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Thought Bubble 2017: ghost stories, ice skating, Jeremy Corbyn – we’ve got it all covered

21 September 2017

Thought Bubble is upon us already – two months early! This weekend, 23rd and 24th September, we’ll be laying out our wares in the Millennium Square Marquee in Leeds Town Centre. You’ll find us at tables 221-223.

The festival that has for the last few years marked the finale of our autumn season has instead become its opening ceremony – and that means lots of hot-off-the-press books.

Leah Moore and John Reppion, whose Ghost Stories of an Antiquary, Vol. 1, debuted at last year’s festival, are back this year to launch the second volume: four stories about watchful guardians, architectural puzzles and ill-advised academic exploration, including the classic “Oh, Whistle, and I’ll Come to You, My Lad”, are brought to life with artwork from Al Davison, Abigail Larson, George Kambadais and Meghan Hetrick. Moore and Reppion will be signing on SelfMadeHero’s stand (tables 221-223 in the Millennium Square Marquee) throughout the weekend.

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I.N.J. Culbard will be signing copies of the pulpy, pocket-sized reissues of The Hound of the Baskervilles, A Study in Scarlet,The Sign of the Fourand The Valley of Fear(adapted from Conan Doyle’s classic Sherlock Holmes stories by Ian Edginton).

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Ahead of its official release in October, Mike Medaglia‘s One Year Wiser: An Illustrated Guide to Mindfulness will be available for the first time at Thought Bubble. The latest book in his bestselling One Year Wiser series explores how mindfulness can be used to transform negative energy into feelings of love, compassion and positivity. Medaglia will be signing the book at table 47 in the Millennium Square Marquee.

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What’s more, we’ll be giving away signed prints with every copy of Tillie Walden‘s graphic memoir Spinning, also out this month. Walden’s autobiographical graphic novel captures what it’s like to come of age, come out, and come to terms with leaving behind everything you used to know. Earlier this week she spoke to The Guardian about her life as a competitive ice skater, her work rituals and how her emotions affect her art.

Oh, (and then there’s) Jeremy Corbyn! The Corbyn Comic Book, officially released on Monday, will also be available for the first time at Thought Bubble. This revolutionary anthology features comics on the subject of the Labour leader from Guardian cartoonists Steve Bell, Martin Rowson and Stephen Collins; graphic novelists Kate Evans, Karrie Fransman and Hannah Berry; and many more established and up-and-coming creators from across the globe. Comrades, this one is not to be missed.

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A panel event, “SelfMadeHero: A Decade of Comics”, takes place on Sunday at 10:30 in the Carriageworks Studio Theatre (Fifth Floor). To mark our tenth anniversary, I.N.J. Culbard, John Reppion, Ian Edginton and Leah Moore join SelfMadeHero’s Sam Humphrey to discuss the evolution of the company’s list, which has expanded from manga adaptations of Shakespeare to encompass everything from fiction to film criticism, sci-fi to biography. There could be no finer hangover cure.

Any questions? Tweet us @selfmadehero.

Call for Submissions: The Corbyn Comic Book

12 July 2017

Writers, artists, comrades: this autumn, SelfMadeHero will publish an anthology of comics about the Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn. But first, we need some comics – and for this we need you.

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Here’s your summer challenge: make a comic on the subject of Jeremy Corbyn and submit it to SelfMadeHero by Wednesday 9th August 2017.

Successful entrants will have their comic published alongside work by Guardian cartoonists Steve Bell, Martin Rowson and Stephen Collins, and comics artists Karrie Fransman, Kate Evans and Steven Appleby, among others. They will also receive a share of royalties.

Here are the submissions guidelines:

  • The comic can be a minimum of one panel and a maximum of three pages long
  • It can be created in black-and-white or in colour
  • Page dimensions are 170mm x 240mm in size
  • Submissions are welcomed from published and unpublished creators of all nationalities
  • Submissions must be sent to [email protected] (using the subject heading “The Corbyn Comic Book”) no later than Wednesday 9th August 2017.

The anthology will be produced as a handsome, staple-bound comic book and launched at the Labour Party’s Annual Conference in September 2017.

