The Gosh! Comics and Broken Frontier Drink and Draw is back this week, once again re-imagined as the ultimate online imbibing and illustrating party! We’ll be kicking off on Thursday April 30th, at 7.30pm GMT on Twitter and Instagram. Last month’s event was a massive event and a huge success, keeping our D&D crew going through social media, and bringing in a wider, international comics community into the fun. Thank you to everyone who took part! You can see some of last month’s art here.
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 (GMT), 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! If you also add the words “ok to publish” to your tweet we will know you’re fine with us reproducing it the day after in our Drink and Draw round-up article at Broken Frontier.
Our guest artists choosing those drawing themes this month include two Cape graphic novelists and a fave experimental comics self-publisher.
Multiple Broken Frontier Award-winning Karrie Fransman has been a long-time fixture at Broken Frontier since we reviewed her first graphic novel The House That Groaned on the old BF site here in 2012. Karrie’s work is often experimental, taking the medium in new directions, as seen in her acclaimed graphic novel Death of the Artist (below) which presented its chapters in a variety of mediums.
Karrie has also been involved in a number of projects spotlighting the refugee crisis including Over Under Sideways Down with the Red Cross and the “zoom comic” North Star Fading (below) from PositiveNegatives.
Many Broken Frontier readers will no doubt have come across Matthew Dooley’s work first in the popular anthology Dirty Rotten Comics where he was a regular presence. Indeed, DRC’s publisher Throwaway Press also published Matthew’s Meanderings and The Practical Implications of Immortality.
Dooley’s work combines the slice-of-life and the everyday with the surreal and the most bizarre flights of fancy, as shown in his collection Catastrophising last year. Just a couple of weeks back we reviewed his debut graphic novel Flake from Jonathan Cape, about warring ice cream men, which we described as “a perfect blend of absurdism and humanity.”
William Powers is the creator of the Wolverton-esque Space Wolf sci-fi series which we reviewed here last year at BF. He also made use of the surrealist cut-up writing technique to bring to life the haunting zine Never Been Reborn, reviewed here on the site.
Last year we interviewed Will at BF here when he spoke about his practice saying “I try to experiment as much as I can in my work so my process changes a lot depending on what I’m doing. I like a challenge, and sometimes I’ll create my own. For example with Space Wolf I don’t do any digital editing of my original artwork, so the challenge is to make it all for real on the page. I also make a lot of riso prints, and working out what will come out looking best on the machine is a fun puzzle. Sometimes the medium creates its own challenges so you don’t have to!”
We’ll see you all on Thursday!