Friday, 30 May 2008

National Library Workshop Report

Our illustrated workshop at the National Library of Scotland last week was great fun! (Create your own Comics, May 23). It was fully booked (it even had a waiting list!), and the kids loved it, which is so rewarding. A little girl had even brought her own copy of Louis – Red Letter Day and wanted it signed. And, we gave everyone a mini-comic to take home, hoping to inspire them all to make their own. The children certainly got engrossed in creating their own characters (they virtually ignored the proposed break and took their biscuits and juice to the table), and we gave them a few tips on making comics, as well as a few highly useful facts, such as spiders having 48 knees. Beverley Casebow, who organised the event, kindly took a few pictures. And the library had let us design a flyer to help spread the word. Pictures below.

The Create Your Own Comics workshop was part of the National Library of Scotland's series of events on graphic novels.

Wednesday, 21 May 2008

New LOUIS Work in Progress

For some time now, we’ve been working on our new book, Louis – Night Salad. We’ll be regularly updating this blog with progress on the book, but for now, as a sneak preview, here is a painting from it.



Monday, 12 May 2008

Paper in the International Journal of Comic Art


In our last post, we mentioned last year’s Biff Bam Crickey! Comics as Design and Entertainment Conference in Dundee in May 2007. The highly enjoyable two day event, gathered academics and other interested parties to discuss comics and graphic novels. We were delighted to be participating in such an event, and as practitioners talked about the creative process and our approach to the medium.

Papers from the conference have now been published in the International Journal of Comic Art. We’ve posted a pdf of an edited version of our own talk here: http://www.metaphrog.com/metaphrog_dundee_talk.pdf

Thursday, 1 May 2008

Talk at the Dundee Literary Festival

We’ll be giving another talk, on June 22nd at the Dundee Literary Festival on Comics Day, at 3.45pm, The Making of the Louis Graphic Novels.

The event is a continuation of the Biff Bam Crickey! Conference and Exhibition organised in Dundee by Dr Christopher Murray last year (in conjunction with the Six Cities Design Festival). The weekend event was a great success and it was a pleasure for us to be involved in it. Many of the papers were published in the International Journal of Comic Art, but we’ll come back to that in a later post. This year, several of the speakers have been invited back, including Paul Gravett, Roger Sabin and ourselves. Bryan Talbot, Ilya and Jim Glen will also be giving talks, as well as Chris Murray himself. It promises to be a really interesting day, so be sure to mark it in your calendar if you’re in the area.

http://www.dundeeliteraryfest.org/comics.htm
cost - £10 for the full day or £5 per half day.