Colossive Cartographies – Get Involved!

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A little while ago I came up with an idea for a collaborative project. I’d been tinkering about with bits of paper, and one of the things I made was a Turkish Map Fold. It’s an A4 sheet that folds up into an A6 cover and then pops open. Here are some photos of my prototype:

Suddenly my imagination ran away with me, and I thought it’d make a nice little print format for something akin to a series of 7-inch singles or cassette releases. Other obvious influences in more of a comicsy idiom would be mini kuš! and Ley Lines, providing a range of material within a tactile and hopefully collectible format.

So… I’ve been asking people whose work I admire if they’d consider producing something for this series. Essentially it’s a single A4 page (with other small sections around the edges), but how you fill it would be up to you – eg comics, photography, illustration, collage, word art, visual poetry. The ‘map’ concept might lend itself to explorations of place, journeys etc, but it’s entirely your choice. And obviously you retain all copyright. I have them produced in colour on decent stock (and do the folding and sticking myself).

We’ve now had more than 20 contributors: I guess the best way to see what people have been doing with the format is to have a poke around here. They’ve been well received: Andy Oliver at the comics culture site Broken Frontier was kind enough to say that the series was, “One of the absolute creative high points of UK small press work in 2020 and an unmissable, essential investment of your time if your tastes lie in the realms of the alt and the experimental.” He also included them in his end of year round-up, Celebrating 2020 – Ten UK Small Press Comics You Need to Own! Nicholas Burman wrote a cerebral assessment of the format (with some very nice photography) on SOLRAD, “The online literary magazine for comics”.

For royalties, you’ll get a pound from every issue we sell (either £2 individually or £10 as for each ‘series’ of six), which is paid quarterly. I’ll also send you some copies, as well as a set of the series in which yours appears. 

Many thanks for reading this far – I hope you found it interesting. Please let me know if you have any questions or if you’d like to be involved and get full details of the format. I’ll happily send you a couple of samples and a dummy copy to take apart and play with.

Tom Murphy