Author: Frances Carbines

How to Tell Your Story: SMOO Comics Series by Simon Moreton

SMOO is an autobiographical comics series from Simon Moreton, one of the most exciting artists on the UK small press scene and co-founder of Bristol Comics and Zine Fair. SMOO is hauntingly brilliant, a series of comics self-published by UK artist Simon Moreton, they make for addictive reading. Whether you start at the beginning (SMOO #1) or as I did midway through—having come across #5 while browsing in Gosh! one afternoon—SMOO can be read in or out of sequence. Each one is its own work of art. They’re autobiographical in that they feature the artist’s personal memories of real...

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Women As Superheroes: A Comic Drawing Workshop to Celebrate 40 Years of The Feminist Library

A free comic workshop led by artists Sally Jane Thompson, Rachael Smith, and Karen Rubins in London at The Feminist Library? I’d signed up faster than you can say sequential-art-salon-in-Southwark. You never know exactly what to expect from a workshop, but the best ones tend to have a healthy mix of facilitator-led guidance and encouragement for participants to go off-piste and develop their own work. Certainly, I’ve been to workshops in the past that would have been more truthfully advertised as self-indulgent monologue-fests. The comic workshop at the Feminist Library was a participatory haven and an example of how...

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Cats in Cardigans: London Illustration Fair 2014

Frances covered Lush’s Sandlewood Smugglers launch for us so well that we sent her out again. Do you have an indie comics, illustration, otherwise WWAC-friendly event coming up in London? Let us know! It’s bloody freezing in London at the moment, and the woodland animals of the city’s illustration scene are very sensibly wearing their warmest knitted attire. Adorning Christmas cards, badges and bunting, they also appear on limited edition prints (framed at extra cost). They may look cute, but with those little paws they’re secretly burrowing their way into your heart via your wallet, as you shell out for...

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WWAC on the Town: Lush Launches Sandlewood Smugglers Graphic Novel

Gorilla Perfume, an offshoot of Lush Cosmetics, have published their first graphic novel: On the Trail of Sandalwood Smugglers – a “true tale of deceit, duplicity and decapitation.” It’s the story behind the new Smugglers’ Soul unisex perfume, which uses the sought-after ingredient sandalwood oil and whose bottle features the image of notorious sandalwood baron Veerappan. London lass Frances Carbines — a public sector worker moonlighting as a comic maker, who was inspired to start reading and making after seeing the small press and self-publishing section in Gosh Comics on her lunchbreak — stepped up for WWAC when none of...

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