Help support Solipsistic Pop

Solipsistic Pop has launched an IndieGoGo campaign to raise money for volume four.

Please head over there and donate if you can – or tell your friends. All help and support is greatly appreciated!

Here’s a little info from the campaign page:

What We Need

Due to the more ambitious nature of the fourth volume of Solipsistic Pop, we need help meeting the printing cost of the book and securing the collateral to establish a larger distribution model to the previous three volumes.

The funding target is just over £5,000 which would go a long way to meeting the printing costs and allow for a more sustainable business model for future editions of the book.

What You Get

Depending on your ability to contribute and invest in Solipsistic Pop, there are several exciting incentives available – from signed, exclusive postcards and badges to pre-ordered copies of Solipsistic Pop 4, free tickets to launch events, digital downloads, original artwork, limited edition prints, a credit in the book and even extremely rare printing plates.

Every little helps and whatever you can spare to help support us will be greatly appreciated. Everyone who donates will receive regular updates about Solipsistic Pop 4’s progress before anyone else and will be invited to future Solipsistic Pop events throughout 2012.

And as a little bonus – here’s Katie Green’s Solipsistic Pop 4 stamp design. Yes, this issue has it’s very own stamp…

Poetry & Illustration

Solipsistic Pop are proud to be sponsoring Poet In The City this month with an event in Kings Place, London – exploring the relationship between poetry and illustration.

Philippa Johnson, a regular contributor to Solipsistic Pop, will be creating work in response to the poetry of Colette Bryce live on the night.

Copies of Solipsistic Pop will also be available on the night. Further information is below:


Poetry & Illustration: 20th June 2011

A special event featuring distinguished poets and illustrators Simon Armitage, Chris Riddell, Philippa Johnson, Heather Phillipson, Colette Bryce and Nick Hayes.

This event will explore the relationship between poetry and illustration and how the two disciplines engage to create fascinating visual and verbal dimensions and reveal ideas in exciting and unexpected ways. This is a rare opportunity to hear how some of our best loved poets think about illustration and what exactly some of our illustrators think of poetry – all while our poets and illustrators create work live in front of us!

Simon Armitage: Author of ten collections of poetry and winner of numerous awards, Simon has become one of Britain’s best loved writers and was awarded
a CBE in 2010 for services to poetry.

Colette Bryce, critically-acclaimed, she has published three collections with Picador, The Heel of Bernadette (2000), The Full Indian Rope Trick (2004) and Self-Portrait in the Dark (2008). She received the Cholmondeley Award in 2010.

Heather Phillipson is a poet and artist. Her poems have appeared widely and she has performed across the UK and in Europe. She is a Faber New Poet and received an Eric Gregory Award in 2008.

Chris Riddell is one of today’s most popular illustrators. He has illustrated over 100 books, won multiple awards and is The Observer’s political cartoonist.

Nick Hayes is an author and illustrator and has won two Guardian Media awards. His first book, The Rime of the Modern Mariner, is a graphic novel and a new poem inspired by Coleridge’s tale. Nick is a political cartoonist for the Guardian and was founding editor of Meat Magazine.

Philippa Johnson, trained in Textile Design and graduated from Chelsea School of Art in 2004. She has since concentrated on texture rather than textile, working in a variety of media as a surface artist/designer and stylist for sets and photography.

This event is sponsored by Popshot and Solipsistic Pop

How to buy tickets

Booking now open online, by phone or in person from the Kings Place box office:
Tickets cost £9.50 if booked online via
Otherwise tickets cost £11.50.
Box Office 020 7520 1490

For enquiries relating to your booking please contact
To check ticket availability please use the online booking service.

For general enquiries or comments, please

Solipsistic Pop 4


“The map is not the territory” – Alfred Korzybski





Solipsistic Pop returns this November with Book Four – featuring, as always, the finest new and established comic artists based in the UK.

Book Four will be the largest and most ambitious volume yet – with more pages, more artists, a larger print-run of 1,000, and extensive interactive material that makes full use of the joy of the printed artefact.

The book will launch in London in early November, with a wider launch taking place at Leeds Thought Bubble later that month. Pre-orders will receive a copy of the book ahead of the official publication date – delivered in bespoke, uniquely designed envelopes.

Subscribe to the RSS feed or bookmark this site for regular updates and previews over the coming months.

Ministry Of Stories Comic Workshops

The wonderful Lucy Macnab and Ben Payne have joined forces with Nick Hornby to open a London branch of Dave Egger’s 826 Valencia. If you’re unaware of the Once Upon A School project, or 826, you should watch this TED talk by Eggers as it’ll probably be the best thing you watch all day. If you’re already familiar with 826 then you’ll understand how exciting it is to have our own store in London.

The Ministry Of Stories is a wonderful thing – and, as with all 826 centres, comes equipped with a fake storefront selling themed products. The London variation? Why, a monster supply store of course (I would imagine Chloe Noonan and the Ministry have managed to establish an uneasy truce).

