Ticket sales for this year’s Cardiff Comic Expo next month (25th-26th February) are booming – and are expected to increase further with publication of the event’s schedule, outlined in full below.
In addition to the event itself, show producer Mike Allwood tells us Cardiff Libraries are also working on an alternate programme and that will be relevealed in a couple of weeks when all is finalised.
11am WHAT’S THAT COMING OVER THE HILL?WELSH COMICS’ DARK SIDE
Horror can come in different guises and in this panelGavin and Dan of the sidekickast strap on their machetes, load up on silver bullets and confront the creators of three very different offerings from the darker end of Welsh comics. From the mythical monsters of Unbelievable through the arcane World War 2 horrors of Dexters Half Dozen to the twisted nastiness of Damaged Goods the boys brave the darkness to find out what kinds of people come up with these terrors and whether we should avoid them in the bar later on?
11.45am JACK KIRBY MUSEUM SPOTLIGHT
Writer Russell Payne is exclusively promoting the JACK KIRBY MUSEUM at this year’s convention. You can find out more about the “King of Comics” and join or donate to the Kirby Museum who are raising funds to opena “Pop-Up” MuseumWe explore the impact Kirby has had on modern culture.
12.30pm BOARDING MATT SAVAGE . MIKE COLLINS MIKE PLOOG hosted by JON RENNIE
The storyboard process has been used through the history of cinema to give directors the chance to visually communicate their vision of the film to the crew. In recent years, the line between storyboards and comics has narrowed, books of storyboards are published and they now appear pre-edited and animated before a shot of film is even exposed. We talk to storyboard professionals about the challenges of their work, the unique opportunity it gives them to define the visual tone of the movie and how the storyboard has changed over the course of their careers. A Cloth Cat Animation Panel
1.30pm THE ART OF STOP-MOTION ANIMATIONWith DINAMO STUDIOS!
2.30pm CREATING A MONSTER BITCH
A Expo Exclusive Panel with John Higgins and Michael Carroll the creation of John’s signature creation, Razorjack and her history from comic to graphic and full novel to future plans…
3.15pm THE 2000AD MEGA-PANEL
2000AD is 35 years old on 26th February 2012 – … One day early join Scrotnig droids John M Burns, David Roach, Mike Collins, Rob Williams, Patrick Goddard, Michael Carroll, Gordon Rennie & Mick McMahon to discuss the Prog, the Meg, and everything in between – including questions from select 2000AD creators to the panel. Hosted by Stacey Whittle & Iz McAuliffe of The Megacast podcast. Zarjaz !!
4.15pm HORROR IS DEAD!
With the growing popularity of Urban Fantasy and Paranormal Romance in recent years, and many Crime/ Thriller books embracing a more graphic approach to storytelling, has traditional horror become redundant? Join Robin Furth ( Dark Tower writer ) and Wayne Simmons (bestselling author of FLU and FEVER) for this interactive panel looking at the future of the horror genre.
Noon NEVER MIND THE QUALITY
The British Indie comics scene is currently busier than it has ever been, and it seems that every month new small publishers and titles are announcing their arrival. But is this really a good thing? Now that anyone with internet access can publish their work worldwide does that mean there are now more creators with less raw talent producing British comics than ever before? Join Peter Rogers and creators Michael Carroll, Chris Lynch, Steve Tanner, and Jon Haward in this spirited debate!
1pm TALES AND RELATIVE DRAWING IN SPACE
The good Doctor has graced not only the TV screens since 1963 but has also saved the universe many times in novels, comics and audio dramas.How do creators work outside of the small screen framework timelines? And what does the future hold?Check out the finest creative line up this side of Gallifrey!With GARY RUSSELL, MIKE COLLINS, DAVE ROACH, GORDON RENNIE & EMMA BEEBY
2pm CLOTH CAT MEDIA meets MIKE PLOOG
A legend in the comics industry, Mike’s career has seen him move effortlessly between horror comics, storyboarding, illustration and animation. We talk to this master of the visual arts about his career, his early years with Will Eisner and the American comics scene, what Steven Spielberg’s house is really like and his recent illustrations for children’s literature.
3pm Markosia – THE WELSH CONNECTION
“Unbelievably dark and interactive”
Three debut graphic novels, three rising stars of the Welsh comics scene, one publisher.Join Gavin and Dan of The Sidekickcast, as Simon Wyatt (Unbelievable: The man who ate daffodils), Chris Lynch (The Dark) and Peter Rogers (The Interactives) lift the curtain giving a unique behind the scenes look into the making of their books. And find out what else the UK’s largest independent graphic novel publisher has in store for 2012
– For the latest info on the Cardiff Comic Expo: www.fantasyevents.org