bugpowder

The BugPowder archive

From 1988 to the early 2000s I amassed a collection of thousands of self published comics and zines, mostly from the UK small press comics scenes but also from across the world covering all manner of subjects. I ran a review zine, TRS, and a mail order distro, BugPowder, which meant people sent me unsolicited copies of their zines for review or sale. I drifted away from the scene from around 2003 but kept all the zines in boxes.

In 2024, while signed off work with Long-Covid-related stuff, I decided to start scanning them, opening the first box and starting from the top. This page shows my progress.

Pete Ashton
pete@peteashton.com

In a few months I will need an A3 scanner. If you can advise me on which to buy and where to get one from at a reasonable price, or have one I could buy/borrow, please get in touch!

Info

Stats

Progress is measured by taking the physical height of the scanned zines vs the total height all the zines, converted to A4. (A5 height divided by 2, A6 by 4, and US comic format multiplied by 0.71.)

I use this percentage to estimate the total file size and the date of the final scan.

Progress

The project is 3.48% complete.
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Format Total height Scanned height Progress
A6 zines 840 0 0.00%
A5 zines 2027 251 12.38%
A4 zines 1605 0 0.00%
Comic zines 1090 0 0.00%

The zines

As the scanning progresses I will include a searchable index of the archive (or more likely a link to a Google spreadsheet). For now here’s a dump of the directories.

