Thursday, 29 December 2011
Wednesday, 14 December 2011
Part 1: SATURDAY.
The city was so well decorated for the festive period, especially at night (which you will see in Part 2).
Around midday we sampled Belgian waffles! THEY WERE SO TASTYYY. But the trip was not, of course, just about the delicious food (we'll come to the chocolates eventually) - in the background of us chewing away, you can see...
This was one of many comics walls (yes, you read that correctly!) around the city, and we'll show you them all in Part 3.
So we now come to the main event of Saturday: Heading for Strip Turnhout. Antwerp Station stunned us with its multiple levels of trains and lovely architecture. This was also the first of many trains over the course of the weekend that we ran for; we seemed to do a lot of running!
We got to Strip Turnhout for the afternoon, and got to hear some really interesting talks about the international creation of comics and how the comics scenes differ around the world, featuring speakers such as Paul Gravett and Rashid Alik. While we promoted our collective at one of the sales tables, we also got to see the comics exhibition about the Keikeboes comic strips; and a British exhibition featuring our very own Karrie Fransman, last years intern Rachel Emily Taylor, Daniel Merlin Goodbrey and others. All of their comics were really interesting in terms of breaking and reconstructing the rules of comics.
After the event was a live music and interview event on stage, which featured Posy Simmonds. It was lovely to hear a little bit about how she feels about her work.
The event was over quickly as we had arrived quite late in the day, but we all really enjoyed it. We got to meet so many other great people from the comics community including Kevin O'Neill, Woodrow Pheonix, Peter Stanbury, and many many more, during the after event dinner.
Alas, that was Saturday over! After drinking some crazy strong hot chocolates and waving goodbye to Turnhout, We ran for yet another train, almost missed it, and then made our way back to Brussels to get some needed rest for our next jam-packed day in the city. In Part 2 we'll cover what happened on Sunday, including the Belgian Comics Museum and the Herge Museum! LE GASP!
In the meantime, here's us looking longingly at some comics in one of the many bookshops we passed over the weekend:
Look forward to Part 2 of our Brussels report!
Tuesday, 13 December 2011
In the meantime, check it out, Jade's guest blog on the Laydeez Do Comics site is now online for your viewing pleasure. This here is the short version, you can read the extended version on the LDC blog.
Wednesday, 7 December 2011
Just a quick post to let everyone know that the interns are nipping out of the country this weekend to attend Strip Turnhout! Karrie Fransman is a guest of the event, and the interns will be at a table with an activity you can take part in if you come along: The never ending comic!
Want to know more? You better come to Strip Turnhout then! (Or if you can't make it, don't worry, we'll be doing a writeup after the weekend.)
We'll be in Brussels for the weekend to visit various places (TINTIN MUSEUM GAH I'M RATHER EXCITED) thanks to the project funders, so we hope to get a lot of great inspiration there and come back to make some awesome comics for the anthology!
Look forward to our report next week!
Also I recently attended December's Laydeez Do Comics meeting and, like Shamisa last month, was asked to do the blog report on that, so I'll upload that here once the lovely ladies over at the LDC blog have posted it there. Look forward to that too!
Tuesday, 6 December 2011
- londonprintstudio comics interns.
Wednesday, 23 November 2011
Hereby we got the honor to present our glimmering, glittering, splendid cover! Yes, we are publishing an anthology next year. (Keep your eye on this blog - the date: March 2012.) Featuring comics made by us, the comic interns, and the youngsters we're teaching at our comic workshops.
So! Don't hesitate! Are you between 16 and 20? And you want to be published as well? Joining our majestic comic collective, enter your comic now!
Click to download.
Requirements: One page comic about "Parallel Lives", Full colour. (Optional).
Deadline: 16th January.
The comics interns at londonprintstudio, had the privilege of stepping into the Self Made Hero head quarters, a place where dreams come true...! We were warmly welcomed with tea and cakes, surrounded by shelving of comics...! To top things off, we also got to meet the legendary comics artist, Frederik Peeters in person.
For a man who creates such extraordinary work and won so many awards, he is still extremely modest and you can genuinely tell he loves creating comics…! He even kindly allowed us to touch his original drawings, of which we literally hovered them in our hands, as we were afraid of damaging them.
A great motivational figure… and someone to work towards…! I think all the interns felt the same way, as soon as the meeting ended, I had the urge to scramble home and grab a pencil to start drawing…
Frederik's newest English translated book is: Sand castle.
