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20 April 2018

Dan Abnett signing at Forbidden Planet megastore

Don't forget that this is tomorrow...

Dan Abnett will be signing CAPTAIN KRONOS: VAMPIRE HUNTER at the Forbidden Planet London Megastore on Saturday 21st April from 1 – 2pm


In the depths of Eastern Europe, the legendary vampire hunter, Captain Kronos and his two assistants, Grost and Carla are called upon to help rid a town of its vampire plague.
However, beneath the surface of the beleaguered town a malevolent force far more evil and deadly is awakening and it might just be the match of Kronos…
You can pre-order the title here for £13.99

Dan Abnett is a bestselling author and an award-winning comic book writer. He has written over fifty novels, and his 2008 run on The Guardians of the Galaxy for Marvel formed the inspiration for the blockbuster movie. He is a regular contributor to 2000AD and is the writer on Aquaman, The Titans and Earth 2 for DC Comics.

19 April 2018

Secrets of comics in North and South Korea

Don't forget that this is tonight...

To tie in with their current exhibition The House of Illustration have announced (here) a talk by comics expert Paul Gravett on 'Secrets of North and South Korean comics', tickets are from £15 (note this includes free entry to the 'Made in North Korea' exhibition, which this talk complements).

The talk is on Thursday 19th April @ 7pm


As the blurb says...
In 1991, North Korea’s Kim Jong Il declared that the nation should ‘develop the comic-strip genre’. This official endorsement led to increased production of kurimch’aek or ‘picture books’, many in comics form and several adapted from the writings of the ‘Great Leader’, his first wife or their son and successor. During and since the Korean War, North and South Korea have harnessed the cartoon medium for propaganda, while they also share historical folk heroes who live on in both sides of the demilitarised zone. On the other hand, modern manhwa, or comics made in South Korea, survived censorship and public burnings to earn government support and compete directly with manga from Japan. Today, South Korea's searing graphic novels can confront the traumas of history. Their phenomenally popular digital comics or webtoons can also give a voice to critical cartoon journalists and North Korean defectors.

18 April 2018

Bryan Talbot @ the British Library tonight!

This is tonight, don't forget people!


The 3nd and final talk at the British library this spring/summer...

Digital Conversation: Digital Comics

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Venturing off the page: exploring multimedia, animation and new narrative forms
How are comics venturing off the page? Join us to explore the impact of new technologies on how we read, create and understand comics, chaired by John Freeman with Bryan Talbot, Yomi Ayeni, Kate Ashwin and Daniel Merlin Goodbrey.
In partnership with downthetubes.net

Link to the British Library website is here
When:
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Price:
Full Price: £6.00
Member: £6.00
Senior 60+: £5.00
Student: £4.00
Registered Unemployed: £4.00
Under 18: £4.00
Friend of the British Library: £6.00
Enquiries:
+44 (0)1937 546546
boxoffice@bl.uk

17 April 2018

South London comic & zine fair

Just a quick shout out for this event that's happening near me this Summer - more details as and when I get them but for now it's just to remember the date - Saturday 14th July. Free entry!
Bar open all day!



Here's a review of what the fair was like in 2017...review

The above (great!) poster is by Tom Bird @T_J_Bird

16 April 2018

15 April 2018

Striker comic launches on Kickstarter!

As reported 3 weeks ago (here) Pete Nash, the creator of the Striker newspaper comic strip, was looking at ways to be able to launch a brand new weekly football comic.

And now he's found a way, all the details are on the Kickstarter campaign here. If the project gets funding, and it needs a lot of cash, then the plan is as follows...

...Launching in September 2018, the comic will be A4 size with a minimum 32 pages, all in colour. The first section will be devoted to the main serialised storyline, and we also plan to do at least one secondary strip focusing on the young wannabe footballers at the academy. At the back of the comic will be four or five pages of classic football strips from the seventies and eighties. In between will be news, interviews and features on the characters, plus stats on the world league clubs and players. 



Pete has already printed 4 volumes of the Striker archive, these are great collections, and very reasonably priced for the amount of content you get (hundreds of full colour pages in the latest volume).



Pete's looking to raise a whopping £35,000 - but that's not to print one comic - this is to print a dozen comics, so if (like me) you'll probably back the first dozen issues in print format that'll cost you £30 - so that's £2.50 a comic, the price of a cup of coffee. That's great value for money. 

Striker was a comic once before of course, and it lasted a very respectable 87 issues. It ran from August 20th 2003 - May 12th 2005 and also featured Billy's Boots reprinted strips as well as reprints of early Striker strips. 

