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scbwi comixtravaganza!

Here's an update for those of you who have booked for the SCBWI Writers & Illustrators conference in Winchester, 22-23 Nov: Turning Pages: the art and craft of story:

At the conference, don't forget about the great opportunity to promote yourself on the 'Say it Loud and Proud' Wall. A bunch of us got the idea for it while we were at the Bologna book fair last spring, watching writers and illustrators pinning their business cards and artwork postcards in a designated space. It was great fun to browse, and great publicity for participants! We'll have several editors milling around, including Ben Sharpe, head editor of the DFC.

And take part in our Comixtravaganza! For this same wall, come up with a four-panel comic strip on the theme: My writing/illustrating life. Let us see some quirk about your daily working life, whether it be a moment of procrastination, the coffee you absolutely MUST drink to write dialogue, a daydream, or that cat that keeps leaving paw prints on your painting surfaces. Don't worry if you're not an illustrator, the writing is just as important, and stick figures are an essential part of every writer's tool kit!

Come along and attach it to our Wall in Winchester (we'll supply velcro adhesive pads), then either leave it for Candy Gourlay to scan and display on our SCBWI website (more great exposure!) or take it home and e-mail a scan to Candy (Webmaster at britishscbwi dot org).

You can print off this image here if you want to do some pre-conference preparation, or feel free to use your own format, four-panel or otherwise. We'll also pass out copies of this sheet at the conference if you want to do a quick off-the-cuff strip while you're there. Be as careful/slap-dash and serious/silly as you fancy! Look forward to seeing you in a couple weeks!

PS For those of you who live too far away to come to the event, feel free to send me your own strips (include your name and website somewhere on them) and I'll print them up and pin them up on the wall: sarah at jabberworks dot co dot uk



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Nov. 7th, 2008 11:30 pm (UTC)
"velcro adhesive pads"? ...blue tack too good for ya eh?
Nov. 7th, 2008 11:36 pm (UTC)
Oh my goodness, I was supposed to do lots of work on the planning committee and (besides my own workshop) my participation has mostly been trying to figure out what we're allowed to stick on the boards. Drawing pins, no, blu-tack, no, sticky tape, no. Only velcro will do. I am not a conference planner at heart, I have discovered. Fortunately there are lots of very good planners on the team who put up with me this time.
Nov. 8th, 2008 12:25 am (UTC)
most excellent idea ma'am
Nov. 8th, 2008 12:29 am (UTC)
Thanks! I am sitting here at half past midnight printing out 100 flyers for a meeting tomorrow for this, and I am thinking this is not an excellent idea...
Nov. 8th, 2008 12:33 am (UTC)
a midnight cup of coco would change your mind. Coco makes everything seem good marshmallows makes thing amazing and whipped cream awesome :)
Nov. 8th, 2008 12:34 am (UTC)
This is very true. And I have some Trader Joe's Mint Cocoa sitting on the counter that a friend got me from America. Hmm.
Nov. 8th, 2008 07:53 am (UTC)
Rock ON!
You do (and make) all the coolest stuff!
Nov. 8th, 2008 08:31 am (UTC)
Re: Rock ON!
Aw, I am blushing now! :-D I love your how-to-make-comics sheets.
Nov. 8th, 2008 07:56 am (UTC)
I'm afraid I cannot afford to come.:(

Would I still be to participate in the Say it Loud and Proud wall if I passed on stuff to others?
Nov. 8th, 2008 08:31 am (UTC)
Sure, Gina! Just e-mail your strip to me and I'll print and post it. :-)
Nov. 8th, 2008 10:39 am (UTC)
I've an idea for a four panel Super-Sam and John-of-the-Night strip, which I will work on today.
Nov. 8th, 2008 05:05 pm (UTC)
Hey, that'd be awesome! I'm actually needing an example strip for the SCBWI website, so people can see how it works; if you give me one that's publicly postable, I can post it as our example and give it lots of publicity! Would that be okay with you?
Nov. 8th, 2008 05:14 pm (UTC)
Yep, that's fine with me. Great stuff! I sure could do with lots of publicity.

I've actually almost finished the the strip, although it isn't what I set out to do (Isn't that nearly always the way though?) I can email it to you when I've done. Just email me at darryltoon@mac.com and I'll send it on when I get your address.
Nov. 8th, 2008 05:43 pm (UTC)
I've uploaded it to Flickr, so you can see it there.

Nov. 8th, 2008 05:48 pm (UTC)
Hey, that's great! Thanks so much. :-)
Nov. 8th, 2008 05:52 pm (UTC)
Ooo, just had a look at it now! That's great!!! Ha ha... Stan is not a happy cat. :-D Yes, do e-mail it to me and I'll print it up for the Wall. Thanks! Would you mind putting your name on it? And possibly your e-mail if you want people to be able to contact you.
Nov. 8th, 2008 05:44 pm (UTC)
That's an awesome idea! I wish I could send one, but I'm not so good with four panel strips.
Nov. 8th, 2008 05:50 pm (UTC)
No worries, although I'm sure yours would be fabulous anyway. :-D
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