Archive for the ‘Comic art’ Category
09 Sep 2016 at 13:08
Comments Off on A history of the comic-book font
19 Apr 2016 at 11:56
Comments Off on Shrewsbury, home of comics crafting
A new BBC News article today on “Shrewsbury – the unofficial home of the British comics industry”. The large market town of Shrewsbury is on the western fringe of the English Midlands, with fairly good connections to the cities of Stoke and Birmingham, and is also home to The Shrewsbury Cartoon Festival. The Festival is […]
07 Feb 2016 at 22:59
Comments Off on Future Shock!: The Story Of 2000 A.D.
I’m a fan of documentaries on creatives and the creative process, especially those rare feature-length documentaries on comics and cartooning. I recently enjoyed the excellent new one on the cartoonists of The New Yorker. Now it’s super to hear about a new feature-length documentary on one of the greatest British weekly comics, the science-fiction comic […]
02 Oct 2015 at 13:32
Comments Off on What is might cost to get a short graphic novel made?
A new edition of the What do Comic Creators Earn? table, this week. So it seems like £130 per page for line-art + colouring would get art from a mid-range artist. I’m assuming that the writer is the one commissioning the artist directly and can do things like… * the finished script * provide the […]
21 Sep 2015 at 15:55
Comments Off on Course in the sight reading of Spanish?
Why are there no adult courses in “sight reading of Spanish” and other similar-to-English written languages? Not in speaking the language, not in writing it, but just in being able to sight read it — to the level where one doesn’t need to puzzle over the surreal Google-isms of Google Translate. Such a course would […]
12 Jun 2015 at 16:50
Comments Off on Neil Gaiman on “How Stories Last”
Neil Gaiman takes on a very timely topic, in the week that saw the superb Tomorrowland cruelly tossed aside at the behest of cynical and uncomprehending critics. Gaiman’s “How Stories Last” is a new and lengthy Long Now Foundation talk, followed by a one-to-one discussion with Stewart Brand. Free audio .mp3 (190Mb). Neil’s talk explores […]
04 Jun 2015 at 16:26
Comments Off on The Comic Electric: A Digital Comics Symposium
Alan Moore’s Electricomics project (Digital R&D Fund for the Arts) is to conclude with an academic conference in the UK in October 2015, The Comic Electric: A Digital Comics Symposium. Ah, but can a shiny digi-slab do this…
29 May 2014 at 09:26
Comments Off on Break the frame
The great bard of Northampton is on the job of making open source, open access comics, with a little nudge from some of NESTA’s Digital R&D Fund dosh… “we are assembling teams of the most cutting-edge creators in the industry and then allowing them input into the technical processes in order to create a new […]
08 May 2014 at 14:32
Comments Off on The Wonderful World of Rowland Emett
May 10th sees the opening of “Marvellous Machines: The Wonderful World of Rowland Emett” at The Gas Hall (BM&AG) in Birmingham city centre. Tickets are £5. Emett learned his craft at the Birmingham School of Arts & Crafts, and went on to work from Birmingham as a cartoonist/illustrator and a designer of automata. Most famously […]
17 Jun 2013 at 17:17
Comments Off on Innovative comics
A very nice survey of innovations in comic-books: character thought bubbles revealed in ultra-violet light; comics designed to be read from multiple angles; a braille comic for the blind; 80-foot tall comic book as an outdoor projection on a building; blending comics with children’s pop-up books; and more.
Birmingham’s Hunt Emerson now has his own iPhone app…
06 Sep 2012 at 22:44
Comments Off on From Purgatory to Paradise…
Birmingham’s Hunt Emerson‘s graphic novel adaptation of Dante’s Inferno. Due very soon…
02 Jul 2012 at 17:45
Comments Off on Why does the UK lack a serious comics industry?
Paul Abbott in The Spectator, on the lack of a British comic book industry — compared to America’s Hulk-like industry, and the lively and serious interest in comics shown in France and the low countries. Abbott basically appears to put it down to decades of stuffy political correctness among teachers, London media types, and large […]
01 Jun 2012 at 11:58
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28 May 2012 at 20:04
Comments Off on Birmingham Zine Festival – 2012 dates
Birmingham Zine Festival dates for 2012: 12th-15th October.
16 May 2012 at 12:04
Comments Off on New Midlands Comics Collective anthology
A new Midlands Comics Collective anthology, due for publication any day now…
21 Mar 2012 at 10:58
Comments Off on British Comics stamps
British Comics character first-class stamps, available now at your local Post Office…
03 Jan 2012 at 15:41
Comments Off on Ronald Searle
The great cartoonist Ronald Searle has passed away.
10 Jun 2011 at 20:27
Comments Off on Cartoon and Comic Arts degree at Staffs
A new B.A. (Hons.) Cartoon and Comic Arts degree at Staffordshire University, which I’m told starts with its first cohort of students in September 2011. They have a blog and a Tumblr page.
26 May 2011 at 23:40
Comments Off on Comics Launch Pad event in B’ham
Comics Launch Pad, a new one-day event in Birmingham on 18th June 2011. “A one-day conference aimed at professionals, aspiring professionals and those with a serious interest in the business of making comics” Standard ticket, £45 (PayPal accepted).