The second Gosh! Comics and Broken Frontier Drink and Draw of 2018 is imminent! And we have a top trio of guest creative talent next Wednesday February 28th when Andy Barron, Liam Cobb and Will Tempest join us for our regular monthly meet-up, sponsored by Cass Art.
Note the new venue this time around (and the move to a Wednesday for February). You can find us upstairs in The King’s Arms on Poland Street and your co-hosts for the night are myself (Broken Frontier Editor-in-Chief Andy Oliver) and, from Gosh!, Nora Goldberg will be regenerating into Shaun Richens for the evening.
The fun begins at 6.30pm at Gosh on Berwick Street before we head off for our sketching and drinking antics at 7pm. Don’t forget you can join the official Facebook event here.
Andy Barron is one of Broken Frontier’s 2018 ‘Six Small Press Creators to Watch‘ and has been creating comics set in the bizarre, alien world of OM (below) for a number of years now. I reviewed Mantra, Barron’s main OM collection, here this week at BF saying of it “What Barron has created here is a world that embraces its contradictions. It has characters that initially appear enchanting and whimsical and yet are capable of the most terrifying brutality and cruelty; one that is wordless and yet needs no exposition to speak volumes. Resolution is irrelevant here because what we’re witnessing is not so much narrative as literary ecosystem. In Mantra you have the perfect introduction to a plane of reality that, once visited, can never truly be left behind.”
Quite a few years back Liam Cobb was one of the first creators to feature in our ‘Small Pressganged’ column when I took a look at his autobio comic The Cab Driver way back in 2011. Since then he’s gone on to become one of the most acclaimed creators on the UK indie/alt circuit. Last year saw the publication of Conditioner (below), his second book from the ever excellent Breakdown Press, a “collection of short pieces exploring surreal intersections of architecture and the wild.” He’s also self-published comics like Green Graves and Slow Drift.
Our third guest Will Tempest has worked with Liam Cobb on the Silica Burn anthology exploring issues of technology and identity (alongside Tom Kemp) and you can read an interview with all three here at Broken Frontier. Apart from his own self-published projects like Lovely Helm and Massive Crustacean his art has also featured in the Ales Kot-written Zero from Image Comics. You can also check out his webcomic No Longer Ours at the Study Group Comics site.
Join us on Wednesday February 28th, then, for another fun evening of drinking, drawing and comics camaraderie. We kick off at 6.30pm in Gosh with a chance to get hold of signed comics and books from all our featured creators before moving over to The King’s Arms for 7. We look forward to seeing you then!