Wednesday, February 5, 2014

The School Magazine Seeks Comics Submissions

The School Magazine manuscripts for 2014 and beyond are now being accepted. 

The School Magazine welcomes submissions from writers from within Australia and internationally. You can download a copy of the submission guidelines and read the new Tips for Successful Manuscript Submission. Email submissions are not accepted (other than queries for nonfiction articles). Hardcopy submissions accepted ONLY. For more information go to http://theschoolmagazine.com.au/authors-and-artists/guidelines-for- contributors/writers or further enquiries can be emailed to school.magazine@det.nsw.edu.au

Illustrators: The School Magazine plans to open its list for new illustrators in June 2014. However, they are open for 2015 submissions of comic serials. The School Magazine runs at least two cartoon serials or graphic novellas in each issue. It publishes fantasy, humour, folktales, historical drama, sci-fi and a mixture of these genres. Readers love humour and are in the 8-12 year old reading age ranges. Comic serials can be:
  • a single page serial in ten parts, OR
  • two single page serials of five parts each, OR
  • a two-page serial in ten parts.
Interested comic serial creators should submit hard copies only of:
  • A written synopsis of the comic serial, including episode breakdowns. (Rough art
  • to explain key points can be incorporated.)
  • Episode 1 to finished art stage.
  • Character sheet with rough or finished art, introducing key characters.
The proposal deadline is 1 AUGUST 2014. Successful creators will need to complete the entire work by an agreed date in December 2014 or January 2015.

For further information, please contact Sue Murray on +61 2 9266 8375. For more information go to the Guidelines for Contributors of Comics Serials.

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

ASA Comics Business Workshop with Julie Ditrich

BMP Director Julie Ditrich will be presenting a one day workshop in Sydney in May 2014 entitled "The Comics Business: from idea to print", which is part of the Australian Society of Authors' (ASA) professional development seminar program. 

The course will guide participants through the process of creating a comic book or graphic novel from story development and scripting to assembling a creative team, art production, pitching to publishers, self publishing, distribution and marketing.

Participants will gain an understanding of the end-to-end comics creation and production process, as well as the workings of the Australian pop culture scene. They will also learn how to manage relationships with artists, designers, printers, editors and other key parties involved in the successful publication of a comic book or graphic novel.

Date: Saturday 31 May 2014
Time: 10am to 4pm (six hours)
Venue: ASA Offices, Suite C1.06, 22-36 Mountain St, Ultimo in Sydney, NSW, Australia
Cost: ASA member $155; Member of a Partner Organisation $185; Non-member $230
Bookings: CLICK HERE TO BOOK ONLINE or phone the ASA on (02) 9211 1004

Please note that Jason Franks will be presenting the same seminar in Melbourne in October. CLICK HERE for information on the Melbourne event. 

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Jozef Szekeres to be Special Guest at New Room 801 Convention

Room 801 is a new Australian convention for over-18s only, with a special focus on yaoi and yuri. Special guests include BMP Director Jozef Szekeres, Aarin, Dr Scott Beattie, Mary Borsellino, Level4Chaos, and Luke Miller. The schedule includes Fic Readings, Erotic Fiction, Legal Issues and Censorship, Expression Through Fandom, Comparing Homoerotica, Slash and Yaoi / Yuri, Translating Visual Novels, and Fiction Pitches and Feedback.
Date: Friday 21 to Sunday 23 February 2014
Times: Friday – 6.30 to 8.30pm
Saturday – 9am to 5pm plus swap meet 6pm to 9pm
Sunday – 9am to 5pm
Venue: Y Hotel Hyde Park, Sydney CBD
5-11 Wentworth Ave, Sydney NSW 2000
Contact: http://room801.com.au/contact-us/
Website: http://room801.com.au

New Structures in Scriptwriting with Linda Aronson

Scriptwriting guru Linda Aronson will be presenting a seminar on "New Structures in Scriptwriting for Film and TV" at the Australian Film and Television Radio School (AFTRS), which will be particularly apt for advanced comic book writers. The two-day masterclass on advanced theories and techniques for creating original story design routinely provokes standing ovations from acclaimed and experienced film writers all over the world. Linda explodes the conventional screenwriting theory which assumes that structures means only one hero on a linear chronological journey. Instead she takes on and provides practical writing guidelines for writing flashback scripts, Pulp Fiction structures, multiple storyline films and fractured forms. Linda demonstrates how 18 of these modern forms work to predictable patterns, and provides practical templates for writing them.

