Friday, 25 April 2008

National Library Talk Report

Our talk at the National Library of Scotland last Wednesday went really well and we got great positive feedback. Thanks again to everyone who came along and to all those involved in organising the events. With Lisa Otty chairing the evening, we gave an overview (with slides) of our work since our beginnings back in 1996.

Lisa, who is from the Graduate School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures at the University of Edinburgh, also had quite a few in depth questions. We talked about the creative process in some detail, about visual storytelling and graphic novels and about the use of language in the books in general. We also demonstrated our use of bean cans and tea bags while promoting Strange Weather Lately a few years back (beware, some of the cans have inflated)!

Gafin from Deadhead Comics was in charge of hosting the bookstall. Apologies for the picture quality here, the room was very dark.

Next month we’re giving a two hour workshop on making comics, also at the National Library of Scotland (see previous post for details). We’ll soon post a few photos from the graphic novel exhibition that the library is hosting too so stay tuned…

Monday, 21 April 2008

Press Interest

The List have featured our forthcoming talk in their 600th issue, and kindly included a photo taken by our good friend Jim Taylor.
Also added here is a listing for our kid's workshop):





And The Guardian Guide also featured the event:




Talk at the National Library of Scotland

This week, we're doing a talk at the National Library of Scotland, as part of their series of events on graphic novels in April and May. We'll also be doing a workshop at the end of May. Details and links are below.

Talk/Panel Session: 'In conversation with metaphrog'.
Chaired by Lisa Otty, Graduate School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures, University of Edinburgh.
When: Wednesday April 23 - 7pm.
Where: National Library of Scotland, George IV Bridge, Edinburgh EH1 1EW.
Booking essential for this free event: events@nls.uk or 0131 623 4675.

Workshop: 'Create your own comics' (for ages 8-12, places are limited).
When: Friday May 23 - 2.30 pm.
Where: National Library of Scotland, George IV Bridge, Edinburgh EH1 1EW.
Booking essential for this free event: events@nls.uk or 0131 623 4675.

These events are held in conjuction with the exhibition Local Heroes - The Art of the Graphic Novel which takes place at the National Library of Scotland from April 4th until June 1st 2008. Alan Grant and Cam Kennedy, Frank Quitely, Gary Erskine, David Donaldson, and Dr Mel Gibson will also be doing talks, while curator John Birch will give a guided tour of the exhibition. Go to the link above for more detail.

And here's the flyer we did for the workshop:

Welcome

Welcome to the new metaphrog blog. From now on, we'll be posting news and updates, work in progress, sketches, and more, to this blog. Thank you for your interest.