Sunday, 29 November 2009
Last weekend saw the second time I was a guest at The Memorabilia Show and the first as the organiser of Comic City. First I want to say a big Thank You to the owner of the show and all those that called by for sketches or just to show interest.
I was joined for the weekend by Kat Nicholson and Jason Cardy representing the Charity 'Draw the World Together' and I called on the talents of former Comix students Joe Ward, Tom Wilson & Matt Birks who all did a sterling job assisting with sketches for the charity.
Also in attendance were fellow professionals Lew Stringer, John Mccrea, Keith Burns & Laura Howell, who all added their unique ability's over the weekend. A big 'Cheers' to Lew for some of the photo's.
The memorabilia was big success, from sketching Deadpool to Darth Vader I barely got a chance to look around. Luckily most of the sites to be seen would pass by from time to time, although I didn't get chance to sit in 'The Back to The Future Delorian'!
Tuesday, 3 November 2009
On my latest adventure abroad I joined the successful applicants from HI8US new course COMIX. Traveling to the former Soviet republic of Bulgaria, we headed to the capital Sofia to promote the graphic novel COMIX produced by students from 3 different countries England, Spain and of course Bulgaria. A fascinating trip from the very beginning. With Statues depicting decapitation upon arrival at the airport, then crazy Taxi Drivers who liked to drive in any direction but not necessarily the same way as the rest of the traffic.
On the first evening we headed over to the Red House for a meet and greet presentation and an exhibition of the Bulgarian students work. It was great to meet them for the first time and interesting to walk around a building that was the just like the Ghostbusters old Fire House painted red from tip to top. I almost expected to bump into Slimer around any corner.
On the Saturday I had the pleasure of doing a workshop with the Bulgarian students. A fantastic group to work with and would happily do so any time again. After such a great start it made my presentation all the more worthwhile. After this came the sketching in front of the invited audience, where I first produced an Optimus Prime. As compare Hunt Emerson called out 'who is Prime's arch enemy?' WITH Emil shouted within a split second 'MEGATRON' to come and receive the sketch. After playing draw of games with the audience I moved on to the guy I love drawing most, Batman. Who doesn't love drawing him?!
One of the most full filling trips I have had abroad, Sofia was fascinating from the Monolithic capital to the amazing cathedrals. You felt dwarfed and humbled at the same time. It would not have been the same without the students though, Long live Comix!