Eddie Campbell writes on his blog about the origins of the term "small press" in comics and gives us all a nice history lesson on the famous Westminster Comic Marts, Fast Fiction, Escape Magazine and Eddie's subsequent work for Harrier Comics in the 80s.
As always Campbell's blog is required reading for all comics fans as Eddie' skills as a raconteur apply just as much to his writing as his spoken performances.
And while we're talking all things Eddie Campbell, it seems our man has a TV series in development based on his works. I'll let Eddie take it from here:
The original plan that was put to me was for the production of six five minute short films. However, after initial tentative approaches to a network the producers were encouraged to think on a much bigger scale. Now we were talking about eight half hour episodes, which would involve coming up with a lot of extra material as there are no obvious half hour tv stories in After the Snooter or Fate of the Artist. The possibility of me playing myself was kicked around when it was five minute shows we were talking about, but now it was starting to look complicated.
For the time being at least it would have to be me in the photo-shoot that was organized for the purpose of making a promotional image to front the proposal. We had a brainstorming session to come up with a working title. For a while it was Eddie Campbell's Domestic Apocalypse, which is one of the assorted subtitles of Fate ("EDDIE CAMPBELL, his Domestic Apocalypse: The Fate of the Artist: An Autobiographical novel, with typographical anomalies, in which the author does not appear, as himself") but that was soon deemed too complicated. But for the time being, the image had to reflect the 'domestic' angle as well as being a combination of cartoon and photographed figure. This was the result: