May 21st, 2009

manhwa 100 launch

Yummy Korean nibbles! The best ones looked and felt like eyeballs but tasted so nice:

And more yumminess:

I must confess, I'm a slow convert to mainstream Manga and the Korean verson, Manhwa, but I really needed to get out and hadn't had a good chat with my friend Rian for awhile, so I decided to combine the two by going to the opening of Manhwa 100 at the Korean Cultural Centre. Most of the artwork wasn't really my thing, but there was some lovely linework posted on the walls, and you couldn't not be impressed by the drawing skills of the featured resident artist, Chul-Ho Park. Here he is in the studio they've set up for him in the centre's front window:

The best thing was finding such a great space just next to Trafalgar Square, with a lovely lounge and lots of available comics reading matter. What a great place to nip into on a rainy day! I'll look forward to seeing what else the Korean Cultural Centre gets up to. If you get the chance, at 2-3:30 this afternoon, Paul Gravett is giving a talk there while Chul-Ho Park does a live drawing performance and workshop. Should be good! The exhibition runs until 24 June.

I didn't manage to ask around who was coming, but there were several people I recognised at the launch, including Paul Gravett, seanazz, Joel Meadows (editor of Tripwire comics magazine), and here are Cartoon Museum artist-in-residence Mark Stafford, Rian Hughes and Ed Hillyer (also known as Ilya). Thanks, jinty, for passing on the invitation!

oxford's CAPTION - mark your diaries!

Thanks, Selina Lock (girlycomic) for asking me to give a talk at this year's festival! It runs two days, 15 - 16 August, and I had so much fun last year that I decided to go again for both days, so I'm letting the planners decide which day I give my talk. It'll be great, there's already a good lineup with Garen Ewing, Asia Alfasi, Jon Spira and Jimi Gherkin, details on the Caption LJ community site here! Here's the blurb I've come up for it, let me know if this sounds too terrible or full of myself. (I'm not used to writing these things.) And let me know if there's anything in particular you'd like me to include, since I haven't planned the talk yet and I'd love suggestions.

Comics and Picture books: crossing the divide

Have the boundaries between comics and picture books shifted in recent years? Sarah McIntyre will discuss exciting opportunities she has noticed in crossover works and publisher interest, and explore the potential for comics creators to tap into both industry categories to support themselves and inject their own work with fresh energy. She will show some of her own background design work in both fields, discuss similarities and differences in production techniques, and talk about how editors have related to her work in both fields.

She will welcome observations from the members of the audience who have also had experience in these fields, and leave time for questions.

Sarah McIntyre created 'Vern and Lettuce', a weekly strip for the DFC. She illustrated seven picture books for an American publisher before studying on Camberwell's MA Illustration course and graduating in 2007. Since then, she has illustrated a picture book for David Fickling: 'Morris the Mankiest Monster', written by Giles Andreae (creator of Purple Ronnie and Edward Monkton), launching on Oct 1st. She is also illustrating picture books with Scholastic UK and Oxford University Press and has recently had some successful bids for her own picture book writing. She is represented by Rosemary Canter at United Agents. Visit her blog, where she posts new drawings almost every day:

So it's a good talk to come to if you know lots about comics but want to find out about picture books, or vice versa, or if you've been working in one area, but are thinking about getting work on the other side. (I know more about the picture books industry than the comics industry.)
Anyone already know if they're going to Caption? One day or both?

london mcm expo on saturday

Yikes, the Docklands Light Rail to the Excel centre isn't working this weekend! But no fear, there's an alternate route here. Just for Saturday, they're saying:
Visitors are strongly advised to use the Jubilee from London Bridge to Canning Town. Alight at Canning Town to transfer to regular and direct shuttle bus services to the main west entrance of ExCeL. This journey will take approximately 4-5 minutes. Buses will depart from bays B and D of Canning Town bus station. This direct shuttle service will operate to and from ExCeL between 0700-1900.
Main Expo comics website

See you there! I'll be at Gary Northfield's table at 2pm and stick around for an hour or so if you'd like me to make you a drawing. I am totally not together witih it for selling stuff, but Gary will be selling an awesome book called Derek the Sheep and you are a silly chicken if you don't buy several copies.