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Women in Comics & Sarah Lightman

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A one day conference, ‘Women in Comics’ will take place on the 25th October 2009. With its unique collection of 20th Century Women’s Art, The New Hall Art Collection provides the perfect venue for a gathering of practitioners, academics, curators and enthusiasts. Women comic artists will speak about their work, and broader discussion will include the representation of women in comics. The event will run as part of The Cambridge Festival of Ideas week and is supported by The University of Glasgow.

Speakers include; Dominique Goblet and Paul Gravett, Woodrow Phoenix and Corinne Pearlman, Kate Evans, Dr Mel Gibson, Sarah McIntyre, Dr Ann Miller, Asia Alfasi and many more. For more details see


Sarah Lightman will also be exhibiting ‘In Memoriam’, diary drawings from her on-going autobiographical graphic novel in The New Hall Exhibition Space, 19th October- 14th November 2009.


Written by The Department of Illustration

September 11, 2009 at 8:15 am

Comiket/Comitia 89

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Daniel Lau of writes up his impressions of Comiket and Comitia, two comics conventions in the same venue one week apart.


On Comiket;

Comiket is more about fandom than it is about comics. What I learnt was that in a convention that permits derivative work, the majority of output seems to be 1) fan favourite characters in compromising situations, 2) fan favourite characters being repeatedly compromised by other, same-gendered characters, or 3) anything + Fist of the North Star.

On Comitia;

Comitia prides itself on being all about original comics. When you take out all the fanfiction, even going so far as to ban cosplay, the bar gets raised a little. Creators have to get a bit more serious or stay home.

Is Comiket the Japanese equivalent of the comics conventions where you spend all your time queuing to meet a guy that once wore an ewok costume?

Written by The Department of Illustration

September 1, 2009 at 1:17 pm

Allison/List Collaboration

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The tremendously talented John Allison and Joe List recently got together at a Manchester Comix Collective knees-up and drew up this comic.

Written by The Department of Illustration

August 31, 2009 at 7:21 pm

Posted in Comics, Events

24 Hour Comics – 3rd October

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The 24 Hour Comics Day this year is the 3rd of October. For those of you unfamiliar with the concept of a 24-hour-comic, head on over to 24hourcomicsday to find out how it works.

The 24 hour comic challenge is for a cartoonist to completely create a 24 page comics story in 24 straight hours. A “24 hour comic” is any comics story you make while facing the challenge, even if you take more than 24 consecutively-awake hours to make the comic or if you end after 24 hours with a story that’s shorter than 24 pages.

Written by The Department of Illustration

August 19, 2009 at 7:44 am

Competition Time

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As part of the Comica Events this year;

Corruption is both a cause of poverty and a barrier to overcoming it. It is one of the most serious obstacles to eradicating poverty. Ctrl.Alt.Shift, the experimental initiative politicising a new generation of activists for social justice and global change, gives you the chance to create a unique comic style story in collaboration with musician and writer Dev Hynes aka Lightspeed Champion.

Written by The Department of Illustration

August 19, 2009 at 7:21 am

Posted in Comics, Competitions, Events

The Comics Journal Mp3 download

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Click here to download a recording of the Graphic Novel Panel at Comic-Con. Featuring the voices and opinions of Lewis Trondheim, Bryan Lee O’Malley, Seth, Gene Yang, Jason Lutes, Derek Kirk Kim and Tom Spurgeon

Written by The Department of Illustration

August 18, 2009 at 3:44 pm

Posted in Comics, Events, Interview

Tehran International Cartoon Biennial may be boycotted

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Over 150 Iranian cartoonists have signed a manifesto on to boycott the upcoming Tehran International Cartoon Biennial following the recent elections.

…We the cartoonists have always tried to laugh people out of pain and pressure. But how can one witness killing of brothers and sisters and still remain silent?
In such a situation, the 9th Tehran cartoon Biennale is on the way. Due to the post-election events, the cultural joy has totally disappeared from Iranian society. So we don not see any real interest in holding such a Biennale. In the current situation, we see our responsibility in a different perspective which does not necessarily include laughing and making laugh.
Due to this fact, we the undersigned cartoonists, declare that we would not participate in this international festival. Previously, the festival has been held by cooperation and sympathy of professional Iranian cartoonists but this time, we would not cooperate or participate.

Read the full story on the Washington Post site.

Written by The Department of Illustration

August 17, 2009 at 8:58 pm

Posted in Comics, Events, News