Updated events list here
The final schedule is being worked out at the moment but we've got all kinds of fantasic events being lined up. These will include fascinating talks from the likes of Bryan Talbot and Mel Gibson, some illuminating group panel discussions on topics like autobiographical comics, some skill-enhancing workshops from Nigel Dobbyn, and opportunities all day for kids to get drawing - with help from Daniel Clifford and Ingi Jensson.
LATEST ANNOUNCED EVENTS (many more to come!):
Bewick Hall Room 1 (entrance beside library cafe)
Bunty and her pals. An interactive history of comics for girls in Britain.
Do you remember Bunty, or School Friend, Girl, or Jackie? Or are you curious about the idea that girls were reading comics before manga hit Britain? Dr Mel Gibson explores the history of comics for girls in the UK. Come along, hear a talk and get to read girls' annuals and comics from the 1950s to 1980s.
Judge Minty. A screening of the Judge Dredd fan film.
Judge William Minty has spent his entire adult life policing the violent streets of Mega-City One and now he’s slowing down. When a lapse of judgement almost ends his life, he knows that it’s time to quit. He can choose to teach in the Academy, or he can leave the city and walk alone out into the anarchy of the Cursed Earth, taking law to the lawless. (18+) More info.
JUDGE MINTY IS A NOT FOR PROFIT FAN FILM, SHOWN WITH THE KIND PERMISSION OF 2000 AD AND REBELLION
JUDGE DREDD® IS A REGISTERED TRADEMARK, © REBELLION A/S®, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.
JUDGE DREDD IS THE CREATION OF JOHN WAGNER AND CARLOS EZQUERRA.
Pictures of Me - comics and autobiography
How and why do creators tell their own stories using sequential art? Martin Cuttlefish chairs a panel with Nigel Auchterlounie, Ingi Jensson, Gordon Robertson, Mary Talbot and Lydia Wysocki, investigating the appeal of autobiographical comics to creators and to their readers, the variety of approaches that can be taken making them and the challenges involved in representing yourself on the page.
The Comics News Quiz
It's a quiz! About comics news! Not entirely dissimilar to a well-loved radio programme! Stacey Whittle asks the questions, Nigel Auchterlounie, Al Ewing, Andy Waugh and Terry Wiley might provide some answers.
Upstairs (Room 4 on Level 3, opposite library graphic novel collection)
Digital comics inking in Adobe Illustrator
A one hour practical demonstration (with questions and answers throughout) of digital inking techniques, using the vector-based programme Adobe illustrator. Nigel Dobbyn will be showing how he works from a pencil sketch through to inked linework ready for digital colouring in Adobe Photoshop (which will be covered in a subsequent session). All ages welcome.
Digital comics colouring in Adobe Photoshop
A one hour practical demonstration (with questions and answers throughout) of digital colouring techniques, using Adobe Photoshop. Nigel Dobbyn will be colouring up the linework produced in the previous digital inking demonstration, showing how to use a range of techniques such as use of layers, different selection tools, textures etc. All ages welcome.
Fun for younger artists. Drop in all day - just outside the Bewick Hall
Come along to the drawing table to have a go at some of the great Art Heroes worksheets. Design your own comic book character, dream-up an exciting story, finish the Halcyon & Tenderfoot comic strip with your own strange ending, and draw your own comic strips. With great tips on making your own comics from Daniel, the Art Heroes comic book writer.
And there'll be workshop sessions!
A fun drop-in workshop for kids of all ages
Dr.Ewill is in need of a laboratory assistant and being the crazy scientist he is, he decides to make his own - but he needs help to decide on what kind of monsters to make.
Kick-start your monstrous creativity with Ingi of Teestoons at the Canny Comic Con.