Panel Borders: Storing Comics / Awarding Illustration

Panel Borders: Storing Comics / Awarding Illustration

In the fourth of a series of shows looking at the presence of comics in the Victoria and Albert Museum, Alex Fitch talks to three of the people involved in promoting the collection. Martin Flynn, Head of Access at the V & A talks about the museum’s annual illustration awards, how comic book creators are beginning to submit their work and the process of doing so. Ian Rakoff, founder of the Rakoff comic book collections and Marc Ward serials librarian at the National Art Library in the Victoria and Albert Museum discuss the storing of comics at the NAL in the museum’s climate controlled basement and elsewhere, how these titles are categorised and how members of the public and access them.
Originally broadcast Monday 23rd September 2013, on Resonance 104.4 FM (London)

The National Art Library in the Victoria and Albert Museum / attendees at the Illustration Awards / display case from On Eagles Wings exhibition

The National Art Library in the Victoria and Albert Museum / attendees at the Illustration Awards / display case from ‘On Eagles Wings’ exhibition

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Links: Info about the comic book collections in the National Art Library / Victoria and Albert Museum
Info about the Illustration Awards
Search the National Art Library catalogue
Ian Rakoff’s blog
Alex’s previous interview with Ian

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The Lakes International Comic Art Festival

The Lakes International Comic Art Festival is modelled on the European comic festivals rather than comic conventions that UK audiences are more familiar with.

The aim is create an ‘en fete’ atmosphere, making the whole town part of the festival. There will be a much bigger emphasis on the range of talks, special live drawing events, workshops, films, exhibitions and a kids’ zone. Some of the events, including the exhibitions and the kids’ zone will also be free.

There will be The Comics Clock Tower – in Kendal Town Hall, where people will be able to buy comics and where authors and artists will be signing copies of their work. It will be smaller than at most comic conventions and will focus on writers, artists and publishers who are pioneers of a new wave of innovators in the field of comics and graphic storytelling.

We will be kicking off on Friday evening, 18th October and running until teatime on Sunday 20th. The programme will feature around 30 events of different styles and scales including meet the creators (presentations, live drawings and interviews), panel discussions and a few quirky events too. Alongside this there will be a film programme, exhibitions, workshops, our version of a marketplace/artists’ alley and a dedicated kids’ zone……and more

Guests include: Charlie Adlard, Steve Bell, Hannah Berry, Gareth Brookes, Ed Brubaker, Kurt Busiek, Stephen Collins, Darryl Cunningham, Rob Davis, Al Davison, Andy Diggle, Glyn Dillon, Pete Doherty, Hannah Eaton, Hunt Emerson, Carlos Ezquerra, Duncan Fegredo, Karrie Fransman, Simon Fraser, Katie Green, Isabel Greenberg, Steven Harris, David Hine, Ilya, David Lloyd, Robbie Morrison, Jose Muñoz, Luke Pearson, Ivan Petrus, Sean Phillips, Gary and Warren Pleece, Trina Robbins, Joe Sacco, Gilbert Shelton, Posy Simmonds, Nicola Streeten, Bryan and Mary Talbot, John Wagner and Oscar Zarate…

18th-20th October, Brewery Arts Centre and environs?, 122A Highgate, Kendal, Cumbria LA9 4HE

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Sophie’s World – unseen photographs by Steven Cook

To commemorate the 50th anniversary of Doctor Who, Orbital Comics is proud to present this special exhibition featuring rare and unseen of photographs of Sylvester McCoy’s companion Sophie Aldred (Ace). Originally taken by photographer Steve Cook in the late 1980s, a lot of the negatives were just recently recovered (not unlike the rumours of lost episodes being found).

The photos show Sophie’s versatility in a number of scenarios and guises, including that of The Doctor’s beloved companion Ace. The exhibition starts with a private viewing on September 5 and will run through until the end of the month. Sophie and Steve will be in-store signing prints of the photographs on Saturday, September 7 between 12 and 3pm.

September 5th – 30th

Orbital Comics, 8 Great Newport Street, WC2H 7JA

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