I’m chuffed to be able to announce that an exhibition of original artwork from the Bluebird Jones football comics will be opening this Saturday, 17th October in Cardiff.
The exhibition will take place at the rather splendid Andrew Buchan Bar in Albany Road and will feature a host of original strips from the fanzine, which documented the trials and tribulations of being a Cardiff City supporter in the lower leagues.
Although fanzines were common at football clubs in the pre-internet days, no other football club could boast a full comic – particularly one laced with the punk DIY ethic.
Created in response to hearing the chants of a minority of buffoons on the terraces, Bluebird Jones tackled issues like racism, homophobia and sexism in the none too enlightened 90s, and went on to become the UK’s fastest selling small press comic.
The comic ran for 5 issues between 1993-1995, with each comic containing 32 pages and retailing for a £1.
The print run of a 1,000 copies for each issue quickly sold out, and with City matches then attracting a modest 4,000 fans per home game on average, this meant that something like a quarter of the crowd were reading the comic’s engaged message.
About the exhibition:
BLUEBIRD JONES: CARDIFF CITY FC – COMICS AND ACTIVISM
The Andrew Buchan Bar
29 Albany Road,
Cardiff CF24 3LH
Exhibition runs from Saturday 17th October to February 1st 2016.
Sat 17th October
BLUEBIRD JONES Gallery Talk 7.30pm
I’ll be giving a short talk at the Andrew Buchan Bar and spinning some tunes later.
Please come along!
[’70s Man’ strip from Issue 1, 1993]