Last year’s Writer-in-residence Matthew Sheret is back at Thought Bubble this year with 1000 Words. 1000 Words is a mini-conference running on Saturday 17th, featuring comics, culture and all the bits in between. Here’s a quick preview…
Come and join us in the Alea Casino Cinema this Saturday for 1000 Words. The event will be a collection of short talks about comics & culture, by people who love both. Ten guests will be talking about the things that inspire them, whether that’s games, music, or moving pictures, each telling the world how their industry & their interests collide.
The first session runs between 11am and midday. First up is Emma Vieceli with 50 Shades of Niche, a talk about the impact you can have on culture when you stop saying your work is for a clique. She’s followed by filmmaker Anne Hollowday with Don’t over-manage the scene, a talk about the crossover between documentary filmmaking and the comics writing technique known as the Marvel Method.
Finally, Si Spurrier will be inflicting Day of The Dingle on the crowd, which he claims will include “Delicious brainfarts on the topic of Collaborating With Creative Humans” as filtered through a true story from Spurrier’s brief and traumatic career in TV.
The next session runs between 12.30 and 1.30. The first person stepping up in that collection will be Pitchfork‘s Associate Editor Laura Snapes. Fake Urgency is her talk, a run-down of what Record Store Day could learn from comic conventions. She’s followed by my fellow Artist-in-residence from Thought Bubble 2011 Kristyna Baczynski, whose talk Invisible Comics & Silent Songs promises to explore the similarities between comics and music.
That session will be wrapped up by Hannah Donovan, the designer of social music service This Is My Jam. She brings Digital Craft to Thought Bubble, a talk about music, personal expression and the pixels we pin to our bedroom walls.
The third session runs between 2 and 3pm, and is kicked off by Kate Brown‘s talk No Fate in which we chat about Kate’s happy place. Andy Belanger is up next, with a spot about videogames and illustration, following up the success of Toronto Comics Art Festival’s Comics vs Games jam. Antony Johnston‘s Massive Ego is the penultimate talk. His session description is a delight:
“Antony Johnston writes comics and games, wins awards, writes New York Times bestsellers, and is an all-round brilliant, perfect genius who never makes mistakes. Except when he does, because he’s actually a terrible, awful fraud who screws everything up and is just waiting to be found out. Well, not really. Yes, really! (Which is it? Find out, as Antony reveals the internal fight between ego and humility in every creator! Or maybe not!)”
Brilliant. Finally, at 3.15pm, we’ve got a half-hour keynote from Kieron Gillen. DECIMATION is Kieron’s take on ten years of comics writing. He’s trying to decide if he’s learned anything in all that time. If he has, he’ll tell you about it. If not, it’s going to be a very quiet half hour.
Ten people, ten talks, ten takes on culture, comics and lots more besides. See you there from 11am.
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