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October 31 2004

Yep, new issue of Indy magazine, includes photo-reportage of a Serbian comics festival by Jeremy Dennis, comics from Sacco and Spiegelman, and lots more, including Spiegelman on his new book, time, space, and relative dimensions...well, almost.

# Posted by Steve Block
October 29 2004

Playing catch up.


27-30 January 2005

Press Conference given by Zep covered here.

Looks like Eddie Campbell will be there, amongst many other notables.

Programme synopsis here.

Prices and Ticket info here.

Has the London Film and Comic Convention been mentioned? David Lloyd, Glenn Fabry, Kev Walker, Jock, John McRea and Andy Diggle are the comic artists listed as attendees, with Simon Pegg also there.

Early Bird £10 (from 9am)
Standard Entry (11am to 6pm) Adults £5, Children £3 (Under 12)

SUNDAY ADMISSION: No Early Bird Standard Entry (10am to 5pm) Adults £5, Children £3 (Under 12)

A Few Links of Note:

Tom Spurgeon admirably fills the hole so keenly felt after Journalista!'s demise with his The Comics Reporter blog, offering commentary, reviews and a repository of his writings.

Phil Hall has resurrected Movers and Shakers as a blog on his borderline site.

Artbomb have a blog that I've missed up until now.


Stalin's favourite cartoonist still drawing at 104

"I got orders from Stalin. And this is sad for me to say but I often had to ridicule people whom I respected. There was no way to refuse because...,"

One for Pete to get excited about. Mobile Consumers Read Over One Million Comics

Fat Slags movie kills strip.

Two Guardian cartoonists enter short film competition

A two-hour digital art masterclass from Marvel comics artist, Jose Villarubia, is promised at MacExpo 2004

The Economist kill two birds with one stone and review Persepolis 2 and In The Shadow Of No Towers on one page.

"IT HAS been 26 years since Will Eisner published 'A Contract with God', the first serious, book-length comic to describe itself as a graphic novel. But the medium is only now starting to earn respect in literary circles.

Jonathan Emanuel: Bugpowder contributor of the future?

Interview with Chris Donald of Viz fame on The Mirrors online site.

This Is London write a puff piece on Superman:True Brit


Sickert's Study for L'Ennui, 1914, pencil, pen and ink, chalk.

Walter Sickert at The Whitworth Art Gallery until December 5th.

This exhibition explores the importance of drawing for the artist, illustrated with over 150 works from throughout his career.

The Whitworth Art Gallery
The University of Manchester
Oxford Road
M15 6ER
0161 275 7450

Living Dust is on show at Norwich Gallery until October 30 and brings together a vast collection of both contemporary and historical drawings and prints.

Work by the likes of Albrecht Dürer, John Ruskin and Rembrandt shares the gallery walls with images created by Ed Ruscha, Sol Lewitt, Sigmar Polke and Clare Stephenson.

Norwich Gallery
Norwich School of Art & Design
St George Street
01603 610561

# Posted by Steve Block
October 20 2004

The nicely highbrow oriented Graphic Novel Review monthly online mag has an interview with jamie Hernandez this month along with reviews and stuff. Still looking promising.

# Posted by Pete Ashton
October 16 2004

The Comics Journal updates its site to reflect the latest issue, and also adds a web only Minimalism, in which Tom Spurgeon gets advice on selling mini-comics from nine comics retailers (and a minicomics sales agent).

“Many people in the small-press world treat comic-book retailers as actors in opposition to purer, more traditional ways of disseminating handmade comics. This seems wrongheaded in two ways. Once the decision is made to sell, there should be nothing wrong with utilizing whatever opportunities exist to make the pitifully few dollars available from one's minicomic investment. More importantly, providing your work to comic book stores that sell minicomics can simply reflect the desire to have one's work seen, whether or not it's in a traditional form. Now more than ever, comics shops make up an important part of the general distribution network for minicomics, and everyone can take advantage.”

Also available on the site are, in Dirk Deppey’s own words: “an excerpt from the cover interview with Ed Brubaker, two complete essays from our Cerebus roundtable, the conclusion of the two-part "¡Journalista!" look at Marvel Comics under Jemas and Quesada, William Gaines in the Audio Archive.”

