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!