Sidenote: In finding the links for this post, I notice Hayley Campbell, star of father Eddie's 'at home' comics, has been making her mark on the comics geek community at the WEF specifically. Kinda weird if you've spent the last decade reading about her...
There goes Tokyo... is holding its third Small press and indie comic event on the 2nd of Feb. in Newcastle. You don't need to attend to sell/promote your work, we'll do it for you! Admission free, Starring the Kochalka Puppet theatre (as seen at Caption). Lots of fun! Check out our site for more info.
Further confirmations of attendees to the Manga Comics Happening include Roger 'Fred the Clown' Langridge, Steve
'Fantastic Life' Marchant, Graham 'Sgt, Mike' Pearce, Dr James 'This Is Me'
Parsons and Phil 'Yuna' Laskey. Scroll down a bit for more details.
James Parson's flash version of his exquisite curiosity, This is Me by Georg Bush is getting a bit of attention, I note.
The USS CatastropheShop is a relatlvely new venture from the American collective and intrigues because it stocks a load of minicomics by new-to-me people rather than the usual Top Shelf-esque books by some of the members. All items have sample pages and there's paypal ordering info (dunno what international postage is like). Good for a browse.
Killing a few birds with one stone, here are a bunch of online cartoonists (all of whom will be attending APE in San Francisco this year) grabbed off the Reinventing Comics message board. Should you have a few spare moments in the near future...
BugPowder seriously recommends you consider attending the following. If you're not interested in the Manga side of it (although I must say it'll be like no Manga you've ever seen before!), think of it as a Caption-esque "gathering of the tribes" kinda thing.
COME To A Special SATURDAY Opening And MEET Manga & Comics Artists At A
AT THE LONDON INSTITUTE GALLERY,
65 DAVIES STREET, LONDON W1
SATURDAY FEB 2ND, 11am-4pm
Enjoy Live Workshops, Jam Sessions, Displays and Demos by Comics Creators
including: Nick "Mr. Pleebus" Abadzis,
Craig "Hairy Mary" Conlan, Geoff "Zeel"
Coupland, Ed "Century Club" Hillyer,
Lorna "Witch" Miller, Woodrow "Sugar
Buzz" Phoenix, Toby "Feel Welcome" Tripp,
Toko "Japanize" Uchiyama, Vincent
"L'Association" Vanoli, Mitsuba "Pause"
Wajima, Chris "Wormwood" Webster
and many more!
Choose from a Wide Range of Manga,
many in English, Graphic Novels & Comics!
Buy Artists Comics and Merchandise
direct from the artists! (And sell your own)
See the Exhibition of Manga Short Comics
From Modern Japan by 25 artists!
Buried away in my in box I find news from August (!) that Ed Pinsent, recently of The Sound Projector Magazine (first issue online), but more pertinently to us, "The Philip Larkin of English comics" and creator of Windy Wilberforce (above) in the 80s and 90s, has a site with some of his comics on it, including one with Chris Butler. Much rejoicing.
Thanks to Secundra Das for the info. Also, my review of Silver Age Superman.
According to Page 45, Kyle Baker has a new book out.
From P45's forthcoming listings:
King David (£14-99) by Kyle Baker - "Violence! Intrigue! Polygamy! Mass circumcision!" Apparently an irreverent yet biblically correct telling of the young king's rise to power and popularity. The sample art is just dazzling. The early morning scene with David leading his troops, scanning the horizon, is saturated with dew and crisp, cold sunlight.
To get on the Page 45 mailing list, which is recommended, email them.
Chris Reynolds of Mauretania Comics writes to say he's got a new site in the works. This is a holding page for it. Maurentania was one of the most interesting comics to come out of the post-Escape era and it give me good spirit to hear he's still doing stuff. Hopefully we'll have some of the old Mauretania comics online soon?
Forgot to mention that the Toenail Clippings folks have been nominated for the Alpha-Art Fanzine award at Angoulême this year, which is quite a coup. 'Fanzine' means rather more in France than it does here. Well done, chaps!
