Time to bring your festive cheer! It’s that time of year, the comickers favourite celebration – Free Comic Book Day. On Saturday, May 7th, we will be open from 10.00-9pm (yes, that’s 30 minutes earlier than normal opening hours). We will be hosting various events and signings throughout the day.
Kids Workshop – 11-2pm
with John Allison, Emma Vieceli, Jason Ford, Rachael Smith, Gary Northfield, Joe & Sam Decie, Kristyna Baczynski, Dilraj Mann, JAKe, Babak Ganjei, Paul Shinn, Ramzee and Marc Ellerby.
Guardian Cartoonist Signing 2-4pm
with Tom Gauld, Simone Lia, Krent Able, and Stephen Collins.
Image Comics Signing 5-6pm
with Kieron Gillen, Christian Ward, Tula Lotay, Caspar Wijingaard, and Dan Watters.
Avery Hill Launch Party 7-9pm
with Rachael Smith, Matt Swan, Edie OP and Owen D. Pomery
1 Berwick St, SoHo, London W1F0DR
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Cartoonist Tom Gauld signs at Gosh Comics on Wednesday the 24th of April, from 7:30 to 9:00pm!
Tom Gauld is a favourite round these parts. It’s not just because of his stellar cartooning skills (see Hunter & Painter and The Gigantic Robot) but also because he’s a thoroughly nice dude. We threw him a launch party last year for Goliath and we’re doing it all over again for his new Drawn & Quarterly book You’re All Just Jealous Of My Jetpack whose existence now means that people outside of UK Guardian readers can see the stuff that we get on a weekly basis because we are oh so spoiled. Eight years worth of strips are collected in this handsome hardcover and it’s about bloody time someone put them in a book. Here’s a preview.
Come and get a copy signed and doodled in by Tom himself while standing around in a comic shop trying not get get beer on the merchandise. It’s all happening on Wednesday the 24th of April, from 7.30 to 9pm at which point we’ll kick you out and you can move on to The Endurance up the road like you did last time. Just don’t leave your signed book tucked behind the cistern like some cartoon Meryl Streep. What larks, pip.
1 Berwick Street, SoHo, London W1F0DR
MoCCA Fest Programming!
We’re pleased to announce final times, guests, and agendas for our panels and programs at MoCCA Fest this year. We have two buzzing floors of activity, that include downstairs panel discussions as well as our main exhibitor floor upstairs. Whether you’re perusing the show floor for your favorite finds, catching up on the latest with Gary Panter, or learning to make your very own accordion book, there’s something for everyone.
Don’t forget about our Kids Programming on Sunday morning; four devoted programs in a row, designed to be entertaining and fun for the whole family.
–Sunday April 29th, Kids Programs start at 9:30am. Families arriving to the Fest at 9:30am get a special price; $5 for children 6-12 (under 6 free, over 12 normal) with a paying adult.
Look below for a complete run of MoCCA Fest programming. Also, be sure to check out moccafest.org for news!
11:15 Kids Comics Sarah Couri (NYPL), Jorge Aguirre, P. Craig Russell, Matt Forsythe,
Colleen AF Venable
You know that old cliche about comics not being just for kids anymore? Well, thankfully some of them still are. The New York Public Library’s Sarah Couri talks to cartoonists who have ventured into world of kids comics and books.
12:15 A History of Comics Censorship
Alex Cox (CBLDF)
The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund’s Alex Cox takes you on guided tour of censorship in comics, from Frederic Wertham to Friendly Franks.
1:15 The State of Small Publishing
Heidi MacDonald (The Comics Beat), Box Brown, Craig Yoe, Barry Matthews
What’s it like running a small publishing company in 2012? The Beat’s Heidi MacDonald talks to an array of publishers about the state of print.
2:15 Klein Award
Gary P anter, Bill Kartalopoulos
Gary Panter receives the 2012 Klein Award.
3:15 A Nordic Roundtable
Fredrik Strömberg (SE), Peter Madsen (DK), Kaisa Leka (FI), Bendik Kaltenborn (NO) and Mattias Elftorp (SE)
The comics culture of northern Europe is brimming with energy, talent and innovation, among other things visible in the new anthology Kolor Klimax from Fantagraphics. Come and meet some of the Nordic artists present at MoCCA.
