Workshop at the Ashmolean Museum

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I’ve been lucky enough to work on comics relating to the Spellbound exhibition at the Ashmolean Museum (more about this soon).

If you live near to Oxford and would like to make your own comic inspired by the exhibition, there are still a few places left on the workshop I’m running on Friday 28th September.

You can book your place here!

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

Making Comics with Southampton YAC

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Last weekend I went to make comics with members of the Southampton YAC (Young Archaeologists’ Club).

After some warm up drawings…

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 … we got down to the business of making comics.

The comic-making session followed a talk on excavations at the medieval sites of  Melorne and Temple in Cornwall, so  knights and castles featured heavily in the comics.

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There was some prehistory too, including a telling of the folklore linked to the Merry Maidens stone circle.

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Group members produced some excellent artwork.

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Displayed excellent story-telling skills.

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And excellent colouring skills too.

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It was great watching all these stories come to life!

Many thanks to Alex Walker for the invitation.

Dr H