18.3.17

It's on - Canny Comic Con 2017 - 18th March

Saturday 18th March.
Newcastle City Library.
10.30-15.30.
Free.


A hall jam-packed with some of the most interesting comics creators from around the region and beyond!


Plus:
Talks and panels! including Just A Comics Minute (ripped off from reinterpreting a certain classic Radio 4 panel show by adding a comics theme).
Workshops and drop-by drawing!

20.2.17

CCC2017 Guest: Tara McInerney



Who are you?
I am Tara McInerney, I live in Newcastle Upon Tyne, I'm a comic creatrix and illustrator, and I lecture at Teesside University in Comics, Graphic Novels and Sequential Arts.

What have you done / what are you doing?
My strapline: Aca-fan and compulsive storyteller with queer ideas.
I've worked for magazines such as Caravan and CCQ, and exhibited around Japan, Spain and the UK. Currently, I'm working on my latest comic Friendfiction, which centres on the lives of two girls who develop their relationship through a shared love of fanwork. The idea began whilst staying in Japan to research fan comics, after observing the wonderful interpersonal benefits of the fan community. This project is still ongoing, and very much a labour of love (ie; you won't see it quite yet...).
At Canny Comic Con I'll be presenting my self-published comic Myopica, a short on the futility of dialogue, and The Jay Mews Continental, a risograph limited-run comic anthology I started organising whilst studying MA Visual Communication at the Royal College of Art. It's been on hiatus for a while, but submissions for issue #2 are now open. I'm passionate about researching queer fan cultures and webcomics, an interest which constantly feeds my visual work, and helps keep my lectures current.

Favourite comics character (other than your own)?
At the moment, probably Professor Panther from BodyWorld by Dash Shaw. I have a thing for characters which are simultaneously powerful and pathetic.

Further info:
www.taramcinerney.com

15.2.17

CCC2017 Guest: Andrew Waugh


Who are you?
Andrew Waugh

What have you done / what are you doing?
I'm a Scottish illustrator, cartoonist and arts educator exiled to North East England.  I make funny comics about a range of subjects, most recently about real-life scientists.  I am the co-editor of the British Comic Award shortlisted children's horror anthology BOO!, which is two volumes down, with a third due this year.  When I'm not doing my own creative stuff I'm helping young people be creative in my day job.

Favourite comics character (other than your own)?
Tintin - travels to exotic locations, gets into adventures and has a cute dog.  He's got life sorted out.

Further info:
THIS MEANS WAUGH 
@thismeanswaugh

CCC2017 Guest: Duncan Watson

Who are you?
Duncan Watson.

What have you done / what are you doing?
My previous work includes the entire output of Occupational Hazard Comics with Nigel Maughan. My current work is The Ratchwood Prophecies with Brian Bicknell.

The Ratchwood Prophecies foretell a time travelling anti-hero whose role underpins time itself but whose meddling threatens existence. Adventures unfolding beneath shadows cast by ominous forces of creation, incorporate Ratchwood, his sidekick Wicklow and the shady professor Vygotsky.

Favourite comics character (other than your own)?
Morpheus (Sandman)

Further info:
www.theratchwoodprophecies.com

14.2.17

CCC2017 Guest: Letty Wilson




Who are you?
I'm Letty Wilson, one of the artists in the Panels comics collective.

What have you done / what are you doing?
I've done artwork for the ongoing series Cosmic, which is written by Erin Keepers and won a Scottish Independent Comic Book Award last year! I also do artwork for various other projects, and some that I write as well, such as my webcomic Owl People, which is about a fairy criminal underworld in an ancient Scottish town.

Favourite comics character (other than your own)?
The One Electronic from Evan Dahm's Rice Boy. Always love a strange robot with a mysterious past.

Further info:
Panels: https://www.panelspublishing.com/
My portfolio: https://www.behance.net/lettydraws
@patchworkperson
Owl People: https://tapastic.com/series/owlpeople

CCC2017 Guest: Faye Stacey

Who are you?
I'm Faye Stacey, the other artist in Panels Comics.

What have you done / what are you doing?
My most recent printed work is a murder mystery comic called Eye Spy! Murder - a silly homage to bad murder mystery telly. I like to get involved in anthologies and have had comics in Dirty Diamonds and Team Girl Comic. My work ranges from comic to illustrative, and regularly have artwork featured in Tie the Knot Scotland.

Favourite comics character (other than your own)?
It's a toughie, because I like such a huge expanse of genres. But I'll have to go with Tintin - it's unabashed, ridiculous adventure, which is something I've always been drawn to. If all you want is pure escapism, fun and adventure, read some Tintin; if instead you want to sit down and learn about pacing, storytelling and brilliant panel layout, read Tintin.