# Posted by Steve Block

Just found a new site, possibly old news to people, but 24hour Museum lists events at museums across the country. I've listed a few events below that I thought of interest, but feel free to poke around it yourself, obviously.

Barnard Castle Durham
The Bowes Museum
Toulouse-Lautrec and the Art of the French Poster

Recreating much of the exhibition held in London in 1894 and focusing on the fashion for poster art in Paris, in the late nineteenth century. Highlights Toulouse-Lautrec and his famous larger-than-life images, advertising products and theater shows.

11/09/2004 11:00 - 09/01/2005 17:00 The Bowes Museum

Canterbury Kent
Centre for the Study of Cartoons and Caricature
Cry Hungary! The 1956 Hungarian Uprising in British Political Cartoons

An exhibition of cartoons which will run at the Centre during the Canterbury Festival, as part of "Hungary in Focus 2004".

Admission FREE
07/10/2004 - 19/11/2004 Cartoon Centre Gallery

Dewsbury West Yorkshire
Dewsbury Museum
Comics for Kids

Remember 'Dan Dare', 'Roy of the Rovers' and more in this exhibition of a hundred years of children's comics and magazines from the 1870's to the 1970's.

Free admission

07/08/2004 - 07/11/2004 Dewsbury Museum

Ipswich Suffolk
Wolsey Art Gallery & Christchurch Mansion
James Pyman, Wilf - a Life in Pictures

The artist James Pyman has invented a fictional character “Wilf” an English newspaper cartoonist. This exhibition is a biography of Wilf’s career that began in the early sixties and lasted through to his early retirement in the nineties. The cartoons evoke certain times and styles through the thirty-year period and examine how drawing changes in response to political and cultural events. Throughout Wilf’s working life he maintained friendships with a group of fellow cartoonists. In the exhibition, Wilf’s cartoons are shown with invented archive material and examples of his peers’ artwork.

Admission Free

16/10/2004 10:00 - 07/11/2004 16:00 Wolsey Art Gallery

# Posted by Steve Block

A couple of websites of interest, with news of events happening in October as part of The Big Draw campaign.

The Big Draw 2004 Events List

Come & draw at 1,200 events for all ages and abilities across the U.K. We hope you find one to suit your interests. Just click on the link above. Happy drawing!

Drawing Power-The Campaign For Drawing

”Welcome to the fifth Big Draw organised by The Campaign for Drawing. Drawing Power has a simple but ambitious aim - to get everyone drawing. The Campaign was initiated in 2000 by The Guild of St George, a small charity founded by John Ruskin, the great Victorian artist, writer and visionary. Ruskin saw drawing as the foundation of visual thought. His mission was not to teach people how to draw, but how to see.”
# Posted by Steve Block

One of Phoebe Gloeckner's illustrated cards

From The Telegraph

Phoebe Gloeckner is amongst artists inspired by the unsolved murders of hundreds of women along the border between Mexico and Texas.

” ...[Gloeckner’s] illustrations will appear in a book called I Live Here, on which she is collaborating with actress Mia Kirshner, one of the stars of the television series The L Word. The book, which will be published next year, will combine writings, photographs and contributions from members of Juarez victims' families with Gloeckner's text and illustrations reminiscent of the style of a graphic novel.”
# Posted by Steve Block

From The Scotsman

”Next week has been designated National Drawing Week, and all sorts of events and exhibitions have been organised. At Glasgow’s Gallery of Modern Art, Country Grammar is an exhibition dedicated to drawing. At least that is what it set out to be. The bulk of the work on view is on paper, drawing’s usual support. But nothing is framed. The whole effect is of drawings casually pinned to a studio wall, steps on a journey to somewhere else. In the end, drawing gets lost in an exhibition about seven Glasgow artists, all much the same age.”
“...there is at least one major artist in the extraordinary show at CCA, Noonday Demons. Sigga Bjorg Sigurdardottir’s drawings and animations are astonishing. Sigurdardottir is one of four artists here, all Icelandic and all women. However, says curator Francis McKee, this is not a show of Icelandic women’s art but a collective reflection on melancholy, or melancholia. Gabriela Fridriksdottir has made two films that reflect her own study of this subject. In the 18th century, melancholia was thought to be the consequence of excess "black bile". One of her films involves a mock surgical investigation. A comic-book body, decomposing like some horror-film, is explored by a surgeon.”

