Three amazing events and three amazing competitions to celebrate the first BD & Comics Passion Festival

There are so many fantastic events taking place as part of the Institut Francais’s inaugural Bande Dessinée & Comics Passion Festival 7–9 October this year that we thought we’d share our top three festival events and let you know about three chances to win three amazing prizes.

So here are our top three events:

No.1 – Catel & Bocquet – A Montparnasse Happening

Catel and Bocquet are the authors of the award-winning biography of Kiki De Montparnasse published by SelfMadeHero. These are the details from the Festival website:

5-6pm / in English / £15, conc £12 (including one free drink)

Drink absinthe at the Bistrot whilst watching the talented Catel draw a delightful model, to the music of Kiki de Montparnasse. Come along and draw, just watch and learn or be drawn, this is not-to-be-missed! The event is followed by a signing and sketching sesssion by Catel and Bocquet 6-7pm

> Book tickets for the Kiki life drawing here

No.2 – A Masterclass with Oscar Zarate – making a four-page comic

Oscar is the editor of the forthcoming graphic anthology of short comic stories about London, called, appropriately enough, It’s Dark in London (Spring 2012). These are the event details from the Festival website (booking essential):

Making a four-page comic strip story, on the theme “London Stories”
Saturday 8 October 2-5pm & Sunday 9 October 2-5pm
10 people max / Ages 16+ / £50
Booking compulsory before the event.

Are you interested in writing and drawing comics, but haven’t had the chance to discuss your ideas and show your work? Do you want to create your comic in a short workshop?
This masterclass with outstanding illustrator Oscar Zárate (A Small Killing, Fly Blues) will give you the opportunity to tell a story, draw it and create your own world, receive feedback and constructive criticism on what you have created.

On Saturday we will discuss how to create a four-page story on the theme “London Stories” (story structure, characters, atmosphere and visual style). On Sunday we will continue developing the story and help you resolve it visually.

Bring your own art materials, anything that you normally use when working on your own comics at home: pencils, watercolours, pens, inks, drawing pads, computer, etc.
If you have a portfolio bring it along, after class Oscar Zárate will discuss each portfolio individually.

> Book tickets for the Zarate Masterclass here.

No.3 – Barbarella – film and cosmic party

It’s a classic in every sense and the Barbarella party is set to live on in legend already.  These are the  screening and party details from the Festival website:

film / Sat 8 Oct, 8.40pm / in English

Adapted from Jean-Claude Forrest’s bande dessinée, Barbarella is THE cult film of the 60s! Directed by Roger Vadim and starring a glamorous Paco Rabanne-clad Jane Fonda, the film has influenced the history of fashion, music and cinema… The pitch? It’s the year 40,000. Hurtling across the galaxy onboard her space ship, Barbarella travels to the planet Lytheon to locate the mad scientist Durand-Durand, inventor of the Positronic Ray, who threatens the balance of the universe…

Sat 8 Oct, 10pm

To celebrate the delirious world of Barbarella, we invite you to a very very kitsch party where fancy dress is a must. Come along dressed as one of the X-Men, Akira, the Scrameustache, Valérian or any cosmic creature you might like… DJ Sacha Dieuspace cocktailsmusical drawing events and much much more are lined-up!

The Music DJ Sacha Dieu, known for spinning the records at the notorious Stranger than Paradise burlesque parties, will set the mood.
The Setting VJ Kelly Budges from Your Mum Visuals will take you to the ends of the universe in the blink of an eye, with decorations, props and projections that are truly out of this world.
The Cocktails Fly to the moon with our delicious space cocktails: The Queen of the Galaxy, The Kryptonic, The Red Planet, and the CosmoSpolitan, courtesy of Absolut Vodka.
The Make-Up Let make-up artist Céline Nonon work her magic with her cosmic cosmetics: she can put stardust on your cheeks and paint your lips a fiery Mars-red – or you can choose the Avatar look and turn a bright shade of blue!
The Drawings Photography is tricky when you’re travelling at the speed of light… So gravitate towards our cosmic artists, who will draw you and your friends in your costumes!
The Dress Code Glam it up Barbarella style! Fancy dress is a must: come as one of the X-Men, Akira, the Scrameustache, Valérian or any cosmic creature you love.

film + party: £15, conc. £12 / party only: £12 (including one free drink)

> Book tickets for the Barbarella screening here

> Book tickets for the Cosmic Party here

and here are our top three related competitions…

The SelfMadeHero competition

Win a pair of tickets to an event of your choice at BD & Comics Passion. Simply email win@selfmadehero.com by 20th September with the name of Man Ray’s most famous French model. (Hint: the model was the subject of a graphic biography published by SelfMadeHero)

The winner will be picked at random, from all the correct entries.

The Tintin Trivia competition

It’s time to show the world how well you know Tintin! Why? Well look at the prizes!

All you have to do is read the questions below and send your answers to bdl@ambafrance.org.uk by October 1st.

  • First prize:
    A comic book weekend in Brussels for 2 people! A fantastic opportunity to escape into the world of comics. You and a loved one will receive two return trips to Brussels by Eurostar, two nights in the fantastic five-star Radisson Blu Royal Hotel (featuring a comic book bar), and to tickets to the following museums: the Comic Strip Museum, the Maison de la BD (House of Comic Books), and the Museum of Original Figurines. You can also avail of this opportunity to take the comic book tour of the city, to discover Brussels’ fantastic comic book murals, shops and statues!
  • Second prize:
    2 copies of each of the Tin-Tin albums in English (worth over £500), courtesy of Egmont
  • Third prize:
    1 copy of each of the Tin-Tin albums in English (worth over £250), courtesy of Egmont

Here are the rules.

The Cosmic Costumes Competition

Bring out your stellar side at the Institut Français by going to their fantastic double bill: the screening of Barbarella on Saturday 8 October at 8.30pm, followed by the Cosmic Party at 10pm. If you come dressed up as your favourite comic or cosmic creature you could win a boozy prize. Winners will be chosen by the crowd on the night: whoever gets the loudest cheers, takes home the prize!

The winning “Mr Cosmic and “Mrs Cosmic” will each take home a bottle of Absolut Vodka and a huge set of books by the festival guests.

Here are the rules.

The Institut will announce a final competition all about Asterix later this week. So keep your eyes on their Twitter feed @ifru_london if you are a fan of the Gaul.

So, that’s settled. We’ll see you there.

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