Monday, September 17, 2007

Just 1 Page & Comica 2007

Two more items of Just 1 Page business:

1. Wrapping up the charity stuff.

Copies of the mag will be given away to attendees at the Birmingham International Comics Show, and you will be able to buy some of the original artwork there, with the eBay auction happening in October- Early November this year.

This Shaun of the Dead statue will be auctioned in time for Halloween (yes I said that last year)

Also at BrumICS will be the second Kryptonite Factor Quiz.
Unfortunately it looks like Budgie cannot attend so there will be another co-presenter for me (we are calling him The Budgie of whatever Earth was the evil one).
I have last year's quiz uploaded if anyone is interested. (It's a big file if you're on slowband.)

2. Comica 2007 at the ICA - 20th & 21st October.

Once again, Paul Gravett is hosting ComICA including a 24 Hour Comic at the ICA
(overnight accommodation at the ICA has not been forthcoming however, so please let me know if you'd like somewhere to stay.)

Here's the full agenda for the weekend:

24 Hour Comic starts at 3pm Saturday in the BRANDON ROOM.
See last year's report here:
Please email me if you think you'd like to take part in this.
Anyone not able to commit to the full 24 hours is welcome to come along during the weekend and draw Just ONE Page for a great big huge megacollaboration, in fact if you cannot get to the ICA but can draw and scan one page and email it to me during the 24 hours you can still take part.

Subject to confirmation, 24 Hour Contributors will be on the guest list, so places are limited.
Megacollaborators won't be able to get in for free, but buy a ticket for one of the talks f0r £^ or a day pass and you will be taking part in a historical event !

Saturday 20 October
Lingua Comica (3.30pm - 4.30pm)
Where Asian and European comics meet, the language of comics bridges cultures. Comica director Paul Gravett introduces the Lingua Comica comics lab, a cultural exchange gathering 14 young creators from Asia and Europe.

Between Angoulême and Hanoi (4.30pm - 5.30pm)
Mixing reportage and romance, acclaimed French auteur and tutor Gérald Gorridge shares his passion for Vietnam, where he has discovered a fresh generation of comics geniuses.

Indian Comics From Calcutta to Brick Lane (5.30pm - 6.30pm)
Sarnath Banerjee talks about his path to becoming India's premier graphic novelist with Corridor and The Barn Owl's Wondrous Capers from Penguin, and his plans for the ambitious follow-up, Route.

Sunday 21 October
Make Mine Manga (2.30pm - 3.30pm)
Why are creators everywhere so inspired by Japanese comics? Award-winning Paul Duffield, artist on The Tempest from the Manga Shakespeare range, and other contributors to the latest Best New Manga volume join editor Ilya to suggest possible answers.

Comica Collaboratories (4pm - 5pm)
Webcomics wizard Daniel Merlin Goodbrey (Last Sane Cowboy & Other Stories) guides you through experiments in online comics, including cutting-edge blog collaborations by Lingua Comica's participants.

Manhua: China Comics Now (5.30pm - 6.30pm)
East beats West? Learn why Chinese comics are on the rise, at home and abroad, from China's Yishan Li (Spirit Marked), Hong Kong's Mr Clement (Yeah Kou Phobia) and other artists and guests. Presented in association with the Asia-Europe Foundation.

Talks to take place in the NASH ROOM
Individual talks: £6 / £5 Concessions / £4 ICA Members.
Special package: all three talks on Saturday OR Sunday: £14 / £11 Concessions / £9 ICA Members.

Sunday, January 14, 2007

A new year, A new start for Just 1 Page

Total disillusionment with the whole Just 1 Page business is behind me know, so here's this year's plan.

1) No more Just 1 Page publications from me.
If anyone wants to take over with a more commercial approach - ie £1500 corporate sponsorship to pay the costs rather than my pocket (or any one else's pocket) - I'll be glad to hear from you.

2) Clear the backlog of auctions.
The auctions will start after the Birmingham International Comics Show, where I will be giving away as many copies of Just 1 Page as I can carry up there. (We will have no table, so this probably means putting them into the Freeby Bags.)

3) At least one 24 Minute Comic.
I've proposed three: Caption, in Oxford on Sunday 12th August; Brum ICS in October (tbc) and one other subject to the next point. If anyone wants to have a go at one elsewhere, let me know and I'll help if possible.

4) The 24 Hour Comic at the ICA.
Hopefully now they can let us stay in the venue overnight, or at least find a venue where we can.

Please let everyone know that there's a Just 1 Page page on Comic Space and when I have finished (slowly) converting the old Just 1 Page website to this blog, I'll start uploading the images to include contributor biogs etc. which of course will be open to your own comments.

Wednesday, October 11, 2006

24 Hour ComICA last weekend

spent most of the weekend at the ICA, talking comics to a combination of comics people (marshalled by Paul Gravett for international 24 Hour Comic Day) and people who wandered up from the gallery below lured by my sign that artists were drawing upstairs ;-)

I missed all of Paul's talks because I was mostly selling comics for the people who had attended to take part in the 24 Hour Comic, but I got to meet Frank Skinner who turns out to be as nice as all the other Baggies fans I know. And has been expanding his knowledge of comics that (like many of the ICA regulars) he'd left behind years ago.

