17-19/10/14 – Lakes International Comic Arts Festival, KENDAL. I’ll be interviewing talented chap Nick Hayes on his new book Woody Guthrie and the Dust Bowl Ballads on the 18th, then on the 19th interviewing the ever-effervescent Joff Winterhart as he documents A Day in the Life of LICAF.
25/10/14 – Comics workshop for Big Draw / Graphic Details, LONDON, looking at the dramatic potential of comics. Sounds good, eh? As an added bonus, it’s also FREE. Get involved!
**NEW ‘N’ DANGEROUS** – November ’14 - Drawn-Out Arguments, LONDON: a workshop on arguing a point, with comics. Built around the event You Can’t Say That! – Free Speech in an Age of Offence, Dan Locke and I in association with the Free Word Centre present 6 hours of workshops split over two sessions. It’ll put the ‘edgy’ in ‘edgycational’. For more info and to apply, follow this link.
26/11/14 – Fast Forward, LONDON: I’ll be giving a talk at Gosh Comics for City Lit (link coming soon)
29-30/11/14 – Salon des ouvrages sur la BD (SoBD), PARIS
21-22/02/15 – Sunderland Comic Con, SUNDERLAND
PAST EVENTS (2013 onwards)
You’ve missed these, but I keep them here to remember the good times / prove to the publishers that I’ve been busy.
18/09/14 – Quick Strips, Brighton Digital Festival, BRIGHTON. A barrage of five-minute presentations on comics from some of Brighton’s brightest comic folk.
23/08/14 – Edinburgh International Book Festival, EDINBURGH. I’ll be taking part in one of two panel discussions this evening for the launch of the collaborative graphic novel IDP:2043, alongside Denise Mina, Pat Mills, Adam Murphy and Will Morris.
16/08/14 – Comiket, British Library, LONDON. Once again you’ll find me over with Myriad Editions where, for some reason, I’m marked as being a ‘special guest’. (I’d have said ‘cuckoo’, but they’re a polite bunch.)
15/08/14 – Loncon 3 – the 72nd World Science Fiction Convention, LONDON. Two panels – British Comics: Influences and Influencers (11.00am) & Best 21st Century Comics: Predicting the New Classics (1.30pm)
19/07/14 – Hoax: Psychosis Blues signing at Gosh Comics, LONDON.
17/07/14 – Comics Unmasked: Masterclass, British Library, LONDON: as part of the fantastic comics exhibition this year, I’ll be giving workshops to year 10-13 students. I’m pretty sure this is only open to schools/colleges, but worth double checking if you’re interested.
5-6/07/14 – Glasgow Comic Con, GLASGOW. ‘In Conversation With Denise Mina and Kate Charlesworth’ on Sunday afternoon, but other than that I’ll be manning a table; selling books and chit-chatting.
14/06/14 – ELCAF, LONDON (I’m not officially here, but I will be helping out at -and probably hawking from- the Myriad Editions table.)
7/06/14 – Hoax: Psychosis Blues Launch, MANCHESTER – there’ll be a signing at Travelling Man at 3pm with project wrangler extraordinaire Ravi Thornton and artists Julian Hanshaw, Rozi Hathaway and Ian Jones. Following the last night of the play Hoax: My Lonely Heart, there will be a wrap party/book launch at the Sandanista Cantina Bar where there will be more signing and some drunkenness.
24/05/14 – Graphic Brighton, University of Brighton, BRIGHTON. Basically a one day comics festival for £8/£5! I’ll be giving a workshop on character design and appearing on a panel entitled “What makes a good graphic novel?”. (Bold words, hence the question mark.)
17/05/14 – Shoulder to Shoulder: Sally Heathcote Suffragette, Cartoon Museum, LONDON. I’ll be interviewing the ever-delightful Mary Talbot, Bryan Talbot and Kate Charlesworth about their fantastic new book. I’m very excited about this.
8-11/05/14 – The REFRAME exhibition will be at the Thessaloniki Book Fair, THESSALONIKI. (We’ll be there in spirit.)