4:15 Harvey Pekar’s Final Projects
Jeff Newelt, Joy ce Brabner, Joseph Remnant , Rick Parker , Sean Pryor, Dean Haspiel, JD Waldman
Celebrating the life and work of comics pioneer Harvey Pekar with his widow, and writer in her own right, Joyce Brabner, joins a group of his artist collaborators.
R. Sikoryak with Michael Kupperman, Domitille Collardey, Shannon Wheeler, Leslie Stein, and Lauren Weinstein. With voices by Julie Klausner, Dave Hill, Scott Adsit.
Live comics brought to life by cartoonists and a team of talented voice actors.
11:15 Graphic Novels for Young Adults
Betsy Bird (NYPL), Raina Telgemeier, Kevin Pyle, MK Reed, Derek Kirk Kim
The New York Public Library’s Betsy Bird talks to some of the brightest talents in one of comics’ fastest growing demographics.
12:15 To Run a Comic Stop
Alex Cox (Rocket Ship), Tucker Stone (Bergen Street Comics), Thor Parker (Midtown Comics), Gabe Fowler (Desert Island)
Representatives from some of the area’s top comic stores discuss the trials and tribulations of running your own shop.
1:15 Digital Distribution and the Future of Comics
David Steinberger (Comixology), Evan Dahm, Leigh Walton, Brian Heater
A frank discussion about sequential art’s move into the digital age.
Calvin Reid, Derf, Peter Kuper, Jennifer Hayden, Mike Dawson
Maker s of autobio comics discuss filter their lives through sequential art.
3:15 Daniel Johnston in Conversation
Daniel Johnston, Brian Heater
Join the idiosyncratic singer-songwriter for a discussion about his art, including his debut graphic novel, Space Ducks.
4:15 An Interview with Gary Hallgren
Gary Hallgren, Danny Fingeroth
Gary Hallgen, interviewed by Danny Fingeroth, discusses his career from his days as one of the creators of the notorious Air Pirates, through his illustration work for a zillion publications, from the NY Times and MAD through You: The Owners Manual.
5:15 Animation from Augenblick Studios and Ugly Americans
Aaron Augenblick, Devin Clark, R. Sikoryak
Aaron Augenblick (founder of Augenblick St udios), Devin Clark (creator of “Ugly Americans”), and more show animated clips and shorts from their television, film, and independent projects.
12:15 With Nicolas Mahler and Tom Gauld
Nicolas Mahler, Tom Gauld, Brian Heater
Brian Heater interviews two artists; Tom Gauld of Scotland, and Nicolas Mahler of Austria.
1:15 Checklist for a New Comic: A Guide to Getting Started
Jess Abel, Matt Madden
In this brief seminar, Jessica Abel and Matt Madden will walk you through the many considerations you should keep in mind when you embark on a new comic of any kind. Abel and Madden will help you strategize and come up with a working plan for your next project, and will cover: creative block and coming up with ideas; choosing a format and platform that makes sense; setting goals and scheduling your time so that you can reach them; finding an audience and looking for collaborators and/or publishers. So bring some paper and be ready to take notes on your next big (or small) project!
3:15 Hans Rickheit in Conversation
Hans Rickheit, Brian Heater
Brian Heater takes on Hans Rickheit–musician, performance artist, cartoonist.
4:15 Big City Dare2Draw
Hosted by TJ Glenn & Charles D Chenet
Featuring dynamic figure drawing, with action poses, using props and, then, the signature “Quick Draw” Contests, with all art done on Blue Line Pro boards, for charity. Prizes provided by our sponsors. Dare2Draw is a non-profit, platform organization for artists, providing mentoring, networking and resources for artistic development, while encouraging goo d health and business practices for cartoonists and providing the opportunity to connect with each other, face-to-face.
9:30 Kids Program: Comics Are Awesome!
John Green (Teen Boat!)
Learn how an idea in your head becomes a comic on a page. John Green and Colleen AF Venable will take you on a collaborative journey through the process of creating characters and stories for comics.
10:15 Kids Workshop: From Concept to Comic
John Green (Teen Boat!, Phineas and Ferb), Colleen AF Venable (Guinea Pig Pet Shop Private Eye, First Second Books)
Kids Program continues!
