A New Comic Festival Coming this April

It seems that there is another Comics show on the horizon in the form of the UniComics Festival which is taking place at the University of Hertfordshire.

Check out the press release below for all the info and check back tomorrow for some more details on some of the events taking place.

UniComics Festival

A celebration of all kinds of Comics for all kinds of people…

Thursday 22nd – Sunday 25th April 2010

New to the University of Hertfordshire, the UniComics Festival is a truly accessible event, celebrating the varied art forms within and inspired by Comics and Graphic Novels. With the Comics medium now showcasing a vast degree of diversity, appealing to all ages and habitually displaying truly literary qualities, UniComics offers an ideal opportunity to be informed, inspired and invigorated by this unique art form.

Over a four day period, UniComics features a varied programme of ticketed and non-ticketed events suitable for just about everyone. Enjoy a selection of author/illustrator lectures, schools and family events, film presentations and screenings, open mic sessions, theatre performances, art workshops and panel discussions. So, whether you’re a card-carrying uber-Geek, a young and curious newcomer to the medium or someone simply looking for a trip down memory lane, UniComics undoubtedly has something for you.

Natalie Fountain, Manager of UHArts and Director of UniComics Festival said: “This festival is so different in that it showcases the transcendence of the comic art form by encompassing illustration, film, gaming and performance. It’s an innovative approach and one that the University of Hertfordshire is really proud to present.”

Why “UniComics”? Danny Graydon, Film & Comics Journalist and a member of the UniComics team explains: “Obviously, the name immediately highlights the fact that we’re hosted by a university, but, equally, it’s to stress the sheer universality of the Comics medium. Our mission from the outset was to ensure that UniComics would be a celebration of all kinds of Comics for all kinds of people. The key was to provide diversity and accessibility – and we wanted the name to reflect that.”

For UniComics’ inaugural edition, we fly the home flag as three veritable Comics superstars – writer Pat Mills and artists Dave Gibbons and Kevin O’Neill – reminisce about their early careers on seminal British comic 2000AD, while Mills joins editor Nick Jones, academic Will Brooker and artist Gary Erskine to look back to the 1950’s and celebrate the 60th anniversary of a similarly iconic presence in British Comics history, The Eagle.

You can be mystified by The Paper Cinema’s live music and illustrative puppetry performance, while budding comics creators can be thoroughly inspired with workshops conducted by such vivid talents as Dave Gibbons, Ian Culbard, Marcia Williams and Sarah McIntyre, and families can craft their own personal comics with our family diary comics workshop presented by Laydeez do Comics. Further inspiration – and networking! – is on hand at ComixBox, an open-mic style evening where a great line-up of artists are on the clock to show off their wares!

There’s screen fun, too, as kids can enjoy the action-packed adventure of our Ben 10 animated film screening and adults can immerse themselves in the Director’s Cut of WATCHMEN, based on the celebrated and award-winning graphic novel by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons. Last, but not least, save some energy – and cash – for our UniCon comic convention, offering a stunning array of Comics and related merchandise to start or expand collections, publisher stalls, panels as well as signings from noted creators.

Treating the medium with maximum respect and enthusiasm, UniComics will provide audiences with a vibrant showcase of Comics’, from small press to the largest mainstream publishers, inviting newcomers to take their first plunge in to an exciting and captivating art form while providing an ample reminder to long-time fans as to why comics maintain their unique power to enthral, entertain and inform.

The UniComics Festival is presented by University of Hertfordshire in collaboration with Danny Graydon Film & Comics Journalism, Laydeez do Comics, Herts County Council (Libraries), the St Albans Children’s Book Group and the Film Education Consortium.

Full details of UniComics events can be found online at: www.uncomics.co.uk

Tickets for all events can be booked through the UHArts Box Office:
Telephone: 01707 281127
Email: [email protected]
Website: www.herts.ac.uk/artsandgalleries

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