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January 29 2010

From Bryan Talbot:

If you happen to live near Newcastle, I’ll be giving the “Grandville and the Anthropomorphic Tradition” presentation I did at BICS and the ICA at the Literary and Philosophical Society Wednesday 3rd February, 6.00pm. 23 Westgate Road, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 1SE Free to members, £2 for non-members. You can reserve a seat by calling (0191) 232 0192, emailing library@litandphil.org.uk or by calling in. If you reserve a ticket and are subsequently unable to attend, please let them know as they often have a waiting list.

For any of you who can receive the Discovery Channel, I’ll be appearing in an episode of “A Brush With Britain”. The series is about artist Charles Evans travelling around the country, painting scene from each place and meeting artists associated to the area. I’m in the one about Sunderland. The first showing is Sat Feb 6th at 8.30 pm on Discovery Real Time One hour later it will be repeated on the catch up channel "Real Time+", then at 12.30am again on Real Time and an hour later again on "RealTime+".

# Posted by John Robbins
January 18 2010

British independent Unico Comics is on the lookout for artists who can complete books they intend to publish in 2011! Paul H Birch has the story at speechballoons.

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From Leonie O'Moore:

24 Hour Comic Challenge, Tyneside cinema, Newcastle Upon Tyne



Independent press organisation P.R.E.S.S. teams up with the Tyneside to deliver an exciting 24 hour event!

We’ll be testing you to your limits with this special challenge; to create a comic book in 24 hours. The story, the artwork, and the lettering will all be completed in the time allowed. No previous experience is necessary, only enthusiasm and ideas. Comic artists and graphic designers will be on hand to assist, and dinner and breakfast is included – and lots of coffee too! But if you just fancy a taster, there will be drop-in mobile phone drawing workshops, 24 min workshops, and
Drink and Draw sessions all across Saturday.
A round the clock creative event, not to be missed!

Entry: £15 for the 24hr event. Places are limited, and advance booking essential.

FREE for public drop-in during the day.


# Posted by John Robbins
January 16 2010


This Month sees the release of a new Bi-Monthly Print comic by Tommie Kelly. Called ROAD CREW: FOR SALE, its storyline deals with all the good things in life: death, success, magick, rock star ambitions, family relations and love. Read the prologue at http://roadcrewcomic.com/forsale/; buy the comic at indyplanet.com.

# Posted by John Robbins
January 11 2010

Gareth Brookes, on behalf of the Alternative Press Collective, sez:

We now have our own monthly show on Resonance FM, the first Alternative Press Hour features music by small pressers such as Shug, Paul O'Connell and an interview with Edd Baldry organiser of the London Zine Symposium and part of the Last Hours collective and an interview with Mike Lake who was a founding member of Forbidden Planet and Titan Distribution. He talks to us about the very early days of comics in the UK.

The show will go out on Friday the 15th January at 9pm, and will be (hopefully) archiving it with a link on the alternative press website

Secondly the Alternative Press Fair will happen again on the 13th February with, as usual, as many creators of comics, zines, bookarts, poetry etc as its physicaly possible to squeeze into St Aloysius Social Club! There will be a big party afterwards to celebrate our 1 year aniversary with music, open mic and djs, details as always on the alternative press website

Elsewhere, I'm giving away some art via the banal pig website


Good Grief! A new comic and zine shop in manchester!

# Posted by Stevo Tillotson

Available at 3Darths Comics in Harlow and other selected comic shops is 'Glory Be', the surreal freaky shenanigans of your not-quite-average church congregation - Article here.

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January 6 2010

Charming Jim Medway talks about kids comics, location and teaching visual literacy. Adam Cadwell is along for the ride and Matt Badham orchestrates. A bit lengthy, educational and fun read. (MatthewBadham.com)

# Posted by Andrew Luke
January 3 2010

Carter's Column: Shang Ri La La La Episode 1 at Speech Balloons. (Subscribe via the RSS feed.)

# Posted by John Robbins

Don't Get Lost is Andy Luke's stripblog - featuring a tale of abuse and survival.

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