Panel Borders: Buying and celebrating comics

Panel Borders: Buying and celebrating comics

Concluding our month of shows looking at non practitioners’ love of comics, Alex Fitch talks to auctioneer Lon Allen of Heritage comics and collectables in Texas, the company that last week began the auction of the Billy Wright collection of 300 comics including the first Batman, Superman and Marvel Comics from the 1930s and the sale has raised nearly 3.5 million dollars so far. Also, Alex talks to stand-up comedian Rob Deb, to Lik + Neon gift shop owner Janice Taylor about stocking small press comics on Brick Lane in London and to Paul Harrison, a Doctor of Egyptian Archeology, who is giving a talk on representations of Egyptian culture in superhero comics next Thursday, 1st March, at The Petrie Museum, University College London.

Action and Marvel Comics sold by Heritage Collectables, Ibis the Invincible, Rob Deb and Zines and Comics at Lik + Neon

Action and Marvel Comics sold by Heritage Collectables, Ibis the Invincible, Rob Deb and Zines and Comics at Lik + Neon

Originally broadcast 26/02/12 on Resonance 104.4 FM

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Links: More info about Heritage comics and collectables
Rob Deb’s facebook events page
Lik + Neon website
UCL museums events

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Orbital comics…

To coincide with the release of Mary and Bryan Talbot’s long awaited Dotter of her Father’s Eyes, the Orbital Gallery is hosting an exhibition with original artwork from the book from until March 2, 2012.

8 Great Newport Street
London WC2H 7JA

Gosh! Comics…

The Comix Reader, celebrates the release of its triumphant third issue with a showstopping exhibition and launch party in-store with one of its flagship retailers, Gosh! Comics, in their luxurious Berwick Street premises. Grab an early copy of the new edition, gaze in awe at the original artwork lining the walls and meet the authors behind this beautiful and diverting new paper.

Comix Reader #3 Exhibition and Launch Party, Friday 2nd March, 7pm

Gosh!’re properly chuffed to be hosting the launch of Tom Gauld’s new graphic novel Goliath, a stripped-down, reworking of the David and Goliath myth, published by Drawn & Quarterly.

On Friday the 9th of March, Gauld will be here to sign copies of the book from 6:30pm, then at 7pm we’ll get down to the important business of wetting the baby’s head. Come along and shake his hand! Not only is he one of the finest cartoonists in Britain, he’s a thoroughly lovely chap too. We’ll even have an exclusive Gosh! Bookplate Edition available on the night which we’ll reveal very, very soon.

Goliath signing and Launch Party, Friday 9th March, 6.30pm

Gosh! Comics, 1 Berwick Street, London W1F 0DR

Storytelling for Comics and Graphic Novels course

You will learn about comic and graphic novel storytelling techniques, and how to create your own visual narrative. Everyone will end the course with one completed comic page, and the skills to continue their work for themselves. We will look at comic and graphic novel art styles, the use of text and images, the “grammar” of comic art, use of sound effects, abstraction, and styles. You provide a story from your own experience, or one you wish to adapt into the medium.

West Dean College, Chichester (Suitable for all levels)
2nd – 4th March 2012
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