Panel Borders: Becky Cloonan – Demo Graphics

Panel Borders: Becky Cloonan – Demo Graphics

Continuing our month long look at unusual takes on superheroes, Alex Fitch talks to artist Becky Cloonan about her work, focusing on the series Demo, written by Brian Wood which is a more down to earth look at the problems teenagers with superpowers might face in the real world. Alex and Becky also talk about her horror collaboration project Pixu with Gabriel Ba, Fabio Moon and Vasilis Lolos and her foray into manga with East Coast Rising.

Panels from East Coast Rising vol. 1 and Demo vol. 2 #6

Panels from East Coast Rising vol. 1 and Demo vol. 2 #6

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Links: Wikipedia page on Becky Cloonan
Becky’s website and blog
Articles on Becky at the Vertigo blog
Info about Becky’s next collaboration with Brian: Northlanders: The girl in the ice

Buy East Coast Rising Volume 1, Pixu: The Mark of Evil, American Virgin vol. 1, Demo: vol. 1 and Channel Zero: Jennie One from

Recommended events:

One dot zero festival, London Nov 10-14

Pioneering festival onedotzero_adventures in motion returns this year to London’s BFI Southbank from 10 – 14 November 2010, presenting the most exciting international moving image work, from the offbeat to the radical, aiming to push the boundaries of creativity, innovation and technological wonder.

Highlights include:

Superhero Me + Steve Sale Q and A
UK 2010. Dir Steve Sale. 84min

This entertaining and warm-hearted fly on the wall documentary follows film maker Steve Sale on his journey to becoming the real life superhero known as SOS. With unique cinematography shot on any available format, from a digital handheld to a mobile phone.
Thu 11 Nov | 20:30 | NFT3

Chico & Rita
Spain-UK 2010. 94 min. Courtesy of CinemaNX

Chico is a young piano player with big dreams. Rita is a beautiful singer with an extraordinary voice. Music and romantic desire unites them, but their journey – in the tradition of the Latin ballad, the bolero – brings heartache and torment. This animated ballad from Oscar-winning director Fernando Trueba and designer Javier Mariscal will play alongside a making of short film.
Sat 13 Nov | 15:50 | NFT3

Short film programme includes:

wow + flutter: Innovative and experimental shorts forecasting the future of moving image.
Thurs 11 Nov | 18:30 | NFT1 / Sat 13 Nov | 20:30 | NFT3 / Sun 14 Nov | 18:30 | NFT1

wavelength: Visually progressive, radical and offbeat new directions in music video.
Thu 11 Nov | 20:50 | Studio / Fri 12 Nov | 18:30 | NFT1 / Sun 14 Nov | 20:45 | NFT1

j-star: An audiovisual blast from japan’s finest moving image-makers.
Fri 12 Nov | 20:50 | Studio / Sat 13 Nov | 10:00 | NFT3

robotica: Diverse visions of a future dominated by robots and androids.
Fri 12 Nov | 20:30 | NFT3 / Sat 13 Nov | 18:30 | NFT1 / Sun 14 Nov | 18:40 | Studio

ladymation: Eclectic gems from female directors leading the way in animation.
Thu 11 Nov | 20:45 | NFT1 / Sat 13 Nov | 20:50 | Studio / Sun 14 Nov | 14:10 | NFT3

nightfall: From gaming-edged horror and sci-fi weirdness to trippy psychedelia. A collection of extreme, leftfield and often bewildering films.
Sat 13 Nov | 20:45 | NFT1 / Sun 14 Nov | 20:50 | Studio

More info at

Comica, London week two

Mon 15th Ho Che Anderson in conversation £4 booking advised

Don’t miss your chance to meet Ho Che Anderson at the Comica Festival and hear him discuss King, his graphic biography of Martin Luther King Jr with comic artist Paul Peart-Smith and George Nelson, co-curators of last year’s Black Powers comic art exhibition at Swiss Cottage Library, London.

“A crowning achievement, like the man it portrays.” – Publishers Weekly
“Widely acknowledged as a masterpiece…” – Library Journal

Wed 17th Pat Mills / Clint Langley on John Hicklenton / 100 months book launch party – free but R.S.V.P.

2000AD writer Pat Mills, documentary film director Adam Lavis and artist friend Clint Langley celebrate the late John Hicklenton’s life, career and crowning masterwork, 100 Months, an apocalyptic parable of environmental devastation drawn and written in foreknowledge of his own impending death. The evening includes a discussion, extracts from the Here’s Johnny documentary movie, and the publication of an exclusive limited edition print from The London Print Studio.

All events at London Print Studio, 425 Harrow Road, London W10 4RE

Thought Bubble Festival, Leeds Nov 18-21

Thought Bubble begins on:
Thurs 18th November with a 2 day conference on comic books – Thursday’s theme is Women in comics and features talks by Suzy Varty who published the UK’s first all woman comic book ‘Heroine’ in 1977, Maureen Burdock creator of the ‘F word project’ and the Danish comics group ‘Pennevenider’ including artists Karen Hansen, Monica Hee Eun Jensen and Rikke Hollaender. The theme of the…

Friday 19th conference is the ties between the production and scholarship of comics and includes talks on the work of Will Eisner, Scott McCloud, Chris Ware and Daniel Clowes.

Saturday 20th sees a one day comics convention take over the Royal Armouries and Alea Casino in Leeds and guest include Becky Cloonan, Kick Ass artist John Romita Junior and reknowned Starman and Ex Mechina artist Tony Harris. Finally on…

Sunday 21st, London based small press group We are Words + Pictures join forces with the Manchester Comics Collective to host a day of art and writing workshops and a free drop in and draw session for people of all ages and abilities.

Throughout the 4 days of the festival there are additional talks, workshops, screenings and exhibitions around Leeds and there’s info about all the above on their website