He also did a great Zombie drawing exercise... take a look here!
Wednesday, 9 November 2011
Tuesday, 8 November 2011
Ben has taught on the MA Scriptwriting course at Leeds Metropolitan University and has worked for Disney, Sesame Street, and many other companies. He also taught us one more thing that I forgot to write on the comic:
"WRITING IS REWRITING!"
Friday, 4 November 2011
I'll be writing a further report on my personal blog for anyone who is interested to check out at www.teahermit.co.uk
Wednesday, 2 November 2011
Friday, 28 October 2011
The morning started with some ice breakers - drawing our expectations for the day in less than five minutes (not easy), and all of us then knuckled down and thought about what makes art workshops/outreach projects different to learning in a school-based environment. The key elements that we all felt should run through a good workshop were an informal tone, practical, hands-on, supportive, flexible, engaging and just a bit of good old fun.
Lynn shared with us several of her experiences of running art workshops with a diverse range of young adults, including one project that saw her participants exhibiting their work on the Fourth Plinth at Trafalgar Square! Lynn encouraged us to spend the afternoon planning and then running our own workshops which we presented to each other and received feedback on, pooling together everything we had learnt so far in the day. It was an intense afternoon, but fantastic to gain such insight from an industry professional on how to develop and implement engaging and memorable workshops for audiences of all ages.
Thank you so much Lynn! Here is a little comic recording the day:
Comic by http://merlinevans.com/
Thursday, 27 October 2011
If you're free this weekend and in serious need to feed your comics hunger, then drop by at the London MCM Expo. They will be showcasing SCI-FI goodness, the latest films previews, game demos and a cosplay masquerade! But of course, the Comic Village is where all the excitement is happening~!
Both the lovely Jade and Susan will have stalls there, to sell their creative works. Jade will be selling her freshly printed, short comic called, "Click Click, BANG BANG!" (image above) as well as many other goodies. Susan will be selling her four page entry for the Observer competition, "Eviction" (image below). Both comics artists will be drawing portraits/commissions all day~!
Above is the layout plan of the Comics Village, so you all know where to find us! (Please click image to enlarge) We'll also be there to answer any questions regarding the workshops or the anthology that the londonprintstudio are organising.
On another positive note, our very own Merlin travelled far to the glamorous Cheltenham Awards yesterday, to collect her Runner Up Prize. Needless to say, everyone at londonprintstudio proudly held back tears of joy...!
Friday, 21 October 2011
Last week we had a chance to get out of the studio and explore London a little, which was great for inspiration (and for Shamisa, our Flemish intern, who has never been to London before!).
We started off with a visit to the people at House of Illustration, who are very supportive of our project. They’re currently running their second illustration competition in conjunction with the Folio Society, which you can find details of here.
We then visited the Sir John Soane Museum – a wonderfully eccentric collection of artefacts hidden away in the beautiful home of Sir John Soane. We were all in awe of the brilliant design of the house too, what with the original owner being an architect. It was fantastic inspiration for us to see such eccentricities in what should be simply an elaborate home – gave us all great ideas for settings and backgrounds in our comics!
After that we nipped across to the Hunterian Museum. This is a fantastic place for studying anatomy in many ways – from the outside and in! There are so many great specimens to look at and most of us took the opportunity to get some sketches in. A recommended visit for any artist.
Following a bit of a grossing-out at the Hunterian, we had lunch together – and it was a chance for Jade to snap a couple of pictures of the new interns. Unfortunately, Susan was at home with flu that day, and Jade was bordering on it so she stayed behind the camera – but you’ll get to see them in snaps of workshops at a later date no doubt.
Shamisa and Abe!
After lunch we headed for the British Museum – we visited the print rooms which had some beautiful, unbelievably detailed ink drawings, and the new Manga exhibition on the adventures of Professor Munakata. Seeing the original sketched, inked and screentoned pages of this manga by Hoshino Yukinobu was amazing for us as comic artists; it’s always a good experience to see how other comic artists go through their process of making a page.
Finally, we went on a hunt for comic book shops! We visited Forbidden Planet, which has an
amazingly well stocked basement, and Orbital Comics, which had an exhibition featuring some brilliant British comic artists’ self portraits. Our day of exploring ended there but there are plenty of other great places in London (and out of it) that you can visit if you want inspiration for your comics. So explore! Get out there! Informing yourself informs your comics and makes them much more interesting to read, so do it~!