Had a fantastic time launching The Little Mermaid graphic novel at Waterstones on Sauchiehall Street in Glasgow! Great turn out, and a very enjoyable evening. Special thanks to Paddy who even brought Sandra flowers – what a gentleman! Sandra created colour sketches in every book and we even left a stock of sketched and signed books for people to pick up after our visit.
- 2 day comic workshops with KS2s in Newport
- 20th Anniversary of our 1st Comic
- 6 track
- album review
- American Tour
- award nomination
- Aye Write!
- Book Week Scotland 2012
- Cherry Red
- comics in the classroom
- Creative Scotland
- Edwin Morgan comic adaptation
- Galashiels Museum comic workshops
- Graphic Novel Mentoring
- Graphic novel tips
- graphic novel workshops
- ipad game illustrations for Kelvingrove Museum
- Islay Book Festival
- Kelvingrove Museum comic workshops
- Life-size illustrations for Borders Textile Towerhouse
- Louis animation
- Mark E Smith
- National Library of Scotland events
- new LP 2013
- Olympia Building Workshops with P7s
- Patrons of Reading
- Pig series Illustrations
- Rosalie Lightning
- short stories
- The Fall
- The Fall Re-Mit music review
- The Infinite Corpse
- The Lakes Comic Art Festival Festival
- The Little Mermaid
- The Red Shoes and Other Tales
- The Red Shoes and Other Tales Deleted Scenes
- The Remainderer
- Time To Shine: Graphic Novel
- Tour for Guernsey Book Week
- visit to International School Eindhoven
- Waterstones Launch Party
- Winter's Tales comic
- work in progress
- Writer in Residence EIBF
|John Jennings, Molly Ostertag, Fanny Britt and us!|
Next up was NBM Publishing 40th Anniversary Celebration!, a panel with NBM founder Terry Nantier, Rick Geary, Larry Hancock, ourselves and Michael Cherkas. The panel was moderated by Mark Askwith and covered NBM’s history as well as providing a glimpse of their exciting future projects.
|Thanks Papercutz for a wonderful dinner in Toronto! Clockwise from top of
table: Terry Nantier, Larry Hancock, Sandrine Revel, Sandra and John,
Sven Larsen, Catherine Marjoribanks, Marc Askwith, Anima and Rick Geary
Mark also created a video of TCAF for Inner Space on Space Channel and interviewed creators, including us both, as we share our views on the festival: http://www.space.ca/show/innerspace/clip/tcaf-wrap/1126376/1027/
Finally, we were invited to host a special spotlight event for kids, which was great fun and entertained parents too. And, it was wonderful to meet so many creators over the weekend and we had the pleasure of chatting at length with Aimee de Jongh (The Return of the Honey Buzzard), Jason (I Killed Adolf Hitler), Sandrine Revel (Glenn Gould), Gabrielle Bell (Everything is Flammable) Neil Slorance (Dungeon Fun) and Dave McKean (Black Dog: The Dreams of Paul Nash). We also caught up with comic luminaries Heidi MacDonald, Calvin Reid and Tom Spurgeon and publishers Chris Pitzer (AdHouse Books) and Chris Staros (Top Shelf).
|Sandra with Sandrine Revel and Jason|
|John talking to Dave McKean|
|With Sven Larsen from Papercutz and Gabrielle Bell|
Straight after TCAF we were flying to Washington DC for a signing at Big Planet Comics in Bethesda.
We headed straight to our publisher’s office for a visit. Although we have known Terry Nantier for many years, it was fantastic to finally meet the rest of the team: Jim Salicrup, Jeff Whitman and Michelle Hart.
Outside was pouring with rain by this point, but we had great fun with the kids! They were really enthusiastic and had really smart questions. Having done hundreds of events in the UK, we were really delighted to have the opportunity to visit a US school. Big thanks to Thomas Knowlton at NYPL for making this visit possible, and to librarian Basia Tov at Battery Park City School for making us feel so welcome! Thanks Thomas also for taking pictures, some of these are below!
|With Tom Hart and some of the students of SAW|
Thanks to Papercutz, especially Sven Larsen who helped us put this tour together, and Terry Nantier for his support (and for dinner and breakfast in Toronto!). Also thanks to all the store managers and staff. And a huge thanks to our good friends David and Betsy Bennett for their hospitality in Bethesda!
We documented the trip on instagram and all photos can be view here: https://www.instagram.com/Metaphrog_Graphic_Novels/
Very excited to announce that we’ll be touring America this May! The tour will kick off at TCAF – The Toronto Comic Arts Festival, where we’ll be part of their special programming: NBM turns 40 (events to be announced soon). Then we’ll be doing a series of signings and events in:
Bethesda (DC area): Big Planet Comics – May 17
Boston: The Million Year Picnic – May 18
New York City – Jersey City: Word Bookstore – May 20
New York City – Manhattan: Bank Street Bookstore – May 21
New York City – Manhattan: Battery Park City School – May 22
Gainsville: SAW, The Sequential Artists Workshops – May 24
The tour is supported by Creative Scotland.
We very much enjoyed being part of Aye Con at the Aye Write! Book Festival this year! There’s a review of our solo talk here, and reviews of the panel with Frank Quitely, Alan Grant and ourselves here and here.
|From left to right: chair Sasha de Buyl-Pisco, Alan Grant, Frank Quitely,
John and Sandra (Metaphrog)
|Post event signing at Aye Write!|
Yesterday was our last session with the pupils of Shawlands Academy in our capacity as Writers in Residence at the Edinburgh International Book Festival 2015 – as part of the Booked programme. The pupils have created four comic stories based on fairy tales and raps which we are now in the process of assembling into a special publication. We’ll see them all again at the end of January for the final Burns Night celebration event at The Glad Café where Dave Hook will also do a performance and the pupils’ work will be showcased.
Can’t believe that’s the sessions all over already – the weeks have all flown by in a flash! Have thoroughly enjoyed working with the book festival, Dave Hook, and the pupils and teachers of Shawlands Academy. We’ll post a link to the finished work in the new year, in the meantime, here are a couple of drawings that the pupils created.
It’s been three weeks now that we’ve been working with pupils at Shawlands Academy, in our capacity as Writers in Residence at the Edinburgh International Book Festival, helping them to create fairy tale comics. We have two more weeks to go and they have already produced lots of great work! We’ll soon be able to gather all their stories into a publication and are really looking forward to hearing the raps the pupils have produced with Dave Hook! There will be a Burns Night celebration event in January to wrap up the whole project.
|Pinocchio comic in progress|
|‘Shiny New Red Shoes’ launch talk chaired by Melanie Gibson|
|One of our three Family Zone events at the
Westmorland Shopping Centre
|At the Page 45 book stall…|
|Steve Bell talk|
In other news, we are afraid that the winners of the festival’s “Draw a Ballerina” competition have been cursed: brother and sister Alec and Nicky Anderson won a copy of The Red Shoes and Other Tales graphic novel and a pair of red ballet shoes.
|The prize for the ‘Draw a Ballerina’ competition|