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rainbow orchid launch

Congratulations, Garen Ewing on the launch of his new book! A lot of people have been anticipating this book for a long time, Garen's been working on it for years and years, and it's well worth the wait! You can read a great interview of Garen by David O'Connell (creator of adventure webcomic Tozo) about the book and his foray into England's version of the Roaring Twenties.

David O'Connell, Garen and his wife, Elyssa

Egmont threw the party in the gallery of Foyles bookshop on Charing Cross Road, where you can still see large prints of the artwork on display for the next week. My photos came out blurry, but there was a great turn-out: comics journalists Paul Gravett, Peter Stanbury, John Freedman, Alex Fitch (Panel Borders, podcast with Garen to go out Thursday), Joel Meadows (Tripwire magazine) and Tim Pilcher; artists including my studio mates Viviane Schwarz and Gary Northfield, David O'Connell, Rian Hughes, Neill Cameron, Alex Milway, Jason Cobley and loads of other friend and Egmont colleagues.

Go out and order this book now, the first in a series of three; it's fabulous!

Here's Gary in the studio this morning, sporting his brand-new Rainbow Orchid t-shirt

You can hear Garen give a talk in Oxford on Saturday, 15 August at Caption comics festival. Stay the night, and come to my talk the next day, it'll be a great weekend. Here's the provisional schedule of events, as posted by girlycomic:

Saturday 15th August
10:00 Caption opens: Meet and Greet & Art Activity
12:30 - 2:30 Zine Workshop
1:00 - 2:00 Talk on the history of gay & queer comics by Sina Shamsavari
3:00 - 5:00 Manga Workshop with Asia Alfasi
2:30 - 3:30 Karen Rubins talks about her V&A Residency
4:00 - 5:00 Dude, where's my con? Discussion panel on comics events.
5:30 - 6:30 Rainbow Orchid: from small press to Egmont talk by Garen Ewing
7:00 - 8:30 Charity Art Auction
9:00 - 10:00 "Mad Scientists and Rampaging Robots" quiz with Tony Hitchman

Sunday 16th August
10:00 CAPTION opens
12:00 - 1:00 Scriptwriting Workshop with Jon Spira
12:30 - 1:30 Comics and Picture books: crossing the divide talk by Sarah

2:00 - 3:00 Asia Alfasi talks about her manga titles and experience in the
comics industry.
2:00 - 4:00 Automatic Drawing Workshop with Al Davison
3:30 - 4:30 In Conversation with Mark Stafford (Cherubs, tbc) and Jamie McKelvie
(Suburban Glamour, Phonogram).



( 8 comments — Leave a comment )
Aug. 4th, 2009 09:45 am (UTC)
Another picture of me with booze in my hand to add to the collection. Looking forward to your talk.
Aug. 5th, 2009 07:43 am (UTC)
Oh good, I'm so glad you're coming! :-)
Aug. 4th, 2009 12:35 pm (UTC)
Am going to have to let you down on a couple of things, sorry! :(

Have to go to Wales during Caption to serve in my very occassional role as a Wedding Photographer, so will miss your talk, sorry. Also, while my interview with Garen is going to be broadcast thursday night, I'm not going to podcast it 'til two weeks after, so that Panel Borders is still weekly during August, even if Strip! isn't...

I would like to do a show on picture books vs. comic books at some point though...
Aug. 5th, 2009 07:44 am (UTC)
Re: Itinerary
Ah, no worries! We'll have something to look forward to, then, I'm sure it'll be a good interview. Great to see you the other night.
Aug. 5th, 2009 04:06 am (UTC)
Ahhhh! I envy you brits, with your excellent bookstores and old buildings and decent tonic waters and Garen Ewings.

I hope to make it to a UK comics show someday. Are there any good indie shows, where a fella who doesn't draw batman can still make good?

Aug. 5th, 2009 07:52 am (UTC)
Ooh, do come over! Yes, there are more and more indie shows these days!

The major ones are the UK Web & Mini Comix Thing (also known as 'the Thing'), Caption and Leeds Thought Bubble. The thing has loads of tables where everyone sells, and then goes for a drink afterward. Caption's more cosy; people dump their goods on a table and then go hang out in the bar right there and go to talks. I haven't been to Leeds yet, but I think it's more like the Thing than Caption. Birmingham and Bristol also have big cons, but they're more of a mix of mainstream comics and indie. And London MCM Expo is a wacky costumed teenage manga/anime/comics festival but more and more indie people are getting tables, thanks to emmav. Jimi Gherkin is also organising lots of smaller Alternative Press Fairs, which have had great turnouts. And London Underground Comics also do various events.

Heh heh, it'd be great to get more people who don't draw batman. We're slowly taking over, I hope...
Aug. 5th, 2009 08:13 am (UTC)
Thanks! Please let me know if you go to and like Leeds - I lived in York for a little while, and spent a good bit of time there catching shows or wandering aimlessly around the armory museum, and would love an excuse to go back.

Glad to hear the scene is in such swing. And thanks, really - I'm going to look into trying to make it to one of those shows, though it may be a couple of years before I can swing it.
Aug. 5th, 2009 08:22 am (UTC)

Oh, the other one is Paul Gravett's Comica festival. That's mostly evening talks at the Institute of Contemporary Arts, but there was a little bit of a small press fair thing going one of the days, and it might grow. The talks are always good, but they're spread out over two weeks or something, so you couldn't catch it all on a lightning visit to the UK.
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