three quick rounds of drawing different suggested themes. It doesn’t matter if you a “can’t draw, won’t draw “ or a professional artist or anywhere in between this is fun time to explore different approaches to drawing.

Unleash your inner artist, share ideas, create and drink. All you need to do is get yourselves down to New Lion Brewery for a fun super casual evening . We provide pens and paper.

Have fun!

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Lucy Sullivan launch party at Jam Bookshop (February 9th)

The wonderfully talented writer/artist Lucy Sullivan, who created one of our very first Colossive Cartographies, is having a launch party for her latest comic, Shelter: Early Doors, at Jam Bookshop (in Shoreditch, London) on Thursday Feburary 9th.

She’s also got an exhibition of her stunning watercolour and carbon pages from the book at the shop, running until February 15th.

In EARLY DOORS we follow Ealga Culhoun who has fled her life in Ireland and onto the boats for London. She arrives in Shepherds Bush at the tail end of 1969, when the world has begun to move in new directions and all was changing in this pocket of London.

Luckily Ealga has landed on her feet thanks to her British cousin, Tommy, who’s set her up with a bedsit and a barmaid’s job at the local pub. For a wee while all seems to be go swimmingly. But soon Ealga learns that everything has its cost and finds herself seeking shelter at Mammy Magee’s. Will she be willing to pay the price for Mammy’s help and avenge herself in the process?

We were thrilled that Lucy produced one of our first Colossive Cartographies – The Grapple – back in 2020, and we’re looking forward to joining her to celebrate her latest achievement – a series that has already won the Broken Frontier award for Best New Periodical Series. See you there!

The Grapple by Lucy Sullivan (Colossive Cartographies)

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Ed Pinsent completes Series Seven of Colossive Cartographies with his Astorial Cutaway

Astorial Cutaway by Ed Pinsent (Colossive Cartographies)

You may have seen this already on our socials, but after a bit of a gap we’re very excited to have concluded Series Seven of Colossive Cartographies with Astorial Cutaway, by small press godfather Ed Pinsent. It’s a disquieting guided tour of a room in the mysterious Astorial Hotel – a venue whose hidden depths Ed has been exploring for decades. All modern conveniences? Not quite…

It’s a real thrill publishing Ed, as some issues of his Astorial Stories were among the first small press comics I picked up in the (gulp) 1980s, at the short-lived but way-ahead-of-its-time comic shop Meanwhile… in Camden.

If you want to read some process stuff about Astorial Cutaway, Ed has written a very illuminating blog about its development. And while you’re there, check out Ed’s site for a treasure trove of UK small press comics history, including his time running the hugely important Fast Fiction distro service and editing the influential anthology of the same name.

As always, we’re doing our bit to fight the cost-of-living crisis by selling Astorial Cutaway for just £2. And It’s an even better deal when you pick it up as part of the six-for-a-tenner Series Seven set, alongside a stunning variety of work from Mel Gale, Doug Shaw, Maria Teresa Chiapparino, Rachael House and Ali Hodgson.

Colossive Cartographies Series Seven
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LBGTQ+ Zine Fair at Brixton Library (feat. Rachael House)

Brixton Library LGBTQ+ Zine Fair

Brixton Library will be hosting an LGBTQ+ Zine Fair on Saturday 11th February, as part of Lambeth LGBTQ+ History Month. Find full details and a list of participants here.

Among the exhibitors will be the tireless and multi-talented Rachael House, creator of You Are Safe Here, our best-selling Colossive Cartography (so far…). We were lucky enough to be at the Readers & Writers Zine Fair at the same venue last year, and it’s a great place to meet people.

(It’s also the day before the Super Wedge Zine Fair, so if you’re in London, why not make a zinetastic weekend of it?)

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Our first zine fair of 2023!

Poster for the Super Wedge Zine Fair, to be held on Sunday 12th February at Two More Years, 7 Roach Road, Fish Island, London E3 2PA

New year, new blog post! (We’re going to try and keep this a bit more regular from now on…)

If you’re anywhere round East London on Sunday February 12th, come and say hello at the inaugural Super Wedge Zine Fair, at the ubertrendy venue of Two More Years in Hackney Wick. It’s been co-organised by the legendary Wedgely Snipes – the mind behind the South London Review of Hand Dryers and plenty more ziney goodness – and artist Lorella Bianco. It looks like it’s going to be a lot of fun – as the poster promises, “somewhere to go, something to do”.

And we’ll be rushing straight home afterwards, because that evening we’re recording our first-ever podcast appearance, courtesy of the Awesome Comics Podcast. Watch this space for more details!

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Colossive Press announces Fractures, by A Wolfgang Crowe

The cover of Part One of Fractures by A Wolfgang Crowe, to be published by Colossive Press. It depicts a shattered reflection of a young man in a broken mirror within an ornate frame.)
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We’re very proud to announce our first original comic series, scheduled for launch at Thought Bubble in November.

In 2015, A Wolfgang Crowe was the target of a violent homophobic attack while working in his father’s shop. Fractures, a graphic memoir in four parts, tells the story of the legal, physical and psychological struggles that followed.

Following in the graphic medicine tradition of Lighter Than My Shadow (Katie Green) and Stitches (David Small), Fractures uses the inventive power of comics to draw on past trauma and highlight the vulnerability and strength within us all. It’s brave, unflinching and incisive work that we’re thrilled to be involved with.

A photograph of comic creator A Wolfgang Crowe, posing with a page of his artwork
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A Wolfgang Crowe has an MA in Illustration from the University of  Plymouth. He was joint runner-up in the Observer/Cape/Comica graphic short story prize 2021 for his comic Andrew. An earlier project, Danger Man, was shortlisted for the World Illustration Awards 2021 in the New Talent Alternative Publishing Category. He lives in the south-west of the UK, and his work reflects graphic medicine, memoir and reportage journalism. You can see his work in progress on Fractures on his Twitter feed.

Wolf will be taking part in the Pride Comic Art Festival in Bristol on Saturday 3rd September 2022, where he’ll be discussing the use of comics and art therapy as aids to improve your work, as well as his journey in creating and publishing Fractures, his first comic series. At the same event in 2021 he gave a talk on entitled ‘Graphic Activism: The Power of Comics’, discussing the history and use of images and sequential narrative as a force forof positive change.