Sci-Fi London – two days of comics

Alex Fitch, from Resonance FM’s wonderful Panel Borders comics show, has been in touch to let us know about the simply brilliant line up of comics creators that he’s curated for the tenth edition of Sci-Fi London over the weekend of Saturday 30th April – Sunday 1st May. We’ll be coming down and so we thought we’d share our itinerary with you all:

Saturday

10am – midday – A browse around the ‘small press creator fair’ and publishers showing of their wares.

1pm – 2pm – nip across the bridge to Gordon’s for lunch and a drink

2pm – 3pm – Back to the BFI for the ‘Manga Jiman’ panel where three recent finalists of the Japanese Embassy’s competition – Zarina Liew (Runner-up 2009/2010), Yuri Kore (Winner 2009/2010) and Clio Millett (Winner 2010/2011) – (Pride in Manga) join one of the judges, to discuss the homegrown manga scene in the UK and the difference between Manga and Western style comics.

3pm – 3.30pm – looking at the secondhand books outside the BFI Cafe

3.30pm – 4.30pm – Back for the talk ‘on Warren Ellis’, with Ian Edginton (who collaborated with Ellis on X-Force), Matt Jones (principal, BERG design who commissioned Ellis’ new comic SVK) and Matthew Sheret (writer, whose love of comics started with Warren’s work) who are discussing the Ellis’ SF work.

Sunday

11am – midday – Our first event of the day, ‘Small press to mainstream’ is a panel featuring three of our favourite creators: Al Davison (IDW Doctor Who comic), Tom Humberstone (Solipsistic Pop) and David Hine (Batman) talking about how working in small press comics has lead to work for mainstream publishers, but also provided a home to publish alternative titles throughout their careers.

12.30am – 1.30pm – This is main event for us, let’s be honest! ‘H.P. Lovecraft and Edgar Allan Poe’ a panel featuring novelists China Miéville and Denise Mina alongside comics creators David Hine and artist Alice Duke discussing the influence of American writers Poe and Lovecraft on comic books and the difficulties posed by adapting their stories into strip format. Although our Nevermore anthology has now completely sold out, you will be able to pick up copies of our newly published Lovecraft Anthology Volume I at Sci-Fi London along with our limited edition green foiled bookplates at no extra cost to you.

1.30pm – 2pm – a quick coffee and a bite to eat before the last event in our diaries…

2pm– 3pm – ‘Horror and noir’ where Denise Mina will be joined by Cape graphic novelist Hannah Berry and Ian Edginton who – as everyone should know! –  has has done many fine things, but will shortly be adapting the work of Edgar Rice Burroughs for SelfMadeHero.

Hope to see some of you there!

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