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PR: Sweatdrop turns Six Years Old

This week sees Sweatdrop Studios reach its sixth year as a manga collective! To celebrate this special occasion, they are giving a whopping 50% discount on their comics until 1st February 2008. Sweatdrop also offer free international shipping for orders over £15 (about US$30), so if you ever wanted to check out some UK-made manga, there couldn’t be a better time.

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Furthermore, there is a free prize draw on the forum, with prizes including Sweatdrop anthologies, books and an original watercolour image by Selina Dean. Just reply to the competition thread on the forum to take part.

Click Here for the Prize Draw Forum thread

Sueto 6th BirthdaySweatrop Studios is a group of 19 UK-based manga artists which has been operating since January 2002. They have published a number of anthologies such as “Cold Sweat and Tears”, “Blue is for Boys” and “Pink is for Girls”, as well as original titles such as “Looking for the Sun” by Morag Lewis and “Fantastic Cat” by Selina Dean.

Sweatdrop members Emma Vieceli and Sonia Leong recently released “Hamlet” and “Romeo and Juliet” respectively with SelfMadeHero; and Fehed Said released “The Clarence Principle” with Slave Labor Graphics. Several members are also featured in Tokyopop’s UK & Ireland Rising Stars of Manga anthologies.

Comica at the Japanese Embassy

Feels like all I have are leaflets and postcards lately to take photos of for these posts :) On Wednesday night, right after work, I’d made my way to the Japanese Embassy for an end of event gathering I’d been invited to. The event in question was called Lingua Comica -

Comica director Paul Gravett introduces the Lingua Comica comics lab, gathering 14 young creators from Asia and Europe and renowned Japanese expert Kosei Ono who reveals the rich exchanges between manga and comics in the rest of Asia, Europe and beyond

Generally, the artwork displayed was quite indie in my opinion, but we won’t get into the whole manga/comic debate over this ^^;

The event itself wasn’t really focussed enough on the artists/writers and their work, but all in all, it was a pleasant evening. Once again, I found myself amongst a lot of the crowd from the London Expo. Had lots of lovely chats with other random people in general too, such as a gentleman named Sing, who was studying law. It was a mixed crowd.

I also managed to catch up with Gillian and her brother (who’s name I either forgot or may have never actually been told), who I’d met very briefly at Expo. Lovely girl with a unique art style. She’d recently been one of the winners of the NEO Mag. Manga competition, along with Wing Yun Man.

One of the guys on the Expo panel (which I had the pleasure to be a part of), was Mr. Lee Townsend, who I’d stolen from Nana during a conversation she was having with him (sorry XD). I was having a wonderful discussion about how he got into mainstream comic writing (he currently writes SPAWN).

It seems he too had released an independent book a while back, which unfortunately, didn’t do as well as he’d hoped. It was his make-or-break title for him, as he’d said that if this doesn’t go anywhere, he’d probably just quit the business. A while later, his book had made its way into the hands of an Editor at Image Comics who in turn got in touch with Lee and asked him if he’d consider writing for SPAWN. Funny thing is, me and him both had the same reaction to such a proposition, which is that both of us could not see ourselves writing super/anti hero comics. He was hesitant at first, he told me, but obviously he’d finally agreed.

I guess that’s just the way it is in this business. You never know what’s around the corner and sometimes, even if you’re reluctant, you should never pass up a solid gig.

Expo Swag & Shenanigans

Octobers London Expo was definitely the best one yet! It’s gotten so big lately, that back in May it really felt overcrowded. But the organisers had booked even more halls for October so there was room to move and stand. Made it so much easier to meet and greet people.

I don’t normally buy much at these events, as I generally shop for things I want on a regular basis, but this time, there was stuff that I wanted to nab! Got hold of a few Mangas I’ve been meaning to get and I spotted an awesome set of character models of the Serenity crew based on the movie rather than the TV show. Right under the box of characters, strategically placed no doubt, was a model of Firefly ship, Serenity herself. Sold and Sold!!

Let’s see, what else did I get up to?
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