SelfMadeHero Heads to the West Coast for The Vancouver Comic Arts Festival

8 May 2017

On Saturday May 20 and Sunday May 21, we'll be on Canada's west coast for the Vancouver Comic Arts Festival. Now organised in partnership with TCAF, which takes place (with these SelfMadeHero-related activities) the weekend before, the festival has a stellar guest list that includes Faith Erin Hicks, Chip Zdarsky and many more.

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We'll be laying out our wares - new releases, backlist favourites and limited-edition prints - at The Roundhouse Community Arts and Recreation Centre (181 Roundhouse Mews, V6Z 2W3) from 10am-5pm on both days. So, if you're in Vancouver, come say hi!

For more information about the Vancouver Comic Arts Festival, including the full exhibitor list, visit www.vancaf.com.

Aimée de Jongh, Chris W. Kim and Paolo Bacilieri join SelfMadeHero at TCAF

7 May 2017

This weekend, we jet off to Canada for one of the highlights of our year: the Toronto Comic Arts Festival. With guests including Jillian Tamaki, Pénélope Bagieu and Dave McKean, this year’s show looks like it’ll be as good as ever. What’s more, there’ll be three very special SelfMadeHero creators in attendance: Paolo Bacilieri (FUN), Aimée de Jongh (The Return of the Honey Buzzard) and Chris W. Kim (Herman by Trade). They’ll be signing books on SelfMadeHero’s booth in the Toronto Reference Library throughout the weekend, as well as taking part in some intriguing, star-studded events.

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Paolo Bacilieri kicks things off with two pre-festival events:

On Thursday 11 May, he’ll speak alongside Marcelino Truong and Martina Schradi at the Alliance Française (24 Spadina Road, Toronto). The panel, organised in partnership with EUNIC, kicks off at 19:30 and is free to attend. The discussion will be moderated by Lars von Toerne, a journalist for Der Tagesspiegel. Full details are available here.

On Friday 12 May, an exhibition of Bacilieri’s work opens around the corner, at the Istituto Italiano di Cultura (496 Huron Street, Toronto). The exhibition comprises 30 original illustrations from FUN, as well as 20 more from his previous graphic novels La Magnifica Desolazione and Sweet Salgari. This is not to be missed. Details here.

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On Saturday 13 May, Aimée de Jongh joins Emma Ríos, Christine Wong, David White and Akihide Yanagi for a discussion of what it takes to build a comics community (“Making a Scene”, 11:00-­12:00, The Pilot, 22 Cumberland Street).

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And shortly after that, as part of the festival’s Canadian Reading Series, Chris W. Kim joins comics giant Seth and Pope Hats author Ethan Rilly as they read from their latest comics masterpieces (“Alt Canada”, 12:15-13:15, Hinton Learning Theatre, Toronto Reference Library).

And, finally, on Sunday 14 May, Paolo Bacilieri is back in action, talking alongside Box Brown, Pénélope Bagieu and Joe Ollmann on a panel focussing on the joys, pitfalls and frustrations of telling real-life stories (“Telling Other People’s Stories”, 13:30-14:30, Learning Centre, Toronto Reference Library).

What more could you want? Well, actually, there’s quite a lot more: check out the full TCAF programme here.

Irmina by Barbara Yelin Scoops an Eisner Nomination

5 May 2017

Nominees have been announced for this year’s Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards, and it’s good news for Barbara Yelin. Her extraordinary wartime drama, Irmina, has been included in the “Best U.S. Edition of International Material” category.

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Set for the most part in the Berlin of Hitler’s Germany, Yelin’s award-winning graphic novel is a troubling drama based on the life of the author’s grandmother. Conjuring the oppressive atmosphere of Nazi Germany, Irmina explores the tension between integrity and social advancement, reflecting with compassion and intelligence on the complicity that results from the choice, conscious or otherwise, to look away.

Chosen as one of The Observer‘s Best Graphic Books of 2016, Irmina has been praised by PopMatters and The Quietus, among many other outlets.

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The Eisner Award winners will be announced at the San Diego Comic Con, which takes place from 20-23 July 2017. You can see the full list of nominees here.