SPRING AT LAST
We’ve had a bitter winter and so it’s nice to see some spring colour. Here’s a couple of shots I took in Regents Park this week. Colours are magnificent and I’m really chuffed with these photos…
OFF THE SHELF?
London Book Fair, which I go to every year, was eerily quiet when I went there today. Many of the overseas visitors were unable to get over here because of the bizarre ash cloud causing havoc from Iceland. I had a couple of book-related meetings that seemed to go pretty well, one that will see another book about comic artists in their studio, although it’ll be more of a how-to book than Studio Space. More about that once I’ve signed my contract.
THRILL POWER IN HERTFORDSHIRE
Because I promised one of the organisers of the Unicom event up in Hertfordshire, here’s some info on what they’re doing:
Saturday 24th April, 6pm
ARCHITECTS OF THRILL-POWER! – THE LEGENDS OF 2000AD
Since its launch in 1977, 2000AD – “The Galaxy’s Greatest Comic” – has been at the forefront of British Comics and remains a shining light in an increasingly barren landscape. Arriving perfectly in time with the popular re-emergence of Science Fiction and bearing a punky, anti-authoritative tone, 2000AD thoroughly invigorated Boys comics, introducing a collection of classic characters. For a vast array of 2000AD’s artists and writers, the comic was vital springboard to international recognition and success. UniComics is proud to present a panel discussion with three of 2000AD’s most iconic and renowned creative stars from its formative years – founder, debut editor and writer PAT MILLS (Slaine, Charley’s War), artist DAVE GIBBONS (Rogue Trooper, Watchmen), and artist KEVIN O’NEILL (Nemesis The Warlock, The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen) – who discuss the early development of the title as well as their own specific and greatly-admired contributions. Hosted by Danny Graydon. Tickets are priced £10
Sunday 25th April, 6pm
WEEKLY BRITISH SPIRIT – SIXTY YEARS OF THE EAGLE & DAN DARE
On April 14th, 1950, a new Boys comic called The Eagle vigorously introduced some wonder in to the drudgery of post-war Britain, and, with its star strip Dan Dare: Pilot of The Future, showcased a profoundly alluring fantasy of a strong and vital Britain in then far-flung 1997 that boldly led the way in the exploration of outer space. One of the most successful comics in British history, at its height, The Eagle remarkably sold just under a million copies a week. In celebration of the 60th anniversary of both this landmark, much-beloved title and its highly-memorable flagship character, UniComics presents a panel discussion to explore what is considered to be one of the high watermarks of British Comics history. The panel includes PAT MILLS (Founder of 2000AD), NICK JONES (Founding editor of Titan Book’s Dan Dare library), DR.WILL BROOKER (Kingston University) and GARY ERSKINE (Artist, Virgin Comcs’ Dan Dare). Hosted by Danny Graydon. Tickets are priced £10
Saturday 24th April, 8pm.
SCREENING: WATCHMEN – THE DIRECTOR’S CUT
In an alternate 1985 where superheroes exist – and are outlawed – the world stands on the very brink of nuclear conflict. When a former colleague is murdered, an active vigilante named Rorschach begins a sprawling investigation which soon uncovers a threat that could completely change the course of history. Long deemed “unfilmable” – notably by WATCHMEN writer Alan Moore himself – 300 Director Zack Snyder’s adaptation of Moore’s and Dave Gibbon’s revolutionary and award-winning graphic novel won considerable acclaim for its thoroughly impressive loyalty to the source material. The director’s cut of the film adds a further twenty-three minutes to the story, bringing it ever closer to the graphic novel. For this special UniComics screening, the film will be introduced by WATCHMEN artist DAVE GIBBONS. (US, 2009, 186 Minutes)
BOOKING & INFORMATION:
Telephone: 01707 281127
Box Office Opening Hours: Monday to Friday, 9.00 am – 4.00 pm
Sounds like an interesting run of talks and events…
THE WONDER OF IT ALL
So I’ve been back from San Francisco for about four days now and I’m still a little bit lagged. So while I work out what I’m going to write in terms of a proper post, here’s a few comic people photos I took at Wonder Con in the following order: Joe Kubert, Heidi Macdonald, Ted Naifeh (x2), Tom Spurgeon, David Mack, Amanda Conner, Jimmy Palmiotti (x2), Mark Schultz, Ted McKeever, Darwyn Cooke, David Mandel, Dave Johnson, Jeremy Atkins and Randy Stradley, Scott Dunbier and Matt Wagner. Phew…