Don't leave it till too late. Last time Linda gave a class in Australia the event was booked out and lots of people couldn't get in.

Sydney 
Date: Saturday 22 to Sunday 23 February 2014
Time: 9.30am to 5.30pm (16 hours total)
Venue: Australian Film and Television Radio School (AFTRS)
Cost: $495 / $445.50 GST exempt

Melbourne
Date: Saturday 1 to 2 March 2014
Time: 9.30am to 5.30pm (16 hours total)
Venue: Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI)
Cost: $495 / $445.50 GST exempt

CLICK HERE for further information and bookings.


Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Aussie Comic Convention Circuit 2014 [UPDATED 29/01/13]

Happy New Year! 

Here's our regular calendar for Aussie comikers to plan their annual comics convention circuit. We've added a few more zine fairs this year. The list also includes some international expos. Please note that at the time of publishing, some of these events have not been promoted on their respective websites with the relevant dates and venues. This post will be updated as more information becomes available so please stop by regularly for additional information.

Angouleme International Comics Festival (Festival International de la Bande Dessinée d'Angoulême) (Angoulême, France): 30 January-2 February 2014 (various venues)
Sticky Institute Zine Fair (Melbourne, Victoria): 9 February 2014 (Melbourne Town Hall)
Room 801 (Sydney, New South Wales): 21-23 February 2014 (Y Hotel on Hyde Park)
Oz ComicCon (Perth, Western Australia): 29-30 March 2014 (Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre)
Inkers and Thinkers – The Evolution of Comics Symposium (Adelaide, South Australia): 4 April 2014 (University of Adelaide)
Oz ComicCon (Adelaide, South Australia): 5-6 April 2014 (Adelaide Showground)
Supanova (Gold Coast, Queensland): 4-6 April 2014 (Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre)
Supanova (Melbourne, Victoria): 11-13 April 2014 (Melbourne Showground)
WonderCon (Anaheim, California USA): 18-20 April 2014 (Anaheim Convention Center)
Free Comic Book Day (World and Australia wide): 3 May 2014 (check with your nearest comic book store for details and activities)
Comic Gong (Wollongong, New South Wales, Australia): 17 May 2014 (Wollongong City Library, Town Hall and Art Gallery)
Phoenix ComicCon (Phoenix, Arizona USA): 5-8 June 2014 (Pheonix Convention Center)
MCA Zine Fair (Sydney, New South Wales): DATE TBA May 2014 (Museum of Contemporary Art)
Supanova (Sydney, New South Wales): 13-15 June 2014 (Sydney Showground, Olympic Park)
Supanova (Perth, Western Australia): 20-22 June 2014 (Claremont Showground)
Oz ComicCon (Melbourne, Victoria): 5-6 July 2014 (Royal Exhibition Building)
AVCON (Adelaide, South Australia): 18-20 July 2014 (Adelaide Convention Centre) 
SMASH! (Sydney, New South Wales): 9-10 August 2014 (Rose Hill Gardens)
San Diego ComicCon (San Diego, California USA): 24-27 July 2014 (San Diego Convention Centre)
Boston ComicCon (Boston, Massachusetts, USA): 8-10 August 2014 (World Seaport Trade Center)
The Comic Market 86 – Natsukomi [AKA Comiket and Comike] (Tokyo, Japan): Date 15-17 August 2014 (Tokyo Big Sight International Exhibition Centre) Natsukomi
Oz ComicCon (Brisbane, Queensland): 6-7 September 2014 (Convention & Exhibition Centre)
Oz ComicCon (Sydney, New South Wales): 13-14 September 2014 (Sydney Harbour Expo)
Small Press Expo (North Bethesda, Maryland USA): Dates 13-14 September 2014 (Bethesda North Marriot Hotel and Conference Center)
GRAPHIC (Sydney, New South Wales): DATE TBA October 2014 (Sydney Opera House)
National Young Writers' Festival / This is Not Art Zine Fair (Newcastle, New South Wales): DATE TBA October 2014 (Venue TBA)
New York ComicCon (New York City, New York USA): 9-14 October 2014 (Javits Center)
Armageddon Expo (Melbourne, Victoria): 18-19 October 2014 (Melbourne Showground)
Australian Cartoonists' Association (ACA) Stanley Awards and Conference (Sydney, New South Wales): Dates TBA October 2014 (Venue TBA)
Supanova (Adelaide, South Australia): 20-23 November 2014 (Adelaide Showground)
Supanova (Brisbane, Queensland): 28-30 November 2014 (Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre)
The Comic Market 87 – Fukukomi [AKA Comiket and Comike] (Tokyo, Japan): Date TBA December 2014 (Tokyo Big Sight International Exhibition Centre)

