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S.I.C.B.A. presents Issue One: A symposium about the future of Scotland’s comic book industry

issue1_sicbaThe Scottish Independent Comic Book  Alliance (S.I.C.B.A., to you at home), along with assistance from all of us here at the Big Comic Page, is proud to present Issue One: A symposium about the future of Scotland’s comic book industry.

This event will take place on Monday 17th March at the Centre for Contemporary Arts (CCA) at 350 Sauchiehall Street in Glasgow’s City Centre.  Tickets are free, but currently in extremely short supply, and can be picked up from the CCA box office.

Here’s the official blurb;

In response to the boom in comic book creators from Scotland making an impact on the world stage, SICBA, along with Black Hearted Press and The Stirling Maxwell Centre, University of Glasgow, host an open forum symposium which will, for the first time in Scotland’s history, bring together over 100 creators, retailers, publishers, reviewers and champions of the comic book industry.

1 theme, 6 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, with the aims of developing a sustainable industry and aspirations of creating a National Comics Academy and Art Gallery in the unused McLellan Galleries.

“For the first time in Scotland’s history, we are all coming together for the greater good of our industry. There has never been a gathering of the like with so many professional, semi-pro and aspiring comic book artists, writers, creators along with publishers, small press makers, distributors, retailers and critics, all in the same room… Ideas will be sparking”
– Sha Nazir, Art Director & Publisher

“A National Comics Academy, our long term goal, would make Glasgow a current-day world leader in an area where we have already led the world, from the world’s first comic— The Glasgow Looking Glass —to Mark Millar and Grant Morrison”
– Dr Laurence Grove, 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

This is a chance for everyone to have their say in the future of the thriving Scottish comic book industry, and will hopefully be remembered fondly in years to come as a major turning point in the history of Scottish comic books.

Team BCP will be out in full force as always, building on our growing partnership with S.I.C.B.A. and assisting this event in whatever way possible.  This promises to be a tremendously memorable night, and we fully anticipate the passionate and opinionated creators and fans that comprise the Scottish ‘scene’ to be out in full force to join in the debate.

And for those of you who can’t make it there in person, have no fear, because we’ll be carrying out a live blog directly from the event, providing up to the minute updates on the discussions and points being raised.  Check back for details over the next few days.

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