Bren from Big If publishers of the Irish anthology Toenail Clippings, which impressed rather a lot at Bristol last year, wrote asking if I'm going to Angoleme this year, because they are. Sadly funds prevent me yet again, but if you're going, say hi to them. They also point out that the links down the right hand side haven't been updated for ages, ie they're not on them. Point taken.
Borderline #6 is out and has an 8 page feature on Chris Ware's Jimmy Corrigan winning the big prize. Some of it is written by me, but not all, and there's a reasonably decent little interview in there too.
And I have to say the magazine as a whole is shaping up nicely! Mike Kidson, Paul Gravett and Brad! Brooks all provide good BugPowder friendly content so get in there.
The London Institute Gallery at 65 Davies Street, right next to Bond Street
tube, is hosting the touirng Manga: Short Comics from Modern Japan
exhibition (recently seen down in Brighton), from Jan 9th to Feb 8th. It's
free and open Mon-Fri 10-8.
Adapted from the exhibition that toured France, including 2000's Angouleme,
this exhibition reveals a less well known aspect of manga, the complete
short story of around 20 pages, as opposed to the sprawling epics of
thousands of pages and the big mass-market characters like Dragonball, etc.
Some of the work should be familiar: there's a Tezuka SF tale, an episode of
Gon, a story by Tsuge (as seen in Raw), an episode of Taniguchi's Walking
Man (published by Casterman). But there are several other really
interesting and experimental creators featured, some with links to
underground and alternative comics. The exhibition shows no original artwork
at all, but presents large repros of complete stories, to be read right to
left, with accompanying translations. The main idea is to give people a
chance to read a complete manga and get some sense of the diversity, pacing
and content of their stories.
This is a significant exhibit to further interest and understanding of
comics here in the UK. There will also be displays of mamga books and
magazines and other items. I was amazed to see in Brighton some of the
ready-made, drawn interiors, skies, cityscapes, manufactured as
letraset-style sheets, ready to be rubbed down and inserted into the more
mainstream, mass-produced manga.
Manga Academic Conference:
Friday February 1st: 10am to 5pm, at the London School of Fashion,
encouragingly most of the speakers are Japanese or Japan-based including the
show's curator, and manga artist Makoto Aida, and Professor Jacqueline
Berndt from Yokohama University, with our own Roger Sabin providing a
British perspective. The conference costs a rather pricey £35, or £20 for
concessions and could be on the heavy side, but for more info contact:
Manga Comics Happening:
Saturday February 2nd: 11am to 4pm. I have negotiated the use of the gallery
and conference room for an extra day, on the last Saturday February 2nd,
just after the conference, to hold a public event or 'Manga Comics
Happening'. I'm securing the support of Gosh and Red Route too.
I see this as a way to bring
the exhibition to life by bringing in 'live' comics creators to meet the
public. It's also a way of linking good non-mainstream and small press
comics here with their spiritual equivalents in Japan. This is definitely
not aimed solely at manga/anime fans, but at rallying anyone interested in
creating and buying great alternative artists' comics - from the UK small
press and independent scenes to names like Steven Appelby or Nick Abadzis or
Woodrow Phoenix or Lorna Miller or Chris Webster. I'm also hoping that some
of the Japan-based conference speakers will attend in an informal way.
To keep numbers in check (the space cannot accommodate hundreds of people at
a time, but around 100-150 max), there will be a small admission charge of
just £1, accompanied kids free, with 50p going to the London Institute, the
balance to cover costs. There will be some tables where a big range of
comics will be on sale (I hope to involve the UK small press manga guys
Pause and Japanise), a wall for everyone to join in and draw on, and talks,
signings, workshops in the conference room and within each of the little
thematic bays in the gallery.
The next small press and indie comic event "Bishi Bashi" will be held in Newcastle on the 2nd of Feb. 2002. (admission free) If you produce small press/indie comics or websites please get in touch. This is an excellent selling/promotion opportunity. We hope to have a range of stalls at this event as well as guest speakers and plenty of publicity. Submissions are also welcome for our "Splash page" extravaganza in our following event, please contact us for details of this. Check out the Bishi Bashi section of www.tgtokyo.com