INTERVIEWS: UK authors and artists showcase at Birmingham Comic Art Show

About 60 comics sellers, artists and writers displayed their work at Birmingham Comic Art Show last weekend. Brighton based author Kevin Gunstone and Manchester illustrator James Chapman talked to Landinside about their books.

Hosted by Birmingham City University, the event offered both a chance to meet creators from the industry and panels to discuss and find out more. Most visitors stopped at The Shell, on the ground floor, where they could find artists offering a sketch on the spot, old fashioned Nintendo games (see image on the right), local authors presenting their newest books.

From DJ-ing in Ibiza to “Planet of Daemons”

Watch Kevin Gunstone, Brighton based author, talk about how he came back to writing after spending 8 years as a DJ in both his hometown and Ibiza. Before that, he published Mangaverse with Marvel and The Agents  with Image Comics.

Kevin Gunstone presented his latest book in the “Planet of the Daemons” series, which will be released
on the market later this summer. 

Since returning to his writing career, the Brighton author published two series: Future Primitive and Planet of the Daemons. The most recent one resulted as a joint effort on a European scale: a Spanish publisher, a Scottish illustrator and a Serbian colourist.

What sounds animals make… in images

Another local comics artist, illustrator James Chapman, based in Manchester, put together two books with sounds from around the world. The first one, called Soundimals, shows children (and adults too) what sounds animals make in different languages, from Romanian to Turkish and Icelandic.

Watch James talk about his books and learn how the heart beats in Japanese.

You can find James Chapman’s Soundimals and a wide collection of international sounds on Facebook too.


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