Wednesday, 15 December 2010
This week, we had the chance to use the londonprintstudio facilities, and take part in one of their screen printing workshops.
One of the print technicians, Paul, led us through the hand's on induction step-by-step: demonstrating clearly how to coat our own screens and create different marks in our work, such as with a lino pen or a brush and ink.
Even though a few of us already had knowledge of screen printing, we did pick up new skills that we are now keen to use and develop within our comics.
Below are some examples of the prints we created during the day:
Tuesday, 14 December 2010
Wednesday, 8 December 2010
The comic creators of "Alien Ink" led a workshop at the London Print Studio last Saturday (4th December 2010).
We were joined by the talented David and Esther Bircham. They talked about how they first entered the comic industry, and what difficulties they had to face before they joined forces with Channel 4 Education to create "Alien Ink", an online graphic novel that reflects a series of teen pressures.
The Bircham's are definitely one's to watch. "Alien Ink" has potential to reach a worldwide audience through the internet; and their company, "Pulp Theatre", is the first comic book publisher to work with a major UK broadcaster on an online graphic novel project. They are definitely a very inspiring couple.
Have a peek at their website: Alien Ink
Last week I had a table at the Alternative Press Fair with fellow comic creator Tom J Hughes. Here is a pic of our spread! It was a good day, good and busy, and I bought some great zines and comics. There was a good mix of hand made crafty stuff, comics, anarchist and political zines and art school stuff. Highlights were the girls who had a tie die stall (they would tie die everything from long johns to baby gros right before your eyes) plus I got my first peek at the new Comics Reader. Its a broadsheet sized full colour newspaper solely dedicated to comics and on sale for the every reasonable price of £1. If you didn't make it down, definitely come to the next one!
Tuesday, 30 November 2010
Laydeez do Comics is a forum for comics creators, illustrators and filmmakers to listen to talks, present their work and meet and network with other creators. The emphasis is particularly on ‘life narrative, the drama of the domestic and the everyday’, with a preference on more ‘new wave’ and experimental work as opposed to more mainstream superhero comics.
Despite the title Laydeez do Comics is not just for women with men both attending and presenting their work as well.
The event held on Monday 29th November 2010 at The Rag Factory included 5 speakers:
An artist and illustrator who presented a selection of life and observational drawings she had produced. What was interesting about this presentation was that she used it as an opportunity to gain feedback and suggestions on where she should take her work in the future.
A comics artist whose graphic novel Britten and Brulightly is being published by Jonathan Cape. Hannah presented some of the process of creating her graphic novel showing how characters developed from her time at university.
A filmmaker who presented the drawings she creates during the film making process. A lot of her work stemmed from her emotional at certain times which then developed into more fully formed ideas.
Paul told the group about his time publishing Escape which was a comics magazine presenting both well known and less well known creators. It was interesting to see the creators that were introduced in Escape who went on to become big names in the comics industry.
Neil Philips is a Psychiatrist and publisher Shrink Rap Press. He talked how he uses cartoons to communicate his ideas about mental illness through his Shrink-Rap Press
Wednesday, 24 November 2010
Joe Kelly is a comic creator with a passion for stories based on real life. He studied Visual Communications at Leeds College of Art and Design where he first sold his comics at Travelling Man. Since graduating in 2009 he has worked as a freelance illustrator and cartoonist creating flyers and posters for clubs and bands, storyboards, and t-shirt designs. His style is influenced by 70’s and 80’s comics and he is currently working on a graphic novel based in a cake factory in the North.
Karrie Fransman has scribbled strips for The Guardian and created comics for The Times and is currently grafting a graphic novel, ‘The House That Groaned’ for Random House’s Square Peg. Her ‘sequential art sculptures’ are currently on show at the ‘That’s Novel! Lifting Comics from The Page’ exhibition at londonprintstudio where she is also running the rather wonderful ‘Internship in Comics and Comics Production’!
William Goldsmith is an illustrator and comic creator living and working in Brighton. He recently graduated from Glasgow School Of Art and has since exhibited at DA&AD New Blood, Museum of London and the Goethe Institute. His short story 'Like A Wagon' was Highly Commended in the Observer Graphic Story prize in 2009. His debut graphic novel 'Vignettes of Ystov' is published by Jonathan Cape and Random House in March 2011.