Issue One – Comic Book Symposium

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An open forum symposium which will, for the first time in Scotland’s history, bring together over100 creators, retailers, publishers, reviewers and champions of the comic book industry.

One theme, six questions, an open discussion led by a key panel including Dr Laurence Grove (Director of the Stirling Maxwell Centre) and a comics-related audience, as together we develop our industry to the world. Limited number of seats available.

In partnership with Black Hearted Press and The Stirling Maxwell Centre, University of Glasgow.

Hosted by Gareth K. Vile, the event will be in a ‘question time’ format, with everyone participating

including the question panel,

- Dr Laurence Grove, Director, the Stirling Maxwell Centre, University of Glasgow

- Chris Murray – Lecturer, The University of Dundee

- Sha Nazir – Art Director & Publisher, Black Hearted Press Ltd

- Jenny Niven – Portfolio Manager, Literature, Creative Scotland

- Kevin O’Donnell – Retail Manager, Forbidden Planet International

- Phillip Vaughn - Lecturer, Duncan of Jordanstone Collage of Art

- Maria Welch – Publisher (Children’s Entertainment), DC Thomson Ltd

SICBA is joined by BCP

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We’re growing a little, along with all the numbers of new creators in Scotland. SICBA is delighted to be joined by BCP T(he Big Comic Page), the team will join SICBA’s steering group and help promote what we’re doing.

 

S.I.C.B.A founders John Farman and Sha Nazir said “we are both excited about working with the team at BCP as together we further expand what S.I.C.B.A. is doing and what it can do as a force for good in Scotland’s comic industry.”

The team from BCP said “When we formed the Big Comic Page, we had a few clear goals in mind. The first was to provide a place where people could talk about comics with others, the second was to keep people up to date on the latest news from the industry and the third was to help promote independent comics – particularly the Scottish scene – and to help local creators reach new audiences and give them a platform to showcase what they can do. And on that note, we have some big news about what we are going to be doing in 2014 and beyond.”

Through talks, awards, social media promotions, interviews, spotlights and more, we plan to make 2014 one of the biggest years yet for Scotland’s Independent comic book industry.

 Glasgow Comic Con 2014, Sat 5 and Sun 6 July, will host the 4th Annual S.I.C.B.A. Comic book awards. Stay tuned for further details!

 

2013 Awards Shortlist

PRESS RELEASE
Scottish Indie Comic Book Alliance
2013 Awards Shortlist
(Vote at Glasgow Comic Con 2013)

Glasgow, Thursday 20 June 2013: Scottish Indie Comic Book Alliance
S.I.C.B.A was founded by Sha Nazir and John Farman in April 2011, in response to the growing wealth of output from comic creators in the Scottish comic book industry. S.I.C.B.A is a non profit organisation, run by volunteers, dedicated to the promotion of local comic books, graphic novels and sequential art in its many forms and comic creators; artists, writers, colourists, letterers, designers or editors.

2013 Awards Shortlist
Best Comic Book or Graphic Novel
Supported by CCA: Centre for Contemporary Arts
(5 Nominees)

And Then Emily Was Gone #1
Anthology Three
Big in Japan
Dark Ascension
The Amateur Astronomer’s Journal

Best Writer
Supported by Mlitt in Comic Studies, University of Dundee
(3 Nominees)
John Lees for And Then Emily Was Gone #1
James Devlin for Dark Ascension
Neil Slorance for The Amateur Astronomer’s Journal

Best Artist
Supported by DJCAD, Duncan of Jordanstone college of art & design
(3 Nominees)
Iain Laurie for And Then Emily Was Gone #1
James Devlin for Dark Ascension
Neil Slorance for The Amateur Astronomer’s Journal

Best Cover
Supported by Commando Comics
(3 Nominees)

Iain Laurie for
And Then Emily Was Gone #1
Morag Kewell for Big in Japan
Dave Alexander for The Collected McBams

The Award ceremony will take place Sat13 July from 7pm at CCA: Glasgow, with a host of professionals giving out awards. Plus we will annoucne the recipient for the Award of Outstanding Contribution to Comics, previous recipients were Alan Grant (2011), Dave Alexander (2012).

For more information visit: www.glasgowcomiccon.com
www.SICBA.org.uk

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For further press information or to arrange an interview with Sha Nazir or John Farman, please contact:

Press Enquiries:
Contact Gemma Berry gemma@glasgowcomiccon.com

Notes for Editors:
Event date: Sat 13 and Sun 14 July 2013
Location: CCA: Centre for Contemporary Arts
350 Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow G2 3JD

Sha Nazir and John Farman, Event Producers
Glasgow Comic Con, c/o Black Hearted Press, 15 Hope Street, Flr 3, Glasgow, G2 6AB
web: www.glasgowcomiccon.com
Twitter: #glasgowcomiccon
Facebook: facebook.com/glasgowcomiccon
Facebook: facebook.com/SICBAawards

Welcome to S.I.C.B.A

Welcome to S.I.C.B.A, the Scottish Indie Comic Book Alliance

S.I.C.B.A is a non profit organisation, run by volunteers, dedicated to the promotion of local comic books, graphic novels and sequential art in its many forms and comic creators; artists, writers, colourists, letterers, designers or editors.


The aims and objectives of S.I.C.B.A are:

- To present a cohesive and unified voice while representing the needs of creators, self publishers, distributors and retailers.

- To promote the medium of comic books as a whole to the general public via learning events, media, exhibitions and initiatives.

- To support new and existing indie publishers and creators to grow and network.

- To expand and enhance the S.I.C.B.A Comic Book Awards in order to promote creators and independently published works.

- To form strategic alliances with key organisations that are mutually beneficial to the aims and objectives of S.I.C.B.A

- To raise income to help achieve the above aims through partnership working, fundraising events, publications and commercial sponsorship.