DRC6 in Review

Posted on January 31st, 2016

Dirty Rotten Comics 6 has picked up a number of accolades over the past few months, so here’s a short round-up of the press that our latest issue has received. As ever, we’ve been bowled over by the great reception to DRC6 from both inside and outside the small press comics community.

drc6_reviews_bfpickweekDRC6 was initially chosen as Broken Frontier’s ‘comic of the week’ in December 2015. In his exclusive preview, Andy Oliver highlighted Dirty Rotten Comics as “one of the standout comics projects of the UK small press scene in 2015”, emphasising our inclusive philosophy “that has given first-time creators an opportunity to be published alongside established names”.

Over at the Awesome Comics Podcast, Tony Esmond chose DRC6 as one of his highlights of 2015 (listen from 29:15), calling the book “consistently biting” and “tremendously sarcastic on every single page”. Alongside choosing work by Scott Wrigg as a personal highlight, Tony was impressed by the “real care taken” with our latest issue, summarising it as “really lovely stuff” that’s “well worth getting”.

Tony expanded on his praise for DRC6 in a review for Down the Tubes, where he picked out a number of favourites from the book. Tony went on to brand Dirty Rotten Comics “the daddy of the UK indie anthology”, with our sixth issue seing us “back and better than ever”.

drc6_reviews_stackLater in the month, indie magazine distributor Stack Magazines featured DRC6 on their Instagram round up, calling it “every bit as weird as you’d hope, mixing style and sentiment across 66 quality pages”.

Heading into January, and DRC6 was reviewed in the UK’s leading socialist newspaper, the Morning Star. Writing in his culture column, Michal Boncza referred to our latest issue as an “absorbing anthology that certainly caters for most tastes – however warped”. As we said at the time, the mainstream media are notable for their silence when it comes to indie comics, so it’s great to see the Morning Star giving the small press scene the exposure it deserves.

More recently, we were featured on the Empire of Geek podcast (listen from 50:00), where DRC6 was chosen as their ‘comic of the week’. Host Steven Reynolds picked out a number of personal favourites, being particularly impressed by the artwork of N G Williams, Jey Levang and Anna Dowsland, amongst others. Reynolds concluded that DRC6 is “well worth (the price)” and “if it isn’t in Waterstones, why not?”. We couldn’t agree more!

After announcing his 2016 Six Small Press Creators to Watch – a list that itself features three DRC alumni – Andy Oliver revisited DRC6 in his recent review for Broken Frontier. Referring to the project as “accessible and invaluable”, Oliver chose work by Danny Noble and Kim Clements – amongst a host of others – as personal highlights. Andy’s review finished:

“With a (…) vital and established role on the UK small press scene, Dirty Rotten Comics is not so much simply an anthology now as a community enterprise, playing its part in pushing the grassroots scene ever forwards.”

Oh my. You’ll make us blush!

Dirty Rotten Comics 6 costs £4 and is available to buy in our online store. Londoners can also track down copies at Gosh! Comics, Housmans Bookshop, and Orbital Comics.