Registration is now open for Comics Forum 2013: Small Press and Undergrounds, which will be running at Leeds Central Library on the 21st and 22nd of November. This year features a fantastic lineup of speakers and papers, including a talk by the editors of the fantastic Asteroid Belter newspaper published for children as part of Newcastle’s Science Festival – well worth the price of admission to find out more about that, I think.
- Cameron Fletcher: “Amateur” Hour
- Kenan Kocak: Koloni: Pirate Comics, Published Once In A While
- Lise Tannahill: Assessing Ololê: Vehicle for Breton Pride or Source of Shame?
- David Huxley: ‘I still have 50 Copies in the Attic’: British Regional Underground comics 1970- 1980
- Martin de la Iglesia: Early manga translations in the West: underground cult or mainstream failure?
- Louisa Parker: Small Story – Big Picture
- Laura A. Pearson: Nina Bunjevac’s “Alternative” Catwoman in ‘Bitter Tears of Zorka Petrovic’
- Brenna Clarke Gray, Damon Herd, Hattie Kennedy, Ernesto Priego, Peter Wilkins and David N Wright (Graphixia): Small is the New Big: The Comics Criticism Blog as Small Press
- Mihaela Precup: ‘It came from Alpha Centaur looking for love’: The Mutant and Non-human Body in Denis Kitchen’s Bizarre Sex (1972-1982)
- Gareth Brookes: Small Press Comics and Fine Art
- Paddy Johnston: From Random House to Rehab: Julia Wertz and the Small Press
- Dan Smith: Revisiting Donald Parsnips’ Daily Journal
- Ian Horton: Dave Sim’s Cerebus the Aardvark: Self-publishing, the Direct Market and Creative Freedom
- Christopher J. Thompson: Comix Narrative Parody: Hunt Emerson’s Rime of the Ancient Mariner
- John G. Swogger: Underground Archaeology: Comics as alternative agents of professional discourse
- Lydia Wysocki, Jack Fallows and Mike Thompson: Epic themes in awesome ways, or how we made Asteroid Belter: The Newcastle Science Comic
- R.Finn: Using a webcomic comment thread to gauge reader experience
- Aysel Demir: Political Humor Is Absolutely A “Serious” Job!
- John Miers: Metaphor, financial crisis, and the small press
Further speakers are still to be confirmed, and we’ll put the details up here as soon as we have them.
Registration fees this year are as follows:
One Day pass (21st or 22nd): £10
Two Day pass (21st and 22nd): £20
Four Day pass (two day Comics Forum pass + 2 day Thought Bubble Convention pass (SRP £22)): £35 (save £7!)
• To register, simply email firstname.lastname@example.org with the phrase ‘CF2013 Registration’ in your subject line and tell us your name and how many tickets you’d like. It’s that simple! More info at: http://comicsforum.org
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.