Oh, now this is good news!
I was searching around the Internets for some scans of Luke Walsh‘s early work to avoid rummaging in the cupboards for my own copies of his comics and zines when I came across Ed Pinsent’s website. If you were interested in underground / self published / alternative / downright odd comics in the 1980s and early 90s then Ed was part of the pantheon of artists worth paying attention to along with Eddie Campbell, Glenn Dakin and the rest of what’s become known as the Escape gang.
Ed is interesting for a couple of reasons. Firstly he was not just a creator but a key figure on the scene, running the Fast Fiction anthology in the 1980s which would lead to Zum and Slab and everything else that followed. He was one of the seekers and connectors that pulled and held it all together.
More importantly he is a true artist. His work is special but also, I feel, important as Ed appears to have no obvious influences within the field. He has spent his career carving out something that is unique and very English in a way I’d never seen before and have rarely seen since. I’m not ashamed to say his work often went over my head, coming as it seemed from literary traditions I wasn’t literate in, but when I persevered it always rewarded.
Like many of his peers, his work has been scattered across self published pamphlets and short-run volumes. What it needed was a Great Big Book. And now there is one.
354 pages of comics from 1983-1998, all newly scanned from the original artwork. Half the book is short stories and the other is his signature character Windy Wilberforce. Published last month.
Mine is on order.