Sunday 1st May
Doors open at 10am - Small press creators to be around to sell their work and meet visitors
11am – Small press to mainstream
Al Davison & Tony Lee (IDW Doctor Who comic), Tom Humberstone (Solipsistic Pop) and David Hine (Batman) talk about how working in small press comics has lead to work for mainstream publishers, but also provided a home to publish alternative titles throughout their careers so far.
Chair: Matthew Badham (Tripwire Magazine)
Followed by ‘Drop in and draw’ activities for first time artists wanting encouragement in creating comics, run by Tom Humberstone
12.30am – H.P. Lovecraft and Edgar Allan Poe
Novelists China Miéville (three time Arthur C. Clarke award winner for SF literature) and Denise Mina (The Field Of Blood) alongside artists Mark Stafford and Alice Duke (Self Made Hero) discuss the influence of American writers Poe and Lovecraft on comic books and the difficulties posed by adapting their stories into strip format.
Chair: Alex Fitch (Resonance FM)
2pm Comics and moving pictures
Comics have been both the basis of and influenced the look of much TV and film over the past few years and so creators Martin Fisher (Battle among the stars), Huw J. Davies (Freeman, Garth), Edward Ross (Filmish, Parasites!) and Roger Mason (2000AD, The Mice) will be talking about how their interest in both fields has led to cross-pollination in their work and how they see this influencing both media as a whole.
Chair: Rich Johnston (Bleeding Cool)
3:30pm – Horror and noir
A panel looking at the crossover between two popular genres with guests Denise Mina, David Hine, Dekker Dreyer (Mondo Atomic) and graphic novelist Hannah Berry who will be previewing her new book ADAMTIME.
Chair: Paul Gravett (Comica Festival) 5pm Close