├── AMP
│   └── AMP 0 (1998)
├── Alan Macintyre
│   └── Urine
├── Alastair Maceachern
│   └── Amusing Paper 1 (2004)
├── Aleksandar Zograf
│   └── Alas Comica 6 (1996)
├── Andre Paine
│   └── Vollmond 1 (1988)
├── Andy (Konky Kru)
│   ├── Andy's Konky Kru Picture Strips (1995)
│   └── Realistische Zeichnungen 1
├── Andy Luke
│   └── TRS2 - Comics 2001 edition
├── Andy Nixon
│   ├── Angel Dust Funnies 1 (1989)
│   └── Angel Dust Funnies 4 (1989)
├── Atomic
│   └── Atomic 10 (1990-91)
├── Ben Graham
│   └── The First Job (2001)
├── Ben Hunt & Robyn Talbot
│   └── Classic Comics #2 (2001)
├── Ben Oakes
│   └── The Miserable Tale Of Demeter & Sharky (2002)
├── Bib Edwards
│   └── Braque's Love Dart (2001)
├── Big Untidy
│   └── Big Untidy - Flyer and Letter
├── Bob Lynch
│   └── Tales of Sadness (1996)
├── Brian Dean
│   ├── Anxiety Culture 1 (1995)
│   └── Anxiety Culture 3
├── Bugs & Drugs
│   ├── Bugs & Drugs 1 (1992)
│   └── Bugs & Drugs 4
├── C Cilla
│   └── The Diplomat 3 (1996)
├── Carrie McNinch
│   ├── The Assassin and the Whiner 10 (1998)
│   └── The Assassin and the Whiner 11 (1999)
├── Charise Mericle
│   └── Color Right (1995)
├── Chris Webster
│   └── Rockdrill (2005)
├── Dal
│   └── Toonadelic Times 2 (2001)
├── Dan Howland
│   └── The Journal of Ride Theory 3 (1997?)
├── Darren Powell
│   └── Theatre of Conceits 03 (1996)
├── Darryl Cunningham
│   ├── Blood Relatives (1989)
│   ├── The British Sketchbook v1 (1997)
│   └── The Marvel Sketchbook (1994)
├── David Baillie
│   └── David Baillie's Awkward Fascination Compendium (2003)
├── David Gordon
│   ├── Fury 2 (1991)
│   ├── Fury 3 (1992)
│   └── The Lightning Room [Damage 1] (1993)
├── David Willacy
│   └── The Outer Realms 3 (2004)
├── Derek Gray
│   └── Fish Wish (1993)
├── Douglas Nobel
│   ├── SFM Roma (2002)
│   └── Strip For Me 11 (2002)
├── Dylan Horrocks
│   └── Nga Pakiwaituhi o Aotearoa - New Zealand Comics (1998)
├── EL Press
│   └── Gloomy Delight (2001)
├── Factor Fiction Press
│   └── The Seven Faced Badger of Doom
├── Gary Northfield
│   └── Stupidmonsters #2 (2002)
├── Gary Parkin
│   ├── Fuzzball 4 (1997)
│   └── Fuzzball 5 (1997)
├── Goodman Bros
│   ├── Aggadon (2004)
│   ├── Zip Gun Presents - Chimera (2003)
│   └── Zip Gun Presents - Japan (2001)
├── Graham Pearce
│   ├── Sgt Mike Battle (2001)
│   └── Watchblood
├── Hisae Arai
│   └── Cheeky Monkey's Fun Book
├── Into The Abyss
│   └── Fight Amnesia! 10 (1996)
├── Jeremy Dennis
│   ├── 3inaBed 11 (1995)
│   ├── 3inaBed 15 (1996)
│   ├── Feeding the Geese
│   ├── Minute Steaks 22
│   ├── The Little Blue Book Of Extraordinary Interiors (2004)
│   └── The Weeky Strip (2001)
├── Jessica
│   ├── Psychosense 1 (1996)
│   └── Psychosense 9 (1997)
├── Jez Higgins
│   ├── Coffee Time 7 (1993)
│   └── TRS3 - May 2022
├── Jim Cameron
│   └── Confused (1996)
├── Jim Jones
│   └── Rider's Writes 5 (1997)
├── Jim Mcgee
│   ├── Square Eyed Stories 16 (2003)
│   └── Square Eyed Stories 17 (2004)
├── John Cake
│   └── The Bruising Pit (1998)
├── John Jaques
│   └── Fancy a Brew 1 (1997?)
├── Jone-Zee
│   └── Ain't Life A Blast 2
├── Kevin Huizenga
│   └── Impossible 1 (2001?)
├── Kevin Lousy
│   └── Rinky Dink 1 (1998)
├── Liliane
│   └── Euro Liliane 11 (1996)
├── Luella Jane Wright
│   └── Mitten Brain 2 (1994)
├── Luke Walsh
│   └── Weird Astral Detective Fiction (1992)
├── Malcy Duff
│   ├── The Cloud Dog Agency (1999)
│   ├── Zero Termite 4 (1998)
│   └── Zero Termite 7 (1999)
├── Mark Pawson
│   ├── Disinfotainment - Armchair Shopping (1996)
│   └── Mapk ?237aвcoн
├── Mark Saltveit
│   └── The Palindromist 2 (1996)
├── Matthew Lawrenson
│   └── Thoughts and Words 2 (2002)
├── Megan Kelso
│   └── Unspoken (1995-6?)
├── Mitch & Murray
│   └── Amateur demo edition (1997)
├── Mr Biggers
│   └── Loose Screws 15 (1998)
├── Paperrad
│   └── Muppet Babies
├── Paul & Neil Bristow
│   ├── Holocron 0
│   ├── Holocron 1 (1995)
│   ├── Refractor 1
│   ├── Refractor 2
│   ├── Refractor 3
│   ├── Refractor 4
│   └── The Whistleblowers (1995?)
├── Paul Lukas
│   ├── Beer Frame 10 (2000)
│   ├── Beer Frame 6 (1996)
│   └── Beer Frame 7 (1997)
├── Paul M Davies
│   ├── Fun Comics 1 (1995)
│   ├── Fun Comics 2 (1995)
│   └── Fun Comics 5 (1996)
├── Peter Poole
│   └── The Information 4 (1999)
├── Phil Elliott
│   └── Jonni Star (1998)
├── Rachel House
│   └── Art Students Stole My Vibrator (2000)
├── Ralph Kidson
│   └── Captain Dolphin 5
├── Rick Olsen
│   └── Tiddles the Wonder Cat's Super Silly Fun Book (1997)
├── Rik Hoskin
│   ├── American Ant 1 (1993)
│   └── Broken Jeffrey (1996)
├── Robin Bougie
│   └── Minds Eye Presents 10 (2001)
├── Rol Hirst
│   ├── The Jock 05 (1993)
│   ├── The Jock 08 (1993)
│   ├── The Jock 09 (1993)
│   ├── The Jock 10 (1994)
│   ├── The Jock 11 (1994)
│   ├── The Jock 12 (1994)
│   ├── The Jock 14 (1994)
│   ├── The Jock 15 (1994)
│   └── The Jock 16 (1994)
├── Ros Garbles
│   └── Garbles 7 (1993)
├── Rough Cut Comics
│   └── Rough Cut Presents Trailers 1 (2001)
├── Ruel Gaviola
│   └── Amusing Yourself To Death 15 (1999)
├── Sally Anne Hickman
│   └── My Daily Review 1 (2001)
├── Sammy Wammy
│   └── Phobias (2000)
├── SchNEWS
│   ├── AKTSN 6 (1998)
│   ├── SchNEWS 158 (1998)
│   ├── SchNEWS 159 (1998)
│   ├── SchNEWS 160 (1998)
│   ├── SchNEWS 161 (1998)
│   └── SchNEWS 162 (1998)
├── Sean Azzopardi
│   ├── Ed (2005)
│   └── Twelve Hour Shift (2005)
├── Sean Duffield
│   └── Paper Tiger Comix 1 (2004)
├── Shawn Granton
│   └── Ten Foot Rule 5 (2000)
├── Simon Perrins & Andrew Livesey
│   └── Flying Monkey 3 (1998)
├── Smoke
│   ├── Smoke - A London Peculiar 4 (2003)
│   └── Smoke - A London Peculiar 6
├── Steve Blincoe
│   ├── Fat Knite 3 (1988)
│   ├── Fat Knite 4
│   ├── Fat Knite 5
│   └── Fat Knite 6
├── Terracotta
│   └── Terracotta (1996?)
├── The Desyre Foundation
│   └── The Desyre Foundation Newsletter 1 (1996)
├── Three Drunken Goths
│   └── Delirium Tremens #5 (1999)
├── Tim Brown
│   ├── Brin 2 (1998)
│   ├── Nightclub Nick 1 (2000)
│   ├── Nightclub Nick 2 (2000)
│   └── Nightclub Nick 6
├── Tom Spurgeon
│   └── Shelton (1999)
├── Tony McGee
│   ├── Angel Nebula 9 (2001)
│   └── Dark Weather 5 (1998)
├── Typewwriter
│   └── Typewriter 4 (2001)
└── Vincent Stall
    └── Robot Investigator (2001)

Pete Ashton