Panel Borders: The art of Karen Rubins

Panel Borders: The art of Karen Rubins

Originally broadcast 10/09/09 as an episode of Strip! on Resonance 104.4 FM

Excerpt from Tales by Ghost Light by Karen Rubins

Excerpt from Tales by Ghost Light by Karen Rubins

Continuing ‘Women in comics’ month, Alex Fitch talks to artist Karen Rubins about being the Comic Book Artist in Residence at the Victoria and Albert museum in London, being visited by members of the public and their collaborating on a strip displayed in her studio. Alex and Karen also discuss the latter’s career so far from drawing goth-styled comics for the small press to creating short manga pieces in “The Mammoth Book of Best New Manga 2” and “Manga Jiman 150”.

If you’d like to visit Karen at the Victoria and Albert museum, her studio is open to visitors this month from 1-4 pm on Fridays 11th & 18th, Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th September.
There will be more Open Studios during the London Design Festival between the 19th and 25th September; her studio is located in the V and A’s Sackler Centre, the nearest entrance being in the tunnel that runs underneath Exhibition road from South Kensington tube.

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Links: Karen’s website, blog and page at the V & A website
Interview with Karen at Comic Bits Online
Buy Karen’s manga from Itch publishing

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Comics news:

Comics competitions

This year’s Observer / Jonathan Cape and Manga Jiman competions are now on:

Manga Jiman
The Embassy of Japan’s annual manga-writing competition, open to anyone 14 years of age or over.
More info

The Observer / Jonathan Cape / Comica Graphic Short Story Prize 2009
Are you an aspiring graphic novelist? Do you have an original story to tell? Win £1,000 and have your story printed in The Observer.
More info

also: Comica/Ctrl.Alt.Shift: Comic Design Competition
Win the chance to create a unique comic in collaboration with musician and writer Lightspeed Champion. More info

Deadline for all three competitions: September 25, 2009

Pat Mills London signings:

2000 AD‘s latest graphic novel releases of the strips Defoe, ABC Warriors and Flesh with artists Clint Langley and Leigh Gallagher at Orbital just off Charing Cross Road on 12th September

Panini’s English translation of his French graphic albums Requiem: Vampire Knight at Forbidden Planet on Shaftesbury Avenue on September 19th