11:15 Workshop: Drawing with Rick Parker
Rick Parker (Beavis & Butthead, and Papercutz)
Join cartoonist Rick Parker for an insightful, funny and hands-on workshop in cartooning! This workshop is great for cartoonists of all ages.
12:30 CCS Presents: The Expanding Comic Workshop
Robyn Chapman (Center for Cartoon Studies)
If you think that a comic book is just a bunch of pages between two covers, think again! There is a wide variety of book making techniques that allow you to fold, flip, and turn your comics in unusual ways. Jon Chad, author of Leo Geo and His Miraculous Journey Through the Center of the Earth, will team up with comics educator Robyn Chapman to introduce three unique book forms. Then the workshop participants will construct and illustrate their own expanding comic books!
2:00 A Discussion with Josh Neufeld and Shannon Wheeler
Josh Neufeld (A.D.: New Orleans After the Deluge), Shannon Wheeler (Oil and Water, Too Much Coffee Man)
These two creators interview one another about their work in comics, especially as it relates to their approaches documenting tragedy on the Gulf Coast.
4:00 Coming to America
Emma Hayley (Publishing Director, SelfMadeHero)
Reporting on the flourishing UK and European comics scenes and the launch of a new graphic novel imprint in the US.
4:45 Euro comics: Kiki de Montparnasse and the French Comics Scene
Doug Wallace, Jose-Louis Bocquet
Jose-Louis Bocquet (Senior Editor, Dupuis – France / Author, Kiki de Monparnasse) and Doug Wallace (Marketing Director, SelfMadeHero)
discuss the European comics scene and Catel & Jose-Louis Bocquet’s first US graphic novel Kiki de Montparnasse.
Tom Gauld signs at Travelling Man on April 5, 2012 at 5pm. From one of Britain’s most popular cartoonists,Goliath displays a sensitive wit, a bold line, and a traditional narrative reworked, remade, and revolutionized.
Travelling Man Leeds
32 Central Rd, LS1 6DE, Leeds, United Kingdom
Tel: 0113 4236461
Tom Gauld goes on a signing tour of the United Kingdom and North America in honor of the release of his latest graphic novel Goliath.
Friday 9th March. Gosh Comics, London. Details
Saturday 10th March. Forbidden Planet, Cambridge. Details
Thursday 15th March. Here, Bristol. Details
Thursday 29th March. NoBrow HQ, London. Details
Wednesday 4th April. Signing and talk at Analogue, Edinburgh.Website
Thursday 5th April. Travelling Man, Leeds. Website
Saturday 21st April. Comica Comiket, London. Details
Friday 27th April. Desert Island, Brooklyn. Website
Saturday 28th and Sunday 29th April. MOCCA, New York. Details
Monday April 30th. Ada Books, Providence (with Matt Forsythe).Website
Wednesday May 2nd. Librarie D+Q, Montreal (with Matt Forsythe).Website
Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th May. TCAF, Toronto. Details
Tom Gauld signs at Gosh on Friday March 9, 2012 at 6:30pm.
1 Berwick St, SoHo, London W1F0DR
Tom Gauld signs at Forbidden Planet on Saturday 10 March 2012 from 13:00 – 14:00.
Cambridge Store, 60 Burleigh Street, Cambridge, CB1 1DJ
TOM GAULD will be signing GOLIATH at the Forbidden Planet store in Cambridge on Saturday 10th March from 1 – 2pm.
Goliath of Gath isn’t much of a fighter. Given half a choice, he would pick admin work over patrolling in a heartbeat, to say nothing of his distaste for engaging in combat.
Nonetheless, at the behest of the king he finds himself issuing a twice-daily challenge to the Israelites: “Choose a man. Let him come to me that we may fight. If he be able to kill me then we shall be your servants. But if I kill him, then you shall be our servants.”
Day after day he reluctantly repeats his speech, and the isolation of this duty gives him the chance to banter with his shield-bearer and reflect on the beauty of his surroundings.
This is the story of David and Goliath as seen from Goliath’s side of the Valley of Elah. Quiet moments in Goliath s life as a soldier are accentuated by Tom Gauld s drawing style, which contrasts minimalist scenery and near-geometric humans with densely crosshatched detail reminiscent of Edward Gorey. Goliath s battle is simultaneously tragic and bleakly funny, as bureaucracy pervades even this most mythic of figures.