Solipsistic Pop are incredibly proud to announce that we will be teaching a two day comics workshop on the 11th and 12th December as part of the “re-opening” week of the Hoxton Street Monster Supplies store.

Several SP contributors will be on hand to help 8-11 year olds create their very own monsters. It’s going to be a lot of fun. And gives us a great opportunity to put our money where our mouth is and engage children with comics face-to-face. Hopefully, if this weekend goes well, this will be the start of a long collaboration with the Ministry. Be sure to get down there and show your support by volunteering or buying some Zombie Fresh Mints!

Solipsistic Pop: Year Two

With the Solipsistic Pop 3 launch party and Thought Bubble festival now over, I wanted to take advantage of being a little less busy and discuss the future of Solipsistic Pop. In light of Blank Slate announcing their exciting Chalk Marks imprint and John Allison writing a provocative, occasionally crudely articulated, but ultimately wise and timely comic manifesto – it feels like change for the UK comic industry is in air. What better time to take stock and plan ahead…

The release of Solipsistic Pop 3 marked the end of the first year of the anthology. Having worked on this project for fourteen months, three volumes of Solipsistic Pop now exist. I couldn’t be prouder of what we’ve achieved in such a small space of time and it has been extremely heartening to read about or witness the positive reactions people have to the books.

However, having dedicated all my finances, time and energy to Solipsistic Pop I feel I’ve neglected my own work in the process. When I started this project I saw myself as a comic artist first and editor/publisher of Solipsistic Pop second. Having only managed to complete three short stories and the 100 Days comic in the past year, it is has gotten to a point where I’m now an editor/publisher who occasionally dabbles in drawing comics.

In an effort to refocus my energies, I will be working on two books which I intend to release in 2011. The first, Ellipsis, will be a book of six standalone but interconnected short stories that should be released in April/May. The second book – a collection of stories produced in collaboration with Anne Holiday – will be released later in the year.

Solipsistic Pop will be on hiatus during this time and go from being a bi-annual publication to an annual one. As such, Solipsistic Pop 4 will be released in November 2011. It’s possible, if things go well, that I may be able to return to the bi-annual schedule – or even experiment with turning Solipsistic Pop quarterly in 2012. I also won’t rule out a possible Solipsistic Pop 3.5 should a couple of fun ideas come to fruition during the summer.

A couple of reviews of the latest volume have suggested future editions dropping the “gimmick” at some point. I can only assume this is in reference to the themed and curated approach each book follows. This will not be changing anytime soon. Every edition of Solipsistic Pop will feature exclusive, unique content specially designed for that particular volume and the production of the book – the bespoke book-as-art-object design – will continue to experiment and evolve in much the same way as it has for the past year – demonstrating the joy and endless creative opportunities of the printed product.

Despite the release date being a year away, work has already started on Solipsistic Pop 4 due to the complex and ambitious shape the book will eventually take. The printers will need to source special inks, paper-stock and have new die-cuts made. Various other considerations are going to make this a project I’ll work on throughout 2011. As such, I plan to blog the progress and development of Solipsistic Pop 4 for those interested in the process.

The fourth volume will be published with a larger print-run and include a barcode so schools, libraries and universities will be able to order copies. I also intend to arrange a much wider distribution model than the one currently in place. As much as I’m happy with the progress Solipsistic Pop has made in addressing the agenda/roadmap that opened book one – the one major failure has been to get the books into mainstream bookstores and well-lit window displays. A problem that I hope Solipsistic Pop 4 will solve.

Essentially, 2011 is going to be a very busy year. I hope you’ll join me here and over at my own website for some of it.

Thanks to everyone who has supported Solipsistic Pop the past twelve months. Whether you have promoted it, bought it, attended the launches/exhibitions, gave a helping hand, or been one of the amazingly talented contributors – you’ve all made the first year an absolute joy.

–Tom Humberstone

Thought Bubble 2010

Solipsistic Pop Books have a table at the Leeds Thought Bubble this year. We’ll be situated next to the We Are Words + Pictures team and joined by John Cei Douglas with some of his own tote bags. Several other contributors to the book may stop by and join the table including Rob Davis who will have some beautiful Solipistic Pop 3 posters for sale.

The majority of the Solipsistic Pop 3 contributors have their own tables at Thought Bubble so it will be possible to have your copy signed and/or pick up longer works by any of the artists who piqued your interest.

There are an overwhelming amount of interesting workshops and panels throughout the weekend – many of which involve Solipsistic Pop artists as guests/speakers/tutors. Be sure to look at the full programme and plan your weekend accordingly.

We look forward to seeing you there and saying hello in person – Thought Bubble is one of our favourite festivals to attend and – due to it’s place in the convention calendar – provides a perfect opportunity to look back at the year, take stock, and plan the year ahead.

On that note, this will mark a year since Solipsistic Pop 1 was launched. As such, there will be an anouncement here this time next week regarding the future of Solipsistic Pop and the plans for year two.