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: http://www.asef.org/index.php?option=com_project&task=view&id=1035
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: http://www.randomhouse.co.uk/graphicnovels/
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: http://www.paulgravett.com/comica/comica.htm 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.
Free admission but you need to book here: http://www.thebritishmuseum.ac.uk/whats_on/events_calendar/naruto_the_movie. aspx
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