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!