So Thought Bubble 2013 has come and gone, a massive celebration of British – and foreign – comics talent, lead by the mighty Lisa Wood and featuring creators from all round the world, fans from all walks of life, and comics of every size, shape, style and form you could ever imagine. Here’s a rundown of all the things I got to see – which maybe equates to almost half of everything that was going on this year.
Now playing at the Tower of London, comic creators Kate Brown and Paul Duffield have created a two-minute video about the princes in the tower story – which is being screened every day in the Bloody Tower itself, where the pair allegedly spent their last night.
Kate Brown’s on The Beat! A writer, colourist, artist, self-publisher, Young Avenger, anthologist, board game inventer and designer, Kate was kind enough to talk to us about all sorts of things.
Well I suppose it was only a matter of time before they took over a castle of their own. We should’ve seen this coming. Today the Tower of London revealed that art from the trio of Paul Duffield, Kate Brown and Emma Vieceli had been erected around the base of scaffolding currently in place on the tower. Featuring key moments from the history of the tower (what’re you doing with those little princes, eh?!), the panels will be up for the next few months, while work goes on with the building. It’s the coolest.
I first came across Kate Brown’s work via the now defunct DFC Library, for whom she produced a gorgeous comic called The Spider Moon, a fantasy adventure with distinct Studio Ghibli undertones. I still harbour the comic fan’s popular dream of seeing that story finished one day, but Brown has since moved on. In 2011, she produced her first graphic novel, Fish and Chocolate, a collection of allegorical stories exploring the themes of grief, motherhood and family, which was decidedly more adult in material and audience and marked her evolution as both a writer and artist. Evocative and literate, disturbing and beautiful, Fish and Chocolate signaled Brown as a rapidly rising talent.
More recently, she wrapped up the The Lost Boy, a stranded desert island tale, for brilliant weekly children’s comic, The Phoenix, and is currently still contributing to that publication. Brown’s art is what makes her work instantly recognisable: combining features of manga with a clear, fine line, along with her distinctive colouring choices- it’s striking in a unique way. While I really enjoy Brown’s child- friendly work, I hope she gets the opportunity to build upon the path she began to lay down in Fish and Chocolate: exploring more complex and interesting subject matter in an adept and progressive manner.