Panel Borders: The work of Gail Simone
In a Q and A recorded at last Autumn’s MCM Expo, Alex Fitch talks to comic book writer Gail Simone about her career so far, from breaking into the industry via her influential blog ‘Women in Refrigerators’ and early strips for Bongo Comics to her recent runs on Birds of Prey and Secret Six. Gail discusses the changes to Batgirl in the DC New 52 range of comics, her acclaimed superhero retirement story Welcome to Tranquillity and her co-authorship of Firestorm with writer Ethan van Sciver.
Visit www.archive.org, for more info and formats you can stream / download.
Links: Gail Simone’s tumblr site / twitter page
MCM Expo website
Listen to Alex’s interview with Gail’s regular collaborator Nicola Scott and the 2011 Thought Bubble panel on writing comics featuring Gail, Andy Diggle, Robin Furth and Al Ewing
Comica Festival 2012 week three
Comics: Refreshing Parts Other Literature Can’t Reach!
Hannah Berry curates a special comics night with Glyn Dillon, Simone Lia, Sarah McIntyre, Dave McKean and more.
Where: Free Word Centre, 60 Farringdon Road, EC1R 3GA
When: November 19, 2012 7pm
Krent Able’s Book of Mischief Party & Club Night
Revel in Krent Able’s viscerally satirical celebrity skewerings now in book form.
Where: Gosh! Comics, 1 Berwick Street, London WIF 0DR
When: November 20, 2012 6.30-8.30pm & later!
Doug Sneyd: Playboy Artist
A night of drinks & discussion with the legendary Playboy Magazine artist talking with Jason Atomic.
Where: Orbital Comics, 8 Great Newport Street, London WC2
When: November 23, 2012 from 7.30pm
Make Mine Manga!: Free Japanese Comics & Cosplay Party
Party with Christina Plaka & Emma Vieceli who share their passions for creating manga & Japan’s pop culture.
Where: Goethe-Institut, 50 Princes Gate, London SW7 2PH
When: November 24, 2012 6.30-9.00pm
Joann Sfar’s Inspiration
The French director & author of The Rabbi’s Cat, Klezmer & others talks about his inspirations.
Where: Institut Français, 17 Queensberry Place, London SW7 2EL
When: November 24, 2012 1.30-2.30pm
More info about all events at www.comicafestival.com
Additional Gosh! Comics events
Celebrate independent comics
…with Luke Pearson, John McNaught and Kyle Platts, signing their work on 23rd November from 7pm
Batman / Judge Dredd signing
…with Glenn Fabry and Simon Bisley 2pm-4pm, November 24th
Gosh! Comics, 1 Berwick Street, London W1F 0DR
South Kensington Kids Festival
…runs from 21st to 25th November and features screenings of French animated films The Gruffalo’s Child, and Ernest and Celestine, plus talks and drawing jams by Quentin Blake, Emile Bravo, Joann Sfar, Axel Scheffler and many more.
Institut Français, 17 Queensberry Place, London SW7 2EL
Idle Hands Comix indiegogo campaign
Short film maker and illustrator Paul Cheshire is launching a new annual British comics anthology for 2013 and needs your help to fund it. Examples of his SF / LSD inspired work can be found at http://www.idlehandscomix.com and ‘perks’ for funding the 100-150 page anthology can be found at http://www.indiegogo.com/Idlehandscomixcampaign