Comics Launchpad initiative kicks off to help British comic creators

Orgnaisers who brought us the British International Comic Show have announced Launch Pad, a one-day conference aimed at comic professionals, aspiring professionals and those with a serious interest in the business of making comics, promising it will be “an enlightening and fascinating experience”.

Launch Pad, which will take place on 18th June 2011 at The Studio, Birmingahm, features a full programme of talks, seminars, demonstrations and workshops all taking place under one roof. Leading artists, writers, editors, publishers, colourists, letterers and designers from all reaches of the industry will be on hand to share their wealth of experience and appraise your work.

Our guest speakers currently include Klaus Janson, Andi Watson, Mark Farmer and Emma Vieceli, with many more to be confirmed.

“With emphasis on the digital revolution that is sweeping the industry, there has never been a more exciting and challenging time for the medium,” the organisers declare. “Launch Pad will examine and embrace these changes which affect not just how we create comics, but also how we deliver them to readers.

“All aspects of traditional and digital methods of creating and distributing comics, as well as the ever growing and diverse self-publishing movement, will be covered in depth.”

Access to this event will be via advanced on line ticket sales only, limited to just 300 delegates. Demand will be high, so early booking is recommended to avoid disappointment.

Co-organiser Shane Chebsey, the man behind Smallzone, tells us this is just the first of a series of events, with others being considered in different parts of the country.

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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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