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In December, John Swogger and I opened submissions for an anthology of comics about archaeology.

We produced free copies of #0 of the comic (showcasing some of the work being done in this area) to give away at TAG archaeology conference at UCL. If you weren’t there, don’t worry – you can download a copy here and find out more about the comic and our submission guidelines (deadline is September 30th, 2020).

Looking forward to reading your comics!

Dr H

 

Thought Bubble

I’m headed to Thought Bubble Comic Art Festival in Harrogate at the weekend (9th and 10th Nov). I’m excited to have a table there – I’ll be selling my new comic “Bertha the Brave”, as well as a range of other comics, badges, etc.

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If you’re going to be at Thought Bubble please come along and say hi – I’ll be at table number 144a in the Ask for Mercy Hall.

In the meantime, here are the first two pages of Bertha the Brave

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Dr H

 

Leeds

A few weeks ago, I went to Leeds for the Comics Forum.

Having only ever passed through Leeds on the train, I was pleased to have the chance to look around.

My first destination was Leeds City Museum, home one of the early medieval images of Weland, and inspiration for the cover of my comic version.

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While in the museum I also came across this excellent of mosaic of Romulus and Remus and a slightly demented looking wolf. I love it. It comes from a floor in the Roman city of Isurium Brigantum – now Aldborough in North Yorkshire.

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The conference itself was held in Leeds Central Library. What a fantastic place (with beautiful cafe and Art Gallery in the same building).

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I listened to lots of great papers at the conference, but of key interest to readers of this blog were papers by Paul Bristow, Sarah McNicol, John Miers and Lydia Wysocki, and John Swogger.

Paul Bristow talked about the community projects and comics he’s worked on through Magic Torch Comics.

Sarah McNicol talked about the comics component of a project about Social Haunting based at Manchester Metropolitan University. You can view Sarah’s presentation here.

John Miers and Lydia Wysocki talked about their project, in collaboration with Newcastle University, linked (quite literally) to the Getrude Bell Archive.

John Swogger talked about his past and future comics projects related to archaeological fieldwork and history on islands in the Pacific and Caribbean.

You can read more about John’s comics from Palau here, and you can buy a copy on lulu too. You can read John’s take on the Comics Forum and the following Thought Bubble convention here.

John also had print copies of his Anglesey comics on hand.

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If you’re not planning on visiting North Wales anytime soon you can read them online.

Sadly, I couldn’t stay on for Thought Bubble. Next year maybe…

Dr H

Treasure Exhibition

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While staying in Sussex, I had the chance to visit my Treasure comic, which is on display at the Redoubt Fortress Museum in Eastbourne.

The comic is part of an exhibition on treasure, presenting artefacts, books and images from local collections.

There was plenty there to keep a prehistorian happy.

A palaeolithic flint axe…

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A bronze age socketed axe…

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Dr A’s favourite, an Iron Age chalk head:

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This was a thoughtful, beautifully designed exhibition, asking visitors to come to their own definition of treasure.

And it was great to see my comic printed on professional display panels – really big!

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Round-up of the Year by Dr H

P1050917One of the highlights of 2013 for me has been Prehistories itself. We’re nearing our 1st birthday, and I’ve really had a lot of fun posting on the blog, reading comments and following up links to other peoples blogs.

Thank you to everyone who agreed to be willing victims in Ask an Archaeologist/ Ask an Artist/ Ask an Author. Everyone who’s taken part has given thoughtful, thought-provoking and entertaining answers. I really appreciate the time you’ve all taken over this feature.

Congratulations to artist Garen Ewing who won the Young People’s Comic Award for the Rainbow Orchid and to Sally Prue, whose book Song Hunter is on the long list for this year’s Carnegie Award.

I have really enjoyed exploring other people’s blogs too. News, opinion, creative engagement with archaeology. Check out the new links page (with more links to come).

A personal highlight for me has been seeing John Swogger’s artwork for One Girl goes Hunting take shape. Check out his latest image of Kat-ya. Awesome!

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More on this project in 2014…

Also I’ve surprised myself this year by discovering how much I love drawing. Thanks to everyone who has encouraged me in this direction, especially with the Archaeological Oddities comics. You can now buy Volume 1 on my Etsy store, along with my Make your Own Archaeological Oddities pack as recommended by Alfie (thanks to Lucinda Naylor for the photo).

photo (3)I have a few more comics projects brewing away too. You can head over to my tumblr site to see the more personal work I’m developing at the moment. All a huge learning curve, but a lot of fun.

Finally, I’ve been doing some work on archaeology and comics in school with Steph Moser and Alistair Jones. I’ve also written up a case study of a local school using books on archaeology in their caves topic, which should be published in English 4-11 online sometime early next year.

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Now I feel exhausted! Time for a rest in order to gather myself for whatever 2014 has to offer.

Dr H