Way back in February, I took my daughters to meet the amazingly talented @philipreeve1 – steampunk author – and Sarah MacIntyre (@jabberworks) as part of a comics jam. I’d never been to one before so I not only was I excited about meeting Philip, I was also excited to learn more about how comics are generated. I also decided that I would tweet throughout the event. This is all of the tweets, with links to pictures, capture in one place.
My daughters were just as excited as one loves to read and write and the other loves to read and draw. Prior to the event, we asked Philip to autograph a couple of books of his that we already had. Prompt my first tweet.
“I just met a real author! My youngest on meeting
@philipreeve1” – Obviously I don’t count just yet 🙂 She was hopping in delight.
When the ‘show’ kicked off, @jabberworks gave a very interesting talk about what a comic jam was, and what was expected of the audience. – Sarah MacIntyre talking about a Comics Jam pic.twitter.com/GsD3zRBI38
Philip then introdcued himself and gave a very interesting talk
@philipreeve1 introducing himself, plays with ideas for about a year before making a novel.
I especially found that point interesting. That Philip plays with ideas for about a year before he starts to write a novel. My approach is completely different as I tend to have an idea and then just start writing, the idea taking shape as I write, rather than shaping it before I write.
I can see the pro’s of Philip’s approach as it enables much better world building, resulting in less contradictions and rewrites.
Suprisingly , and it was great to hear of his insecurities –
@philipreeve1 has never been approached to write about a specific subject such as Exeter Riddles, he was unsure he could do it @philipreeve1 said he liked the idea of the figures on the cathedral moving and history leaking in Exeter.
After talking about the Exeter Riddles book, Philip gave us a reading, to which the tweets below refer.
Bungee jumping saints –
@philipreeve1 has a lovely turn of phrase
Philip then dropped a lovely clanger when Sarah was talking about Oliver and the Sea Wigs and implied that Sarah was fat. Needless to say, the audience found it funnier than she did 🙂
Sarah then gave a fabulous talk about how she developed the marvelous Vernan and Lettuce comic book, and the pitfalls that she came across as she did so.
One thing that caused Sarah a bit of a headache was a fried suggesting that a sheep living in a caravan was very much like another book. From the look of the artwork she had drawn in order to get to that stage, a lot of work went into the bin.
Sarah also spoke about how comics can be pretty much instantaneous, which was the whole thrust of the comics jam. The comic mentioned below was draw in about 15 minutes during lunch with the POV, Hayley.
Hayley appears to be a somewhat uptight lady, and is shown in one of panels shouting about the lack of humous in the restaurant. Hence this tweet.
There was a collective gasp from the parents gathered in the theatre at the time 🙂
Sarah then asked the audience to think about other ways to represent people and their characters and asked the children to come up with ideas as to how they would draw her and Philip. And so, the Philip and Sarah comics jam started.
This then evolved, with the hedgehog becoming a mer-hog.
Once Philip and Sarah had finished their comic, it was time for the audience to have a go.
After drawing four panels on four different pieces of paper, everyone then got their piece of paper back to see where things had progressed. Some of it was completely surreal!
If you’ve never been to something like this before, I heartily recommend you do. It was a fabulous afternoon and a great opportunity for everyone to see just how easy it can be to create a comic quickly, and just for the fun of it. It has left my daughters inspired.