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York St John Con

12th March 2016 @ 10:00 am - 10:00 pm


A day of comics, video and board games, graphic novels and other sequential art, including talks, workshops, and stalls throughout the day with Travelling Man, Little Apple Bookshop and other local writers and artists. All events are free for booking individually – sign up for as many as you like and come for the day! Cosplay not essential but encouraged.

11.00am – 12.00pm Zine Workshop
Hand-made, small-circulation ‘zines’ have a longer history than most people realise, from 18th-century political pamphlets to early 20th-century pulp sci-fi, before zine culture exploded in the 1990s. Join us for a one-hour workshop with writer, artist, and creator CJ (in collaboration with Travelling Man) introducing the fine art of zine-making for all ages. Examples, tools, and collage materials will be provided. Bring your own creativity.

12.00am-2.00pm Poetry & Comics Workshop
Chrissy Williams, co-editor of Over the Line: An Introduction to Poetry Comics (2015) and online curator of Poetry & Comics, will lead this distinctive workshop, introducing new and exciting possibilities for combining poetry and comics. Examples and materials will be provided. No art skills required, but come ready to cut, paste, doodle and scribble!

2.00pm – 4.00pm Video Games & Story Roundtable
The evolution of video and computer game technology has been matched by the development of more complex and intricate use of narrative in games. Games designer and novelist, Gabrielle Kent; games designer and theatre maker, Hannah Nicklin; and others from the industry and the Games Design programme at York St John will lead an open discussion on the role of story in gaming.

4.00pm – 6.00pm Keynote Event: Bryan & Mary Talbot
Illustrator and writer Bryan Talbot, and writer and academic Mary Talbot, have been described by Bleeding Cool as ‘true powerhouses of the British graphic novel scene.’ Among many other prizes and plaudits, their collaboration, Dotter of Her Father’s Eyes, won the Costa Award for Biography in 2012. In this feature event, Bryan will discuss his Hugo-nominated Grandville series and the anthropomorphic tradition; and Mary will discuss the much anticipated Red Virgin and the Vision of Utopia, due out May 2016.

7.00pm-9.00pm Fan Fic Open Mic
As the culmination of a very special day, performance poet, zine artist, and all-round entertainer Henry Raby will host this very special open mic event. Whether your taste in fan-fiction is gen-fic or dark-fic, AU or Mary Sue, bring your best drabble or little epics along to this unique night of canon-busting new work.


12th March 2016
10:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Temple Hall, York St John University
Lord Mayor's Walk
York, YO31 7EX
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