Further info:
Panels: https://www.panelspublishing.com/
http://www.fayestacey-illustration.co.uk/
@pondicherrybaby
instagram: @_pppond

CCC2017 Guest: The Analogue Press


Who are you?
The Analogue Press is a small press comics publisher based in and around Newcastle. We aim to showcase the best in local, national and international talent and are dedicated to producing beautifully designed comics with the highest possible production values. We love those funnybooks and we just couldn't leave well enough alone.

What have you done / what are you doing?
Our first publication is Radio On - Strange Tales of Ink and Sound, an annual anthology of graphic storytelling based loosely around the theme of music. We have printed two issues (or 'Broadcasts') so far, and expect to have the third available at this year's Canny Comic Con. The latest anthology features an eclectic range of work from Kathryn Briggs, Alfie Gallagher, Riyadh Rateme and Ed Syder, as well as the welcome return of Lydia Wysocki, who previously featured in our first issue.  We'll also have some comics/zines on the table from previous contributors to Radio On.

Favourite comics character (other than your own)?
Perla Luisa (Maggie) Chascarillo from Love and Rockets. It seems relatively rare to witness protagonists ageing over time in comics, but with Maggie we can follow her trials and tribulations from early adulthood through to middle age, and presumably beyond. Apart from that, she's just a lovingly crafted character and it's always a pleasure to see what she's been up to.

Further info:
www.theanaloguepress.co.uk
 @RadioOnTheComic
 Facebook: @RadioOnComic

13.2.17

CCC2017 Guest: Luke James Halsall

Who are you?
Luke James Halsall. Comic book writer.

What have you done / what are you doing?
I have written for DC Thompson re imagining the character Johnny Jett, Grayhaven Comics and Watercloset Press writing short stories and Avery Hill Publishing producing the ongoing strip, The Bullpen and the one off short Gifted. Other titles I have created consist of The Mind Palace, iHero and SICBA-nominated Out of Time. Presently I am working on iHero 3, Out of Time 4, and Guilty?

I am also helping to produce and writing for the Glasgow League of Writers upcoming anthology.

Favourite comics character (other than your own)?
Spider-man. He will always mean so much to me and I love the lend of realism and soap opera drama.

Further info:
oot.thecomicseries.com
lukejameshalsall.wordpress.com
@LJHalsall

CCC2017 Guest: Jack Fallows


Who are you?
Jack Fallows

What have you done / what are you doing?
I'm an illustrator and comic book artist from Newcastle who now lives in Leeds. I make an autobiographical diary comic called Axolotl as well as zines about mental health and prints with witchy stuff on them. I help set up the Paper Jam Comics Collective and sometimes run comic workshops for kids and adults.

Favourite comics character (other than your own)?
Jimmy Corrigan the Smartest Kid on Earth.

Further info:
http://www.jackfallows.com/

10.2.17

CCC2017 Guest: Ingi Jensson



Who are you?
Ingi Jensson, a sequential storyteller and Concept Art lecturer at Teesside University.

What have you done / what are you doing?
It all began in 1999, and for the first 6 years I focused mainly on making daily comic strips, political cartoons and one-page funny comics for various magazines and newspapers in my home country of Iceland, mixed in with illustration work for the same client base. Eventually the seemingly endless deadline chase wore me down and I gravitated steadfastly towards illustration work, mainly for educational publishers in Iceland and the Netherlands.

After moving to the UK in 2008, I began offering comic-making courses to schools and libraries in my area under the name TeesToons which became a reasonably successful endeavour, though I never meant for it to be more than a way for me to get out of the house, now and then. This triggered a desire in me towards teaching that eventually lead me to where I am today.

In 2014, due to occupational boredom, I flung myself down the educational trail at Teesside University. That action accumulated with a funny hat and a red gown as proof my MA title in Future Design - that then lead to my current employment at the very same institution as lecturer in Concept Art at the Computer Games Department in the School of Computing.

At the Canny Comic Con I will be promoting my MA final project, a 16 page comic that was made as a prequel to my very first published comic in the Icelandic comic magazine BLEK in 1996. The newspaper-style comic on sale includes the old comic and the backstory of my main character, Aleks dBoro.
I will also be selling a collection of older work that I compiled for the very first Canny Comic Con in 2011.

Favourite comics character (other than your own)?
Gaston Lagaffe, by the Belgian comic artist AndrĂ© Franquin (1924-1997) is the comic character that captured my imagination as a youngster and would eventually be the instrumental force in pushing me towards making this visual arena my line of work. The Gaston books are a collection of gags that were published weekly in the Franco-Belgian magazine Spirou and tell of the endless blunders carried out by Gaston in his work as an office help at the Spirou Magazine. Several pages were translated to English in the early 90’s under the name Gomer Goof, published by Fantagraphics.

Further info:
www.ingi.nl
@ingijensson