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Published on July 29th, 2008 | by Christian Cawley

Vworp Vworp! The Event


Comic Book Adventures in Time and Space

Saturday, October 18th, 9:30am-5pm
@the Lass O’Gowrie, Manchester

Arranged in conjunction with Engine Comics and the team behind Redeye – one of the UK’s most influential comics fanzines, Vworp Vworp! Comic Book Adventures in Time and Space will explore the highs, lows, challenges and pitfalls of creating comics based on BBC’s Doctor Who and other popular television and movie characters.

Intended as part of the Manchester Literature Festival, this intimate "mini-con" will be staged over a day and feature formal panels, smaller breakout rooms with powerpoint-based artist showcases and a signing/merchandising areas where the artists can make their work available to attendees.

Doctor Who scribe Paul Cornell (Father's Day, Human Nature/Family of Blood)The Guests

In terms of guests, we have put out a number of in principle feelers to the following comic creators who have agreed to appear, subject to work commitments;

  • Ian Edginton (writer; 2000AD, Marvel, DC Comics, Doctor Who, Planet of the Apes, Predator, Aliens, Torchwood)
  • Adrian Salmon (artist; Doctor Who, the Cybermen, Power Rangers, 2000AD – whose work is currently on display in the Snug of the Lass)
  • Lee Sullivan (artist; Doctor Who, Thunderbirds, Transformers, Robocop - www.leesullivan.co.uk)
  • Paul Cornell (pictured, right)(writer; Doctor Who – TV show/comics, Wisdom, Benny Summerfield, paulcornell.blogspot.com)
  • John Freeman (writer/editor; Doctor Who, Planet of the Apes, Star Wars, Simpsons, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Xena)
  • Gary Russell (Writer/editor; Script Editor – Doctor Who, Torchwood, Sarah Jane Adventures; former editor – Doctor Who Magazine and writer of IDW’s new Doctor Who US comic mini-series)
  • John Ainsworth (writer/producer; producer of the 2000 AD series of audio dramas released by Big Finish Productions. John has written numerous articles, reviews and interviews for various SF magazines and wrote the definitive history of Doctor Who in comics for Doctor Who – Classic Comics)

We are also awaiting confirmation from a number of additional guests, who will be added to the programme as things move forward.

The Programme

We intend to run from 10am – 5:30pm (doors @ 9:30am), panels we intend to run at this stage include;

10.00-11.00am – Doctor Who in the Comics – in the beginning… (a history of the development of the comic spinoffs, challenges to overcome, opportunities and constraints).

11:30 – 12:30pm – "What do you do when the show runs out?" (exploring the unique challenges and opportunities of dealing with a dead, or ‘dormant’ franchise and how fans can fill the void) – using the Doctor Who Magazine strip "Emperor of the Daleks", launched during the TV hiatus as the central "case study".

1:30-2:30pm – "What’s that coming over the hill?" (considering how at times the Daleks and other villains often take centre stage – featuring the back-up strips and Doctor Who Magazine’s (DWM) "the Cybermen" as the main case study)

2:30-3:30pm – "What do you do when it returns?" (considering how the ground shifted for the comic strip when Doctor Who returned to out screens, featuring DWM’s "Universal Monsters" as central case studies)

3:45-4:30pm – “the Yanks are coming…” (An interview considering how the US dominance of the comic scene has begun to change how we deal with classic British franchises, focusing on IDW’s new Doctor Who title – the first ever dedicated Who comic aimed at the US market and Captain Britain)

The Lass 'O' Gowrie.  Radio Two's Mark Radcliffe drinks there, you know? 4:40pm – Charity Auction, in support of MIND

5pm – Event Close (Pub to reopen to public)

Each panel will be interviewer-led and framed by a powerpoint presentation, introducing the topic and framing the discussion.

A full programme of signings and sketching sessions in the Snug will also be made available to event goers.

The Venue

The event would be staged at the Lass O’Gowrie (www.thelass.co.uk) – one of Manchester’s most celebrated pubs. Famous for real ale and our fantastic homemade pies, the bar and kitchen will be open throughout the event.

The event will use spaces throughout the whole pub, utilising the stage and saloon as "main hall" and the Snug and our proposed upstairs function room (which will be online by then) as breakout/signing spaces.

A merchandising area will also be made available, subject to agreement with a suitable retailer.

Contact details are as follows;

The Lass O’Gowrie
36 Charles Street
Manchester
M1 7DB
T/F: 0161 273 6932

E: info@thelass.co.uk
W: www.thelass.co.uk

The main event organizer is Gareth Kavanagh who can be contacted at garethkavanagh@hotmail.com.

When is it?

Saturday, October 18th.

What will it cost?

A ticket price of £9.00 (Adult) and £6.50(concessions/U16) is proposed, with a total of 80 tickets made available.

Any additional funds raised once guest and associated costs have been covered will be donated to the mental health charity MIND, together with any proceeds of the charity auction.

All tickets are available by phone on 0870 428 0785.

More details on the event and festival.

 

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About the Author

A long-term Doctor Who fan, Christian grew up watching the show and has early memories of the Graham Williams era. His favourite stories are Inferno, The Seeds of Doom and Human Nature (although The Empty Child, Blink and Utopia all come close). When he’s not bossing around the news team, Christian is a freelance writer specialising in mobile technology and domestic computing, and enjoys classic rock, cooking and spending time in the countryside with his wife and young children. You can find him on Twitter, Facebook and Google+.




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