12/04/14 – Graphic Storytelling and New Ways of Reading, First Fictions Festival, West Dean College, SUSSEX. Panel discussion with Gareth Brookes, Andy Oliver and Suzi Feay, chaired by Woodrow Phoenix
19/03-12/05/14 – The REFRAME exhibition will be at Philanthropy House, BRUSSELS, courtesy of the European Cultural Foundation. Will we be there for the opening? Yes we will!
17-28/02/14 – The REFRAME exhibition will be at Çekül Evi, ISTANBUL. We’ll be there for the launch of this one, too!
7/02/14 [until some time in the summer?] – The REFRAME exhibition will be at Riadh El Feth, ALGIERS. We’ll be there for the launch!
24/10 – 22/11/13 – REFRAME at the Free Word Centre, LONDON. Exhibition of comics commissioned on the theme of contemporary attitudes to Europe, featuring artists from the UK (myself, ILYA and Dan Locke), Algeria (Sofiane Belaskri, Mahmoud Benameur and Soumeya Ouarezki) and Turkey (Naz Tansel, Murat Mıhçıoğlu and Cem Özüduru). Spoiler: I’m a massive Europhile.
23/10/13 – Reframe Launch at the Free Word Centre, LONDON. There’ll be a panel discussion, which I’ll unfortunately have to miss most of as I dash over to be –
Very proud to be involved with the very first Lakes International Comic Art Festival, KENDAL:
- 19/10/13, 10.30am Writing Without Words, a workshop on doing just that. SOLD OUT
- 19/10/13, 10.00pm Rocking With Horror, a horror-based panel discussion with David Hine, Ravi Thornton and Ian Culbard, chaired by Alex Fitch.
- 20/10/13, 12.30pm Watch Them Draw, a live drawing session with Isabel Greenberg.
- I’ll also be helping judge the Young Persons Comic Art Competition and taking part in a rather good exhibition at The Castle Dairy from 16/09 – 10/11/13
17-22/09/13 Entreviñetas Festival, COLOMBIA.
10/09/13 The Special Relationship, LONDON – along with SJ Harris, Tom Humberstone, William Goldsmith AND Toby Litt. Will feature the premature debut appearance of my graphic-novel-in-progress, LIVESTOCK. Exciting, no? I’m excited.
05/09/13 Quick Strips, Brighton Digital Festival, BRIGHTON – I and a sterling line-up of graphic novelists (including Gareth Brookes, Darryl Cunningham, Joe Decie, Hannah Eaton, Ottilie Hainsworth, Julia Homersham, Jaime Huxtable, Chie Kutsuwada, Ben Naylor and Nye Wright) will be giving speed-of-light six minute presentations on our comickery.
I’ll be at Edinburgh International Book Festival’s Stripped, being one hotly anticipated celebration of comics spread out over 40 events:
- 24/08/13, 8.30pm – Modern Gothic Graphic Novels, a panel discussion with Gareth Brookes, chaired by David Bishop. Gareth will be launching his new book THE BLACK PROJECT, winner of the First Fictions prize, at this event. I’ve seen snippets: it’s brilliant, dark, and all kinds of wrong. I can’t wait.
- 25/08/13, 5.30pm – Amnesty International Imprisoned Writers Series, doing a reading alongside Jon McNaught and Garen Ewing.
- 25/08/13, 8.00pm - Sandman with Neil Gaiman. I’ll be interviewing the man himself on the new Sandman prequel and all things comics. Torn between acting like this is no big thing and buying a loud-hailer to shout it in the streets. Oh, who am I kidding? I’ll be right back.
13-14/06/13 – Glasgow Comic Con, GLASGOW: selling, signing, drawing, talking on panels. You know the drill.
5-07/05/13 – Graphic Medicine Conference, BRIGHTON: running a workshop on character development (as in developing characters, not personal development)
22/06/13 – ELCAF, LONDON: I’ll be perched on the Myriad table, selling books and trinkets. Come say hello.
30/03/13 – Dundee Comics Expo, DUNDEE
02/11/12 [until whenever the new shop opens?] – My work is currently on one of the illustrated hoardings outside Foyles Bookshop, Charing Cross Road, LONDON.