Country Grammar
Gallery Of Modern Art, Glasgow until 14 November
Noonday Demons
CCA, Glasgow until 21 November

# Posted by Steve Block

It would appear the speculative era in comics really is dead, as the reporter in this article has a hard time pawning the odd comic.

”I bring out £200 worth of collectable comics. Abdul says it will take at least two hours to value these items, but his eyes tell me it will not be worth the wait. He is more used to accepting fine art.”
# Posted by Steve Block

The Beeb picks up on Green Arrow’s new sidekick being HIV positive.

“Comics have a long history of telling lessons," Winick added. "They tell stories through metaphor, but sometimes I feel we don't need the metaphor. Why should it be that Mia contracts some alien virus?"
# Posted by Steve Block

There was an article in last Friday’s Guardian on gig poster art, and a small online gallery is available here.

”No one seems entirely certain why rock poster art died out in the UK. One theory is that British rock bands, more image-conscious than their American counterparts, resent giving up control over how their music is presented to an artist.”

A permanent exhibition of contemporary and vintage rock posters is at the Richard Goodall Gallery, Thomas Street, Manchester. The exhibition Squirrels Taking Risks: Posters and Drawings by Jay Ryan runs until November 6. Details: 0161-832 3435.

# Posted by Steve Block
October 14 2004

The Small Publishers Fair takes place on October 22nd & 23rd at the Conway Hall, Read Lion Square, London WC1. It's not strictly a comics event though producers of hand made and artists books will be present including the mighty Mark Pawson. There are a load of talks including one by Les Coleman who presented his mad collection of minicomics at Caption this year.

Also from Mark's what's on page, information about a forthcoming event at the ICA. Nothing on the ICA site yet but this is what Mark says:

Bedsit Aesthetics - printed matter in the age of the fanzine - Saturday 27th Nov. 12.30am, ICA, Cinema 1, admission free.

To coincide with the second day of the London Artists Book Fair 04 Mark Pawson of Disinfotainment will investigate the process of production of self published artist's books from the initial idea to the point of sale. Afterwards, Andrew Wilson, writer and deputy editor of Art Monthly will talk about 1960s and 1970s radical underground publications. Paul Claydon will chair the discussion that follows the talk.

# Posted by Pete Ashton
October 13 2004

Cory Doctorow at Boing Boing points to a new book, A Theory of Fun for Game Design inspired by McCloud's Understanding Comics but looking at the medium of computer games. The comics link could be tenuous but since games designers found UC informative and inspiring there's a good chance this might repay the favour. Small extract on Boing Boing, Amazon UK page, published Nov 15th.

# Posted by Pete Ashton
October 12 2004

Here from earlier, around 2000, uk mini, Sniff the Dog: a wonderfully funny romp; and Prestage's 15- second film , 'Enjoy The Film' has already gained 'recommended' status from Eternal Gaze. Animator Joe Berger also has a piece on the Shorts , 'Not Long Now' that is worth a look on.given its European colours. These films are good to view and vote from here.

# Posted by Andrew Luke

Culled from my inbox and the BugPowder mailing list.

Garen Ewing writes to say that the 6th episode of his (rather good actually) Rainbow Orchid will be serialised in issue 4 of Fusion from Engine Comics.

The bi-monthly update to Andy Konky Kru's Dachshund site has taken place. Along with tweaks to the Early Comics archive he's added more of his own drawings as well as full scans of the comics and anthologies he's published, being over 300 pages. Go explore til your head explodes.

Sean Azzopardi writes to say he's been interviewed on Sequential Tart.

Kingly Books have a new Chris Reynolds photostrip online.

SupaBasic is not comics and really not BugPowder territory but a mate of mine is involved so I'm abusing my position. Nice illustration stuff.

Jeremy Dennis went to the GRRR! comics festival in Pancevo, Serbia, last week as part of Caption's new cultural exchange program and blogged most of it via her mobile phone. Expect full reports to surface on her livejournal.

