This is just to say thank you all for making MancsterCon 2014 the event that it was. Whether you joined us as an exhibitor, screened your animations, or braved the rain to come and support the amazing range of artists, makers and game devs, you all played a part in making our convention a whole lot of fun!
Our mini animation festival kicks off today at 11 am with the screening of ‘Tired of Swimming’ by Anna Eijsbout. Described as the story of an old man torn between the lingering presence of his dead wife, a fish in a jar and the reality of his lonely exitence, the stop motion animation is a haunting and beautiful experience.
The screening will take place at Terrace, next door to MadLab.
Anna Eijsbouts is a Dutch animator/ director. After having graduated from a BA (Hons) in Animation at the Utrecht School of the Arts in 2010, she continued her studies at the Royal College of Art (London) where she graduated from the Animation MA in 2012 with the film Tired of Swimming. Since she has worked as a freelance filmmaker / animator and is a visiting lecturer at the University of Bedforshire.
Earlier films include The Pink Widows (2010) and Riet (2009)
As always, we like to feed the mind at MancsterCon. Saturday is when we host talks where people get an opportunity to share their passions and discuss ideas with fellow fans. These will be held at Terrace upstairs (next door to MadLab) and will generally last for 20 minutes with time for questions and answers afterwards. Talks will be announced at least 10 minutes in advance.
11:30 – 12:00 Lego Pirates of Penzance
Brought to you by Chris Lockwood, a keen member of MUGSS (Manchester Universities Gilbert and Sullivan Society for the uninitiated) and amateur stop motion animator, the talk will begin with a screening of his stop motion short accompanied by a soundtrack courtesy of the male chorus of MUGSS, which will then be followed by a commentary on the techniques used to produce the film.
12:00 – 12:30 Tery Colmenero
An interactive session cum informal workshop where Tery will be discussing her upcoming project, seeking input from the audience to produce a kind of peer reviewed black comedy.
12:30 – 1:00 Comics and Mental Health: a Selective Skip through History
The talk will be a presentation on Mental Issues in Comics, covering 13.798 billion years of sequential art history. Join us with Pauline Sometime, our very own photographer and resident Comics expert as she describes and explains the way issues relating to Mental Health have been depicted in comics through the ages.
As well as a plethora of comic artists, illustrators, animators and indie game developers, MancsterCon is also hosting a space where we hope artists and anyone interested in making a difference in their local community can meet up and exchange ideas for future collaboration. From regular meetups such as Cosplay sketch offs, seminars and workshops, we’ve discovered the small but intriguing difference that the world of sequential art can make.
MancsterCon is delighted to announce that author Ravi Thornton of Ziggy’s press will be giving a talk on Friday 8th August, about her work and acclaimed graphic novel, HOAX.
Ravi Thornton is an award-winning cross-media writer from Manchester. She is keenly interested in narrative environment as storytelling device, and an active advocate of collaboration. Her new project CIRCUS launches next year. Her current project HOAX has recently been shortlisted for the Medicine Unboxed Creative Prize. Her first project THE TALE OF BRIN & BENT AND MINNO MARYLEBONE won Best Debut Book, Broken Frontier Awards and was nominated for a Bram Stoker Award. She was shortlisted for the Observer Graphic Short Story Prize and Winner of the Barry Reckord Bursary Award. Ravi is founder of social enterprise Ziggy’s Wish, that aims to inspire empathy and understanding around social issues via collaborative cross-media storytelling.
We’re especially pleased to get the chance to hear from an artist who makes collaboration a central part of her work, bringing together narrative, ballet, animation and illustrative art to incorporate themes relating to issues from mental health to poverty and terrorism.
Ravi Thornton will be speaking at Terrace NQ from 2:30pm. For any assistance, don’t hesitate to ask one of our volunteers! Announcements will be made before the talk commences.