This Saturday (30th June) in central London sees an event I'm frankly quite head-swimmingly excited about - the COMICS BIG-TOP OF AWESOME! Organised by m'colleague, the wonderful Sarah McIntyre (from whose blog I've nicked all the pictures to accompany this post) as part of the fantastic Pop-Up Festival, a weekend of free events and experiences celebrating books, stories and imagination for children, teenagers and families!
There's going to be a tent full of amazing comics stuff going on all day - the idea is to put on a comics festival like ComICA Comiket or something but, y'know, for kids - so there'll be a real focus on getting kids to make their own comics, giving them ideas and tips to get started and playing all manner of comics-related silly fun drawing games. It should be lots of fun - just look at the line-up of fantastic cartoonists that'll be there, drawing and helping out all day:
Neill Cameron (handsome fellow)
And last but by absolutely no means least, 11-year-old comics-maker extraorinaire, Zoom Rockman!
Here's the full line-up for the day's festivities:
Noon - COMICS BIG-TOP OF AWESOME opens! Review sessions between you and the creators for your portfolio / sketchbook / newly-made-comic will run throughout the day. (Tip: Get there early if you want to avoid the queues!)
1:00 - COMICS CONSEQUENCES! Watch the pros create weird and wonderful characters together
1:30 - David O'Connell - live drawing tutorial
2:00 - Sarah McIntyre - live drawing tutorial
2:15 - Zoom Rockman - live drawing tutorial
2:30 - COMICS MONSTER DRAW-OFF! Who can draw the scariest monster? The best-dressed monster? A monster dentist? Monster wedding? Help the pros decide what they're going to draw!
3:00 - Neill Cameron - live drawing tutorial
3:30 - Jamie Smart - live drawing tutorial
4:00 - Nana Li - live drawing tutorial
4:30 - Gary Northfield - live drawing tutorial
5:00 - COMICS BATTLE! Watch the pros pit their characters against each other for the Final Showdown.
5:30 - Jamie Littler - live drawing tutorial
6:00 - Closing time (But come back tomorrow for other awesome Pop Up Festival events!)
And HERE is how to find us!