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.
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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, which he established in 1998. John works as a comics and magazine editor, writer, and on promotional work for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival. He is currently editor of Star Trek Explorer, published by Titan – his third tour of duty on the title originally titled Star Trek Magazine.
Working in British comics publishing since the 1980s, his credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine, Babylon 5 Magazine, and more. 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 “Pilgrim: Secrets and Lies” for B7 Comics; “Crucible”, a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz; and “Death Duty” and “Skow Dogs” with Dave Hailwood.