The 24 Hour collective came from the spectrum of indie comics in the UK (ie not The Beano), and I currently have half a dozen of their comics waiting for scanning over the weekend ...

Contributors were:

Steven Appleby "Rejoice, this comic is the ghost of a tree"
Matt Broersma "The Black Book"
Matilda Tristram "Vikram"
Dave Simmonds (New Statesman) "Evolution" ... ?
David Baillie "Doggie"
Douglas Noble "WHat it is and what it was not"
Dan Fish "4 3 2 1"
Christian Jensen "The Harvest Has Failed" - 7 pages A2 size - ie 28 pages A4 ;-)

Umisen-Yamasen manga studio:
Chie Kutsuwada, "When I Fly"
Inko, "The Clock"
Hepi-Ichiko, "My Name is Otomeko"
Ochi-bo "Crouching Wolf & Hidden Red Riding Hood"
Yuki, "The Gift"

John from Gosh! "START" - 24 pages in one hour !

Neal Fox, Leigh Fox, Bill Bragg, Chris Bianchi, James Graham , Steph Von
Reiswitz, Alex Wright, Tobias Tak, Emma Rendel ,Cecelia Lindgren, Carl
Waters, Harry Malt, Luke Frost, James Unsworth, Echao Jiang
(We should post this as a video !)
"The Life and Death of Shit Boy and his muscular friend" - 24 large pages !

And my nephew, Carl helped me film the whole event so we can promote next years (hopefully the ICA will sanction a 24 HOUR overnighter ?)

Pictures here:
Movie to follow.

Who wants to take part next year?

Tuesday, October 03, 2006

ComICA - 24 HOUR comic & Just 1 Page

Yes, you heard me !
(Well okay unless you read out loud you didn't)

I am helping out at the 24 Hour comic at the ICA on Friday Night/Saturday all day
and there's a Just 1 Page table to come and talk to people about doing comics
(If any Just 1 Page contributors want to come along and do some talking, email me NOW)

I now bring you the plagiarised email of David Baillie who has taken up the challenge.

Hi everyone

As some of you will already know, this weekend is the official global 24
Hour Comics Day.

I will be taking part in the event being held at the ICA on The Mall:


Official UK 24 Hour Comics Day Kick-off
6 October 2006
This one-day worldwide phenomenon of comics creativity, brainchild of
Amercian comics guru Scott McCloud, author of Understanding Comics, hits
the UK. Be there when the Comica team of cartoonists including Steven
Appleby from The Guardian and Telegraph, David Baillie, Matt Broersma,
Umisen-Yamasen Studio (Chi-Tan, Inko and Hepi Ichiko) and Le Gun crew
start creating their spontaneous 24-page 24-hour comics.

In case you’re not familiar with the concept – the participants each
have 24 hours to write and draw a complete 24-page comic (minus all the
time spent eating, weeing, brushing their teeth etc.). Just to put that
in context my last 24-page comic took me just over a calendar month.

While I’m very much looking forward to the challenge, I think it would
make it much more worthwhile if I could raise some money for a good
cause in the process, so I am seeking sponsorship.

All donations will go to the comics based charity Just One Page, helmed
by the tireless Adrian Brown, which for the last four years has raised
funds for a variety of causes through comics related activities and
publications. This year the worthy recipient is Childline UK.

I’ve included a handy guide for those whose maths skills have failed
them this morning.

10p – 24 pages completed - £2.40
20p – 24 pages completed - £4.80
50p – 24 pages completed - £12.00
£1 – 24 pages completed - £24.00

So if you were to sponsor me 10p a page, your final donation (assuming I
complete the challenge) will be £2.40. Of course you can donate whatever
you want, or can afford to, and any amount at all will be very
gratefully received. All supporters will, of course, receive a copy of
the comic I finally produce after the 24 hours.

Also anyone who feels like coming down to the ICA (it’s just off
Trafalgar Square) to cheer us on is more than welcome. (I think it’s
being filmed, too – so you might get some screen time).

Please feel free to pass this on to anyone you think may be inclined to

Many thanks
David Baillie


Saturday, September 02, 2006

Just 1 Page apologies

Due to very poor sales of the magazine, and very busy times at work, I have not yet organised the auctions.

I am planning something for December, and the Shaun of the Dead statue for Halloween.

Thanks for any interest.


Thursday, April 27, 2006

World news

With fourteen Brazilian pages (about 20 artists and writers joining in), it is perhaps fitting that the first news coverage comes from Brazil !

Hopefully, ashcan versions will be sent to a few choice publications next week.

See you at Bristol !

Tuesday, April 11, 2006

More team news !

Most of the art I've received is online here

Several of you have promised to try and get some art in - I desperately need a pic of Raven on the Wing (otherwise I have to draw him myself !)

Deadline day on 18th April !