On the Scene: MoCCA Fest 2013, SelfMadeHero’s Englishmen in New York

It’s a truism that comics culture and the comics industry varies radically from country to country, but MoCCA Fest’s efforts to bring in an international perspective is laudable, to get past the stereotypes of difference and hear the story first-hand. Needless to say, it’s valuable to avoid a myopic perspective of the American comics industry and acknowledge that our panorama is limited and limiting when facing  the tide of increasingly globalization in pop culture. On Sunday, April 7th, SelfMadeHero brought in some of its best and brightest British comics creators in a panel “Table Talk” hosted by Jimmy Aquino of Comic News Insider to discuss with a conversational style their current works, their comics heroes, and how they view the relationship between the British and American comics scene. Glyn Dillon (THE NAO OF BROWN), Rob Davis (THE COMPLETE DON QUIXOTE), JAKe, and Robert Sellers (HELLRAISERS) fielded Aquino’s questions and compared notes on their comics past and comics present.

IMG_5344 Aquino asked this small invasion of panellists what exactly they feel the differences are between the world of comics in the UK versus the USA. JAKe immediately leapt to the trends in production, pointing that it’s much more common in the UK to “do it all” without “splitting labor” in comics creating, including both writing and artwork. Davis reflected on the market he’s observed over the years, growing up with comics in the UK that were primarily “aimed at kids” until the sea-change of the ‘80’s. JAKe agreed, citing the “boom” of the late ‘80’s as a transition. After WATCHMEN set fire to the comics scene, “American publishers took all the British talent”, JAKe said. Then there was Vertigo, too, embracing British influence. Davis felt that the field has been levelled in more recent years as the “Internet has become an international language”.

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The best of Hourly Comics Day

Yesterday was hourly comics day, John Campbell’s deviation of the 24 hour comic concept originally founded by Scott McCloud, which is a Ronseal sort of deal with participants producing a comic every hour. Most people tend to plump for  a narration of what’s taken place in their lives over the hour just passed, which I think is pretty brave: if I did that, it would just consist of me eating, reading and writing. I guess that’s what differentiates artists though- their ability to eke something interesting from the most banal of material. Here’s a round-up of my favourites for this year- click through to the links to see the full set of comics.

Let me know of any other great ones I’ve missed out on!

Edward Ross:

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Sandra D Rivas:

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Brain Fukushima:

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Dan Berry’s great watercolours:

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Emily Carroll:

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Rob Davis:

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Anthony!:

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Joe Decie:

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Geneva Hodgson:

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INTERVIEW: Woodrow Phoenix, live from Thought Bubble!

Woodrow Phoenix is one of the two editors who compiled Nelson, a 250-page anthology featuring work from over 50 different writers and artists. The idea of Rob Davis, the Blank Slate-published anthology tells a single tale, as told by a variety of different artists and writers. Amongst the incredible range of creators involved are people such as Roger Langridge, Paul Grist, Kate Brown, Posy Simmonds and Philip Bond.

I caught Woodrow by surprise and cornered him on the morning after he found out Nelson had won Best Book at the British Comic Awards, to ask him a few questions about the book and how it came together.

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The British Comic Awards 2012: The Results

The inaugural British Comic Awards ceremony was held tonight, with founder Adam Cadwell presiding. More details to come tomorrow, but here’s a list of the winners. Congratulations to all, and to all… congratulations!

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