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Postcard three of three from Simone Lia, featuring another earworm…

Postcard three of three from Simone Lia, featuring another earworm…

If you’re a regular viewer of this blog you might’ve seen one of these not too long ago.
We’ve recently been sending some of our illustrators a bunch of postcards and asking them to draw something and then send the postcards back to us. Here is the second of three ‘earworms’ from SImone Lia. One more from Simone Lia to come, as well as doodles from a few other great Cape illustrators!

If you’re a regular viewer of this blog you might’ve seen one of these not too long ago.

We’ve recently been sending some of our illustrators a bunch of postcards and asking them to draw something and then send the postcards back to us. Here is the second of three ‘earworms’ from SImone Lia. One more from Simone Lia to come, as well as doodles from a few other great Cape illustrators!

Recently, we’ve been sending some of our illustrators a bunch of postcards and asking them to doodle something (anything!) for us. We’ll be posting them all over the coming days but let’s kick it off with this ‘earworm’ from SImone Lia. Anyone recognise the song?

Recently, we’ve been sending some of our illustrators a bunch of postcards and asking them to doodle something (anything!) for us. We’ll be posting them all over the coming days but let’s kick it off with this ‘earworm’ from SImone Lia. Anyone recognise the song?

Hannah Berry is Booktrust’s seventh online writer in residence and author of the books Britten and Brulighty and Adamtine. In this video, with Booktrust’s lovely web editor Nikesh, she explains why she prefers graphic novels, why she loves French cartoons and what the hell Adamtine is.

And if that wasn’t enough, Hannah will be doing an event at this year’s Comica Festival on 19th November at 7pm. Taking place at the Free Word Centre in London, Hannah and Paul Gravett will be in conversation with some of the country’s best graphic novelists.

Simone Lia, Sarah McIntyre, Glyn Dillon, Karrie Fransman and the legendary artist Dave McKean will also be in attendance.

  • They will tell you why they love the funny books.
  • You can ask them questions about comics.
  • We can all rejoice in graphic novels.
  • The world can watch as we present to you just why graphic novels are just as good as literary fiction.

Tickets are a mere £6 so click here to buy yours now.

Cape Comic Creations @ Bristol Festival of Ideas

On November 14th, Bristol Festival of Ideas will be hosting COMIC CREATIONS: An Evening with Jonathan Cape Graphic Novels.

It’s an impressive line-up, with a rare appearance from Alison Bechdel as well as lots of Cape staples such as Bryan and Mary Talbot and Simone Lia, in addition to newer authors such as Joff Winterhart and Karrie Fransman. There promises to be something to suit everyone’s taste!

Essentially a one night comic festival, there will be lots of events taking place throughout the evening - there are talks on a variety of topics, signings and a live drawing event too.

It’s going to be great, so make sure you get your tickets before they sell out!
Tickets are £12.00 / £10.00 - contact the Arnolfini, Bristol on 0117 917 2300, book online, or visit in person.

Last month I had an exhibition at Greenbelt Festival. Originally I was going to show work from Please God, Find Me A Husband but while I did show some pieces on the wall I thought that somehow they work best when viewed in the intimate space of the book.

Since Greenbelt were providing such a lovely exhibition venue I thought that it was only fair that I make new paintings and artwork especially for the space.  In the studio here I set up my easel and donned an artist smock and found an unlikely muse in the form of the humble earthworm.

It wasn’t intentional to make so many pieces dedicated to the worm but I find them too captivating. What I love about them is that they’re workers and their digging work is something that we benefit from. They don’t draw attention to themselves with a flashy appearance like other creatures in nature (I’m talking about you, flamingos and peacocks). Their factory is invisible, their work is unseen and their praises unsung and yet, they just get on with it. I admire them!

Simone Lia

Well we had a brilliant innings at ELCAF on Sunday. We arrived, yawning, at 9am, ready to set up. There was already a huge gang of people eagerly waiting to get in, which was heartening! Once we were priced up they let the masses in, and we kicked off in style with our postcard competition. (More on that over the coming days.) It wasn’t long before a few friends dropped by, starting off with S. J. Harris. We chatted internet and the dictionary.com word of the day (‘agnate’, in case you were wondering), before he went off to peruse other tables.

Then came Hannah Berry, who popped round the back of our table to sign some books. The fun thing about getting your book signed by a graphic novelist is the fact that you get a special drawing just for you, as well as a signature! After that, along came Joff Winterhart (whose graphic novel is just about to published). If people were jam doughnuts and fun was actually jam, Joff would be the best jam doughnut out there. Boy, is he a hoot! He pulled in plenty of folk for our postcard competition, and made a good prop for us to flaunt our upcoming Graphic Short Story Prize 2012. (More on that soon, too.)

Moving through the throng, we spotted Paul Gravett, who was wearing an amazing blazer which featured a pattern of unidentifiable birds. (We decided they were grebes.) We chatted to him for a while - what a guy. He sure knows his comics. (The jam tart made some interesting comments too, about how many superheroes are tragic characters, and can be foiled by their nemesis… sorry.) Simone Lia then emerged after her talk and did a good job of bothering Tom Gauld while he was signing books for Gosh, who were at the table next to us. Tom and Simone soon went off for a drink, leaving Hannah and Joff getting up to all sorts of mischief. We too were busy selling books and dishing out jam tarts to keep them in check. 

And after her own talk, Karrie Fransman came by to say hi, brightening up the stall with her fancy top. It must have put the weather in a summery mood as it brought the sun out, which was nice! Good on yer, gal. As it was quietening down, we popped over to Isabel Greenberg’s stall (who had been opposite us all day) and pored over her wonderful creations. We had said hi already but she was all on her own and had to stick to her stall quite a bit. Sterling effort! Most exhibitors were in pairs, at least, and there she is trooping it alone. 

After all that, we had a beer and went home, KNACKERED. But what a great way to spend a Sunday. Here’s to ELCAF 2012, and hopefully ELCAF 2013!

The weather’s going to be fairly grim on Saturday, so you can forget about wandering around Regent’s Park or some other such posied patch. Instead, you should illuminate your Samedi by checking out the Illustration Day at Foyles on the Charing Cross Road. Simone Lia’s going to show you how to make a comic, Karrie Fransman will be teaching narrative life drawing, and Paul Gravett will be his usual fascinating self.

The weather’s going to be fairly grim on Saturday, so you can forget about wandering around Regent’s Park or some other such posied patch. Instead, you should illuminate your Samedi by checking out the Illustration Day at Foyles on the Charing Cross Road. Simone Lia’s going to show you how to make a comic, Karrie Fransman will be teaching narrative life drawing, and Paul Gravett will be his usual fascinating self.

(Source: lilyrosebea)

Are you sitting comfortably? Good: it’s story time with Simone Lia. That’s right, she’s going to read her latest book to you. The clever folks over at the Guardian have put together an audio slideshow of Please God, Find Me A Husband! including reading from Simone herself, and plenty of atmospheric sound effects. It’s the closest we’ll be to an ebook version, and what’s more it’s free.

I wish they’d do a version of Black Hole like this.

Check out this ace window that Gosh! Comics have done for Simone Lia’s new book Please God, Find Me A Husband!
(It’s God on a bike, of course.)

Check out this ace window that Gosh! Comics have done for Simone Lia’s new book Please God, Find Me A Husband!

(It’s God on a bike, of course.)

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