“Comica Conversations” kick off with UK exclusive preview of Dave McKean’s “Nine Lives”

Dave McKean

Dave McKean. Photo courtesy Comica

Comica 2013, the London International Comics Festival, kicks off its season of Comica Conversations with the UK exclusive preview of Dave McKean‘s latest storytelling experiment, which premiered earlier in October at the Graphic festival in Sydney Opera House, entitled Nine Lives.

McKean will be live at the piano, playing and singing some sneak peeks from this project, as well as talking with Comica Co-Director Paul Gravett about his current and upcoming projects.

From The Sandman to The Gospel of Us, explore the multi-faceted, multi-media creativity of this extraordinary storyteller and image-maker who spans comics, illustration and design for print and online, animation, film-directing, installation, music, performance and more.

Dave will not only be talking to  Paul about his recent solo productions (past and future) and his collaborations with Neil Gaiman, Richard Dawkins, Heston Blumenthal and others, but will also be offering the first ever UK preview of his ambitious new project entitled Nine Lives.

Earlier this month, Dave was invited to Sydney Opera House, the prestigious venue for Australia’s most innovative multi-arts comics festival Graphic, where he performed on the piano and sung vocals to this exciting set of new illustrated and composed stories.

Dave and Paul will also be in conversation about Gravett’s new book Comics Art from Tate Publishing, which features a number of his most innovative projects, including his Hypercomics installation ‘The Rut’. We’ll also have a limited supply of the very first advance copies of Comics Art available for purchase and signing in London! Book your tickets now online for £6 from WeGotTickets, or buy on the door subject to capacity.

• Comica Conversations with Dave McKean: 6.15pm for 6.30pm start, ends 8.30pm, Tuesday 29th October 2013, Foyles Gallery, 3rd Floor, 117-119 Charing Cross Road, London WC2H 0EB Tickets available for £6 on WeGotTickets

• To give you a flavour, visit Graphic’s Facebook album on Nine Lives

• Comica: www.comicafestival.com

The founder of downthetubes, John works as a comics editor, writer, as Creative Consultant on the Dan Dare audio adventures for B7 Media, and on promotional work for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival. Working in British comics publishing for over 30 years, his credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine, Star Trek Magazine and Babylon 5 Magazine. He also edited the comics anthology STRIP Magazine and edited several audio comics for ROK Comics. He has also edited several comic collections, including volumes of “Charley’s War and “Dan Dare”. He’s the writer of “Crucible”, a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz, published on Tapastic; and “Death Duty” and “Skow Dogs” with Dave Hailwood for digital comic 100% Biodegradable.



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