Curated by Alex Fitch, from Panel Borders, the UK’s only radio show about comics, we present a FREE two day comics event celebrating British comic creators from the last 30 years in The Blue Room at BFI Southbank.
We have selected small press tables and a range of publishers selling their wares. Whilst entry is free, we are limited on space, so entry is on a first-come first-served basis.
Saturday 30th April
Doors open at 10am - Small press creators to be around to sell their work and meet visitors
11am – SF comics for kids
Paul Collicutt (Robot City adventures), Phillipa Rice (My Cardboard Life), Alex Milway (The Mythical 9th Division), Eddie Robson (Doctor Who adventures) discuss creating Science-Fiction and Fantasy comics for kids and having interested children in the format, how to keep their love of comics going.
Followed by a children’s workshop run by Paul Collicutt
12.30pm – City of Abacus
A panel discussion with four of the creators of the serialised graphic novel CITY OF ABACUS including writers V.V. Brown and David Allain and artists Lee O’Connor and John Spelling, who drew issues two and three respectively, looking at the intriguing mix of dystopian SF and fantasy that the comic presents.
Followed by City of Abacus signing
2pm – Manga Jiman
Three recent finalists - Zarina Liew (Runner-up 2009/2010), Yuri Kore (Winner 2009/2010), Clio Millett (Winner 2010/2011) – of the Japanese Embassy’s ‘Manga Jiman’ (Pride in Manga) competition join one of the judges, to discuss the homegrown manga scene in the UK and the difference between Manga and Western style comics.
3.30pm – The work of Warren Ellis
Writer Ian Edginton (who collaborated with Ellis on X-Force), Matt Jones (principal, BERG design who commission Ellis’ new comic SVK) and Matthew Sheret (writer, whose love of comics started with Warren’s work) discuss the work of comic book / multimedia writer Warren Ellis who has penned some of the most influencial SF comics of the last twenty years.
Followed by 20 min preview screening of new documentary - “WARREN ELLIS: CAPTURED GHOSTS”