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December 30 2004

Come unstuck with Ireland's favourite couch potatoes! Five episodes of the newspaper-style strip now available for viewing here. Worth a sniff, methinks!

# Posted by John Robbins
December 29 2004

The Times caught up to the Titeuf phenomenon in this Dec 22nd article, French culture shows its comic side.

"For the ninth consecutive year, output of bande dessinées (BD), or graphic novels, has broken records. Some 3,000 titles have been published in 2004, selling 33 million copies in France."

Kinda makes you jealous?

# Posted by Steve Block

Tom Spurgeon provides the link in this post over on his excellent Comics Reporter site.

# Posted by Steve Block
December 18 2004

Everyone's linked to it, so I can't really credit it, but Jaime Hernandez talks to Salon past the click through ads here.

# Posted by Steve Block

The Guardian today profile Raymond Briggs, and elsewhere review Rude Kids: The Unfeasible Story of Viz by Chris Donald and 25 Years of Viz by William Cook, on the same page.

# Posted by Steve Block
December 15 2004

The monthy Comics Journal audio interviews are up, and this ones from 1990, with Gary Groth interviewing Steve Bissette and Scott McCloud, on the subject of Creators Bill of Rights.

# Posted by Andrew Luke
December 14 2004

Hey here's a last round-up/press gang/invite to submit to the Anthology for the Webcomix 2005 Thing. Yup, it's your last chance to be involved in a small press anthology alongside illustrious names such as Jeremy Dennis, Ted May, Jon Chandler, Lee Kennedy, Peter S Conrad and Phil Barrett to name but a few.

The theme is 'small' and the idea is you send a one or two page comics strip to fit A5 portrait dimensions. The deadline's the end of the month so get scrawling.

You know you want to. Okay, email me at mardou85@hotmail.com and I'll tell you the rest.

# Posted by Mardou
December 13 2004

Cut & paste job straight from Creative Match as a matter of urgency.

7.15pm 14 December
Logan Hall, The Institute of Education, 20 Bedford Way, London WC1
When was the last time you had the opportunity to spend an evening with a cult graphic novel artist, multi award-winning illustrator, photographer, artist and film director? Dave Mckean is all of these and more. He is the creator of covers for Neil Gaiman’s Sandman series, Arkham Asylum, Signal to Noise and Black Orchid. Dave has also just completed directing and designing ‘MirrorMask’, the live action feature film for the Jim Henson Company recently described at a preview screening as ‘like Cocteau's Beauty and the Beast.

On acid. But for children.' Come and experience what the world of Dave McKean, graphic novels, film and art have to offer your creative senses.

Jennie McGuirk
9 Graphite Square
Vauxhall Walk
SE11 5EE
Tel: 020 7840 1111
Fax: 020 7840 0840
Email: jennie@dandad.co.uk
Website: http://www.dandad.org/

# Posted by Steve Block

Roger Sabin rounds up his favourites of the year in The Observer.

"by matching a punk sensibility with a Beano-infused heritage, Viz changed not just comics but the very nature of comedy. That's perhaps worth bearing in mind when we're watching the Little Britain Christmas Special."

# Posted by Steve Block

Holbein to Hockney: Drawings From The Royal Collection at the Queen's Gallery, Palace of Holyroodhouse, Edinburgh (0131 556 5100), until March 6 2005.

Scotsman review here.
Telegraph review here.

The Telegraph review also links to a slideshow.

# Posted by Steve Block

Andrew Arnold previews books scheduled for release in 2005 over at his Time online column.

He also promises his top ten for 2004 will be up on Wednesday.

# Posted by Steve Block
December 6 2004

The price of hiring exhibitor tables for the UK Web and Mini Comix Thing in March works on a sliding scale depending on how early you book one. The first deadline is upon us as organiser patrick Findlay writes...

There are two end of year deadlines in place. The first is that exhibitor tickets purchased before 31 December are £35 and from 1 January to 1 March cost £40 and after 1 March will cost £45. That's just a price issue. Confirm your place before the end of the year and save money!!!!

The more important deadline is the 30 exhibitors or bust deadline by 31 December 2004. If we do not have that much support then the viability of the event will be considered. Please, if you intend to exhibit then confirm your booking now and help support this event.

Exhibitor details are here.

# Posted by Pete Ashton
December 3 2004

From Shane Chesby's Smallzone mailing list:

Due to unforseen circumstances, I am desperatley in need of FOUREEN pages of comic art for the next issue of INCOMING! These pages were full, but now - as I'm getting ready to send the CD to the printers they are - for a reason I can't get into - no longer occupied. If anyone out there has a 1 - 5 page self contained comic strip they'd like to be seen by at least 300 readers and they have it saved in JPEG format I'd love to hear from you. You get a free copy of the mag, and my eternal gratitude. Full submission details on the website. Don't worry about the deadline, but I need the strips within a week.
Yours desperately,

[Update: Shane has now received 120 pages of strips and sends his heartfelt thanks to everyone.]

# Posted by Pete Ashton
December 1 2004

Philip Barrett, creator of Matter, has a new two-page strip on his Blackshapes site. Typical is a beautifully composed, casually affecting slice-of-life that has ‘class’ written all over its perfectly judged panels. Go see!

# Posted by John Robbins