Monday, July 23, 2007

HUGE Thanks

I would like you all to join me in thanking Joan Sandford-Cook for her time, inspiration and motivation during her reign as Vice Chair of FenVAC.

Joan has been with FenVAC from the very beginning and has become a dear and trusted friend to many who have shared in the pleasure of her company.

Sadly, for us, Joan is moving into new horizons and has stepped down from her position with our collective.

The committee would like to her wish her every happiness in her new location...She will be deeply missed.

Thank you Joan and Good Luck!

Members Meeting Apology

My sincere apologies to all who turned up for the last members meeting only to be told it had been cancelled. I had left instruction that all attendees be offered a free drink for their wasted journey but I believe my wishes were not carried out.

I came down with a demanding virus and was unable to attend. Unfortunately a few other members of the committee also had health issues, I guess these things happen from time to time!

I'm so sorry if you experienced an unfruitful journey and hope it will not deter you from attending our next members meeting where I shall have that promised drink waiting for you!

Anita (Chair)

Thursday, July 12, 2007

Natures Handbag

“Nature’s Handbag”, to be held at Chatteris Museum on 14th August from 10am - 12pm. A sculpture session using natural objects found in the Fens, presented by acclaimed local artist Fred White. Cost is £3.00 per person.

For further details, please contact Hetty Thornton on 01945 583817, or email to

Remarkable Rubbish

“Remarkable Rubbish”, to be held at Chatteris Museum on 31st July from 10am - 12pm. A family activity session, using suitable household rubbish (all clean recycled materials) and turning it into works of art! Cost is £3.00 per person.

For further details, please contact Hetty Thornton on 01945 583817, or email to

Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Quarterly Members Meeting




...Hope to see you there!

Monday, July 9, 2007

Comic Opportunities

Lingua Comica is an exciting London-based cultural exchange within Comica and initiated by the Asia-Europe Foundation based in Singapore.

We're looking for young (under 35) comics creators from anywhere across Europe or Asia who want to collaborate on shared comics narratives, initially online via a blog and then face-to-face over 5 days in London, meeting and learning from a special team of artists, writers, editors, publishers and experts.

Spread this news and encourage any young aspiring graphic novelists to apply by July 31 - here's the link at ASEF with all the details:

The other big addition this year is the Observer/Jonathan Cape/Comica Graphic Short Story Prize. With a first prize of £1,000, you have the canvas of one whole page of The Observer newspaper in which to tell your story, which will be published on Sunday October 14. Deadline for this is September 3, so have a go or tell anyone else you know to try entering. Please note it is open only to UK residents. The rules and entry form are online here:

More of Comica's programme will be added to the revamped sub-site on my site - it's going to be an amazing year, part of the ICA's 60th birthday celebrations. I'm always open to suggestions of guests or events you'd like to see at the festival. Keep an eye out here: On Saturday July 28 I'll also be introducing the exciting exclusive big-screen preview at London's British Museum of the anime movie of Naruto, to open the Manga To Anime film season I've curated for them.
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A little further ahead, the BBC's three-part documentary series COMICS BRITANNIA is coming up in the autumn and will be well worth looking out for, showing first on BBC4 digital. I just got a sneak peak at the first episode on Dandy and Beano, spotlighting the brilliant Dudley Watkins, Davey Law, Leo Baxendale and Ken Reid. All the very best for the summer