Your favourite online comics social is back! Our fortnightly online Gosh! Comics and Broken Frontier Drink and Draw returns this Thursday, August 12th for another comics extravaganza with guest artists Sharon Lee De La Cruz and Gareth A Hopkins. Not only do our online D&Ds keep all those who would meet at The King’s Arms in Soho, London every month (in those fondly remembered pre-March 2020 days) in regular contact, they also allow us to expand our reach for the event to a more global audience.
(Poster art, above, by Joe Stone)
We’ll be starting this week at 7.15pm to give everyone taking part on Twitter the opportunity to introduce themselves to each other as we look to continue fostering an even stronger sense of community. Drawing rounds begin at 7.30pm UK time as usual.
So, once again if you’re joining us online, here are the “rules”…
We’re using our regular pub format, adapted for a digital platform. So if you’ve never attended one of our monthly sessions this is how it will work. Our guest artists will each choose a drawing theme for three sessions across the evening. We’ll post each of these prompts with the hashtag #GoshBFDD in three batches at 7.30pm (UK time), 8.15pm and 9.00pm from both the Gosh! Comics Twitter account and the Broken Frontier Twitter account. You have 30 minutes to draw something fitting that theme, after which we’ll spend 15 minutes picking a winner before the next round begins. Don’t forget to post your drawings with the #GoshBFDD hashtag so everyone can see and join in. And also so we can easily retweet!
Let’s meet our guest artists…
Sharon Lee De La Cruz is the creator behind I’m a Wild Seed, reviewed here at Broken Frontier recently and her debut book from Street Noise Books. An exploration of her her identity as a queer BIPOC we described it as “another worthy addition to the Street Noise Books catalogue not just for those who will see echoes of their own lives in De La Cruz’s story but also for those of us who need to engage with the lived experiences of others to challenge our own unconscious acceptance of oppressive societal structures and examine our own privilege. It’s also a vibrantly expressive debut work from a creative voice we can only look forward to hearing much more from in the near future.”
Gareth A Hopkins is a creator constantly exploring the farthest reaches of what comics can do as a narrative form. Our Jenny Robins interviewed this champion of abstract comics delivery here a while back at BF when he rather splendidly described how he’d wanted one of his comics to read “like the sound of a piano falling down stairs.” Apart from his own comics like The Intercorstal, Petrichor and Found Forest Floor Gareth has also contributed to anthologies like Jazz Creepers, Sliced Quarterly and Komisk, and has also been part of the Colossive Cartographies series. His chilling ghost story A Hill to Cry Home (incorporating the poetry of Erik Blagsvedt) was reviewed here at BF, The Bones of the Sea here, and Nothing here.
The Bones of the Sea
Whether you’re a regular or a newbie all are welcome so please do join in and be part of our international Drink and Draw fun! And if you enjoy this event why not check out the Gosh! Comics webstore here?