Panel Borders: Oscar Zarate, exploring The Park
Continuing a month of shows about comics and graphic novels which present ‘slices of life’ on the page, Alex Fitch talks to cartoonist Oscar Zarate about his latest graphic novel The Park, an exploration of various characters whose lives intersect on Hampstead Heath, published by SelfMadeHero.
The Park is the first graphic novel illustrated by Zarate that the artist has also written rather than working from someone else’s script, and he discusses the genesis of the project, his previous graphic albums published in France and his rereleased short story anthology It’s Dark in London. (Recorded in front of an audience at The Lakes International Comic Art Festival, Autumn 2013 / originally broadcast 17/03/14 on Resonance 104.4 FM)
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Links: Info about Oscar Zarate’s work with SelfMadeHero at www.selfmadehero.com
Info about Zarate at lambiek.net
The Lakes International Comic Art Festival website
Mystery Science Theatre 3000 at SCI-FI-LONDON
The MST3K all nighter is a regular attraction of SCI-FI-LONDON (The London International Science Fiction and Fantastic Film Festival), and this year the festival would like to bring along two of the actors from the series to ‘riff’ in person at the film screenings. Dr. Forrester and Frank’s appearance will hopefully be funded by an indiegog campaign where you can also purchase a signed Cinematic Titanic DVD by the duo.
More info here / festival website
British Comics Month at Gosh!
Special events celebrating British Comics are taking place throughout March at Gosh! Comics in Soho, London. These include:
BLANK SLATE TALK at Process, the monthly event where working and aspiring comics artists and writers get together and talk about their work process. As part of British Comics Month, March is Blank Slate themed affair, with Darryl Cunningham, Joe Decie and Lizz Lunney all talking about their own comics-making methods, chaired by Woodrow Phoenix. Friday, March 21st, and run from 7.30pm to 9pm. From the 17th through to the 23rd of March, customers will be able to get 25% off of all Blank Slate books!
HELLBOY DAY: Dark Horse is celebrating the 20th Anniversary of Mike Mignola’s creation and at Gosh!, they have all British Hellboy creators under one roof! Laurence Campbell, Duncan Fegredo, and Mick McMahon will be in to sign plus an exclusive print to come soon! Hellboy Day takes place on Saturday, March the 22nd, and the signing runs from 2pm to 3pm.
2000AD SIGNING: Dan Abnett, Tom Eglington, Simon Coleby, Simon Davis and Smudge will be here in sign PROG 1874 issue – billed as a jumping-on point for new readers! Wednesday, March 26th, and runs from 6pm to 7pm. From the 24th through to the 30th of March, customers will be able to get 25% off all Rebellion titles!
KATE EVANS’ BUMP LAUNCH PARTY: a book all about the ins-and-outs and gooey details of conception, pregnancy, and birthing. The launch party takes place on Friday, March 28th, and runs from 7pm to 9pm. There will be drinks!
ALAN MOORE and KEVIN O’NEILL SIGNING copies of Nemo: Roses Of Berlin, out from Knockabout. Due to the sheer volume of demand at this events, Alan and Kevin will only be able to sign four items per person, and only books in the League of Extraordinary Gentlemen series – that way, everyone has a chance to have a chat as well as getting their LOEG books signed! Look out for a special release on the day, too. The signing takes place on Saturday, March the 29th, and will be running from 2pm to 6pm. It is advised to get there early, as the queue tends grow to huge proportions and often has to be capped!
More info at www.goshlondon.com / Gosh! Comics, 1 Berwick Street, London W1F 0DR