Panel Borders: Manchester Strips

Panel Borders: Manchester Strips

Continuing our month of shows about comic communities around the UK, Alex Fitch travels to Manchester to talk to four local creators. Adam Cadwell (Blood Blokes), John Allison (Bad Machinery), Joe List (Freak Leap) and Chris Doherty (Video Nasties) talk about self publishing, the influence of other media on their work, using the internet to promote their comics, plus the experience of living and working in the North West of England.
Originally broadcast 10/06/12 on Resonance 104.4 FM

Images and comics by Joe List, Chris Doherty, Adam Cadwell and John Allison

Images and comics by Joe List, Chris Doherty, Adam Cadwell and John Allison

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Links: Manchester Comix Collective website
John Allison / Adam Cadwell / Adam Cadwell / Joe List websites

Listen to Alex’s previous interview with Joe List

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Orbital Comics events

Astonish X-Men 51 launch

Orbital Comics, in conjunction with Circa Soho, is pleased to invite you to celebrate the wedding of Northstar & his boyfriend Kyle in Astonishing X-Men #51 at a special reception on Tuesday, June 19.

The night kicks off at 7.15pm with cheap drinks, Northstar & Kyle-themed cocktails, dancing, celebrations, and copies of the comic available a day early (including the rare ‘Marvel weddings’ variant).

So come on down and bring your friends for what is sure to be an historic night of fun and frolics! And why not show your support by joining our public Facebook event page? You don’t want to miss this!

Circa Soho, 62 Frith Street, London W1D 3JN,
Tuesday, June 19 from 7.15pm

Karrie Fransman exhibition

This solo exhibition by comic creator Karrie Fransman‘s (The Guardian, The Times, Random House) plays with the boundaries of the comic medium by fitting comics in weird and wonderful places- dolls houses, jewellery boxes and quilts. With the advance of digital technologies, comics are escaping their paper covers and spilling out into the world, becoming visual and interactive.

To mark the opening of the exhibition, Karrie will be joined by Comics Journalist Paul Gravett and experimental comics pioneer Daniel Merlin Goodbery for a panel discussion on Thursday June 21st, at 7:30pm.

Exhibition runs from 22nd June – 19 July

Orbital Comics, 8 Great Newport Street, London WC2H 7JA

Sina Sparrow exhibition at Blush Bar

Small press creator Sina Sparrow (aka Sina Evil) is exhibiting a selection of his recent comics work entitled ‘Girls and boys’, featuring deconstruction of homoerotic superhero art and homages to Donna Summer.
Exhibtion runs from 8th June – 8th August 2012

Blush Bar, 8 Cazenove Road, Stoke Newington, London, N16 6BD

North Finchley Comics Reading group

…meets every month to discuss a graphic novel from the library collection.

Hosted by Karen Rubins (Urban Beasts, Blood Magic).

This month: discussing Jimmy Corrigan by Chris Ware.

Friday 22nd June 2012
6:45 – 7:45pm

North Finchley Library, Ravensdale Avenue, London, N12 9HP
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Gosh! comics signing – LXG: Century 2009

Alan Moore and Kev O’Neill will be signing copies of their latest League of Extraordinary Gentlemen comic – Century: 2009 – in a four hour session at Gosh!, but come early to avoid long queues…
Also available, an exclusive UK hardback edition of LXG: The Black Dossier containing the long awaited 7″ vinyl single by Eddie Enrico and His Hawaiian Hot-Shots (a.k.a. Alan Moore and Tim Perkins).

Saturday June 23rd, 2pm – 6pm

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

Laydeez do comics, June 2012

Oxford based cartoonist Kate Brown (The DFC, The Phoenix, Fish + Chocolate) will be talking about her work at this month’s LDC before the monthly meeting for female comic creators and their fans breaks for the summer holidays, alongside SelfMadeHero directors Doug Wallace and Emma Hayley who will be talking about their independent UK graphic novel publishing company.

6.30 – 9.30pm, Monday 18 June 2012
The Rag Factory 16-18 Heneage Street, London E1 5LJ
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Support Badger the movie

A London based documentary and animation team is bringing Howard Hardiman’s beloved comic Badger to life in a new animated film that will also contain footage of the process of making Howard’s comic and its relevance to mental health issues.
You can support fundraising for this project at with various incentives depending on the level of contribution.