Archive for the ‘Comic art’ Category

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.

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).

Hipster animals

Lovely set of hipster animals, currently being drawn by Dyna Moe. T-shirts and blog at present, but I’d love to see these as a print-on-demand postcard book with a PayPal button to order it from.

Juicy Pulp

The website is live for the Midlands-made feature-length comedy film, Pulp. Set in the world of British comics publishing.

Drawn from life

Giles’s famous cartoon Grandma.

The culture wars, redux

The New York Observer muses… is the USA moving into a new world of censorship?… “in recent weeks, there have been several instances, far more than usual, of alleged censorship involving some of the bigger names in the field” Clyde Fitch has a round up… “Explicitly and often during 2009 and 2010, I warned here […]

UK indie comics manifesto

A manifesto for UK indie comics in 2010. Pretty agreeable stuff. Picture by Garen Ewing (who is entirely unconnected to the manifesto).

“We could be heroes…”

Hunt Emerson’s unique take on those old ‘Marvel heroes’ wall-posters, Heroes of the Underground Comix. A mere £3 for a 16″ x 16″ print, limited to an edition of only 150.

BICS portfolio reviews

Portfolio reviews announced for the British International Comics Show in Birmingham…. “This is your chance to show your stuff to top commissioning editors in the field […] demand for places will be very high, and we always receive far more applicants than we can accommodate” Deadline: 1st September 2010.

Harvey Pekar, RIP

The great Harvey Pekar is dead.


MonsterTalk is a free audio podcast that critically examines the science behind cryptozoological (and legendary) creatures, such as Bigfoot, the Loch Ness Monster, or werewolves. Latest episode: the works and mythos of H.P. Lovecraft.

Birmingham Zine Festival

The Birmingham Zine Festival… “will feature a wide range of self-published books, comics and magazines. We’ll also be showcasing a selection of artwork from artists connected to the alternative press.” Poster by James Nash. [ Hat-tip: BINS ]

Comic Book Alliance launches

Good to hear that the Comic Book Alliance (CBA) has officially launched itself as the voice of the UK industry… “…the CBA is helping with educational programmes, assisting in the organising of events and exhibitions, forging relationships with complimentary media organisations, and raising awareness of an art form that is officially recognised as such in […]

Pixel Art

Just released, a short documentary on Pixel Art…


Foghorn, the free magazine of the UK Professional Cartoonists’ Organisation, on Issuu…

Rude Britannia

As the great British tradition of visual satire fades and dies, Tate Britain holds a wake. Rude Britannia open on 9th June 2010 in London. The show features satirical and grotesque British comic art from the 1600s to the present day. Although, arguably, the tradition lives on in the way that the London press consistently […]

Arvon’s 2010 graphic novelist retreat – now recruiting

The Arvon Foundation’s Shropshire retreat is recruiting now for a Graphic Novel week with Bryan Talbot, Hannah Berry, and Posy Simmonds, in September 2010. Bryan Talbot’s pencils for Heart of Empire.

Zahra’s Paradise

Zahra’s Paradise, a new webcomic… “Set in the aftermath of Iran’s fraudulent elections of 2009, Zahra’s Paradise is the fictional story of the search for Mehdi, a young protestor who has disappeared in the Islamic Republic’s gulags. […] The authors have chosen anonymity for obvious political reasons.”

All DAZ 3D human base models are now free

Not only is DAZ Studio 3 free but, as of a few days ago, all DAZ’s 3D human base models are also free. Very useful human-figure reference software for comics artists and figurative painters, although if you want the DAZ domestic animals (cats, dogs, etc) you still have to buy them.

Graphic Novel and Comic Conference – Manchester 2010

A new academic conference on comics has been announced. Manchester Metropolitan University will host The Graphic Novel and Comic Conference: Comics: Cultures & Genres in January 2010… “to explore the intersections between comic books, graphic novels, their audiences and the ways they reflect the cultures and subcultures that produce them.”