So, a big target but Pete's 10% of the way there in less than 24 hours, watch this space for more updates on this ambitious comics project.

13 April 2018

Major new Frank Hampson exhibition announced

Peter Hampson, Frank's son, has revealed that the Atkinson in Southport (here) are planning a major exhibition dedicated to all aspects of Frank Hampson's work - starting on 15th September and carrying on into March 2019. This period will cover the centenary of Frank's birth.

Beyond this details are unknown at this stage but more details should start to emerge soon, after all it's only 5 short months away!

For more on the world's best public Dan Dare collection head here 

Here are some images from the 1990 exhibition that the Atkinson hosted...
Flyer

Window display, reconstruction of a rocket ship and entrance signage

Toys, original art and books on display...

12 April 2018

Guardian cartoonists signing @ Gosh comics

Gosh comics have just announced here that a bevvy of cartoonists from The Guardian will be helping them to celebrate Free Comic Book Day on Saturday 5th May... 
as they say...
From 1-2pm, we have a Guardian Cartoonists Signing, with Tom Gauld, Stephen Collins and Simone Lia!

And what about those free comics? We'll have a massive range of FCBD 2018 titles available on the day, especially ones aimed at a younger audience. Because if comics can't be for kids, we're all doomed to future irrelevance as a cultural curiosity! We'll be opening early to accommodate the day, so get in the queue nice and early. Here are the rules:

Free comics will be available behind the counter downstairs.
Five per person, maximum one copy of each.
First come, first served.
Please respect your fellow comic fans on the day.

So mark it in your diaries and get your butts down here! There are things going on all over town, all day long, so make it a West End comics day (but especially a Gosh! Comics day!)

11 April 2018

Cam Kennedy masterclass is tonight!

This is tonight, don't forget people!

The Cam Kennedy masterclass has now been re-scheduled to Wednesday 11th April @ 7pm (having previously been called off due to snow) - the event is free, you can register for tickets here

An evening with Cam Kennedy? Sounds great to me

10 April 2018

The complete adventures of the Three Musketeers

The Book Palace have just announced here the publication of their next reprint volume of classic British comic strips
As they say...

Collected in a single volume for the first time, this classic of comic strip adaptation brings to life all the action and poignancy of Dumas's novel and its sequel (the enthralling mystery surrounding the Man in the Iron Mask).

Arturo Del Castillo was one of the greatest masters of Argentinian comic strip. His artistic skill is recognised internationally and his work on The Three Musketeers, The Man in the Iron Mask, and The King's Musketeers (all included here) is regarded as some of the finest pen and ink work ever created for comic strips.

These 3 comic strips originally appeared in the British comics Film Fun and Lion in the early 1960s. This is the first time they have ever been reprinted in this complete form. The quality of his penmanship is simply stunning on these strips. Also included here are 14 pages of rare reproductions of original del Castillo artwork.

The Three Musketeers are amongst the handful of literary characters who are known to virtually every person on the planet! Unlike most literary characters, the Musketeers are fashioned out of history: there really was a d'Artagnan and historical counterparts for each of his companions, although the romance woven around the characters came from author Alexandre Dumas's imagination.




I've already ordered my copy, so what are you waiting for?

Author: Alexandre Dumas; edited by Steve Holland
Artist: Arturo del Castillo
Publisher: Book Palace Books, due 30 April 2018
Number of pages: 112
Format: Flexi Cover; Black & White illustrations
Size: 9" x 11" (216mm x 280mm)
ISBN: 9780955159688


priced at £20 (plus £3.95 UK postage)

9 April 2018

Mike Allred signing for FCBD @ Gosh comics

Gosh comics have just announced here another special signing to tie in with Free Comic Book Day on Saturday 5th May...
As they say...
Laura Allred and Mark Allred will be here from 5-6pm to sign for you lucky, lucky people!

And what about those comics? We'll have a massive range of FCBD 2018 titles available on the day, especially ones aimed at a younger audience. Because if comics can't be for kids, we're all doomed to future irrelevance as a cultural curiosity! We'll be opening early to accommodate the day, so get in the queue nice and early. Here are the rules:

Free comics will be available behind the counter downstairs.
Five per person, maximum one copy of each.
First come, first served.
Please respect your fellow comic fans on the day.

So mark it in your diaries and get your butts down here! There are things going on all over town, all day long, so make it a West End comics day (but especially a Gosh! Comics day!)

Saturday, May 5th: Free Comic Book Day 2018. See you there!