Panel Borders: Emma Vieceli, promoting new British Manga

Panel Borders: Emma Vieceli, promoting new British Manga

Originally broadcast 24/09/09 as an episode of Strip! on Resonance 104.4 FM

Extract from Dragon Heir issue 9 by Emma Vieceli

Extract from Dragon Heir issue 9 by Emma Vieceli

Continuing ‘women in comics’ month on the show, Alex Fitch talks to Emma Vieceli, illustrator of the Manga Shakespeare adaptations of Hamlet and Much ado about nothing who has also contributed to the graphic anthology “Comic Book Tattoo” which adapts the songs of Tori Amos into strip format. Alex and Emma also talk about the crossover between traditional Western comics and Manga as a new generation of small press creators in the UK experiment with both forms, a practice that is encouraged by the ‘Artists Alley’ that Emma helps organise at the twice yearly MCM Expos in the Docklands and the publishing collective ‘Sweatdrop studios’ that she’s a member of.
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Links: Emma’s website and livejournal
More info about Manga Shakespeare
‘Sweatdrop studios’: website and Manga day at the V & A
Vote for Sweatdrop and Leek and Sushi’s Manga Show in the NEO Awards

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Comics news:

London signings…

Bryan Talbot: promoting his new graphic novel – “Grandville”, on Sunday 27th September, 2pm – 4pm at Orbital Comics, off Charing Cross Road.

Joe Sacco: a rare opportunity to get graphic novels such as the award-winning Palestine, Safe Area Goražde, The Fixer, and War’s End signed by the man himself so don’t miss it! Gosh! comics, Great Russel Street, opposite The British Museum on Wednesday the 30th of September from 5 to 7pm

We Are Words + Pictures Market Stall

We Are Words + Pictures are pleased to announce that their first stall date will be Sunday 27th September in Brick Lane’s new Tea Rooms market, just around the corner from the old Truman Brewery. Comics by Julia Scheele, Matthew Sheret and others + original artwork by Tom Humberstone

More info at

The Spider Moon on stage

Experience a whole new landscape of vibrant colour, breathtaking adventure and thrilling animation in a show to live on in the memory…The world premiere of Kate Brown’s adventure created for The DFC and now taking the journey of Bekka to an all new level in a heroic epic of discovery, magic and conflict set as an entire world moves towards doomsday.
The Spider Moon celebrates Playbox Theatre’s 10 years at The Dream Factory in Warwick, West Midlands.
Friday 25th September / Saturday 26th September, Thursday 1st October, Friday 2nd October, Saturday 3rd October
Tickets: £10.50, £7.50 concessions
More info:

Comics competitions

Manga Jiman
The Embassy of Japan’s annual manga-writing competition, open to anyone 14 years of age or over.
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 both competitions: September 25, 2009

plus: 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

Deadline: 19th October 2009

also: This year’s Queer press grant is open until October 1st, 2009

Prism comics awards a significant Queer Press Grant to assist in the publication and promotion of LGBT comics. The grant is funded by donors who are either creators who want to help others just starting out, or fans who want to see more LGBT creators get published.
The submissions are judged for a variety of elements. First and foremost is the quality of the work itself; the level of the illustration and writing, the use of cartooning techniques such as panels, lettering, and page layout, and the thematic depth and ability to develop character and plot, for example, all play significantly in the decision. Also under consideration, however, are financial need, the thoroughness of the business plan, and the presentation of the grant proposal. A well-written proposal with no grammatical or spelling errors, for example, can provide the crucial few points to break an artistic stalemate.
The work can be in black and white or in color, and in comic strip, comic book, or webcomic format.

More info here