Leonie O'Moore sent me a couple of comics, as did Paul Rainey, and I picked up a couple of Jeffrey Lewis's diary comics on his recent tour which were top.

Older zine readers will remember Clive Scruton who came over as a psychotic loon in his articles and letters, but many didn't know he's also a very talented cartoonist, so I was dead chuffed to be told of Utomat, his website. Lots of Flash but dig deep for joy.

Richard Argent has a new website.

Herc's Americas Most Hated stripblog is gathering interest I note.

Myxamatosis was a gallery show put on by Bridgeen Gillespie.

That'll do for now. Did I miss anything?

# Posted by Pete Ashton

The Premier edition of a new anthology showcasing small press, alternative and underground comic art from around the world is available now. Paper Tiger Comix is a sixty-page publication with comic strips from emerging and established self-published artists. The anthology is a co-operative initiative ensuring that the artists retain creative control of their work as well as supporting one another, printing costs are shared by the co-operative who then in turn distribute the comic. From twisted tales of love and torment, biting satire to the surreal and bizarre the Paper Tiger is a comic with claws…

The Contributors:

Richard Cowdry (Kartoon Cuts / The Bedsit Journal)
Dave Goodman (Zip Gun Comix/ Square Eyed Stories/ Bahala Na!)
Bee Bop (Jism/ Evocrim Comix)
Patrick Theaker (Paean/ Slime Mold Press)
Sally Anne Hickman (Whatever/ Cheese Comics)
Paul Lister (Soul Man/ Scalpel/ Wild Thing)
Richard Nairn (Dr Rippers Multiplex/ Pantomime Press)
Yassin (Skirt Steak/ Smile)
B & Pog (Worldofb.net)
Jim Burke (Grot Comics)
Clive Scruton/Fin Man 7 (Pograyze 23)
Yurt (Clambake Comics/ Spinster Nemesis/ Angel In The Dark)
Terri Affleck (Clambake Comics/ The Inorganic Beings)
Steve Ingram (Caffeine/ Planet Of Sound)
Damon Horne (The Blue Maroon)
John Freeman (The Really Heavy Greatcoat/ Doctor Who Magazine/ Acne)
Nick Miller (Judge Dredd The Megazine)
Sean Duffield (Muzzle Mouth)

The website features a gallery, weekly updates, artists bios, links as well as a free review section where small press creators can have their work reviewed or review work they recommend.

We are currently looking for contributors for Paper Tiger Comix #2, interested parties should email the editor Sean Duffield at papertigercomix [at] yahoo.com or check out the site for details.

# Posted by Pete Ashton
October 9 2004

Atlantis Comics sank without a trace some years ago, but publisher James Watson is back now with Atlantis Studios. Promising online strips, the first of these takes the form of made-in-Britain/coloured-in-Sweden effort, Carter’s Column – new episodes of which will appear weekly! Get that column into you!

# Posted by John Robbins
October 7 2004

An email from Phoebe Gloeckner is doing the rounds:

Attention Comics Afficionados and Creators:

As Assistant Professor of Art at the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, I hereby welcome donations of books and/or suggestions for purchasing as I begin the job of helping to build a comics library. This library will be a part of the permanent collection at the University.

It would be impossible at this point to build a comprehensive and all-inclusive collection, but I want to at least start off with a solid set of volumes representative of various periods and genres, including scholarly and not-so-scholarly periodicals, newsletters, and journals.

One branch I want to develop is self-published books, including mini-comics and artist's books. Collecting these is difficult, since often the only source for these books is the creator. So... calling all self-published creators of comic books, mini-comics and "artist's books!" I want to share your work with the world, or at least get it into a library.

Another branch of interest: non-American comics. In any and every language. Needn't be translated into English.

If you have suggestions for single- or multi-volume acquisitions (books or periodicals), please send them to me. The following information is useful if you've got it: title, year, author, publisher, isbn, price, where available.

If you're a creator, write to me and tell me what you've got.

I Thank You Very Sincerely,

Phoebe Gloeckner
Assistant Professor
U of M Art, Architecture, and Engineering Library.
School of Art and Design
University of Michigan
2000 Bonisteel Blvd.
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2069
office: A+A 2070
ph: 734.764.0397 fx: 734.936.0469

# Posted by Pete Ashton