I’m going to be taking part in the latest Comica Comiket’s Drawing Parade along with a whole load of other comicky talent this Saturday 16th at the British Library 96 Euston Road, London NW1 2DB (on around about 2.00 pm). It’s also going to be the first opportunity for you braying masses to get your mitts on a signed and scribbled on, brand new Alby Figgs book from the Blank Slate Books table.
Gorgeously dressed by top graphic tailor, Woodrow Phoenix, the Alby Figgs book is now available for sale in all good shops and online through the Blank Slate website.
Admission to the Comiket this Saturday is free, by the way and is part of this month’s Comica Festival. Click the previous link for full details of what’s on. It’s also a good time to catch the final days of the British Library’s Comics Unmasked exhibition if you haven’t seen it yet.
I’ll be signing copies of the exclusive, elusive, infusive (?) new (ish) Pleece Brothers graphic novel, The Great Unwashed, published by Escape Books this Saturday the 8th of December at Gosh Comics, 1 Berwick St, London W1F 0DR, from 5-6 pm.
Also, those crazy fools at Gosh have given me permission to scribble all over their windows in celebration of this momentous event.
Come early to take advantage of the best signature doodles!
If you’re going up the Charing Cross road in London sometime soon, check out the Comica festival billboard exhibition, in association with Foyles at the site of the soon to be extended bookshop, formerly St Martins Art College. I’ve got a couple of people sized panels up there, based on a true Liz Taylor and Richard Burton story from the 60s, when the Hollywood ledge swiped a book for hubby during a photo-shoot in the famous London bookshop.
Its been up for nearly a month now (ever on the ball, eh?), but it should still be there for the next couple of months. So when you’re getting hassled by your last minute Chrimbo shopping, why not take a peek and get in the way of all the other hassled consumers? There’s some great quirky stories about Foyles, its history and its characters, drawn by some amazing comics talent (and, er, me…), including John Miers, Steven Appleby, JAKe, Karrie Fransman, Krent Able, Bryan Talbot, Hunt Emerson, Woodrow Phoenix, Oliver East, Hannah Berry, Rob Davis, Donya Todd and Rian Hughes.
If you can’t make it to London, you can also see the whole exhibition online here @ http://www.johnmiers.com/Foylescomic/
I was lucky enough to be invited, the weekend before last, along with a host of other Brit and international comics talent, to the Łódź (pronounced Woodge!) Comics Festival in Poland. Many thanks to the organisers Adam, Aneta and Dominika, as well as the many wonderful translators and guides, including Tym, Sandra, Bartek (and all the others whose names my vodka addled brain can’t remember just now) who made the trip extra special. Here’s some photos…
It was also nice to be included alongside such a sterling crew of comics talent, from Glenn Fabry, Simon Bisley, Melinda Gebbie, John McCrea, Cameron Stewart (who inked Deadenders all those years ago), Dave Mckean, amongst others, and comics sage overlord, Paul Gravett.
And final thanks to the many fans (yes, you heard right!) who got me to sign and scribble in their copies of the Polish translation of Incognegro and numerous Vertigo titles.
The highlight of the weekend, though, still has to be John McCrea’s Bez impersonation on the drawing contest stage. If you want to know what Comic artists are best at, check the link http://bit.ly/T3JbNJ
Had a great time last weekend as a guest of the Helsinki Comics Festival, that also featured a healthy (?) contingent of Brit comics bods, Bryan and Mary Talbot, David Peter Kerr, Sam from Nobrow and the Comica Festival gang, Paul Gravett, Peter Stanbury and Megan Donnolley, alongside an impressive array of talented and enthusiastic Finns. Kiitos Puljon to Otto Sinisalo, Janne and Marie and everyone else at the festival involved with chaperoning us through the lovely city of Helsinki, from main tent to main bar and back again.
You can see pictures of the various events and peebs here.
Special thanks to Lottie and Saskia Pleece for making me so welcome!
A little late to advertise this for the opening I know, but for all of you out there who don’t know by now, my adopted MA show Montague Terrace, is now featured alongside work by Dave McKean, Adam Dant and Daniel Merlin Goodbrey as part of the Hypercomics exhibition at the excellent Pump House gallery in Battersea Park, London, curated by Paul Gravett and Nick Kalpony.
Four comic artists all trying out something different within and outside the medium.
Admission is free and the show runs until the 26th of September.
There’s also an ipad ap coming out soon and a mini site to compliment the show.
I was too busy scrambling to finish my interactive installation of Montague Terrace for the Digital Media Arts 2010 final year degree show to post up any advance publicity and now the show, course and work is all over, but it was a great 2 year experience and a great show from all involved. Anyone who missed out though, can still see my contribution when it travels up to the Pump House gallery in Battersea Park, London, from August 11 to September 26 as part of the Hyper Comics exhibition curated by Paul Gravett.