Please contact us on blackmermaid@blackmermaid.com if you want additional events to be added to this list.

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Merry Xmas to You All!

A very merry Xmas to our readers, friends and colleagues – sometimes you are all three of those things rolled up in one!

We appreciate your faith and support and look forward to doing even more  fabulous things next year.

Please celebrate 2013 and the New Year just like our Black Mermaid – with joy and heart, mind and arms wide open.

See you in 2014!


Body of Work Casino Collection Launch

A few weeks ago we were honoured and privileged to have been invited to attend a special event in Sydney – the launch of the 2014 Body of Work Casino Collection, which was held in the Trivett Bespoke showroom in Alexandria. Our connection to the event was the incomparable Hannah Fraser (AKA Hannah Mermaid) who served as a model for some of the exquisite photographic pieces on display. Hannah also has the reputation as being the world's foremost professional mermaid, marine eco-warrior, performer and model. She is truly a pioneer in all things mermaid. But that night, it was all about the photographer Bob Armstrong and his art.



To give you some background…


Body of Work (BOW) is a series of photographic books that retail between $250 and $500 each. They are coveted collectors' pieces and are distinguished by the brilliant photography and production standards. Each photo is tactile. For example, a shell and pearl girdle on one of the models feels like crunchy shells on a beach. You can also feel smooth cool lustre of the pearls.

BOW is an Australian brand but best known overseas because in the seven years of its existence it has accumulated 117 international awards for design, photography and incomparable print reproduction. In the last two years BOW has won all the top prizes known as Bennys (14 in all!) in the art print section of the American Premier Print Awards, which are to print what the Oscars are to films.

On the night in question we walked like James Bond amongst the Aston Martins, Rolls Royces, Bentleys and McLarens,  nibbling on delicious truffle infused canapés and suppressing our desire to caress the body work on the cars, which would have resulted in trails of finger- and perhaps even fin-prints (depending on who was doing the touching) over the paint job. 

Displayed in between the prestige vehicles were the new photographic pieces in the Casino Collection. These portraits and full length poses were nearly life size (1500 x 1000mm) and are amongst the world's most exclusive collections of photographic artwork masterpieces. For the first time they were available for sale or rental. The starting price is $25,000.

Amongst the beautiful people and the beautiful things on display was the largest book in the world, which opens to an impressive 1.5 metres x 3 metres. You can imagine how delicately and tenderly we handled it – this is certainly not a book for children to turn the pages. Ultimately, BOW is known for its creative flair and refuse to compromise in the pursuit of excellence. 




In 2014, similar events are scheduled for Los Angeles, Las Vegas and Chicago. We were luck to have been invited to the inaugural one!

Photographic credits: Bob Armstrong and Trivett Bespoke except where otherwise stated
(1) Bob Armstrong introducing BOW 2014 Casino Collection in the Trivett Bespoke McLaren Showroom
(2) Hannah Mermaid (photo credit: Jozef Szekeres)
(3) Image from the BOW photo shoot in December 2013 for the 2015 Casino Collection
(4) One of the luxury cars that Jozef got to sit in.
(5) Bob Armstrong with models Hannah Fraser (sans mermaid tail) and Anna Bliss who flew in from LA for the launch.
(6) Another image from the BOW photo shoot in December 2013 for the 2015 Casino Collection

For further information and high resolution photographs please contact Fiona Barraclough on +61 467 801 367.

And here are our special personal shots:

(1) Jozef and Hannah in the chassis of one of the cars during an audience participation sectionof the evening (smoke machine and special effects and all)
(2) Jozef and Julie with Hannah














THE PHOTOGRAPHY OF BOB ARMSTRONG